In Memory Of DA SILVA, John


Visitation Information

Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
November 16, 2019
13:30 - 15:30 /

Service Information

Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
November 16, 2019
Obituary - John Da Silva

On Monday, October 28th, 2019, John Da Silva, founder of Ecogold Canada, loving husband and father of two daughters, passed away at the age of 80.
John was born as Joao Luis Gonçalves da Silva on November 29th, 1938 in Lisbon, Portugal to Antonia Gonçalves and Ruy Guedes da Silva. Later, he moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he received his Textile Engineering degree and met Carmina Pedros Soler, who he married in 1963 and raised two daughters, Anabel and Patricia.

On 1980, John moved to Canada with his family and soon after, he became the founder and chief product designer of Ecogold Canada. As a textile engineer trained in Europe, he lived, dreamt and worked in high-tech fabrics since the early 1960s. He could tell you how Gore-Tex was invented or what seat belts are made of. On his day off, he used to go to the ECOGOLD lab to test new materials. He is even known for hitting them with an axe or a hammer to check their resistance to impact.

He was known for his patience, his sense of humour, his infectious smile, and his kind and generous spirit.

John is survived by his wife Carmina, his two daughters Anabel and Patricia, his sister Aida, his son-in-law Lou and his grand-sons Victor and Adrian.
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Messages for the Family of DA SILVA, John

From: François Lépine

Toutes nos sympathies à la famille en ces moments difficiles.
From: Eiren Crawford

Dear Patricia,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I never had the privilege to meet your father in person, only spoke with him on the phone and email, but he was always a gracious and kind man. Thinking of you, your family and friends during this time.
From: Marie Josee Bourdages

Mes sincères sympathies à toi Anabel et à toute ta famille. Marie Josée
From: dana johnsen

The horse world lost a wonderful man with great kindness and vision.
My interaction with John was always peppered with lots of laughter and some serious discussions over our shared passion.
Deepest condolences to John's family and close friends.
He will be greatly missed.
From: Tracey and Alison at Sandridge

So sorry to hear of the passing of John. He was a lovely man and a pleasure to work with. We will miss him.
From: Karen Wharry, Euro Equestrian

So sorry for your loss.
From: Kathy Steere

Hello, My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
He was be missed .
Kathy Steere
From: The Ollen-Bittle Family

I am grateful to have had the pleasure of meeting John in person and also a few chats over the phone. He was a wonderfully professional and kind soul who treated everyone like his friend and top customer. From our family to yours, we send our deepest condolences. This sudden loss is heartbreaking. His legacy and memories will carry on.
From: Paul Cote

My sincere condolences to Mr Da Silva’s family and friends. We have been customers of Ecogold for a while, and we’ll miss him greatly.
From: Dana Pearce

A very nice man ..,
From: Carol Riegel

He was a lovely human being and was always a pleasure to deal with. I have been using his products for years and very much appreciate all he did for horses!
From: Eve

Send love from Wisconsin, with much admiration and respect to a great horseman.
From: Teri Caroselli

So sorry for your loss. My horse really appreciates her Ecogold saddle pad and I am glad to see that a daughter is continuing her father’s legacy.
From: Filippo Tosi

Never met John in person but exchanged several emails on the occasion of product purchases, for advice, questions or other matters. And was so impressed by how nice and kind he always was. Very sorry for the loss, we have lost a good man and a true supporter of the sport.
From: Laura Philp

I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. I was surprised when he called me to confirm an order but even more surprised that he remembered me on the next order. My sincere condolences to his family, he will be missed.
From: Michael A. Fragola

John was always truly gracious when I contacted him to buy pads. You knew immediately that he was dedicated and enthusiastic about his work. He seems to have brought science and the art of the horse together through his product. John was a gentleman and will truly be missed. I hope his family and friends find peace in the days ahead as they celebrate his life.
From: Anne Mancell

I am very sorry for your loss. I spoke on the phone several times to your father and ordered a couple of saddles pads from him...he adapted the most recent pad I bought for my horse and the wear pattern that my previous pad had developed. He was reasonable and accommodating and I enjoyed my brief experiences with him. He truly appreciated his clients and tried his best produce the best product for the horse. I appreciated his kind and understanding nature.
From: casey james

I am an elderly trail rider, not a competitor, and John helped me the right pad for my horse who had had saddle/pad problems for a long time. He treated me like I was his his only concern. The spirit that is in all of us shown through in him.
From: Brita Rizzi

Dear Patricia,
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.

John was truly a very patient and kind man. I always had custom orders and many special wishes how I wanted my saddle pads made and he always made sure everything was 100%. I talked to him many times and he always had a great sense of humor and he made you feel very important even though I was not a big client.

I sure will miss talking to him - the equestrian world truly lost a very special person.
From: leueen willoughby

So sorry to see this. I have used Ecogold products for many years and they always kept my horses happy.
From: Karen Davisson-Gerleman

I only had a brief conversation with John but his patience and wisdom was very evident. My thoughts and prayers to his family from Kansas. He touched my areas in the world.
From: Jen

Deepest sympathy!

I had the pleasure of speaking with John to help solve my horses problems and find the right ecogold pad. John was a true gentleman and had a heart of gold. I am very sad we (the horse community) have to say goodbye to a man that was genuine in his passion of helping our equine partners.

May his family and friends find comfort and peace.
From: Kelvin Fredericks

Dear Patricia and Carmina,

We would like to extend our sincere thoughts to your family with the passing of John. We have been privileged to work with a man who was not only innovative but always had a sense of humour to his trade. He has left an industry better off for his products and I know he was so respected and known for his work around the equestrian globe.
May he rest in peace knowing he made such a difference.
The Southern Stars Team
From: Carolyn Colson

Under John’s technical leadership Ecogold revolutionized the saddle pad industry. Yet he remained dedicated and diligent toward all of his customers big and small. I will miss calling him for advice which was rendered with great interest and concern. The horse industry has lost a pioneer. Best wishes to his family and friends.
From: Geri Hollander

The horse world has lost a visionary. Ecogold’s reputation for excellence came from John Da Silva and we will be forever grateful for his dedication. Patricia, I am so sorry for you and your family. I know he left things in your very capable hands.
From: Chelan Kozak

John, I never met you personally, just e mailed and spoke on the phone. Thank you for your passion and dedication to EcoGold.
The attention to detail that you paid to the products makes such a difference to our beloved horses. Warm wishes and sincere condolences to your family.
From: Linda Riel

A truly inspiring and kind man, brilliant in every way.
Deepest condolences to his family and friends.
From: Trish Bosch

Our deepest condolences to your family Patricia. Your Father was a wonderful man, a man who believed in and supported the Canadian Eventing team when many others didn’t. His generous support made the world of difference and presented us on the world stage with classy, quality products.
Rest peacefully