This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Francisco Xavier-Neon Moraes, 85 years old, born on December 2, 1935, and passed away on April 13, 2021. We will remember him forever.

As we are under gathering restrictions in Toronto, the funeral mass on Friday April 23, at 10AM (EST) will be broadcast at - https://youtube/SikO1OYR1Q4  and recorded.

Given that it is a difficult time to travel and congregate, we will post videos and links to any virtual gatherings. Please leave a tribute (below), post a picture in the Gallery, tell a story about his life or a fond memory you have. We ask that in lieu of flowers that you leave a tribute below or make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society (
Posted by ernest dias on December 2, 2021
condolences to ira and family.
Fondly remembered
Ernest Dias
Posted by Monique Fullowka on May 13, 2021
Condolences to Ira and the family.. I was saddened to hear of Dr Moraes and his passing. Loved having him for a was always so easy to just drop in most times to see him. He was so proud of his family too, and was nice to see how the family was so much a part of what he did both at home and at work. He will be missed, as he was when he left Flin Flon.
Posted by Cynthia Fedak on May 13, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Moraes, my sympathy to Ira and family. I recently lost my husband, Pete, who at one time was Dr. Moraes patient, as I was. He was the best doctor, always caring and kind. A good hearted man. Pete loved to tell the story about Dr. Moraes walking his dog and the chat they had one time. I used to take my grandkids to see Dr. Moraes as patients, he got to know each one of us. He never hurried you and you never had to wait long to see him.  He always had a kind word for everyone. 
Posted by Bob Putko on May 4, 2021
Dear Dr. Ira and family

I along with my dad was fortunate to have Dr. Moraes as our doctor for many years. He was a kind caring and skilled physician. I am very sorry and sad that he is gone. Condolences to and your family.
Posted by Bette Williams on April 29, 2021
My condolences to Dr. Ira and family on the loss of your loved one. Dr. Moraes was my doctor while he lived in Flin Flon. He was a compassionate and kind man . So caring and knowledgeable. My mom taught kindergarten Mrs. Eunice Henry and I believe your children were in her class. She always talked of such a wonderful family and children. Dr. Moraes will be remembered fondly by all in our community . RIP Dr. Moraes and may our God Bless you Dr. Ira and all the family.
Posted by Mike Kathy Tower on April 29, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers to Ana and family. Dr. Frank was one of a kind. He was the most compassionate caring Dr. We are so honored to say he was our Dr. and friend. Love and hugs to all of you. God Bless
Posted by Rena Cosgrove on April 29, 2021
Ira and family, Deepest condolences you you and your family on the passing of dear Dr. Moraes. May his memories comfort you all at this time. 
I knew him from his time at FFGH.
Posted by Shelley Andres on April 29, 2021
Dr Moraes’s family
I send deepest condolences to you in the loss of your husband, father, papa. I truly appreciated him as my family doctor. Kind caring and compassionate as well as skilled and knowledgeable. I remember calling him at home while I was in Winnipeg at a referral. He calmed me and directed me. I had full confidence in him as my doctor.
Rest In Peace dear man.
Posted by Bernadette Keller on April 28, 2021
Deepest condolences to Dr. Moraes' Wife and Family. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Moraes in the Flin Flon General Hospital. He was a kind and gentle man and will always be remembered fondly. May you RIP Dr. Moraes and may God comfort your family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Bernadette Keller
Posted by Gillian Jay on April 28, 2021
Sending heartfelt condolences to Dr. Ira, Theo, Trevor and Sabrina. I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by V K on April 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the Moraes family. We are fortunate to have shared memories with Frank and his family, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Koganty Family
Posted by Sue Balkovec on April 24, 2021
We send our deepest condolences to PJ, Theo, and family. 

In knowing Theo's exemplary character over our years together at SickKids, it is living proof and testament that Mr. Moraes was a remarkable father and individual. One who set an example of kindness, comradery, and way of living for humanity. Thank you for making the world a better place. 

May the care and love of those around you all provide you with peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

Sue and Vivi
Posted by Jai M on April 23, 2021
Hey Papa,
Thank you.
I never told you this, but I have always looked up to you. You taught me how to be strong. You showed me the value of a loving family. It is because of you that I want to get a job that helps people.
Thank you for being a grandparent. For telling me stories when I was little, for playing games with me as a kid, for caring about me.
Thank you for being a part of my life for so long. I just wish it could have been longer.
I promised that I would stick with my family. I promised to look after your necklace. I promise I will make you proud.
I will keep my promises, always and forever, until I see you again.
I miss you so much.
Your loving grandson,
Posted by Chris Almeida on April 22, 2021
My dear Uncle Frank

You always were my favorite uncle by far, even though you lived the furthest away and we only saw you every few years. I'll always remember our nightly card games, especially Mendikot, and how competitive you used to get, much to Mai's amusement. I remember our daily trips to the Margao market, with you on the back of my bike. Aunty said I was the only one you trusted to take you around on the bike, which is something I'll always be proud of. Your bread and cookies were legendary and I remember you and Aunty even getting us some when you came to visit us in Sydney. Earl has always appreciated how comfortable you made him feel when he joined the family and I know he will miss your stories. You had a special way with kids and I'll never forget how quickly my Evan took to you when he was only 2 months old. It deeply saddens me that lil Carl will never get that chance.

Love always,
Posted by Achong Steven Johnson on April 22, 2021
I was filled with sadness that I received news of Frank's passing away on his journey to eternal life in heaven. However, I was relieved to hear that Frank was surrounded by his loving wife Ara and family at his bedside amidst this COVID chaos.

In 1958, far away from our family, we became good friends and were each other's confidant. We shared happy times together with outings to university sport events such as rugby, Gaelic football, tennis; Irish plays at the abbey theatre and fun times at Irish dancing parties. Frank was a leader at many of these social events. 

At home events, we particularly enjoyed his cooking when he would make tasty Indian curries. Frank was the one person who would wake me up on Sunday mornings to go to mass. He was really disciplined and attributed this to his early education by Jesuit priests in Goa. He was very religious and had time to join the legion of Mary group at university.

Frank progressed quickly becoming a skilled surgeon, practicing both in Ireland for years and then in Canada. He devoted much of his time in healing patients, who were grateful for his extraordinary skills. After retiring, Frank and his wife happened to take up residence near to me. Now we had time to see each other more often and keep in daily contact. Frank had confided to me that he felt blessed that he had such a loving wife and that he was very proud of all his children's achievements.

My wife, Florence and I wish to extend our deepest condolences to Ira and family and to wish them courage and strength to deal with their loss at this time. I will truly miss my good friend, and we pray that Frank will rest in peace forever.
Posted by Jaxon Moraes on April 22, 2021
Dear Papa,
You have always been there for me. You taught me many things, including playing chess. You always played with me every time I asked. You put my happiness first, and I will always remember you for that. Your cookies were the best, but they were always gone within the first 2 days. I will never forget all that you have done for me.
Love Jaxon
Posted by Jonathan Cheung on April 22, 2021
My condolences and thoughts with Ira, Theo, Trevor, Sabrina and families. Wishing I could offer you more support in person. 
Posted by Fructuoso de Souza on April 22, 2021
Frank was a mentor in medical school and our “digs” with Miss Ring on Leinster Rd Dublin. Simple in demeanour but clear in discernment of right and wrong , a model doctor , accomplished surgeon , supportive friend devoted to his family . He enjoyed a good prank , good food , laughter and relished a game of poker. We lived in simpler times but his grounded sense of self worth , hard work and devotion to “ thy will be done “ are a legacy in this toxic culture .
Posted by Ivan Moraes on April 22, 2021
Franklin loved his home in Cuncolim when ever he was in Goa he made it a point to visit Bencleavaddo although many of his old friends were no more. I was surprised that we had a common connection with St. Stanislaws’ high school Bandra. We were boarders though many years apart. My condolences to Ira and the children
Posted by Sinetra Ghadge on April 22, 2021
Don't think of him as gone away, his journey's just begun, life holds so many facets, this earth is only one.Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.Think how he must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched....For nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.
Posted by Suresh Amin on April 21, 2021
Our condolences to Ira , Theo , Trevor and Sabrina.
Frank will be fondly remembered
Posted by ernest dias on April 21, 2021
An old friend and countryman,fondly
Posted by Philomena Fernandes on April 21, 2021
Joaquim and I send our deepest sympathy to you Ira, Sabrina, Theo, Trevor and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Frank was a very kind and fun loving man. We have many loving memories of our good and fun times together with him and Ira.
Frank loved to play Bridge. We spent many hours on weekends and any other day playing Bridge. He loved to bake cookies, he had his own recipes for cookies. It was a nice surprise each time he brought out his cookies with a big smile on his face. 
There are many other memories of our trips together to Thompson and the train trip to Churchill with Frank, Ira and family.
We will always cherish these memories in our hearts. We will miss his smiling face, his kindness and his friendship. Rest in Peace, Frank
Posted by Mary Li on April 20, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to Ira and all the family! I am so fortunate to have been a neighbour to Frank and Ira. I will miss Frank’s big smiles. I always remember his patience and kindness when I was feeling so sick 7.5 years ago. We were both avid soccer and tennis fans. I really enjoyed our post-match analysis. He had a great knack for picking winners. I will really miss our banter. Rest In peace, Frank.
Posted by Ian Moraes on April 20, 2021
While I could talk to the role model he provided for his family, I’ll remember Uncle Frank for his pioneering global moves (Ireland and then Canada), hard working ethos, humility, and appreciation and value of the simple things in life (e.g., gardening, watching soccer on TV—especially Manchester City when they were not as good as they are now). Unfortunately, I was never able to convince him to root for the other Manchester club . But, above all, it was his quiet strength, deeply caring demeanor, influence on and enduring love for his family and our good Lord that impressed upon me. This will live on in those who knew him well including his family and grandchildren. Uncle Frank was impactful in my life and in many others and will be missed
Posted by Eric Fernandes on April 20, 2021
We send our condolences to the family of Dr. Frank Moraes. Although it has been many years since I have seen Frank, Ira and Theo, Trevor, and Sabrina, I have many fond memories of visiting the Moraes household as a child. Dr. Moraes always had many words of wisdom for me and as I grew into an adult, he still would give me advice on staying healthy and taking care of myself. He was a very kind and caring man. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Kori Bilben on April 20, 2021
Dear Papa
I admire you so much! I have always had a fondness for older people and when I lost my Grandpa Jack many years ago (my favourite person) you definitely helped fill that void through your wisdom, kindness, and utmost devotion to your family. Your love and loyalty to us never wavered, and you always put others before your own needs. I was not joking when I said you are the most amazing 85 year old person I know! Although time seemed so short at the end and it is hard for me to believe you are gone, I will always see you as a pillar of strength and health. Thank you for always treating me as a daughter and for taking care of everyone for so long. It is your time to rest.
Posted by JoAnne West on April 20, 2021
We send our condolences to Ira and the family. Frank will be fondly remembered by us. Unfortunately I only have a couple of pictures with Frank in them. The one that tells the story of his kindness in general is of Jasper. Our dog was at the garden doors to your house, and although Frank wasn't visible, we knew whose hand was delivering a treat to her. I believe she wandered over there just about every day for a visit.
He was a very kind person who always treated other people with respect and dignity. His presence will be greatly missed.

JoAnne, Jackie and Casey
Posted by Sabrina Moraes on April 19, 2021
Dear Papa,
You lived a long life and I am so happy to share it with you. I loved the times when you’d sleep in the rocking chair when you watched tennis and I walked up to you and woke you up so I could check yours and nana’s temperature. And when you made papa cookies and papa bread. That was my favourite snack. I loved when you cracked the coconut in Goa. That was cool. I miss the times when I walk in the room and you are watching tennis and I creep up and scare you but then I remember that you are always with me.
Love Priya

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Posted by ernest dias on December 2, 2021
condolences to ira and family.
Fondly remembered
Ernest Dias
Posted by Monique Fullowka on May 13, 2021
Condolences to Ira and the family.. I was saddened to hear of Dr Moraes and his passing. Loved having him for a was always so easy to just drop in most times to see him. He was so proud of his family too, and was nice to see how the family was so much a part of what he did both at home and at work. He will be missed, as he was when he left Flin Flon.
Posted by Cynthia Fedak on May 13, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Moraes, my sympathy to Ira and family. I recently lost my husband, Pete, who at one time was Dr. Moraes patient, as I was. He was the best doctor, always caring and kind. A good hearted man. Pete loved to tell the story about Dr. Moraes walking his dog and the chat they had one time. I used to take my grandkids to see Dr. Moraes as patients, he got to know each one of us. He never hurried you and you never had to wait long to see him.  He always had a kind word for everyone. 
his Life
Francisco Xavier Neon Moraes
Born: December 2, 1935 in Goa, India
Died: April 13, 2021 in Toronto, Canada
Francisco (Frank) Moraes passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife- Ira, his proud children- Theo (and PJ), Trevor (and Kori), and Sabrina, and his amazing grandchildren- Jai, Jaxon, Divya, Priya, and Rohan.   
Frank was many things in his life. He was a skilled physician, who practiced medicine as a family doctor and general surgeon in three countries: Ireland, India and Canada. He was rarely able to escape people approaching him on the street, in stores, in church, and even at his home seeking medical advice. Yet he never turned anyone away without appropriate support. As a husband, he knew, and proudly acknowledged, how blessed he was to have his life partner. As a father, he managed to walk the fine line of challenging his children to excel while always making them feel loved and accepted.  As a grandfather (aka Papa), he will be remembered as a worthy chess opponent, always being up for a challenging board game, the maker of Papa Cookies and Papa Bread, a great teacher of card games, a source of endless history lessons, and a great travel buddy. He was a favourite uncle to many, a loved brother, and a trusted friend. In these roles he has touched the lives of many. He was intelligent, wise, generous, caring, adventurous, and brave. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Cuncolim, Goa, India

Papa was born and raised in Goa India. He grew up in Cuncolim with his four sisters (Leonida, Elfrida, Jolly and Livy) and one brother (Dervencio).  Upon retirement, Nana and Papa returned to the house they built in Margoa every year until 2019. Below is a picture of Jai  and Papa beside a fishing boat on the beach in Goa - winter of 2015.
Recent stories
Shared by Lyla Yaremchuk on April 29, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Moraes on the 3rd floor in Flin Flon. He was a man of compassion and empathy and treated everyone well. He would work hard for his patients and never hesitated to praise a good choice or kindly tell youl no, not a good choice. He once had a patient, a big man, decide to accept help and go to a drug rehabilitation center. He was so happy he darted around the desk and hugged the patient. It was heartwarming as he reached up and his patient bent down to receive it. He really cared about people, I for one missed him when he left. My condolences to you all on your loss of such a good man.

My Dad is my hero ....

Shared by Trevor Moraes on April 18, 2021

For the fortunate ones of us, this is true. To have a parent, or in my case parents, that embody the values and characteristics that you aspire to... they become our heroes.

For the first decade of my life (that I recall) our family was a tight knit group of 5 that travelled the world together. From short road trips, Monaghan to Dublin, or the various long journeys across the planet -Ireland to Flin Flon and Flin Flon to Goa through Hong Kong or Bombay ... and of course the long road trips across Canada, my Dad was there leading the way. He accepted challenged without fear, without hesitation, without doubt...and with a work ethic matched only by his partner in life, and an altruistic manner that provided the foundation for their children to flourish.

These are some of his characteristics that I’ve aspired to:

People have told me that I am very much like my father ... and I was proud to wear that badge ... sometimes it meant I was stubborn or stoic or frugal ... but many times it referred to our competitiveness and our drive to move things along - to get things done - to make a difference.

My Dad made a difference in thousands of peoples lives ... he was a surgeon, and general physician and we’ve heard hundreds of stories from patients, friends, family and Papa himself about the cases and traumas that defined his life.   Some were gruesome and difficult to hear with poor outcomes, some were intellectually challenging and many were positive stories ... ‘See this scar’ people would say “your dad , Dr. Moraes, he saved ...”

The first story that comes to mind is the Irish farmer who sawed off his thumb and came to the emergency department.  Dad was able to sew a finger onto the place of the thumb, so the farmer could continue with his livelihood.

Appendectomies were common ... Dad had small hands (compared to the Irish Doctors he trained with) so he was revered as a surgeon for making small incisions .. these small incisions were also a huge plus for women needing C-sections.

The stories go on and on - of friends whose arms were in casts steadied by my Dad or people’s dislocated shoulders or hips ...

He told us the story of the super human effort to put a 250lb man’s hip back into place. Later in life, his experience gave him the ability diagnose and solve medical problems confidently and he was usually correct... his knowledge of anatomy and physiology is unmatched. Growing up, we sat as his medical receptionists in his office in Flin Flon and witnessed his impact on the community there for over 25 years.

He was also an uncle, a brother, a grand-father, but to me my Dad was super human.  When we were little kids he seemed to have super human strength with ‘big muscles’ that could throw us up into the air or open jam jars that were impossible to open. He was also an amazing ping-pong player (for a 50 year old) with an unorthodox style. Once we were older he seemed to have super intellect - a genius in strategy games and a great adversary we’d spend hours playing Chess, Monopoly, and CARDS. He loved cards (Uno, Bridge, Seven hands and Poker), he always seemed to hold the aces- but it was his thoughtful humming while concentrating on the match that disarmed his competitors during those epic battles. 

I’m told that Dad and I shared some physical characteristics as well, not the super human part but an aptitude for sport ... Papa was a first class footballer (Soccer player). He played for his school, college and in Goa he and his brother were well known as ‘tough’ (Cuncolcorts),fast and elite sportsman with particular talents as soccer and field hockey players.  He used his sporting prowess as a youngster to facilitate his ultimate goal to become a physician.  A priest in his school and his brother made connections for him to move to Ireland to get medical training.   Once he started down that path, his devotion to medicine took over and I never saw him play soccer ... although I knew he loved the sport.  We had a chance to visit the old Wembley Stadium in London 2 years ago and he knew of all the old historic matches that were featured. Though I’m sure he would have preferred to see a Manchester City tour.

Papa’s soccer team was Manchester City (back in the 60’s and onwards)

Papa always cheered for the underdog, the little guys and the long shot...

Jets vs Oilers , Brazil vs Argentina or the horse that’s not on the card... He did have an appreciation of talent and watched a lot of sports over the last 30 years and probably could have accurately predicted the future teams or tennis stars that would go on to win tournaments and championships.

All heroes make sacrifices to benefit those around them ... Mine gave up his beloved sports, a warm climate, and his homeland in order to raise his children in a place where opportunities are indeed boundless . There is certainly joy in seeing your offspring succeed - I know he was proud of his children and grandchildren. 

We cherish our heroes and sometimes we forget to celebrate them while they are with us ...and it becomes a void within us when they are gone.

I will miss my Dad ... but I will continue to follow, as best I can, the positive light that he brought to the many people that benefited from his hard work, generosity and altruism. We love you Dad - you were one of a kind.

Francisco was a Manchester City Football supporter

Shared by Trevor Moraes on April 18, 2021
Francisco was an excellent footballer as teenager and followed the sport very closely over the last 2 decades of his life.