Januario Cardoso Pires, “Jay,” of Arcata went to be with our Lord on November 8, 2022 at the age of 90. At his side was his devoted wife Maria, and her son, Tony. He was preceded in death by his son, Januario Pires Jr. of Florida, his parents Januario Pires and Jesuina Borges of Terceira, Azores and his six older sisters.

Jay is survived by his wife, Maria Pires and her son, Tony Luis; Daughters, Mafalda Mann (Craig), Estelle Creel, and Lucinda Ribeiro. Grandchildren: Tishana Mann, Craig Mann Jr., Samantha Creel, Sarah Salas (Antonio), Amy Knight (Jaime), Jeff Cook (Sarai), Bill Cook, Alissa Morey. He was blessed with Great Grandchildren, Isaac Mann, Avyana Gray, Kaylee Cook (AJ), Emily Moore (James), Della Cook, and Owen Morey. Great Great Grandchildren: Jack Knight, Antonio Salas, Luis Salas, Baylee Stubbs, Jaycee Moore and many nieces and nephews throughout California and the East Coast.

Jay was born July 28, 1932 to Januario Pires and Jesuina Borges in Terceira, Acores. He was the youngest with six older sisters. Jay was industrious and a hard worker. He was a Fire Chief in Terceira for 22 years. He emigrated to the US and held many jobs throughout his life. Jay was a world traveler. He and Maria enjoyed ten cruises and many trips throughout the United States and Europe. He was an avid gardener with many fruit trees and greenhouses. He enjoyed the company of family and friends, parties, and celebrations.

Pallbearers will be: Isidro Homen, Michael Alves, Ernie Alves, Joe Borba, Alvino Borba, and Luis Adriano Careoso. Rosary to be held on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at Paul’s Chapel in Arcata. Funeral Service at St. Mary’s Church in Arcata Friday, November 18 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Sunset Cemetery. Celebration of Life to be held following the services at Maria Pires home.


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