Carlito’s versatility embraces science, music, and the visual arts.
Carlito was a talented and versatile artist. In the last few years, he had been working with a mix of materials, colors, and shapes. Carlito Palmeira’s latest pieces combine natural leather, metal, plastic, synthetic resins, wood and fiberglass. His projects range from Plastic Arts to Furniture Design and Decoration Objects. Curved lines and rounded shapes always dominate them. When asked about his art and his style, Carlito always emphasized: “I do not adopt styles nor follow trends. My creations simply reflect images of my inner Universe and the things around me.”
“And now, the end is near, And so I face the final curtain, my friend, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain, I’ve lived a life that’s full, I’ve traveled each and every highway, But more, much more than this, I did it my way” My way by Paul Anka (Frank Sinatra’s voice .
And that is how we bid our farewell to Carlito Palmeira Melo on Sunday February 4th, 2018 at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre in Toronto.
Carlito was married to Dalva Melo, former Vice-Consul of Brazil in Toronto.
Erson Gonçalves, was the officiant and led an eloquent bilingual spiritual service. The Gospel Passage was, “The Need for Love” According to Paul the Apostle (Corinthias, 13:1-7 and 13).
“If I can speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have no love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have a faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I am nothing…
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
The Prayer of Caritas was part of the service. Reflections were made by Carlito’s beautiful daughter Giselle and best friend Keith. A Video entitled “Carlito’s Way” was produced by his son Sidney in his tribute.
The final farewell was a Special Tribute by Capoeira Camará and engaged the participation of the guests. It was done the traditional Brazilian Bahian way, just like Carlito would have enjoyed and appreciated. Although funerals are expected to be sad, I left feeling inspired by Carlito’s life and message of love.
Carlito was born in Ilhéus, Bahia, and was raised in the city of Natal in Rio Grande do Norte. He immigrated to Canada in 1968 and later became a citizen.
Carlito is a Brazilian-Canadian legendary icon who fostered and promoted love, peace, and hope. He approached everything he did with excellence, professionalism, diplomacy, and precision. He was a Professional Chemist, a graduate of the University of Toronto, accomplished musician, plastic artist, and entrepreneur. He promoted Brazilian culture through the arts.
Brazilian Carnaval in Toronto became synonym with his name. Carlito=Samba. Samba=Carlito. He birthed the band Rio Connection to give life to this annual event. Friends from around the world expressed gratitude that Master Carlito introduced them to the “Caipirinha”.
He was a respected member of the Freemasons.
In her reflection, his daughter Giselle, referred to him as her Captain and the Chemist. He educated and cautioned his children about the chemical components found in certain foods, specially coca-cola and the red food colour dye.
He left his prints in the hearts of all those lives he touched. I bid you my farewell with Irvin Gordon’s famous song, “Unforgettable”! Until we meet again…