Dad, Francisco Garcia da Rosa, passed away on 22 de Abril, 2013, Born at Valverde, Madalena, Pico, Azores in 1922, passed in Boston, USA.
My dad, my friend and my hero. May God permit that I learn to be half the man he was.
He was a great poet and I have translated one of his poems here:
(Translated by Manuel Rosa, April 23, 2013)
This 1969 photo was taken when my dad's oldest brother Manuel Rosa, living in San jose, Califronia, since 1924, visited his village in Pico, Azores. The half white half stone house in the back was where I was born in Valverde. The four men on horseback are my uncles, three of my dad's eight siblings. My dad is the one on the right with the straw hat. I am barefoot next to my dad and two of my six brothers are on either side of us.
This 1967 photo shows my mom with the 7 kids in front of our home, ranging from 14 to 2 years old.
I am in the black shirt in the center. This year my dad was interned with tuberculosis in a hospital on the neighboring island where he stayed for 10 months. My mom was left to tend the fields with us, since all we ate, we needed to grow.