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Luis Figueiredo

May 9, 1942 September 28, 2018
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Luis Fernando Figueiredo, 76, passed away on September 28, 2018. He was born in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, on May 9, 1942 to Alfredo Figueiredo Jr. and Magdalena Pascoal Figueiredo. He is survived by his daughter Alina (Shawn) Davidson; granddaughters Jaisa and Elise; and sister Ana Maria Figueiredo de Deus. He is preceded by his wife Maria Elena; son Jose Carlos; brother Jose Carlos; and both of his parents.
Luis Fernando enjoyed the time he spent with family and his friends. He made friends everywhere he went and enjoyed connecting with others through stories and laughs. Luis Fernando was someone who was known by many as generous and kind, always appreciative of the simple things; he knew that what matters most in life is the love you give and receive from those around you.
Anyone that knew him knew he was also an avid sports fan; the one game he was most passionate about was soccer. He played soccer throughout his childhood and often joked that in Brazil you are “born with a soccer ball.” In 1966, Luis Fernando was recruited to pursue an opportunity in Rochester, NY which would advance his soccer career. Luis Fernando, who mostly played inside left, was known by many in the soccer community as “Canhoto,” which means “Lefty” in Portuguese, because he usually played with his highly skilled left foot.
Luis Fernando played for Dnipro and the Italian American Sport Club (IASC) in Rochester, NY helping both sides successful seasons while scoring countless goals. For example, he struck for a hat-trick (three goals in a single game) contributing to a 5-1 win over Buffalo Germania in a Northwester Cup match on Jan. 11, 1966. He helped the IASC reach the U.S. Amateur Cup finals of the 1966 competition. On May 28, 1967, a 25-year-old Luis Fernando played a key role in the ISAC’s comeback from a 2-0 deficit in what turned out to be a 4-2 victory for the ISAC over the Ukrainian-American Sport Club in the semifinals of the Northwestern Cup game at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, NY.
In 1967, Luis Fernando joined the newly formed Rochester Lancers. The Lancers were Rochester’s first professional soccer club; formed as an expansion in the semi-pro American Soccer League (ASL). Luis Fernando has the unique distinction of scoring the Lancers’ first goal in a competitive match in the team’s inaugural match in the ASL against the Boston Tigers on Aug. 27, 1966. Boston head coach Sal Atria praised Luis Fernando’s performance in the midfield to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. His promising career with the Lancers was unfortunately short-lived due to a left leg injury suffered early in the season. He played with the Lancers through the 1968 season.

Both during and after his time with the Lancers, he worked for Kaddis Manufacturing Company as a machine operator; he retired after 40 years of service. He married his wife Maria Elena in 1970, raised their two children and lived in Rochester until 2017 when he moved to Highland Park, IL to be closer to his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters; he spent his last year surrounded by his loving family.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00am Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church, 770 Deerfield Road, Highland Park, IL., 60035. Additional services will be held at a later date at St. Michael’s Church in Rochester, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Luis Fernando to the non-profit, Habitat Brazil Program. To date, Habitat for Humanity Brazil has helped improve lives by building and improving homes, while working through national platforms and networks to promote the public policies that help millions of people;
Info: Wenban Funeral Home 847-234-0022 or

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10:00 AM 10/9/2018 10:00:00 AM
Immaculate Conception

770 Deerfield
Highland Park, IL 60035

Immaculate Conception
770 Deerfield Highland Park 60035 IL

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St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

Corner of Spruce and Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL

Corner of Spruce and Sheridan Road Lake Forest IL

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Habitat for Humanity Brazil


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