Former governor Colombo Machado Salles will be in mourning at the Legislative Assembly of the State of Santa Catarina (Alesc), from 10 am to 2 pm, this Wednesday (15). The farewell ceremony is scheduled for 2pm. Afterwards, the procession will continue to the Jardim da Paz Cemetery, where the burial will take place. The Government of Santa Catarina decreed seven days of mourning for the death. The city hall of Laguna, the former governor’s hometown, declared three days of official mourning for his death.
Colombo Salles was admitted, in October, to the Intensive Treatment Unit (ICU) of the Imperial Hospital de Caridade, in Florianópolis. He had a urinary tract infection and pulmonary edema. He died in his apartment at the age of 97 and leaves his wife Dayse Werner Salles and three children: Marcelo, Bertoldo and Maria José Salles.
“I received with sadness the news of the death of former governor Colombo Machado Salles, aged 97. Salles was a good guy and a man of great public spirit. His contribution to our state leaves a legacy that will last in history. We declare three days of official mourning in his memory. May God comfort the family in this difficult time”, said Governor Jorginho Mello when declaring mourning.
Governor of Santa Catarina from 1971 to 1975
During the Colombo Salles government, a second bridge was built connecting Santa Catarina Island to the Mainland, in Florianópolis, the structure was named after him. The politician was the head of the Santa Catarina executive between 1971 and 1975.
Also during Salles’ government, the Catarinense Water and Sanitation Company (Casan) was created. After being governor, he was a professor of the civil engineering course at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and retired in 1992.
Salles leaves his wife Dayse Werner Salles and three children: Marcelo, Bertoldo and daughter Maria José Salles. The family decides the location of the wake.
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