By Mike Renzella
The Haldimand Press
JARVIS—Jessica Cordeiro is a young woman with a lot on her shoulders. The 27-year-old is recently engaged, working hard on her career in the dental field, and representing her family through a devastating process following the fire that destroyed her family home in February of last year.
The Cordeiro family first purchased their home at 1065 Concession 9 in Jarvis over 30 years ago. Jessica grew up in that home with her mother, sister, and her father Jose. Life was good for the family for most of those years.
“In September 2018 … it came to a point where (my father) was not being himself. He was not sleeping, and he was forgetting things. It was like a mental change in his mind. Even his workplace reached out to me and said, ‘listen Jess, we need to get your dad to see a doctor’,” explained Cordeiro, noting that her father wouldn’t see a doctor, however, because of a life-long phobia. Some of the unusual behaviours included hearing voices, going three to four days without sleep, and hallucinating. After 30-plus years of working for Samuel Steel in Brantford, Jose reached a point where he could not remember the route to get to work.