• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 27 comments on BU Remembers Two Custodians Lost to COVID-19

  1. God bless Juber and Jose, two members of the BU Community who exemplified what it means not to just be a hard worker, but a caring, compassionate human being. All who met them are lucky to have known them, and may their family members find peace and respite knowing the marks that Juber and Jose left on this world.

  2. while I did not know Jose, I did get to know Juber. He was the kindest most helpful man! I once was running a function and needed assistance from the custodians, he saw me and jumped in and did everything, even though he wasn’t yet on the clock.
    Always had a smile and a quick greeting for everyone. He will be sadly missed.
    I wish I had an address to let his family know how special he was to his BU family, so sorry for their loss.

  3. My sincere condolences to the families of Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ferreira. They will be missed here at BU. May their memories be a blessing to all who knew them.

  4. I am so, so sorry to read about the passing of both Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Lopez. We were so lucky, as a community, to have two such dedicated and kind custodians. I appreciate that they both continued to work under the hard restrictions from Covid and, in Mr. Ferreira’s case, with the extra burden of lung cancer and treatment-I can’t imagine the difficulty (and fear) I would have to keep working during the pandemic. I am so sorry that they are gone and so, so sorry for their families.

  5. Years ago the Medical campus leased an apartment building across the street from the campus. It was called Harrison Court. Huber worked there as a custodian. I had to check on the building daily so would see him working everyday. I knew he was an employee BU would want. I asked him if he wanted to work for BU. He said yes and was a terrific employee. What he lacked in learning the English language he more than made up for in his work ethic and his pleasant personality. Everyone who knew him on the medical campus enjoyed his company. He will be missed.

  6. My condolences to the families of Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Lopez. Their stories are so important. We collectively mourn with their loved ones and ask God’s blessings upon them.

  7. Thank you for sharing their stories, and I am so sorry for their loss. I hope custodians like Jose and Juber will be top priority for vaccination going forward. I wonder if their families have GoFundMe links we can support?

  8. I feel so sad for these beautiful humans and their families. BU was so lucky to have them. I am hoping that BU is doing what they can to ensure that other janitorial staff will get the vaccine urgently.

  9. Such a deserving tribute to two men who seemingly brought warmth and smiles to everyone they met. What a loss for their families and for BU, where I’m sure Jose and Juber touched many lives each day. May they rest in peace. I’ll pray for their loved ones.

  10. So, so, so sad to read Juber has passed. A fantastic individual, genuine to the core, and his infectious smile made everyone around him a better person. 1~10… he was a solid 12.

  11. Thank you so much for all your kind words towards my father and family. It fills me with great pride and joy to read all the great things said about him, I know that he felt the same towards all of you.

  12. Our sincere condolences to these amazing employees of BU who were there steadfastly with dedication and love for our terriers, keeping them safe with their hard work asking for zero acknowledgment. This story is heartbreaking and the reason we must all keep choosing Science and following the safe guidelines at BU and everywhere until we are all fully vaccinated. May their memories be a blessing. Is there anything that can be done for their families? Thank you.

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