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Eurico Gido Avi with his wife Natalia.

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Avi, Eurico Gido (1908–2005)

By The Brazilian White Center – UNASP

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

Eurico Guido Avi was a teacher and one of the pioneer workers in the state of Paraná, Brazil.

Eurico Guido Avi was born on December 10, 1908, in the city of Curitiba, state of Paraná, Brazil. Son of José Avi and Marina Osty Avi, he was raised in the city of Roça Nova, Paraná, where his father worked on the railroad network of the Curitiba-Paranaguá railway.1

As a child, the family received Bible studies from their Adventist neighbor, Adolpho Reimann. Eurico listened carefully to the Bible presentations and was very impressed. However, his family did not accept the Adventist message. During his adolescence, he began to read the Bible and attend services at the central church of Curitiba, where he especially appreciated Roberto Rabello’s sermons, an aspirant pastor at the time. Eurico was baptized by Pastor A. E. Hagen in the Barigui River, in Curitiba.2 Later he got married to Natália Zanotto Avi and had one3 daughter, Gisete Avi.4

In 1937, he began to serve as a primary school teacher in the rural church school of Tronco, near the city of Castro, Paraná. This type of school, which operated on the premises of the church, was common in Brazil in the first half of the 20th century. He served there for three years,5 until being called by the Paraná-Santa Catarina Conference in 1940 to be the first teacher of the União da Vitória Adventist Academy, in the city of União da Vitoria, state of Paraná. Eurico taught there for two years, and for his pioneering work, the school took his name for many years.6

Following that, in 1943, Eurico worked at the São Paulo Adventist Hospital as a nursing assistant.7 From 1944 to 1945, he was a church school teacher at the São Paulo Conference.8 After that he worked at the conference’s cleaning and maintenance services.9 In 1950 he was appointed to work at the Paraná-Santa Catarina’s office and then at the Paraná Adventist Academy (IAP), which had been transferred from Butiá to the surrounding city of Curitiba, next to the Barigui train station. Among his contributions to Paraná Adventist Academy, there are the implementation of the college's beekeeping department and the drawings he made for the events that took place there, illustrating scenarios, panels and posters.10

Eurico retired in 1963 at the Paraná Conference.11 Years later, in 1976, he was one of the church workers honored by this conference for having been one of the pioneer workers in the state.12 For his missionary work, he used to carry on his shoulders a battery and a projector so that he could preach in difficult places.13 Eurico died on January 13, 2005, at the age of 96, in the city of Curitiba.14

Sources

“Eurico Guido Avi obituary.” Revista Adventista, year 100, no. 4, April, 2005.

Histórico da Unidade. In: National Adventist Memory Center Archive/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, S Stand: 2. Shelf 6. Folder: “Avi, Eurico Guido.” Accessed in March 6 of 2020.

“Trienais no Paraná.” Revista Adventista, year 71, no. 9, September 1976.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, various years.

Notes

  1. Pr. Renato Gross interview with Eurico Guido Avi, email message to Sergio Micael, March 16, 2019.

  2. Ibid.

  3. In Eurico Guido Avi’s death note, in Revista Adventista (AR), year 100, no. 4, April 2005, p. 36, Eurico is said to have had two daughters. However, no other sources were found to confirm the information. The author of this biography showed preference to the interview given by Eurico to Pr. Renato Gross, since it is a primary source.

  4. Pr. Renato Gross interview with Eurico Guido Avi, email message to Sergio Micael, March 16, 2019.

  5. “Parana-Santa Catharina Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1938), 184.; “Parana-Santa Catarina Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1943), 153.

  6. Histórico da Unidade (National Adventist Memory Center Archive/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP).

  7. “São Paulo Clinic,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1944), 290.

  8. “São Paulo Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1945), 153; “São Paulo Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1946), 160.

  9. Pr. Renato Gross interview with Eurico Guido Avi, email message to Sergio Micael, March 16, 2019.

  10. Parana-Santa Catarina Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1951), 179; Pr. Renato Gross interview with Eurico Guido Avi, email message to Sergio Micael, March 16, 2019.

  11. “South Brazil Union Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington. D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1964), 202.

  12. “Trienais no Paraná,” Revista Adventista, year 71, no. 9, September 1976, 13.

  13. “Eurico Guido Avi obituary,” Revista Adventista, year 100, no. 4, April, 2005, 36.

  14. Pr. Renato Gross interview with Eurico Guido Avi, email message to Sergio Micael, March 16, 2019.

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UNASP, The Brazilian White Center –. "Avi, Eurico Gido (1908–2005)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed June 19, 2021. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DGEW.

UNASP, The Brazilian White Center –. "Avi, Eurico Gido (1908–2005)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access June 19, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DGEW.

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