Victor Magalhães passed away on 10 June 2017 at the age of 50 following a cerebrovascular accident that occurred during the closing dinner of the 40th OIV Congress in Sofia.
It is with immense sorrow and great pain that we mourn the loss of Victor.
He dedicated his entire career to the OIV, where he worked in the Secretariat for over 23 years.
During all these years, he demonstrated a high level of professionalism and talent, having played an active role in compiling the statistical data published by the OIV every year. His experience, knowledge and expertise were recognised by all.
But aside from his professional competence, Victor had strong, wonderful human qualities appreciated by all those who had the pleasure of meeting him.
He set an example in terms of his energy and drive. It was with tremendous strength of character that several years ago he faced a serious illness and overcame the severe health problems he was affected by. Many, under these circumstances, would have thrown in the towel; Victor made the decision to resume his professional life and take on every challenge life threw at him with optimism.
Victor had an endearing and highly empathetic personality. He was profoundly human, mindful of others, warm and altruistic. His optimism was infectious, and he loved to share his passion for football with his colleagues, as he also did with his son. Victor was appreciated universally.
His passing has deeply affected his colleagues and friends at the OIV Secretariat who he mixed with on a daily basis, but also the wider OIV family.
We express our deepest sympathies to his partner Paola, his son Léandro, his parents, his sister and all those close to him.
We will not forget Victor.