Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather
LOWELL Antonio DeSousa, 85, of Lowell, died surrounded by his family, Saturday, August 8, 2009 at Saints Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Maria (Dias) DeSousa.
Born March 19, 1924, in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, he was a son of the late Joao, and the late Virginia Sousa. He was raised and educated in Guadalupe, Graciosa, where he worked as a farmer before coming to the United States in 1963, settling in Lowell with his wife and five children.
He resided in the Central Street area, was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Parish and was a member of The Holy Ghost Society. He was employed as a greenskeeper for ten years for Longmeadow Golf Club. He was previously employed at Pellon, in Lowell, for eight years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and vacationing in Florida with his family.
Besides his wife, Maria, he is survived by his three sons, Manuel D. Sousa and his wife, Kay, of Hudson, NH, Norberto Silva, of Portugal, Joe DaSilva and his girlfriend, Suzanne Shallah, of Chelmsford; three daughters, Maria Felix and her husband, Antonio, of Dracut, Zulmira Leal and her husband, James, of Dracut, and Linda DaSilva and her husband Joe, of Dracut; thirteen grandchildren, Kristine Sutherland and her fiancé, Brian Carrol, Manuel D. Sousa Jr. and his fiancé, Tiffany Simple, all of Hudson, NH, Brian Felix, Tanya Felix, Joshua DaSilva, Samantha DaSilva, and Melissa Leal, all of Dracut, Darlene McSorley and her husband, Jeremy, of Lowell, AJ and Lexi DaSilva, of Lowell, Garrett Winn, of Lowell, Lorrie and Mark Chiappetta, of Chelmsford, Jennifer Griffin and her husband, Mark, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is also survived by nine great grandchildren, Hayley and Meghan Sutherland, and Gabrielle Sousa, all of Hudson, NH, AJ and Juliana Chiappetta, of Chelmsford, Kennedy Daly, of Dracut, Olivia McSorley, of Lowell, Bob Burnt and Olivia Griffin, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 3 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10. ON TUESDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 8 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL 978-458-6816. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ANTHONY’S PARISH AT 9 A.M.. BURIAL IN ST. MARY CEMETERY. MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, 30 SPEEN STREET, FRAMINGHAM, MA 01701-9376. E-CONDOLENCE SITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM