NEW BEDFORD; John Fernandes, 86, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, after a period of declining health at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the loving husband of 63 years of Elvira (Silva) Fernandes, and son of the late Antone and Luisa (Paulino) Fernandes.
He was a life long resident of New Bedford. Mr. Fernandes was a firefighter for the City of New Bedford for more than 30 years, until his retirement. He was a member of the Portuguese American Club, and the International of Firefighters Local 841.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II, with military awards and honors; World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal - 4 Stars, Philippine Liberation Medal - 2 Stars, and European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Medal - 2 Stars.
Survivors include his wife of New Bedford, one son, David Fernandes and his wife Vicki of Auburn, Washington, two sisters, Adelaide J. Mendes of Dartmouth, and Natalie Rishmany of Fall River, nieces and nephews.
Donations in Mr. Fernandes memory can be made to the Salvation Army, 619 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Ma 02740
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral mass with cremains present on Friday, July 8, at 9 AM, in the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. Followed by burial of cremains at St. John Cemetery, New Bedford. Arrangements are by the CABRAL BAYLIES SQUARE-LAMOUREUX FUNERAL HOME, 512 No. Front St., New Bedford. For condolences please go to www.cabralbaylies.com.