John Fernandes

Born: Sat., Aug. 30, 1924
Died: Wed., Jun. 29, 2011

Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Fri., Jul. 08, 2011

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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



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Jan Calichman (Mather)
   Posted Wed July 06, 2011
To the Fernandes family, I am truly sad for your loss. Mr Fernandes was such a kind man and he''ll surely be missed. I grew up on Shawmut Avenue and he was our backyard neighbor since I was 9 yrs old- 43 yrs ago. He always had a big smile, waved hello and asked me how I was when I came back home to visit and was genuinely happy to see me.
May you hold all of your sweet memories close to your heart and he''ll always be with you. Take care. Jan

Jim & Abbe Souza
   Posted Thu July 07, 2011
To Eva and the family of John Fernandes, please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of our dear friend John. It has been a long time since our friendly tennis matches at Buttonwood Park but we will never forget the fun and enjoyment we had playing with the Fernandes duo, Eva and John! We will always cherish the memory of those wonderful days. May God Bless John for all his goodness, we will remember him as a a friend, always.
Jim & Abbe Souza