Florentino Lobao DeVasconcelos
LOWELL Florentino Lobao DeVasconcelos, 67, of Lowell, died Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was the husband of Maria Oldemira (Picanco) DeVasconcelos, with whom he celebrated their Forty First Wedding Anniversary this past June.
Born December 23, 1940, in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, he was a son of the late Francisco DaSilva Vasconcelos and the late Maria DeJesus Lobao, and was educated in that area. He was a farmer while in Graciosa, and served in the Portuguese Army. He came to the United States with his family in 1975.
He settled in Lowell, making his home in the Back Central Street Neighborhood and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church. He was a member of the Portuguese American Civic League and the Portuguese American Club, as well the Holy Ghost Society and Veteranos Portugueses. He worked as a groundskeeper for the Belmont Country Club for thirty three years.
In addition to his wife, Maria, he is survived by three children, Ilidia V. Porto and her husband, Victor, of Salem, NH, L. M. Vasconcelos of Lowell, and Jeffrey DeVasconcelos of Lowell; three grandchildren, Juliana Porto, Claudia Porto, and Ryan Porto all of Salem, NH; two sisters, Maria Gil of Lowell, and Almeirinda Morais of Lowell; four brothers, Juventino Vasconcelos and his wife, Auriolinda, of Peabody, Valentino Vasconcelos and his wife, Terezina, of Peabody, Celestino Vasconcelos and his wife, Valentina, of Graciosa, Azores, and Arlindo Vasconcelos and his wife, Ivone, of Graciosa, Azores; and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Idalina Morais and the late Leontina Vasconcelos, and son in law of the late Manuel Picanco and Maria Diamantina, as well as the brother in law of the late Eduardo Morais and the late Reginaldo Gil.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 4 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON MONDAY.
ON TUESDAY, HIS FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816.
HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH AT 10 A.M. LOWELL.
BURIAL IN ST. MARY CEMETERY, TEWKSBURY.
MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME TO THE YAWKEY CANCER CENTER, DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 165 CAMBRIDGE STREET, SUITE 600, BOSTON, MA 02114 AND THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, CENTRALIZED MEMORIAL PROCESSING CENTER, 30 SPEEN ST., FRAMINGHAM, MA 01701.