Manuel C. ‘Manny’ Bettencourt
LOWELL Manuel C. ‘Manny’ Bettencourt, 76, of Lowell, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at his home after a brief illness. He was the husband of Isabel (Avila) Bettencourt, with whom he celeberated their 52nd Wedding Anniversary last year.
Born March 28, 1935, in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, he was a son the late Jose M. and the late Frances E. (Camara) Bettencourt. He was raised and educated in Pico. He was a farmer in Pico before coming to the United States on February 13, 1971, with his family, settling in Lowell.
Mr. Bettencourt worked for Prince Macaroni, and then worked for Pellon which later became Frudenburg. He retired after twenty one years of service. He was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church.
Family was everything to Manny, and he enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed tinkering with things, finding out how things worked. He also grew grapes to make his wine, and loved animals, keeping many animals here to remind him of his farm in Pico.
In addition to his loving wife, Isabel, he is survived by his children, Adelia M. Head and her husband, James Leroy, of Claremont, NH, Norbando A. Bettencourt of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal, Elizabeth M. Bettencourt, and her fiancé Osvaldo Marin, of Albany, New York, Idite M. Cardona and her husband, Rafael, of Lowell, and Lacalet M. Moran and her husband, Daniel, of Lowell; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Jose Manuel Bettencourt who passed away in 1979, and a brother of the late Adventino Bettencourt and the late Americo Bettencourt.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS 1 UNTIL 3 AND 6 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY. ON THURSDAY, 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 CHURCH AT 9 A.M.. BURIAL IN WESTLAWN CEMETERY. E-CONDOLENCE - MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM