John Ferreira, grandfather of Father Christopher M. Peschel, dies


TAUNTON, Mass. — John Ferreira Jr., 85, died peacefully in his own home on Sunday, April 7, after several years of illness. His devotion to his Catholic Faith and his love for family sustained him throughout this time and brought him a great sense of consolation.

John was born in Taunton to the late John and Laura (DeMoura) Ferreira on May 28, 1933 and called Taunton home for his entire life. He was immersed in the Catholic community of his hometown from an early age and was a proud graduate of Msgr. Coyle High School, class of 1951. After high school he entered the U.S. Army during the Korean War and returned to Taunton when the war ended. He got his first and only job at the former Robertson Curtain Factory in Taunton, where after decades of dedicated employment he worked his way up to becoming the vice president of manufacturing, a job that he retired from several years ago. 

In his retirement, John enjoyed traveling the world with his former work colleagues, and particularly preferred destinations that were warm and had plenty of sun. John also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and took a keen interest in their lives and activities. John was known for playing host and in true Portuguese style, cooking a spread at holidays and special occasions that would take a small army to consume. John was a life member of the Taunton Elks Lodge and was a charter member of the St. Paul’s Council of the Knights of Columbus. Most importantly, retirement afforded John the ability to practice his faith on a daily basis. He quickly became a regular at the 7 a.m. weekday Mass at St. Mary’s Church, the Monday evening Novena at St. Andrew’s Church, and various other activities and devotions in the churches of Taunton and beyond. John lived his life for Heaven, and we pray that is a place that he enjoys for eternity.

John was preceded in death by his sister and brother Barbara and Richard Ferreira, as well as his former wife Geraldine (Gouveia) Crocker. He is survived by his longtime companion Eduardina LaPointe and his three children, Linda Peschel-Forte of Taunton, Jay Ferreira and his companion Payton Brant of Taunton, and Joan Ferreira and her companion Aaron Menice of West Palm Beach, Fla. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Michelle Alexander, Father Christopher M. Peschel, Gregory Peschel, Amanda Ferreira, Ashley Ferriera, Jonathon Peschel, and Michael Forte. John had one great-grandchild, Julian Peschel. 

A funeral for John will be held on Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m., from the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Avenue in Taunton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Taunton. He will be buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, alongside his mother and father. 

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, please remember John the same way he remembered all his friends and relatives who died, in prayer and at Mass. You may also make a donation in his name to the Taunton Regional Dialysis Center, 1 Washington Street, Taunton, Mass.

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