John A. Gonsalves

September 13, 2015

John A. Gonsalves
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JOHN A. GONSALVES- of Woburn, Sunday, September 13th. Beloved husband of Angelina “Jean” (Galante) Gonsalves. Devoted father of David R. Gonsalves of Woburn, Steven J. Gonsalves and his wife Nancy of CT, Robert A. Gonsalves and his wife Laurie of Woburn, Brian R. Gonsalves and his wife Jennifer of Woburn, and late John Gonsalves Jr. Dear brother of Mary Gonsalves of Woburn, Julia Perez and her husband Pedro of NY, and the late Joseph Gonsalves Jr., Barbara Gonsalves, Ernest Gonsalves, and Irene Gonsalves. Loving brother-in-law of Jean Gonsalves. Cherished grandfather of Robert Gonsalves Jr. of Woburn, Lindsay Annello and her husband Christopher of Winchester, Michael and Jason Gonsalves of CT, and Josephine and Nathan Gonsalves of Woburn. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 18th at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or Winchester Hospital Foundation, 611 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

OBITUARY:

John A. Gonsalves, a life long resident of Woburn, passed away at Winchester Hospital, Sunday evening, September 13th. The beloved husband of Angelina A. “Jean” (Galante) Gonsalves, he was ninety-two years of age.

John was one of seven children born to the late Joseph F. and Angelina (Gomes-Pestana) Gonsalves, Sr. Raised and educated in Woburn, John was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1941. Following High School John enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country proudly. Upon his return from the War, he began working at Marilyn Sandals in Stoneham. It was there that he saw two girls waiting for the bus and had recognized they were from Woburn. He politely asked them if they needed a ride home, to which they responded they did. A while later, Jean was at the St. Charles Fall Fair, where they met again and there began a relationship which covered sixty-five years, four of which they dated! In 1953 they married and brought five devoted sons into the world.

While working at Sylvania, John went to school nights, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. Sylvania later became GTE, in Waltham, where John remained for over thirty years.

In 1973 John was part of the Fiber Optic Team that was introduced at the Super Bowl! This was the very beginning of optics’ which John had shared in the development of.

A very bright, creative and curious man, John had pattened many new and creative ideas. When there were five children and two adults in his home, sharing one bathroom, the hot water crisis became critical, once they were all old enough! John ran copper pipes out of his home, on to his garage roof which provided all of the hot water necessary to complete every shower! Whenever there was something wrong, broken or questionable, John was right there, with all of his tools, prepared to make it better! He had actually built a beautiful fireplace in his living room with stones from Horn Pond.

Throughout his years at GTE, he travelled extensively and often bringing his wife Jean when she could. In later years, after the children were old enough, they had the pleasure of each others company much more often!

John shared a great love of family. Together they travelled to Hampton Beach for summer festivities and over the years visited the White Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Disney. All throughout the years, every Sunday was gathering times for both families, all joining in for dinner and dessert and getting caught up on the family news!

His garden was up and going by spring. Saving the seeds from his harvest, he set up hot houses in his garage, under a sky light, and nurtured the seedlings that were ready for planting in June! Tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, and lettuce were in abundance over the years, shared with family and friends.

A rather quiet, unassuming, gentle man, John truly lived a life that was full of faith, family and friends.

In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his son, John Gonsalves, Jr.; and his brothers, Joseph Gonsalves Jr., Barbara Gonsalves, Ernest Gonsalves, and Irene Gonsalves.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Angelina “Jean” (Galante) Gonsalves; his children, David R. Gonsalves of Woburn, Steven J. Gonsalves and his wife Nancy of CT, Robert A. Gonsalves and his wife Laurie of Woburn, Brian R. Gonsalves and his wife Jennifer of Woburn; his siblings, Mary Gonsalves of Woburn, Julia Perez and her husband Pedro of NY; his sister-in-law, Jean Gonsalves; Robert Gonsalves Jr. of Woburn, Lindsay Annello and her husband Christopher of Winchester, Michael and Jason Gonsalves of CT, and Josephine and Nathan Gonsalves of Woburn; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 18th at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in John’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or Winchester Hospital Foundation, 611 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

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  1. aunt jeannie and david, steven, robbie and brian ….

    i cherish the memories of growing up on sherman place/montvale ave with all the gonsalves and harris kids. we sure had some good times. i will always remember how all the parents treated all us kids as their own. and the fun times in everyone’s homes. uncle johnny will be missed as he joins the rest of the dads.

    ann-louise

  2. Dear Jean & Family,

    We were so saddened to hear that “Johnny” had passed away. He was such a wonderful person (and cousin). I always thought he sounded like Andy Williams; I just loved to hear him talk. We will miss him. God Bless all of you!

    Love,
    Mickey & Jean Evenick (cousin Mary Jean in Elma, NY)

  3. Steve and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man who has created many joyous memories and a great abundance of love. My deepest sympathies.

  4. To Jeannie and her family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of
    Johnny. My thoughts and prayers are with
    you Jeannie and all your family.
    May Johnny be at peace.

    Sincerely,
    Leslie (Haney) Gonsalves

  5. My dear Uncle Johnny–I have so many fond memories of growing up with our two families on Montvale Avenue. I will cherish those memories for ever. You will always be in my heart. Love you always :)) B.J.

  6. David and family, I am truly sorry about the death of your father. You only get one dad and regardless of his age or health, he was dad! Treasure all the moments you had with him, and always be proud of your dad. I am mal and I met Dave at convenient 38!

  7. David and family, I am truly sorry about the death of your father. You only get one dad and regardless of his age or health, he was dad! Treasure all the moments you had with him, and always be proud of your dad. I am mal and I met Dave at convenient 38!

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