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Obituary for Antonio F. Gois
Antonio F. Gois, 78, of Ludlow, passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ponta Delgada, Madeira, Portugal, he was one of 14 children born to the late Alfredo and Maria (do Rosario) de Gois. In Portugal, Antonio studied at the Jesuit Seminary in Soutelo Braga where he met his future wife Helena (Roriz de Sousa), who was a teacher in a small school in the village of Soutelo. Upon meeting and falling in love, he left his studies at the seminary and they married. In the early 1960’s, Antonio proudly served in the Portuguese Army and when he was transferred to Luanda, Angola where he and his wife were blessed with 2 sons. In 1975, Antonio and his family moved to Brazil awaiting their visa to immigrate to the United States. In 1977, the visa was granted and they came to New Jersey before eventually settling in Ludlow in 1979. Antonio held various positions within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before becoming the owner and operator of Gois Broadcasting, a legacy of which his sons continue today. Within the community, Antonio was a devoted communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Parish where he became Deacon in 2005. During his time as a Deacon, he actively participated in many church functions, weddings, funerals, and was loved and respected by the parishioners and his church family. Antonio was the beloved husband of 58 years to Helena Gois; a loving father to Paul Gois and wife Pamela, of Westfield, and Ivon Gois and wife Nicole, of Uxbridge; a cherished grandfather to Analisha, Quill, Ryan, and Austin Gois; and also leaves his in-laws Conceicao Dalmeida, Joaquim Sousa, Antonio Sousa, Pilar Sousa, and Olivia Braga; as well as many loving extended family members and dear friends here, in Portugal, and within the community. Walk through visitation for Deacon Gois will be held on Thursday, February 11th in Our Lady of Fatima Parish from 5:00-7:00pm adhering strictly to state and local Covid-19 guidelines. On Friday, February 12th, additional visitation will be held from 10:00-10:45am in the parish with a Liturgy of Christian Burial to begin at 11:00am. Due to current restrictions, the family will hold the interment privately at Most Holy Redeemer Mausoleum at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and it is also encouraged that donations be made in memory of Deacon Gois in lieu of flowers to Our Lady of Fatima parish in Ludlow. The services will be streamed live on the Our Lady of Fatima Parish Facebook page for those who cannot attend.
Please note: Due to the visitation being in church with a private interment service in the mausoleum, ONLY immediately family flowers will be set up in the church for visiting hours. It is encouraged that donations be made in lieu of flowers. Additional flowers ordered will be given directly to Deacon Gois’s family.