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Fernando Batista

March 9, 1921 June 4, 2021
Fernando Batista
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Fernando Batista, 100, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 4, 2021. Fernando was born in Ludlow, MA on March 9, 1921, son of the late Maria Juliano and Joao Batista. As a small child, his family returned to Portugal to live in their small village known as Padornelos, Montalegre, where he happily lived into adulthood. He proudly served in the Portuguese Cavalry in Chaves. Fernando married the love of his life, the late Maria Vasques in 1947 and continued to live in Padornelos with their children, Maria Fernanda and Augusto. Due to economic hard times, in 1960 Fernando ventured back to Ludlow on his own in hopes of providing a better life for his family. He worked hard, saved, and traveled back to Portugal in 1962 with the purpose of bringing his family to America, later that year they immigrated to the United States and settled in Ludlow for the rest of life. Faithful communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church and member of the Gremio Lusitano Club for many years. He worked at different companies; ultimately, he retired from Smith & Wesson. Fernando was a humble and kind man who was truly devoted to his family. Always happy and welcoming to all and cherished time spent with loved ones. When he was not with his family, you would find him in his meticulous vegetable garden or by his beautifully maintained grapevine. He continued to garden up until 2 years ago and was always happy to share his vegetables and grapes with friends and family.
Fernando is now reunited in heaven with his beloved wife, Maria Vasques. They were married for 69 years before she passed away in 2016. He is also now reunited with his cherished daughter, Maria Fernanda Pires who he adored. Fernando is predeceased by his dear sister Candida Batista Pires and his uncle Manuel Juliano.
Fernando leaves his loving son, Augusto Batista and wife Deborah, his son-in-law, John Pires, grandchildren, Diane Pires Murphy and husband Brian, Jessie Batista and wife Valerie, Jessica Batista, Christina Gelula, Jonathan Gelula & Jamie, great-grandchildren, John Brian Pires Murphy, James Pires Murphy, Christian Batista, Kailyn Batista and Addy Gelula. Also leaves many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
A special thank you to May Charland from Excel Home Care for taking excellent care of Fernando for the last three years. Also, thanks to Karen Lee and Gary Grimes and all the staff at Trinity Health hospice for all their care, support and compassion during this time.
The family will be celebrating Fernando’s life with a private funeral service and In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fernando’s memory to Our Lady of Fatima Church 438 Winsor St. Ludlow, Ma. 01056 or to Trinity Health hospice 200 Hillside Circle, Suite 2 West Springfield, MA 01089.
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Island Pond Cemetery Final Resting Place

499 Center Street
Ludlow, Ma 01056

499 Center Street Ludlow 01056 Ma
United States

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