Anthony Frank Souza of Mattapoisett and formerly of Orlando, FL was born in Falmouth on October 19, 1921. He was the son of Antone and Mary (Roberts) Souza of East Falmouth where he resided. Anthony passed away peacefully on the morning of February 13, 2014 at the age of 92.
In January 1942 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served in WWII in the Asia-Pacific area from May 1942-April 1944. Wounded in the Guadalcanal engagement in Nov. 1942 and again later in Gloucester, New Britain in Jan. 1944, he was given an honorable discharge in Dec. 1946 where he received the Purple Heart Medal with the Gold Star for his bravery and service.
When he was discharged from the USMC, he worked as a drycleaner for ACME Laundry in Yarmouth, MA for 33 years. He was then employed by Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL as a drycleaner specialist for 10 years, retiring in 1987.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sophie (Lopes) Souza. He is also survived by his daughter Deborah (Souza) Giokas of Mattapoisett, MA. He leaves behind three grandchildren: Kristen (Giokas) Torres (Matthew Torres) of Marion, MA, Matthew Giokas of Charlestown, MA and Andrea Giokas of Mattapoisett, MA. He also leaves behind a great-granddaughter, Kaedence Sophia Torres of Marion, MA and great-grandson, Nicholas Anthony Giokas of Mattapoisett, MA. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.
Anthony and his wife traveled the country in their camper including a trip from Florida to Alaska. He enjoyed their summer trips to the Cape spending time with family and friends.
Burial with Military Honors will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home of Bourne.