Francis Xavier Cabral, 64, of Rochester died unexpectedly Friday July 19, 2013 surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of the late Bertha D. (Vasquez) Cabral and the son of the late Theodore and Louise Cabral, of Rochester, MA. He moved to Trinidad, Colorado to attend college. There, he met and married his wife and started his family. He lived in the Denver metro area for many years before he returned to Rochester in 1993 and has lived there since.
Francis was a star track athlete and football player and was recently inducted into the Old Rochester Regional Hall of Fame where he set a record for rushing yards. Francis was also named police officer of the year in Northglenn, Colorado in 1976 during the time he served on the police force. Francis was an avid fisherman, golfer and loved to travel.
He is survived by his daughter, Heather of Washington, DC, his love and life partner Lorna Ibbitson of Mashpee, his Godmother, Anna Cabral Spencer, his brothers, Theodore, of Virginia, Rudolph, of Mattapan, Paul of Wareham, Robert of Wareham, Richard of Rochester, Edward of California, his sisters Christina of Onset, Yvonne Alexander of Florida and preceded by his brother Charlie and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Francis was also an active member of Community Baptist Church in Marion.
His funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Community Baptist Church, 441 Front St, Marion. His burial will be private.
Visiting hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy, Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Department of Veteran Affairs: Veteran Services, New Bedford Vet Center – 73 Huttleston Ave, Fairhaven, MA 02719.