Joseph L. Oliveira, 90, of New Bedford died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Forestview Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of the late Anna E. (Grover) Oliveira and the son of the late Abel P. Oliveira and Beatriz L. Cabral Oliveira.
He was an avid musician for all his life and played clarinet in the Bay State Band, the Tri-County Symphonic Band as well as the town bands of Dartmouth, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Falmouth.
Mr. Oliveira was a veteran of World War II who served in Europe and North Africa and received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Medal before being honorably discharged.
He spent 30 years in civil engineering of the 102nd at Otis AFB and Otis ANG where he recieved honors, promotions and recognition for a job well done.
After retirement, he traveled with his wife, Anna and their dog Aquita all over the southeast US and continued to pursue his love of music.
He is survived by his brother, Antone L. Oliveira and his longtime companion, Joan Rebello; His daughter, Jo-Anna Medeiros and her husband Garry, and grandchildren Matthew and his wife Ann, Joshua and his wife Stephanie, Lauren Lima and her husband Raymond and Nathan and his wife Sandy. As well as 10 great grandchildren, Alexandra, Maddison, Tayber,Abigail, Payton, Jayden, Zachary, Averi, Koral and Presley.
His daughter, Leslie Anderson and grandson, Michael and fiancee Shonna Neitz and granddaughter Vicki and her boyfriend, Brenden Allain.
He enjoyed life, always had a smile, a joke and excellent advice.
He was our Dad, our Papa, our Pops, our Friend and our Teacher. We will miss you.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 480 PLeasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
Visiting hours will be Friday, January 17, 2014 from 4:00-8:00. His funeral will be conducted Saturday morning 7:45 at the funeral home with a funeral Mass to be held at Mt. Carmel Church, Saturday January 18, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford, MA.
For online guestbook, please visit www.aubertine-lopes.com.