Dorothy Salgado, age 89, of Mattapoisett, MA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home in New Bedford after suffering a debilitating stroke in March.
Born November 13, 1930 in New Bedford, Dorothy was the only child of James Lee and Amelia (Pestana) Lee. In 1949, she married Armand Salgado of New Bedford, and they enjoyed many happy years together. Following his sudden death in 1976, Dorothy eventually moved to Mattapoisett, where she resided until her passing.
Dorothy was formerly employed as a teller at New Bedford Institution for Savings in the downtown office. Friendly and sociable, many customers would wait at her window for her to complete their transactions. She retired from NBIS in 1990. She was a member of the Ivy Circle in New Bedford for many years.
Dorothy lived a full and active lifestyle right up until her illness in March. She belonged to many different senior groups and enjoyed a variety of social activities, traveling, bingo, card games, and meetings. She was blessed with many friends whom she loved dearly. She was also a member of the VFW and attended meetings and events in Freetown. She was a lover of animals, and had an amazing green thumb and plants that flourished under her care. She always felt that keeping active is the key to longevity, and that belief served her well.
Dorothy was a parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett.
Dorothy is survived by two sons, Bryan Salgado and his wife Helen of Summerfield, Florida, and Wayne Salgado of Margate, Florida. She leaves 2 very loved grandchildren, Karyn Demers of Freetown, and Bryan Salgado, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Salisbury, NC, and 4 great-grandchildren, Rachel Demers, Jason Demers, Matthew Salgado, and Brianne Watkins. She also leaves behind her beloved aunt, Cecile (Pestana) Boyer of New Bedford. She enjoyed spending time at family events, and we will miss her laughter and fun-loving personality. She also leaves behind many loyal friends who were a huge part of her life, and we know they will miss her companionship.
A special thanks to Karyn Demers, who had a special bond with her “Grams.” As the only family member still living in New England now, Karyn went above and beyond to care for her and bring peace and love to her final days.
We would like to thank the staff at New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home for their compassionate care of Dorothy, especially given the Covid pandemic. We know it is a trying time for you but you did a great job facilitating visits.
A celebration of her life will take place at a later date once final arrangements can be made. Please check the website of Southcoast Chapel for more information at www.southcoastchapel.com. Burial will be private. She will rest in eternal peace at Pine Grove Cemetery in New Bedford, alongside her husband.