Joseph Souza

Joseph Souza, 95, of Mattapoisett died Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth after a brief illness.  He was the husband of Hermina (Canastra) Souza, with whom he shared 74 years of marriage.

            Born in New Bedford, son of the late Fannie Souza, he lived in Mattapoisett for most of his life.

            Joseph was self-employed as the proprietor of Joseph Souza and Son for many years until his retirement.

            He was a member of the Machacam Club, the Mattapoisett Zoning Board, and the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission. Joseph also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Mattapoisett Fire Department.

            Joseph enjoyed playing with his farm tractors, collecting toy tractors and cutting wood.

            He is survived by his wife, Hermina; his son, Robert Souza and his wife Karen; two grandchildren, Melissa Shepherd and her husband Darin, and Tim Souza and his wife Rebecca; and two great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held privately, but a public celebration of his life will be held Friday, December 9, 2022 from 11am – 2pm at the Knights of Columbus, 57 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

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