Nicholas “Nick’ Mendes (USMC, Ret.) age 80, of Rochester passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, in Bourne. He was predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Agnes (Tavares) Mendes.
He is survived by his wife, Setsuko, of Marion; brother Andrew Mendes and his wife Rose of Marion; sister Natalie Mendes of West Hartford, CT; niece Karen Christmas and her husband Sharrieff of Middleboro; nephews Michael Mendes of Wareham and Christopher Mendes and his wife Adriana of Merrimac, NH.
Nick was born in Rochester on August 21, 1938. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School in 1958. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1958 and served honorably for 23 years, achieving the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant with advanced training in telecommunications. His service included tours in Viet Nam and Okinawa and in various US Marine stations in the states. He was the recipient of seven (7) commendations, medals, and awards during his years of service.
Nick was an avid reader with a remarkable knowledge of US history. He enjoyed nothing more than a spirited discussion of the political issues of the day. He loved music, especially jazz and the blues, accumulating an amazing music collection. He faced many challenges in his later years but was a fighter to the end. He will be missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole, & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy (Rt. 28), Wareham on Saturday, October 13, from 9 to 10:30 am. A funeral service will follow at 10:30 am. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.
Memorial donations may be made to the Agnes T. Mendes Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o UMass Dartmouth Foundation, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth MA 02747.