David Cabral

June 19, 1952March 18, 2021

David Cabral, age 68 of Dartmouth, MA. passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born in New Bedford, son of the late Manuel and Hilda (Camara) Cabral. David was a longtime resident of Dartmouth. David and Cheryl (Grimes) Cabral were married for over 25 years raising their children in the town he grew up in. He was a graduate of Dartmouth High School and “played ball” (basketball) there. David had many friends from school. They maintained their connection for many years playing softball as they and their families enjoyed many summers together. David was very involved in coaching youth sports (even prior to his own children playing). He loved to coach and loved helping where he could. He held those memories dear in his heart.

David started his career at Maritime Terminal International Inc. when he was 17 years old. He was quickly called to serve and became shop steward for many years. There he made many lifelong friends including his brother George, “The Maritime Crew”. Working as a proud Teamster representing his fellow workers and friends, he later ran for office. In the early 90’s he was voted into office as Secretary Treasurer - Business Agent for Teamsters Local 59. Over his tenure with the Teamsters, he proudly and diligently served as a shop steward, the Secretary Treasurer - Business Agent, and was a member of the Board of Trustee’s for Health and Welfare Local 59 and served in the Joint Council of Southern New England. He was very involved with the Teamsters throughout his life and had a strong union presence when helping his union brothers and sisters.

David loved his family. His children and grandchildren were his world. He was at every sporting event, loved to just “play” with his two children growing up and he was the G-Pa who brought his grandkids special snacks and threw them a couple dollars. He was known as Grandpa Dave to many. David had a deep loving bond with his siblings. He loved playing games and cards with them, that was how he spent his time after retiring. His brother, George, was his best friend, only being 11 months older than him, they shared their life together, from being boys growing up on the farm, being teenagers starting their careers at Maritime Terminal, having children the same age, raising their families together, and being David’s most trusted friend. Family was extremely important to him. He enjoyed talking about politics, loved gardening, and was an avid sports fan.

He is survived by his children, Kelley L. Cabral-Mosher and her husband John of New Bedford and Benjamin David Cabral and his wife Stephanie of Fairhaven; his siblings, Constance Machado, Gilbert, George, Steve, and Richard; six grandchildren, Benjamin David Jr., Sean Kelly, Mason David, Samuel David, Serenity Grey and Davison Benjamin; two great-grandchildren, Ava Rose and Benjamin David III; and many godchildren, nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his siblings, Maria Delores, Henrique, Raymond and Maria.

A mass will be held in David’s name with a gathering to follow to celebrate his life – date to be determined. Please feel free to share a note and/or photo of your memories of David. The family would be honored to receive them. Please send them to Kelley L. Cabral-Mosher (daughter of David) & Benjamin David Cabral Sr. (son of David) C/O Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748.

Arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748. Contributions in David’s Honor may be made to: Sister Rose House or Grace House, c/o Catholic Social Services, 1600 Bay St., Fall River, MA 02724. To leave a note of condolence: www.waring-sullivan .com


  • A Memorial Mass will be scheduled in the future


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March 31, 2021

Dave Cabral was a kind, soft hearted soul. Going back to our high school years, he always had such a soft, calm way about him. But he knew how to have a good time too!!!! He visited our store, Big Value often, and we always had such interesting and friendly talks.
Rest In Peace Dave.
Dave Tatelbaum, DHS Class of 1970

Toodie Haaland

March 28, 2021

Dear Steve and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. May happy memories comfort you. With Sympathy ; Toodie and Leslie Haaland

Betty Gifford

March 28, 2021

It was a shock to hear of David's death.
I have many happy memories of playing poker with our
Wednesday night group at Valley
View condos.
He will be missed.

Nicole Antonio

March 26, 2021

I’m so sad this man has passed. What a wonderful father and person. I remember family get togethers with the Loranger’s.. David was always smiling... although I haven’t seen him in quite some time he’ll always be remembered. My heart goes out to your family. ❤️ ... we are all family -🙏

Susan Cabral

March 20, 2021

I loved playing cards with him. I would ask his opinion about things and he loved my cooking. We would sit on the deck during the summer George, David and I watching the birds or playing cards again. I will really miss him.
Love you

Gail Alexander

March 20, 2021

So sad to hear of Davids passing. Keep your memories close to your heart, theyll help you through this. Love you all. Gail and Walter Alexander

Michael Roderick

March 20, 2021

My condolences to all the family. David and I were close friends from school. We had great times along with memories we had with others.