William D. Gomes

November 24, 1914November 23, 2012
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William D. Gomes, age 98, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012 at Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Wareham after a year of declining health. He was the loving husband of Gertrude L. (Chambers) Gomes to whom he had been married for 63 years.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Augusto and Maria de Gloria (Dias) Gomes, he lived in Fairhaven most of his adult life.

He worked as a NYC dockworker, a General Motors Operator, and later retired from the Fairhaven Post Office as the head custodian in 1977. Bill served in the United States Army during World War II. He served as the Past Commander and Adjutant of the DAV-Chapter 7 New Bedford, was a member of the American Legion, and a member of the National Order of Trench Rats, serving at one point as The Golden Rodent. Bill and his wife were also longtime members of the Wilbur’s Point Association.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are his loving daughter, Sherry L. Gomes of Plymouth; his son William C. Gomes of Hollywood, FL; his devoted nephew Daniel Gomes and his wife Claudia of Fairhaven; his brother-in-law Gerald Chambers of Boston, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Joseph Gomes, Mary Ventura, Anthony Gomes, Maria Rose Rosa and Hilda Gomes.

His Funeral will be held Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 11:30 am at the Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA. Visitation prior from 10-11:30 am. Burial in Riverside Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 619 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 or to a veteran’s group of one’s choice. The family would like to thank The Tremont Nursing staff for their care and support over the past year.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Burial Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Reidun Pease

November 27, 2012

So sorry for your loss,

Morton Morin

November 27, 2012

To The Family of William D. Gomes

At this difficult time, please accept our condolences at the loss of your loved one. He was as you know a member of the National Order of Trench Rats. He was one of our oldest members in this elite organization dedicated to helping build better lives for America's Disabled Veterans. As aTrench Rat he contributed much effort in helping the organization meet its mission.
Our hope is that your grief will be short and that you will remember only the happy times. Once again our sincere sympathy and know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Morton E. Morin, Imperial Executive Rat
National Order of Trench Rats

Theresa Jasset

November 27, 2012

Thinking of you. The video is lovely with so many terrific photos that describe the amazing memories you are blessed to have and keep. They will give you strength.
Peace and Love, Theresa

Paul Waldron

November 26, 2012

To The Family of William Gomes

Please accept the condolences of the National Order of Trench Rats on the passing of William. He was a member of The Trench Rats with a very low Membership Number. His number was 620. There have only been about 8300 Trench Rats since the Organization was founded right after World War I. He was one of the oldest members of this Organization. It is known that by his membership in the Trench Rats that he was devoted to the cause of Disabled American Veterans and was an outstanding Person. Please accept our sympathy on the loss of you wonderful husband, father and family man.

God Bless,
Paul Waldron, Golden Rodent
Dugout 622
P.O. Box 57
Taunton, MA. 02780

Carol A. Grill

November 26, 2012

Dear Sherry and Family,

It was with great sadness that I learned of you' re Dad's passing today and I am sharing in you' re sorrow during this difficult time and remembering you' re stories about Dad's escapades on the farm riding along on his tractor and working in his shop.

Over and out Bwana Gomes/Madame Lazonga!

With love and sympathy, Carol "The Grill Cheese" Grill---NEBH

Amy Behnke

November 26, 2012

Sherry, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He lived a full life and leaves quite a legacy behind! Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

November 25, 2012

My dear friend Sherry, I have fond memories of your dad at the farm waving good bye as we headed off to NEBH SON after a weekend of home. I am sending my heartfelt sympathies to you and your mom. Wish i could be there to wrap you in a moose hug. Be gentle to yourself these next few days & weeks. Much love-Joyce

November 25, 2012

Sherry - Your and your family are in my heart. i am very sorry for the loss of your father. My deepest sympathies and love. Karen Knecht

November 25, 2012

Dear Sherry, I'm thinking of you during this difficult time. So sorry for the loss of your beloved father. Love, Andria

Cynthia McCarthy

November 25, 2012

Thinking of you and your family Sherry. God Bless

Cindy and Bob