Cecilia Massoud

January 31, 1930January 16, 2020

Cecilia (Farias) Massoud, age 89, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 16, 2020 in St. Anne’s Hospital. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Massoud to whom she was married 38 years before his passing in 1990.

Born in Fall River a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Brum) Farias, she was a lifelong resident of the city.

An active communicant of St. Anthony of the Desert Church, she worked tirelessly for many years coordinating their bingo events. She was a member of the parish’s Blessed Mother’s Guild and a member of the Lebanon American Ladies Auxillary.

She is survived by two sons, Robert P. Massoud and his wife Susan of East Taunton and Neil T. Massoud and his wife Theresa of Fall River; two sisters, Agnes Borges and Jorgina English and her husband Douglas; four grandchildren, Robert C. Massoud, Christine J. Massoud-Castro and her husband Luis, Evan M. Massoud and Nicole M. Massoud and her fiancé Rami Akouri; two great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Sophia Massoud and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Manuel Farias, Mary Ledo and Helen Kershaw.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM from Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., Fall River followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Anthony of the Desert, 300 N. Eastern Ave., Fall River, MA 02723. Entombment in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River. Visiting hours are Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Contributions in her honor may be made to St. Anthony of the Desert. For tributes and directions,


  • St. Anthony of the Desert Church


  • Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Entombment Tuesday, January 21, 2020


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Phil Devitt

January 22, 2020

I will remember Tia Celia for all the kindness she showed me over the years. The memorial service perfectly honored her life and legacy. I will keep her in my thoughts. Once again, I send my most heartfelt condolences to the family.

Jeanne Azar Padilla

January 21, 2020

Dear Family,

I will remember Celia by her warm smile, and sincerely welcoming greeting each and every time we met. She always showed care, and shared her beautiful energy.
We are sending our sincerest sympathy to you all, and know Celia is among all our beloved family of angels. May she rest in peace, and may your memories bring you smiles.
Jeanne and Jim

Michele Nassiff Whritenour

January 20, 2020

To Bob, Neil and your families I have fond memories of your Mom playing cards at my Mom’s home on Rich St. she always had a good word and a big hug for myself and my girls. There’s one big card game in heaven! May she rest In Peace and I am sorry I could not attend the services.
Michele Nassiff Whritenour

Natalie Assad Heinbuch

January 18, 2020

To the dedicated and blessed Massoud Family,

Celia was a strong advocate for many and was a pillar of the Lebanese community!

Our prayers and thoughts are with you!

Love, Chief and Natalie

Barbara Hall

January 18, 2020

Dear Massoud family, Was so saddened to get the news of dear Celia’s passing! She always had a smile and was so helpful and giving when it came to give of herself for all church functions! Will miss working with her in the kitchen for the bazaar! May she rest in peace!

Msgr David George

January 18, 2020

Celia was a loving support to all the clergy serving St Anthony through the years. For this newly ordained, “young” priest she quickly became another “mom” and dear friend. Now it is 40+ years later dear Celia and my life has been truly blessed with your love and friendship. Thank you habibi! Rest now in the arms of our dear Lord. May your memory be eternal.

Beverly Burke

January 17, 2020

She will be missed joining the women working for our church. Always with a beautiful smile