OBITUARY

Antonio Gomes

May 12, 1940June 3, 2019
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Antonio R Gomes, 79 passed away Monday, June 3rd at JFK Medical Center. He was born in Barreiro, Portugal, came to the United States in 1966, residing in Bridgeport, Connecticut until moving to South Florida 39 years ago. He dedicated his life to providing for his family, creating opportunities for his children to better their lives; but never forgot where he came from. From birth, he lived for soccer and his passion for the sport showed in his love for the Portuguese team Benfica. Antonio was a true tradesman learning the intricacies of upholstering from Portugal and bringing his talents and workmanship to the US. His dedication to his craft showed in his beautiful work and was only surpassed by his strong work ethic. He is survived by the love of his life of 52 years Emilia R, Gomes, their three children Paul, Peter, and Patricia and Grandfather to John, Evan and Jessica. Antonio will always be remembered by his kindness, honesty, hard work, affectionate laughter, and a smile that could light up a room. A beautiful soul that will always be cherished and will be truly missed.

  • FAMILY

  • Emilia R Gomes, Wife
  • Paul Gomes, Son
  • Peter Gomes, Son
  • Patricia Gomes, Daughter
  • John Gomes, Grandson
  • Evan Gomes, Grandson
  • Jessica Gomes, Granddaughter

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 7, 2019

Memories

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Pamela Vargas

June 7, 2019

Remember how much love and cherished smile. All my heart goes out to you all.

Blair Siladke

June 6, 2019

I feel numb, speechless, and heartbroken; still trying to come to grips with the loss of losing such a beautiful & kind man. My heart breaks for the family- especially Mommy and my P. No words expressed will take the pain away or fill the void that Pi filled.... I came across this poem, and I thought it really reminded me of the man Pi was.

You will be missed more than you'll ever know. Your infectious smile, humor, and contagious smile will forever be in my memories.



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Biography

Antonio Gomes was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

His parents were Idelico and Adelina. Antonio was raised in Lisbon. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

As a young child, Antonio was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Antonio developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Antonio took part in basketball and soccer. In his spare time he liked going to see movies at the movie theater. However, what Antonio enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Antonio as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. Antonio was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Antonio always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

Compassionate and devoted to Emilia, Antonio held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Emilia and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

Antonio brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Antonio was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Antonio was blessed with three children, two sons Paul and Peter, and one daughter Patricia. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, John, Evan and Jessica.

Antonio greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Antonio enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Antonio was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was Upolstery. Antonio worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Antonio liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Antonio always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were watching soccer and other sports. Antonio was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Antonio found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Antonio played basketball. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were soccer and basketball.

Antonio was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Antonio’s favorites was Leo, great dane. They were best friends for 4 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Panky and cats Kwanza and Venus.

When Antonio’s retirement finally arrived in 2012, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in learning new technology. Even in retirement, Antonio continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

Antonio Gomes passed away on June 3, 2019 at JFK Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Emilia; his children Paul, Peter and Patricia; his grandchildren Evan, John and Jessica. Services were held at Doresey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home. Antonio was laid to rest in Doresey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Antonio Gomes. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.