OBITUARY

James S. Madruga Sr.

January 7, 1923July 17, 2012

James S. Madruga, 89, of Fairhaven and formerly of Acushnet, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012. He was the husband of the late Louise C. (Ventura) Madruga.

Born in San Juan, California, he was the son of the late Manuel and Amelia (Silveira) Madruga.

Mr Madruga graduated from New Bedford Vocational Technical High School and served in the US Army during WWII during the invasion of Italy, where he received a Purple Heart.

He was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church where he was a collector for 25 years. He worked at Morse Twist Drill for 45 years before retiring. He was a member of the Acushnet VFW Tuttle Post 7239, The Damien Knights of Columbus Council in Mattapoisett, where he served as Grand Knight, a member of the 4th Degree Assembly, and manager. He was a past commander of the Portuguese American War Veteran's and was a past member of the Portuguese American Civic League.

In Acushnet, where he lived his entire life, he served on the Finance Committee, Personnel board and the Democratic Committee. During his younger years he coached Little League baseball and was a volunteer fireman under Chief Conrad Gauthier.

He is survived by a son James S. Madruga Jr. and his wife Georgia of Acushnet; two grandchildren, Jay M. Madruga and his wife Melissa of Orlando, Florida and Kevin S. Madruga and his companion Aimee Chevalier of Acushnet and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral mass Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, 125 Main Street, Acushnet. Burial will be private. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers or donations, spend time with your elderly loved ones and cherish those moments.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 21, 2012
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Donna Ambrose

July 21, 2012

I was filled with sadness over Uncle Jimmy's passing. He was a wonderful man and I have very fond memories of him, Aunt Lou and my parents (Olivia & Manny Moura). Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Donna Ambrose & family

July 21, 2012

Jim, Georgia and Family: Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad.

Joe and Jan Cosentino

Carol Adams

July 20, 2012

Jim, Georgia & family, Please accept my sympathy during your time of loss. I have fond memories of your Dad during his Knights of Columbus days when he had business dealings with the Town. He always stopped by my office to chat.
Carol (Manganelli) Adams

July 19, 2012

Have fond memories of my dad's friendship with Mr. Madruga and the Portuguese War Vets (among other organizations). Our sympathies to your family.
Susan Duponte Conway Hopkinton, MA

Hank Benoit

July 19, 2012

Mr. Madruga belonged to several groups among them, his generation referred to in America as "The Greatest Generation"! Mr Madruga whom I was honored to know since my little league days in Acushnet was the epitomy of that generation. A true meaning of the word Gentleman. A strong man yet reserved in tone and stature. A servant to his country and along with his wife, servants to his community.

No there are not many of these great men and women left and we should try our best to honor those few who are as requested by the Madruga family in his obituary.

As the song goes "Who's Going To Fill Their Shoes"? The answer to that is no one will ever fill his shoes and our hearts go out to his family, knowing that one more man (from the greatest generation) that we knew has gone on to his Creator. What we have lost is
The Almighty's gain. Thank you Mr. Madruga for being our friend, it sincerly was our privlege and our honor every time we met, spoke & the times working the local festivals.

Today is surely a sad day, as your spirit has departed but that charm & personality will always remain with us. As my senior years have arrived, I just wish I had the time to be half the man you were.

Hank & Julie

Denis Lawrence

July 19, 2012

Jim and family, we were sorry to hear of the passing your Dad. The Lawrence family extends its deepest sympathies know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Regards, Denis.

July 19, 2012

JIM,.... SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD...UNCLE JIM WAS A BLESSING TO KNOW GROWING UP....WE HAVE SO MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF YOUR DAD AND MOM....WE WILL MISS THEM.........GOD BLESS.........BRUCE AND ROSANNA DICKINSON....ROSALIE PERRY

Vinnie Mello

July 19, 2012

Hello Jim,
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless!

FROM THE FAMILY