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Ressy Fajao

April 17, 1927April 4, 2021

Ressy Fajao, age 93, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Manuel O. and Mary (Ponte) Fajao.

Born in New Bedford, she was a lifetime resident and started her working career at 16 at the Waldorf restaurant in downtown New Bedford, she was the Head of Savings at the Merchants Bank of New Bedford, worked as a Legislative Aide, also at the Sheriff’s Department and was the Good Will Ambassador at Gloria and Company in Fairhaven. Ressy enjoyed everything coffee, traveling around the world, and singing! She was most proud of being a Notary Republic, a Deputy Sheriff and helping others. Family was very important. Where she didn’t have children, her nieces, nephews and godchildren were loved as her own. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her Godchildren, Gloria Perperas (aka Gogi) and her husband Chris of Mattapoisett, and Ryan Perperas and his wife Tammy of Fairhaven, their daughter Kristen and son Justin. A nephew, Tony Fajao Jr. and his wife Nonie of Centerville, their daughter Erin and her husband Matt and their children Rowan and Matthew. Her niece, Christine Kelley and her husband David, of Marlboro, and their daughter Reema, and Joyce Brown and her husband Royall of Florida, and their son Royce and wife Carol and his son Connor.

Ressy was the sister of the late Irene Oliviera Fajao, Mary Estrella Fajao, Manny Oliviera Fajao and Antoine Oliviera Fajao.

Private arrangements are in the care of ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. For on-line tributes please visit our website at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to any Charity of one’s choice.


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S Theresa Costa

April 9, 2021

Another very big loss for us and a beautiful angel for heaven. A Beautiful lady with such a loving giving heart. Ressy will be deeply missed by so many. Fly high with the angels sweet Ressy ♥️🙏🏻♥️

Louise Costa

April 9, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family. Ressy and I went way back to the Merchants Bank days she was the sweetest kindest lady always willing to help and a smile. Saturday's at Gloria's will surely be missing her cheerful presence and hugs. Love to all and thinking of you.

Nonie Fajao

April 8, 2021

Auntie Ressy! We already miss you so much.
My Auntie by marriage but it felt like it was so much more. My Auntie, my friend and confidante.
My biggest fan. You made me feel like everything I did was amazing.
The last time we got to spend Christmas together I’ll never forget that you wore a brooch to button up up your jammies. You were so funny. So full of life and such an inspiration.
I’ll will get through life without you but, it won’t be easy. We will love you forever. ♥️

Joanne Carroll-Connor

April 7, 2021

Ressy was a wonderful lady whom I met thirty-five years ago at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. She was always gracious and so kind to everyone. I am so sad to hear of her passing, but I will always smile when I remember her. God bless.

Gregory & Joyce Centeio

April 7, 2021

Dear Gogi and all of Ressy’s family and friends. We express our sincere sympathies on the loss of such a beautiful, always helpful person. Ressy worked for me at Merchants Bank and was the person who could be counted on to fill in for any department. She and Joyce worked together at the Sheriffs department and shared great memories. We shall miss her laughter and her notes on her Christmas Cards. Rest In Peace, our friend. Much loved by All

Melody Cardoso

April 7, 2021

I’d like to extend comfort and condolences to the loved ones of Reesy. I first met her over 30 years ago while a patron at Gloria’s salon. She made quite a memorable impression on everyone she encountered with her bubbly disposition and optimism (always smiling). I know she meant the world to Gloria, Chris & Ryan. RIP Reesy

Stacey Perry

April 6, 2021

Ressy was a wonderful women to work with at the Sheriff department. Always smiling. My sympathies, Stacey Perry

Debra Costa

April 6, 2021

I will always remember your smile, style and zest for life. It was a privilege to have been able to know you. XO