OBITUARY

Judge Antone S. Aguiar Jr.

January 2, 1930February 1, 2014
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Judge Antone S. Aguiar Jr., age 84, of Swansea, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Charlton Memorial Hospital unexpectedly. He was the husband of Gertrud W. (Kienert) Aguiar to whom he has been married for the past 53 years.

Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late Antone S. Aguiar Sr. and Angelina (Perry) Aguiar and step-son of the late Guilhermina Aguiar. He grew up locally in the town of Swansea where he excelled both in academics and athletics. A graduate of Joseph Case High School, he was president of his school class, captain of the football team, and a three letter athlete for the baseball, basketball, and football teams. He was one of the first inductees into the Joseph Case High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Upon graduating from Case High School, he went on to Yale University where he played on their varsity baseball team as second baseman. After graduating from Yale University he went on to Georgetown University where he earned his Jurist Doctorate at the School of Law.

He served in the United States Army and later in the Army Reserves reaching the rank of Colonel. He was stationed overseas in Europe which afforded him the experience to travel the European country side and provided him the opportunity to meet his wife. A player and coach on the Army baseball team, he was also the Commander of the 3rd JAG Military Law Center in Boston. During his time in the service he was the recipient of many medals and ribbons.

The Judge started his own private Law Practice specializing in criminal law. He then started his political career as a Swansea Town Selectman for nine years and a State Representative for eighteen years. The Honorable Governor Edward King appointed him to the District Court Bench in 1982. He served in the Attleboro Court System until he took over for the Honorable Judge John O’Neil, as First Justice of the Fall River Court until his retirement. After retirement he became an Adjunct professor at Anna Maria College.

He received endless awards, accolades, and citations for his achievements, some included the Town of Swansea Citizen of the Year and was actually awarded the key to the Town, the Swansea Lions Club “Lion” of the year award and the Melvin Jones Award, the Distinguished Services Award from the Massachusetts Secondary School Athletic Directors Association, the Legislative Portuguese Heritage Award, and the St. Thomas Moore Medal which is given annually to a distinguished attorney or jurist. He received some of the highest honors one can achieve such as the Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver from the Boy Scouts of America.

A community service volunteer Judge Aguiar could be found at Joseph Case High School holding the first down yard marker at a football game, working the concessions stand, securing the necessary funding for school equipment, providing scholarships to their students, and even coaching his granddaughters championship little league softball teams.

He will be best remembered for his love for God, love for his family, love for his country, and love for his fellow man.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children; Christopher Aguiar and his wife Karen of Swansea, Stephanie Aguiar of Huntington Beach, CA, Elizabeth Apirian and her husband Gregg of Manhattan Beach, CA, two sisters; Mary Nunes of Swansea, Elsie McCrosky of KS, four grandchildren; Rachel and Sarah Aguiar, Skylar and Summer Apirian, and many nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late George and William Aguiar.

His Funeral will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 530 Gardner’s Neck Rd., Swansea. Visiting hours Friday from 4:00 to 8:00PM in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at BIRCHCREST, 189 Gardner’s Neck Rd., Swansea. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Joseph Case High School Scholarship Fund, P.O. 33, Swansea, MA 02777. Burial private.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, February 8, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial
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Paul Berard

September 2, 2014

My sincere condolences to the Aguiar Family. I was saddened to hear of such a great loss. We have lost an amazing man, that has done so much for everyone around him. Clearly he affected everyone's life that he had touched. He will not be forgotten and will be in my prayers. I am honored to have known such an amazing and unselfish man.

Marc Walz

February 19, 2014

Our sincere condolences to the entire AGUIAR FAMILY. We clearly have lost a great man a wonderful leader,a true friend. I loved his genuine humbelness, he was always willing to share a smile and cheer. We will keep you in our prayers RIP Mr. Aguiar! Marc Walz and family

COL Bradford Louison (Ret.)

February 9, 2014

Condolences to the Aguiar family. I worked with Judge Aguiar at the Taunton District Court in the 1980's and in the Army Reserve.

February 8, 2014

One of my best friends for over 50 years. We played basball together. He was my coach in college; and my law partner for 12 years. A mentor and just a good guy.

He will be missed. Bill Camara

Carl Windle

February 8, 2014

Judge Aguiar lived life to it fullest, and was involved in his community at all levels, as well as having served his country for many years, and rose to the rank of Colonel.
My condolences to Gertrude and family, he will be missed, but his positive community involvement is a great example for others to follow. Carl ,Elaine, and Ruth Windle

Paul Raymond

February 7, 2014

Our deep sympathies to your entire family. No one was a more positive listener or loyal individual than Tony. As a Swansea lion, I always tried to sit next to Tony and we mostly talked about our families. My funniest memory of him was while we wrapped gifts in the mall for Xmas. After he had wrapped a friends gift the gentleman said "and I have to pay for this?". We rewrapped the gift and we all had a great laugh, especially Tony.
You were especially blessed to have had such a great man in your family.
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Raymond

Roger Ferris

February 7, 2014

During the years Judge Aguiar spent in Attleboro I observed him handle hundreds of cases of people from all walks of life. Regardless of who you were he treated everyone with fairness, respect and understanding. I must say, he was astonishing human being. May his memory be eternal.

February 7, 2014

I've been privileged to have known Tony for the past sixty-six years and I'm proud to say he was a personal close friend. Tony was always a gentle person and was also very competitive as an athlete and in his job performance. He gave of himself a hundred percent at any venture he pursued. Tony was not only Mr. Swansea, he was also Mr. Case High School. He will be missed by me and all the people he befriended at a young age in high school and throughout his life. I'm grateful to have known him and his family. Our condolences to the Aguiar family, Gertrud and their three children Chris, Elizabeth and Stephanie.

Life long friend Ron Correa
and my companion Carol

February 7, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to the Aguiar family. May the wonderful memories of Tony, comfort you in the days to come.
Jane and Tom Gastall

February 7, 2014

I've been privileged to have known Tony for the past sixty-six years and I'm proud to say he was a personal close friend. Tony was always a gentle person and was also very competitive as an athlete and in his job performance. He gave of himself a hundred percent at any venture he pursued. Tony was not only Mr. Swansea, he was also Mr. Case High School. He will be missed by me and all the people he befriended at a young age in high school and throughout his life. I'm grateful to have known him and his family. Our condolences to the Aguiar family, his wife Gertrud and their three children Chris, Elizabeth and Stephanie.

Life long friend, Ron Correa
and companion Carol