Jerome M. Mendoza

June 28, 1956September 9, 2018
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Jerome Mendoza, age 62, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 at his home in Swansea surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Paula (Marois) Mendoza to whom he was married 31 years.

Born in Warren, Michigan a son of the late Antone and Beverly (Barnes) Mendoza he was a longtime resident of Swansea.

A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1974 he attended Bristol Community College and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southeastern Massachusetts University.

Jerry had a passion for sales pursuing a career as a successful salesman where he held the position of Vice President of his division at Comp-U-Call in Waltham. Most recently after retiring from IBM he worked part time at the Home Depot in Somerset where he was able to continue his love of sales and customer service.

An avid fan of boxing and a skilled boxer himself, he was a five-time Golden Glove recipient. He enjoyed watching Sports with his son.

He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Justin Mendoza; one brother Antone Mendoza; cousin, Jo Ann Buchanan who was more like a sister to him than a cousin, his mother-in-law and football buddy, Dorothy Marois, sisters-in-law Michelle Moniz, Danielle Boule and her husband Ray, brothers-in-law Stephen Marois, Andre Marois and his wife Lucy and many cousins, nieces and nephews that he loved and cherished.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM from the Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Francis of Assisi, 530 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea. Contributions in his honor may be made to Southcoast VNA Hospice, 200 Mill Road, Ste. 120, Fairhaven, MA, 02719. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be Friday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. For tributes and directions,


  • Southcoast VNA Hospice



  • Visiting Hours Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 15, 2018


  • Burial Private

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Jack Cummings

September 17, 2018


Jane Duarte

September 14, 2018

I was deeply saddened when Jerry sent the Home Depot a letter about his illness and how he was looking forward to returning when he was well. Prayers were said but I guess God needed you more than we did. My heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends. You will truly be missed Jerry ♥️

Catherine Rodrigues

September 14, 2018

When I think of my cousin Jerry it's his smile that comes to mind! He automatically put you at ease and made you feel as if you were the only one in the room! We shared many childhood memories together and I was fortunate to see him and Paula and Justin over the years at Christmas and family celebrations . My heart will ache forever with his passing. The legacy he leaves behind is the incredible bond he had with Paula and Justin and the unconditional love he gave to everyone who touched his life! There is an old proverb that seems appropriate" By knowing that when we truly love, it is never lost. It is only after death that the bond is truly felt, and our loved one becomes more a part of us with each passing day". I will miss you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Love Cathy and Kenny and family.

Deborah Freitas

September 13, 2018

Words can't really express how my heart aches in the loss of my handsome and charismatic cousin, Jerry. I prayed so hard these past two months, nearly every day, that you would get that last rally, enough so that you could take that vacation with Paula and Justin and a ride on that new bike of yours, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I do know that your love for your wife and son and their love of you gave you so much comfort and peace before your passing, and that the outpouring of love from all of your extended family and friends in the weeks before you passed meant so much. I will always remember our childhood - growing up on "The Ave" in Fall River. The closeness of our family, all the cousins living like brothers and sisters, the holidays, Lincoln Park, the summer family picnics, dances, the movies, your GREAT Elvis impersonations - I remember and cherish it all! I don't know what comes after this life with certainty, but I will find some peace in hoping and thinking you are surrounded by all the family that has passed before you (give my mom a big hug from me!). May they all embrace and care for you! Love you, Jerry!

👎Jo Ann & Richie Buchanan

September 11, 2018

Our hearts are heavy and we are deeply saddened.....when you first came here from Michigan your mother told me to take you where ever I we went to the movies the PAL dances...rollerskating and you joined Foresters with me....we spent a lot of time together and as teenagers and now adults we had a great relationship up to recently to call me to tell me how you were feeling to cook you your favorite meals and just w weeks ago you asked me to cook you a roast beef dinner with chourice and roast potatoes....I never got to that because at that point you weren't eating but I will make it and share it with Paula and Justin for you.....I will miss you more than I can say and like I told you when you go you will be taking a piece of my heart with you....I will love you always and miss you till we meet again....RIP my dear brother cousin ❤❤❤😘😘💤

Eva Cabral

September 11, 2018

I went to high school with my cousin Jerry. I remember how handsome and popular he was. I would boast to others that he was my cousin. Over the years, we didn't see each other as often, but every time we did, there was a bond, a bond with my family and all our cousins. A bond, a special connection, that time or distance, can't break or fade. I'll never forget him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, son, his brother, and all who loved him. All of us who knew Jerry, feel a dull empty sadness today and will forever. May he rest in peace.