HILLSBORO - Armond J. Souza, 91, of Barden Hill Road, Hillsboro, died peacefully with his family by his side Friday, April 6, 2012, at Hillsboro House.
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He was born in Berkley, Mass., on June 5, 1920, the son of Adelino and Mary (Tavares) Souza. He attended schools in Berkley and Taunton, Mass.
He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Bertha Virginia (Monise) Souza, as well as six of his seven siblings. He is survived by his daughters, Pam McMahon and her husband, Fran, of Greenfield, and Brenda Hobbs and her husband, Charles W. III, of Pelham; five grandchildren, John Maleski and his wife, Katy, of Loudon, Craig Jordan and his wife, Kara, of Lake Stevens, Wash., Heidi Locke and her husband, Ken, of Unity, Shawn Hobbs and his wife, Cheryl, of Pelham, and Jason Hobbs and his wife, Tammy, of Mont Vernon; fourteen great-grandchildren, Brandi Maleski, Kali Maleski, Lydia Maleski, Alden Jordan, Tasha O'Brien, Tim Bergeron, Laura Bergeron, Emily Bergeron, Luke Bergeron, Susan Hobbs, Cody Hobbs, Travis Hobbs and Taylor Hobbs; one great-great-grandchild, Shelby O'Brien; and nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 as an airplane propeller mechanic in the Pacific. After his discharge from the service, he began the career that he always loved with the railroad. He started "working on the railroad" for the New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad, then for Penn Central, Conrail, and finally Amtrak. He worked his way up to the top and retired as Transportation Superintendent of the Boston Division of Amtrak in 1985, after 45 years of service.
He liked to keep busy all of the time, so after moving to New Hampshire in 1986 to be closer to his family, he got a job at Hillsborough Ford as a driver, which he truly enjoyed, being the "people-person" that he was. He would go to pick up cars for customers, parts, payroll, titles, whatever was needed. He made many good friends during the years he worked there. He was a member of the Old Timers Bowling League in Peterborough for many years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Hillsborough, and passed the collection basket there for quite a few years. He helped build his daughter Pam's log home in Francestown in 1985. He was also a volunteer fireman for 26 years in the town of Assonet, Mass., where he lived for much of his life. He enjoyed motorcycling, driving his Jeeps, camping, boating, snowmobiling, riding his lawn tractors, raking, keeping his yard meticulous, and most of all, spending time with his family, who all adored him. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was hardworking, honest, proud, kind, friendly, sincere, caring, thoughtful, helpful, generous and polite. He was a man who was liked and respected by all – a true gentleman and a man to be admired. He will be missed by many, more than words can say.
In the four months he lived at the Hillsboro House, he made many friends, both residents and staff. The nurses and LNA's would say that they wished they could "clone" him. He always had a smile on his face for them, would blow them kisses when they walked by his room, and would thank them for the things they would do for him that were just part of their job. They all helped to make the final stage of his life the best it could be.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 10, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation service Hillsboro.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church on Church St. in Hillsborough. Anyone who has a story to share about Armond is invited to do so at his funeral if they would like to.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Wednesday, April 18, at 10 a.m., at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 9, 2012