John Edward Cardoza, Sr.
September 16, 1919 - February 8, 2014
John Edward (Jack) Cardoza, Sr. 94, of Modesto, died Saturday, February 8th after a short illness.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents John J. Cardoza and Louisa Rose Cardoza. He was born on September 16, 1919 in Manteca, Ca. He graduated from Manteca High School in 1937. Jack is survived by his wife of 72 years, Eleanor DeCosta Cardoza. They were married on May 24, 1941 in Reno, Nevada, and have resided in the Modesto area their entire married life with the exception of 7 years in Pacific Grove, Ca.
Jack is also survived by 3 children, John Edward (Karen) Cardoza Jr., Thomas Joseph (Lorraine) and Susan Maureen Fagundes (Don) (deceased) as well as 5 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild. He was preceded in his death by one Grandchild, Marc Thomas Cardoza.
Jack served in various positions in the transportation business locally and retired in 1981 after serving several years in management for Valley Motor Lines and other trucking businesses. Relative to his profession, Jack formerly served as President of the Modesto Area Transportation Club. His passion was hunting, fishing and golf. He golfed two days a week up to one year prior to his passing. He was an avid Giants and 49er fan.
He proudly served a tour of duty in World War II
in the U.S. Navy
as a Radioman 2nd Classman on the anti-aircraft cruiser, U.S.S. San Juan (CL54) and the U.S.S. Tomahawk. The U.S.S. San Juan encountered numerous wartime engagements of air strikes during his tour. He was proud of the fact that as a Radioman, he was the first sailor on the U.S.S. San Juan to learn that World War II was officially over as announced on May 8, 1945. The U.S.S. San Juan also participated along with the 5th Fleet in liberating U.S. P.O.W.'s being held in Tokyo, Japan.
Funeral services will be held Thurs., Feb. 13, in the form of a requiem mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 709 J St., Modesto, Ca. A private interment will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery a an undetermined time.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alexander Cohen Community Hospice, Hughson, Ca. and/or Father Flanagan's Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010. www.cvobituaries.com