AGE: 84 • Edison
Jack Afonso, 84, of Edison, passed peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the JFK Medical Center in Edison.
He was born in Perth Amboy, was formerly of Metuchen and has resided in Edison the last 55 years. He was an accomplished drummer, with a love for Jazz music, playing with the likes of Bill Evans, Don Sebesky, Wild Bill Davis and many others. Jack was a member of the American Federation of Musicians Union Locals # 204 and Local # 373 and taught drum lessons in the area for many years. Jack was a gifted and talented artist, who attended the Music and Art School of NY City, where Tony Bennett was attending at the same time. Jack especially enjoyed painting various subjects, including portraits and seascapes. Mr. Afonso also possessed a natural skill in carpentry and masonry work and was an all round handyman. He was employed with Poly Plastic of Union for 25 years before retiring, 32 years ago. Jack was a communicant of The Transfiguration of the Lord Parish at Guardian Angels, Church, Edison.
He is predeceased by his two sisters, Rose Wingert and Anne Costello. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Marta (Barros) Afonso, his beloved children, Rodney Afonso of Edison, Jacqueline Afonso of Carlstadt, Carol Kvidahl and her husband, Ken of East Brunswick, Steven Afonso and his wife, Betsy of Parlin and Lisa Fuzesi and her husband, Michael, of Spotswood; his seven adoring grandchildren, Melissa and Michael Kvidahl, Katelyn and Marisa Afonso, and Andrew, Matthew, Christopher Fuzesi; his sister in law, Margie Peerboom and her husband, Rene of Fla. and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be on Wednesday December 5, 2012 at 9:45 a.m. from the Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Ave. Fords, NJ 08863. Followed by a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Liturgy at The Transfiguration of the Lord Parish at Guardian Angels, Church, Edison. Entombment will be in the St. James Mausoleum, Woodbridge. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to
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