Jose J Soares

(Apr 15, 1946 to May 17, 2011)

Jose knew that although other things may change us, we begin and end with family. His family was the most important thing in his life. Dinner was more than just a meal, it was a sacred time for the family to be together, his home was never complete unless it was full of grandchildren to spoil, and come New Year’s Eve the year always ended and began in each other’s company. But his heart and home were open to more than just family. He often took in those who where immigrating to the U.S., he worked tirelessly to help found the Portuguese Club in Riverside and even helped raise many of the donations necessary to install the statue of the Holy Mother at St. Peter’s Church. However, it was always the simpler things that made him happy; he was often found tending to his garden, listening to fado music and rooting for F.C. Porto.rn While attending a dance, both Jose and a friend noticed a young woman named Noemia (nee Rego), but Jose was quicker on his feet, and the first to ask her to dance. It would not be long until their life together would begin. They were blessed by their children: Fernando (Tina) and Carlos (Vera) both of Lumberton and the late Domingos. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Vincenzo, Santino, Armando and Niko. rn Come celebrate Jose’s 65 family-centered years Friday from 6-8 PM and Saturday from 9-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 AM at St. Peter’s Church, Riverside. Interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to The Portuguese Club, 125 Lafayette Ave, Riverside 08075.rn

5 thoughts on “Jose J Soares

  1. Thomas J Mc Court

    Jose will we missed by family and friends alike. I will be forever reminded of his infectious smile, humility and pride for his boys. I am grateful to have know and worked with him as now he walks among the clouds survering God’s slab. My sympathy and love to Fernando, Carlos and the rest of the family as you grieve. May you find comfort in time as you remember a very proud and gracious man.rnSincerely, Tom Mc Court

  2. Joy Santos

    My sister in law Vera is married to Carlos and thats how we met this amazing man. Joe always made us feel like we were family. He had a radiant smile and a beautiful personality. He had a great sense of humour as well. My kids simply adored him ! We loved spending the holidays with him. And we are all saddend by his passing. He will forever be in our hearts. To Noemia, Carlos and Fernando we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you . He was an amazing father, husband and grandfather. We hope you find comfort in the great memories you have of him.rnCecilio, Joy, Antonio and Rose Santos rn

  3. Faria Family in Portugal

    We are very sorry for your loss. May you all be comforted in the memories you’ve shared through the years, as we had very good times together at our home with him. Even far away you are in our prayers. Our deepest condolences.nnOn behalf of Joses cousin Hernani Faria and daughters Fernanda,Paula and Elizabeth and grand-son Pedro Edgar.n

  4. Maryanne Sweeney

    Jose was a wonderful person with such a big heart for his commuity.My husband and myself shared many wonderful projects with Jose all for the benefit of the Portuguese community and the Portuguese club.He will always have a spot in my heart…God bless

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