George Souza

Died: Thu., May 10, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., May 14, 2018
Location: Machnowski Funeral Home 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford

Funeral Mass

12:00 PM Tue., May 15, 2018
Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 235 North Front St. New Bedford

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New Bedford - George Souza, 93, died on his birthday, Thursday, May 10, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital.  He was the husband of the late Stella (Osenkowski) Souza, the love of his life.
     Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Cabral) Souza, he was a resident of Acushnet for over 50 years.  He was a police officer for U-Mass Dartmouth Campus until his retirement as sergeant in 1986, after 21 years of service.
     George was a dedicated parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and a proud recipient of the Marian Medal.
     A U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and Korean War, he served with the Navy Medical Corps in Europe and participated in the Normandy Invasion in 1944.  He and his brothers were known as the "Five Fighting Souzas" because of their military services during WWII.
     Mr. Souza joined the Acushnet Police Dept. and graduated from the MA State Police Academy in 1978 and was also a graduate of Babson College.  He served his entire career in law enforcement, taking his work seriously and always doing it well as he had with previous positions, such as the Marion Police Dept., Sheriff's Dept., and U-Mass Dartmouth Campus.
     George's favorite pastime of collecting police patches from around the world, inspired him to create a patch honoring all MA active and retired police officers.  His patch even caught the attention of the White House, Vatican, and Medugorje.
     He will be remembered by family and friends as a very fine family man and conscientious, patriotic and sincere police officer.
     Survivors include his loving son and best friend, Brad Souza of Fairhaven; several nieces and nephews; and his loving and faithful dog, Simba.
     He was the brother of the late Joseph, Alvin, Manuel and Frank Souza, and Hilda Silva.
     A special thank you to his good friend, Diane Cruz and best friend, Lt. Joseph Gonsalves for their long standing friendship and help during his illness.
     Visitation is 5 - 8 P.M., Monday, May 14, 2018 at Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon, Tuesday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, New Bedford, followed by burial with military honors in Pine Grove Cemetery.
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Leon & Nancy Witko (aka Witkowicz)
   Posted Sat May 12, 2018
I received word of Uncle George's passing on. We'll all miss him. He was the only relative who always liked people to smile and laugh. When the families got together he always kept things hopping along with his humor. And as u know our families did need to loosen up.

Leon & Nancy Witko (aka Witkowicz)


Lt. Ken Furtado (Ret.)
   Posted Sat May 12, 2018
Brad, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. His life story is an amazing one, his dedication to his profession was unquestionable. You could always count on him to be there for you, to help in any way possible.
SMU, U-mass, and the local towns he served will certainly miss him dearly.
And so will I. We all have many fond memories of George that will help keep him with us.
RIP George, its time to be with Stella once again.

Dave Almeida
   Posted Sun May 13, 2018
Brad and family so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I have happy memories of your Mom and Dad and the parties they held at their home.

Janice Ragazzo
   Posted Sun May 13, 2018
Brad, Tony and I are so sorry to hear that Uncle George past away. But we rejoice in the fact that it was on his birthday and the Feast of the Ascension. Also, think of the happiness and celebrating that probably went on being that he was finally reunited with the love of his life, Aunt Stella. Plus, my dad has his old friend back. Be happy with the memories he has given us all. What fun times we all shared at his house and the joking that went on around the pool! You, Uncle George and Aunt Stella are in our thoughts.
Love, Tony and Janice (Witkowicz) Ragazzo

Tom Ragazzo
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
I will miss Uncle George. He was always so nice to me and I was always excited to go see him. He would tell me his stories of his days on the force, show me his patch collection, or just play us some polka music on his organ. He was such a great person and I know he will be missed.

John Souza
   Posted Mon May 14, 2018
My sincere condolences to you Brad and the entire Souza family on the loss of your Dad. I will remember him fondly...RIP Sgt. Souza

   Posted Mon May 14, 2018

Maureen Benjamin
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I have fond memories of him and your Mother. They are together again and will always be with you.

Christine (Medeiros) O'Docharty and family
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
Brad, so very sorry for the loss of your father...I'm so glad I got to speak with him while he was at The Royal...I have many fond memories of him, especially at the girls would always beg me, when we came down in the summer, to go to his pool, with the Polish music playing, him goofing around and Stella giving out chocolate fudge bars...we all had a blast...he will be dearly missed, but the memories will live on...he is home with Stella now...God Bless

Gail Lyonnais
   Posted Tue May 15, 2018
Brad, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I remember a few years ago when we watched the fireworks together in Fairhaven. You have so many beautiful memories to keep your spirits lifted. Sending you hugs and prayers. Gail

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