SHELTON, Conn. - Fernando Da Costa Goncalves of Shelton died Saturday, March 1. He was 76.
Goncalves was born April 3, 1937, in Belem, Lisbon, Portugal, the son of Albertino and Maria (Da Costa) Goncalves. He was a founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Bridgeport. He was a 50-year member and president of the Vasco da Gama Portuguese Club and was a player and coach of the Vasco da Gama soccer team.
He was employed by Imprensa Nacional de Lisboa, Handy and Harman in Fairfield, as a master printer at Kurk Vulk Printing Press in Milford and Antignani Law Firm in Bridgeport. He founded, established, co-owned and managed Luso Travel Agency with branches in Bridgeport, Naugatuck and Hartford. He also was a Bridgeport correspondent for Luso Americano weekly newspaper of Newark, N.J., for 35 years.
Goncalves is survived by his wife, Filomena (Barros) Goncalves; sons, Stephen Fernando Goncalves, Keith Barros Goncalves and Eric Barros Goncalves; sister, Luisa Barros; and a nephew, Fernando Teresa. He was predeceased by his parents.
Calling hours are Tuesday, March 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Parente-Lauro Funeral Home, 559 Washington Ave., Bridgeport. Services will be held Wednesday, March 5, at 9 a.m. in the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial. at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 429 Huntington Road, Bridgeport. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sharon's Ride, Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, 386 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457 for C4C team Alex or the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven , 20 York St., New Haven CT 06510.