Wednesday, October 20, 2010

LASA Founder Antonio "Fausto" Martinho passes away

Antonio "Fausto" Martinho, 89, of Fairhaven, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was the husband of Eugenia (Martins) Martinho with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, the son of the late Maria (da Conceicao) and Antonio P. Martinho, he had resided in Fairhaven for the past 43 years.

Mr. Martinho received his accounting degree in Portugal and served in the Portuguese Army during World War II.

He worked at Aerovox for many years until his retirement. Following retirement, he helped his family establish Antonio's Restaurant in New Bedford in 1989, where he worked daily in accounting and bookkeeping until recently.

An avid soccer fan, Fausto was one of the original founders of LASA (Luzo American Soccer Association) where he served as Secretary and President. The league NELASA, the first all Capeverdean soccer league in the US, resulted when LASA (Luso-American Soccer Association) and NESA (New England Soccer Association) joined forces in 2001.

He loved fishing and was an active member of the Sporting Clube de Portugal for 71 years where he received numerous fishing trophies.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Antonio J. Martinho and his wife Ida of Fairhaven; a daughter, Maria Santos and her husband Richard of West Ossippee, NH; six grandchildren, Mark, James, Shaun, Sarah, Carla and Karina; four great grandchildren, Chase, Aiden, Noah and Logan; a nephew, Pedro Martinho and his wife Liete of Lisbon, Portugal; sister in law, Maria Leite; a niece, Sandra Burgo and her husband Kenneth of Fairhaven and a nephew, John and Maria Jose Leite of Stoughton.

His Funeral will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 9am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at10am in St. Mary's Church, Main St., Fairhaven. Visiting hours on Wednesday 5-8pm. Burial in River-Side Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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