Fernandes Fagundes passed away peacefully on January 7th, 2021 surrounded by family at the age of 91. He was preceded by his parents Joseph and Cecilia Fagundes, his siblings; Tony Fagundes, Carl Fagundes, and Diolinda Loustale. Fernandes is survived by his loving wife Delia of almost 67 years and his five children: Lynne, Steve (Debi), Bob (Terri), Tim (Kay), and Marie (Chuck). He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren: Loree (Daniel), Julee (Steve), Lyndee (Jeri), Joseph (Becky), Samantha (Ron), Lee (Nate), Lauren (Andy), Nathan (Andrea), Kelly (Danny), Ryan, Jill, Josh (Catherine), Matt, Allison (Ryan), and 18 great grandchildren.
Fernandes was born at home in Tracy, CA on January, 26th, 1929. He worked with his father and two brothers maintaining and operating a dairy/farm. He was the first of his family to graduate from Tracy High School. Shortly after graduation, without telling his parents, Fernandes enlisted in the Marines. Proud of his service, after completing his stint in the Marines, he chose to return to his family and again do everything he could to help on the farm. Eventually, he found his way to the movie theater in Tracy where he met Delia Costa, the love of his life. Fernandes, known as a “non-moviegoer”, attended the theater time and time again to win Delia’s heart. Fernandes and Delia were married on May 2nd, 1954. Soon after, they built a home on the farm next to his parents. They had their first child in 1955 and during the next five years had four more children. He continued to work on the farm with the help of his three sons in addition to working 19 years at Helms Tractor. Fernandes also worked 10 years at Livermore Laboratory. Despite milking the cows twice a day and working full time at Helms, he never missed a day of work and you never heard him complain. Fernandes always made the time to attend his children’s, grandchildren’s and family activities.
After his retirement, Fernandes became a stay-at-home grandpa to his grandchildren. Above all else, it was clear that everything he did, everything he provided, every action by his commitment to his family assured that they had a better life. He was affectionately known as Papa to most, Papo to his first great grandchild, David and Avo to his great grandchildren. Even though he was a man of few words, every one of his family members knew how much he loved them. He lived selflessly for his family. We will miss you and we all love you. God bless you and rest in peace.
Visitation will be at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 South Central Avenue from 4:00 - 9:00pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, with the Rosary at 6:00pm, which will be livestreamed via his tribute page at www.frymemorialchapel.com. Mass will follow at 11:00am on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at St. Bernard’s Holy Family Center, 12100 Valpico Road. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, burial will be private for family and there will be no reception. An online guest book is available for condolences and special messages via his tribute page.
Donations in memory of Fernandes Fagundes may be sent to St. Bernard’s School.
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