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John V. Cabeca

d. August 31, 2020

New Bedford - John V. Cabeca, 71, passed away on August 31, 2020 with the love of his family surrounding him.

Born to Antone V. Cabeca and Helen S. (Cabral) Cabeca on October 5, 1948, he was a life-long resident of New Bedford, MA. John served his country in the USCG and was a proud member of the New Bedford Fire Department until his retirement in 2010. He attended Fisher College and earned a degree in Business Management while working and raising a young family.

John’s earlier life passions included his Fair Hill Beagles, hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with family - especially the “fatman” as he would so eloquently state. He was a doting dad and left his daughters with fond memories of Saturday morning cartoons, afternoon westerns and Tuesday night living room camp-outs. He was an avid reader, a lover of history and a believer in the power of knowledge. He enjoyed a good game of cards and enjoyed winning even more. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could offer up a witty one-liner at a moment’s notice. He looked forward to Sunday dinners and a movie and of course the occasional “resting of the eyes”. In his later years, John’s grandchildren were the light of his life and he spoiled them accordingly. He blessed them with his wisdom and many valuable life lessons that they will carry with them forever.

He will be lovingly remembered and profoundly missed by his daughters: Jennifer Carter and Elizabeth Cabeca, but his spirit will be carried on through his grandchildren: Victoria Carter, Lynsey DaSilva, Christopher Carter and Haylee Couto. He is survived by his brother Anthony Cabeca and sister Mary Ann Vandal. He was brother to the late Helen (Cabeca) Banks and Dolores Cabeca. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

John’s Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2020 between the hours of 6-8 at Perry Funeral Home located at 111 Dartmouth St New Bedford, MA. All attendees are required by current mandated restrictions to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing of 6 feet. Attendance will be limited in order to meet the mandated capacity restrictions.

John has always been a selfless and giving man and supported various charities throughout the years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Disabled American Veterans @ or National Fallen Firefighters Foundation @

Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: for

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