New Bedford - Manuel Rosonina Couto, 72, longtime resident of New Bedford, MA passed away after his long, yet courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease on December 9, 2020. Born December 18, 1947 in Ribeira Quente, Sao Miguel, Acores, “Manny” lived just shy of 73 full years, happiest when surrounded by his beloved wife, of 45 years, Maria (do Ceu) Couto and his cherished family.
Manny immigrated to New Bedford in 1977 where he and his family later established Couto’s Family Market which he worked in for several years. He was later employed by DeMello’s Fish Market where he worked the seafood counter until his retirement. A dedicated Christian, Manny served as a deacon for many years at his parish, King of Kings Christian Church in New Bedford. His faith led him to travel to Israel where he was baptized in the Jordan River. Well-known in his community, Manny will always be remembered by those who knew him as a humble, hard-working, kind, gentle family man.
Unless “his team” Benfica was playing, Manny could be found immersed in his Bible or a newspaper. It is difficult to determine whether he loved cheering on his soccer team or expanding upon his knowledge best! Without a doubt, Manny will be missed greatly by his family who will continue his favorite tradition of Sunday lunch, always setting a place in his honor. Known for his exceptional culinary skills, his “famous” kale soup and seafood dishes will surely be missed.
A life lived surrounded by his loving family is what brought Manny the most pride and joy. He is survived by his wife, Maria as well as his daughter Manuela Cimbrom and her husband, Steven of Acushnet, daughter Diane Pacheco and her husband, Tony of Westport and son Jonathan Couto and his wife Jessica of New Bedford. Perhaps his greatest joy was watching his family grow. He leaves behind his grandchildren Greyson Couto, Lilly Baptiste and Ava Pacheco, Devin Monteiro and his girlfriend Rachel Marzelli, as well as great-grandson Elijah Monteiro. Also survived are brothers John Couto and wife Maria, Jose Couto and his wife Gloria, and several loved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Joao & Maria Couto and his sister Fatima DaSilva (wife of Tiago DaSilva).
Manuel’s visiting hours and funeral services will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Perry Funeral Home. Visiting hours will be held from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. with a service in the funeral home to begin at 12:00 P.M. Burial will immediately follow in Rural Cemetery.
Due to COVID restrictions, please be aware that all attendees are required by current mandated restrictions to wear a face covering at all times, to social distance 6 feet and to please refrain from any close physical contact. Attendance in the funeral home will be limited in order to meet the mandated capacity restrictions and could result with a wait time outside of the funeral home. Attendance at the cemetery will also be limited in order to meet their mandated capacity restrictions as well. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this time.
Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: www.perryfuneral.com for condolences.