Francisco Garcia Andrade, 72, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died peacefully at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Maria de Fatima (Garcia) Andrade for 48 years. Son of the late Jose and Amelia (Garcia) De Andrade, he was born and raised in Caveira, Flores, Azores, Portugal. Francisco was an incredibly gifted foreman who rose the ranks at the Department of Public Works in Santa Cruz, Flores with hard work, dedication, compassion and an incredible sense of humor, for 25 years. He immigrated to the United States with his wife and two youngest children to give them an education and a chance at the "American Dream", with nothing but his clothes on his back, hope, and a nurturing family. He settled in Stoughton in 1994, and from that day on, he taught his children the pride of earning a living, owning a home, and loving God and family above all. He worked at Qual-Craft Industries in Stoughton for 13 years before retiring in 2007, while also working a part-time job alongside his wife, to help them pay their bills. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed gardening his own vegetables; for cooking was his way to celebrate his love for his family and friends. There was no doubt, that his greatest joy was spending time with his family. Family came first, and he thought of them often. Six o'clock on Sundays was the time to call Amelia and her family, his eldest daughter, who stayed back in Flores to raise her family. Friday nights were grandpa nights, when Emma and Lucas would come to sleep over. Town Spa dinners on the anniversary of his family's arrival in America, were another tradition that brought him so much pride and joy. He celebrated each of his children and grandchildren's small and big accomplishments with an unwavering passion. He spoke of each of them with so much pride, joy, love and affection.
In addition to his wife, Francisco is survived by his children, Amelia M. Andrade Costa and her husband Jose Henrique Costa of Monte de Santa Cruz, Flores, Portugal, Cidalia A. Massih of Canton and Daniel G. Andrade of Stoughton, as well as his grandchildren, André Filipe Costa, Emma Grace Massih and Lucas Francis Massih. His endlessly curious and brilliant mind, his genuine compassion, and hearty laughter will be carried on by his children, who all inherited many of his outstanding qualities. His generosity had no boundaries, and his empathy for those less fortunate have shaped his children and grandchildren. He was the brother of Maria Andrade Pedro of Caveira, Flores, Portugal and Florberto Andrade of Stoughton. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visiting Hours will be held at Farley Funeral Home on Monday, February 15th from 5-7 PM with masks and social distancing required. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Church and interment at Knollwood Memorial Park will be private. Donations in Francisco's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.