GRAFTON, Mass. - Oscar M. Teixeira, 84, died peacefully Wednesday Nov. 28, 2012 in the love and care of his family after a long illness.
He leaves his devoted wife of 62 years Olivia (Rapoza) Teixeira; four sons, Steven G. and his wife Kim, Timothy and his wife Kathleen, Bruce and his wife Gayle all of Grafton, Jeffrey and his wife M. Elizabeth of Shamong NJ; Twelve grandchildren, Julie, Nicholas, Matthew, Kevin, Andrew, David, Eric, Katrina, Emily and Christopher all Teixeira, Stephanie (Teixeira) Collins, and Michael Remington; Three great grandchildren, Ryan and Logan Collins and Riley Teixeira and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Manuel and Isaura (Viera) Teixeira and a brother Mario Teixeira.
Mr. Teixeira was born May 4, 1928 in New Bedford and raised in Fall River graduating from Durfee High School there. He and his wife moved to Grafton in 1956 where they raised their family. Mr. Teixeira worked 35 years at Prudential Insurance Co. as a Staff Manager retiring in 1986. During his career at Prudential he received The Presidents' award several times. Oscar was a longtime active parishioner of St. Philip's Catholic Church, a member of Benedict Council # 2379 Knights of Columbus, The Grafton Forest and Land Trust and he served his country as a member of The Massachusetts Army National Guard. He also volunteered often at Hope Lodge in Worcester.
He and his wife enjoyed winters in Florida for 15 years at The Gulf Towers Condominiums in Naples where he also served as president of its residents association. Oscar was a true family man whose greatest joy was spending time with them and teaching them how to carry that on with their own families. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife, playing golf and cards with family and friends.
All are invited to calling hours Monday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St. North Grafton. A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. in St. Philip's Catholic Church, 12 West St. Grafton Center. All attending Tuesday are respectfully asked to meet directly at the church. He will then be laid to rest in St. Philip's Cemetery in Grafton
In following Oscar's desire to help people his family asks that you remember him with memorial donations in lieu of flowers to The Grafton Food Bank, PO Box 324, Grafton MA 01519 or Vets Inc. Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 69 Grove St., Worcester MA 01605.