Peabody — Manuel E Bettencourt, 77, of Peabody, died unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon at Salem Hospital. He was the devoted husband of Maria (Viega) Bettencourt, with whom he shared over 51 years of marriage.
Born in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, he was the son of the late John and Marie da Luz (Quadros) Bettencourt. He was raised and educated in Portugal, and served in the Portuguese Army for six years in India.
Upon marrying his wife, Maria, in 1962, he immigrated to the United States, and had lived in Peabody for the past 52 years.
He was employed in the leather industry as a cutter, trimmer, and pastier for AC Lawrence and Henry Leather in Peabody, and finally, before retiring, he worked in Seabrook, N.H.
Manuel enjoyed spending time in his backyard, tending to his garden and flowers. He was a member of the Holy Ghost Society in Peabody, enjoyed listening to the Portuguese Band, watching soccer, and years ago, he enjoyed fishing.
Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his son, Edmund Bettencourt; his granddaughter, Meaghan C. Bettencourt and her boyfriend, Jesse Machado, all of Peabody; and is also survived by many cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, at 8 a.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by his funeral Mass, at 9 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Walsh Ave., Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. For directions and his obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.