, Salem, MA

July 16, 2013

Jerome R. Sousa Jr., 85

North Andover — Jerome R. Sousa Jr., 85, beloved husband of Theresa (Sabatini) Sousa, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage, passed away Sunday, July 14, at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H. Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Jerome Sr. and Mary (Thomas) Sousa.

Jerome grew up in Peabody, and later moved to Beverly, graduating from Beverly High School. He worked for the family business, JR Sousa and Sons Oil Co., and later owned the company with his brother, Joseph, for over 30 years. Jerome enjoyed spending time boating and golfing ,and is an avid lover of animals, especially dogs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Jerome Sousa III and his wife, Meryl, of North Andover, and Diane Bertocci of Boxford; one sister, Natalie Campbell, of Beverly; five grandchildren, Cory R. Bertocci of Boxford, Daryl A. Bertocci, Mark Sousa of North Andover, Janelle and Danielle Sousa of Boxford; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers George and Joseph Sousa.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary Annunciation Church, 24 Conant Street, Danvers, on Thursday, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Contributions may be made in Jerome’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 31 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For information, directions, or condolences, please visit