Feb. 16, 1914 — June 23, 2012
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 29, for Armond E. Cabral (Ed) 98, of Crows Landing, who was born on Feb.16, 1914 in Gustine. His parents, Louis and Mary Cabral, had immigrated to America from Lisbon, Portugal in 1910, settling in Gustine. Mr. Cabral attended Canal School in Gustine, then Bonita Grammar School when his family, which included two brothers and three sisters, moved to Crows Landing in 1921. He went on to graduate from Orestimba High School in 1933. After graduation, he held a variety of jobs, including driving a bakery truck and selling Plymouth automobiles.
In 1941 he was drafted into the army, and was sent to Europe to fight in World War II. As a tank captain in the 5th Armored Division, he saw combat action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. In 1944 he participated in liberating the country of Luxembourg, which had been under German occupation for four years. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Cross of War, by the French government for heroism and meritorious service.
Following his army service, he returned home to Crows Landing, where he married Mary Azevedo of Patterson on his birthday on February 16, 1945. The couple raised two children Sue and Robert and was truly devoted to each other for 59 years. Mr. Cabral became a farmer, growing row and orchard crops in the Crows Landing and Newman area for over 50 years, and serving the agriculture community as a director of the Production Credit Association. During those years, he also served his community as a member of the Newman/Crows Landing School District board of trustees, a member of the Crows Landing Lions Club and as the caretaker for the grounds at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Crows Landing.
Until his passing, Mr. Cabral lived in the house that he and Mary built in 1965 on the ranch where he grew up and purchased from his father. For years he enjoyed the activities at the Newman Senior Citizen’s Center, regularly participating in exercise classes and senior meals.
Mr. Cabral was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his son, Rob, his parents, Louis and Mary, his brothers, Joaquin and Joe, and his sisters, Mary and Louise. He is survived by his daughter Sue (Ed); his sister, Aileen; granddaughters, Amy Leach (Michael) and Anna Camboia (Matt), and great-granddaughters Zoe and Edie Leach.
He was devoted to his family, his church, his community and his country. His long life was blessed by a loving family and the respect and friendship of many friends. His family thanks caregivers, Olivia, Zenon and Maryann for their loving care, allowing him to live out his life in his home, one of his greatest wishes.
A visitation will be observed from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, followed by a recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., in Patterson. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 529 I St., Patterson. Burial will follow at Hills Ferry Cemetery, Newman.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Cabral’s name may be sent to T.O.S.C.A. Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 18, Newman, CA 95360 or Father Connors Hall, 220 N. Salado Ave. Patterson, CA 95363.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, Newman, is handling the arrangements.