John (Cuda) Ferreira, 79, of Ludlow, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Born September 27, 1937 in Ludlow, MA, he was the son of the late Francisco and Nair (Goncalves) Ferreira. A lifelong resident, John graduated from Ludlow High School.
Upon his graduation, John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving in Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 with over 20 years of distinguished service. John was dedicated to service in town serving as both a Park Commissioner and Selectman. John was a communicant of St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Ludlow. He was also a long time member of the Unity Athletic Club and the Ludlow Elks.
John is survived by his children John Ferreira and his wife Sharon of Fishers, IN, Kenneth Ferreira of Ludlow, MA , Jeffrey Ferreira and his wife Patricia of Port Washington, WI, Kimberley Ferreira and Celeste Ferreira-Harney both of Ludlow, MA. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren Chandra, Ashley, Anastasia, John, Kristie, Sean, Elizabeth, Joshua, Nicholas and Maria as well as his great-grandchildren Andrew, Oliver, Penny, Liam, Charlie and Al. Sadly, John was predeceased by his wife Oma (Thuroo) Ferreira in 2013
Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.
Funeral services celebrating John’s life will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St. Ludlow, MA, followed by Rites of Committal with Military Honors in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Berkshire Ave, Springfield, MA.
Memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to the Ron Stephenson Memorial Fund, Attn: Veterans’ Services, Ludlow Town Hall, 488 Chapin Street, Ludlow, MA 01056.