NAUGATUCK — Mr. Antonio Gonzaga, 63, of Naugatuck, passed away Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Elisa (Pereira) Gonzaga. Mr. Gonzaga was born in Manteigas, Portugal on Aug. 12, 1951, a son of the late Joaquim and Conceicao Gonzaga.
While living in Portugal he served four years in the Portuguese military. Mr. Gonzaga retired in 2008 after having worked for Cocchiola Paving for over 30 years, and was a communicant of St. Antony’s Catholic Church in Prospect. His main enjoyment was spending quality time with family and friends. He also enjoyed long Sunday rides, fishing, watching soccer, building boats, home projects, playing with his grandchildren, and being surrounded by laughter and love. His two main passions were cooking and gardening. He was a dedicated and loving family man that was adored by many.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Gonzaga is survived by a daughter, Marlane Southard and her husband, Mark, of Prospect; a son, Carlos Gonzaga and his wife, Susie, of Naugatuck; a sister, Maria Magalhaes of Massachusetts; a brother, Porfirio Gonzaga of Portugal; four grandchildren, Jake Anthony Southard and Mason James Southard of Prospect, Carlos Alberto Gonzaga Jr. and Angel Marie Gonzaga of Naugatuck, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gonzaga’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. from Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Road, Prospect to St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, 4 Union City Road, Prospect for a mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m.
To place online condolences, visit www.prospectmemorial.com.