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Damião Duarte, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully at JFK
Medical Center in Edison on March 24, 2023, at age 80. He was born in S. Paio de
Gouveia, Portugal. He spent his teen years living in Porto, Portugal and moved to the
United States in 1960, at the age of 18. He later served in the United States Army, at Fort
Devens, from 1963 to 1965.
For nearly 50 years, he worked as a Chef at The Manor in West Orange, New Jersey. He
was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who always put his family first. He will long
be remembered for his loyalty, honesty, generosity, and his kind blue eyes. He will also be
remembered for his work ethic and sharp sense of humor. Through his later years, even
though he suffered multiple obstacles with his health, he never complained about a thing.
He was predeceased by his parents, Palmira Barbas and Jose Duarte. Damião is survived
by his wife, of 55 years, Maria Fernanda; sons George and Paul; daughter-in-law Velia
Duarte (nee Gafanhão); and grandchildren Michael, Brittany and Jennifer. He is survived by
his half siblings Tony Duarte, Kathy Angeja (nee Duarte), and Eddie Duarte.
He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.
Visitation Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm at the Gosselin Funeral Home 660 New Dover Rd., Edison. A funeral mass Wednesday 9:00AM all to meet at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Elizabeth. Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
Family request donations in his loving memory to: St. Judes Children's Research Hospital