Jose A. Chaves, 74, of Hudson, MA died on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Marlborough Hospital.
Jose leaves his wife Rita Leal of Hudson, MA; his daughter Aimee Chaves of Shrewsbury, MA; his 4 brothers, Herculano Chaves and his wife Helena of Portsmouth, RI, Jose M. Chaves, husband of the late Zulmira Chaves of Portsmouth, RI, Antonio M. Chaves and his wife Helen of Hudson, MA and Alberto M. Chaves and his wife Filomena of Hudson, MA. He was predeceased by his sisters and their husbands Maria C. and Antonio Monteiro of Hudson, MA and Maria F. and Wayne Casavecchia of Leominster, MA. He is also survived by his first wife Maria Lena Chaves of Clinton, MA along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jose was born and raised in Santa Maria, the Azores of Portugal, son of the late Jose M. de Chaves and Filomena Monteiro. In 1962 he emigrated to the United States and resided in Hudson, MA. He began his career in law enforcement as a Framingham State College Campus Police Officer and later joined the Hudson Police Department as a police officer, a position he held for many years until retiring. He was a member of Saint Michael Parish in Hudson.
Jose always looked forward to visiting family and friends in Santa Maria. He also enjoyed trips to Brazil visiting his wife Leal’s family and friends. In his spare time he enjoyed carpentry, fishing and spending time with his brothers was always special to him. He liked to socialize with family and friends and would always be the “life of the party”. A unique characteristic of Jose was his keen sense and knowledge of the world’s current events, always keeping up with the recent events that shape our world. His outgoing personality and loyalty to family and friends will always be remembered by those who loved and knew him.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 9:00 to 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. Procession to Saint Michael’s Church, 21 Manning Street will follow with a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11am. Burial services will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Please make a donation of your choice in memory of Jose.