Mario "Mike" Godinho
June 30, 1936 - September 7, 2011
Mario "Mike" Godinho, 75, passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. He was born on June 30, 1936 in Lisbon, Portugal. The son of Domingas da Silva and Joao Godinho, he and his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1946. He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1956 and then moved to New Jersey.
Mario proudly served 3 years in the United States Army. He married the love of his life, Maureen McMahon of Ballyjamesduff, Ireland, on November 9, 1963. Together they raised their family in Newark and later in Kearny.
Mario worked for many years as a Sheet Metal Worker. In 1976 he began working for the United States Postal Service, a job he loved until he retirement. He also bartended for many years at McGovern's Tavern in Newark, NJ.
"Irish by Marriage", he was very involved with a number of Irish Civic Organizations. He was also an active member of the Portuguese Cultural Association of Kearny, NJ.
Mario is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, Kathleen (Michael Blashe) of Lake Villa, IL, Susan (Richard Swietkowski) of Westwood, NJ and Rose (Howard Cournoyer) of Kearny, NJ He will also be greatly missed by his 7 grandchildren; Sean, Maureen, Patrick and Aidan Blashe, and Maggie, Ian, and Danny Swietkowski.
Other survivors include his sister Joana and her husband Hank Nazimek, his brother Joseph and his wife Mimi of Lisbon, Portugal, his brother John of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Special family friend Mauro Quinelli de Mouta of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, his niece Carol Godinho, and his nephews John and Caros Godinho, Jr. and their families of Gloucester, MA.
Mario will also be missed by many friends. Mario is predeceased in death by his wife Maureen, his brother Carlos and his sister-in-law Marjorie.
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff of the MICU and floor 9 Pavillion East at Hackensack University Medical Center for their outstanding care and compassion.
Visiting will be on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Drive Kearny (map, directions). Funeral Mass will be on Saturday at 10am at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington (map, directions). Interment Holy Cross Cemetery (map, directions).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tomorrows Children's Fund of HUMC or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
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