TAMARAC, FL — Anthony John Ramalho, a longtime Taunton resident, died June 12 at Florida Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 90.
Anthony John Ramalho, a longtime Taunton resident, died June 12 at Florida Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 90.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, he was the son of the late Joaquim and Palmira Ramalho. He moved to Taunton at age 4. At 16, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corp. of the Department of Environmental Management of Massachusetts. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army from 1941-1945. He was in the 12th Engineering Battalion, 88th Infantry Division. He was stationed in New Zealand, England, France, Belgium and Germany. He fought in battles at Normandy and the Rhineland. He received the American Defense Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with three Service Stars.
He attended Boston Barber School upon returning from the war and worked first in Plymouth and then in Taunton as a barber. He opened Anthony’s Barber Shop on Winter Street where he worked for 33 years. A master barber, his shop was a local gathering place for many customers well into the night on many occasions.
He was a member of the BP Elks and a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church. He was a generous husband and father who never asked for anything special for himself. He was an intelligent, quiet man with an easy disposition. He was greatly loved by all members of his family and will be very sadly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (Dutra) Ramalho; two sons, John Enos of Florida and Steven Ramalho of West Bridgewater; two daughters, Janice Marvel of Taunton and Arlene King of Florida; five grandchildren, Cassandra, David, Brian, Jason, Christopher and many great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph and John Ramalho of Hudson; and many nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at the Taunton Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20.
Donations in his name may be made to Hospice Care of Greater Taunton,, 244 North Main St., Raynham, MA 02767.