Manuel Jose's Story
Manuel Jose Furtado, 73, of Peabody, husband of the late Diane (Rohdas) Furtado, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the NSMC–Salem Hospital.
Manuel was born in Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal on December 13, 1943, son of the late Jose Pedro and Maria S. (Medeiros) Furtado. Raised and educated in Portugal, he immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s, making his home in Peabody.
After immigrating to the United States, Manuel was employed for many years as a chef at the Hilton and Royal Sonesta Hotels. Later on, he worked at J. J. Grant Co. in Braintree as a building dismantling and recycling worker until his retirement. Manuel made his own fishing nets, enjoyed listening to music, and he and his late brother, Tony built bird cages as a hobby.
Manuel is survived by his three children, Joseph Furtado and his significant other, Katherine Page, Stephanie F. Medeiros and her husband, Joao, and Brian Furtado, all of Peabody; two cherished grandchildren, Eric Medeiros and Naomi Furtado; a brother, Joao Furtado and his wife, Rene of Illinois; a sister, Maria Koxarakis and her husband, Manuel of New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Rose Furtado of New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brother, Antonio Furtado.
His family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, March 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at 82 Lynn St., Peabody. His funeral will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Margin St., Peabody. The interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Please visit for directions, online obituary and memorial guest book.