JOAO DE DEUS ALMEIDA

Funeral services were held Feb. 8 for Joao De Deus “Djone” Almeida, 89, of Jersey City, formerly of Brava, Cabo Verde Islands; entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Joao arrived in the United States back in the early 1960’s. He settled in Jersey City, where he quickly adapted to the American way of life and became an exceptional painter for the City of New York. In his leisure time, Joao was also a gifted and self-taught musician. He played the guitar, violin, and the ukulele. He first picked an instrument at the tender age of 9, and continued playing for many years. At the age of 15, he also did carpentry work in his spare time. He liked to visit his casinos, where he displayed his skills at the table playing poker. Joao was a very driven individual and always put his family first. After years of painting, he was presented with a tremendous opportunity to embark out at sea. He became employed at Exxon Mobil Company, where he worked on the oil tankers. It was here that he quickly displayed his fine work ethic and being a quick study; he also became a chef. Starting back in the mid 1970’s, he worked continuously until his early retirement in 1987 due to some health concerns. Joao didn’t let that slow him down. He made it an opportunity to be the best husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather to his family. Joao is survived by his devoted wife, Maria L. Almeida; his loving children, the late Eugenia Almeida, Daniel Almeida, Isaura Almeida; and step-daughter, Ana G. Baptista. His grandchildren, Angelica Pena and John J. Baptista, Jr.; and by his great-grandson, Xavier J. Baptista. In addition, his 8 brothers & sisters, the late Napoleon Rodrigues, Celeste Rodrigues, Adelina Rodrigues, the late Jose Rodrigues, Adelina(Vinda) Pires, Antonio(Nony) Rodrigues, Beatrice Santiago and Angelina Fortes. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews. Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Jersey City.