DeSENA, Ilidio T. Of Avon passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family April 23, 2017 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Ausenda (Monteiro) DeSena of 53 years. Loving father of Elaine M. Pursley and her husband Thomas of Easton, Nannette J. Cohen and her husband Gary of Stoughton and Susan C. Harrington and her husband Michael J. of Stoughton. Devoted brother of Aguinaldo DeSena of CT, the late Frank and Jose DeSena. Dear “Papa” to Michael and Katie Pursley, Alex and Samantha Cohen, and Emma and Brendan Harrington. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Ilidio was born in Cape Verde on the island of Brava, where he was educated and lived until the age of 19 when traveled to Guinea-Bissau where he became fluent in French. By the age of 27 he emigrated to the United States, where remained the rest of his life. He was a trained tailor from a very young age and continued this craft for much of his life. In his mid-forties, he became a certified watchmaker, graduating from the Chicago Institute of Watchmaking and worked for Long’s Jewelry until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of many organizations for watchmaking including the American Assoc. of Watch Makers, and was a contributing writer for several international jewelry magazines. Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 N. Main St., Randolph MA 02368 until 9:30 AM Thursday followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM in St. Michael Church, Avon, MA. Relatives and friend are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Burial will take place in St. Michael Cemetery, Avon MA.
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