Belmiro will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving Father and Grandfather who welcomed all family and friends into his home with generosity and hospitality, a warm welcome and a hearty laugh.
Belmiro (Billy) was born on August 30, 1933 on the island of Brava in the Cape Verde Islands. He immigrated to Boston at the age of 28, married Ricarda Mascarenhas, and settled his family in Roxbury, Dorchester, and then Randolph, Massachusetts.
Billy was a master gardener who planted an ample garden faithfully every year, providing fresh vegetables for his family’s table every summer. He was a strong man who enjoyed physical labor and readily volunteered to help family with landscaping and any physically challenging work. He was known for his Buddhist-like simplicity and sense of humor, evoking smiles and nods when he shared sayings that embodied the folk wisdom of his youth in the islands, along with his own unique philosophy of life. He enjoyed the honor bestowed upon him by the family of roasting the Thanksgiving turkey year upon year without failure. He was an avid fan of The Three Stooges, Steven Segal action movies, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy.
In keeping with the Covid-19 guidelines, which include face coverings, social distancing and wait times in line due to temporary limited capacity, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, January 12th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main St. (RT. 28), Randolph. A private Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, January 13th in St. Bernadette Church, Randolph. Burial will follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Liver Foundation, 188 Needham St, Newton, MA 02461. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com.
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