John Souza Jr., 91, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his daughter’s home with his family by his side.  John was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on March 31, 1926 to the late John Souza Sr. and Senhorinha Botelho Souza. John is predeceased by his son John Souza III.  His surviving children are Diane (Buddy) DePrimo of Trumbull, Lorraine (John) Hidecavage of Youngsville, North Carolina, and Irene (Roger) Beale of North Haven.  He is survived by grandchildren Lauren Souza, James Souza, Josh and Ryan Hidecavage, Michele Sbrega, Jaqueline Popescu, and several great-grandchildren. His surviving siblings are Hilda Hargrove, Lorraine Souza-Hall, David (Joyce) Souza, and Dimas (Pat) Souza. He is predeceased by his siblings Isabel Medeiros, Joseph Souza, Antonio Souza, Alvaro Souza, Yria Szczesny, Mary Meeks and Frank Souza. John was a lifelong resident of the Bridgeport/Trumbull area.  He worked at Superior Plating in Southport for over 65 years, eventually becoming the Plant Manager. He had many interests, he was a skilled gardener, an avid reader, an expert wine-maker, a fantastic cook, insisted on preparing all holiday dinners, and enjoyed model ship building.  He loved all his family and always insisted on taking anyone stopping by to see him out to dinner.

Funeral services will be conducted in the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 10:30 with the Rev. Timothy Meehan officiating.  Interment will follow in Centerville Cemetery, Hamden.  The visiting hours will be Sunday from 2 to 6 pm.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford CT 06405.