John Martinho Rebelo of East Falmouth died at home the morning of August 12. He was 75 years old.
He was the husband of Maria B. Rebelo, whom he married January 30, 1971, the year after they met.
Born on the island of Terceira, Azores, he was the son of Jose and Ermelinda (Martinho) Rebelo.
At the age of 18, he left his small island and set out to explore the world. With friends, he traveled to Brazil, Australia and Canada, doing various trade work. In 1967, sponsored by his sister Emilia, he came to the United States, first spending time with her in California and finally making a home in Falmouth.
For more than 30 years he worked at Packaging Industries, Inc. in Hyannis. When the business closed in 2005, he found a position at Falmouth Lumber, Inc. where he stayed until his retirement.
He was a member of the Portuguese American Club, Fresh Pond Holy Ghost Society and the Azorean Holy Ghost Society.
Mr. Rebelo was an avid sports fan and enjoyed vacations to Disney World in Florida and spending time in New Hampshire.
In December of 2016 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
He leaves his wife of 48 years; a daughter, Tania Maria Oliver and her husband, Joshua Oliver; three grandchildren, Connor, Avery and Noah Oliver; a brother, Abel Rebelo; two sisters, Maria Bernardo and Maria Emilia Pinkel; and a large extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, John Paul Rebelo; and five siblings, Leonel Martinho, Carlos Rebelo, Herculano Rebelo, Jose Martinho and Fatima Cunha.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 15, from 5 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, August 16, at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.