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George L. Gomes

NEW BEDFORD - George L. "Jake" "The Hummer" Gomes, 62, of New Bedford died October 3, 2008 at home after a courageous battle. He was the husband of Roberta J. (Roderick) Gomes.

Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Antonio "Geech" and Lydia (Freitas) Gomes, he lived in New Bedford all of his life.

He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Jake was the first Cape Verdean Massachusetts State Police Trooper, serving 20 years until his retirement in 1988.

He served in the U.S. Army, 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War. He was a recipient of numerous medals and badges.

Jake was a member of the Cape Verdean-American Veterans Association, the Cape Verdean Band Club; the Y-A Club and other social clubs.

Survivors include his wife; 3 daughters, Shaynne L. Thompson and her husband Daryl, Tracy L. Stewart and Stephanie "Kym" Gomes; 5 brothers, Paul Gomes, Rev. Martin Gomes,, Thomas Gomes, Rev. Edmund Gomes and Stephen Gomes; 7 sisters, Mary Louise Rodrigues, Linda Gomes, Helen Ackah, Regina Jackson, Wendy Fumo, Debbie Cruz and Kim Cruz; 10 grandchildren, Terrell and Walter, who Jake helped raise and Alexia, Johnny, Isaiah, Amari, Durrell, Caelyn, Keyanna and Kylee; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jake was a friend and role model to many.

He was the brother of the late Ann Gomes Oliveira.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 9 AM at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Burial will follow in Rural Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 4-9 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.

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