Hugs, kisses, and kind words


To the Editor:

I would like to thank so many people that helped me and my family during a very difficult time. Thanks to all those who came by dropped off food, called, and sent beautiful flowers and cards. Thanks for all the hugs, kisses, and kind words. There hasn’t been a day when someone hasn’t stopped me to express their sympathy.

Thank you to Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home. They were so caring and understanding. Someone always answered my call and took the time to calm me down and talk me thru the process.

Thank you to Father Nagle and the choir at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church for such a spiritual Mass and beautiful music. It certainly helped me believe that my brother is in a better place and that I will see him again. Thanks to my niece Sarah Turner and my daughter Alicia, for such heartfelt readings to their Uncle Tuffy.

Thank you all for standing in line at the wake and attending the standing room only Mass. It showed us how much Tuffy was loved.

Many thanks to the girls of the PA’s Benevolent Fund who set up and cleaned up after feeding more than 150 of us.

Thanks to my coworkers and friends who donated, and those who have pledged to donate to “The Children of Anthony Gonsalves fund.” All of this fund will go directly to Nicholas (15) and Carly (5).

Thanks for the 10 pages of emails sent to the funeral home website, from as close as Edgartown to as far away as Alaska. They all were very touching and reminded us of how well known Tuffy was for his great smile and the twinkle in his eye. Reading them also helped me to remember the good times Tuffy had with his family and friends.

Anthony (Tuffy) Gonsalves’s passing has left a hole in so many hearts. His family misses him very much. Please keep all of us, and Tuffy, in your prayers. Thank you, to all of you, from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done.

Margaret M. Oliveira