Gil M. Amaral, age 92 of Towson (formerly of Ludlow, MA), passed away on January 24, 2023. Born in Rabo de Peixe on Sao Miguel (one of Portugal’s Azores Islands). He was the eldest of three children born to Maria de Jesus Medeiros and Gil Amaral Raposo. He developed an ability to grow almost anything he tried to plant while working on his father’s farm. He served in the Portuguese National Army for a period of time. Upon his discharge he decided to take an opportunity to work on the Island of Bermuda. He began working as a landscaper . He also worked as an assistant greenskeeper at one of the Island’s golf courses. While in Bermuda, a relative, Joe Amaral, suggested that he should come to the United States and work with him at his auto mechanic shop in Ludlow Massachusetts. Still in his 20’s he made the move to Ludlow and began working as an auto mechanic. Joe Amaral also introduced Gil to his future wife, Anna Silva. The couple married in April of 1959. They were married for over 62 years up to the passing of his loving wife. They had two children, Gil Amaral of Towson and Ana Maria Whittier. In the early 1960’s Gil began an auto repair shop with his brother-in-law Frank Silva. The business lasted over three decades. After a long and successful career, he retired to his next position as grandfather to five grandchildren, Adam and Emily and Neil, Gregory and Luke. Gil’s children and grandchildren, as well as his extended family, will miss him and will always remember him as the loving and gentle man that he was.
Family received friends on Saturday January 28, 2023, from 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM in Ludlow Funeral Home, Ludlow, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 AM in St. Elizabeth Parish, Ludlow, MA. Interment followed in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
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