James H. “Spider” Souza, 85, of Falmouth, MA, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston. He was born in East Falmouth to Helen L. Souza (Rogers) of Falmouth and Manuel A. Souza of Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal). He was a lifelong resident of Falmouth. He grew up amid the farms and woods of Acapesket Rd. with his siblings Donald P., Jane A., and Thomas A. Souza. It was a culturally rich and family centered environment with many aunts, uncles and cousins nearby.
Jim graduated from Lawrence (Falmouth) High School in 1952 and excelled in basketball and baseball. In 1953 he joined the army during the Korean conflict. He rose to Staff Sargent and was honorably discharged in 1955. Throughout his life he had a desire to serve his country and served in the National Guard for many years. Jim worked for WHOI for 14 years and served as a mate on the research sailing vessel Atlantis. He sailed throughout the Atlantic and Caribbean stopping at ports in Africa and South America. Jim next worked for the US Postal Service in Woods Hole for 20 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Elks in Falmouth and made many friends. He also worked at Davis Furniture in Falmouth, and was a highly regarded bartender who served at places such as the Cape Codder Hotel and Woods Hole Golf Club. In 2004 he was inducted into the Falmouth High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Jim loved music, games and sports of all kinds but he was most passionate about golf. He was an exceptional player and enjoyed playing at Otis and all over Cape Cod with his family and friends. He will be forever remembered for his love of children and his kindness.
He is survived by his brothers, Donald P. Souza and his wife Sheila V. of Sandwich and Thomas A. Souza of Falmouth, special cousin Mike Rogers and many cousins, nieces, nephews and 2 stepchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Brenda Sylvia.
Visiting hours will be held from 8:00-10:00am on Monday, Feb. 25th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00am at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 481 Quaker Rd, North Falmouth. Interment will take place in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to: Falmouth Housing Authority, 115 Scranton Ave, Falmouth, MA 02540 (www.falmouthhousing.org).