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Anthony Tony Souza Jr.
Avid fisherman
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Anthony “Tony” Souza Jr., 55, entered into rest on Dec. 7, 2009 in Manteca, California. He was born on September 30, 1954 in Stockton, California.

He joins his father in heaven, Anthony F. Souza Sr., as well as his brother John R. Souza.

Mr. Souza is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Terri Souza of Manteca. His mother is Jean Souza of Manteca and his daughter is Amber and husband Scott Bruns of Manteca. He was blessed by one grandson whom he adored, Maverick Bruns of Manteca. In addition Tony has three siblings surviving him; Joyce Souza of Sacramento, David Souza of Ripon, and Steve Souza and wife Pam of Ripon. Tony had many other extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.

Tony was a resident of the Manteca and Ripon area for over 55 years. He was a 32-year member of the Plumbers & Steam Fitters Union Local 492. He was employed by Kinetics Mechanical of Livermore. Since 1975 he was a member of The Place of Refuge formerly known as First Assembly of God of Manteca. He was an avid fisherman and was known to his friends as the “fish-whisper.” Camping was always an adventure with Tony; he enjoyed the peace and relaxation of the outdoors and nature. Tony also enjoyed woodworking and riding his Harley Davidson. He loved watching and rooting on his favorite football team, “The Dallas Cowboys.” With the many things that Tony enjoyed in his life, there was only one thing that could make his heart and soul content; his grandson Maverick. His grandson was the apple of his eye; he loved spending time with him. Tony will be remembered as charmer and an easy going man who never meet a stranger. He will be missed deeply.

Mr. Souza’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A celebration of life memorial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 at 10 a.m. at The Place of Refuge 486 Button Ave. Manteca. An online guest book is available at Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to his home church: The Place of Refuge 486 Button Ave. Manteca, California 95336.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009