Gloria M. (Moniz) Tavares

February 21, 2019


Gloria M. (Moniz) Tavares, 95, of Fairhaven passed away peacefully Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Royal of Fairhaven. She was the loving widow of Antone C. Tavares, her true soul mate, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage.

Born and raised in New Bedford, daughter of the late Rufino "Ralph" Moniz and Maria Natalia (Neto) Moniz, she settled in Fairhaven in 1949 and was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church.

Gloria had worked as a stitcher at Colonial Textile and Fiber Leather prior to raising her family and then working with her husband doing all the stitching for their business, Tavares upholstery. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, sewing, traveling, gardening and especially spending time with her beloved family and friends.

She is survived by three sons, Anthony Tavares and his wife Kathleen of Stuart, FL, Ronald Tavares of Acushnet and James Tavares and his fiancé JoAnne Foody of New Hope, PA; three daughters, Rosemary Aubut and her husband Wilfred of North Ft. Myers, FL and Dartmouth, Barbara Davis and her husband John and Theresa Dawson and her husband Paul all of Fairhaven; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Judith Davis of New Bedford and Elvira "Vera" Correia of Dartmouth; and many nieces and nephews. Gloria was the sister of the late John, Joe, Joseph Moniz, Alice Arruda and was half-sister to the late Mary Macedo, Ralph, Gloria, Caroline, Mario, Henry and Jordan Moniz.

Her family would like to thank her home healthcare givers and the nursing staff of the Royal of Fairhaven for providing such compassionate and respectful care.

Calling hours are Thursday, from 4-7PM, at the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.

Her funeral will be Friday, March 1, 2019, at 10AM, from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Catholic Burial at 11AM at St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, New Bedford.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations may be made to the Ronald J. Tavares Scholarship through Fairhaven Dollars For Scholars at

Calling Hours

FEB 28. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)

Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719


MAR 1. 10:00 AM (EST)

Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719

Funeral Mass

MAR 1. 11:00 AM (EST)

St. Joseph Church
74 Spring St.
Fairhaven, MA, 02719

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