Lionel Bartholomew Goularte

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Lionel B. Goularte entered peacefully into rest March 28, 2017 in Fremont, CA. Born October 5, 1925 in Warm Springs, CA he was 91 years old and the last surviving child of Jack and Adelaide Goularte's 15 children. He was a long time Teacher, Counselor and Administrator in San Mateo County. Lionel enjoyed traveling and publishing and was an avid historian and member of P.F.S.A. #16, St. Anthony's Society in Half Moon Bay, and Portuguese Historical Museum. He played a big role in helping raise money for scholarships at San Jose State University. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and godchildren and was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Bernadine M. Goularte. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on April 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA. Private burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, CA. Donations may be made to PFSA Scholorship Fund, 1120 E. 14th St., San Leandro, CA 94577 or Jack Hearts Fund U.C.S.F. Benioff Childrens Hospital, 220 Montgomery St, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104.

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  1. Godfather was special in that we were all his kids. He always had a story to tell.
    I will miss his quirky stories and teasing ways. So happy he’s with his siblings and the love of his life. The antics up in heaven.

  2. Such a wonderful man. He and Bernie were my son’s Godparents. I will truly miss this man. They both did so much for my family and my son. Eternal love and peace “Dino”

  3. My Great Uncle now rests in peace with his wife and family. He was a very smart, honorable, and dedicated man. He loved all his family deeply and I am truly grateful for all the wonderful years he has given each and every one of us. I will miss you dearly and at the same time I am glad he is not suffering any longer.

  4. Lionel and I had just reconnected after many years. I will always remember him as a funny person with so many stories to tell. He helped me so much with our family genealogy (my grandmother Rose and his dad were brother and sister). We had some wonderful phone conversations in the last few years and many laughs. Rest in peace with all of the family.

  5. There are no words to express how much Lionel helped our family. He was the most caring and loving man. He and Bernie are truly missed. Our thoughts and prayer to the family. God Bless…

  6. Mr. Goularte was a special person it was an honor for us to have known him.
    He will be missed.
    Rest In Peace my friend.
    Osvaldo and Aurélia Palhinha
    Artesia Califórnia

  7. I’m so sad he is not with us anymore but will be in our hearts forever. Him and Bernie visit Faial several times when I was younger and I remember him always joking around… Here in CA we saw each other quite often and they were a great couple. I’m going to miss you “cousin” Lin

  8. In life, most people are not remembered for their many accomplishments. Those fade over time. But those whose life we touch will forever remember us (especially when we are as sincere, caring, giving, and loving as Lionel and Bernie). Many of us willl forever remember them both. Thank you for being our friends and touching our Lives. You will missed. Good bless you both.

  9. Rest in Peace dear friend. I will always be thankful for your friendship and for everything you and your beloved wife did for the J. A. Freitas Library and for the PFSA Scholarships Foundation. I will miss your sense of humor and the commitment you had to maintain our Portuguese culture.

  10. Rest in Peace dear friend. I will always be thankful for your friendship and for everything you and your beloved wife did for the J. A. Freitas Library and for the PFSA Scholarships Foundation. I will miss your sense of humor and the commitment you had to maintain our Portuguese culture.

    Isolete Gracio

  11. Godfather Lionel was an true inspiration in my life. I know I wasn’t the only touched by his kindness, life stories, and generosity. The Goularte family touched so many lives. They were very involved in the Portuguese community. Godfather Lionel, may you Rest In Peace and be reunited with Godmother Bernie in heaven. It’s been a pleasure and honor having you in my life the last 40 years. Until we meet again…Descanse em paz Padrinho

  12. Rest in peace my dear friend . Our condolences to all his family . Thanks for being our friends and touching our lives

  13. Lionel was extremely generous to Holy Spirit Church. He was a wonderful friend and was very supportive of all what I tried to accomplish at the parish. He was holy and religious. I will miss him. I am so sorry that I cannot be present for his funeral.

    Eternal rest grant unto him Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

  14. We were very good friends and we will miss you, Lionel.
    A major loss for the Portuguese Community of California.
    Our condolences to all the family
    Rest in peace.

  15. I am very lucky to have met and known Mr. Lionel Goulart through the Portuguese Heritage Society (Portuguese Historical Museum). He was a pleasure to converse with and had so much knowledge about Portuguese history and culture. He will be missed, but his presence will always be remembered.

  16. So sorry to hear about Lionel’s passing. He and Bernadine did so much for the Portuguese community of the Bay Area. Their work in citizenship and community activities will never be forgotten. May He Rest In Peace and our deepest condulenses to the family.

  17. It seems that Lionel was always a part of my family growing up as his sister Mary married my mother’s brother, my godfather Tony Maciel. After I grew up and moved away from Fremont, it was our common love for our Portuguese culture that brought us back together. We enjoyed phone calls to talk of family and all things Portuguese. It was so fun to end up being in Faial together 2011 and have him and Bernie get to know two of my grandsons. He loved to chat with them and tease them:) A very special memory that I have of him was a few years ago when I was trying to help a loved one obtain a wheel chair and walker in Fremont. I ran into Lionel in the doctor’s office and he insisted on personally escorting my husband and me to the medical supply place! I cannot fathom how hard it had to have been for him to see all his brothers and sisters, and Bernie pass before him and pray now that he had a grand welcoming party and joyous reunion in heaven! Rest in peace Lionel.

  18. On behalf of the Portuguese American Pastoral center Newark and myself I express our condolences to the Family, we just lost a great Friend who has done soo much for our community, we know he loved everything that was Portuguese, and he did a lot for our center, rest in Peace my Friend and one day I will be there to tell you more jokes, we love you.

  19. We are so sorry to hear of dear Lionel’s passing. We met both Bernie and Lionel through the PHSC. We always looked forward to seeing and visiting with both of them at any of the Portuguese events. Lionel had such an outgoing and warm personality , sense of humor, and always positive energy, as did Bernie.
    We have missed Bernie, and now Lionel….both such a loss to all of us in the Portuguese community. Rest in Peace Lionel….may they have some Brazillian dancers to welcome you at the “pearly gates”…:)

  20. So sorry to hear of Len’s passing, though time had passed since last we spoke you were always on my mind my dear friend.Words can not express how much you and Bernie meant to myself and 4 generations of Espinola’s, especially my Grandmother Maria and Big John who preceded you in death almost 30 years to the day. Your love and dedication to your family, friends and community will never be forgotten.

  21. We are ever so sad to hear of our dear friend Len’s passing. Len and Bernie came to stay with us in Germany on a teachers’ exchange over 30 years ago. We have been in touch ever since. Their friendship has meant so much to us and they will always remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Farewell and rest in peace.

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