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Luciano P. Amaral

Luciano P. Amaral, 87, formerly of Danbury, CT, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Chandler, AZ, where he had resided for the last nine years.

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, to Casimiro Henriques and Maria Emilia (Monteiro), Luciano immigrated to the United States with his wife and daughters in 1966 and became an active member of the Portuguese community in Danbury, CT, serving on various social club and church committees.

Luciano is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Arminda (Andrade); his daughter Lucinda Crowley and son-in-law, Jack; daughter Maria M. Zargo; three grandchildren, Kelly Crowley, Alyssa (Mike) Peristere; and Max Zargo; and two great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Antonio Rui (Palmira) of Porto, Portugal; brothers and sisters-in-law Jack (Mary Anne) Andrade; and Joe (Helena) Andrade, and Lidia Lemos, of Danbury, CT., his godchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and friends. 

Besides spending time with his family and friends making memories, Luciano enjoyed traveling, good food and wine, and watching a good game of soccer.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 230 W. Galveston, Chandler, AZ 85225, with interment of ashes to follow at Valley of the Sun Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: Sons of Portugal Scholarship, c/o Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sand Pit Rd., Danbury, CT 06810.



  • David Fullerton Posted January 25, 2019 2:10 PM

    My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to All Family and Friends. He was an Kind, Loving Man. May he Rest in Serene Peace. GOD BLESS EVERYONE.

    • Maria Zargo Posted January 25, 2019 7:18 PM

      Thank you, Dave. I’m glad we were able to share some great times and good laughs with him and my mom. I’ll cherish those memories forever. Maria

  • Len Zargo Posted January 25, 2019 4:28 PM

    Blessed to call you my father-in-law and friend for many years. I will cherish the times we spent together. Rest easy Luciano.

  • Maria Zargo Posted January 25, 2019 10:59 PM

    My dad, who was lovingly known to a few of us as “The Bear,” was strong-willed, had a stubborn streak, but always had a soft heart beneath all that. An intelligent man and quite sociable once he got to know you. Lend him your ear, and he may never let you go. He loved good company. Always ready to chat over a glass of wine or cup of espresso. When the chips were down, he wouldn’t let you fall. There was always a net there to catch you in times of need. No family member or friend would ever have to sleep under a bridge if he knew that was an impending possibility. Thanks, dad, for taking good care of our family. Thank you for making sure that we never forgot our roots and our native language. I’m so grateful for that. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to hold your hand and say I love you before you left us so suddenly. That is my biggest regret, and it pains me greatly. Rest in heavenly peace, dad. Please watch over us, and keep us safe. I love you. Um beijinho. Nela

  • David Savage Posted January 26, 2019 2:09 AM

    Maria, and Family: Words can never express the deep emotions that come with the loss of such a man. My heartfelt sympathies to all who loved Luciano. Sending prayers up for you and your family for peace of heart and mind. Maria, I’m sure that your Dad is watching over all of you. Sending much love,

    • Maria Zargo Posted January 26, 2019 12:03 PM

      Thank you for the kind words, David Savage. We appreciate them very much. You are such a dear friend. I love you. <3

  • Tricia Jones Posted January 26, 2019 10:51 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  • Frank and Laura Lourenco Posted January 26, 2019 11:37 AM

    Luciano will be so missed and we will think of him often. It will be so sad this summer when we go to Portugal and expected to see him

  • Jorge and Rosa Martins Posted January 26, 2019 8:13 PM

    Our sincere condolences to the Amaral family.
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. May his soul Rest In Peace.

    • Maria Zargo Posted January 26, 2019 8:30 PM

      Thank you for you thoughtful message, Jorge and Rosa Martins. We appreciate it. My father would be so grateful knowing you remembered him during this sad time in our lives. We have many wonderful memories with you, your family, me, my mom and dad enjoying the cammeraderi at both Connecticut clubs and our church back in the day. Festas, folklore, joyful times for all. Great memories he never forgot nor will we ever forget. Peace and love to all.

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