John E. Bettencourt, Sr., 99, Dartmouth

He was a pillar of the farming community

Posted 11/16/22

John Eugene Bettencourt, 99, of Dartmouth, passed away late on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy K. (Rose) Bettencourt. Born and raised in Dartmouth on the …

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John E. Bettencourt, Sr., 99, Dartmouth

He was a pillar of the farming community

Posted

John Eugene Bettencourt, 99, of Dartmouth, passed away late on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy K. (Rose) Bettencourt. Born and raised in Dartmouth on the Bettencourt Farm (a Massachusetts Century Farm), son of the late Manuel and Ermelinda Bettencourt, he was one of six children. He was a long-term usher and active member at St. John the Baptist Church, Westport.

John devoted his life to his farm and his family and he was a pillar of the farming community of Massachusetts. He was a founding member of the Westport Fair, which he attended annually through summer 2022 (frequently as a competitor in the tractor pulling events). John prided himself on being of help to his neighbors; he would always plow a field or provide agricultural advice to those in need. He proudly celebrated the 100th anniversary of his family’s farm back in 2018, surrounded by friends, family, and colleagues.

John loved good food and never missed a Holy Ghost feast, Westport holiday parade, or a johnnycakes breakfast. In his younger days, he loved playing his mandolin and going out dancing with his wife.

He is survived by his four children: John E. Bettencourt, Jr. and his wife Mary of Dartmouth, Stephen A. Bettencourt and his wife Jeanette of Plymouth, Deborah E. Bettencourt and her husband John Mooney of Tiverton, and Jeffrey W. Bettencourt and his wife Lisa of Dartmouth; one sister, Genevieve Simoes of Westport; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held under the direction of the Potter Funeral Home.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit potterfuneralservice.com.

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