Constantino Sansao Dumangane Sr.

December 19, 1941 - September 27, 2016
Constantino Sansao Dumangane Sr.

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Constantino Sansao Dumangane, Sr., 74 of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 surrounded by family in his home.  Born December 19, 1941 in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, he was the first son of the late Rute and Sansao Dumangane.  He married the love of his life, Betty (Givens) Dumangane on July 9, 1966 in Williamsburg.  He was a faithful Christian who was baptized by full body immersion in 1978 who prayed daily until his last breath. His passions included theology (particularly Paul’s Letters), serving the community, education, world history, music and food.


He was a founding organizer of FRELIMO, the Front for Liberation of Mozambique, who worked to bring liberation of his beloved country from the Portuguese government until he was exiled due to political unrest and persecution.  He was forced to flee his homeland as a refugee to Tanzania in 1961.  While in Tanzania he was selected by the US Department of State to be an exchange student to study Economics and Political Science.  He was a graduate of the University of Syracuse and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He was passionate about education and taught Economics for 35 years at the Rochester Institute of Technology before retiring to Williamsburg in 2005.


He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Betty (Givens) Dumangane; son Constantino Sansao Dumangane, Jr.; daughter, Nicole Simone Dumangane; siblings, Adelia, Margarita, Ricardina, Lazarus, and Sylvinia Dumangane.


The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4121 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA.  A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 12 pm at New Zion Baptist Church, 3991 Longhill Rd., Williamsburg, VA.  Internment will follow in Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Dr., Williamsburg, VA.  Online condolences may be shared at

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  • October 02, 2016
    Dr. Kijana Crawford says:
    Bettye, Tino and Nicole, I am so sadden to hear about my long time friend and colleague passing. There are so many pleasant memories I have of Tino and his love for his country, wife, children and teaching. I wish that I could be with you at this time, but I am traveling for a conference during this time. Be blessed, strong and may God continue to help you heal during these times.

  • October 05, 2016
    William "Bill" Davis says:
    Dear Betty, Tino and Nicole, I was indeed shocked and saddened to hear that Constantino had transitioned to be eternally with the Lord. On behalf of my family I extend sincere sympathy to you. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen you in this time of bereavement. I will fondly remember Constantino. It was a pleasure to have known him and to have served with him on the diaconate board of Mt. Olivet.