North Providence - Manuel Martins Silva, 88, of North Providence passed away peacefully in his home alongside his family on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Manuel was born on July 3, 1931 in Prados, Pinheiro Da Bemposta, Portugal to the late Severino Martins Ribeiro and Albina DaSilva.
In Portugal, he married Albertina Silva (Martins) on November 26, 1956. In 1959, their son Joaquim Silva was born. Their family moved from Portugal to Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1961 where Manuel began his career as a laborer for the Local 271 Union working for H M Soule and later Bacon Construction until his retirement in 1996. In 1979, Manuel and his family moved to their permanent home in North Providence, Rhode Island.
After retiring, he spent much of his summers in Portugal, enjoying the company of his sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, all of his family, and friends. He was always ready to help, especially to fix, remodel, or build. In his spare time, he loved to build a variety of things, even if he didn't need them. Nothing gave him more joy and happiness than to see his grandchildren grow into the people they are today and to see all of their accomplishments. He could not love them more or be more proud of them.
Manuel is survived by his wife, Albertina Silva (Martins), his son, Joaquim, and his wife Manuela Silva (Lemos), three grandchildren, Eric Silva, and his wife Emily McKenna, Lauren Silva, and Ryan Silva, and his wife Noelle Silva (Torti), one great-grandchild, Camille Silva, his four sisters Madalena, Magarida, and Fernanda of Portugal, and Diolinda of Venezuela. Preceding Manuel in death were his sister, Patrucina and his brother, Antero.
His funeral will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. from Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln, with a Mass of Christian Burial Funeral at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Anthony’s Church, 32 Lawn Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial will follow in Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call Monday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research, P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, would be appreciated.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown MD 21741-5014