Alberto T. Pereira
Alberto T. Pereira

March 21, 1929 - December 2, 2017
Born in Providence, Rhode Island
Resided in Providence, RI
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Alberto Torres Pereira of Providence, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on December 2, 2017. He was born in Providence and was the son of Antonio Pereira and Maria da Luz Pereira. He is survived by his son Michael Pereira, his daughter-in-law Yeeli Hua Zheng, and granddaughter Ava Zheng Pereira. He was the brother of John N. Perry, Alda Fike, Armando Perry, and Manuel De Jesus Pereira. He was a life-long resident of the Fox Point community in Providence, and a veteran of the armed forces of the United States. He served over 25 years as a librarian and consultant with the RI Department of State Library Services.

After service in the Army in 1951, Mr. Pereira studied broadcasting at the Cambridge School of Radio Broadcasting in Boston, and soon after became a well-known news and classical music radio host in Providence. He also became an accomplished classical and flamenco guitarist in his own right, and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. After joining the Rhode Island State Library Services, where he focused on community outreach and development of cultural and literacy programs, he earned his Bachelors degree and Master in Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College.

He was a prolific poet and novelist. His professional work centered around themes related to the Cape Verdean immigrant experience, and the struggles of Cape Verdean families to make a new life in America. He was especially moved by the courage of his beloved parents, Antonio and Maria, to immigrate to the U.S. in search of a better life for themselves and their children.

As an activist, he volunteered endless hours on behalf of the Fox Point community and advocated for the fair treatment of Fox Point residents during the hard times of displacement caused by urban renewal, and gentrification.

His love of literature, art, and music inspired his work with the State Library. He rode the book mobile, and read stories aloud to countless young people at schools and libraries across the state. He often brought his guitar, and regaled his young audiences with folk songs. Further into his career, he produced rich multi-media programming about Cape Verdeans in RI that combined images, music and spoken word narration.

Mr. Pereira lead the organization of the first Festival on the River at India Point Park in 1974. and he served as a key organizing member of the Cape Verdean Independence Day festival at India Point Park for 25 years.

Later in his career, he joined Full-Channel TV of Rhode Island as a Program Director in Public Access television. During his tenure with Full-Channel he produced and directed public affairs programming, and helped train many talented people.

Alberto Torres Pereira was, and still is, an inspiration to his family and friends. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He will always be remembered, loved dearly, and greatly missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Thursday (12/7) at 10am at the Rebello Funeral Home and Crematory, 901 Broadway, East Providence, RI. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday (12/6) from 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Pereira’s family respectfully encourages your support and participation in your local library.

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Visitation
Rebello Funeral Home
901 Broadway
East Providence, RI US 02914
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Service
Rebello Funeral Home
901 Broadway
East Providence, Rhode Island 02914
Thursday, December 7, 2017
10:00 AM
Burial
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
550 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence, RI US 02915
Thursday, December 7, 2017