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East Providence - Antonio Oliveira Carlos, affectionately known as Antonio to his friends and family, passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice in Providence, Rhode Island, on February 2, 2024, at the age of 91. Born on January 1, 1933, in Sao Miguel Azores, Portugal, Antonio was a man of deep faith, love, and kindness, who touched the lives of many throughout his journey on earth.
Antonio was a devoted husband to his late wife, Maria T. (Teixeira) Carlos, and a loving father to his children, Carlos and his wife Helena Oliveira of Rehoboth, Jose Oliveira and his wife Helena of Seekonk, Maria Cavaco and her husband Fernando of Seekonk, and Ana Amaral and her husband Ernie of East Providence. He was predeceased by his son Paulo Oliveira. His legacy continues through his grandchildren Jason, Patrick, Derek, Stacy, Matthew, Nicolette, Natasha, Kevin, and Tyler, and his great-grandchildren Maia, Ayden, Brady, Noah, Colton, and Davi. Antonio was the cherished son of the late Jose Oliveira Carlos and Margarida (Benjamin) Carlos, a dear brother to Henrique Carlos of East Providence, Lurdes Miranda of Sao Miguel, Azores, and was preceded in death by his siblings Jose Carlos and Maria Vasconcellos. He will also be fondly remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews.
Before making East Providence his home for over 43 years, Antonio worked diligently as a supervisor in a sugar factory in Portugal. Upon immigrating to the United States from Portugal, he continued to demonstrate his strong work ethic as a machine operator for Healthtex and later for Murdock Webbing Company, retiring in 1998. Antonio's commitment to his community was evident through his involvement and volunteer work. He was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church and a member of the Phillips Street Hall for over 40 years, where he dedicated his time to delivering meat and bread to those in need. His membership of the Holy Ghost Society, both in Rhode Island and Sao Miguel, reflected his dedication to cultural and spiritual traditions.
Antonio's passion for life was seen in his many interests. He was an avid gardener, taking pride in cultivating vegetables, grapes, and potatoes. His love for music was profound, and he enjoyed singing, particularly with the group Folia Do Espirito Santo. Antonio's voice was one that brought joy and solace to those who had the pleasure of hearing him sing.
Those who knew Antonio would describe him as a man who embodied love, kindness, and a faith-filled spirit. He approached life with a gentle heart and a generous nature, always willing to lend a hand and share a smile. His presence was a blessing to all who had the privilege to know him, and his memory will continue to inspire and guide his loved ones.
Antonio's passing marks the end of an era, but his influence will remain ever-present in the lives of his family and friends. He was a man of strength, character, and unwavering love—a true testament to the power of living a life devoted to family, faith, and community.
As we bid farewell to Antonio Oliveira Carlos, we celebrate a life well-lived and cherish the memories he has left behind. His spirit will forever be a beacon of light for his family, and his legacy will endure through the generations that follow. Antonio's journey on this earth may have concluded, but his story will continue to be told with admiration and love.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 6,2024 at 8:00am from the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Francis Xavier Church, 81 North Carpenter Street, East Providence.
Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI,.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are TUESDAY MORNING from 8:00am – 9:30am.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Hope Health, Hulitar Hospice Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904. www.rebellofuneralhome.com.