North Providence - Humberto Araujo, known affectionately to many as Al, passed away peacefully at his home in North Providence, RI on September 17, 2023. Born in Pedreira de Nordeste, Sao Miguel, Azores on February 20, 1944, the son of the late Joao and Alice (Teixeira) Araujo. Al was a beloved figure in his community, demonstrating a life filled with love, friendship, and selflessness.
Al made his journey to the United States on June 9, 1960, where he worked diligently at various companies including Rasbro Plastic, Hasenfield, and American Insulated Wire. In 1968, he joined the ranks of the RI Army National Guard, faithfully serving as a member of Co. A.19th Special Forces for three decades until his retirement in 1998 as a Staff Sergeant. His professional journey continued at Cumberland Farms, where he worked for over 21 years, rising to the position of Regional Manager in charge of approximately 400 stores in RI, CT, NY, and Eastern Mass. Following his retirement from Cumberland Farms, he served as the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Pawtucket until 2007. After his service in public safety, Al worked for the Rebello Funeral Home until 2018.
In addition to his impressive career, Al was a successful businessman. He owned or co-owned several businesses, including Solmar Restaurant, Best in Donuts in Pascoag and Providence, and Club Cresendo in Pawtucket. Al's entrepreneurial spirit and love for music led him to found and play guitar for the locally acclaimed band "AL RIOS" for 31 years.
Al was also deeply involved in the Portuguese American community. He was a proud member of the Portuguese Social Club of Pawtucket and the Seven Castles Club, where he once served as President. Furthermore, he held the position of President in the Portuguese American Citizens Committee of Rhode Island and was a former member and President of the Portuguese American Citizens Project, a national organization.
Al is survived by his loving wife, Lidia C. (Fonseca) Araujo. He was a devoted father to Lily A. Araujo of Cranston and Mark Araujo and his wife Erica of Florida. Al was the proud brother of Lubelia Medeiros and her husband Edward, and his sister-in-law Celeste Graham of Las Vegas. He will also be dearly remembered by his niece, nephews, many friends, and his cherished grandchildren, Connor, Chase, and Jackson Araujo.
Al's legacy is defined not only by his professional accomplishments and community involvement but also by his personal attributes. He was a beacon of love, always ready to extend a hand of friendship, and exemplified selflessness in every aspect of his life. His impact will continue to be felt by those who were fortunate to know him, and his memory will live on through the many lives he has touched.
Humberto "Al" Araujo will be deeply missed, but his spirit and the love he shared will continue to inspire all those who knew him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, September 22,2023 at 10:00am in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main Street, Warren, RI. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 21,2023 from 4:00pm-7:00pm in the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence, RI.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter 245 Waterman St #306, Providence, RI 02906, would be appreciated. www.rebellofuneralhome.com .