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East Providence - Jose Dos Santos Silva, lovingly known as Jose to his friends and family, passed away peacefully at Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI, on January 17, 2024, at the age of 87. Born on November 12, 1936, in the beautiful island of Faial in the Azores, Jose was a man of great spirit and kindness, whose presence brightened the lives of all who knew him.
Jose was the cherished husband of Cassia (Matias) Silva, with whom he shared a life full of love and devotion. He was the proud son of the late Eduino and Filomena DaSilva and a caring father to his daughters, Lana Rodrigues of Cranston, and Elizabeth Mendonca of East Providence. Jose's legacy as a loving brother is remembered by Fernando Silva of Providence, and he was predeceased by his brother Eduino Silva, Jr. His role as a grandfather to Alisha Rodrigues, Bianca Mendonca, Natasha Mendonca, and Aiden Kelvey brought him immeasurable joy, which was only amplified with the arrival of his great-granddaughter, Aliana Penha.
For over two decades, Jose applied his skills as a welder and fabricator at the former Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing, where his dedication and craftsmanship were well-respected. He also lent his talents to the ironworks in Seekonk, contributing to the community's growth and infrastructure. Jose's work ethic and commitment to excellence were hallmarks of his career.
An East Providence resident for over 47 years, Jose's journey to the United States from Portugal was a testament to his adventurous spirit and desire for a better life for his family. He was a devout parishioner of St. Martha Church, where he found solace and fellowship. Jose's love for classical music was profound, providing a soundtrack to his life's most memorable moments. His passion for the arts extended to drawing, where he captured the beauty of the world around him with pencil and paper.
Jose never lost his touch with nature, often found tending to his garden, where his yard work was not just a chore but a way of connecting with the earth and nurturing life. His love for fishing was more than a hobby; it was a peaceful escape and a tradition he cherished. Memories of playing hockey during his youth in Portugal remained with him throughout his life, reflecting his playful and competitive spirit.
Those who knew Jose would describe him as a kind and thoughtful man, whose spirited nature was contagious. He was a beacon of light in the community, always ready to lend a hand or share a smile. His presence was comforting, and his demeanor was always one of genuine care and compassion.
Jose's journey through life was marked by the love he shared with his family, the friendships he nurtured, and the lives he touched with his generosity. His departure leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him, but his spirit will continue to inspire and guide us.
As we bid farewell to Jose Dos Santos Silva, we celebrate a life well-lived, full of moments that will forever be cherished. His story is not one of an ending but a lasting legacy of love, laughter, and the indomitable human spirit. Jose's memory will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all who were fortunate enough to have been a part of his remarkable journey.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday January 31,2024 at 9:30am from the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME 901 Broadway, East Providence, RI, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Martha Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, January 30,2024 from 5:00pm- 8:00pm at the funeral home.