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Manuel Caetano DeMedeiros
February 21, 1944 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Manuel Caetano DeMedeiros, 79, affectionately known as Manny to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on Sunday , December 31, 2023, in Providence, Rhode Island. Born in São Miguel, Azores, on February 21, 1944, Manuel embarked on a journey that would take him across the ocean to the United States at the tender age of 16, where he would lay down roots and build a life filled with love, hard work, and dedication.
Manuel was the cherished son of the late Fernando and Merces (Fagundo) DeMedeiros. He carried the memory of his parents and his brothers, the late Joseph and Charles DeMedeiros, in his heart throughout his life. Manuel's legacy is carried on through his children, Peter DeMedeiros of Providence and Sheila L. Oliver of Warwick, and he was predeceased by his beloved son, Michael DeMedeiros. He was the proud grandfather of five granddaughters and the great-grandfather of one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter. Manuel's spirit will also live on through the many nieces and nephews who survive him.
Before retiring, Manuel was known for his strong work ethic. He was an independent truck driver, owning his own vehicles and driving for Prey Trucking in Seekonk for over 15 years. Prior to that, he honed his skills as a welder, a testament to his hands-on nature and ability to master intricate work. Manuel's professional life was marked by his reliability and his unwavering commitment to providing for his family.
Manuel's interests and hobbies painted the picture of a man who loved life and embraced it fully. An avid fisherman, he found peace and joy by the water's edge. His knack for working on cars reflected his practical and resourceful side. A familiar face at the local Portuguese club, Manuel was known for his love of playing dominos, a pastime that allowed him to bond with friends and celebrate his cultural heritage.
A man of community and sport, Manuel took pleasure in serving as an assistant ice hockey coach for his children's teams in North Providence. His passion for the game and his dedication to the young players were evident to all who knew him. Continuing with his love for tradition, he enjoyed his annual trip to Foxwoods on New Years Eve, a ritual he shared with close friends.
A former parishioner of St. Martha Church, Manuel's faith was a quiet yet integral part of his life. His commitment to health and vitality was evident in his daily routine, where he walked about three miles every day, a testament to his discipline and zest for life.
Manuel will be remembered as a loving and kind-hearted individual. He had a talent for fixing anything that needed repair, earning him the reputation of being incredibly handy. His warm presence and his ability to make others feel valued and cared for were some of the many qualities that endeared him to those he met.
Manuel's journey from the Azores to the United States was a story of courage and hope. He built a life that was rich in experiences, relationships, and achievements. His love and memories will remain in the hearts of those he touched. Manuel Caetano DeMedeiros lived a full life, marked by the love he gave and the love he received. His passing is a loss to all who knew him, but his spirit will continue to inspire and guide his family and friends.
Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Services are private.
Arrangements by the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME. East Providence. www.rebellofuneralhome.com