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Manuel R. Medeiros Jr.,64, of Riverside, known affectionately as Manny to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. Born in the heart of Providence on December 8, 1959, Manny was a lifelong resident of East Providence, where he was deeply rooted in the community and touched the lives of all who knew him.
The beloved son of the late Manuel R. Medeiros and Elzira Medeiros, Manny was a cherished family man. He was the proud father of Christopher Medeiros of Warwick and a caring brother to Thelma Costa and Mary Jo Thibault, both of East Providence. His warmth and generosity of spirit extended to his many nieces and nephews, who will miss his presence dearly.
Manny's working life was dedicated to the safety and well-being of children as a school bus driver, many years ago. His commitment to his work was evident in the care and attention he gave to each child who boarded his bus, ensuring they arrived at their destinations safely and with a smile.
Beyond his professional life, Manny was an individual of many passions. He was a lifelong fan of "I Love Lucy" and could often be found enjoying the heartwarming tales on the Hallmark Channel. Christmas was a particularly special time for Manny; he reveled in the joy and love that the season brought into homes and hearts. His creative and friendly nature shone brightly during the festive period, making it a magical time for his family and friends.
A man of faith, Manny held a special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. His spirituality was a guiding force in his life, providing comfort and purpose. Manny's compassion extended to all of God's creatures, especially his beloved cat. His love for animals was not just limited to his own pets, as he was an avid supporter of the SPCA, advocating for the welfare and rights of animals everywhere.
Those who knew Manny would describe him as loving, creative, and friendly—a man who brought light and kindness into the world. He was a person who made every encounter a little brighter, every burden a little lighter, and every moment a little more joyful. His legacy of love and care will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
As we bid farewell to Manny, we celebrate a life lived with an abundance of love and a spirit of generosity. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and all who were graced by his presence. Manny's memory will be cherished and kept alive through the stories, laughter, and love he left behind.
May he rest in peace, knowing that his life was a testament to the beauty of kindness and the strength of familial bonds. Manny's journey through life may have come to a close, but the impact of his warm heart and creative soul will continue to inspire those who carry his memory.
Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 11:00am – 12:00pm in the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence. Followed by a funeral home service at 12:00 noon.
Burial will be private.
Donations in his memory may be made to Rhode Island SPCA, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, RI 02886, or to St. Jude Children’s research hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.