John Antonio Araujo of Plano, Texas passed away March 10, 2018 at the age of 78. He was born April 20, 1939 to Antonio Manuel Araujo and Anna (Soares) Araujo in Providence, Rhode Island. John married Mary Duluz (Rocha) Araujo on December 27, 1958 in Providence, Rhode Island. He began his work career as a foreman for the Bulova Watch Company. John would later become one of the first African Americans to be hired by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, and would continue his career with the Public Transit Authority for 34 years. After retirement he and Mary relocated to Texas in 2006. John was an active member of the One Community Church in Plano, Texas. He loved sports and was an avid New York Giants fan. John is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Duluz Araujo; daughters, Anne Marie Holbert and husband, Willie D. III of Anna, Texas, Lisa Maria Hayman and Andrea Lee Araujo both of Plano, Texas; niece, who is like a baby daughter, Nicole Monique Brown of Providence, Rhode Island; grandchildren, Jeremy Hayman and wife, Janelle, Delavonta Gregory and husband, Travis, Corey John Araujo and wife, Dawn, Taylr Holbert, Jonathon Araujo and wife, Liza, Kianha Leahy and husband, Bryan, Christopher Cosby, Victoria Rose Holbert, Willie D. Holbert IV, Marcus Mitchell, and Kylaha Araujo; great niece who was like a granddaughter, Briana Brown; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Aiden, Ava, Caleb, Emma, Corey Jr., Tiana, Natalie, Nicole, Isaac, Bryson, Saneeya, and Alixzandra; sisters, Juanita Hammond, Julia Fortes and husband, John, Mary Best, Frances Nicholas and husband, Peter, Deanna Love and husband Charles, Delores Taylor and husband, Donald Jr., Isabel Evans and husband, Daniel, Angel Thornton and husband, Eddie, Patricia Joseph and husband Eugene; brothers, Louis Araujo, Edward Araujo and wife, Alicia, and David Araujo; brothers-in-law, Manuel Rocha and wife, Hope, Joseph Rocha, and Anthony Rocha and wife, Kathy; and a host of other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Antonio M. Araujo Jr., Arthur Araujo, and Joseph Araujo; and sister, Rosemary Araujo. His funeral and visitation will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the Providence Assembly of God Church, 353 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, with a service to follow at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
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