John L. Ferreira, Sr. 90, of Bristol, RI passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Rhode Island Hospital. For the past twenty-seven years, he was the beloved companion of Sarah T. Amaral.
Born in Rehoboth, MA, and later moving to Bristol, RI he was the son of the late Manuel J. Ferreira and Elvira S. (Sousa) Ferreira. John served as a proud member of the National Guard. He enjoyed stock car racing in his early years, go-kart racing with his children, and watching NASCAR. John was a man of the earth, and loved the outdoors, whether working his garden, landscaping, or cutting trees for his wood stove. He took great pride in his craft of carpentry, masonry, and general construction. As busy as he was, he tried to find time for his afternoon coffee (extra light, extra sweet) and a piece of good pie. A humble and caring person, with many friends throughout his life’s journey, he always went out of his way to help others.
John, the former spouse of Beverly (Venditti) Ferreira, was the loving father of John L. Ferreira, Jr. and his wife Barbara of Londonderry, NH, Beverly J. Ferreira of Orlando, FL, Debra L. Scott and her husband William of Cranston, RI, Michael J. Ferreira of Atlanta, GA, and Linda M. Ferreira of Rehoboth, MA, and the late Catherine J. Ferreira of Rehoboth, as well as Sarah’s children, Virginia Amaral of Bristol, and Manuel Amaral and his wife Lisa of Peoria, AZ. John is also survived by eight loving grandchildren; Rebecca Maxwell, Jennifer Ferreira, Bethany Ferreira, Jeannelle D’Isa, Danielle Ferreira, Tiffany Scott, Miranda Antani, Valerie Scott, and Sarah’s grandson Samuel Amaral. He leaves seven great-grandchildren; Morgan and Kathryn Maxwell, Alexandra Ferreira, Noel D’Isa, Antonia and Victoria Scott, and Grayson Antani.
John was brother to Manuel (Red) Ferreira and his wife Natalie Ferreira, and Mary Goulart all of Bristol, RI, and the late Elvira Santos, Julia Ferreira, and Ferdinand (Fred) Ferreira.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a date and time to be announced. Contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 would be deeply appreciated.