Joseph J. Fortes, 94 of New Street died Friday, June 13, 2014 after a brief illness at Taunton Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Baptiste) Fortes. He was born in Providence, a son of the late John and Monica (DaCruz) Fortes. Mr. Fortes worked for the Universal Optical Company for 31 years before retiring in 1983. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1941 to 1942 before serving in the Army during World War II for four years. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans,Chapter 1, Providence and also the Fox Point Boys Club. He leaves one daughter, Cynthia Peckham of Riverside, one son, Anthony Fortes of Acushnet, Ma., one brother, Henry Fortes of East Providence, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Stephanie Fortes and Susan Fortes and brother of the late Mary and Manuel Fortes. His funeral will be held on Thursday at 8:30 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Nicholas of Myra Church, 499 Spring Street, North Dighton,Ma. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Wednesday 5-8.