Richard A. Fernandes, Sr., 83, of Wannamoisett Road, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Norma D. (Dias) Fernandes for the last 62 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Edward and Cecelia (Rose) Fernandes. Mr. Fernandes worked for the former New England Telephone Company for 52 years before he retired. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He loved spending time with his family. Over the years he took them on many cruises and their yearly vacations to Dennisport. He was an avid photographer and a antique collector. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy.Besides his wife he leaves four children, Paul Fernandes and his wife Nadia, Jean Grant and her husband Michael,(Sgt. E.P.P.D.), Lynn McCusker and her husband Jim and Richard Fernandes,II (Lt. P.P.D.) and his wife Lori, and eight grandchildren, James & Shelby, Adam, Taylor, Haley, Nolan, Ella, Sienna and Richard III. He also leaves his loyal companion, his dog Dennis. His funeral will be held on Saturday at 8:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, Pawtucket Avenue. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 4-7.