Silverio A. “Butch” Fortes, 77, of East Providence passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Miriam Hospital. Born in Providence, RI, he was the cherished son of the late Mary Rosa (Fortes) Cardozo and Silverio Antone Evora. Butch grew up in the Fox Point area, and at the age of 17, graduated from Hope High School- Class of 1960. Thereafter, following in his Uncle Peter’s footsteps, Silverio proudly enlisted and served his country in the U. S. Air Force where he completed two tours of duty in Vietnam while stationed at Phanrang Air Force Base. For 38 years, Butch was later employed by Narragansett Electric Company as a supervisor before he retired. Butch also enjoyed bartending at Sonny & Dennis’.
Butch was best known for his love of sports and played softball, baseball, and basketball on numerous teams. He was a diehard fan and enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams whether they were winners or losers, the New York Yankees and the Detroit Lions. In addition, he had an extensive repertoire of knowledge as it relates to American history, word games, quizzes, and especially sports trivia. Silverio’s love and appreciation for music included “doo-wop” and other classics including music by Cesaria Evora & Bonga (Sodade), and “The Temptations”. Butch loved to sing and his favorite song was, “Some Enchanted Evening.” Butch loved watching Western movies and historical documentaries, playing bingo, as well going to Native American pow-wows. He referenced his self-appointed nickname as “Silk”.
For 35 years, he was a member of the Lts. Armstrong-Gladding American Legion Post 69. His associations included the Cape Verdean Progressive Center of East Providence, alumnus of the Fox Point B & G Club, former Vice President of the Rod & Reel Fisherman’s, and the Neighborhood Retirees Clubs.
Paramount was his charismatic personality, appealing laugh and smile, he possessed the gift to connect with many, especially children. Butch was a firm believer in, “Home is where love resides, where memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.” Maybe as he rests now in heaven, he will fulfill his final aspiration to learn to play the guitar.
Silverio leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Leslie (Runningwater) Costa Fortes, whose love for each other came full circle. In addition, he is survived by his children, Craig A. Fortes and Melissa A. Fortes of San Diego, CA., Ellery P. Costa, Keith C. P. Costa and Steven S. Costa of East Providence, RI; sister Audrey Perry of Providence, RI, 13 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He also leaves his brother-in-law, James E. Rawlings of New Haven, CT. He will be missed by many relatives and lifetime friends which include Raymond Silva, Frances (Brother) Hardy, Zachary Fernandez, Winston Lima, George Lima, Bobby Corey, Peter Nicholaus, and Kenny Hardy.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 5-7 pm at Perry McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI. Silverio will be laid to rest at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery. His burial service with military honors will be private.