William “Bill” J. Gomes, 72, of Fifth Street, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. He was the husband of Lorraine J. (Dias) Gomes to whom he was married for 51 years. Born in East Providence he was a son of the late Francisco D. and Mary S. (Santos) Gomes. Bill worked for the Highway Department for the City of East Providence before retiring. He also was a part time police officer for the East Providence Police Department. He was the President of the former East Providence Special Police Association, Lodge 1 and a member of the United Steel Workers of America. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Lori Ann Jones of Barrington and Cindy L. Torres of East Providence, two sons, William J. Gomes, Jr. of East Providence and Christopher M. Gomes of Rehoboth, one sister, Joan Neary of Rehoboth and eight grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Barbara Casale and John Gomes. His funeral will be held on Friday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Xavier Church, North Carpenter Street. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Thursday 4-8.
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