Frank E. Tabela, Sr.







January 30, 2014

Frank E. Tabela, Sr, 88, died Thursday January 30, 2014.  He was the husband of the late Lois (Washington) Tabela.  Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Edwin P. and Mary (King) Tabela and a proud, long-term resident of South Providence.  Mr. Tabela graduated from East Providence High School and received a certificate in Textile Chemistry from RISD. He was a World War II Army veteran.  As a communicant of St. Michael’s Church he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. With his late wife, he was a frequent chaperon during parish youth retreats. He was a member of the Parish Council, the Diocesan Gospel Choir, the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus, Tyler Council.  His proudest moment as a choir member was performing for Pope John Paul II in Rome.  Mr. Tabela was a wonderful man. He enjoyed golfing, was an avid bowler and a member of the Sheldon Street Bowling League.  Before retiring, Mr. Tabela owned and operated FETCO Medical Supply Company.   He was a past Board Chairman for Progress for Providence, and the South Providence Neighborhood Council; president of the Cape Verdean Progressive Center, and the Catholic Interracial Council; board member for the Providence Human Rights Commission, Providence’s Model Cities Citizens Planning Committee, NAACP, Flynn Advisory Board, Roger Williams Community Center Advisory Board, South Providence Improvement Association, South Providence Tutorial Advisory Board, Providence Community Health Centers, Martin de Porres Center, Amos House and the Oxford Gardens’ advisory board.  He was a commissioner of the Boy Scouts in South Providence, and a member of the Lions Club and the Christian Family Movement. He was amongst the first black candidates to run for a City Council seat in Providence from the 10th Ward.   He leaves four daughters, Cathy Tabela-Sailor of Florida, Pamela Tabela-Baxter of East Providence, Kimberly Tabela-Eastwood of Florida and Julia Baptista-Clement of Providence, two sons, Frank Tabela, Jr. of Cumberland and Keith Tabela of Florida, one sister, Jean Tabela of East Providence, eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  He was the brother of the late Edward Tabela.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 8:45 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Michael’s Church, Oxford Street, Providence. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in Gates of Heaven Cemetery.  Calling hours Monday 5-8.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to St. Martin de Porres Center.


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