Silverio “Butch” A. Fortes

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.


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Deborah Cook from Atlanta wrote on December 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm
I know the pain of losing a loved one in death. My condolences for your loss of Butch. I used to see him and talk to him at work at Narragansett Electric . May you find comfort in the love of family and friends and in the scriptures at Revelation 21:3, 4 and 1 Corinthians 15:26
Thomas Dias from Colorado Springs, CO wrote on November 27, 2020 at 6:49 pm
My mother and Uncle Butch were very close when they were growing up, almost like brother and sister. All my love to my cousins Craig and Missy. Rest Well Uncle Butch and say hello to my mom when you see her.
Jameer, Navarre, Jo Jo and Ellery Costa, 3rd from Providence wrote on November 15, 2020 at 8:24 pm
Grandpa Butch, we love and thank you for the Mikes and Nikes, skittles candies, and chicken nuggets with shoestring fried potatoes. Thanks for putting an loving us first!. We love you grandpa and will miss us
Ellery Costa from East Providence wrote on November 15, 2020 at 7:54 pm
I'm not going to say bye. I'm just going to say see you later. You gave me the chance to have a Pop's as an adult and I'll always love you for that. I'm definitely going to miss our Monday or Tuesday bar hopping adventures. Shhh...
Keith Costa from Riverside wrote on November 15, 2020 at 10:46 am
Rest In Peace, Silverio “Butchie Butch” Fortes. I always love you, Pops. Jah bless.
Judy (Coates) Wills from East Greenwich, RI wrote on November 14, 2020 at 2:29 pm
Deepest Sympathy to my Friend & Native Tribal Sister/Leslie. The Costa & Fortes Family and many Friends of our Beloved “Butchie”. Has indeed earned his Wings. Although the voice is silent. Remember that his love, genuine kindness and Joyful Spirit are still alive and will continue to be a Blessing. Already added much to our “Treasure Chest of Shared Memories. Butchie was like a “Beacon an airport Runway”. Quietly going about creating a truly meaningful Legacy benefiting you/Leslie, Family, Community, and his many friends (past till present time).
Julie Rawlings from Warwick wrote on November 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm
Thank you Uncle Butch for coming back into my aunt Leslie’s life... You have truly brought out the joy... I have not seen her so full of happiness, love and at peace with life at the same time. You have brought a beautiful sparkle in her eyes... and have shined a light of love on her and my cousins Ellery, Keithy and Stevie. May you continue to bring joy to their lives. Your spirit, your joy and love will forever touch our family... love your niece, Julie and Michael Dias
Donald and Joan senna from East provBurch wrote on November 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm
Butch was a good person and Fox Pointer. His compassion and his dignity was very well appreciated. He was always a joy and good for laughs. On the athletics field he was competive but still not vicious . To his wife and family, we send our prayers. May the Lord and father grant him everlasting peace.
Melissa- Lauren Hooks from Providence wrote on November 13, 2020 at 5:41 pm
Leslie and family, My deepest condolences... Butch was a man of integrity, grace, and respect. Your love for one another was such a blessing for all of us to witness. Personally, it gave me the inspiration and allowed me to bear witness to a beautiful love story. Although Butch is no longer with us; I know love is everlasting. Leslie, please know that we are here for you during this most difficult time. You now have an angel watching over you and guiding your path. Until we meet Butch again, I know he is resting in eternal peace. Our love and deepest heartfelt sympathies, Melissa and Colby
Carolyn Halfkenny from Methuen, Massachusetts wrote on November 13, 2020 at 5:26 pm
I’m thankful for the short time that I was able to spend with you Uncle Butch. You have a kind and gentle soul.
Sherran {Pettway} Smith from Providence wrote on November 13, 2020 at 4:20 pm
The loss of Butch has left all of us feeling bereft. My sincerest condolences to all of his family, especially to his wife, my dear friend, Leslie.
Billy Baptista Jr. from Providence wrote on November 13, 2020 at 2:26 pm
Leslie..I am so sorry about the loss of your husband Butch. He was one of the favorite people that I have ever met. Prayers and Condolences to you, his children, and all Family.
Charlene (Coulburn) Mallard from Jonesboro, GA wrote on November 12, 2020 at 11:41 pm
Leslie so very sorry for your loss. May Jehovah comfort and sustain you and your family through this heartbreaking time. Blessings.
JOSEPH ANDRADE Jr. from EAST PROVIDENCE wrote on November 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm
Butch you will Truely be missed my friend. I can remember you being around my parents house ever since I can remember. I can remember calling you Secret Squirrel. It was fun watching you play 1st base for Dennis and Sonny"s softball team & hitting home runs. You will be remembered as a gentle giant , I'll remember you as a great friend of my family. I'm sure my father was at the gates to welcome you to paradise. Until we see each other again take care my friend.
Elaine M. Gonsalves from Rumford wrote on November 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm
Remembering all the years at Narragansett Electric and the many years of fun we all shared. You will always be remembered in our hearts. May God take you in his arms, rest in peace.
Lois Mitchell from providence wrote on November 11, 2020 at 3:10 pm
Leslie my deepest sympathy. Butch was a good friend and I was proud to have known him.
The Brothers & Sisters of Local 310 BUW Council from Warwick wrote on November 11, 2020 at 10:05 am
Rest in peace Butch. The Brothers & Sisters of Local 310 BUW Council
Lorraine Roderick from EAST PROVIDENCE wrote on November 10, 2020 at 12:57 pm
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Leslie and all of Butch's family for the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and good friend. I have known Butch for many years and I've never seen him happier than when he and Leslie were reunited and enjoyed the remainder of his time here. Leslie, you made all of the difference in his life. I personally witnessed how you took good care of him and brought him back to a healthy state. I'm sure that made all of the difference in the quality of his life. Try to remember all of the good memories you shared when you're grieving and take comfort in knowing that he's no longer suffering and you will see him again. May he rest in peace
Renee Cardozo from Dunedin wrote on November 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm
To my cousin butchie may you rest in peace now you in heaven when you're up there please say hi to your cousin John we all miss you I wish I could be there but I'm not able to get to Rhode island cuz of this virus but I'm always thinking about you and I love you may you rest in peace I'll see you on the other side love your cousin
Earl Lopez from East Providence wrote on November 9, 2020 at 6:44 pm
To Butch’s family. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of a good man. Butch was always a gentleman, and always wore a smile on his face. We shared many conversations together. May he Rest In Eternal Peace.