Francisco L. Figueiredo - Pawtucket

Francisco L. Figueiredo - Pawtucket

Francisco L. “Frank” Figueiredo, 88, of Pawtucket, R.I., died peacefully Friday, July 26 surrounded by the family he loved so dearly.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Beatrice Jodoin Figueiredo; his three daughters and their husbands, Elaine and William Trevitt of Riverside, Suzanne and Leo Potrikus of North Syracuse, N.Y., and Carol and James Martin of Rehoboth, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Alaina Potrikus Beckett and John Potrikus of North Syracuse. Frank was the proud great-grandfather of Brandon Michael Beckett. He also is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 23 years, Lucy Figueiredo who died in 1969; his parents Albano and Josepha Figueiredo; and his brother, Albert Figueiredo.

Although born in Cumberland in 1925, Frank, due to illness, was raised in Portugal by his aunt Tia Belmira until the age of 15, at which time he rejoined his parents and brother in Cumberland.

All who knew Frank were touched by his kind heart, his joy in spending time with family and friends and his eagerness to lend a hand or a tool.

He took great pride in his Portuguese heritage and enjoyed all the feasts, dinners, special events and trips to Portugal to visit family and friends. In celebration of his 80th birthday, accompanied by his three daughters, granddaughter and cousin Albert, Frank reveled as tour guide and family historian during what would be his final visit to Portugal.

Frank’s strong work ethic was unrivaled. He was a steel worker, forging nuts and bolts, and foreman at William H. Haskell Mfg. of Pawtucket for 38 years. When Haskell's closed as a manufacturing plant it became Kellaway Warehouse, where Frank was the Building Supervisor for 24 years.

Outside of work, you would find Frank involved in doing something for a family member, friend or neighbor. He was most generous with both his time and talents. Until suffering a stroke in 2009, Frank worked part-time for Kelleway Corp. and enjoyed a very full life.

Frank was an active member and office holder in both civic and social organizations including the Seven Castle’s Club, Portuguese American Citizens Committee (one of its original founders), Portuguese Social Club, Club Lusitana, Amigos daCavaqueira, Casa doBenfica and the OsSerenatas. He twice received the Man of the Year award and was also recognized as Person of the Year.

For many years, Frank volunteered at Pawtucket's annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy and the Day of Portugal celebrations. He was a volunteer for several political campaigns and encouraged many people in the Portuguese community to become involved citizens and voters.

To our loving family, friends and the nursing home staff that visited with and cared for Frank during his illness, we thank you for your many kindnesses.

A celebration of his life will be held Monday at 9 A.M. from the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Route 122, Cumberland, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in the St. Teresa of Child Jesus Church, Newport Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial will follow in the Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting Hours will be held Sunday, 4-8 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.