Owner of Armando & Sons remembered

Owner of Armando & Sons remembered

PAWTUCKET – The friends and family of Armando Nieves, the local legend behind Armando & Sons Meat Market in Pawtucket, were mourning the loss of a man known for his work ethic, quality of his businesses, and willingness to help others.

Nieves, 70, died inside his Pine Street business on Oct. 1. Though police did not suspect foul play, they were still waiting as of press time for an official cause of death from the medical examiner’s office.

Those at a vigil in his memory last week spoke of the importance of learning what’s truly going on inside of someone even if they have a smile on their face.

A family man, according to those who knew him, he was a sort of folk hero within the Puerto Rican community, named Rhode Island Monthly’s Minority Business Owner of the Year in 2017 and a key contributor to the 2017 relief effort for Hurricane Maria.

He was also owner of a second location of Armando’s in Providence. His former employees said he cared more about people than money.

Visiting hours and a funeral for Nieves were held privately.