Francisco L. Alves - Cumberland

Francisco L. Alves - Cumberland

Francisco L. Alves, 92, of Cumberland, entered eternal life on Jan. 15. He was in his beloved home, surrounded by his adoring family. He was born in Sao Sebastiao, Acores, and married the love of his life, Leonilda, in 1950. They immigrated to Pawtucket in 1967 with their four daughters and in 1972 built their home in Cumberland, which he took immense pride in. He was a communicant of St. Aidan’s Parish. His entire family takes great comfort that he has joined his loving wife in eternal life.

His greatest joys came from giving and he gave everything he had. He often worked two full-time jobs to provide for his family so he could give more. He was fearless of challenges and took on every job or task with a smile. Although he spoke little English when he arrived in this country, his happy and joyful spirit touched everyone that he came into contact with. Everyone loved Frank. He was so proud of being the truck driver for International Packaging in Pawtucket, where he retired in 1992. His work ethic was legendary and simple and he often shared it with his children and grandchildren “If it’s hard, work a little harder. If it’s really hard, get a good night sleep and get back to it again. You can do anything you put your mind to.” He always had a smile for you, often a piece of candy and later in life, made sure to have cash in his wallet for when the grandkids and great-grandkids came to visit. His infectious happiness, positive life outlook and unconditional love, made all that were around him better.

He was the proud father of four daughters, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is survived by his daughters Filomena Cordeiro (S. Attleboro), Susan Silva (Cumberland), her husband, Manny, Aurelia Donovan (Cumberland), her husband, Jim and Irene Schmitt (Cumberland), her husband, Scott; his grandchildren, Brian Cordeiro, his wife, Stefanie, and daughter Mikala, Melissa Pozzuoli, her husband, Henry, and their children, Gabriella and Henry, Jennifer Rosa, her husband, Jason, and their children Dylan, Kayden, Logan and Isabella, Jessica Ocampo, her husband, Juan, and their son Gavin, Adam Schmitt, Megan Donovan, Michael Donovan, and Amy Schmitt. He has been reunited with his loving wife, Leonilda, with whom he was married to for 70 years, his deceased grandson, Steven Silva and his 22 deceased siblings. He loved his entire family more than life itself and always told his grandkids “I love you so, so, so much.” We all felt his love every day of our lives.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Saint Aidan Church, Cumberland. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Poor Boxes of St. Aidan’s Parish. Arrangements by O’Neill Funeral Home, Cumberland. www.oneillfuneralhomes.com