Joseph R. Alves Jr.

October 28, 1951November 28, 2012

Joseph R. Alves, Jr., “Blue Eagle” and “Joey,” age 61, of Fall River, died November 28, 2012 in Newport Hospital. He was the former husband of Elaine (Richard) Alves.

Born in Fall River, a son of Maurice T. and Irene (Benfeito) Bernier of Adamsville, TN, he was a lifelong resident of the city.

He attended BMC Durfee High School and was a graduate of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School and New England Tech, A United States Army Veteran, he serving in Germany during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Alves worked as an electrician at the Newport Naval Base for over 20 years.

He was a former Chief of his beloved Native American Indian Black Foot Tribe, enjoyed the outdoors, being with his family and friends and attending tribe Pow Wows.

In addition to his former wife, he is survived by two daughters; Mary Cordeiro of Fall River, Jessica Alves of Weymouth, six brothers; Henry Alves of North Hampton, Warren Alves of Fall River, Bryant Bernier of Acushnet, Jeffrey Bernier of Warwick, RI, Michael Bernier and Maurice Bernier both of Adamsville, TN, two sisters; Sally Bernier of Adamsville TN, Sandra Mercier of Lutts, TN, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Andrea Bernier.

His Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 10:30AM in Espirito Santo Church, 311 Alden St., Fall River. Relatives and friends invited. Contributions in his memory may be sent to: 4 Lenox St. Fall River, MA 02721. Burial private. Arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place.



  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, December 4, 2012


  • Burial

Joseph R. Alves Jr.

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December 11, 2012

dad I love an miss u .not a day goes bye an I wish u were still here with me.u will be forever missed ,love u always

Sandy Bernier Mercier

December 9, 2012

Your life's journey has just begun....Till we see each other again. Love and Miss you
love sis sandy

Beverly Mello (Morningstar}

December 7, 2012

Joe blue eagle dear friend your struggle is over now your spirit soars along with the eagle fly high my friend and when you reach the spirit world do not forget those of us who were blessed my your friendship.aho.

December 4, 2012

Sending prayers and smoke to "Blue Eagle" for a safe journey to the spirit world and sending prayers to the family also!

Eagle Eyes and Sweetgrass

December 4, 2012

Sending prayers and smoke to you "Blue Eagle for a safe journey to the spirit world, also sending prayers to the family also!

Eagle Eyes and Sweetgrass

Spirit Dog & HeartfullofPrayer

December 2, 2012

To Lisa and The Alves Family,
Blue Eagle was a great man, thank you for the lessons learned and the stories, we will miss you, but you will be forever in our hearts, we will always hear you dumming from afar Aho

Jennifer Ferriera-Da Silva

December 2, 2012

Dear Mary and family,
I am so sorry for your loss! I will always have good memories of happy times. I wish the same for all of you during this difficult time.

Lisa Adam

December 1, 2012

When I see the twinkling light, it will remind me of you winking at me when you looked at me.


December 1, 2012

Lovie /Chief Blue Eagle , As your Native American Wife, I hope in my heart you will always know how much you are always unconditionally loved. Now that you are up there with Whitewolf, Dad, mom, and your ancestors, I hope you find the great peace and spirit you have been longing for. You will always be remembered.



Michael A. Tuttle

December 1, 2012

My condolences and prayers for the family of my special friend "Joe". I worked with Joe at NUSC/NUWC Navy base in Newport, RI for 15+ years. He was a wonderful man and a great friend to me. I will miss him dearly. My prayers are all his family members and his new Native American wife, Lisa " Yellow Rose " Adam.