Alice G. Arruda

June 27, 1912September 4, 2013

Nothing meant more for Alice Arruda than God and family.

Alice (Gomes) Arruda passed away on September 4, 2013 peacefully in her sleep. She was 101 years old and was born in Bombarrel, Portugal and lived her life in Dartmouth. She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert “Bucky” Arruda, owner of J.B. Lumber, South Dartmouth and Richards and Davis Lumber in Tiverton.

She is survived by her son Robert Arruda of Portsmouth, her daughter, Arlene McNamee and her husband James of New Bedford, grandchildren: Lisa Arruda Carney and her husband Scott, Rebecca and Scott Arruda all of Dartmouth, Aaron James McNamee of New Bedford and Julie McNamee Gillespie of Bell Isle, Florida, great-grandchildren: Alexia Smith and Molly and Nora Gillespie. She had survived her best friend and sister: Gertrude Gonsalves - mother of Richard Gonsalves and Doreen Gonsalves-Silva and their children.

She was a member of the New Bedford Country Club for over 50 years- the oldest active member of the club. Her family sincerely thanks the Administration and all the staff for their special kindness during the years.

Her family would also like to thank all the staff of the Cedars of Lebanon Assisted Living Residence in Dartmouth for all their help and assistance and also for the love and support of the Community Nurse and Hospice Care during her final days.

Her funeral will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 9am at St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth. Relatives and friends invited. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to the Sister Rose Network, c/o Catholic Social Services, 1600 Bay St. Fall River, MA 02724. Burial Private.

Finally, from all her family to all her friends whom she has touched: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”



  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 7, 2013


  • Burial

Alice G. Arruda

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Paul J Mello

November 16, 2013

I just found out about your mothers passing and would like you to accept my condolences. I worked for Herbert and his family for 30 plus years at Richard and Davis co. and loved working there and wish we could go back in time and do it all over again.
Sorry for your mothers passing.

Judy (Silva) Theodore

October 1, 2013

I just received word here in FL of Alice's passing....
Please accept mine and my family's deepest condolences to her family and friends. I am the youngest daughter of Armand & Anna Silva, my parents were, for many years, close friends with Bucky and Alice. My dad also built their home many years ago. I have many fond memories of time spent at their home, Alice was always a gracious and loving person. The last time I saw her was in 2008 when my Godmother Hilda passed. I couldn't believe that at 96 years old she was still the spry woman I remembered and still driving her own vehicle! God Bless her and your family...may she be as blessed as we all were to have known her.
With Love

Fred Cole

September 7, 2013

I am very sorry for the loss of your mother, Bob, and also to the rest of the family. I did not see the obituary until this morning. My sympathies to the whole family - Fred Cole

tina pacheco

September 6, 2013

Alice was such a big part of my life. as a child I remember her fun loving ways.her singing which brought joy to many. May she rest in peace you were always a great lady cousin Tina pacheco

Arminda Ferreira

September 6, 2013

Alice was an inspiration and a blessing to all who knew her. She will be missed. My condolences to her family. God will greatly bless you for your loving faithfulness to her. Um grande abraco.