Michael C. Arruda

April 10, 1966February 26, 2011

Michael “Mike” C. Arruda, 44, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of Bonnie Lee (Bonito) Arruda with whom he shared 18 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of Carl and Carol (Ward) Arruda of Dartmouth, he was raised in Dartmouth and had resided in Marion for the last 15 years. Mike was a graduate of Dartmouth High School, class of 1984 and attended Bristol Community College. Mike excelled in sports while there and was most proud of captaining the 1983 Super Bowl Champion football team which has been inducted into the Dartmouth High School Hall of Fame.

He was a career salesman and most recently worked as a real estate agent.

He was an avid fan of all the New England sports teams and enjoyed golfing and boating. Mike had a special love of animals and especially his dog Nikki.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are two daughters, Maggie and Riley Arruda; a brother, Jack Arruda and his wife Carmel; and a sister, Susan Pielech and her husband Stephen, all of Dartmouth. He was especially fond of his nieces and nephews: Alyssa, Lindsey, Tess and Jack Arruda, Benjamin, Kristen and John Bonito.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 9:30am in St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial will be in South Dartmouth Cemetery. For online tributes please visit:



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Michael C. Arruda

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March 15, 2011

Sending our condolences to the entire Arruda Family. (Jack and Sue will no doubt know us best.) Because we are in Florida, we were unable to pay our respects in person, but we want to assure you that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I remember Mike as a "barrel-chested" young man with a constant smile and warm greeting in the halls of DHS. My husband was his football coach and has fond memories of Michael's infectious laugh and of how he was liked and respected by his coaches and fellow players. We shall miss him.
Rick and Sharon Barry

Karen Goncalves

March 14, 2011

I just learned of Mike's passing this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with the Arruda family. Throughout school Mike always sat in front of me every year. My maiden name was Augustine. Mike was a great guy and always had the biggest smile. I am truly sorry for your loss.

nancy kinder

March 13, 2011

Bonnie, So very very saddened to hear of Mike's passing.. My heart and prayers go out to you.. I liked Mike so much he always had the biggest of smiles and was a truly great guy.. so sorry

Brian Hughes

March 8, 2011

Bonnie, Mr.& Mrs. Arruda, Jack, Sue & family,
I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Although my life has taken me far from Dartmouth, I have fantastic memories of "Mikey" that started at the school bus stop through his enviable sporting endeavours. He was a funny, likable, mannerly lad that has clearly made an impression on all that met him.
You are all in my respectful thoughts.

Leonard Hirst

March 8, 2011

To Carl & Carol Arruda: My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your son. I cannot know how you feel even though I loss my wife(Joan) in Dec. It's a great loss.

Zora, Paul & Jackson St.Don

March 7, 2011

Dear Bonnie, Maggie & Riley,

Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

March 6, 2011

To the Arruda Family we send our sympathies on the terrible loss of Michael. We remember him fondly as one smiling and vibrant young man. Words are so inadequate.
sincerely, Tom and Marylou Rossi

Lisa Horsfall

March 6, 2011

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your girls. We've had many good times and great memories of Mike. He will be missed by all.
God Bless
Love Lisa

Lisa Horsfall

March 6, 2011

Mr., & Mrs. Arruda, Jack & Sue
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Mike will be greatly missed.

Helen/Eileen Connor

March 6, 2011

Dear Carl & Carol and Family,
we are so sad to hear of your loss.May you know many thoughts and prayers are with you .Michael will be missed by many and continue on in all the hearts who loved him. God Bless.
Love Helen & Eileen