July 30, 1932 – December 19, 2020
Edward “Ed” Ferreira, age 88, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Warren, RI on Saturday, December 19, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of the late Julia S. (Ferreira) Ferreira.
Born on Madeira Island in Portugal, a son of the late Constantino “Gus” and Amelia (Castro) Ferreira, he immigrated to the United States at age two and was a longtime resident of Bristol and Florida.
A graduate of Colt Memorial High School in Bristol, Class of 1950, he graduated Cum Laude with an Associate’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University. A Veteran of the United States Navy, he served during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Knapp. In 2017, Ed was awarded a once-in-a-lifetime experience as a recipient of the Villages Honor Flight, with his Guardian “Angel”, Joyce Cover. He worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and then as a Cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency in West Warwick for 20 years before retiring.
A skilled musician, he was a drummer and a member of both the Kingsman and Generations Drum and Bugle Corps. He also served as Vice President for the Bristol Police Color Guard and Drum Corps. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and bocce, bowling, swimming, square dancing, boating and fishing. As an active lifelong communicant at St. Elizabeth’s Church, he volunteered as the CYO guidance counselor and basketball coach for many years. Ed was also very active in the community, coaching Babe Ruth baseball, was a member of Sowam’s Horseman’s Association., Elks Lodge, and Laurel Park Improvement Association (LPIA).
Ed is survived by two daughters, Lori Vales and her husband David of Warren and Susan Abramson and her husband Stewart of East Greenwich; one son, Mark Ferreira and his wife Cheryl of Bristol; seven grandchildren, Chelsea Vales, Davey Vales, Julianne Abramson-Denson and her husband Chris, Austin Abramson, Peter Ferreira and his wife Meghan, Nicholas Ferreira and Lauren Ferreira; one great grandchild, Brayden Vales; many nieces and nephews and longtime companion Peg Lawrence. He was the brother of the late Joseph Ferreira and Maria Ferreira.
Due to current restrictions, his services will be private.
January 3, 2021
To Ed's Family,
My deepest sympathies, especially to Peggy Lawrence, Ed's companion for many years. Rarely did you see one without the other. I know he loved her very much! He was a WONDERFUL person and I will miss him!
Robin and Lenny Vales
December 31, 2020
Lori and family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad, grandfather and friend.
Love Lenny and Robin
Mark and Darlene Senofonte
December 28, 2020
In loving memory of Ed Ferreira, our thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and Ed's family during this difficult time. Ed was a wonderful Florida neighbor and an even better friend. He will truly be missed.
Paul E. Castro
December 24, 2020
Dear Mark, Lori, and family:
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May the many happy memories that you have of him bring you peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
December 23, 2020
Ed was my loving companion for many years. I will LOVE him FOREVER!💝 Peggy.