Luis M. Ribas

December 15, 1958January 12, 2019

Luis M. Ribas, 60, of Provincetown, MA formerly of New Bedford, MA passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Cape Cod Hospital. He was the loving husband of 40 years to Maria Idalina (Borges) Ribas. Luis was born in Vila Praia De Ancora, Portugal and came to the U.S. in 1985 settling in New Bedford. He lived in New Bedford for 10 years before moving to Provincetown.

Luis was a commercial fisherman, having owned and captained his own vessel for many years. He was also very passionate about finding balance between the conservation of natural resources and keeping the fishing industry alive. For the past 12 years, Luis was the Provincetown Senior Assistance Harbor Master and used his expertise and knowledge in a variety of areas to not only surpass his duty requirements but also to assist anyone who asked him for help. He continued that sense of duty as a member of the volunteer Provincetown Fire Department, where he was the steward of Engine 190. Luis never considered the risks to himself when it came to saving the lives of others; which he bravely did many, many times. The courage and selflessness he displayed throughout his entire life will forever be remembered by so many who knew him. Luis was a devoted husband, an incredible father, universal friend and an outstanding human being.

He is predeceased by his father Jose de Ribas, brother Paulo Alexandre Ribas and is survived by his mother Cidalina (De Matos) Ribas of Portugal; his beloved wife Maria Idalina (Borges) Ribas; his adored children Bruno and Andreia of Provincetown; and his remaining 6 brothers and 4 sisters. Luis is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be in his name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or


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Brian Kelly

January 18, 2019

I worked my career for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and had the extremely great fortune to have known and worked with Luis for 20 years when he was in his roles as commercial fishermen and assistant harbormaster. Always a welcoming helpful man, incredibly even tempered, and very open mind. My sincere condolences to his family. Luis will be truly missed by you and the extended Ptown dockside fishing community, Brian Kelly, retired DMF

Mike Pol

January 18, 2019

My condolences to Maria, Andrea, Bruno and the rest of the family.

I had many happy, productive days on the Blue Skies with Luis, testing nets designed by him to reduce bycatch, filming underwater, working to help other fishermen try new ideas, and learning. What started as a job together became a friendship and a partnership of mutual respect. Celebrating the Blessing of the Fleet on the Blue Skies with loud music, delicious food, and colorful flags is one of my family’s favorite memories. I remember Luis outsmarting a poker machine and winning big, relaxing after testing one of his nets in the flume tank in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

He was always ready with a good laugh, a warm embrace, a helping hand, and an intriguing idea. He always tried to do the right thing, and encouraged me and others to do the same.

We did a lot of good science together. This is a link to one project report:

Here’s a video we made to help teach other fishermen about a new trawl net design that features Luis:

My heart aches. Farewell, my friend. Rest in peace.

Goreti Fiuza

January 16, 2019

Rest in Peace Luis

Chris Brooke

January 16, 2019

I remember when I first joined the Provinctown Fire Department back in July 2009, the first person that stood out to me was Luis not only because of his booming voice whenever he showed up for drills but for the kindness he always showed towards his fellow firefighters! I will miss seeing him in the station and around town whether it be at Stop and Shop or on the pier! R.I.P to my good friend and fellow firefighter Luis I’ll miss you!