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Joseph Frank Cabral

06/27/1947 - 10/12/2022


Obituary For Joseph Frank Cabral

Joseph F. Cabral, 75, also known as Captain Cabral, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at his home in Bristol. Born in Sao Miguel, Portugal, Joe moved with his family to Bristol in his adolescent years. He was the husband of Georgette (Marshall) Cabral for 49 years and the son of the late Joseph and Guilhermina Cabral. After High School, Joe enlisted in the US Navy and served in Vietnam. He then worked for the Town of Bristol as a reserve Police Officer and then Harbor Master for 40 years. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the title of Harbor Master Emeritus. During his time as Harbor Master, Joe started the Bristol Sea Explorers Youth Group and the Bristol Boat and Art Show. He was a member of the Bristol Christmas Festival, The American Legion, had the honor of serving as Chief Marshal of the Bristol Recreation Department Summer Parade and recently was an honored veteran of the 2022 Bristol 4th of July Parade. Joe was also the caretaker of Windhill Estate, where he and his family lived for 43 years. In his free time, along with his wife, Joe enjoyed trying new Portuguese restaurants, trips to New Hampshire and visiting his birthplace in Portugal. In addition to his loving wife, Georgette, Joe is survived by his son, John Cabral and his wife Valerie of Chepachet; his daughter, Maryann Calouro and her husband Matthew of Bristol; his four grandchildren, Jacob Cabral, Madison Calouro, Benjamin Calouro and Thomas Calouro; two brothers, John Cabral and his wife Jackie of CT and Edward Cabral and his wife Donna of FL; three sisters: Marie Everette and her husband Bill of Newport, Mary Esterbrook and her husband Everette of Bristol and Mary Lou Muccino and her husband Rick of Scituate, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was the brother in law to Anthony Marshall and Deborah Bisbano and her husband John, all of FL. Services are with Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, where the family will receive relatives and guests for visitation on Friday, October 21, 2022 from 8-10AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 11AM in St. Mary's Church, 330 Wood St. Bristol. Military Honors will be held after mass in Bristol Town Common. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's honor can be made to Bristol Rescue and Police Department, 395 Metacom Ave, Bristol, RI 02809. For directions or tributes, please visit

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  • 10/21/2022

    Georgette and family, so sad to hear of Joe's passing. I have good memories of working with him on the boat shows and harbor patrol. May he Rest In Peace. Alan Leach

  • 10/21/2022

    Georgette and Family. I was saddened to hear about the passing of Joe. Joe was a great guy, who will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Joe.

  • 10/20/2022

    Dear George, John, and Maryanne, I was deeply saddened to read of Joe's passing in the Phoenix just now. What a kind, hard working man he was. He loved his family. I have fond memories of working for him at the Harbor master's office when I was in college. I am currently in quarantine until I get back the results from my COVID test, so I will not be able to attend the service for Joe. But I am praying for your family. Deb Schmeller

  • 10/15/2022

    Georgette and family. So sorry to learn of Joe's passing. My deepest condolences to you all. At God grant you all the strength during this difficult time. RIP my dear friend with my dad in the Kingdom of God. 😢😢🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • 10/15/2022

    Joe you will be sadly missed. I know you're okay cause your with Frankie now in Heaven. Knowing the two of you, I know you're both up there busting tomatoes, you calling Frankie a Jarhead and him calling you a Squid. Thank you for bring a big part of our family for many many years. Thank you for all that you have done. Know you will forever be loved and missed and I know in my heart, you're doing just fine. To Georgette and family, there could never be enough word's to tell you all how sorry I am on the loss of Joe. Know I am here for you and always will be,, God Bless

  • 10/15/2022

    My condolences to Georgette and family. Thinking of you during this very difficult time. Nancy Securo Gibbemeyer

  • 10/15/2022

    I send my condolence to the whole Cabral family. So very sorry for your loss.

  • 10/15/2022

    Joe you are now up in heaven with my Dad. I will always remember going down to the harbor patrol visiting you and Dad. Stopping at Bristol House of Pizza and getting you guys grinders or pizza with Mom. I will always remember the parties we had all together and always being there for each other. You are always a great friend to our family. You will be missed dearly. Please give my dad a big hug for me, as I told Dad it's not goodbye it's we will see you later until we meet up again.

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