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Joseph Soares Almeida

09/28/1914 - 01/28/2021


Obituary For Joseph Soares Almeida

Joseph S. Almeida, 106, formerly of Bristol, RI, passed away peacefully at his home in Hollywood Beach, Florida on Thursday, January 28, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Mary Lou (Ventura) Almeida and father to their six children: Joseph Almeida Jr., Theresa M. Nash, Mary Lou Mancieri, Bernadette Almeida, Carol Lee Proto (Frank), and the late Raymond Almeida. Born in Pico Da Pedra, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal on September 28, 1914 he was the son to the late August and Evarista (Calisto) Almeida.

He is survived by his 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and great-great grandchild as well as many nieces and nephews, who all loved and admired him. Joseph was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Soares and Theresa Lopes, as well as his brothers Arthur, August, Edward (Mary), Benjamin (Rita), and Gilbert Almeida (Madeline).

Joe Almeida as many referred to him as, was a man with a vision and was known for being ahead of his time. Throughout his life he had many accomplishments in both business and family. Before becoming a successful self-made businessman, Joseph served in the United States Navy, during World War II. Upon completing his service, he started on his entrepreneurial journey by getting certified to caponize chickens and by establishing his first business called Almeida's Started Capon Farm. Joe and his wife, Mary Lou, would go on to have a successful business traveling all throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts caponizing chickens until an prevalent disease wiped out their entire flock.

Joseph then went on to leave his stamp on the construction and real estate development industry. He started building homes in the late 1950's and continued in the business throughout the 1990s, where he was the first to build a split level home in Bristol, Rhode Island as well as the first to utilize plywood, instead of a board materials in houses.

One of his greatest accomplishments, other than his family of course, was the foresight he had for the property he purchased in Portsmouth, RI. Along with his wife Mary Lou and their two sons, Joseph Jr. and Raymond, he would lead the family into their next adventure. Joseph went on to build the first high-rise apartment building on Aquidneck Island, with his two sons at his side along with a very hardworking and devoted work crew. Collectively, they could not believe what they had accomplished. In addition to the high-rise, he built two other apartment buildings on that property. As a continuation to his vision, he recruited his daughters and their spouses into the family business. This would later be known as the Bayview Estates.

Another notable accomplishment was the Almeida Apartments in Bristol, at that time a beautiful complex suitable for young couples, single tenants, senior citizens, and professionals. The apartments had desirable features such as large living spaces and amenities like tennis courts and a beautiful club house with a pool/spa area. This was something you would see in larger cities, executed by a team of architects, engineers, and interior designers. But on this project Joe took the lead on the developing the designs himself. This property now serves as a residence for the students of Roger Williams University, on Bayview Avenue.

Upon retirement he spent his remaining years in Florida where he would welcome many family members and friends who loved to visit during the winter or come celebrate his birthday, especially during his 100th year celebration. They would love to spend the entire day with him at the Gulfstream Race Track. He enjoyed playing solitaire, attending horse races, and was a Tampa Bay Rays baseball fan.

Joseph was a kind, private, and talented person. An amazing man with a vision for his life that he turned into a reality. He was determined and did not believe in limitations. In fact, he accomplished a lot of what others said could not be done. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

Services will be private, please respect the wishes of the family during this COVID - 19 pandemic. A celebration of Joseph's life will take place at a later date. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the R.I. Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907.

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  • Joe,my memories of your dad and family are deeply rooted and it is with deep sympathy i offer my sincere condolences,respecfully,MIKE Murgo

  • I was saddened to hear of Uncle Joeâ??s passing. He and my Aunt Lou and all their children, my cousins have always been a much loved part of my history. Growing up the families would only see each other once or perhaps twice a year due to the distance between Virginia and Rhode Island. It was always wonderful to see them regardless of the occasion that might bring us all together. My Uncle Joe and Aunt Lou built an amazing life together. My memories of Uncle Joe and the entire Almeida family will live on in my heart. I pray for Godâ??s peace that passes all understanding for my cousins . Remain Almeida strong, I love you, Linda Marie Linda Marie

  • Dear Members of the Almeida So very sorry to hear about your dad. I was the former owner of Linden Gate Flower Shop. Your family was a big part of my business. I had so many conversations with Mrs. Almeida. She was a friend to me. I only met Mr. Almeida once but he was a very kind person. My deepest sympathies to all the Almeida family. With sincere sympathy Linda Bigelow

  • Dear Almeida family, Please accept my deepest condolences. He lived a remarkable life. May your many happy memories of him bring you peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • My sincerest condolences to the entire Almeida family. I think Joe was the last of the original Calisto cousins. My mom, Ambrosia, has been gone now for 42 years but the memories I still hold of them always being there for one another just donâ??t fade. I remember their visits to the farm in Westport. Iâ??m sure you all have many memories that will remain with you forever. God bless each and everyone on you and continue His blessings upon our entire family. Rest In Peace, Joe.

  • My sincerest condolences to the entire Almeida family. I have fond memories of your mother Mary Lou and father Joe coming to visit us in Plymouth (Kingston) Ma many a time. And as a young girl visiting Bristol RI as well. My grandmother Maria Eugenia Rego Calista was a sister to your grandmother Evarista (Calisto) Almeida. My fondest memory is when back in Sept, 1983 your parents where are tour guides for an once in a lifetime trip to Portugal. We went to Lisbon, Madeira and the Azores. I have cherish those memories forever. Rest In Peace, Joe and Mary Lou and the entire Almeida family that have gone before us. Diane (Calista) & Paul Hubbard, Raynham, Ma.

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