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Richard Louis Almeida

07/23/1943 - 03/02/2023


Obituary For Richard Louis Almeida

Richard "Packy" Almeida, 79, of Bristol, RI passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. A son of the late Louis and Mary (Raposa) Almeida and the devoted husband to Arlene Dorothy Haskins of 57 years, Packy was a true Bristolian, having spent his whole life here. At 21 years old, Packy joined the Bristol Fire Department, where he served for almost 59 years. He served as Captain of Hydraulion Engine & Hose Company #1 and as Deputy Chief of the Bristol Fire Department from 1985 to 1990. Packy was a skilled engine mechanic working for the Town of Bristol as a heavy machinery mechanic for almost 35 years. After retiring in 2003, you could always find him in his garage working on his car or fixing anything with a motor. Packy's favorite hobby was rebuilding and restoring classic and antique cars. He was a member of the Bay State Street Machines and a regular at car shows throughout the Northeast with his wife, Arlene, in the 1940 Chevy he restored. Packy was also an outdoor sportsman with a passion for fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Warren Rod & Gun Club since 2013. In addition to his loving wife, Arlene, Packy is survived by his Aunt, Rose Souza of Rehoboth, MA; and his six cousins, Manny Marshall and his wife Colleen of Bristol, RI, Robert Kitchen and his wife Lorraine of Cranston, RI, Betty Ann Snowden of FL, Thomas Kitchen and his wife Kathy of FL, Jesse Souza and his wife Sharon of Rehoboth, MA and James Souza and his wife Simone of Dighton, MA; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, RI where the family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, March 13, 2023 from 10 - 12PM. Burial will immediately follow at 12:30PM at North Burial Ground, 1081 Hope St. Bristol, RI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bristol Fire Department at 4 Annawamscutt Drive, Bristol, RI 02809. For directions or tributes, please visit:

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  • 03/12/2023

    Arlene, Tim and I and the family are so very heartbroken over Packy's passing. Our deepest condolence's to you and the family. Sending hugs and prayers for all. May Packy rest in peace. We all know he is in heaven racing around with the fastest car. Love you always.

  • 03/09/2023

    Dear Arlene, My condolences on the passing of Packy. He was a great person and good friend to my Dad. My he rest in peace.

  • 03/07/2023

    Bay State Street Machines would like to express their sincere sympathy to Arlene and family for the loss of it's member and friend "Packy". He will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • 03/07/2023

    Very sorry for your loss!!!! Met him at a car show. Great gentleman.

  • 03/07/2023

    Arlene Buster,Jason and myself are very sorry for loss Packy was a kind person and a good friend to Buster due to complications from Busters knee surgery we are very sorry that we cannot attend if you need anything please call

  • 03/06/2023

    To a cousin that will be surely missed Loved his wit and laugh and never lost for a good joke to snort out with that laughost. You will be missed.

  • 03/06/2023

    Packy you will be Missed I'm Glad I was well enough to come visit you in 2019 we had a great time while we were there you were like a brother to me I will cherish the years in our Memories Love you Brother R.I.P.

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