Manuel C. Dias Obituary – Newport Daily News

Manuel C. Dias

Manuel C. Dias, 98, of Newport, a World War II veteran, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Born April 21, 1923 in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late Antone and Maria ( Placido) Dias. He was the husband of Mary (Nunes) Dias to whom he was married for 69 years. Manny leaves behind four children, William (Jeanne) Dias, of Atlantic Beach, FL, James (Diane) Dias of South Easton, MA, Susan (Mark Heimlich) Dias of Denver, CO, and Patricia (Brian) Toracinta of Newport , RI . He also leaves eleven grandchildren, John (Sarah) Toracinta, Neil (Jaclyn) Toracinta, Mary Kate Toracinta, Andrew Heimlich, Allison Heimlich, Emily Dias, Kevin Dias, Sarah (Michael) Hand, Rachel Dias, Michael (Jen) Dias , and Julie (Paul) Jager. He also has ten great-grandchildren and one who will arrive in September. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Arthur C. Dias and Joseph C. Dias. He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was assigned to the China Burma India Theater (CBI). He remained a proud and dedicated veteran and dutifully attended patriotic events such as marching in the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, attending city memorials and musical concerts, and serving as Commander of the CBI local chapter. Manny had graduated from Roger High School in 1941 and remained an active member of the Alumni Association. As a young man, he showed his athletic ability in the Old City Basketball League with his local Newport buddies and in the Newport Electric Softball League. He worked at Newport Electric Corporation for 40 years until his retirement. He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, still cherished and respected. He was a member of the Vasco da Gama/Holy Ghost Society, always quietly lending a hand in many functions. Manny also volunteered for the Visiting Nurse Association, volunteering her time for over 25 years. He was a kind and gentle man who cared deeply about his family and always looked out for their well-being. Although he was never one to draw attention to himself, he enjoyed cracking jokes and engaging others, especially with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to garden and only rested to tinker in his garage while listening, quite loudly, to his favorite radio shows. A physically active man all his life, he walked daily, even during the last weeks of his life, accompanied by his family, including his daughter, Patty, and met by his neighbors on Harold Street. During his long and happy retirement, Manny and his wife, Mary, enjoyed frequent social events with fellow retirees in Cocoa Beach, Florida, as well as the loving company of his many family members. He welcomed everyone into his life, never thought to complain or put his own interests at the expense of those of others, and was grateful for the simple pleasure of being with his family and friends. Manny was a daily communicant and lifelong parishioner of Jesus Savior Church. He was committed to his faith, attending mass every day and even riding his bike in the 80s to attend mass in Cocoa Beach. A Christian Burial Mass will be held Monday, February 28 at 10 a.m. at Jesus Savior Church, 509 Broadway, Newport, RI. Interment will be at St. Columba’s Cemetery Chapel, Middletown, RI. Visiting hours will be Sunday, February 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport RI. Donations may be made, in Manny’s memory, to the Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth RI 02871, to whom the family is most grateful, OR to Jesus Savior Church 1 Vernon Avenue, Newport, RI Obituaries online at memorialfuneralhome. com

Posted on February 24, 2022

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