Raymond “Pip” Tavares, 77, died peacefully on Dec. 21, 2020, at his Florida home with his longtime companion, Pauline LeBoeuf.
A resident of both Westport, MA, and Mt. Dora, FL, he was born in Fall River and was son of the late Mary (Rego) Warren and John Tavares.
Ray loved life and was a caring and generous friend to many, many people. He was proud to serve as a Firefighter and EMT for the Town of Westport and even after retirement, was ready to help anyone who needed it. Ray enjoyed watching auto racing with family and friends and loved spending Saturday nights at Seekonk Speedway. He had many hobbies, including wood carving and fixing and refurbishing furniture. Ray and Pauline also enjoyed RV camping and socializing with friends.
Raymond is survived by his children, Randall Tavares and wife Andrea; Patricia Pronovost and husband Paul; his bonus children Christine LeBoeuf and partner Lisa Christensen and Gerard LeBoeuf; and his nieces and nephews. He was adored by his grandchildren Leslie, Jillian, Marguerite and Jordan, who all appreciated Gramps’ special sense of humor and colorful ways.
He was predeceased by his beloved sister and brother-in-law Irene and Antone Rezendes.
Services will be private and a celebration of Raymond’s life is planned for later this year. Donations may be made in his memory to www.shrinersinternational.org, as Raymond had collected and donated thousands of pull-tops over the years to aid Shriners Hospitals.