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Walter J. Arruda
  • Passed away on February 11, 2020

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Walter was called home to his Lord on February 11, 2020, after He gifted us with his presence for 69 years.  He passed away from Leukemia with grace, dignity and faith with his wife by his side.  While his journey ended differently than we all had hoped, he’s now with family, friends and angels in heaven enjoying a heck of a happy hour. He was born on May 18, 1950 in Fall River, Massachusetts, the youngest of twelve children, to the late Jose and Edith (Pimental) Arruda.  When the family moved to Somerset, MA, he attended and was graduated from Somerset High School.  He worked as a meat cutter for Stop & Shop Supermarket in Bristol, RI and in his early years he worked for Trucchi’s Supermarket in Taunton, MA.  For many years he coached youth softball and basketball for the P.A.L., C.Y.O., and the Milliken League in Fall River.

Walter loved life and loved people even more.  He touched so many people’s lives in various ways.  He had a passion for cooking and entertaining, especially on holidays.  He loved preparing meals for family and friends and his pleasure came from seeing them enjoy the results.  Walter enjoyed playing golf and traveled extensively over the years.  His greatest joy, however, was feeding and caring for the horses that lived behind his property in The Villages.  He’s now enjoying his favorites, Major & Rocket!

He had a way of lighting up a room with his outgoing personality and was always the life of the party.  He will be remembered for his loud and colorful dressing style….sometimes being referred to as “fancy pants”.

Walter will be dearly missed.  He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, together for 42 years and three children: Nicole of  Lady Lake, FL; Kelsey of Fall River, MA and Ryan of East Taunton, MA; brothers: Richard (Nancy); Raymond (Beverly); Ronald (Joyce); James (Jo-Ann); sisters: Joan Larrivee and Natalie Raposa.  He leaves numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by sisters: Delores DeNardo; Barbara Augustine and brothers: Thomas, Joseph and John.

To remember Walter’s life, celebrations will be held in The Villages, FL and Fall River, MA in the coming months.  In Walter’s memory, please seek to do a kind deed for someone and make them smile.

Funeral services updates will be pasted at a later date.


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  1. 28 Feb 2020
    Jackie and Tony Mula says:
    ❤️ you and miss you. I’ll always remember your easy smile and great sense if humor

  2. 24 Feb 2020
    Marguerite & Jim Lamond lit a candle:
    Lit since February 24, 2020 at 2:53:13 PM

  3. 24 Feb 2020
    Marguerite & Jim Lamond says:
    Sending thoughts and prayers to you Jeanne and all of Walter's family.
    So glad that we got to reconnect at our 50th High School reunion, Walter!
    Rest in Peace! I will remember your friendly smile!

  4. 22 Feb 2020
    Sharkey Mathieu says:
    To Walter's Family & Friends
    My Deepest Sympathy for your loss.
    Prayers and Thoughts go to Walter's Family & Friends
    Sharkey
    Elk's 118

  5. 22 Feb 2020
    Sharkey Mathieu lit a candle:
    Lit since February 22, 2020 at 2:39:18 PM

  6. 22 Feb 2020
    Kim Carreiro lit a candle:
    Lit since February 22, 2020 at 2:08:07 AM

  7. 22 Feb 2020
    Kim Carreiro lit a candle:
    Lit since February 22, 2020 at 2:06:59 AM

  8. 21 Feb 2020
    Larry Farthing posted an image:
    From Walter’s retirement party
    From Walter’s retirement party

  9. 21 Feb 2020
    Lucille & Arthur Bouchard says:
    Jeanne and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. I remember so many times Walter had me bent in two with laughter. He always made everyone smile. I’m sure he is with old friends, making them laugh. Arthur and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of a wonderful man.

  10. 21 Feb 2020
    Ron Raposa says:
    My deepest condolences to Ronnie, Ray and Natalie and the rest of the Arruda Clan along with Jeanne and his immediate family. Walter was quite the guy with an outgoing smile and fun filled life. Rest in Peace Walter, I know you'll have everyone up there laughing and smiling

  11. 21 Feb 2020
    Lisa & Jay lit a candle:
    Lit since February 21, 2020 at 2:00:41 AM

  12. 21 Feb 2020
    Linda Gonsalves says:
    RIP Walter..It was a pleasure to know you and your sense of humor made the work day pass with laughs. You had a warm heart and liked the beers cold lol. Jeanne, I'm so sorry for your loss and prayers for you and your family

  13. 20 Feb 2020
    Carol Ferreira lit a candle:
    Lit since February 20, 2020 at 2:20:38 PM

  14. 20 Feb 2020
    Susan Gallant says:
    You were always up for fun and laughter
    Continue to shine from above

  15. 20 Feb 2020
    Tom and Judy posted an image:
    Here’s to you!  Thank you for all the beautiful memories ❤️
    Here’s to you! Thank you for all the beautiful memories ❤️

  16. 20 Feb 2020
    simon says:
    Walter what can I say. You will be missed. Enjoyed the times at your house and at Richey and Nancy's.
    My condolence to the Arruda family. Love ya, simon

  17. 20 Feb 2020
    Bruce & Janet Kanvin says:
    Walter, what a guy! I always enjoyed talking to you about cooking and sharing tips and recipes. What a wonderful person you were....we will miss you dearly. Jeanne, you have our deepest condolences. May God watch over you.

  18. 20 Feb 2020
    Tom and judy posted an image:


  19. 20 Feb 2020
    Darlene Schaffel posted an image:
    Great picture of Walter and Jeanne.  Wonderful man, gone too soon
    Great picture of Walter and Jeanne. Wonderful man, gone too soon

  20. 20 Feb 2020
    Dan Robbins says:
    Walter the memories I have with you... from inside the store and to outside playing golf and that one year we played hockey! You were a blast to work with my friend, you are missed by many many people... I am saddened to hear you were ill.... until we meet again my friend!!!

  21. 20 Feb 2020
    Michael says:
    What a beautiful tribute. Rest peacefully Walter. And keep the beer cold for us when we join the party.

  22. 20 Feb 2020
    Larry Farthing says:
    You are missed by many Walter

  23. 20 Feb 2020
    Joyce lit a candle:
    Lit since February 20, 2020 at 2:33:50 PM

  24. 20 Feb 2020
    Joyce says:
    Walter was "one of a kind". I will miss my "brother". He radiated kindness, generosity, humility, positiveness, and pure joy.

    Rest in peace, Walter. You deserve it. Love always, Joyce

  25. 20 Feb 2020
    Joyce posted an image:
    The Chef and his favorite Sous Chef
    The Chef and his favorite Sous Chef

  26. 20 Feb 2020
    Louis Santiago lit a candle:
    Lit since February 20, 2020 at 2:09:03 PM

  27. 20 Feb 2020
    Louis Santiago posted an image:
    Good times, great memories!
    Good times, great memories!

  28. 20 Feb 2020
    Louis Santiago says:
    I will miss our times together that was always started with a big hug and kiss. Spending time with you and your family that treated me just as I was one of their own. The cooking and eating was one of a kind, not just what we shared but how it was shared. The food and libations will be missed but the relationship we developed over a short period of time shows the type of person you are and I will always remember. I could talk to you about anything and everything and you never judged me or anyone else for that matter. You always saw the best in everyone.

    You always referred to me as son and I will hold onto that and remember the good times together. Til we meet again my good friend.

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