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John Souza

John Souza

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

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Obituary for John Joseph Souza

Riverside – John J. Souza, 65, of Riverside, and formerly of Warren, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Dorianne “Dodie” (Ferrara) Souza.

John was born in Fall River, MA, a son of the late John Souza and Olivia (Viera) Souza.

Mr. Souza had recently retired as the Night Operations Manager of Centrex Distributors.

He proudly served for 11 years in the U.S. Air Force, most of which time was spent in Alaska. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, guitar, his animals and his 1970 El Camino.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family, his wife, and taking his grandchildren out for ice cream. John will be fondly remembered for always being a gentleman.

He was a Graduate of the former Warren High School Class of 1972, where he first met Dodie, and they became High School Sweethearts, after High School John joined the U.S Air Force, and after many years, John re-connected with Dodie, and ultimately they were married.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his sisters, Marjie Rossi and husband Raymond, Nancy Marshall and husband Kenneth, Brother In-laws Richard Ferrara and his wife Nancy, Nicholas Ferrara and his wife Jennifer, Michael Ferrara and his wife Nicole, and Sister In-law Rebecca Gordon and her husband Thomas, his children Dorianne Opielawski and her husband Glenn, David A. Girard II, and Melissa Keyser and her husband Christian, and grandchildren Tessa, David III, Khloe Lee, Karissa, Nicholas and Bryce and also many nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held Friday September 20, 2019 at 8:30 am from the SMITH FUNERAL and MEMORIAL SERVICES, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Ave, Warren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Calling hours are THURSDAY, Sept.19, 2019 from 4-7pm and Friday MORNING from 8:30-9:30am.

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  • Visitation

    September 19, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral & Memorial Services
    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, RI
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    September 19, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
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  • Second Visitation

    September 20, 2019 | 8:30am - 9:30am
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    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, RI
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    September 20, 2019
    8:30am - 9:30am
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  • Service

    September 20, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Thomas the Apostle Church
    500 Metacom Avenue
    Warren, RI
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    September 20, 2019
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Raymond Rossi

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Marj&Ray Rossi
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Chris Amann

So, so sorry for your loss. I'm driving down to RI tomorrow from Maine and hope to see you in the afternoon. Love, Cousin Chris
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Peggi LaTorre

There are no words to say to bring solace to you right now. I am so VERY SORRY for this to have happened! John brought so much love and happiness into your life, he was your rock!! May his soul rest in peace. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am here for you, always!!
Your forever friend...Peggi XOXO
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