Benito C. “Benny” Evangelista

Date of Passing:

July 22, 2022

Evangelista, Benito C., “Benny,” 86, of Hilton Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on July 22, 2022 at the Hope Health Hospice Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Delores J. (Gaglia) Evangelista.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Antonio and Filomena (Valenta) Evangelista, he lived in Riverside for 45 years.

Mr. Evangelista was a Foreman at Universal Optical for 31 years and Taco for 15 years.

Benny was a communicant of St. Brendan Church. He was a member of the Sons of Italy for many years.

Besides his wife of 51 years, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Dias and her husband Alan of East Providence and Kimberly Andsager and her husband Kenneth of Barrington; five grandchildren, Alex and Adam Dias, Daniel, Amanda and Luke Andsager and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Americo Evangelista, Marie Amador and Alba Cabral.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday July 26, 2022 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Monday 4-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Benny’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Sorry for your lose Ben will be missed you are in our prayers anything you need we are here Ben and Stacey Nadrowski

  2. Sorry to hear of bennys passing. I worked with him at universal optical back in the early 80s. Always enjoyed talking with him my condolences to the family.

  3. Benny you will be missed. I have great memories of us celebrating Daniel, Amanda and Luke’s christenings, birthdays and school graduations. You were a good grandpa.

  4. So sorry for your loss Delores and family. Benny was a great all around guy . Had many great times with him . RIP my friend.

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