Donald T. Fernandes

Date of Passing:

November 7, 2017

Fernandes, Donald T., 62, of Maple Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on November 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Albert C. and Rita (Hammond) Fernandes, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. Fernandes was a Staff sergeant for the Army National Guard of Rhode Island for 29 years before retiring in 2008.

Donald was a communicant of St. Brendan Church. He was a member of the Riverside American Legion Post #10. A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted New England Patriots fan.

He is survived by a daughter, Laura J. Fernandes and her companion Christopher Finona of Riverside; a sister, Margaret M. McAteer and her husband Arthur of Warren; two granddaughters Desiree and Alyssa and three nieces. He was the brother of the late Albert Fernandes.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 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 10:00 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday at 5-8 p.m.

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  1. Condolences to the Fernandes family. I served with Don for many years in the RIARNG. RIP.

  2. I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Fernandes family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29) and the renewed Paradise earth, where death is an enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26) that will very soon be eliminated forever, and no family will mourn the death of a loved one (Revelation 21:3,4). This promise has been given by Almighty God Jehovah (Psalms 83:18). Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It’s a reality though for God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). For more comforting and encouraging scriptures on the resurrection, please visit

  3. To the Fernandes family. Don and I grew up together but it’s been many, many years since we last saw each other. Don was such a gentleman and such a wonderful friend. Please know that you all and Don are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Don.

  4. Laura. I am so sorry. I never even knew he was sick. I still love you Laura and you will always be my step daughter. If you need me please call. Love Lynder

  5. To the Fernandes Family, May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Don. Jeanne & Earle Farrar

  6. Everyone in the Maple Neighborhood knew and liked Don.
    He was quick with a smile and a friendly wave.
    Always willing to lend a hand even when he was battling illness.
    Don loved his perch up in the “crow’s nest” and feeding the birds who visited him there!
    We will all miss you and hold your memory dear!

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