Eugene Amaral

Date of Passing:

January 18, 2023

Eugene Amaral formally of East Providence, and currently residing in West Greenwich for the past 20 years, died peacefully at Hope Health Hospice Center on January 18, 2023. He was born on June 5, 1934 in East Providence, RI to Anthony and Anna (Mattos) Amaral. He was preceded by his beloved wife of 15 years, Gail Smith Amaral, and brother Walter. He was previously married to Barbara Berkiel. Gene graduated from St. Raphael Academy and received a track scholarship to attend Providence College, where he graduated in 1956. He proudly served in the US Army and Air Force Reserves.

Gene had a distinguished career in business. He served as the Director for Procurement for MCI and was part of the team that submitted and received approval for the first cellular license issued by the FCC. He also worked as the Purchasing Agent for Gilbane Building Company.

Gene believed in giving back to his community and was an original member of the East Providence Housing Authority, where he served as Chairman: his was an active member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, the Men of St. Joseph, and served as a Communicate at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Exeter. He volunteered in the prison ministry program at the ACI. Gene also enjoyed golf, fishing, water color painting, and woodworking. He served as President of the Ocean Wood Turners.

Gene was the beloved father of Thomas A. Amaral (Jo-Anne Boushell), Paul J. Amaral, Leslie J.
Parente (Richard Parente) and Gregory M. Amaral. He was blessed to be the grandfather of Danielle Fontaine, Chelsea Dreyer, along with Jessica Amaral, Alexandria Amaral, Jillian Amaral, Aaron Amaral and Grace and Jay Parente. He was the great grandfather of Shay Fontaine.

His Funeral will be held on Wednesday January 25, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 84 Exeter Road, Exeter at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence. Calling hours are Tuesday 5-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Gene’s memory to South County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 68, Shannock, RI 02875 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. We met as freshmen at Providence College in Sept of 1952 and remained friends all these years with never a bad moment He was a friend and confidant and I will miss his humor

  2. Just heard about f your beloved father’s passing.I am sorry for your loss. Condolences to you snd family and prayers for the peaceful repose in heaven for your dad.God bless🌺

  3. Paul, so sorry to hear your dad passed. Sending my deepest condolences.

  4. To my dear brother Paul and family
    We’re so sorry for your loss and we send our deepest condolences to you and your family you know you are in our hearts and we’re praying for you and your family God will cover you strengthen you with this times God bless you brother

  5. Tom, sending you, Jo-Anne and the entire Amaral family our deepest sympathy, love and prayers. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man who led a full and meaningful life.

  6. Paul my condolences to you and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ellen-Ann

  7. So sorry my friend for your loss my friend. I didn’t really know him but if he was anything like you my brother he was a great guy. May the Peace of JESUS CHRIST BE UPON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BRO! LUV YA ALL 💔☝️B 💪…PAUL

  8. Tom, Paul, and your entire family…..we are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all….David & Beth Crowley

  9. Lynn and I are praying for you and your families comfort from the One who comforts all during this time of sadness and loss. God bless you.

  10. Gonna miss u dearly,it’s a shame that he passed away he was a magnificent person Ed und will be deeply missed.

  11. Paul, We are so sorry about your dad. He is in a better place and sounds like he was a very generous, kind and caring man.

    Jim and Kris Rose

  12. Paul and Family,
    Linda and I send our prayers and love to the Amaral family. We pray to Jesus and know He will comfort in this time.
    God Bless,
    Allen & Linda Winter

  13. One of the best neighbors you could ask for. You will be greatly missed. Truly wonderful man.

  14. I am very sorry for your loss. I knew Gene from our Upper Room Bible Study group at St. Joseph’s and he was a very nice man. He had stories for us from time to time that were very inspirational and encouraging. We will miss him! I hope you can take comfort in your memories of him.

  15. Tom, Paul and family – I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  16. Our sincere condolences to the Amaral family on the passing of of Mr. Amaral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    John and Kim Crowley

  17. Tom and Paul – We are very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Paul and Michelle

  18. Very sorry for your loss. Know that he is in a better place and looking over the rest of his family.

  19. I knew you for only a short time. Enjoyed seeing you in Church and your company. You will be missed.

  20. Paul, we are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Wonderful Father. Please know we are keeping you and your family in our prayers. We are with you ❤️ Much love, Sid & Naomi

  21. Sending condolences to the Amaral family on the passing of your beloved father. Gene was a friend to many, and had a great positive impact on his community, from EP to South County. He will be greatly missed.

  22. Tom, Paul, and family,

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your Dad. Sending love, light, and prayers.

  23. Extending our deepest sympathy to our brother Paul and the family. Praying that the peace of God will surround and sustain them in their time of grief. With love from Impact Center Providence Church.

  24. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they morn the loss of Gene!

  25. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family🙏🏼❤️

  26. My sincerest condolences to the family. Gene will be sorely missed. I pray for him and all his loved ones on this very sad day.

  27. Prayers for you and your family, Paul! A tough loss…

  28. Thinking and praying for you 🙏

  29. So sorry for your loss. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  30. Paul we send our condolences to you and your family. We pray our father in Heaven would bind the wounds of your broken hearts and comfort you all in the days to come as you mourn the separation from your beloved father.

  31. Sorry for your loss. Such an amazing holy man.

  32. The Beach family sends thier condolences brother Paul.

  33. We’ll miss you Gene and God bless you. You were surely a “Good and faithful servant” of the Lord.
    Condolence’s to the Family

  34. Sorry for such a great loss. He was truly a wonderful man of God and a true servant of Christ. He will be greatly missed.

  35. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  36. Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Praying for you and your family.

  37. Sorry to hear this. I knew him from a few Upper Room meetings I attended
    in the past. Peace to him.

  38. My deepest sympathy at this very sad time.
    Carol Martin (retired from Dr. Cardenas’ office)

  39. I am sorry to hear this. Gene & I go back 25 yrs . I pray for him . I also Pray for Gail & Roland whom are also missed .

  40. So sorry to hear of your Father’s passing, he was a big part of our Upper Room Prayer Group at St. Joseph’s Church in Hope Valley 🙏 💙

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