Joan Shovelton

Date of Passing:

March 26, 2019

Shovelton, Joan, 84, of, “Harborview”, Pawtucket Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on March 26, 2019. She was the wife of the late Albert F. Shovelton.

Born in Fall River, MA a daughter of the late Manuel and Rose (Carreiro) Silvia, she lived in Riverside for 49 years.

Mrs. Shovelton was a teacher at St. Brendan School for 40 years before retiring in 2005. She also taught in the City of Fall River School System. She was a graduate of the Catholic Teachers College and attended Salve Regina College.

Joan was communicant of St. Brendan Church where she was a member of the Bell and Vocal Choir. She also was a volunteer at the St. Brendan Church Bizarre. A sports enthusiast, she also enjoyed spending time with members of the St. Brendan Church Parish.

She is survived by a son, Brian A. Shovelton of Riverside. She was the sister of the late Mary Wilhelm, Rose Barbosa and Manuel Silvia.

Her Funeral will be held on Tuesday April 2, 2019 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 5-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Joan’s memory to St. Brendan Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside, RI 02915 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Aunt Joan
    Thinking of you on this 1 year of your passing(3-26-2020)
    Love you
    Your Niece

  2. deeply saddened to read of Joan’s passing. She and I attended Mt. St. Mary’s in Fall River. Joan was a bridesmaid in my wedding. As a wedding gift she gave us a beautiful crucifix which to this day I look at and remember her. She had such a sense of humor and was loved by all. Sorry to say we lost contact many years ago. rest in peace beautiful Joan.

  3. With deepest sympathies to you Brian and to Joan’s family. I will always remember Joan as a formidable colleague as well as a wonderful woman. So sweet and kind. We shared many laughs together. Joan’s faith followed her everywhere. RIP Joan.

  4. I will always remember,Joan, as a cheerful, caring and very knowledgeable teacher. It was a pleasure to work with her whenI was principal at St Brendan’s. She was an inspiration to all. With fond memories, Albie Goss

  5. Rest in Peace Joan. You were a wonderful teacher and always asked about our family when we met. You were such a caring person. Condolences to Brian who went to St. Brendans with my daughter Michelle. Your mom will surely be missed.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to you Brian on the loss of your mother. Sincerely, Your cousins Kathy (Meagher) MPhee and Maureen (Meagher) Souza

  7. Joan a wonderful Lady and a great teacher. You will be missed by many.

  8. Our thoughts prayers go out to Brian and Joan’s family. Joan was a wonderful person and a pleasure to know. RIP Joan. You are now back with Al.

  9. My sincere sympathy to Brian and to Joan’s family. I have happy memories of Joan ever since she taught my children at Saint Brendan school. Every time that I saw her since then she always asked for updates on them .She was a kind caring person and I will miss seeing her in the choir. Rest in peace Joan as you join your beloved Al in heaven

  10. Joan, May you Rest In Peace as you reunite with Al. So many years of friendship with wonderful memories. Ron & Roni Procopio

  11. Beautiful lady always with a smile on your face and kind words always.God has called you home.Please say hello to Al now you and he will resume watching jeopardy and your snack as you’ve always done.R.I.P.Dear friend.

  12. Joan it was our pleasure to be friends with you,you always asked how Patricia was.You and Al will always be in our Prayers.Keep singing with all the angels and Saints Love H&P

  13. R.I.P. Joan, we will keep you in our prayers.

  14. Joan, you will be greatly missed. Our choir family won’t be the same without you. Rest in peace with your love and our God in heaven.

  15. Sincere condolences to the family. May you find the words at Revelation 21:4 comforting, knowing that in the very near future God’s promises regarding pain and suffering will be gone. Respectfully,

  16. Joan I am going to miss you so much. You always made feel so welcomed to be a new member of our choir. You will always have a special place in my heart. RIP Joan. ❤

  17. My deepest sympathies to Joan’s family. I am a parishioner at St. Brendan’s Church and have enjoyed seeing her in the choir. She will be sadly missed.

  18. Joan will forever be missed. Singing with her has been my honor. She was always full of fun. I know she will be singing in heaven with her beloved husband. Love you Joan.

    Flo O’Connell

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