Paul J. Aguiar

Date of Passing:

October 28, 2023

Paul J. Aguiar, 68, of Riverside, died unexpectedly on October 28, 2023 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Michelle K. (Foraker) Aguiar for 49 years.

Born in Fall River, MA, Paul was the son of Marguerite (LaForest) Aguiar of Tiverton and the late Edward Aguiar. Paul lived in Riverside for 38 years and was a shell fisherman for 53 years.

Paul was a member of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and of the Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association. Throughout his life Paul volunteered in a Bible education work and in disaster relief efforts around the United States. He enjoyed shell fishing, traveling with his wife, spending time with his family and friends, and cooking.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife; his mother, Marguerite Aguiar; a brother, Michael Aguiar; a sister, Jeannine Dansereau and her husband Nathan; two sons, Christopher P. Aguiar and Tyler E. Aguiar; a daughter, Melanie K. Foti; four grandchildren, Lola Hache, Marley Foti, Hunter Hache and the late Finn Hache.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 475 Forbes Street, Riverside, RI on November 11, 2023 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to

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  1. Walter and I were shocked and saddened by Paul’s death. A fellow shell fisherman and spiritual brother, Walter has great memories and stories of Paul back in their younger days that bring a smile to his face. What a strong, caring personality. Our sympathies to Mickey and to their children. He will be missed until we reunite with him in Paradise.

  2. If you knew Paul, you were blessed. You know how truly “one of a kind” he was.
    You knew where he stood. Where you stood with him.
    What he thought.
    He didn’t mince words.
    He didn’t care about titles, or leverage.
    Paulie cared about people; all people.
    He cared about his family, his spiritual family, his friends & neighbors, the ocean he earned his living from, the health of Narragansett Bay..
    His faith in the promises in scripture about the blessed future for our beautiful earth & oceans fed Paulie’s faith in a better tomorrow.
    We will miss you, but we know we will see you soon, Pal 💕

  3. It was very sad to hear of Paul’s passing. May the memories of him stay in all our hearts n may we all be there for his family
    I’ll always remember his smiling face.

  4. My sympathy to Michelle and family. Paul was part of a group of our friends growing up who always kept in touch with all of us. We recently enjoyed reminiscing of the “good old days” and everyone’s whereabouts. He was always very personable and kind with lots of friends. Until we meet again. Sending prayers and ❤️ to the family.

  5. My condolences to Paul’s wife and family. I have not seen Paul in many years but remember him as a young man and part of our group of friends. He was always so very nice.
    So very sorry for your loss,

    Joyce Holloway Criscuolo

  6. Mickey and Family,

    The news reached us quickly here in Maine. And surly too, as all of Paul’s many many friend’s learned of this great sadness, they too first thought of you and their wish to be right there beside you all, comforting you and reminding you of Paul’s grand mission in life, the memories you have, and truly the promise of what the future holds in store for us all!
    From our early days back with Paul in the Warren Congregation, right down to just weeks ago in Riverside…the Martin family were just so happy to see you all again in the company of many an old friend! Reminiscing of days many moons ago!
    Please do know that our hearts and our prayers are with your entire family.
    May Jehovah’s spirit and his people envelop you with the care you need.
    We love you all.
    Our sincerest of condolences!

  7. Very sad to hear about Paul’s passing. My wife and I lived opposite Paul and Mickie on the terrace for 5 years. They were wonderful neighbors. Paul was always so kind and generous with his time, and was helpful to us on numerous occasions as well as always having a friendly smile and a kind word.
    Deepest sympathies to Mickie and the children.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Paul is a “stand up” guy in my book. Always a straight shooter with me. That man is a man amongst boys. He always told me the truth and never bent the truth. I respect him and look forward to seeing him in the future. Also did a fantastic job on my roof. Still looking good 25 years later.

  9. So very sad to hear of Pauls passing. Have many great memories of times spent shell fishing, camping and eating. So very sorry for your loss may his memory be a blessing.

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