Salvatore Ferrara

Date of Passing:

November 18, 2022

Ferrara, Salvatore, 84, (Ret. Lt. EPFD) of Breeze Way, Riverside, died peacefully on November 18, 2022 at the Hope Health Hospice Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Mary Jane (Ryan) Ferrara.

Born in Bristol, a son of the late Matthew and Lena (Rapoza) Ferrara, he lived in Riverside for 64 years.

Mr. Ferrara was a member of the East Providence Fire Department for 28 years before retiring as a Lieutenant in 1995.

Salvatore was a member of the East Providence Firefighters Beneficial Association and the Firefighters Retiree’s Association.

He enjoyed working on his antique truck, making model ships, golfing, playing the French horn in marching bands and spending time with his loving grandchildren.

Mr. Ferrara served in the Rhode Island National Guard for 8 years.

Besides his wife of sixty four years, he is survived by a daughter, Joanne O’Brien and her husband John of Rumford, two sons, William S. Ferrara and his wife Anna of East Providence and Steven M. Ferrara and his wife Paula of Rehoboth, MA; two sisters, Ellen Fennelly of Bristol and Julia Izbicki of Bristol and seven grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Matthew, Robert and Frank Ferrara.

A private funeral service will be held in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Salvatore’s memory to the East Providence Firefighters Beneficial Association, P. O. Box 4966, Rumford, RI 02916 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Ferrara, my condolences to the Ferrara family in this difficult time. I have fond memories of Mr. Ferrara building a boat in the backyard on Breezeway, and as a young boy was amazed to see someone with the skills to build a boat, and was lucky enough to have him take us for a ride in that boat. Rest in Peace.

  2. I worked with Teddy at Franklin Printing in the early 60’s when we became good friends. Many years later Teddy and his brothers came back to Drum and Bugle Corps as valued musicians in the Generations Alumni Corps where we enjoyed many memorable occasions with our families. I will miss seeing him at Friday night dinner’s with His wife at the Common Pub.
    Rest In Peace my friend!

  3. My condolences to the family. Sal was a pleasure to work with, a true gentleman, a class act, and a firefighter you could look up to and learn from. He painted my brother’s house and the neighbors all told my brother how quiet, neat, and professional the crew was. Rest in peace brother!

  4. MaryJane and family
    My sincere condolences at this sad time.

  5. My deepest sympathies to the entire family. He was a gentle soul.

  6. Rest in peace my old friend.

  7. My sincere condolences to the entire family. I was fortunate to have known Sal. We painted houses back in the 70’s and had lots of fun mixed in with the work. We also worked together at Station #2 in Riverside. He will be missed

  8. To the Ferrara family, I worked with Sal both on the job and painting houses. He was one of the nicest guys I’ve known. May he rest in peace.

  9. Mary Jane -My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this most difficult time.

  10. To the Ferrara family. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. My husband has many memories with the Ferrara boys from school, drum bands. Will keep you in our prayers

  11. Mary Jane, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love,Thelma

  12. To Steve and the Ferrara Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Sal’s passing.
    We worked together on the fire department. He was a good worker, a good union man, and a real nice guy. My condolences to you all.

  13. Aunt Jane, Joanne, Billy and Stephen, we are so sad to hear about the passing of Uncle Teddy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. All the brothers are together making music in heaven. Our love to you all! Mike & Wendy

  14. Sal was a great firefighter who taught the young firefighters important life lessons back in the day. Still used now. I also had the privilege to work with him off the job painting houses. Good times.
    You will be missed ;( 🙏 🧑🏻‍🚒
    My heart filled condolences to the family.

  15. Sal was from the old school firefighter era! He was a good, decent & friendly man. Rest In Peace brother

  16. Sal was a great man, a good Union man and someone I considered a frien. My condolences to the entire zferrsrs. Family

  17. To the entire Ferrara family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. We had a special group on Breeze Way and the memories I have I will forever cherish. To lose Dad and “Chief” is unimaginable. Love to all of you

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