Silvestre Fortes

Date of Passing:

January 30, 2022

Silvestre Fortes “Bete,” 96, of Weeden Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 30, 2022. He was the beloved husband of Isabel (DeBarros) Fortes; they were married for 65 years.

Mr. Fortes was born in Brava, Cape Verde, a son of the late Manuel and Louisa (Rodrigues) Fortes. Bete spent his early years in Cape Verde working as a mason until 1977, when he immigrated to the United States with his wife. Once in the United States, they settled in Pawtucket and worked to bring all their children from Cape Verde to join them. He was a long-time employee of International Packing Company in Pawtucket, for whom he worked until retirement.

Bete was a known family man and everyone who knew him would say he was a devoted husband, a wonderful father and a great grandfather. There was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with his family. He had a special relationship with each and every one of his children, as well as his nephew Moses, who was like another son to him. Bete enjoyed fishing and was also an avid sports fan who especially enjoyed Boxing, Wrestling and Soccer. He was an easy-going man who never had a mean word to say about anyone. He was respected and loved by all and will be missed by his family and friends.

Besides his wife he leaves five sons: Manuel Fortes, David Fortes, John Fortes, Silvestre Fortes, Jr. and Robert Fortes; four daughters: Elisa Monteiro, Jacinta Monteiro Maria Fortes and Mariana Fortes; nineteen grandchildren: Joshua, Sandra, Stephanie, Diana, Johnny, Johnna, Jayden, Anayra, Mariah, Robert, Lilly, Dailyn, Danesha, Jenny Monteiro, Johnason Cardozo, Elijah and Janinha Prestly, Shanice and Damien Martins; six great-grandchildren: Javin Monteiro, Edvania Periera, Isabella and Elena Monroy, Arista and Gianna Fortes.
He was the brother of the late Constancia Fortes, Bernaldina Fortes Correia, Maria Fortes de Brito, Manuel Rodrigues Fortes and Jose Fortes.

His Funeral will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 7:30 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial in St.Martha’s Church, Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence at 9 AM. Burial will follow in Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling hours are Friday 5-8 PM.

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  1. Mariana I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  2. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this tough time. <3

  3. Those we love don’t go away,they walk besides us everyday,unseen,unheard but always near,so loved,so missed!
    Resp in paradise!

  4. What a blessing and privilege to have such a wonderful loving and devoted husband and father. He will live on through all of you. Peace be with him and all of you.

  5. Vasco&Lucy Costa .We are so sorry for your loss. We send our deepest condolences and love to the Forte family our prayers are with you

  6. Mariana, my sincere sympathy to you and to your family. Prayers to the family.

  7. Sincerest condolences to Nina, Justin and all of the Fortes family. He will always be with you in Spirit. ?

  8. The staff at the Brockton Branch of the Old Colony YMCA offer condolences to the family of the the late Mr. Silvestre Fortes- a beloved husband; loving father, inspirational grandfather & Great Grandfather and supportive Father in Law. To the family especially Joshua the special bond and love that existed between you and your grandfather will last forever .
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family .

  9. We’re deeply saddened to hear of your loss. May he Rest In Peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. You will be missed❤️

  11. Deeply sorry for your family’s loss
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a man of conviction and obvious love for his family. My deepest condolences.

  13. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the peace of God comfort and the love of God cover the Fortes family during their time of sorrow.

  14. My most sincere condolences to the Fortes family. My prayers are with you during this difficult and trying time. May he rest in eternal peace.

  15. Sending prayers to your and my condolences. Please know you’re in my thoughts ❤️?

  16. Papi ?

  17. My condolences and prayers for the family. He’s resting in peace with The Lord. May the peace of God be with each member of the family. God bless.

  18. I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. He is at peace with the Lord and with his family above.

  19. May the prayers be with your family.

  20. TO Titia Zabel and the family May God be with all of you on this time of your loss
    i want to let you know that was Loved by all us the family i will miss hiss him so much.
    Love and prayer to all the family
    Djedje and Shirley

  21. Sending my condolences to the Fortes family. Our prayers and though are with all the family always. May he Rest In Peace ????

  22. Blessing and healing to your family.
    He is with Lord enjoying eternity.
    praying ?? for your family.

  23. I am so saddened to hear about Silvestre passing. He was like a father to me, My heart and prayers go out to Isabel and the Fortes family. RIP Silvestre you will be missed.

  24. My deepest condolences to the Fortes family.

  25. I am so very sorry prayers are with you and family love gerriann

  26. I am so very sorry prayers are with you and family love gerriann

  27. My deepest condolences to the Fortes family. Bete will be missed, RIP

  28. To all Fortes family, our hearts are aching with the passing of the brother -in-law, uncle and friend that Bete was, our condolences to all of you, our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We’ll miss Bete very much. Zinha, Lexo and Dudui ???

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