August “Auggie” Arruda Jr., 79, of 74 Greylock Road, Bristol, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Judy H. (Henderson) Arruda, his wife of 28 years.
Born in Fall River, MA and a lifelong resident of Bristol, he was the son of the late August and Mary Alice (Freitas) Arruda Sr. Mr. Arruda was a Korean War veteran of the United States Navy, serving abroad the USS Pittsburgh. He was a 1952 graduate of Colt Memorial High School in Bristol, where he was the class president and chairman of the reunion committee for many years. He went on to graduate in 1958 from Bryant College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. A music educator for 59 years, he owned and operated Arruda Music Studio in Pawtucket and his accordion band was part of the New England Music Festival for many years.
Auggie was a communicant of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bristol and a life member of the Warwick Lodge of Elks, and he loved spending time working around his home and in his yard and gardens.
Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Deborah Arruda of Bristol and Valerie M. Arruda of Riverside; a grandson, Richard Arruda-Cavallaro of Seekonk, MA; four stepchildren, Wendy M. Hebert, Todd B. Hebert, Jennifer L. Dias and Jon P. Hebert; and 11 step-grandchildren.
Visiting hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., Bristol. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Requiem Eucharist Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 399 Hope St., Bristol. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Church – Capital Campaign Fund, P.O.Box 414, Bristol, RI 02809.
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