Joseph Andrew Arruda, 57, Bristol

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Joseph Andrew Arruda, 57, died suddenly in Hadley, Mass., on Thursday morning, May 22, 2014. He was the loving husband of Denise (Johnson) Arruda.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph E and Shirley (Miller) Arruda.

Joe was happiest while fishing and boating with family and friends in the waters of the East Bay and Monterey, Calif. He loved to cook for others, sing with his band of friends, host family Christmas parties and play with his grandchildren. Joe was universally known for his unconditional love of family and friends.

Joe worked in sales and marketing management for Northeast Utilities Co and Western Mass Electric. He was a dedicated volunteer member and past president of Save Bristol Harbor, a non-profit organization dedicated to the coastal waters of Bristol.

Joe was the father of Jenna Arruda, a medical student in Burlington, Vt.; Joseph Arruda, a cook in Bristol, and Christopher Arruda of Bristol. He was a proud Papa to Aiden (5), Lilly (3) and Hunter (8 months). Joe leaves behind two brothers, Andrew Arruda of Warren and Dr. James Arruda of Pace, Fla.

Arrangements were with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where family received friends, Tuesday, May 27. The Funeral was held Wednesday, May 28, in St Michael’s Church, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Save Bristol Harbor, PO Box 242, Bristol, RI 02809.

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