Charles Paiva

Charles Paiva, born February 27, 1921 on a farm in Swansea, MA. to Joseph and Mary Paiva (both deceased), he was one of 11 children. He was pre-deceased by his sisters: Laura, Natalie, and Mary; and by his brothers: Tom, Joseph (killed in the Korean war), and Robert. He grew up on the farm in Swansea and considered himself "just a farm boy". He was a young entrepreneur selling vegetables, wood and delivering newspapers. He played football, enjoyed ice skating and hockey and took part in school plays leaving school after eleventh grade to work in a diner as a short order cook. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 and because of his restaurant experience was assigned as a cook and became a mess/staff sergeant. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory World War II Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Legion of Honor Battle Star for Northern France. After the war he worked a variety of jobs as a cook, in cable manufacturing and started several businesses: the Swan Dinette, had a seasonal popcorn trailer and conducted real estate purchases and sales until working for Rosa's Market, Anna's fathers grocery store in 1947 and meeting then marrying Anna daRosa on Sept. 6 1948. After purchasing and then selling Rosa's Market in Warren, RI they moved to DeLand, Florida in 1956. He worked several odd jobs including yard work, butchering for Winn-Dixie and as an office supply salesman at Alan-White Office Supply before venturing into real estate development. He bought and sold land, orange groves, built houses and built the hardware store Paiva's Discount Supply in DeLand and the Terra Alta Mobile Home Park in Orange City. He "retired" and began an active life of volunteerism and community service including: prison ministry at state and local prisons for over 25 years, served as an arbitrator for the State Attorney's Office, 7th Judicial circuit court district in the Community Arbitrator Program, participated in the Holy Name Society and coordinated the pall bearers for funerals at St. Peter's Catholic church for numerous years. He was involved with Cursillo and Kairos retreats, and Ultreya. He helped many individuals in his lifetime across all walks of life. He was true to his convictions and wrote several letters to political leaders and newspapers to voice his concerns over issues that especially impacted the future lives of his family and others. He enjoyed varied activities including: fishing, digging clams, crabbing, golfing, walking, gardening, farming, music, traveling, watching football, card games, playing practical jokes, telling jokes, attending daily mass when able, reciting a daily rosary and spending time/celebrations with his beloved friends and family. He passed away at home under the care of hospice Tuesday, January 14, 2014 with family present. He is survived by his wife Anna, married 65 years, two sisters Marina Orosz, Swansea, MA; Jean Mullensky, Somerset, MA; and brother Frank Paiva, Swansea, MA; Sister-in-law - Francisca daRosa Proulx; Children - Richard (Aida) Paiva, Ray (Beth) Paiva, Russell Paiva, Ralph (Zoe) Paiva, Roberta Paiva-Lawrence (partner Jerry Yarbrough); Grandchildren – Charles Paiva (Heather), Courtnay Brumback (Ryan), Mary Kennedy (Neil), Julie Turgeon (Sean), Ryan Paiva (Hala), Kelly Rapanaro (Rex), Sarah Bourne (Ashley), Jason Paiva (Natalie), Colby Paiva (Toni); Great-grandchildren – Noah and Katelyn Brumback, John, Ben, and Lucy Kennedy, Jonas Turgeon, Caleigh and Josephine Bourne, Olivia and Dominic Rapanaro and Matthew Paiva; and other nieces, nephews and extended family who reside in New England, NC and Florida. Above all he loved the Virgin Mary, God, his family and friends, telling jokes and football. The wake service will be held today (Friday, January 17th, 2014) at Lankford Funeral Home from 6 pm to 8 pm. The funeral service and mass will be held Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at St. Peter's Catholic Church at 1:30 pm with Fr. Ortiz officiating. Interment at DeLand Memorial Gardens will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Kairos, Area 4, P.O. Box 635, DeLand, FL 32721; and the food pantry at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 359 W. New York Ave. DeLand, FL 32720. You are invited to share your memories with the family at


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Lankford Funeral Homes & Crematory
220 E. New York Ave. Deland, FL 32724
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 17, 2014