Joseph Almeida, 68, of Stonington, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Yale New Haven Hospital.
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Born on March 18, 1943, in the city of Ponta Delgada, on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, he was the son of the late Honorato and Aura (Calouro) Almeida.
At the age of five, Joe immigrated to the United States, settling in Stonington with his parents.
Joe graduated from Stonington High School in 1961, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Boxer and was honorably discharged in 1965. Returning to Stonington and after working several months as a commercial fisherman aboard the Carol & Dennis, Joe took a job as an electrician at Electric Boat, where he worked for 42 years until he retired as an electrical inspector.
In 2006, Joe was awarded the designation of Distinguished Shipbuilder, a recognition of people who have reached 40 years working their craft as shipbuilders. Joe had the unique experience of having received a heart transplant in 1999 and continued his life with a strong work ethic and close family ties. He was an avid reader and particularly enjoyed playing cribbage.
Joe is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Jessica Almeida, of Ledyard; his daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Mike Cook, of Pawcatuck; his sisters, Matilde (Tillie) Rezendes, of Pawcatuck, and Alvida Veit, of Stonington; his brother and sister-in-law, Jaime and Linda Almeida, of Deep River; grandchildren, Mercedes Birkbeck, and Samuel and Thomas Almeida; and his nephews, Mike and Ali Gencarelle, Brian and Dina Almeida, and Jason and Kelli Almeida.
Joe and his family have a special thanks for Yale New Haven Hospital, Dr. Lee and the heart transplant unit, the doctors and staff of Smilow Cancer Center and others, too numerous to mention, whose professionalism and kind care gave Joe added years to his life. Known for his kindness, Joe worked hard and lived simply.
Donations in Joe's memory may be made to Yale New Haven Hospital, Cardiac Unit, or Smilow Cancer Center, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510.
Funeral services are private, and there are no calling hours.
The family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
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Published in The Westerly Sun on Feb. 15, 2012