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POQUOSON - Carl S. Ferreira, 80, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Charles and Elsie Ferreira. He spent his younger years in Hawaii then resided in California for approximately 18 years prior to moving to the Virginia Peninsula in 1973.
Mr. Ferreira graduated from St. Louis College in Honolulu and El Camino College in Los Angeles and majored in Business Management. He spent many of his young years as a musician, playing string bass, entertaining in Waikiki, Honolulu and Southern California. He played with many contemporary jazz and popular dance bands called: the Bluejays, Flamingos, Bop City Five, and Playboys. Music was always a very important part of his life and would provide experiences and memories to last him his lifetime.
Mr. Ferreira was employed at 6th US Army Headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco in the early 1970's then was promoted to the US Army Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Monroe, Virginia. His work took him to 36 US Army Installations across the USA. He retired from the federal service in 1986 as a Communications Manager.
Upon retirement, he became a Communications and Management Consultant. Later he was appointed Vice President to North American Telecommunications Inc. of Washington, DC. He eventually created his own company, Federal Communications, Inc., specializing in Government contracting of Army Installation Telephone systems. He was actively involved as the CEO and driving force for its success. The company held communications contracts nationwide and in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Ferreira also owned, along with his wife Bonnie, Carbo Enterprises, a real estate investment and management company established in 1974 which owned and managed up to 14 residential homes at one time.
He was an active member of the Poquoson Kiwanis, which he truly enjoyed, a member of Old Point Comfort Yacht Club, past Commodore of the Poquoson Yacht Club, and had been a member for many years with Toastmaster International, holding leadership positions as club president and Los Angeles Area Governor.
In his retired years, Mr. Ferreira became active in the community SHARE program coordinating food for the needy. He also served in several public positions. He was appointed as a Director on the Industrial Development Authority for the City of Poquoson. In addition, he was also appointed as a Director on the Virginia Peninsula's Workforce Investment Board which consisted of a consortium of the cities and counties in the Hampton Roads area. Its purpose is to provide training and development of job skills for the eventual employment of young, disabled, displaced, or unemployed people in the local job market.
Mr. Ferreira is survived by his wife, Bonnie Ferreira of Poquoson; stepson, Jeffrey Rhodes; grandchildren, Jessica Griololeit and her husband, Dwayne, Justin Rhodes of Hampton, and Jason Rhodes and his wife, April, of Warner Robins, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Shawn, Jared, Alissa, and Jacob.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, 3800 Big Bethel Rd., in Tabb, Va., by the Rev. Msgr. Robert Perkins. Cremation and interment in the church columbarium will occur at a later time.
The family wishes any memorial contributions be made to the Poquoson Fire and Rescue Squad, Poquoson, VA 23662 or the SHARE Program, c/o St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 3800 Big Bethel Rd., Tabb, VA 23693.
Arrangements are by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions in Hampton, 757-825-8070. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2012
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