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“Manny will be dearly missed by all of us Who worked with him over the years. Millie was truly a very special person whose life in focus was on...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: James Benedict - Narragansett, RI

“Dear Helen and Family:We were so sorry to hear of your Family's loss. Manny was one of the finest men I have ever known. He was a true Union Leader...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Tom Coffey - Foster, RI

“Manny Sousa, you were a mentor and a true friend. You changed my life in many positive ways. I will always remember you with a smile on my face and a...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Manny was a true friend that changed my life and so many others for the better. May you rest in peace. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Edward DiPrete Jr - KILLEEN, TX

“Manny was a good man and a good friend. I spent many years with him doing Union work. He always put his family and workers first. I also got to know...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Ken Lantagne - Warwick, RI

“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.Joe & Donna Silvia ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Manny Sousa was a good man--a huge understatement. He worked hard, effectively, and with vision to quickly see all sides of a problem or dispute, and...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Edward DiPrete - Cranston, RI


Manuel F. Sousa, 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, September 29, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Annable) Sousa.

Prior to moving to Swansea, he was born and raised in Bristol, RI. He was a Navy Veteran serving during the Korean War. He devoted his life to his family and his remarkable career in the labor movement which included President Kennedy sending him to Brazil in an exchange of labor leaders in 1962. He also rallied alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Walter Reuther for the March on Washington for Civil Rights in 1963. Mr. Sousa worked for organized labor for 47 years, being elected to his first position in 1955 with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in New York. In 1968 he began working for the Rhode Island Textile Union and later served as Area Director of Organizing for the Hospital Workers of 1199. He retired in 2001 from the Laborers' International Union of North America, retiring as Business Manager of Local Union 1322 and Executive Board Member of the RI Laborer's District Council. He was also a long time Executive Board Member of the RI AFL-CIO.

Besides his wife he is survived by his devoted children James Sousa of Swansea, Manuel (Chip) Sousa of Swansea, Sharon Sousa of Bristol and daughter in law Darcie Palazzo of Bristol. He was the grandfather of Joshua and Joseph Sousa of Riverside RI. He is survived by brothers Raymond Falcoa and Herculano (Okie) Falcoa and sisters' in law Suzanne Falcoa and Donna Falcoa of Bristol. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, October 3rd, 3 – 6 PM at the George Lima Funeral Home 367 High Street, Bristol with a Prayer Service starting at 6 PM. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to: Compassionate Care Hospice 248 East Chestnut Hill Rd Suite 4 Newark DE 19713.

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