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“Dear Alvanas Family: Just wanted to express my sympathy for your recent loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: David Alexander - Clifton Park, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Frankie was a wonderful man.My memories of him, and there are many, are very...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Donna (Ferris) Groff - RI

“Dear Alvanas Family, I got know Frank from living at Ferris`s. He was always plastering a ceiling or at the fire station.But he will be remembered...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Jim & Shelly Delaney - Middletown, RI

“We will mourn Frank's passing. He was a very important part of the Portuguese Club for so many years. Frank was an active and involved member, and...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Everett Correia, President, Portsmouth Portuguese American Citi - RI

“Dear Alvanas Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Rob & Ranae DeSantis - Los Gatos, CA

“Chris and family, All of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We feel lucky to have you as a colleague...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Daniels - Harvard, MA

“We are deeply saddened by your loss and pray that God will give you comfort in such a difficult time. Best wishes, Katia and Jason Parker ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Katia Parker - Portsmouth, RI

“Way back when in the mid 70's, Frank Alvanas was one of the leaders of CYO activities, as a coach, mentor, adult friend, and good guy. I cannot even...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Alexander - Portsmouth, RI

“Dear Alvanas Family, Please accept my deepest sympathies regarding the loss of your dad and know that many will be praying for all of you during...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff Moniz - Ft. Myers, FL

“Dear Chris, Bruce and families, My sincere condolences on the loss of your dad and grandfather. How lucky he was, though, to have had such a great...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Marie Twomey - Middletown, RI

“To the Alvanas family my deepest sympathy my thoughts are with you at this sad time in all your lives. Mrs. Louise Hebert ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Louise Hebert - Portsmouth, RI

“Dear Bruce, Elizabeth, Kyle, Evan and family, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lorrie, Tim, Reid, Kyle...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Lorrie Burns - portsmouth, RI

“Dear Bruce & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. May you find peace in each other and in the celebration of his life. You are in my...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Megan Buchanan - Newport, RI

“Dear Bruce & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sorrowful time. With Sympathy & Love, Laura & Greg Rabenold ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Laura & Greg Rabenold - RI

“Chris and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts will be with you. Cheryl ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Cheryl Colombo - Lowell, MA

“Bruce & Family, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Cindy & Mikey G ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Mike & Cindy Grzechowiak - RI

“Dear Eric and Tracy, I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all of the...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Candace Caproni Daniels - york, SC

“Chris and family, My sympathy to you and your family. You know how special your dad was to us here at Sakonnet. My prayers are with you and your...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Darlene Santos - tiverton, RI

“To the Alvanas family, I extend to you my deepest sympathy. I hope that you find comfort in each other and your friends. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Lois Miller - Portsmouth, RI, RI

“Chris, Bruce and the rest of the Alvanas family. I was sorry to see Mr. Alvanas' obituary. Although I had not seen him in a number of years but I...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Skip McAloon - New Orleans, RI


Middletown, RI - Frank Jesse Alvanas, 71, of 333 Green End Avenue, Middletown, RI, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, surrounded by his family at Newport Hospital

He was the former husband of Jean (Sanches) Alvanas.

Born in Portsmouth, RI on September 29, 1937, he was the son of Mary (Raposa) Alvanas of Middletown, RI and the late Manuel J. Alvanas.

Mr. Alvanas was a fireman for the Portsmouth Fire Department joining in July of 1972 and retiring January 22, 1986. He also worked at Raytheon Corp and had been a self employed plaster all his life. He was a member of the Portsmouth Portuguese American Club and the Portsmouth Fireman's Association he was also a CYO director at St. Barnabas Church. Frank, also coached little league with the kids.

He is survived by his children, Christopher M. Alvanas, Bruce Alvanas and Eric Alvanas all of Portsmouth, RI and Stephanie Peterman of Colorado Springs, CO, his brother Stephen Alvanas of Knoxville, TN, and his grandchildren Dustin M. Alvanas, Cassidy J. Alvanas, Kyle A. Alvanas, Evan J. Alvanas, Alexis J. Alvanas and Andrew J. Alvanas all of Portsmouth, RI and Hailey K. Peterman and Christopher M. Peterman of Colorado Springs, CO.

He was the brother of the late Manuel Alvanas and Josephine Tiffault.

His funeral will be held on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 9:00am from the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth.

Burial with Military Honors, will be in St. Columba's Cemetery in Middletown.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2009, from 2-4 and 7-9 in the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Portsmouth Ambulance Fund, PO Box 806, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

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