Gloucester MA — Alcides "Al" Padre, 90, husband of the late Julia Francis Padre, passed away on June 6. He was born in Ilhavo, Portugal, and was the son of the late Jose and Maria (Tourega) Padre. At an early age, he immigrated to the United States, and began fishing aboard several Gloucester commercial vessels.
During World War II, Al enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in the Asiatic-Pacific campaigns. He was a gunner on the LST 64 and received several medals as well as a Distinguished Service Commendation for manning the guns on the U.S.S. William Dean Howells to protect the U.S. convoy from heavy enemy attacks. He was very proud to have served this country, and upon returning from the war gained his U.S. citizenship.
As a self-employed carpenter, Al built many homes in the Cape Ann area. He also worked as a mason and machinist. Al was a creative and truly talented man, a “Jack of All Trades” and a generous person, always willing to lend a helping hand to his friends and family placing everyone ahead of himself. He was an avid reader, could play several musical instruments, and enjoyed organic gardening, photography, and toy making.
He is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Alicia Padre, Jane and David Cusick, Linda and Richard Guarrasi, and Judith and Gerard McKinnon; granddaughters, Amanda Ferrari and her husband, Robert Jr., and Joanna McKinnon; a sister, Maria Carrancho; godchildren, John Padre Jr. and Sandra Silva; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
In addition to his wife and his parents, Al was predeceased by his brother, John Padre, and his sister, Rose Leal.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m., in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. A visiting hour will precede the funeral Mass on Wednesday, from 8 to 9 a.m., in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. The burial will be held privately in Calvary Cemetery following the Mass.
Kindly omit flowers. Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.