The Obit For William Tavares

William J. Tavares, Warren, 82 2/9/2010

William J. “Harpo” Tavares, 82, of Coomer Avenue, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at Rhode Island Hospital, surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of Jacqueline (La Rocque) Tavares. They were married for 56 years. A lifelong Warren resident he was a son of the late Manuel and Mary (Medeiros) Tavares.

He served as Public Works Director for the Town of Warren for many years before retiring in 1988. He was an avid shellfisherman who loved Narragansett Bay. As a sophomore at Warren High School he was the starting catcher that led the team to the 1945 Baseball State Championship.

He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and played with them and the Boston Braves farm system from 1947 to 1949. He also played baseball for the Army in West Germany where he served with the Military Police.

He was a member of the American Legion Post # 104.

Besides his wife he has two sons, James Tavares and his wife Valerie of Warren, Paul Tavares and his wife Kathi of Bristol; two daughters, Nancy Romano and her husband Raymond of Warren, and Jane Tavares and her companion John Shinigoi of Bristol; he leaves ten grandchildren, Maya and Kyle Tavares, Chris, Matt and Michala Romano, Zach and Chloe Silva, Karina, Mark and Alexys Tavares; and two great grandchildren, Chris and Caden Romano.

He was the father of the late William J. Tavares Jr.

He was also the brother of the late Albert, Lawrence, Manuel, and Joseph Tavares, Laura Pinheiro, Alice Pozzi and Mary Nunes.

Visitation is Friday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m., in the Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home, 615 Main St., Warren. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church on Main Street in Warren. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery on Vernon Street, Warren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Warren Rescue or the American Red Cross.