Freeman M. Soares

Freeman M. Soares October 15, 1935 – November 23, 2016.

Freeman was called home at the age of 81, on November 23, 2016 in North Port, Florida; after a short period of failing health. Born in Fox Point (Providence) RI, from the Cape Verdean community. Freeman was the son of the late Manuel Soares and Antonia Ramos and the youngest of 9 children, 7 sisters and 3 brothers who have preceded him home; Freeman is survived by his brother, Serafin (Nutch) Evora. Married to Pauline (Paula) for 58 years and the father of 2 sons, the late Derek F. Soares and Duane (Donnie) Soares and wife Carmen M. He leaves a host of grand and great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Soares dedicated his entire life giving to his Family and Community, advocating for Civil Rights, working at, Progress for Providence, RI Plan, OIC, the Host for the Television Show “Look Here”, The Lockwood Plaza housing manager and received numerous community and statewide awards and citations from Governors, Mayors and other Distinguished Men and Woman. Mr. Soares was employed by the State of Rhode Island, as a Senior Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer. After retiring to Florida, Freeman continued his love and advocacy toward civil rights and mankind in the city of North Port. Viewing will be held on Saturday December 3, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00noon followed by Special Services. All Family and Friends are Welcome. Services will be held at Butterfield Funeral Home 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI. In Lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.

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Mr. & Mrs Manuel S. Rose - 11/30/2016

Paula and Donnie we so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time difficult time. He will be missed.

Stephen. Andrade - 11/30/2016

My Condolences To the family.

Mr. & Mrs John Anthony Colebut - 12/01/2016

Sorry for your loss, He was my cool uncle"

Richard Schneider - 12/01/2016

Mr Soares was a gentleman that I always respected and admired and although we didn't always agree I havwPgve many fond memories.

Ms. Faye M. McCray - 12/01/2016

To the family of Mr. Soares please know that I am sorry for your loss. He was an asset to humanity..

Anthony J. Agostinelli - 12/01/2016

Freeman: I learned so much from you and your dedication to social justice; I will always remember you, the stories of activism, and "The Fearless Fifty". May your soul rest in peace, Amen! Tony Agostinelli

Nelson Spencer - 12/01/2016

Sorry for your loss.

Robert, Renee and Yhonna Bailey - 12/01/2016

Aunt Paula and Donnie, our condolences as we all mourn Uncle Freeman. He was a soldier who worked with his partner in crime(Bob Bailey) to make this world a better place. He will be missed and you ate in our thoughts and prayers. Much love.

Elizabeth &Lynn Pegg - 12/01/2016

Paula we are so shocked to learn of the passing of Freeman. we have, as many others were involved with Freeman in all his activities. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our hearts are with you and your family.

Anthony Soares - 12/03/2016

Auntie Paula and Donnie I'm truly sorry for your loss and would like to pass on my condolences from my family in Boston

Tommy O'Connor - 12/03/2016

My sincere condolences to all the family. May he rest in peace.

Stephen Grant (Ret---State of RI) - 12/04/2016

RIP Freeman. I always had respect for your values and family ties. Wish I knew you were living the next town over as we could have had lunch.

Sylvia Ann Soares - 12/04/2016

Heartfelt condolences to Paula, Donnie, to grandchildren, to the Soares-Araujo family and loving friends evident in the wonderful tribute on Saturday. Wish I had known him sooner, but we communicated in 2010. He was highly supportive and inspiring. Paula, after all these years, his essence is within you, remains with you--or you wouldn't be experiencing the grief of his loss. In time only the comfort of his essence will remain with you and you will find the happiness of that.

Janette Conway - 12/04/2016

Sorry for your loss.

Francelia "Celia" Andrade - 12/06/2016

To my auntie Paula and cousin Donnie. It is heartbreaking to know that the keeper of the torch has now left us. I remember all my talks with my uncle. As the youngest of many he taught me many lessons of patience and how to remain true to myself and family respect above foolishness. My memories go back as a little girl who ran to her uncle's office each day after getting off the school bus to say hello and talk a bit. I regret not seeing him more since my move to NC and his to FL. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and all the grandchildren. He is now with his mama and papa and the Soares 9 are together again in peace. Love you both very much, Celia

donna carew and frances fortes - 12/08/2016

my mother is so hurt she missed the wake and funeral

Patricia Waithe-O'Connor - 12/08/2016

My condolences to your family. Praying for comfort

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