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Fortunato Mendes

Fortunato J. Mendes, Jr.

December 28, 1943 - February 5, 2021
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 | 9:30am
    When
    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 9:30am
    Location
    Private
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Anti Defamation League

605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158

Obituary

Fortunato J. Mendes Jr., 77, of East Providence, Rhode Island, passed away unexpectedly on February 5th. Fortunato was the son of Fortunato and Harriet Mendes. He grew up with a large, loving family and often shared stories about living on Valley Street with his five sisters, Maria Perry, Dorothy Shorts, Alethia Mitchell, Rev. Julia Doutaz, Harriot Sargent (deceased), and his brother, James Mendes (deceased).

He was passionate about Civil Rights and after graduating from the University of Rhode Island and Howard School of Law, practiced law in Washington, D.C. where he represented indigent defendants. He had the utmost confidence in his abilities and often tried new hobbies, including raising farm animals, gardening and canning. Just as he regarded all experiences in life, Fortunato Mendes managed his final difficult years with strength and grace, and continued to help those around him. Most of all, he exuded pride in the accomplishments of his children, whom he adored more than anything else in the world.

He is survived by his children, Fortunato Mendes III; Dr. Asante Mendes and his wife, Ruth Mendes; Andrea Martin and her husband, Jeff Martin; Saidah Glass and her husband Dallas Glass; DeMarco Mendes; Solomon Jones and many grandchildren.

Services are private. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Anti-Defamation League, 605 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10158.
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Sylvia

Posted at 12:05am
You're gone, but always in my heart.
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Carol Antonio

Posted at 07:48pm
I am a schoolmate of Fortunato from East Providence, RI. We went to EP Jr. High and EP High school together. He was a very happy and funny person. I remember his nickname was Lucky because he enjoyed smoking Lucky Strikes cigarettes. His family might remember me from attending his deceased brother James' coalation at the Cape Verdean Club in East Providence. I took pictures of the family. My sister Maryann, my husband Fernando and I visited him often in Jessup Maryland. We will miss him greatly. We send our sincere condolences to his family. God Bless. We look forward to seeing him in glory.
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Alethia Mitchell

Posted at 09:29am
MY. BROTHER WHAT. CAN. I. SAY. WE WERE EACH OTHERS. FAVORITE WE HAD GOOD. TIMES. AND. BAD I REMEMBER. HOW. YOU STOPPED. EATING. WHEN OUR. FATHER. DIED YOU WERE SENT. AWAY. FROM HOME. JUST AS I WAS WHEN I WAS. VERY. SICK. THIS EXPERIENCE HELPED US TOGROW CLOSER I LOVE YOU. SO. MUCH AND. I CHERISH ALL OF THE LIFE. WE HAD. TOGETHER. THIS IS. NOT GOODBYE. THIS IS. UNTIL. WE. MEET. AGAIN. I REMAIN. YOUR. LOVING. SISTER ALETHIA. RIP DEAR BROTHER. OF MINE.
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Deborah Sargent

Posted at 09:08am
My condolences to my family on the loss of uncle junior. This is what I called him growing up. My favorite memory is when he let our south Carolina work camp stay at his home. we were on our annual trip to our work camp in South Carolina. Rip uncle
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Patricia Mendes

Posted at 08:01am
My sincerest condolences to all the family of Fortunato. May he Rest In Peace with God’s arms wrapped around him. You will now be with your family that has passed and can look over the family you leave behind. 🙏🙏🙏🌷🙏🙏🙏
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Nancy Rosenberg

Posted at 03:48pm
I did not know Mr. Mendes but his obituary describes a very accomplished, compassionate and well loved person. May his memory be a blessing.
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