Raymond J. Carvalho, 75, of Fall River, passed away March 5th after a long illness. He was the husband of Marilyn A. (Soares) Carvalho and the former husband of Claire M. (Shannon) Carvalho of Mattapoisett.
Born on February 16, 1938 in Fall River, MA, a son of the late Mariano and Emma (Carvalho) Carvalho; he lived most of his life in this city, having also lived in Tiverton. He graduated from DeLaSalle Academy, Newport, RI in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater State College and a Master’s Degree in Education from Rhode Island College.
He was a teacher and head basketball and baseball coach at Msg. Prevost High School as well as Henry Lord Junior High School. From 1966-1970 he was a history teacher and head basketball and tennis coach at Old Rochester Regional High School. In 1970 he was appointed Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of ORRHS. He later served as Principal of Old Hammondtown Elementary School in Mattapoisett, MA.
He was inducted into the Bridgewater State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and reigned as the all time leading scorer in basketball until 1993. He was named to the Southern NE Coastal Conference All Star Squad three times. He was a tremendous baseball catcher and played for Cotuit in the Cape Cod League and received a tryout by the then Kansas City Athletics. He was also a accomplished tennis player.
Ray’s boyhood idols were Ted Williams and Roy Rogers. He enjoyed day trips, classic movies and spent countless hours mentoring his 4 sons along with neighborhood and community kids in athletics and in life. Ray will be missed by his family and friends.
Besides his wife and former wife, he is survived by four sons, Raymond J. Carvalho (Wife Sunny) of Pinson, AL, Steven M. Carvalho (Wife Carol) and Christopher D. Carvalho of Mattapoisett and Jeffrey P. Carvalho of Chula Vista, CA; a step-son, Charles Duclos of NH; a sister, Beverly Caniglia of Westchester, PA; a brother, Alan Carvalho of Swansea; 6 grandchildren, Taylor and Bailey (from Alabama, children of Ray and Sunny) and Matthew, Steven Jr., and Julia (from Mattapoisett, children of Steve and Carol) and Alexander (from Chula Vista, CA, son of Jeffrey); 2 step-grandchildren; and a niece and three nephews. He was the step-father of the late Michael Duclos.
His funeral will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Olivera Funeral Home, 215 Columbia St., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Cathedral Cremation to follow. Calling hours Monday 6 – 8 p.m.