Luis Anastacio, 61, of East Providence, passed away Friday, December 28, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne (Michaud) Anastacio. Born in Terra Chá, Terceira, Azores, he was a son of the late Jose De Sousa and Maria Delfina (Pires) Anastacio.
Luis was 13 years old when he immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Fox Point briefly and then Pawtucket for a number of years. Upon graduating from high school, he enrolled in trade school and began his journey to realize his American dream and provide for his family as an electrician. Luis was employed at General Dynamics Electric Boat before his illness forced him into disability. He has been a member of the I.B.E.W Local 99 for over 30 years.
Luis was an avid runner and ran many marathons throughout New England including the Boston marathon multiple times. He was a parishioner of St. Margaret Church in Rumford and a member of several Holy Ghost Societies; Irmandade do Espirito Santo of St. Anthony’s Church Pawtucket, Amigos da Terçeira of Pawtucket and Grandes Festas do Espirito Santo of Fall River. Luis didn’t play an instrument but he enjoyed music a lot and had fun playing castanets or the triangle in family gatherings where music was always in abundance. He was very proud of his nephews’ band “Eratoxica” and was always there to lend a helping hand in any capacity they needed. He also donated his time to help the International Portuguese Music Awards. Luis was a loving husband, father and uncle to all the kids loved. He will be truly missed by many for his dedication and hard work to the Holy Ghost organizations and churches throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He donated a lot of his technical experience as an electrician in order to light up the feasts in the summer.
Besides his wife Suzanne, he is survived by a son, Gabriel Anastacio of East Providence, his brother, Jorge Pires and his wife Maria of Pawtucket, two sisters, Luisa Ponceano and her husband Jose of Pawtucket, Maria Cabral and her husband Gilberto of North Smithfield, his sister -in-law Zelia Anastacio and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Jose Isidro Anastacio.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Margaret’s Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916. Burial will be in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday January 4, 2019 from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 in memory of Luis Anastacio to support cancer research and patient care.