2006-11-09 / Obituaries

George W. Serpa, 93

George W. Serpa, 93, died peacefully at home in his sleep Oct. 30, 2006 s u r r o u n d e d by his loving daughters, son-in-law, and Jiggs. He was the husband of the late Johanna ( H a r r i n g t o n ) Serpa.

Born in Jamestown, he was the son of the late John and Rose (Vieira) Serpa also of Jamestown.

He retired in 1978 from Wharton Shipyard, in Jamestown, as a mechanic and ship rigger starting his career at the age 16. He worked at the Round House Shipyard in Jamestown starting in the 1930s. He was a mechanic on the wooden yachts Thania and Ferendsis. He rode out the 1938 hurricane in, Mystic, Conn., on the Thania. He worked at Newport Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island during World War II as a machinist. In his youth, he worked as a carpenter and laborer at the Fort Getty Hospital. He was an avid lobsterman, fishermen and quahogger, mechanic and Jackof all trades. Mr. Serpa repaired lawnmowers right up to the end. He enjoyed working in his garden and had a green thumb; there was nothing he could not do. He was a charter member of the Portuguese American Citizens' Club of Jamestown, and was proud of being their oldest living member.

Mr. Serpa is survived by his two daughters, Cheryl A. Serpa of Jamestown, and Georgine Powers of Smithfield; a son-in-law, Ernest Powers also of Smithfield; two brothers, Henry A. Serpa of Cranston and John E. Serpa Jr. of Newark, Calif. Mr. Serpa was the brother of the late Mary (Serpa) Peters of West Palm Beach, Fla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave. in Jamestown. Burial will follow at St Mark Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jamestown Emergency Medical Services P.O. Box 8 Jamestown, RI 02835 or the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport County (Hospice), 1185 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871.

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