Ernest J. Viveiros, age 85, of Swansea, died peacefully on Aug. 30, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the loving husband of Shirley E. (Grantmeyer) Viveiros for 58 years and son of the late Joseph and Mary (Rebello) Viveiros.
He leaves behind his daughter Nancy A. Viveiros and sons Jeffrey J., Scott J. and Ernest J. Viveiros, Jr.; and his sister Hilda Franco, several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers James, Joseph, Peter, Henry and sisters Virginia Soares, Margaret Robinson, Mary Costa, Cecelia Rapoza, Hortense Medeiros, Eva Oliveira and Lucy Cole.
Prior to retirement, Ernest was a member of the I.B.E.W. for more than 50 years. Many years he served as the International Representative of the I.B.E.W., Second District, diligently defending the rights of workers for better working conditions and better lives. He served on the advisory board and was a trustee at Bristol Community College for several years and was the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award in 1991.
He was a veteran of the US Navy, WWII, and a veteran of the US Army, Korean Conflict. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and landscaping.
Private funeral arrangements were under the direction of the MANUEL ROGERS & SONS FUNERAL HOME 1521 N. Main St. Fall River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude in his memory. www.rogersfuneral.com.