This obituary originally appeared on Memorial Funeral Home.

Eduardo S. Arruda, 86, of Middletown, Rhode Island, passed away on December 4, 2020. Eduardo was born in Portugal to the late Francisco and Etelvina Arruda.Eduardo served in the Portuguese Army before immigrating to the United States. He enjoyed fishing and gardening fruits, vegetables and flowers.Eduardo is survived by his wife Maria Arruda, and his daughters Fatima Arruda and Patricia Arruda, his son Edward “Eddie” Arruda Jr and sisters Marie Medeiros and Terry Arruda.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Antonio Arruda, Adriana Roche, Jamie Arruda, Jaoa Luiz Arruda, Jose S. Arruda and Lurdes Costa.Calling Hours will be held on Wednesday, December 9th from 8:30AM to 9:00AM in St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 909 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842. Following Calling Hours, A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 AM in the church.Burial will be private.

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.