Weber Rego Torres, Jr.
August 30, 2011
Weber Rego Torres, Jr., 87 of Fairhaven passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at the Royal of Fairhaven after a period of declining health. He was the husband of 65 years of Alice (Santos) Torres.
Born in Fairhaven, the son of the late Weber Rego Torres, Sr. and the late Margarida (Cabral) Torres, he was a lifelong resident of the town and ommunicant of St. Mary's Church where he was a former trustee and Chairman of the Building Fund Drive.
While serving in the Navy during WWII, Weber's ship, the USS Block Island was torpedoed and sunk by the Germans on May 29, 1944. Mr. Torres survived for two hours before being rescued. He also served on the USS Block Island II which carried POW's home from Formosa which is now Taiwan.
After the service he was a barber from 1946-1975 and ran the Benoit Square Barber Shop. He renovated the Keith Theater and turned it into the Oxford Cinema. Mr. Torres also owned and operated Weber's Sandwich Shop in North Fairhaven and was a licensed real estate agent. He was a Park Board Commissioner for the town of Fairhaven for nine years, a life member of the Knights of Columbus Damien Council of Mattapoisett, a charter member and assisted in the construct of the Thomas Livesey Memorial Club and was a member of the North Fairhaven Improvement Association. Mr. Torres was also an accomplished and avid tennis player.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Weber R. Torres, III and his wife Diane of Boxborough; two daughters, Margaret F. Foley and her husband Charles of Fairhaven and Susan A. Torres and her husband Paul Mayfield of San Francisco, CA; and three granddaughters, Lindsay Torres Banks and her husband Ryan, Lauren Torres and Kelsey Torres.
Calling hours are Monday from 4-7 PM in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. His funeral will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from the funeral home at 8:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Mary's Church, 440 Main Street, Fairhaven. Interment with military honors will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, 41 Harding Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or the Shepherd's Pantry Inc., P.O. Box 760, Fairhaven, MA 02719.
Visitation: Fairhaven Funeral Home
Service: St. Mary's Fairhaven