Cecelia D. (Francis) Arruda

September 24, 2019


Cecelia D. (Francis) Arruda, 85, of Fairhaven, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home, Tuesday, September 24, 2019. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Arruda and the late Paul B. Dawson.

Born and raised in New Bedford, daughter of the late Louise (Almeida) Viera and her husband Jack, she settled in Fairhaven in 1955 where she was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church.

Cecelia was a realtor for various area real estate agencies, prior to that she had been a bookkeeper at the Atlas Tack. She enjoyed attending the Fairhaven Senior Center, doing crafts and dancing and organizing trips with St. Joseph's Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen L. LaFlash and her husband Scott of Fairhaven; three sons, Paul B. Dawson, Jr. and his wife Theresa of Fairhaven, David W. Dawson and his wife Janice of St. Petersburg, FL and Joseph M. Arruda, Jr. and his wife Brenda of Beverly Hills, FL; eight grandchildren, Jessica Borges and her husband John, Kristen Alphonse and her husband Russell, Katelyn and Jenna Dawson, Joseph M. Arruda, III, Samantha and Kevin Maurice and Nicholas LaFlash; six great grandchildren and her loving caregivers, Kenneth Medeiros and Jodi Acevedo.

Calling hours are Monday, from 4-7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. Her funeral will be Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 8am, from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at 9am, in St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven. Interment will be at 11:15 in the MA National Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Cecelia's name to Camp Angel Wings, c/o Southcoast VNA, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Calling Hours

SEP 30. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)

Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719


OCT 1. 8:00 AM (EDT)

Fairhaven Funeral Home
117 Main Street
Fairhaven, MA, 02719

Funeral Mass

OCT 1. 9:00 AM (EDT)

St. Joseph Church
74 Spring St.
Fairhaven, MA, 02719


OCT 1. 11:15 AM (EDT)

MA National Cemetery
Connery Ave.
Bourne, MA

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