Felix A. Lima
CUMBERLAND - Felix A. Lima (87), of Cumberland, was born in Pawtucket, RI, the eldest of four children of Jose and Maria (Luiz) Lima. He was the loving husband of Delia (Rego) Lima for sixty-six years.
Felix would meet his wife, affectionately called Dee, as he entered WWII. Felix served as a weapons platoon, light machine gunner in the 35th Infantry Division. He fought in seventeen combat missions in both France and then Germany before sustaining three bullet wounds in fierce fighting while crossing the Mosel River in Germany. Severely wounded, Felix returned machine gun fire and was recognized for saving other American soldiers lives. For this he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and bravery, under fire, during combat. Felix earned a distinguished military record, additionally awarded the Purple Heart medal for the wounds he suffered during combat.
After sustaining his wounds during that battle, Felix was captured by the Germans and became a POW. Months later he was repatriated, returning to Cumberland where he would marry Delia and eventually have a son Wayne.
Felix was a registered Pharmacist, whose thirty year career at Rhode Island Hospital saw him attain the position of Director of the Hospitals entire pharmacy division. A graduate of the Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, he would also serve as a senior member of the Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy; licensing RI pharmacists.
A communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church (Cumberland), Felix served as a parish Trustee and Eucharistic Minister. He often times served as the Master of Ceremonies for the parish and other civic organizations. Felix was a respected and polished public speaker/orator... and was tri-lingual.
Felix was active in the Cumberland community including serving as a Town Councilman for ten years. Four of those years he was elected President of the Town Council. Felix and his wife would live their entire married life in Cumberland. But they would also visit fifty-two countries during their lasting marriage.
A member of the Cumberland Lions Club, Felix was awarded the club's Highest National Recognition, the Melvin Jones Award...as a distinction for his humanitarian efforts. Felix was conferred the title Man-of- the-Year by several civic and professional organizations, including The Seven Castles Club of the Blackstone Valley.
An accomplished guitarist and vocalist, Felix particularly enjoyed dancing with his wife to his son Wayne's band Kings Row.
It was his love of family, especially his wife Delia, son Wayne, granddaughter Stacy, and daughter-in-law Sharon which truly distinguished Felix.
Felix is survived by his son Wayne, granddaughter Stacy, and daughter-in-law Sharon all of Lincoln. He leaves a sister Camilla Levy of North Smithfield, and brother David Lima of West Greenwich. Felix is survived by dozens of nieces, nephews, godchildren, sister and brother-in-laws.
A celebration of his life and funeral with military honors will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Rd. Rte. 122, Cumberland. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Fatima Dr., Cumberland. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Calling hours Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Directions/guestbook: jjduffyfuneralhome.com