PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Robert A. Arruda, age 74, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away unexpectedly January 21, at Rhode Island Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Herbert “Bucky” Arruda and Alice (Gomes) Arruda, he lived in Dartmouth prior to moving to Portsmouth more than 20 years ago.
He attended Cramwell Preparatory School and Boston College. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Robert was the owner and operator of SHI, Inc., where he carried out his lifelong passion for the lumber business.
Arruda was happiest spending time with his family and friends. He was a loyal Patriots fan who loved fishing, boating and the companionship of his dogs.
His family includes his son, Scott Arruda and wife Jennifer; two daughters, Rebecca Arruda and Lisa Carney and husband Scott; his sister Arlene McNamee and husband James; and two grandchildren Alexia Smith and Luke Arruda.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated January 27 at St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth.
Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home in Dartmouth was in charge of the arrangements.