Benjamin Pires

Pires, Benjamin

Benjamin Mendes Pires, 97, of Dorchester, died Monday.   He was born April 16, 1916, in Fogo, Cabo Verde. Benjamin migrated to the United States in 1976 and has resided and worked in the United States for the remainder of his life. Benjamin is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of sixty-five years, Alina Gomes Pires.

Benjamin, like many hard working immigrants, was a factory maintenance man for many years.  Outside of working to provide for his family, he had various interests. While living in his native country Cabo Verde, he farmed his land and raised many livestock, including horses, chickens, roosters, donkeys, turkeys, pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and birds. His passion for farming was evident in his front yard in Dorchester, where he grew corn, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, kale and other vegetables.  Benjamin also loved and enjoyed the simply pleasures of music and dancing.   Benjamin (aka, Pai, Figjinho, and Figjinho de Braco) will be remembered mostly for being a generous sole to family, friends and strangers.

Benjamin is survived by five children: Julia Pires, of New Bedford; Maria Pires Miranda, of Brockton; Maria Julia Pires, of Worcester; and Ernestina Pires and Francisco Pires Gomes, of Dorchester.  He also is survived by twenty grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A viewing will be held from 5-9 PM, Friday, at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, Dorchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday at Saint Edith Stein Parish, 71 East Main Street, Brockton. Interment immediately following at Melrose Cemetery, Brockton.