Henry Manuel Medeiros, of Ocala, Florida passed away, Tuesday January 12, 2021 at age 84. He was born on February 14, 1936 in Middletown, Rhode Island to Joseph Selveria Medeiros and Gloria Angel Geyer. Medeiros retired as a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Navy and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served his country for 21 years. He journeyed around the world 2 and ½ times on the USS Essex (CVS-9) and on the USS America (CVS-66), before retiring from the USS Independence (CVA62). He was a Boatswain Mate First Class who earned the title of shellback in 1968 and did 2 tours in the Vietnam War where he manned tugs boats as a United States Navy River Rat.
He was a man of many hats, most importantly a skilled craftsman and carpenter. Beyond his love of the sea and Navy, he enjoyed football, cars, and boxing. He was a vivacious storyteller who never ceased to have a tale to tell. He was also a man that enjoyed the company of his friends and family. He was a husband that loved and adored his wife, a father who was proud of his children and a grandfather that found complete joy in his grandchildren. He was a man full of life and strength who will be remembered for his infectious laugh and mischievous smile, by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gloria Medeiros, brothers; John Medeiros and Joseph Medeiros; and son Russel Medeiros.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sara Medeiros, sister; Louise Serpa, sons; Frederick Medeiros, Henry Medeiros, and Paul Medeiros, daughters; Sara Medeiros, Susan Medeiros, Debra Abbott and Diana Medeiros, his 18 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Services will not be held at this time. It was always his wish to be buried at sea. His cremated remains will be sent to Jacksonville, Fl where he will receive full military honors.