Arthur C. Pregana,
father of Father Craig A. Pregana

SWANSEA, Mass. — Arthur C. Pregana, 84, of Swansea, died peacefully on Friday, November 3. He was the husband of Florence (Bartlett) for 59 years. Arthur was born in Fall River to David and Angelina Pregana. 

He was an altar boy at Santo Christo Church where his father was the sexton. He enlisted in the Air Force and served as an MP during the Korean conflict. 

When he returned home, he married Florence at St. Mathieu Church on May 10, 1958. This was the defining moment in Arthur’s life. The couple lived most of their lives on Bradford Avenue in Fall River where they raised their three children.

Arthur graduated from R.I. School of Design and worked at Bristol Knitting Mills as a sweater designer most of his life. He was very dedicated to the church, especially working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Louis Church. In his retirement, he loved volunteering at Saints Peter and Paul School to be near his grandchildren. 

In addition to his wife, Arthur is survived by his three children, Father Craig Pregana, Gail and her husband Jeffrey Souza, and David Pregana; two loving grandchildren Jameson and Gabrielle Souza; his brother, David and wife Dorothy Pregana; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Gilda. 

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church, Somerset on November 6.

Donations in Arthur’s name may be made to Bishop Connolly High School Scholarship Fund, 373 Elsbree Street, Fall River, Mass., 02720.


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