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PHS Chapters to Recognize Joan Medeiros, Stephen Ferreira and Lawrence Quintal as Portuguese-Americans of the Year

Michael J. Vieira, Special for O Jornal

FALL RIVER — The three chapters of the Prince Henry Society of Massachusetts — Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton — will come together to host their annual appreciation banquet, honoring Luso-American of the Year award recipients on April 2 at Rachel’s Lakeside in Dartmouth. The Fall River Chapter will also award the Founder’s Award to Joseph Marshall.

Recipients of the Portuguese-American of the Year award are honored for their commitment to their respective communities and the company’s mission of community service and dedication to Portuguese heritage. This year’s recipients are Joan Medeiros, Stephen Ferreira and Lawrence Quintal.

For the Fall River Chapter, this year’s winner is Joan Medeiros. Medeiros is Vice President of Bristol County Savings Bank in the Business Services Division. She has made her professional career in the banking sector, working for community and regional banks. Born and raised in Fall River, she attended Bishop Connolly High School and graduated in 1985. A “Corsair,” she graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a major in English and a minor in finance and has experience in SBA loans.

She was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to chair Bristol Community College Trustees in June 2016. She was appointed to the Fall River Redevelopment Authority by Mayor Paul Coogan in 2020. She is an active member of the Fall Chamber of Commerce , Rotary Club of Fall River, Boys and Girls Club of Fall River. She is also Treasurer of the United Way of Greater Fall River and an active member of the Prince Henry Society.

Over the years, she has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Portuguese Heritage Award presented by the Portuguese American Legislative Caucus of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Stephen Ferreira will be recognized as the New Bedford Chapter of the Prince Henry Society's Portuguese-American of the Year on April 2.

The New Bedford Chapter will honor Stephen Ferreira. Ferreira has been a member of the New Bedford Chapter of the Prince Henry Society since 2004 where he has been actively involved in numerous committees. He is also a former two-term president. He is the past recipient of the Prince Henry Pilot Award in 2008 and was honored to receive the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Portuguese Heritage Award in 2015 at the Massachusetts State House.

His legacy is very important to him and he continues to give back to the Portuguese community as a board member and currently Chairman of the Board of Discovery Language Academy, formerly known as Portuguese United for Education. He is an award-winning real estate agent with Pelletier Realty in New Bedford. He was recognized as a member of the multi-millionaire club. Ferreira was Realtor of the Year in 2008 and received the Pelletier Award for Best Producer from 1998 to 2021.

Lawrence Quintal will be recognized as the Prince Henry Society Portuguese-American Taunton Chapter of the Year on April 2.

The Taunton Chapter will honor Lawrence Quintal. Quintal graduated in 1990 from Dighton-Rehoboth Vocational School. He graduated in 2002, with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Funeral Service. Quintal is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors; and is co-owner of Silva Funeral Home in Taunton. He is also a board member of the Taunton Region Chamber of Commerce; as well as a communicant from the Saint-Antoine church. He was elected to Taunton City Council from 2022-2024. He is also heavily involved in veterans’ causes, coordinating with the city and private contractors on projects that honor our veterans. In 2021 he received an award from the Taunton Area Veterans Association in appreciation for all his support.

Since joining the Prince Henry Society in 2017, he has immersed himself in all aspects of membership. He tirelessly dedicated his time, effort and resources, and doesn’t hesitate to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. He was a delegate to Prince Henry’s Council of State and continues to be President of the Prince Henry Society, Taunton Chapter.

The Fall River Chapter will present the Founder’s Award to Joseph Marshall. Marshall started in the life insurance industry in 1975 working with a large independent insurance agency as a sales representative. In 1988, Marshall founded his own financial services company, creating J. Marshall Associates.

Marshall has given time to his community as Chairman of the Fall River Office of Economic Development, Chairman of the Board of Assessors, Chairman of the Trustees of Bristol Community College, Founder of the Prince Henry Society Fall River Chapter, President of the Fall River Development Corporation, chairman of the Vietnam Memorial Wall Committee and several other community organizations and projects.

He graduated from Durfee High School in 1965 and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Bristol Community College in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1982. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the US Air Force Security Service.

The Fall River Chapter is hosting this year’s event. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. For tickets or more information, contact David Rocha at 774-644-2420.