Alfred Iglesias

Alfred Iglesias

Monday, November 16th, 2020

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Obituary for Alfred I. Iglesias

Alfred Ingram Iglesias, USAF (Ret.) age 93 of Portsmouth, RI, passed away on Monday, November 16,
Born in New York City on February 11, 1927 to European immigrants just before the Great
Depression, Alfred, of Spanish and Welsh descent, was the ultimate survivor. By any measure, and only
with hard work and determination, he was a man who defied all odds and managed to share in the
American Dream, marrying an amazing woman and successfully raising a middle-class American family,
all while treating the people around him with dignity and respect.

We will always remember his fantastic
work ethic, how he always strove for self-improvement, his words of true wisdom, and his natural in-
born generosity of social grace. To him, racial, social, and gender equality was fundamentally obvious.

Alfred, a.k.a. “Al” or “Freddie” enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He was a proud veteran and
after transferring to the U.S. Air Force, served his country over 20 years, spanning World War II, the
Korean, and Vietnam wars.

Serving in the Air Force allowed his young family to accompany him as they
made homes in Nevada, Massachusetts, Japan, and California before settling down in Portsmouth.

Alfred continued his career as a civil servant and retired from Naval Station Newport as a Public Affairs
Officer and Editor of the Newport Navalog. He and Anita then moved to their beloved little retirement
home on the Sakonnet River.

Alfred was a wonderful father who always put his family first, his love for us never in question. We will
never forget all those “lectures” resulting in many useful life lessons. Some of his favorites were
teaching us to strive for the “happy medium” and to always give others “the benefit of the doubt”.

During our travels, he went out of his way to introduce us to people of different cultures, ingraining the
diversity of people being a thing of great value. He was always curious and adventurous, and we will
always remember those “dreaded” Sunday family drives, when he never failed to drive down every road
he could find with a “Private Property” sign. He was a great outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting,
boating, gardening and landscaping. Dad is an indelible part of the people we are, and we will always be
indebted to him for his many positive influences.

Alfred lost his wife Anita less than a year ago, just a day before they would have celebrated their 67 th
wedding anniversary. He is survived by his 2 sons, Alan Iglesias (Debbie) of Escondido, CA, David Iglesias
(Dianna) of Tiverton, RI, and his daughter Diane Iglesias Carruba (Christopher), of Portsmouth, RI. He
leaves behind his grandchildren, Olivia, Bonnie, Anna, Mimi, Jenna, and “best friend” David. He is also
survived by 5 great grandchildren and his devoted caregiver, Elizabeth Houghton.

Visit, for online condolences. At Alfred’s request, services will be private.
Donations in his memory can be made to Looking Upwards, Inc. 2974 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

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Our deepest condolences on Al's passing from Beth & Russ Milham. We knew Al and Anita from Channing Memorial Church in Newport many years ago, and were very fond of both of them.
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