Meet the Chief Marshal for the 227th 4th of July Celebration
Antonio (Tony) Teixeira
Two years ago I realized if elected as General Chairman I would be required to select a Chief Marshal. Who could I select? Did I really know anyone who qualified for this recognition? Thus, I sought suggestions from a now retired barber who was well known by his customers to be knowledgeable regarding Bristol happenings. He ignited my thinking with numerous excellent recommendations and made me realize it was not a problem to identify a worthy person but rather who to select from among so many deserving “Bristolians”. Should I select a law enforcement official or a member of the Fire Department whose service and commitment is well known to all of us. Should it be an elected official or should it be an individual committed to supporting Bristol Youth programs. Photo: General Chairman Dick Devault (left) Chief Marshal Antonio Teixeir at the April annoucement at the Burnside Building.Perhaps I should select an educator, a religious leader or a dedicated 4th of July Committee member? Should I select a Veteran or someone I personally worked with in a volunteer capacity? You can see the possibilities are limitless. Ultimately, during a “Eureka Moment”, I realized it should be someone who represented many of the aforementioned groups.
My Chief Marshal was born on November 23, 1955 in one of the Azorean island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. He’s the son of the late Alberto & Maria. He has five siblings, two sisters; Fatima and Connie, three brothers, Jose and Francisco and the late Alberto.
After finishing his basic education on his island of Faial he attended Seminary on the Island of Sao Miguel (St. Michael) for three years before immigrating to Bristol in March 1970 to join his family who preceded him the previous year. He attended Bristol High School graduating in June 1974 where he was a member of both the RI & National Honor Societies and participated in wrestling, field and track and soccer for which he earned All-Division and All-State honors.
Following high school he attended Southeastern Massachusetts University, now UMASS Dartmouth, where he majored in Portuguese and minored in Spanish, graduating with Dean’s List Distinction in May of 1978. His teaching career began in 1978 at his alma mater, Bristol High School, where he taught Portuguese and English as a Second Language.
In 1979 he was appointed Boys Soccer Head Coach, one of the youngest coaches in the RI Interscholastic League. He coached for Bristol High School and then continued to coach for Mt. Hope High School through 1997. In 1998, he was appointed Head Coach for the Girls Mt. Hope Soccer Team which continued until 2002. Throughout those years, the teams made 16 playoff appearances and 5 division championships, 6 state titles and over 200 career wins.
While employed with the school department, he attended RI College from 1990 to 1996 to pursue a Master Program in Education Counseling. He assisted with the supervision of the English as a Second Language Program for ten years. For three years he helped in the High School Guidance Department as a Student Advocate.
He also attended RWU for accounting coursework during this period.
His days appeared to be longer than everybody else’s but he managed to teach Math and Portuguese conversation for the evening GED program from 1980 to 2008. He did not stop there as he became a CCRI Driver Education instructor in 1988, which he continues to do.
His last five years with the School Department before retiring in June of 2009 he served as Dean of Students and Activities Coordinator.
His involvement in the community goes back to 1972 starting with a Portuguese scholarship organization where he served ten years on the Board, two of those as President and continues to participate as an active member. That organization continues to award over $20,000 in scholarships each year. He was not only a Co-Founder of Bristol and Warren Youth Soccer Associations but served as president, coach and a field worker. He has and continues to serve in many civic organizations included but not limited to: Member Bristol Town Charter Review Commission; Recoding Secretary Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame; Member Bristol Elks Lodge 1860 scholarship committee; Chairman Bristol Christmas Festival Committee; Co-Chair Columban Fathers Outing; Member Knights of Columbus, scholarship committee; Member Mosaico Community Development Commission; Treasurer Knights of Corte Reais; Member Bristol St. Mary’s Parish Council and Co-host of the Full Channel Cable Portuguese show Caravela.
Some of his friends did not think that he had enough to do, so he was dragged into becoming the President of the Academy of Codfish of New England, which is to open to anyone who wishes to join and meet for a codfish meal the third Monday of each month.
He and his wife Jackie were married in 1974 and are the proud parents of six children, Camille (also know in the family as “Mom Junior”)/husband Sean, Neal/wife Kayla, Alexandria, Candace, Nicole and Justin. He and Jackie are the proud grandparents of Kerry, Tori, Richard, Kayla, Rocco and Alivia.
He currently serves as one of the five Bristol Town Councilors, having been elected in November of 2010.
I sense at this point you know whom I selected and I believe you can see he represents many of the groups discussed previously.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor and privilege for me to introduce the 2012 Bristol 4th of July Celebration Chief Marshal, Antonio (Tony) Teixeira.
- Recipient of Yearbook Dedications for class years:1989, 1992 & 2010
- Selected RI & Bristol Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the Year 1991
- Selected Coach of the year by RI Words Unlimited in 1997.
- Inducted into the Bristol Athletic Hall Fame in 1999
- Inducted into the RI Boys Soccer Coaches Association in 1999
- Bristol 4th of July Division Marshal in 1999 & 2000
- Selected Spirit of Christmas by the Christmas Festival Committee in 2005
- Inducted into the RI Girls Soccer Coaches Association in 2008
- Recipient of the Hattie Brown Memorial Award in 2009
- Honor Guest for the Fundacao Faialense Scholarship organization in 2011
Chief of Staff
Jacqueline A. Teixeira
Honorary Chief of Staff
Mary A. Mascagna
Camille A. Dale
Neal A. Teixeira
Kayla H. Teixeira
Alexandria A. Teixeira
Candace M. Teixeira
Nicole E. Teixeira
Justin P. Teixeira
Junior Chief Aides
Kerry A. Oliveira
WWII US Marine Corp Veteran, Ralph E. Cirillo
U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.),
Peter A.Hewett, Jr.
U.S. Navy Senior Chief (Ret.),
Paul J. Salesi
U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.),
Michael F. Van Vleck
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt.
Amanda M. Emerick
U.S. Army Specialist
Brian A. Avila
Jose A. Avila
Joseph M. Avila
Jose Eduardo Faria
Anthony J. Teixeira