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jrlo (jrlo)
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Tavares just recently lost their beloved father Flash.
My prayers and condolences to the Tavares family

BARNSTABLE � The Cape Verdean community from Cape Cod to Rhode Island is mourning Feliciano "Flash" Vierra Tavares, patriarch of an extended musical family that included the Grammy-winning singing group Tavares.

Mr. Tavares, 88, a lifelong musician whose five sons achieved international fame in the 1970s and '80s, died early Wednesday at his home in Hyannis.

His sons, who hailed from New Bedford, recorded a number of songs, including "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" and "More Than A Woman," which have become classics.

"My father was a hero to me. He was my whole life," an emotional Antone "Chubby" Tavares said Thursday. "He could sing better than all of us put together. I lost my son, Jason, when he was only 23, and my dad is the one who kept me together."

Despite suffering from prostate cancer, his father was never one to complain, Mr. Tavares said.

"He never uttered a word, no matter how much pain he felt. He'd just say, 'I'm OK.' And he still had all his faculties right to the end. You couldn't get anything by him. He would come out with these witty sayings. My wife called them Flashisms."

Mr. Tavares' cancer was detected early and treatment permitted him to remain active almost until the end, his son said.

"He went over to Cape Verde when he was in his 80s and he was still performing solo when he was 84," Mr. Tavares said.

" 'Flash' was an icon in the Cape Verdean community," son Arthur "Pooch" Tavares said. "He played with his sister Vicki Vierra. Vicki is now the last of that generation."

Toi Grace, 82, a lifelong friend and Cape Verdean musician, said, "I remember going to his house and he'd have all the kids in a circle, with him in the middle with his guitar."

Mr.Tavares and his sister were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Cape Verdean museum in East Providence in 2007, according to Carleen Cardwell of New Bedford.

"Flash inspired a lot of kids to play music, and he kept the Cape Verdean musical heritage alive," she said.

The family home was always full of children and music when the youngsters were growing up, Pooch recalled. "There was a real closeness. My dad and my mom and my aunt gave us the music. When we started doing the music from the street, he said, 'I guess you've outgrown me now.' "

Lately, the family sensed that the end might be near, Pooch said.

"My dad started to say, 'I've lived a good life.' And then I started to have dreams where he came to me and said, 'Jason is OK.' I think he was preparing us. Now we have to let him go."
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Kevin Goins - KevGo (kevgo)
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Feliciano "Flash" Vierra Tavares was THE man who encouraged his sons to pursue music and for that we should be thankful for his efforts and inspiration. May he rest in peace.

Kevin Goins - KevGo
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Mark Speck (mark_speck)
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He certainly raised a talented bunch of kids. RIP, Mr. Tavares, and thank you... :-(

Best,

Mark
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midnightman (midnightman)
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Rest in peace, Flash.
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Kev-Lo (7273747576)
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Hi This is Kev-Lo

R.I.P. Flash
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man of music (man_of_music)
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I HAVE A STORY THAT LEROY STONE,TOLD ME HE TELLS AT ALL OF HIS PAGE 5 SHOWS, ABOUT THE TIME THAT HE FIRST MET TAVARES IN BOSTON BACK IN 1972 AT A PLACE CALLED "THE SUGAR SHACK,"WHERE PAGE 5 WAS PLAYING AT THE TIME. WHEN "FLASH AND THE GUYS HE WAS THERE MANAGER AT THAT TIME THEY WALKED INTO THERE SHOW AND THE PEOPLE JUST WENT CRAZY.THATS WHEN THEY WERE CALLED CHUBBY AND THE TURNPIKES THEY STAYED AND WATCH THE SHOW AND THE NIGHTS END CAME BACK TO THE DRESSING ROOM AND THE PAGE 5 AND TAVARES HAVE BEEN FRIENDS EVER SENCE. STONEY SAID THAT FLASH HE WAS A VERY NICE PERSON TO KNOW.WHO WOULD TALK MUSIC 24/7.MAY HE R.I.P.

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