The AEAzores expresses its condolences to his family and friends on the death of a great human being and one of the founders of our Azorean Emigrants’ Association. Manuel Rita passed away at the age of 73, being greatly missed by all those who loved him during his life.
Thus, our Association could not fail to pay a small tribute to Mr. Manuel, by way of thanks for his life achievements, especially for his action on the valuation and position of the island of Corvo in the archipelago, which he defended politically with great conviction. Having been an Azorean emigrant in the United States of America since 1973, he returned to the Azores in 1990, where he ran for the local elections in the island of Corvo, one year later, coming out as the winner and becoming the Mayor who did and contributed a lot to the development of this island. Besides his figure as a mayor, Mr. Manuel was also a great entrepreneur in the smallest Azorean island, being the owner of the island’s hotel, Comodoro; responsible for a series of technical and infrastructural developments in the island, such as the creation of a road connecting the village of Corvo to Caldeirão and for being the first island in the Azores to have basic sanitation and also for the implementation of solar panels for water heating, being once again, the first island in the archipelago to adhere to this system, thanks to the action of Manuel Rita.
It is also important to mention his decoration, which in a way has great significance for the island of Corvo and for the archipelago in general, as Commander of the Order of Business Merit – Class of Industrial Merit, in 2014, which he received on the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, as part of these celebrations.
To our friend, partner and huge Azorean Mr. Manuel Rita, a special thanks for everything he did for the Azores and especially for the island of Corvo, and taking the words of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who sent his condolences to the family of the former deputy: he was and continues to be an “unavoidable figure and one of the most dynamic and warm ‘ambassadors’ of the island that saw him born, (Corvo)”.