|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1924|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 2010|
DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The Honorable Edmund Dinis, former Bristol County district attorney, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the age of 85.
Attorney Dinis started his long and distinguished political career as a member of the New Bedford City Council. He was then elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing New Bedford's Ward 6 District, and subsequently elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1953, serving the Third Bristol District until 1956. As a state senator, in 1954 he brought the name Peter Francisco to prominence by sponsoring legislation that established in Massachusetts March 15, the date of the Battle of Guildford Courthouse, as a day recognizing Peter Francisco's heroic contribution toward the success of the American Revolution. Attorney Dinis also filed and secured the passage of Chapter 539 of the Acts of 1955 establishing the Dighton Rock State Park in Dighton, Mass.
Additionally, Attorney Dinis was county treasurer and he became the first district attorney of Portuguese descent having jurisdiction over the then larger Bristol County, which included the Cape and Islands. He served for 12 years.
More recently, Attorney Dinis single-handedly persuaded the Bangor Historical Society and City Officials to dedicate a parcel of land by the Penobscot River to celebrate the Portuguese Estevan Gomez's 1525 landing in that area, while Gomez was in the service of Spain. The Estevan Gomez memorial monument was dedicated on Columbus Day in 1999 in Bangor, Maine, on the banks of the Kenduskeag River near Penobscot.
Similar efforts resulted in the dedication of the Alvarez Fagundes Monument in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2000. Nova Scotia's name "Bay of Fundy" is attributed to Fagundes and older maps referred to Cape Breton as "Cabo Fagundo." Fagundes sailed around the area in the early 1500s.
Through his ownership of WJFD's Radio Globe 97.3 FM, a 50,000-watt FM radio station, Attorney Dinis took a leading role in various social, economic and political issues of concern to the Portuguese community for more than 35 years. WJFD's 24-hour broadcast in the Portuguese language has made and immeasurable impact upon the significant Portuguese residing in eastern New England. This could not have happened without Attorney Dinis's generosity and dedication.
Attorney Dinis loved all aspects of politics. He had a particularly keen interest in gerrymandering realities, and he enjoyed discussing the law and the administration of justice.
Private services will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford.
For online guest book, please visit www.aubertine-lopes.com.
Survivors have been removed from obituary for privacy.
Cape Cod Times Obituary, March 18, 2010.
***District Attorney Edmund Dinis oversaw the investigation of Senator Edward Moore Kennedy's 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island,Martha's Vineyard,
Mass. where Mary Jo Kopechne was killed. Edmund Dinis also oversaw the investigation
of serial killer, Antone Charles Costa.
Mr. Dinis was the son of Jacinto F. Dinis, who emigrated from the Azores at 5 and was a state representative in the 1940s.Mr. Dinis served in the military during World War II, according to Arruda. He earned his law degree from Suffolk University and was admitted to the bar in 1952. He told friends he learned his public speaking skills by listening to recordings of his godfather, Curley, a close friend of his father's.
Jacinto F. Dinis (1888 - 1949)
Maria L Dinis (1895 - 1990)
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Dinis served on the New Bedford, Massachusetts city council and both houses of the Massachusetts General Court.
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