Laurel M. Carroll, 90, formerly of East Greenwich, passed away March 23. She was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Joseph L. and Agnes R. Brady.
Mrs. Carroll had worked as a consultant for the Internal Revenue Service. She was a former member of the Academy Players and the North Kingstown Senior Center. She had previously owned an animal sitting service and had taught the organ.
She is survived by her children Leonard R. Carroll and Laurie C. White; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and siblings: Joseph A. Ryan, Barbara J. Duffy and Marcella L. Woodbine.
The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., East Greenwich. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the North Kingstown Animal Protection League, 500 Stony Lane, North Kingstown, RI 02852.
Edmund James Renehan, passed away March 22, at Briarcliff Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Johnston. Edmund was born in Providence, the son of the late Edmund M. Renehan and Anna M. “Minnie” (Murphy) Renehan. Edmund was the husband of the late Therese M. (Richard) Renehan and second wife Patricia (BaIlou) Renehan.
Edmund is survived by four children: son William E. Renehan and his fiance, Diane, of Dighton, Mass., Richard J. Renehan and his wife, Janice of East Greenwich; daughter, Lynne M. Milot and her husband, Rene of Tiverton, and daughter Kathleen A. Meunier and her husband Scott of Warwick, a sister, Kathleen Gilligan of Arlington, Mass., eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Edmund was the brother of the late Claire A. Renehan, Patricia (Renehan) Daley and F. Donald Renehan.
Edmund attended LaSalle Academy where he played basketball and baseball. Edmund served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and after completing his term in the military he graduated from RI College of Pharmacy and Allied Sciences, which later merged with the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy. He worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Burroughs/Wellcome Co. (now GlaxoSmithKline) for 34 years, retiring in 1986.
Upon retiring, Edmund moved to Fort Myers, Fla., where he volunteered for the Boston Red Sox during spring training and then later to Ocala, Fla., where he was an avid golfer. Edmund was a Boston Red Sox and New England Patriot fan and he read The Providence Journal from cover to cover every day. There are those who believed Edmund had “kissed the Blarney Stone” resulting in his wonderful gift for gab. He made and retained many friends and acquaintances over his lifetime.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St. Burial with military honors will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Edmund’s memory to Rhode Island Community Food Bank, P.O. Box 817, Providence, RI 02901.
Mary Cardillo, 92, of East Greenwich, passed away on March 20, at Scalabrini Villa. She formerly lived at The Seasons, in East Greenwich. Born in Blackstone, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Francesco and Mary (Vita) Rossi. She was the beloved wife of the late Silvio Cardillo.
Mary is survived by her children, Ann Marie Manocchia and husband Robert, Virginia Perrotti and husband Donald, Thomas Cardillo, and Susan Pomfret and husband Randy; grandchildren Robert Manocchia, Jr., Kristin McCaughey, Christine and Thomas Cardillo, Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Ashley and Victoria Manocchia, and Francesca and Hugh McCaughey. She was the sister of Angie Beauchemin, and the late Jenny Spicola.
Throughout her life, Mary was devoted to her family and touched the lives of those who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all, especially her cherished grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
The funeral is Tuesday, March 24, at 9 a.m. from the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., East Greenwich. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston. Calling hours are Monday, March 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Scalabrini Villa, 860 North Quidnessett Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852, or to the Senior Agenda Coalition of RI, 70 Bath St., Providence, RI 02908.
Priscilla W. “Pat” DeRestie, 90, passed away February 28. She was the wife of the late Vincent J. “Jimmy” DeRestie. Born in Cranston, she was a daughter of the late Merton J. and Mattie R. (Gates) Wilmarth.
Mrs. DeRestie was a bookkeeper for the former Industrial National Bank in East Greenwich and for the former Atlas Chain Co. She was a longtime member of the East Greenwich First Baptist Church, and had belonged to many of its organizations.
She is survived by three children, Steven W. DeRestie, Donna M. Belden and Diane D. Auger; five grandchildren – James, Dawn, Andrew, Jennifer and Aaron; and great granddaughter Hazel.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the East Greenwich First Baptist Church, corner of Peirce and Montrose streets, East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the East Greenwich First Baptist Church.
Gilbert A. Hempel, CWO 3 U.S. Army (Ret.), 90 passed away March 1.. He grew up in East Greenwich, son of the late Chester and Jessie (Colette) Hempel.
He was born in 1924 and attended school in East Greenwich until he volunteered as a soldier in the Second World War, served in the European Theater having participated in the invasion at Omaha Beach and later in the Battle of the Bulge (Belgium) and liberation of the German Republic. Returning from Europe, Gilbert continued serving in the U.S. Army eventually being assigned to Taiwan where he instituted Scouting in that country.
Later he was assigned to Thailand working in logistics. While there he met his wife, Lilian Bjorck, whom he married in 1959, in her home country of Sweden. When reassigned to the United States he served first in Bangor, Maine, later in Fort Riley, Kansas, and eventually in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Returning to the lower 48, he was reassigned to Intelligence in New York City, finally ending up in his home town of East Greenwich, where he retired in 1969. In civilian life Gilbert Hempel worked tirelessly for the town as director of the Chamber of Commerce, as a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, as chairman of the town’s Bicentennial and Tercentennial Committee, as deputy director of Civil Defense, as director of Emergency Management Agency for East Greenwich, as a Fire Commissioner of the town, as chairman of the Building Committee of the E.G. Veteran Firemen’s Club and as initiator of visits by American Wind Symphony in 1976, 1978 and 1979.
Shortly after returning to East Greenwich, he joined the Kentish Guards, and Rhode Island Militia, where he rapidly rose to the rank of colonel commanding, where he remained 1970-79. Later he became a general of the Rochambeau Army reenactment and march to Yorktown, Va., and the defeat of the English. In 1983 he planned a trip to Paris with the Rochambeau Army to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Treaty of Paris, which brought about the end of the Revolutionary War.
He was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, Disabled American Veterans, VFW and East Greenwich Veteran Firemen’s Club. He was also a member of the AUSA, Rotary Club International Kentish Guards and the R.I. Militia. Finally, Gilbert was appointed military aid to the Governor Garrahy and military coordinator for Rhode Island with the rank of general.
He is survived by his wife Lilian; sons Eric and Gunnar and daughter Lisa; 8 grandchildren: Melanie, Alison, Kirsten, Caleb, Nathaniel, Jackson, Noelle and Chashtin, and great grandchildren Rustin and Ada Lynn. He was predeceased by four siblings. His funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. Burial with military honors will be in East Greenwich Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the East Greenwich Animal Protection League.
Former Senator J. Michael Lenihan, 71, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 28, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Kennedy Lenihan, his daughter Meghan and son-in-law Todd, his granddaughters Victoria and Bryanna, and his sister Martha Lenihan-Lavieri and her husband Jon.
Mr. Lenihan was born in Providence on Aug. 30, 1943, to Joseph B. and Muriel S. Lenihan. He grew up in Warwick and Scituate, graduating from Scituate High School. He received a BA in History at Rhode Island College and an MAT in American Studies from Brown University where he studied under a Danforth Fellowship. He and his wife married in 1968 and he lived until his death in East Greenwich.
For 29 years he taught English, American Studies, Early Enrollment, and Advanced Placement classes at Scituate before retiring. He also chaired the English Department, won a Federal Grant which allowed his students to produce and publish a book on the historic villages of Scituate. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Rhode Island College and a coach for various school varsity and junior varsity sports teams. Mike Lenihan spent over 40 years in service to the communities of East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Warwick and Exeter, 20 of those years as a state senator.
He served on the East Greenwich Town Council, part of that time as its president. Michael Lenihan has contributed his time and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given of himself unstintingly. As a strong and respected voice in the chamber, Senator Lenihan had served as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, chair of the Senate Committee on Government Oversight, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Rules, and was a member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture.
A visionary advocate, Michael Lenihan championed public access to online legislation, and legislation on separation of powers, open meetings, vendor disclosure, public access to public records, and improvements in the governance of quasi-public commissions, public officials accountability, state contracts with employee leasing companies, as well as issues affecting Narragansett Bay, to name just a few.
Michael Lenihan has also been a member and held leadership positions with a panoply of organizations including: the National Council of State Legislatures; the Council on State Government, Executive Committee-Eastern Regional; vice-chair of the South County Caucus; member of the Quonset-Davisville Management Corporation; president, vice-president, and member of the East Greenwich Town Council; member of the Nature Conservancy, Save the Bay, and the Sierra Club; and the Founder of the East Greenwich Land Trust.
Contributing his time and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors, Michael Lenihan was the proud recipient of countless awards and accolades some of which include, the “Margaret Langdon Kelly Award” from Meeting Street School, the “Golden Broom” from Operation Clean Government, three-time recipient of the “Public Service Achievement Award” by Common Cause, twice selected as “Legislator of the Year” by the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District, and named “Legislator of the Year” by the Rhode Island Rivers Council. It would surprise no one that Mike was an Eagle Scout and, throughout his tenure as a senator, he enthusiastically participated in countless Eagle Scout ceremonies inspiring other young men to service.
His calm demeanor, laser-focus on issues, and an incredible command of the English language inspired respect from both sides of the Senate aisle. Anyone witnessing his fight for reform legislation over his 2 decades in the Senate could never deny his passionate devotion and dedication to the interests of his constituents and the people of Rhode Island.
Senator Lenihan will be laid to rest in St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Sixth Avenue in East Greenwich following a Funeral Mass at St. Francis de Sales Church on School Street in North Kingstown, Thursday at 11 a.m. Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., in East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.
Former state senator J. Michael Lenihan died Saturday, Feb. 28. He was 71.
Lenihan, a Democrat, was a local legend. Starting in 1974, Lenihan served first East Greenwich and then the state in elected and appointed positions until he stepped down from the General Assembly in 2010, after serving there for 20 years.
“He passed away this morning, very peacefully and where he wanted to be, at home,” said his wife, Pat Lenihan. In addition to Pat, he is survived by his daughter, Meghan, and two granddaughters.
Lenihan served as state senator for District 35 from 1990 to 2010. He was a member of the EG Town Council from 1974 to 1980 and 1984 to 1990.
“Mike was a senator’s senator,” said Sen. Jim Sheehan, Dist. 36. “He was not just a great senator, he was a role model for senators. He was a great public servant who always put his constituents first. The people of Rhode Island have lost a statesman.”
Sheehan, who was elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 2000, said Lenihan took him under his wing.
“We both represented parts of North Kingstown. We just hit it off and had a good rapport,” said Sheehan. “One of the big issues I came in on was separation of powers, one of Mike’s great legacies.”
Separation of powers legislation passed in 2004. In it, all three branches of government were declared “separate and distinct,” and legislators were barred from sitting on or appointing others to boards with executive powers.
“For Separation of Powers to be fully implemented after the 2004 vote it took many, many changes to state boards and commissions by the General Assembly,” wrote Phil West, then head of Common Cause. “The bulk of that was accomplished during 2005-2006 thanks in large part to the efforts of several influential lawmakers such as former Senator Michael Lenihan.”
“The Mike Lenihan component in that book was really amazing,” said East Greenwich Town Councilor Mark Schwager. “If it was a movie, he’d be one of the stars. The amount of time he put in on the separation of powers and good government – the effort was just impressive.”
“During 20 years in the Rhode Island Senate, he embodied character, courage, and commitment to the people. His legacy includes a host of laws and constitutional amendments, most notably Separation of Powers, that changed our state for the better,” West wrote of Lenihan on his Facebook page Saturday.
“He was a guy who was really shunned and put on the back bench for wanting to push for good government,” said Schwager, “but over time he became one of the most respected legislators in the state.”
Schwager, a Democrat, said Lenihan was an inspiration.
“Mike was, to me, a remarkable mentor and someone who really encouraged me to get involved in government. He was just a wonderful guy,” said Schwager. “His goal was service. He was not interested in limelight, awards and praise.”
Lenihan, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and a master’s from Brown University, taught English at Scituate Junior-Senior High School. He served on the East Greenwich Planning Board from 1973-74, before serving on the Town Council from 1974 to 1980 and then again from 1984-1990.
“Michael was chair of the search committee that hired me as town manager,” recalled Bill Sequino, who served as town manager for East Greenwich for 25 years, from 1988 to 2013. “Michael was respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. Prior to 1988, when it was a Republican majority council, they actually elected Michael president.”
Sequino said Lenihan was an earlier supporter of environmental protection for the town.
“He was a lead voice on the council. The issues he picked were issues everyone could relate to: good development and good environment. The first time the land trust got funded was just before I got hired and I know Michael was instrumental in that,” said Sequino.
“When Michael was in the Senate, he represented East Greenwich very well,” he added. “He was a strong supporter for education aid for the town.”
Both Sequino and Sheehan commented on Lenihan’s verbal skills.
“He was very erudite,” said Sheehan. “He was just so meticulously fair minded. He was always so well researched and always brought logic to bear on any type of issue he grappled with. When he took a stand on an issue and got up on the Senate floor, everybody listened. When Mike got up, you wanted to hear what he had to say because, frankly, he could change your mind.”
Election night parties were a regular feature at the Lenihan home, which was always open to friends, colleagues and family.
“With Mike, you got his whole family,” said Schwager. “It’s just such a great family. I really just enjoyed being part of that family.”
“Mike loved his family,” said Sheehan. “The amount of time he put in to help making this a better state really says a lot about the sacrifices he was willing to make. For that we owe him a debt of gratitude.”
Calling hours are Wednesday, March 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hill Funeral Home on Main Street. The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church on School Street in North Kingstown, with burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in East Greenwich.
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Brian M. Morris, 59, a 32-year resident of East Greenwich, passed away Feb. 16. He was the husband of Donna J. Morris. Born in Brighton, Mass., he was the son of Marie K. Morris and the late Francis M. Morris.
Mr. Morris was the owner of Preservation Group, LLC, and the former Morris Graphics, Inc. He was a Vietnam War Air Force veteran, a longtime member of Quidnessett Country Club and was active in the community.
Besides his wife and mother he is survived by his sons, John F. Morris, Major, U.S. Army, and Gregory M. Morris; his brother Terrance P. Morris (Alice) and mother-in-law Eunice Pratt. He was the brother of the late Timothy M. Morris.
A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Peirce St., East Greenwich. Burial will be private. Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the American Cancer Society.
Edward P. Carlin, 88, of East Greenwich, passed away Feb. 10. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alexandra C. (Quirka) Carlin. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Raphael and Loretta (Sullivan) Carlin.
After graduating from Mt. Pleasant HS in Providence, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as an aviation machinist during WW II. He attended Providence College on the GI Bill where he played varsity baseball and graduated in 1951.
Ed worked in the insurance business for the next 43 years and developed many lifelong friendships. He retired from the Andover Companies and spent many winters in Florida on the golf course. Ed was a member of the Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence for many years.
Ed met his future wife, Alex, when he was working as a waiter at the Ambassador Inn in North Providence. After getting married in 1953, they lived in West Warwick until 1964 when they moved to East Greenwich. Ed and Alex renewed their wedding vows at St. Matthew Church in Cranston on their 50th anniversary. Ed’s passions included regular rounds of golf, trips to Block Island, drives to the ocean, and rooting for the Red Sox, the Pats, and PC basketball. He especially loved get togethers with good food, red wine, and entertaining his family and friends with his Irish gift for storytelling.
He is also survived by his children, Alexandra Carlin Heavey and her husband John Heavey of Marion, Mass., Edward Carlin, Jr. and his wife Julia of Carlsbad, Calif., Sandra Carlin of Warwick, and Lisa Carlin Long and her husband James Long of Natick, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Samuel and Cal Heavey, Delainey and Sean Carlin, Savannah Carlin and Brendan and Hannah Long; and a sister, Catherine Johnson of North Kingstown. He was the brother of the late Loretta Henderson, John ”Buddy” and Joseph Carlin and Doris Flood.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., East Greenwich. Burial with military honors will be in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Calling hours will be Monday 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St., East Greenwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Providence College Angel Fund, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI, 02918, providence.edu.