Obituary: Clifford Lewis Rice, 80

by | Aug 10, 2022

Cliff was behind the counter cooking at The Kent “Charbroil” Restaurant for over 40 years

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Clifford Lewis Rice, 80, passed away peacefully at Hospice House Care, Fort Myers, Fla. He was the son of the late Walter L. Rice and Edna Tunnicliff Rice. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Donna L. Wilson Rice. He was the father of two children he adored, Jennie Lynn Rice Lucci, husband Dan Lucci, and Jamin Lewis Rice, wife Stephanie Priest Rice. Cliff was a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren, Katelyn, Alyssa and Brooke Lucci, and Aidan and Aaron Rice. He is also survived by his brother, Donald Rice of Columbus, Ohio. He was predeceased by his three sisters;  Barbara Rice Fogel, Marilyn Rice Boss and Kerry Rice Rock.

Cliff was an avid Red Sox Fan from childhood; with his own private Red Sox collection of memorabilia some would call a museum. His hero was Ted Williams to whom his collection was dedicated.

A member of the American Veterans, he fulfilled his Army duty in Vietnam in 1966 and was a member of American Legion, Post 15, East Greenwich. Cliff was a graduate of East Greenwich High School and Johnson and Wales with an associate’s degree in business.

Cliff was a former soccer coach and board member for the East Greenwich Youth Soccer Association and the Rhode Island Indoor Soccer Association. Many remember Cliff from behind the counter cooking at The Kent “Charbroil” Restaurant for over 40 years. Cliff will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.

You can leave an online condolence at Fuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services HERE.


  1. Mathias

    Great guy. Great cook. RIP.

  2. judy stenberg

    We have many fond memories of Cliff from our many visits to the Kent. May he rest in peace. Sincere sympathy to Donna and family.
    Judy and Art

  3. Bruce

    Strunge. Where the hell do we start ?

    Eldredge ? Little League ? Picks ? The roof and the mysteries of the One -eyed Monk. LOL!
    Gaggers at the Kent.
    SO many memories which I will hold onto until I am up there? with you?
    Donna you had a gem. He will be missed.
    Bruce & Elaine

  4. Vic and Janet Volpe

    My condolences to Donna and the Rice family. I haven’t seen Cliff in many years. I remember playing pool with him at Bunny’s pool hall (he always won). He always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. Rest in peace.

  5. joyce wilson williams

    My thoughts & prayers go to Donna and her family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Js

    Pavarotti, anyone?


    Cliff and I go way back to mid 90s, it was a pleasure washing pots and pans for you my friend. May God bless your soul. You were a great friend to so many. Also thank you for your service to this Great Nation.

  8. Scott D Boss

    Best uncle a guy could have. The only thing he ever did wrong in my eyes was move to Florida! I don’t think I’ve laughed harder with anyone else. He and I listened to Flip Wilson, watched Redd Foxx and was entertained by Streisand and Mathis. As for the Charbroil? Nowhere better for an excellent, affordable meal. RIP uncle Cliff.


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