Daniel Roland De Cesare, 27, was born in Warwick on April 30, 1986, and passed away on March 30, 2014, as a result of a motorcycle accident in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dan graduated from Cactus Shadow High School and attended Emory-Riddle University. He served as a United States Marine from 2004 through 2009, based in Iwakuni, Japan, as an air traffic controller; he then served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Dan “Wolfman” De Cesare was known by his friends as a funny, influential, highly motivated and infinitely loyal friend. A special quote was heard from one of Dan’s friend after learning of his passing, “Heaven just got a little more interesting.”
Dan is survived by his parents Roland and Kitty De Cesare of Phoenix, Az., sister Michelle Robinson, her husband Gunnery Sergeant Matt Robinson, and their two children Jason and Autumn. He was the grandson of Dr. Roland H. De Cesare Sr. of East Greenwich, and the late Marie A. De Cesare. He is also survived by an aunt, Maria D. Bunkley, and husband Joel and son Joel, uncle Stephen De Cesare and wife Shelly.
Calling hours are Tuesday, April 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hill Funeral Home, 822 Main St. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on April 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis DeSales Church, School St., North Kingstown. Daniel was laid to rest with full Military honors on April 9 at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the WoundedWarriersProject.org. Online condolences can be made at www.hillfuneralhome.com.
Dear Daniel, my beloved son. Words can not describe the emptiness left in my heart by you leaving us all too soon. From the moment you were born you have been the love of my life and will always be. One of my most precious moments is when you asked me to be your date at your last Marine Corps. ball in 2008 in California. I know the pain you were in son, and I feel great solace knowing that you are at peace with all of that now. There will never be a day that goes by that I will not think of you and all the wonderful times we shared. “Bubba” I will love you always! Mom
April 29, 2014