Obituary: Edmund James Renehan, 84

by | Mar 23, 2015

Edmund J. Renehan

Edmund J. Renehan

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.

The online obituary and condolence page can be found here.


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