Obituary: Marypatricia (Doran) Ritacco, 79

by | Oct 28, 2022

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Marypatricia (Doran) Ritacco, 79, of Westerly and formerly of East Greenwich, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

She was born in Lindenhurst, N.Y., daughter of William and Patricia, where she was raised alongside her sister Margaret (deceased) and brother William.

A lifelong dancer, she spent her early teenage years dancing on Broadway. Patty later joined Northwest Orient Airlines and began to travel. It was there she met Anthony, her devoted husband of nearly 57 years. Patty ultimately worked for the State of Rhode Island as a clerk in District Court for over 20 years but always maintained a presence in the arts. A founding member of the East Greenwich Academy of Dance, she devoted years to Academy Players and community musical theater.

Patty leaves her beloved husband Tony and four children: Michael (Kelly) and their children Marley and Michael; Mollie (John) and son Sawyer; Patricia (Michael) and daughter Gillian; and Anthony (predeceased by Kimberly) and son Lukas.

A celebration of Patty’s life will be held at a later date to be announced. Burial was private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly, handled the arrangements. For online condolences please visit

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Donna RICE
Donna RICE
October 29, 2022 9:40 am

I am so sorry for your loss. She always had a smile on her face. May your memories help you to get through this difficult time.
Donna Rice

Marie Hennedy
Marie Hennedy
November 9, 2022 5:24 pm

Surely, Patty Ritacco’s joyous spirit lives on in so many peoples’ memories. May dear Tony and their children eventually rejoice!


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