Francis  Ruisi

Francis E. Ruisi

Monday, January 28th, 2019
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Francis Edward Ruisi, 86, of Westerly, RI passed away on Monday night, Jan. 28, 2019, at The Royal, Westerly, RI. He was the beloved husband of the late Esther Grills Ruisi.

Born in Westerly, RI, he was the son of the late Anna and Leo Ruisi.

“Frank” leaves behind his daughters, Marybeth Taylor and her husband Steven, of Phoenix, AZ and Julie Ruisi and longtime boyfriend Robert Rofrano, of Westerly.
He has three wonderful grandchildren, Hillary Bravo and her husband Claudio, of Tucson, AZ and Robert and Madelyn Taylor, all of Phoenix, AZ.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Lillian, Clara, Joseph, Peter and Leonard Ruisi and Gloria Vrakapedis, formerly of Astoria, NY.

Frank, graduated from Westerly High School in 1951 and then served in the Korean War. He was an Electrician by trade, graduating from Norwich Technical School. He owned Allied Electric where he worked on many large, local projects. Franks’ skills were very sought after. He was hired at McPhee Limited where he worked as a project manager overseeing The Hartford Civic Center, L & M, Norwalk Hospital and Foxwoods Casino.

“Frank, Frankie, Pears, Dad, Papa”, were the names he would answer to. Truth be told, Papa was probably his favorite! People loved being around him because of his quick wit and sense of humor. He was funny, generous, sincere, honest, fair and smart! Pears, as they called him, had a remarkably close-knit group of friends that started on Westminster Street and then lasted a lifetime! He enjoyed boating, golfing, or playing pool in our basement with his buddies and Wednesday ‘dinners’ at the casino with Esther’s family. Papa loved summers as that was when all his family came to RI to watch his Red Sox and celebrate Lobsta Fest! He loved his friends and his family unconditionally. The love he had for his soul mate Esther, has now come full circle as Frank and Essie are together again.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 1st, from 3-6pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 2nd, at 10am at St. Clare Church, Crandall Ave., Westerly. There is no procession from the funeral home to church. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Continuum Hospice and Palliative Care, or St. Clare Church, 4 Saint Clare Way, Westerly, RI 02891 in Esther’s memory. For online condolences please go to
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 10:00am
    St. Clare Church
    Corner of St. Clare Way & Crandall Avenue-Misquamicut
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    St. Sebastian Cemetery
    WESTERLY, RI 02891


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Daniel Alvino

Posted at 12:56pm
Like so very many other friends of Frank, my wife and I had a very special relationship with both Frank and his recently deceased wife, Esther. Most of our interaction and communication occurred weekly on Saturdays just prior to Mass at St. Clare Church. Much to Fr. Ken’s dismay we would chat for 15 - 20 minutes while Esther would ‘fill us in’ on the week’s happenings in Westerly. Following her death, Frank would share with us news of his week’s activity - never failing to mention how much he missed his wife. To know that they are together once again tends to soften the pain surrounding his death. Frank proved to be a huge figure in our community, and he will be missed by all.

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