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February 7, 2019

Louis Garafola
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Obituary for Louis M. Garafola

Louis M. Garafola of Westerly, passed away Feb 7th, 2019 surrounded by his children in Cocoa Beach, FL.

Louis was born in Westerly to the late Michael and Christina (Aiello) Garafola in 1941. He attended Immaculate Conception Church and graduated from Westerly High School in 1959. Louis then graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy in Boston, Mass with a diploma in Mortuary Science.

Louis met the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Patsy L. (Burge) Garafola, in Westerly where they called home. Louis worked for the Town of Westerly for 43 years spending over 20 years as the Business Agent for the Local 15 Laborer’s Union. He also worked for Rushlow Iacoi Funeral Home for 30 years serving as a funeral director and embalmer. Louis was a member of the Bradford Citizens Club, the Moose Club, the Westerly Lodge of Elks and the Westerly Knights of Columbus as well as the past president of the Westerly National Little League.

Louis is survived by his four children, Debbie (Garafola) Strawderman and her husband Michael, Greg Garafola, Christina Garafola, and Michael Garafola and his wife Trina. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sarah and Amber Garafola, Aaron and Austin Strawderman and Michael, Matthew and Macey Garafola; six great grandchildren; and his sister Linda Cuccitrone. In addition to his wife and parents, Louis was predeceased by his brother Robert.

Louis was a kind and loving parent and grandfather who lived everyday to be surrounded by his family.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-7pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St. Westerly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10am at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 7 Church St., Bradford. There is no procession from the funeral home to church. Burial will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Westerly Pee Wee Football, 5 Chestnut Street, A-107, Westerly, RI 02891 in Louis’ memory. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com

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When Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
59 Spruce Street
Westerly, RI 02891

Service Information

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 10:00am
St. Vincent dePaul Church
Church Street
Bradford, RI 02808

Interment Information

St. Sebastian Cemetery
Westerly, RI 02891