Theodore Dionne

Theodore C. Dionne

Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Obituary

Theodore C. Dionne of Ashaway, RI, died peacefully after a brave battle with cancer on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the age of 86.

Born in Westerly, he was the son of the late Theodore C. and Rita Dionne.

Ted served in both the Army National Guard and the US Navy during the Korean War as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Ted was co-owner of Connors and O’Brien Marina. He enjoyed his 36 years of a wonderful retirement doing the things he loved: woodworking, yard work, clamming and spending time with family and friends. During retirement, Ted was an avid volunteer of the Westerly and Hopkinton Land Trusts. Preservation of his beautiful country community was of paramount concern to Ted.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mariette (Brown) Dionne of 56 years. Mariette and Ted were partners in life, always taking care of one another. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Carolyn Meece, her husband Terry, of Summerfield, FL and their son Terry Meece, Jr., of Westerly; and his sister-in-law Rogean Makowski and her husband John of Hopkinton, RI. He was a loving uncle and surrogate grandfather to his nephew Daniel and his nieces, Laryssa and Kassandra Makowski, who loved him so very much. The family enjoyed many happy memories together both in Ashaway and Castine, Maine, where they spent the summers boating, walking the beach and enjoying his homemade fritters and chowder. He was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Dionne and his wife Patty, and his sister Delores Robertson and her husband Caird. He is survived by his nephew David Robertson and his nieces, Pamela Grove and her husband Robert, and Debra Mitchell and her husband Ken; and many great nieces and nephews.

For those who knew Ted, affectionately called Uncle Ted by those introduced to him through family, they described him as an intelligent, kind and generous person. He always wanted to do for others and never expected or wanted anything in return. There was nothing he couldn’t repair or build. If you were one of the lucky ones, he shared something he made with you. A world-class craftsman, he made rocking chairs, sleighs, chests and his ever-famous stools. He made over 800 step stools for friends, family and acquaintances. He loved working in his workshop repairing things for people and making special gifts for Mariette, Rogean, Laryssa, Daniel and Kassy. He thoroughly enjoyed taking his afternoon nap in the workshop in front of the wood stove or outside under the oak tree in his yard. An avid reader, he had an expansive library. He was more than happy to lend you one of his books but he made sure he kept track of when his treasured books were returned.

He will be sadly missed by his many friends in both Rhode Island and Castine and his loving family.

Visiting hours will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Gaffney Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce Street in Westerly. Family and friends are also invited to attend a Funeral Service at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at First Hopkinton Cemetery, Ashaway. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ted’s memory to the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association or a charity of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    Address
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, March 5th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    Address
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    First Hopkinton Cemetery
    Address
    Please Note: Committal Service will be conducted with Full Military Honors

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Kathy Jeselnick

Posted at 01:40pm
Mariette,
My dad treasured his friendship with Ted. Whenever Ted came to visit my dad, especially my dad’s last months, my dad would perk up. I always teased my mom & dad that I was going to “borrow permanently” the wonderful step stool with the handle that Ted made in his workshop. Delightfully, a few years ago Ted made me one of my own. Then a few months later, when I was in RI visiting my dad, I was surprised when dad said Ted had dropped off a second stool that Ted had made for our motor home. He certainly was a special man who will be missed. All my love to you Mariette. Kathy Brown Jeselnick Eldred, PA
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bruce dionne

Posted at 03:46pm
Ted was a Mentor and family to me so proud of that.To walk in his Shop to marvel at the unlimited skills of this man. The conversations helped me to grow as a man.I would bring him a cool piece of wood.then it became a gorgeous stool I treasure.He built me a boat I will row for the rest of my life.My respect for him has no bounds.Im stuck in Florida wishing I was there with Ted and our family.the warm memories keep flowing over me.one of the last times I saw Uncle Ted I told him I loved him.With a big smile he said I know you do.i was lucky to have never end up in the naughty filing Cabnits .all my love Bruce Dionne
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David, Tiffany, Eva and Sienna Grove

Posted at 01:55pm
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Mary Paguaga

Posted at 11:21am
I'm sorry to hear of Ted's passing. I am fortunate to have been touched by him though I never met Ted. One of his beautiful stools is here with me in Atlanta. While speaking with my mother in Ashaway one day, he thought of making one for me. What a gift he has been to so many, even those if us he had never even met. Such a lovely soul.
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