Joseph E. Provost
WOONSOCKET- Joseph E. Provost, 80, of Lilac Ave., Woonsocket, died Monday at home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Laverne Faye (Mills) Provost. They were married on March 21, 1956.
Born in Manville, he was a son of the late Elie P. and Marie A. (Jolly) Provost. He was a resident of Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Provost was a graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy and also earned his degree from Roger Williams College.
Mr. Provost was a veteran of the Untied States Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict.
He was employed at the Whitins Machine Shop in Whitinsville for over 25 years. He also worked at Tech Industries before retiring.
Mr. Provost was a baseball coach for the Bernon Little League for many years. Joe was a staunch fan of all Boston sports teams. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and was an avid gardener.
Joe had a special love for flying and had a vast knowledge of aviation, a passion he developed during his service in the Air Force.
Joe will be remembered as a devoted husband and father. His most profound enjoyment came from family vacations and activities
In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by three sons, Philip Provost, and his wife Beverly, of Woonsocket, Michael Provost, and his wife Cheryl, of Smithfield, and Steven Provost, and his wife Lynn, of TX, three daughters Mary Felicio of NC, Paula Durez and Patricia Provost, both of Woonsocket. He was the brother of Joseph Provost of NV, Yvonne Pallin and Jeanne Butler of AZ, Rita Richer of FL, and the late Normand Provost. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families.
His funeral will be Saturday at 7:45 am from the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 am in St. Agatha's Church, Joffre Ave., Woonsocket. Burial with military honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours are Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN. 38105 or Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI. 02904.
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