Richard A. Dubois, 53, died June 28, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Loretta M. (Anderson) Dubois.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Wilfred and Muriel (Gendreau) Dubois, he resided in Warwick for the past 12 years, formerly residing in Providence and Pawtucket. Richard was a professional country music fiddle player. He started playing violin at a very young age and appeared on Dialing for Dollars at age 11. Throughout his long career he played with many country music bands including John Penny Band, O.K. Corral, Snakebite, Bobby Carlson and the Stone River Band. He also backed up national acts including Tommy Cash, Roomful of Blues, Tiny Tim, Kentucky Headhunters, Hank Walters, Hank Thompson, Billy Walker, Dick Curlis, Jonny Paycheck, Mearle Haggard, Reba Mac and many others. For the past 20 years he has been named Country Music Fiddle Player of the Year in RI almost every year and was named Player of the Year in RI and MA in 2012. Richard was also a conservator and restorer of 18th Century furniture for the past 20 years. Most recently he enjoyed driving a school bus for special needs children with the First Student Bus Co.
He was the father of Richard A. Dubois, Jr. and Paul J. Dubois and stepfather of John Beaver, Raymond Beaver, Robert Beaver and Mary-Ann Beaver; grandfather of Jocelyn Caswill. He was also the brother of Jacqueline Vinacco, Denise Denaro, Wilfred Dubois, Raymond Dubois, and Ed Dubois.
His funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Chapel, 2435 Warwick Ave., Warwick with a visitation from 4-9 p.m. Burial will be private. Information and condolences, visit TheQuinnFuneralHome.com.