Deacon Francis J. Stone


Deacon Francis J. Stone
leaves four children

Deacon Francis J. Stone, 85, of Country Club Drive, Warwick, died February 6, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of the late Mary M. (Morgan) Stone.
Born in Providence, the son of the late Frank L. and Josephine B. (O’Dowd) Stone, he lived in Warwick since 1952. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy in Providence and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Stone was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Providence by Bishop Kenneth Angell in June 1979. He served his ministry at the Eleanor Slater Hospital and the Intake Center at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston. A member of St. Peter Parish in Warwick, he was a past president of Men of the Sacred Heart and a custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue. Mr. Stone was a field service representative for Dennison Manufacturing Co. of Framingham, Mass. for 30 years, retiring in 1988.
He is survived by three daughters, Cheryl Queenan and Kathleen Lynch, both of Warwick, and Jo-Anne M. Dwyer of Cranston; a son, Stephen C. Stone of Warwick; seven grandchildren, Kelly Drolet, Christopher Curran, William Brandon Gardner, Justin Gardner, Ryan Gardner, Matthew Queenan and Eric Queenan; and two great-grandchildren, Julia Drolet and Justin Reynolds “JR” Gardner Jr. He was the father of the late F. John Stone and brother of the late Winifred Smail.
His funeral will be held Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. from Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Ave., Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Peter Church, 350 Fair St., Warwick. Burial with military honors will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Cornerstone Adult Services, Inc., 140 Warwick Neck Ave., Warwick, RI 02889.


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