Donald A. D’Amato


Donald A. D’Amato, 80, of Warwick passed away June 15, 2012 at Kent Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Jean T. (Carroll) D’Amato.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late Donato and Carmela Theresa (Mutascio) D’Amato. Mr. D’Amato was an educator in the Warwick School System for 30 years. He was also a freelance writer for the Warwick Beacon, Cranston Herald, Old Rhode Island Magazine and Prime Time Magazine. He was a graduate of Boston English High School, received his BA from Northeastern University in 1954 and his Masters in History and English from University of Rhode Island. He also completed graduate studies at Brown University. He served as an Instructor at C.C.R.I. and Johnson & Wales University. Mr. D’Amato authored 14 books on Warwick and Rhode Island History and was awarded the designation of Warwick Historian during the Flaherty Administration. He was a member of the Rhode Island and Warwick Historical Societies and the Apponaug Improvement Association.

He was the loving father of William J. D’Amato of Freedom, Maine, Donna M. McKee of Sacramento, California, Theresa A. Spencer of Warwick, Joanne M. Amaral of Voluntown, Connecticut and the late Carmela A. Leonard. Caring step father of Timothy Deignan of Warwick, Michael Deignan of Brazil and Joseph McGrath of Groveland, California. Cherished grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of four.

His Funeral Service will be held Friday at 11:00 am in The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Route 5, Warwick (Exit 12A on I-95). Relatives and friends are invited and may call Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Burial will be private.


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It's been 35 years since we first met and more than 40 years since my wife knew you as a teacher. Since then we have been friends, colleagues and now we will miss you dearly. Our sympathies to all your family.

Rick and Gail

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I was one of the lucky ones who had Mr. D'Amato for Rhode Island history at Warwick Veteran's High School. Mr. D'Amato was an important part of my love of history. I went on to major in American Culture Studies at Roger Williams College. I volunteered at Betsy Williams' Cottage in RWP. I worked at Slater Mill as a tour guide and Mystic Seaport Museum as a tour guide and gave lectures about whaling. If I hadn't taken Mr. D'Amato's class I wonder if my path would have been any different. His enthusiasm for history and his ability to make it come alive was an important part of my own enthusiasm. I have not seen Mr. D'Amato or heard his voice in many many years but in my mind I hear his voice clearly. He is the kind of person who you think of fondly and don't forget. I'm sure he affected many lives.

Saturday, July 7, 2012