Joseph T. Werbenski


Joseph T. Werbenski

fire battalion chief

Joseph T. Werbinski, 74, Ret. Battalion Chief, WFD, of West Warwick, died unexpectedly December 2, 2011 while on a cruise with his wife in California. He was the beloved husband of Eleonore T. (Kalter) Werbinski, whom he had been married to for 52 years. Together, they enjoyed sailing, skiing and international travel.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Nakopinski) Werbinski. He was a graduate of Gorton High School in Warwick, had attended Bryant College and served in the U.S. Army before joining the Warwick Fire Department, where he served for 30 years, retiring in 1993 as a Battalion Chief. He had also owned Warwick Fence Co. Inc. for 10 years.

He was an avid skier and enjoyed his position as a ski instructor at Sunday River, Maine. Joe was an active member of the Quonset Davisville Navy Yacht Club and was recognized in 2010 as Skipper of the Year.

Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter, Jae T. Smith and her husband, Michael, of Coventry; his granddaughters, Allison Smith, Caitlin Smith and Nicole Smith; his granddog, Molly Smith; a brother, Frank Werbinski of Northampton, Mass.; and a brother-in-law, Chris Kalter and wife, Susi, of Munich, Germany.

His funeral will be Dec. 9 at 8:45 a.m. from Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Ave., West Warwick, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in SS. John & Paul Church, 341 South Main St., Coventry, at 10 a.m. Calling hours are Dec. 8 from 4-7 p.m. Burial will be in Pawtuxet Memorial Park, Warwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Cove Center, 610 Manton Ave., Providence, RI 02909 will be appreciated. Information and condolences available at