William “Bill” Cesario, 61, was stricken suddenly at his home in Florida and passed away October 3, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Carol (Clark) Cesario.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Walter and Hilda Scorobogaty. Bill was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the Navy SeaBees. He was employed for many years at BIF Industries in East Greenwich as a toolmaker until the company closed. He was also a master welder.
Bill was an all-around handyman. He could fix a car of build an addition on a house and was always willing to lend a hand. He loved music and was the lead singer in a country and western band in the late 1970s and ’80s. The group would play at various clubs and parties throughout Rhode Island, and they had a large following.
Bill also loved fishing and being around the ocean. His favorite place in the world was in Bristol at the water.
Besides his wife he leaves his daughter, Shannon Lopes of Newport, and three granddaughters, Erika, Mellissa and Maegan Lopes, all of whom he was extremely proud. He was thrilled to be a great-grandfather and loved his little great-grandson, Connor Lopes. Bill also leaves two brothers, Frank Cesario of California and Walter Cesario of Chepachet, and four sisters, Sandra Cyr of Chepachet, Margaret Tetrault of Cranston, Bernice Charves of Warwick and Susan Highley of Cranston, all of whom will miss him every day. He was the brother of the late Nicholas Cesario and Catherine Cesario. He was uncle and great-uncle to many children.
A small memorial service was held in Florida with full military honors. Arrangements are being made to bring about Bill’s final wish: to be brought home to Rhode Island, where there will be a memorial service at the waters of Bristol.