Lawrence M. Bagley


Lawrence M. Bagley died at his home on Jan. 12, 2022. Born in Providence Sept. 25, 1949 son of the late Earl H. Bagley and Winifred M. (Fallon) Bagley. He remained a proud lifelong resident of Rhode Island. He was very recently predeceased by his Wife Joanne (Desjardins) Bagley on Dec. 12, 2021. Besides his wife he leaves behind a daughter Amber M. James and husband Andrew T. James of Monson MA. Three grandchildren Robert Harris and fiancé Charlotte Simmons of Canton CT, Adam Ouellette and partner Darian Figueroa of Belchertown MA, and Maxwell Ouellette of Monson MA. He also leaves behind a son Lawrence M. Bagley and family of Spfld MA. Lawrence was predeceased by his brother Earl H. Bagley, Jr, of Cumberland RI on Aug 29, 2016,  Brother James O. Bagley of Scituate RI on Oct. 29, 2020, and a sister Laura (Bagley) Barnard of Westerly RI. on Sept.10, 2021 He is survived by his sister Marion (Bagley) Trigo and loving husband Frank of Warwick RI. For most of his career he worked at S.M. White & Sons of Lincoln RI as an industrial painter. This is where he met his wife (and love of his life) Joanne who worked in the jewelry dept. They were inseparable from that day on. As his daughter writing this I have many wonderful memories and stories that my Dad shared with me over the years. One of them being that he had beaten death numerous times. Before I was born, he survived an ice skating accident that left him drowning when he fell through the ice. After begging a scared bystander he was pulled to safety and survived.  Another close call was in Nov. 1976 when he survived a motorcycle accident while going around what locals knew as  “Dead Man's Curve” on Bullocks Point Ave E. Providence. Over the cliff with his buddy Bobby Francisco on the back. I believe his friend broke a leg but my dad was in critical condition and in a coma for a long time. He was called a “Miracle of Providence” (when against all odds) he came out of it and with the help of family fought to get his life back. Then again in April 1997 he survived a heart attack. While undergoing double bypass surgery my father died on the table. They brought him back to life but were unable to ever finish the surgery that he so badly needed. In the end, he couldn’t survive the loss of his beloved wife Joanne. May they rest in peace together in Heaven. Special thanks goes to the caring and watchful eye of their neighbors Norman and Maureen Wheeler. They made life bearable for Joanne and my father for years and in their last days.  My Dad was the coolest Dad that a daughter could ask for….and the stories to tell!!! He will always be in my heart and am grateful for every moment we shared while he was on this earth. To honor my fathers wishes we will not have a wake. My husband and I will have a low key gathering at Dave's Bar and Grill 2339 Post Rd in Warwick R.I 02888 Sun. Jan, 30th 2022 12:00-3:00 p.m. Let’s have a toast, share pictures and stories to honor him. Please remember to dress casual, just the way he would want it. There will be a private burial in the near future. Our deepest gratitude to Keefe Funeral Home of Lincoln R.I. for their services. Please remember the good times and share a story if you have one.