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The North Providence Breeze 06-24-2020

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12 OBITUARIES / SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 24-30, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION Ronald A. Romano Sr. Ronald A. Romano Sr., 80, passed away June 15, at Hope Hospice in Providence. He was born in Providence and was the son of the late Frank and Angelina (DeGuilio) Romano. He was the beloved husband of Beverly (D'Ambrosco) Romano. They were happily married for 58 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Dr. Ronald A. Romano Jr., and his wife, Teri. He was father to the late daughter Rhonda (Romano) Campanale. He was a devoted and loving grandfather. His grandchildren are: Giana (Campanale) Washburn, Devin Campanale, Kaitlyn and Christopher Romano. He was thrilled to have a great-grandson, Grayson Washburn. He was the brother of the late Frank Romano, Angela Prete and Fortune Guida. He also leaves nieces and nephews. Papa was dedicated, hard working and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved old cars, trav- eling, celebrating holidays, special events, and any reason to spend time together. We were blessed to have had him in our lives. We loved him dearly. His Mass of Christian Burial was held June 18, in St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. Share memories and condolences at . Jean F. (Garrity) D'Amico Jean F. (Garrity) D'Amico, 69, passed away June 19, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the lov- ing wife of the late Gerald "Jerry" J. D'Amico. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of Muriel M. (Deshaies) Garrity and the late John F. Garrity Jr. She was the loving mother of Julie A. (D'Amico) Zaccagnini, Jayson J. D'Amico and his significant other, Tiffany K. Morris, and Jerry V. D'Amico and his wife, Melissa. She was the grandmother of Lauren A. D'Amico, Jerry V. D'Amico Jr., Jaime N. D'Amico and Jordan A. Fugere; and sister of Diane M. Caito. Jean was a graduate of North Providence High School, cosmetology school, and had worked as a hair styl- ist for many years. She worked along- side her husband for 30 years as the bookkeeper for their business Jerry's Texaco located in North Providence. Later in life, she was employed by Citizen's Bank for five years before working for Paradies at TF Green Airport for three years. Jean was extremely devoted to her family and cherished spending time with them. It was known to all that she adored her husband. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and fam- ily, the arts, classic films, and was an avid reader. Jean was passionate about old time rock 'n' roll and all things music. Live performances always got her on her feet and dancing. Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a funeral on Thursday, June 25, at 8 a.m., from the Pontarelli-Marino Home, 971 Branch Ave., Providence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1081 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, followed by grave- side burial in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joseph Andruzzi Foundation at www.joeandruzzifoun- . got promoted to Division III, and even though Williams and Fossa didn't get an opportunity to talk to each other after those games, they did when Fossa joined the state's athletic director ranks after serving as Narragansett's assistant athletic direc- tor. "Whatever you read about him was so true," Williams said. "I became an athletic director before he became one, and dealing with him as an ath- letic director, he was always cordial. He was a gentleman, positive, consid- erate, just an upstanding individual." As a head coach, Fossa "was always a gentleman about the game who put the kids first," Williams added. "And he never had a negative word to say. He was always wishing luck to every- one." Fossa was the son of G. Richard Fossa, a former mayor of North Providence and current chief of staff. Fossa, who lost his wife Jean in 2013, said this week that the death of his son was even more devastating. "It was the worst day of my life," he said. "It's devastating. I talked with him one hour, and an hour later he's gone." He said he feels so badly for his son's three children. Fossa said his son never wanted to take credit for anything. He recalled how he was pulled over by a police officer as a 17-year-old and the officer asking him if he was Dick Fossa's son. He said no because he didn't want any special favors. Simply put, Fossa "was a good kid," said his dad. "He had a lot of accomplishments in his life," he said. He said he was blown away by a ceremony last week at the Dunes Club, saying it was fit for someone very important. "To me he was," he said. Fossa was a walk-on player for the Arizona State football team in 1977 before he received his bach- elor's degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and mas- ter's degree in athletic administration from Ohio University. His father remembered how he and his wife shouted at their son after they learned that he was leav- ing Arizona State. When they finally gave him a chance to talk, he told them he had been accepted to Notre Dame. His graduation ceremony fea- tured the first appearance of Ronald Reagan after he was shot. A few years after graduating from Notre Dame, Fossa, who also played baseball at La Salle, chased his dreams of becoming a Major League umpire. That dream ended after eight seasons in the minor leagues, but during that time, Fossa toiled in the Pioneer, California, Texas, and International Leagues. Toward the end of his umpiring career, Fossa landed a job in the offseason at Tri-Town Community Action Agency in Johnston and began his high school coaching career as an assistant at North Providence in 1991, and two years later, he was on the staff that led the Cougars to the Division IV champi- onship. In 1995, he eventually became head coach of the Cougars, and his best seasons were the 1996 and 1998 campaigns, which saw NP post 4-5 records. After posting an 81-50 record in his 15 seasons leading the Mariners, Fossa stepped down to become Narragansett's athletic director. Three years later, he took a short drive up Route 4 to become N.K.'s athletic director, and last year, he received the RIIL Athletic Director of the Year award. Fossa, who had served as the president of the Providence Gridiron Club and the R.I. High School Football Coaches Association, was also inducted into the Gridiron Club, Italian American Sports, and R.I. High School Football Coaches Halls of Fame. He was also a member of the R.I. Athletic Administrators Association who served on the RIIL's football and hockey committees. (Editor's Note: Breeze Editor Ethan Shorey also contributed to this story.) The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at port. Thank you as always for reading. FOSSA From Page 11 D'AMICO ROMANO North Providence High captures RIIL's Credit Unions Spirit Challenge NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence High was the winning school in the RIIL's Credit Unions Spirit Challenge, a series of head-to- head matchups on the RIIL's Twitter account that gave students, faculty members, fans, alumni, and com- munity members across the state a chance to show their support for each of the state's 56 high schools. The social media event began on May 18 and recently ended with the championship round, which saw 2,016 people cast their votes and the Cougars defeat Chariho, 55.8 to 44.2. North Providence had reached the finals by defeating Johnston in the opening round, Cranston East in the second round, Smithfield in the Round of 16, Cumberland in the quarterfinals, and Davies in the semi- finals. Two of the Cougars' rounds went down to the final minutes. In its Final Four matchup, the Cougars edged the Patriots, 51.9 to 48.1, and in the Elite Eight, the Cougars nipped the Clippers, 50.5 to 49.5. NP Jets announces registrations for football players, cheerleaders NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Jets youth football organization is holding online regis- trations for the upcoming fall season for players and cheerleaders ages 5-14. Players ages 5 and 6 will play flag football, and no child entering the 9th grade this fall will be eligible to play. Players are encouraged to visit to regis- ter. Email for more information. NP Women's Softball League seeks players for summer season NORTH PROVIDENCE – Registration for the North Providence Women's Softball League's summer season is currently underway, and any interested players ages 18 and older can sign up. The season will run for the next two months at Olney Park. Email or call 401-447-9246 for more information. Cougars claim social media tournament by topping Chariho in finals, Davies in semis In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. 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