Ernest P. Mennillo MD
Mennillo, Ernest P. MD, February 26, 1923 - January 22, 2013. Father time caught up with Dr. Ernie on Tuesday morning at Brentwood Nursing Home. Born in upstate New York, Dr. Mennillo was the middle son of Domenic and Ann (Nacca) Mennillo. Older brother Carl of Schenectady, NY passed many years ago, and Daniel of Boca Raton, FL passed away last year. Dr. Mennillo is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Joanne (Macomber) Mennillo. He leaves four sons: Ernest P. (Paul) Mennillo Jr of Warwick, Dr. Roger Mennillo of Barrington, Dana Mennillo of Warwick, Todd Mennillo of Newport, a daughter Melissa Day of Cranston, as well as eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Dr. Mennillo was a WWII veteran having piloted a B-17 with the 490th bomb group of the 8th Air Force, US Army Air Corps in England. Upon returning from the war Dr. Mennillo earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester and came to Rhode Island to do his pediatric residency at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Ernie practiced pediatrics in Cranston for over fifty years including many years as the pediatrician for the Cranston school system, and later served as chief of pediatrics at Kent County Memorial Hospital where he had also served thirteen years in the E.R. Dr. Mennillo was an avid trapshooter and in 1982 won the National Championship Handicap event at the Grand American Trapshoot in Vandalia, Ohio. Though an admitted "duffer" he also enjoyed golf in his later years. But mostly he enjoyed his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, patients, and of course dogs. His funeral will be held on Friday January 25th at 10:00am in Phillips Memorial Baptist Church 565 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his memory be made to The Kent Hospital Foundation: Nursery Fund 455 Tollgate Road Warwick, RI 02886.
NANCY BROWN-GARCIA - 01/22/2013
TO THE ENTIRE MENNILLO, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES.DR. ERNIE, HE WAS NOT JUST OUR DOCTOR BUT A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY THAT OUR ENTIRE FAMILY LOVED WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS. WE WILL ALL MISS THIS UNIQUELY HUMOROUS BRILLIANT LOVING MAN. HE CARED FOR MANY PEOPLE AND WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. WITH ALL OF OUR LOVE THE BROWN-GARICA FAMILY, ANGEL, NANCY, MAX, VIRGINIA, MISSESU, MISHI, TYE-SHAUN, & MISHSHESHA. GOD BLESS YOU DR. ERNIE UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN...YOU WERE AN ANGEL ON EARTH AND I AM SURE YOU'LL BE A HEAD ANGEL IN HEAVEN MAKING ALL THE OTHER ANGELS LAUGH OX
Donna Sebastianelli - 01/23/2013
I want to express my sincere sympathy to your family on your loss. Dr. Mennillo was my pediatrician and I remember him like it was yesterday. Though as a baby, toddler and child, I didn't like going to the office, he had such a gentle and caring way about him that I got through it. He was an outstanding doctor to his patients and their families.
Betty Ann corsetti - 01/23/2013
I want to express my sincere sympathy on your loss . dr. Mennillo was the pediatrician for my children when they were litle. I also had the pleasure of working beside him as a nurse in the emergency room at Kent. He will always be remembered for his smile and charming personality. god bless allmof you at this difficult time.
Patricia Picano - 01/23/2013
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. I had the honor of having Dr. Mennillo as my pediatrician. I remember going to his office like it was yesterday. He had such a kind and gentle disposition that he made you look forward to going to the doctor. He truly cared about his patients and would call you back no matter what the hour and would not hesitate to make a house-call to make sure your child was okay. He was truly the best of the best. Thank you Dr. Mennillo for taking such good care of so many of us for so many years.
Jeri D'Antico - 01/23/2013
My deepest condolences to the entire Mennillo family. Dr. Ernie was my son's peditrican. He was an outstanding doctor as well as a gentle human being. He always seemed to make everything feel ok when my son was sick. I remember when I took him to Dr Ernie for stomach pains, he saw that I was nervous and gently tried to ease my fears. My son needed an emergency appendectomy that day and Dr Ernie was by our side the entire time. He felt more like family than like a doctor. He was admired and loved by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. He will truly be missed.
Larry R. Rittmann - 01/23/2013
My condolences are extended to all the Mennillo family. We, at East Greenwich Golf Course, always enjoyed having Dr. Ernie and his son Roger or friend Bob "tee it up" with us. At golf he described himself as a "duffer". As a human being he was a terrific "pro". We shall miss him dearly.
Pam and Jim Picard - 01/23/2013
We would like to express our love and respect for Dr. Minnow(Alicia's pronunciation) and all of his wonderful family. Dr. Ernie shared life and death with us. He gave Jim and myself love and support and we would like to pass it on...
Behind a man of such a full life is most always a woman and that is Mrs. Minnow!! Love to you all, Jim and Pam Picard.
Marilyn LaCasse - 01/23/2013
My deepest condolences to the Mennillo Family. "Dr. Ernie" was the best. Such a wonderful man! Always so nice to my girls. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
sharon terzian & becca - 01/23/2013
Dr. Ernie was one in a million, and I feel so lucky that my kids had him for their doc. My Bec was born on a Good Friday (3rd child) and he brought me an Easter basket. Becca adores(d) him, and I think she challenged every thing he knew about medicine, but we got through it together and he was always willing to listen and learn and plod through the world of genetics and special needs and make sure she got everything she needed. As he used to say, there's nothing wrong with her, she's just not of this planet. We all loved his bantering with Dr. D'ellasandro and the stories he told of their residency, and after he retired, but continued to go into the office, stopping in while he had his lunch just to say hi. He was one in a million. So incredibly blessed to have known him, thank you so much for sharing him with us.
Bob and Marie Mariani - 01/23/2013
To the entire Mennillo family, our deepest sympathies for the loss of such a wonderful man. I just turned 51, but when my mother, Marie told me about Dr. Mennillo's passing, I wanted to tell you all how much he ment to us thru my youth. I saw him a lot in my younger days, and will always remember looking up at the "cat clock" ! He made being sick often, as good as it could be. Sad to see him go, but very thankful he was part of our life.
Irene Ferreira - 01/23/2013
With deepest sympathy - Dr. Ernie cared for my daughter Christine for many, many years. Even in adult life she only trusted Dr. Ernie. Thank you Dr. for everything. You wll be truly missed - Rest in Peace
jacqueline carosi - 01/23/2013
to the entire Mennillo family, you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of a great man. i had dr. mennillo as a doctor for most of my childhood. he was a wonderful person. he will be truly missed. rest in peace.
Linda and John Hughes - 01/24/2013
Dear Dana, We want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We hope you find comfort in knowing what a truly wonderful man he was. Over the years, in the halls of the hospital, I would hear "and here is Cindy's sister!" he always wore a smile and had something good to say.
Our prayers are with all of you.
Debra Keough - 01/24/2013
Good Bless You Dr. Ernie,
I met you the day my first son was born and you always remembered Kyle wearing a Red Sox uniform that day. Through the years you were always kind, gentle, patient, and so understanding. I relied on you for knowledge and support and you never failed me. You would be proud of the 3 young men you took such good care of many years ago.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jana Bradish - 01/24/2013
I first met Dr Mennillo at a young nurse in the Er at KCMH in 1972 . Tall young and good looking he was a pacient man wilth genleness on a kitter. I always looked forward to his shift. I realized the patients would receive the best care. Ihad two babies and Dr Mennillo was theirdoctor. We moved to Rochester, NY I told him and he said no problem here is were to go for the worlds best care. "Iwent to med school there". Best new and information we ever could get. Both my husband and I worked at Strong Memorial Hospital. Many years later Dr. Mennillo called said he was bring his son to see THe Med School. He wanted to see us so I invited him for lunch. My girls were so happy to see him. To think this man would visit old pts and share lunch in our home was great. This was a man of character and caring. I am so happy to see that Roger is following in his footsteps. To his family you have lost your husband and father and grandfather and greatgrandfather. May his Spirit live with in you. Peace to all of you and RIP Dr Mennillo.
Jane Mackenzie Dennison - 01/24/2013
A man who inspired me as a young resident with his patience, his sparkly eyes and his smile that showed his big heart. He showed his love for his work/life and inspired one of his sons to continue--what finer tribute to the world. Rhode Island has lost single man, but he left a legacy of healthy kids and caring families scattered all over. My generation of pediatricians will miss him but try to live up to his standard of care--big shoes to fill.
Venance Antonelli, RN (RIH 63) - 01/24/2013
Before I ever married or had children, I knew the pediatrician I wanted!As a student nurse we observed many doctors and when I saw how caring and gentle and thorough Dr. Mennillo was when he examined newborns, I knew I had found a gem.I also heard him lecture to interns and residents at the old Potter Building and was also impressed by his knowledge and willingness to mentor.
He made house visits if necessary and was very reassuring to new mothers.When I was concerned over possible slow development in one of my children he said, "remember that not every apple on the tree ripens at the same time.." and he was right, my daughter was fine. This same child contracted meningitis in the 70's and it was by his thoroughness and expert care that she survived and now has three children of her own. There are more stories but not enough space .
I want to not only express my sympathy to the Mennillo family but also to thank them profusely for sharing Dr. Ernie with so many of us. We are so very grateful.He will be missed by many.I am glad that his legacy of caring for children will live on with Dr. Roger.May Ernie's loving and caring spirit live on in all who had the privilege to know him.Our loss is heaven's gain. Rest in peace Dr.Ernie, a good and faithful servant.
Arlene and Lou Palmieri - 01/24/2013
It was with great sorrow, that we discovered our friend Doc Menillo had passed away. We knew Doc through trapshooting. Arlene shot trap with him many times with his friend and ours, Neil Swanson. Doc was a warm, compassionate man who always had a ready smile and kind word for everyone. He was a fine human being who will be greatly missed.
We regret that we are unable to show our respects tonight.
Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Mennillo and members of her family. Arlene and Lou Palmieri
Leo and Carol Cote - 01/24/2013
We are saddened in the loss of Dr. Mennillo. For many years he took care of our four children and occasionally ourselves as well. With thanks for his compassion and excellent care and with heartfelt sympathy to the Mennillo family.
NITHPO - 01/24/2013
THE NARRAGANSETT INDIAN HISTORIC PRESERVATON WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THE LOSS OF DR. MENNILLO, BEFORE WE HAD INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES HE TOOK CARE OF MANY OF OUR CHILDREN, PRESERVING THE TRIBES' FUTURE. GOVERNMENT MONEY WAS OFTEN SLOW BUT THE CARE HE GAVE OUR CHILDREN WAS UNMATCHED. OUTSIDE OF SOUTH COUNTY OR WESTERLY HE WAS THE TRIBAL DOCTOR. WE WILL BE MISSED AND HIS MEMORY CHEERISHED. CDHP OFFICER NARRAGANSTT INDIAN TRIBE.
Cecilia Arnold - 01/25/2013
My deepest sympathy to the entire Mennillo family for their loss. Dr. Ernie was a kind and caring physician...truly one of the best. He was my daughters' pediatrician for many years, and as busy as he was, he always had time to reassure a nervous mother. May he rest in peace.
Christina Romano - 01/25/2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. Dr. Mennillo was my pediatrician for many years. Our family has always remembered his care and kindness. My prayers go out to your family.
Rayne and Michelle Macomb - 01/25/2013
Prayers and thoughts going out to Dr. Mennillo's family. My sister and I grew up at the end of the street from 'Dr. Middow's'(as we called him) office and we were in seeing him frequently with our childhood illnesses. He was always kind, warm and someone who we didn't mind seeing if we didn't feel well. A pediatrician is a special person in a child's life. Someone who is present during the good times and a strength and resource during the bad times. As a medical professional now, his gentle ways and immense wealth of knowledge are an inspiration to me daily. 'Dr. Middow' will be missed
Jamesand Tolston family - 01/26/2013
Our prayers are with you in this time of need. Dr. Mennillo has been with my family for over 40yrs and still is a party of our family. He will be thought of always.
Debbie Spuza - 01/26/2013
Dear Melissa, Dana and the entire Mennillo family,
My heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your loved one. Dr. Mennillo was my pediatrician as a child and he was a great man with a a wonderful laugh and beautiful smile.
Todd Mennillo - 01/26/2013
Thanks first of all to the Butterfield family and staff, your Kindness and professionalism was most welcome and appreciated.To all the family and friends who came to express condolences and to honor my father as a physician and friend, your words and thoughts are appreciated beyond measure. Thank You from the entire Mennillo Family.
Jackie Chiarillo - 01/28/2013
My prayers and thoughts are with the Mennillo family. I have so many wonderful memories of Dr Ernie, working with him at Kent hospital for many years and then as my pediatrician for my daughter Lauren. He always brought a smile to my face. His rappore with his patients as well as their parents made it easy to go to his office no matter what the reason. He was one of a kind and I will miss him.
John & Mary Marinello - 01/28/2013
Besides being our pediatrician, he was a great friend during my time with Ross Labs.. Many good memories while visiting his office...always interested in the latest products and services..The last time I saw him was in Roger's office in Warwick. We sat and talked about the "old times". His mind was sharp as ever....best jokes....and you could see the pride he had for his son Dr. Roger!! Ernie, remember up in Heaven nobody counts the "Mulligans" !! Your family will miss you...we all will have a smile when we think of you and the legacy you have left behind..God Bless..
Aleshia Vaughan ( James) - 01/28/2013
God Bless Dr.Mennillo Family I feel as i know your family so well because i was a patient of his for over 54yrs my mother and now my daugther with her children that a lontime,He had a heartfull of gold and all the children loved him. I will miss he. God Bless your family.
Eleanor Casey - 01/28/2013
Sincere condolences to the Mennillo family. May your fondest memories ease your sorrow and may God bring you comfort. Thank you Dr M for your warm guidance and superb service. RIP.
Bob, Eleanor, Rob & Scott Casey
Maureen Nolan - 01/29/2013
Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss. You always spoke so highly of your dad. It also sounds like he was a strong influence in many lives. It's tough when we loose our dad's. Just remember we will always be daddy's little girls.
Marilyn Mattera - 01/31/2013
My sympathy to the Mennillo family. It was an honor to work with Dr, Menillo as a school nurse in Cranston. I was also a privilege to have him care for my four children. He made many of house calls to many new mothers who were very anxious about their sick children. He did it with such ease and compassion.
He was an outstanding physician and gentleman.
A very nice legacy for his family and granchildren
Charlene Teja - 12/02/2013
Sincere condolences to the Mennillo family, it was a privilege to have known Dr. Ernie and have him take care of my children. I couldn't have asked for a better physician! His guidance and ease to speak with him I will never forget!! My children who are grown now were very sadden to hear of his passing, they "loved" Dr. Mennillo! Rest in peace and God bless!
Allison Cornell - 12/07/2013
I just found out about "Dr. Ernie's" passing today. He was my doctor for the first 18 years of my life, and I'll never forget him as long as I live. A gentle giant, he gave the best hugs, he was a true professional with a laid back personality that you just couldn't help falling in love with. He had an infectious laugh, and his eyes truly sparkled when he smiled. What a good man indeed. Certainly thought of often, missed by many, and never forgotten.