Walter E. Avizinis
Walter E. Avizinis 87, of Ivanhoe Street in Cranston died peacefully on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Calling Hours are Friday June 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm in The Butterfield Home and Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday June 4th at 9:00am in St. Matthews Church (corner of Park and Elmwood Avenues) Cranston followed by burial in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston. Immediately following the burial services there will be a luncheon held at Cucina Rustica at 555 Atwood Avenue, Cranston.
Walter was the loving husband of Rose Marie Avizinis for 58 years and the son of Adam and Helen Avizinis. Father of the late Jeffery Avizinis of Melbourne, Florida and John Avizinis and his wife Deanna Avizinis of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. He is the grandfather of John Jr. Avizinis and his wife Kelly Avizinis of Blacksburg, South Carolina, Nicole Avizinis and her wife Tara Sochia of Weymouth, Massachusetts and Mark Gentile of North Attleboro Massachusetts. He is the great grandfather of Victoria and Ava Avizinis of Blacksburg, South Carolina. Born in Providence on July 24, 1928 Walter worked most of his life as a Salesman and eventually retired from the State of Rhode Island working at the Aime Forand Building. He served in the Army and fought combat in the Korean War as the corporal of a Half Track unit from 1950 - 1952. During that time he was wounded in action as a result of an enemy mortar attack and subsequently earned a Purple Heart medal. Married to Rose Marie Travers on May 28, 1958, they had 2 sons, Jeffery and John while living in Providence and eventually moved to Cranston where they resided presently. If you knew Walt, you knew that a conversation with him would be both lengthy and filled with his wry wit, and thankfully he kept that sense of humor until the end, often cracking up (and embarrassing) his nurses. An avid fisherman, he spent many days and nights angling and sometimes catching the big ones, but Walter's great passion was his art. He began as a cartoonist and was chosen to illustrate his Army platoon yearbook in Korea and then had some success with magazine published cartoons. Later in life he turned his talents to painting in both water color and oil mediums. His self taught natural ability was amazing and as most of his friends and acquaintances know, he was quick to hand out these professional quality works of art as keep sakes. Walter was lucky enough to continue his passion up until the end of his life. As recently as early May he was still at his easel with his trademark cigarette in one hand and multiple brushes in the other. Walter you were sincerely loved and will be sorely missed but your art will live on with all of us!
Steve and Stacey Harrington - 06/02/2016
So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Judi Levitre - 06/02/2016
Thank you for your brave service Sir. May you rest in peace in your well deserved paradise.
To the Family of this Soldier: "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday."
Lauren Goldman - 06/02/2016
John, Deanna and family - May memories of your dad be a blessing. Indeed, he lives on through his art. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Nancy Allison - 06/03/2016
I am so very sorry for the loss of your grandfather. Many thanks to him & his family for the service to our beloved but troubled country. We need more like him. Prayers & heartfelt sympathy John, Kelly, Victoria & Ava. Please travel safely.
Gary and Jennifer Cipalone - 06/03/2016
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you remain in our thoughts at this very sad time in your life.