Russell E. Grace
Russell Edward Grace 66, of 152 Davis Avenue Cranston, passed away at Rhode Island Hospital on August 25, 2013 after a short illness. Mr. Grace was an industrial supply salesman for many years before retiring in 2009 from Franco Industrial Supply in Cranston RI. Mr. Grace was born in Dixon, Illinois on November 3, 1946. He was the son of the late James H. and the late Doris C. (Covill) Grace. He grew up in Providence, Rhode Island with Roger Williams Park as his back yard. After serving in the United States Army, Mr. Grace lived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, before returning to Rhode Island and settling in Cranston in 1978. He was the long-time beloved companion of Cynthia L. Cerullo of Cranston. He is survived by his brothers Donald Grace and his wife Anne of Cranston, Kenneth Grace and his wife Eva of Wiscasset, Maine and Richard Grace and his wife Sheila also of Cranston. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Diane Grace, Cheryl (Grace) Hirsch, Jennifer Grace, Thomas Grace, Michael Grace, John Grace and Rosamond Grace his grand-nieces Mira Hirsch, Gwendolyn Grace, Brittany Waite and grand-nephews Adam Hirsch and Jack Grace all of whom he loved very much. Mr. Grace attended Central High School in Providence prior to joining the United States Army. He served with the 32nd Armored Division in Munich, Germany and then volunteered for duty in Viet Nam with the 25th Infantry 3/4 armoured calvary. He was wounded in action and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was an avid fisherman and boater and loved professional sports, particularly the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. He also loved music, especially the blues, and enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends. His funeral will be held on Thursday at 8:45 from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mark Church Cranston at 10:00. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00-8:00pm.
Michael C. Cerullo, Jr. - 08/27/2013
It is with great sadness that I learned of Russell's passing. Please know that Susan's and my prayers are with you and Russell's family. Somehow, the words of the old spiritual, 'Just a closer walk with Thee' come to mind as I think of Russell's special love of music.
Alan Furey - 08/27/2013
R.I.P. Russell Al
Ann and Mike Unsworth - 08/27/2013
Cindy,our hearts are breaking for you and Russell's family. Russell was a wonderful person and we will miss him too. He was such a joy to be around. We pray that your thoughts of him will bring you joy so you can get though your loss.
Richard Saunders - 08/27/2013
Dear Cindy, I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Russell. Please accept my deepest condolences and sincere sympathy. My thoughts are with you. Richard
JOSEPH FRANCO - 08/27/2013
DEAR CINDY, I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO HEAR OF RUSSELL'S SUDDEN PASSING. SINCE RUSSELL'S RETIREMENT THERE HAS NOT BEEN A DAY THAT HE WAS NOT IN MY THOUGHTS. RUSSELL WAS A MAN OF GREAT INTEGRITY AND HONOR. I HAD GREAT LOVE AND RESPECT FOR HIM. I WILL MISS HIM DEARLY.
MY THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH.JOSEPH FRANCO
Barbara Cerullo Tavis - 08/27/2013
Dearest Cindy, so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Russell. Richard and I send our heartfelt condolences. May he rest in peace with the angels.
All our love.
Ray and Diane Wildgoose - 08/27/2013
Cindy, it it with great sadness that we heard of Russell's passing. Our deepest sympathies and prayers with you at this difficult time.
Eva Grace - 08/27/2013
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the passing Of Russell. We will all miss him so much. He will be watching over us from heaven.
Eva and Kenny
Donna and Shawn Beals - 08/27/2013
Cindy, Our deepest condolences on Russell's passing. Our prayers are with you.
janevachon - 08/27/2013
so sorry for your loss. my former husband worked with Kenny for many years and we both knew Russell through his love of music. God Bless.
george costa - 8/27/13 - 08/27/2013
Cindy, Richard &Sheila,Donnnie & Ann ,Kenny & Eva, My deepest condolences on Russel's passing.He was great friend ! My prayers are with you all.!!
Joe Landry & Sheila Lennon - 08/27/2013
Cindy, we're so sorry to hear about Russell's death. You're both in our thoughts as we listen to the blues tonight.
Peter Anjoorian - 08/28/2013
Russel was a good man, I am sorry for your loss.
Steve Nelson - 08/28/2013
Very sorry to hear of Russell's passing. My condolences to you and the whole family.
Roger Ceresi - 08/29/2013
So sorry for your loss,i meet Russell through Kenny Doc Grace & Eva Grace when his brother Kenny was playing bass for RCALLSTARZ ..he always seemed like a Nice Kind,& caring man,& he did love the music we played & he did love the Blues He always seemed like a really happy Guy & always had nice things to say ..God Bless you my Friend..
Kevin Smith - 08/30/2013
Sorry for your loss Cindy. I'm sure that you shared many happy memories together that will last you forever.