John F. Pryor

Pryor, John F. 65, of Cranston, passed away at home on Friday February 28, 2014 with his wife by his side. John worked for the State of Rhode Island for 33 years before retiring in 2003. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Martin) Pryor. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Thomas P. and Anna (Baronian) Pryor. Besides his wife he leaves behind many cousins and close friends including his beloved pets Charlie, Kelly and Annabelle. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00am in St. Matthew’s Church in Cranston. Visitation will be held on Wednesday morning prior to the Mass beginning at 8:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers donations to Gentiva Hospice 2374 Post Road Suite 206 Warwick, Rhode Island 02886 would be appreciated.

** This was written by John's wife Patricia for all to read:

"The last song has been sung Johnny "Hot Guy" Pryor has left the building!!" For all those who knew Johnny they all knew how much he loved to sing and dance, a true entertainer. He will be missed dearly by many, many friends. Johnny had a heart of gold and also had the biggest heart of anyone I had ever met. He truly loved his friends and family. One of his very special friends Louise Herrington-Bright was by his side during this very difficult time. She truly is an angel. Johnny thought the world of her and she thought the world of him. Being Johnny's wife I would just like to say thank you to Louise for being there not only for him but for myself as well. Friends like Louise come along once in a lifetime. I would also like to thank everyone else who called or came by to see Johnny during his last few days. Johnny's babies (as he called them) the kitties have been going from room to room looking for him because he sang to them daily and they would come running as soon as they heard him. Even when he didn't feel well he always had a song for them and me. Johnny and I spent a wonderful 26 years together and there is nothing I would change. Johnny was one of a kind! So for now we say farewell to a special man but it's not a good-bye is more like "See you when we get there". I am sure there is a lot of singing going on in heaven right now. As Johnny always said to me "You are my reasons, you are all of my reasons" I just want you all to know he was beyond my reasons he was my everything and he will be missed immensely. See you on that bench Poppy.

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Vivian Pratt - 03/02/2014

Johnny, may you rest in peace my dear Brother-in law. You had a heart of gold and will be deeply missed by all

Debra Jodoin - 03/02/2014

Johnny, my memories of you are those great times when you would come to the office and sing to us. Rest in peace Johnny. You will be missed.

Joe & Colleen Gaulin - 03/02/2014

So sorry to hear the news about John (Hot Guy). He leaves us with many happy memories. His singing and dancing will continue in heaven. We will not be able to attend services since we are out of town. Please know he is in our prayers.

Gary & Ginny Leoni - 03/02/2014

So sorry to hear of Johnny's (Hot Guy) he will always be remembered fondly for his singing dancing as well.

Mimi Baronian-Barsalona - 03/02/2014

R.I.P. Johnny, Your days on earth ended to soon,
During your life you touched many hearts and
Left a lasting memory to those of us who loved you..
Your Smile is something I'll remember forever..
I hope you'll sing and dance in Heaven..

Ron & Marie Curtis - 03/02/2014

A Great person with such a Great Personality!! Will be missed!!! RIP John Pryor

Judie Jamison - 03/02/2014

Dear Johnny, I am so saddened to hear that you are gone.Just yesterday I thought of coming to visit you & Patty! You always was thought of w/such fondness. You overcame of lot & handled it all with dignity. You was a GREAT son to your darling parents, and a wonderful husband to Patty. Your love ran deep. You will be so, so missed. This world has lost a good man.

Ted Foster - 03/02/2014

I met him playing softball, and the "Hot Guy" made each game worth the price of admission! He was loads of fun, and did eaverything with the charisma that labeled him the "Hot Giy"!! I will never forget those days!!

Bill and Barbara Leahy - 03/02/2014

So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a great guy and had a charismatic personality. He was always fun to be around

Ron & Melissa Williams - 03/02/2014

We will miss John (Hot Guy) for his great ability to light up a room with his singing and dancing. We know he is with his beloved Anna and Tom.

Vernon Goff - 03/02/2014

One of a kind friend, softball coach and vocalist. RIP Hot Guy.

Patricia Bolarinho - 03/02/2014

Dear johnny,
i know u are singing and dancing up in heaven..all the angels have formed a circle around you...smiling and clapping,cheering you on,,because thats just how HOT GUY did it..u are going to be sooo greatly missed,everytime i talk about u its gonna bring tears to my eyes..just like it does for all the loved ones ive lost...but please know you will never ever be forgotten...REST IN PARADISE MY FRIEND,Love Alan +Patti

Joe Marocco - 03/02/2014

You where a great guy and friend, I will never forget the singing, and the smile. Rest in peace my friend.

Debbie Barrett Iavarone - 03/02/2014

My condolences to Johns Family. It's been Many years since I've seen John I grew up in the Providence Triangle where everybody knew everybody. Fond memories John's parents. God has taken him way to early may he rest in peace and reunite with his parents once again ❤️

Janice & Philip Maggiacomo Jr. - 03/02/2014

The HOT GUY will always live in our hearts.

Dennis Tropea - 03/02/2014

Sorry to here about John"s passing.The HOT GUY will surely be missed.I will always remember the good times.

Brenda Maloney - 03/03/2014

Patty, my heart aches for you! You and Johnny shared a beautiful love and you were amazing with tending to all his needs. Love you.

Denise Boucher - 03/03/2014

May you rest in peace Johnny. You were such a good friend. I will miss you always. Patty, my deepest sympathy to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Evelyn Gonsalves-Moreira - 03/03/2014

So sad Johnny passed. My sincere condolences to his wife "Miss Patty" and to all those who loved Johnny, which I am sure were many, including myself. He was a great entertainer with his songs, music and personality.

Stephen Beauchemin - 03/03/2014

Johnny you had the biggest heart if anyone I've ever met! While I'm thankful for the memories I have, I am deeply saddened by the news of your passing! May you rest in peace my friend!! Deepest sympathies to Patti and your family!!

John Caruso - 03/03/2014

My deepest sympathy. John and I worked together for many years starting at the Department of Community Affairs. He was a great guy, and made all our lives more interesting and exciting.

Louise Bright - 03/03/2014

Johnny, you were a true friend. Always there, smiling, listening, singing, dancing...making my world a better place. Hot Guy, I thank God that our paths crossed over forty years ago and I could always count on you. I will miss you deeply.

Al and Marlene Capraro - 03/03/2014

We'll always remember his free spirit and the sharp looking hats he always wore. Our sympathy to the family.

Bobby Barrus - 03/03/2014

When we were young we had a group called the South Providence Undertakers which played all the hits from that time. Johnny Pryor, Ray Harrison and some others from the area.I think Deb Iavarone got all Ray's 45's. I think it was at the Walt's Roast Beef when it was brand new corner of Lenox and Elmwood.

Rod & Gloria Bernstein - 03/03/2014

We will miss you Johnny. You and I go back to the old European Health Spa 30 plus years ago. I always new when you arrived I would hear you singing. When Gloria and I got together 27 years ago and I mentioned she works for the State of RI as well and so happen she worked with your cousin Nancy RI is a small world.

ken watkinson - 03/03/2014

I spent 6 yrs with John in 76th reg Army Reserves.We had so much fun going to summer camp.Fort Dix,Frt Polk.He could light up a room.So sorry so many yrs and still remenber him.God Bless.

Steve and Judy - 03/03/2014

You don't know how to disco? Johnny knew how to disco. Hot Guy was the disco king. He had all the moves and the voice to back it up. Even though you're gone, we will NEVER forget you. We had some great times. Miss Patti we will talk to you later.

Louis Martone - 03/03/2014

I will always remember John and the good times at 150 Washington Street. Rest in Peace my fried.
You were in a class by yourself!

Mary-Ellen Devlin - 03/03/2014

Johnny Pryor brought smiles to a lot of people. I worked with the Hot Guy many years ago at the Department of Community Affairs, and I can still hear him singing. And that smile! May he rest in peace. Tne next time I hear thunder, I'm going to think it's Johnny in Heaven getting all the angels to dance!

Ned & Elaine Friday - 03/03/2014

Johnny - We love you dearly. So many memories.
Love, Ned & Elaine Friday

Patty Long - 03/03/2014

I remember when I first met "Hot Guy" as he was always called back in the day. My friends and I had rented a beach house for the week down @ Matunuck. During the 1st night, we laughed all night, and every one kept saying my laugh was just like Hot Guys. I didn't even know Johnny then. He wasn't there the 1st night, but when he finally came back and we were all in one of the cabins, laughing and drinking, everyone would laugh that much harder because of both my laugh and Hot Guys laugh. We both had those contagious laughs. You were a friend from our first laugh together. He would make me laugh harder because he would try to mimic my laugh. And dearest Patty, I cry a river for you as I know how much you loved him and how much he really, really loved you. You guys were so much fun together. I wish I could be there Wednesday to celebrate his life with you. I can't imagine the pain you are experiencing. Patty, stay strong for Johnny. He wouldn't want you to suffer for too long. You will be in my thoughts and prayers forever. Very nice tribute Patty.

Mega, Zita, Joe, and Ashley - 03/04/2014

Love and miss you Johnny, tell everyone in heaven we said hello.

bobby oconnor (the dude) - 03/04/2014

a great friend…who can forget nights at tiffany's, softball games, car barn tap and the life of the party at my family functions….you will be missed!!! rest in peace "hot guy"

Kathy Dennis Mathurin - 03/04/2014

Ran into you about ten years ago and when I told you who I was, you sang to me. I remember you dancing on the softball field. RIP Johnny!

Linda Ryan Levin - 03/04/2014

Just imagine Johnny, you are getting so many of us to walk down memory lane with you, the good old days, the fun times, and bringing a smile to our faces remembering that Smile and that Style!!! You are already missed. Rest well my dear old friend... Love to your wife and family.

Al Marks - 03/04/2014

Thanks for the memories of the sandlot baseball games behind the Hide A Way diner, beers at the Melrose Tap and the laughs at Tiffany's Restaurant. Enjoy the ride beyond and time with your parents and uncle Bob.
Rest in Peace Hot Guy

Anne Burns Klumbis - 03/04/2014

Johnny was truly one of a kind. He spent many hours on the bench in the choir loft @ St. Matthew's by Sr. Eunice's side for his antics. Maybe that's where he learned his love of song, who knows. May he rest in peace.

Jeff O'Neil - 03/04/2014

I only wish I had the chance to see you one more time, Johnny. I already called or contacted as many of the Tiffany boys as are still alive that I can find.God bless, old friend.

Ana Jimenez - 03/04/2014

Johnny will be greatly missed always with a smile, song and dancing steps. Thank God you are no longer suffering.
Rest in peace

James farley - 03/05/2014

fare well old friend.

KAREN SALVATI - 03/05/2014


tom tiernan - 03/05/2014

Patty, so sorry for your loss, just returned from Maine, sorry I missed the services

Bob and Brenda Waite - 03/06/2014

Patti we are so sorry for your loss. Johnny (Hot Guy) will truly be missed. Bren and i will never forget Johnny. When he was around you, it was nothing but good times and fun. I remember when Johnny met you back in the car barn days, he knew then that he found someone special. "Miss Pattie". You two made quite the team. Pattie you gave him 26 happy years. God Bless you take care Pattie. Johnny i will see you on the other side someday. R.I.P my friend.

Patty-Martin Pryor - 03/06/2014

I would just to Thank everyone for all your kind words about my Johnny, He will be deeply missed by many,I lost my best friend, my love, my everything. I will continue on my journey because that is what he would have wanted from me. It will be one day at a time and even though the days are hard and long for me at this time I know he will always be by my side guiding me.. Much love to all his dear Family and Friends.... Always his Miss Patty

Gilda Maggiacomo - 03/06/2014


Ken Watkinson - 03/06/2014

Spent 6 yrs with him and friends 1970's Army Reserves,Going to New Orleans,Seaside heights,New Jersey.Kind and boy could he dance.Most of all he was kind to all.God Bless.

Dennis Hamel - 03/07/2014

The world was John's stage, and we were all fortunate to be part of the audience as he did what he did best..entertain us.. with his love of music and dance, his character that separated him from the crowd, and those outfits that only the " hot guy" could wear. Best memory.. A hot sunny Sunday at Scarborough beach, and Johnny jumps to his feet amidst a sea of people and sings.. Feelin' 7 up, I'm feelin' 7 up.. And the crowd responds with whistles and clapping . Heaven rejoices at his coming.

Charlie Raymondo - 03/08/2014

The world lost a beautiful soul, The saying they broke the mold when they made him is more like "they never had a mold when they made him" Johnny was a special soul who loved his "Miss Patty" more than life itself and she loved him the same way. I can't imagine the hurt she is feeling and I certainly wouldn't want to.Patty you two will be together again and that I am sure of!! Rest well Johnny "Hot Guy" Pryor

Cindy Paquin - 03/10/2014

Very sorry for your loss. John was a great person would always be singing & dancing. One of the goof memories from working for State. Could not help smiling when you heard him singing. He will be missed Rest in Peace John. God Bless Will keep him & "Miss Patty" in my thoughts & prayers.

T.FitzSimon - 02/09/2015

so sorry for your loss..johnny and I would cross paths ,working for the state,back in the 70,s-80,s what can I say,that hasen,t been said...1 of a

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