Richard N. Caito
Richard N. "Dick" Caito died peacefully at his South Kingstown home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday December 20, 2017. Born on December 21, 1932 he was the son of the late John B. and Mary L. Caito of Cranston. Dick was the devoted husband of Miriam (Harris) Caito for fifty-nine years. He was the Patriarch of a large and close knit family which includes four daughters and eight grandchildren. He was the brother of Robert Caito and the late Carolyn (Caito) Larrivee.
Dick was born and raised in Cranston and attended Cranston Public Schools. He graduated from Cranston High School in 1951. Upon graduation Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the height of the Korean War. He served as U.S Navy Seabee for four years. For forty-one months of his service to our nation he was assigned to a Dynamite Crew as a blaster. His crew members dynamited their way through the jungles of the Philippines and the South Pacific building airstrips and bases.
Upon completing his military service Dick joined his father as a builder with the firm of Caito and Chartrand Builders. He worked along side his dad for over twenty years before launching his own building enterprise, Richard N. Caito Builders, Inc.. Dick established a reputation as a craftsman and perfectionist. Dick continued his education in construction design after completing two-year programs at both Rhode Island School of Design and Johnson and Wales College. He excelled in the field of Architectural Drafting. His drafting expertise would later be instrumental during the design phase of the Seabee Museum at Davisville, RI.
In addition to being a business owner, Dick possessed a strong belief in community service. In the 1960's he was a Lieutenant in the Meshanicut Volunteer Fire District in Cranston. In 1970 he was the Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 33 of Cranston, and President of the Kiwanis Club of Cranston from 1983 to 1985. In the late 1990's Dick and numerous other Seabees undertook the challenge to create a Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in Davisville, Rhode Island; the original home of the Seabees. Serving as President of the Museum's Board of Directors, Dick and countless former Seabees erected a state of the art building which was designed to serve as an educational center for future generations to learn the Seabee story. In May of 2016 Dick presided over the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the official opening of the museum and Memorial Park.
In an attempt to retire, Dick enjoyed vacationing in Florida with his beloved “Mim”. He also enjoyed golf. Dick was a devout reader of the Providence Journal newspaper. The man had a voracious appetite for anything typed written in the Projo. He could always be found studiously reading the paper. He made himself a student of sports reporting, world events and obituaries. And as for the Red Sox; they were religion to Dick.
In addition to his wife, Dick leaves four daughters; Michelle Palmisciano and husband Amelio of Cranston, Jody Powers and husband David of Smithfield, Elizabeth (Libby) Caito and companion Michael Iarossi of Cranston, and Rebecca Labus and husband Robert of Chatham, New Jersey.
Dick was the proud,loving papa to eight grandchildren who were his pride and joy; Rachel and Daniel Palmisciano, Haley and Erin Powers, Heather and Tess Marty, and Abigail and Zachary Labus.
Dick was a dedicated family man, happiest when surrounded by his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.
The world is a little less kind and compassionate having suffered the loss of this gentle soul.
A Funeral Service to which all are invited to attend will be held on Saturday December 23rd at 12:00 noon in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the Service beginning at 10:00am. Burial with Military Honors will be private in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory to Dick to the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park 21 Iafrate Way North Kingstown, RI 02852 or Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.
Jack Sprengel - 12/21/2017
Dick was a great man and fellow Seabee. He will be missed by all of us. My deepest sympathy to the Caito family and our prayers are with you.
Ed Weikman - 12/21/2017
Dick was a great man to know. I am very happy I got to spend some “Seabee” time with him.
Rick Lepore - 12/21/2017
Dick was a great friend and teacher to me. He taught me everything I know about carpentry. I always reminisce the many good times we had on jobs together. I extend my condolences to Mim and all his daughters. I know Dick will be greatly missed.
Jack Coleman - 12/22/2017
My deepest sympathies to all of Dick's family. I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to Dick by his daughter, Jody. Dick was probably the best carpenter in New England - there was nothing that he could not do. Such a great guy too!!