Louis A. Colantonio MD

Louis Anthony Colantonio, MD, 76, of Cumberland RI passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2019. He was the best friend and husband of 53 years to Jo-Ann (Stubbs). He is survived by his loving children David Colantonio, Esq and Marisa Bettencourt and her husband, David. He was the beloved Nonno to his 3 grandsons, Andrew, Joseph, and David, Jr of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by his brother Gaetano (Susan), and sister Carmella (Steve), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends both in the US and Italy. He will be deeply missed.

Louis was a 1960 Graduate of LaSalle Academy, 1964 graduate of Providence College and received his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy. He was the first physician at Rhode Island Hospital to complete a straight 3 year Pediatric internship/residency. He was on the staff of Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Hospital, and Women and Infants. Louis had a thriving pediatric practice in northern Rhode Island for 45 years and touched the lives of many families with his attention to detail and genuine care for the wellbeing of all the children who came to see him. He left a special mark on the community that will not soon be forgotten.

Louis loved Italy and anything Italian. He shared this affinity with all around him and loved to tell stories about when he and Jo-Ann lived there with no money during medical school in the ‘60s and how they were the best years of their lives. Born in Providence, he was the first American born son of Thomas and Evelyn (Fraioli). He maintained lifelong friendships with “the guys from Italy” and was blessed to have a decades long, best friendship with John Marcello and his wife Margie.

Louis was a humble and loyal man who lived his life with intention and love for his family, friends, and patients. He will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service to which all are invited to attend will be held on Saturday March 9th at 1:00pm in the Cornerstone Church 1990 Elmwood Avenue Warwick, RI 02888.

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Angela Fernandes - 02/09/2019

We will never forget Dr.Colantonio. We will never meet anyone like him. I am so fortunate to have had him care for my boys these past 9 years. We are so sorry for your loss. Dr. Colantonio will always hold a special place in our hearts.


Angela Fernandes ( Richard and Alex)

Carolyn Sanders - 02/09/2019

Dear Jo Ann, David and Marisa,
We are so sorry and saddened to hear about Dr. C’s passing. We will be forever grateful for all the care he gave to our girls for the past 12 and a half years. There were times I’d be at Hasbro in the middle of the night with one of them and he would make sure he spoke to me on the phone before we left (one time at 3am) and would always tell me to drive home safe before we hung up. Dave and I learned so much from him and knew our girls were in good hands in his care. Thank you for everything and sharing him with us. Praying for you all during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.
Carolyn and David Sanders (Jessica and Samantha)

Jim,JoAnna,and Kyle Martin - 02/10/2019

Dear JoAnn
,We are so sorry and sadden for the loss of Dr. C's passing. He and yourself were always just Great with my son Kyle. He was always there for his patients and families. Actually when we had appointments with him, Kyle would be so happy to see Dr. Tonio. We will remember him always and Thank you for being you. God bless you and your family.
Jim, JoAnna and Kyle

Maria Luis - 02/10/2019

Dear JoAnn and family
I am so sorry for your loss
Dr. C was a great doctor and person he had a love for the care of children
I was blessed to find him to care for my children Cristina and Jeff
He will be in our hearts always
Thank you for being you
Our prayers are with you and your family!

Julian and Paula Angelone - 02/10/2019

JoAnn Sorry to hear about Louis. Always remember the old neighborhood and friends with great memories

Heidi Wallace - 02/10/2019

Mrs. Colantonio
It was an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to sit with learn from and share wonderful stories of family and health. I will never forget your kindness and the wisdom of Dr. Colantonio.
I am praying for the peace of God and HIS love to comfort and keep you as you reflect on 53 years of memory.

Pam, Jon, Graham and Alison Mills - 02/10/2019

Joann and family,
Dear JoAnn and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Colantonio's passing. Dr. Colantonio was always so good to Graham and was always available to care for him when needed - which in the beginning of Graham's life was often. He always was willing to see him and help me and Jon to help our son. When our daughter Alison was born, he continued to be the best pediatrician ever. We have thought about him so many times during our children's lives and will continue to hold him in our thoughts forever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time!

Richard Greco, MD - 02/10/2019

To the family of Dr. Colantonio. I extend my deepest sympathy. Lou and I have been friends and colleagues since 1971 when he and I did our pediatric residencies together at Rhode island Hospital. He was a great resident to work alongside with and I can attest to his excellent pediatric skills and kind interactions with the children and parents he was involved with at the Potter Building, the early forerunner of the Hasbro Children's Hospital. We both went into separate private practices after residency, but we continued to stay in close contact, sharing experiences and learning from each other. I have nothing but praise and respect for the kind of pediatrician he exemplified. I can understand the sadness felt by his patients and families who have been in his care over the many years. I consider myself very honored and fortunate to have considered Lou a good friend. My heart goes out to his family.

Lois Kilsey - 02/10/2019

We are so fortunate to have had Dr C care for our children, Mary and Christopher. His devotion was beyond anything we ever expected. His knowledge incomparable! May his memory be eternal! You two were quite a pair; we appreciate it to this day!

Martha (LaFrancois) Marcotte - 02/10/2019

JoAnn, David and Marisa, I'm so sorry for your loss. Dr. Colantonio was a dedicated, caring and supportive doctor to Marissa and to us as well. He always took the time to listen and provide guidance. He cared deeply for all patients. I also enjoyed our conversations about his special car. . . wanting a ride. . . and sharing pics of my special car a couple of years ago with him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers ❤❤❤

Pat Feinstein - 02/10/2019

Dear Mrs. Colantonio and family,

Please accept my sincere condolences.
I met Lou during his early years when he did a rotation at Bradley Hospital with Dr. Jack Farley and had contacts through the years because of our mutual patients. He was always kind and caring toward everyone.
I will miss him.

With Warm and Comforting Thoughts,

Pat Feinstein

Ron and Mary Pantano - 02/10/2019

JoAnn, we are so sorry for your loss. We have always had the greatest respect and admiration for Louis, and think often of our time with both of you in Italy. Those memories are among the very best in our lives, and the two of you helped make them so. His legacy is the appreciation and love of all the children and families he has cared for, and the smiles he has shared with his family and friends.

Kristin Ward - 02/10/2019

Miss Jo-Anne and family,
I cannot express my sadness for you and your family. Dr C was a trusted advisor to my girls and I since my oldest daughter was born. Everyone in the state of RI knew and respected him and his opinion. His level of detail and follow up was second to none and I owe him more than I can put into words. He is will never be replaced in our hearts as no one can live up to his standard of care. May God love and bless you during this difficult time.
Kristin Ward, Annie & Gennie Hlady

Barbara Ward Castore - 02/10/2019

Jo-Anne are hearts are just broken to hear this tragic news. You both have been just like members of our family. I’ll never forget the day we brought Dr C a zucchini from our garden. He was just thrilled. His kindness and love for his patients is simply irreplaceable. I don’t know what Annie would have done without him these past few years. He’s just been a blessing to all. May your fond memories keep him always alive in your heart. You will be in our thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time.
Our Love
Mema and Papa ( Kristin,Annie,and Gennie)

Gene & Nancy Pasquariello - 02/10/2019

Dear Jo-Ann & Family
Nancy & I are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Louie . We first met during our student years at the University of Bologna. This sad moment brings back many memories of la nostra vita Italiana.
Louie was a true friend.
Le nostra piu' sentito condoglianze
Gene & NancyPasquariello

Steven Auclair - 02/10/2019

Jo-Ann, I am so deeply saddened to read about Dr. Colantonio's passing. In my adult years, I have never had a Doctor we cared about me as he did. He was such a caring and kind man and doctor. He will be missed. My condolances go out to you and your family. God Bless.

Bill & Deborah Signoriello - 02/10/2019

Dear Mrs. Colantonio & Family,
Bill & I were deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Colantonio’s passing. He was a very special doctor, and took such good care of our grandson William for the past five and a half years. We were always so impressed with his thoroughness and friendly, kind demeanor in caring for his young patients. He will be sorely missed by us and William. He was one of a kind and we will always appreciate the way he cared for William. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this very sad and difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bill & Deborah Signoriello - 02/10/2019

Dear Mrs. Colantonio & Family,
Bill & I were deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Colantonio’s passing. He was a very special doctor, and took such good care of our grandson William for the past five and a half years. We were always so impressed with his thoroughness and friendly, kind demeanor in caring for his young patients. He will be sorely missed by us and William. He was one of a kind and we will always appreciate the way he cared for William. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this very sad and difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deborah & Bill Signoriello

Tom Reynolds - 02/10/2019

Joann, by chance I just discovered Louis' death in the Providence Journal's obituary section. I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. He was a very fine man. Norma and I offer our most sincere sympathy. Tom

Maureen (Fanning) Byrne - 02/10/2019

Dear Jo-Ann and family,
We were so sad to hear of Dr. Colantonio’s passing. He was such a passionate and compassionate doctor towards his patients and their families. I had recently spoken to you to find a pediatrician for my granddaughter in CT, as I trusted Dr. Colantonio’s opinion implicitly. He was truly a special doctor and I was blessed to have had him take care of my children. You and your family will be be in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace , Dr. Colantonio and thank you for all that you did for my children.
Love, Maureen, Meagan, Eddie, and Kevin xo ❤️❤️❤️

Bethany Campanella - 02/10/2019

Dear JoAnn,

All of us are so saddened to hear of Dr. Colantonio's passing. We are so sorry for your great loss. What a truly special man and doctor. I have been truly blessed to have him as a pedestrian for my five children. We all loved him. So much wisdom, compassion, and commitment. I so valued and trusted all his advice and treatment. Thank you for sharing him with my family. He made an enormous impact on our family and will be incredibly missed. You will be in our prayers.

Beth, Bob, Sadie, Olivia, Sebastian, Amelia, and Christian Campanella

Debra Jaacks - 02/10/2019

May God bless you and your family, and carry you through this very difficult time JoAnn. Dr. ‘Tonio’ has touched the lives of so many children and families in a most caring way. He is in my prayers as are you and all the members of your family. I am shocked and very saddened to hear of your great loss. Peace be with you.

The Jaacks Family

Roger Raymond MD - 02/11/2019

Louis and I were contemporaneous students at PC and physicians in training at RI hospital. He was a conscientious, reliable and caring doctor. His long career in pediatrics helped thousands of patients and is a truly admirable feat. I extend my condolences to his family and especially ;to his wife JoAnn who was also a devoted secretary. You are in my prayers.
Roger Raymond MD

John O'Leary - 02/11/2019

To the Colantonio & Bettencourt families, Please accept my condolences on the passing of Dr. Colantonio. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy he has left in his family and the career in which he served so many children and their families. May the happy memories you have shared with him help to reduce the sorrow that you are now experiencing. My thoughts and prayers are with him and your family.

Janet Limoges - 02/11/2019

Dear Joann;

My deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss. Dr. Colantonio was a true treasure to the pediatric community in Rhode Island, he will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Janet Limoges

Allie and Mike Goldman - 02/11/2019

Joann and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. C. When I ever called to make a sick visit for Leah and brought her to the on-call and was given this information I cried. I called Mom crying, Michaela cried, Abby cried, we all cried. The care given to my girls these past 7years was impecible and we cannot even begin to fathom the idea of having another pediatrician, as none will ever compare to him. We cannot even begin to thank the both of you enough, for not only ensuring my girls received the absolute best care regardless of time of day etc, but also saving my sisters life and allowing me the chance to grow and gain an amazing relationship with her over the years. May Dr. C rest in peace and may you all know how amazing, cherished, and important he was to our family ❤
-Allie, Mike, Abby and Leah Goldman

Joyce, John, Anthony & Stephen Vario - 02/11/2019

Jo-Ann and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you ,
Dr C was a great man & Dr. He took very good care of the boys in their adolescence. It didn't matter if the two of you stayed late on any given night to make sure all his patients were taken care of. We reminisce about the both of you quite often of how kind you were to us. He will be sadly missed.

Brian Evans - 02/11/2019

Dear Jo-Ann,
I have just learned about Louis and his passing. I am so sorry for all your loss. The two of you were such a wonderful unit that emanated wealth in love, respect, friendship and all that is so important in life.
From all that you and he have told me over the years, he had a wonderful life.
Jo-Ann, our children are our messages we send to a time we will not see. Clearly, he sent some wonderful messages and that keeps him with you. He will be missed.
My best to you and your family.

Victoria papa - 02/11/2019

Dear Guy and Sue
Please accept my most sincere condolences for the loss of your brother.
Your family is in my prayers. May the precious memories you have help you through these difficult days. Sending my love to you - Victoria Papa

Christina Furtado - 02/11/2019

I’m still in shock of the lost of a great man , and doctor so very caring always went threw everything with you and committed to his patients I have had Dr. Colantonio for over 20 + years I live in Coventry and his office was in Lincoln ppl would say why so far for pediatrician and I would say he’s the BEST . My thoughts and prayers are with you Jo-Ann and your family . He will be greatly missed . Again so sorry for you sudden loss 😢

Golden Voice Answering Service/ Lori ,Rachael, Ren - 02/12/2019

Mrs. Colantonio & Family

We were in shock when you called and told us of the passing of Dr. Colantonio. We will surely miss him checking in with us in the morning along with you and talking to you about any and everything. Our hearts go out to you and your family. I have heard it for the past 10 years that you have been our client and many years when we worked for someone else, that you were also a client with what a great doctor that he was and we knew it as well. Please Mrs. Colantonio if there is anything that you need don't hesitate to call on us and we will be there for you. Sincerely your friends at the Service.

Kristen Waycott - 02/13/2019

Jo-Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear of Dr. C's sudden loss. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. My three children all had the best of care with Dr. Colantonio and realize how wonderful and caring he was with all his patients. I hope your memories can comfort you when you need comforting the most. And may the doctor rest in peace.
Kristen, David, Brittany, Zachary and Mackenzie

Jack Campbell - 02/15/2019

Mrs. Colantonio (Jo-Ann)
I am very saddened for your loss. Doctor Colantonio was a wonderful person and a very caring and knowledgable
As you know I experienced his professionalism during my periodic visits to your office.
I always enjoyed spending time with Doctor Lou as his accountant and friend. It was a joy to know him and you as well. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to you and your family.

Priscilla trudeau - 02/15/2019

dear Jo Ann and family, so sorry for your lost. As you have read we all share in this lost. He was always comforting as we faced the problems of parenthood. I had the best for my boys, Andrew and Roland. In my thoughts and prayers,God bless.

Robert A Marzilli - 02/18/2019

To Guy and family,
I'm so sorry to find out today about the passing of Louie. God, it seems like only yesterday growing up on Glenbridge Ave. and planning for our futures. Well, the future is here, and we now have loads of great memories. My best to all of you at this difficult time.
Bob Marzilli

Maureen, Paul and Mary Gurghigian - 02/18/2019

Dear JoAnn and family,
We are so sorry to learn of Dr. Colantonio's passing. We remember fondly and with gratitude the almost 19 years of visits and excellent medical care for our daughter, always provided with devotion and kindness that was above and beyond. Before we heard the terrible news, Mary was just saying how much she is going to miss visiting with you and Dr. C. He was not only a giant in RI Pediatrics, he was a giant in the lives of his and your patients and families. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal. With our love, prayers and gratitude, Maureen, Paul and Mary

Jody Dias(Lapierre) - 02/21/2019

So sorry for your loss JoAnn. He was not only my doctor as a child he was also my children’s doctor. I remember his office and Cumberland and playing in the waiting room as a child and the first thing when I got pregnant was thinking I had to have him as my children’s doctor I am so thankful and honored to have known him almost my whole life and respect and cherish all the memories that we had together he is truly an amazing doctor and person there will be no one that could ever take his place. My prayers for you and your whole family he will always be in my prayers and in my thoughts God bless and thank you for sharing him for all those years.

Joyce Marzilli Querceto - 02/22/2019

Jo-Ann & Family.....Guy & Sue,

I was so saddened to recently hear of Louie’s passing. So many childhood memories growing up in our old neighborhood. My Sincere Condolences and Prayers to help you through this most difficult time.

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