Joseph Donato Jr., 95 formerly of Golf Avenue passed away Tuesday September 6, 2016 at Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. He was the husband of the late Marie A. (Madonna) Donato. Born in Catania, Sicily he was a son of the late Giuseppe and Catherine (Colapai) Donato. Jospeh was the owner and operator of Joe’s Barber Shop in Providence, and also worked for the Providence Housing Authority from 1980-1991.. He was also a WWII Army Veteran, a member of Wampanoag Country Club and Communicant of Our Lady of Loreto Church. He is survived by one daughter Joanne M. Riley and her husband Bob Leach of Narragansett, one son Joseph Donato III and his wife Nancy of Rumford, one brother Louis Donato of Point Judith, three grandchildren Robyn Perry, Richard Riley, Jr., Joseph Donato, IV, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his longtime companion Mary Alice Cabral. He was the brother of the late Peter Donato. His funeral will be held on Friday at 9 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Our Lady of Loreto Church, Waterman Avenue, East Providence. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. Calling hours Thursday 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.
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