Robert Joseph Damiani, 78, of Seekonk, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jane (Buttles) Damiani. They were blessed with 55 years of marriage together.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Joseph and Assuntina (Paoli) Damiani. He was a graduate of Tolman High School in Pawtucket. After graduating he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Seabees (construction battalion). He was stationed in Okinawa and Thailand. When he returned to the states, he began a building trade career as a cement finisher. He later served for 13 years as the Business Agent for the OPCM Local 40. He met Jane at night school in 1963, they married a year later. They purchased a piece of land in Seekonk and he proceeded to build a house that became their family home for 50 years where they raised their four children. He was active in the Seekonk Youth Hockey League as well as the Seekonk Youth Little League in which he helped construct the Snack Shack. He loved his vegetable garden, and was always on the sidelines or in the audience supporting his children. Over the years, his basement turned into a fine woodworking shop. It was here that he spent many hours building projects both small and large. Many of which he gifted to family and friends. He was a proud member of the Seekonk Knights of Columbus. The camaraderie of the Knights was the highlight of his Friday nights. His nine grandchildren were his pride and joy. He would travel with Jane to watch hockey games, gymnastics meets, dance, choral concerts, soccer games and baseball games. He was a true family man to his core. Hosting 55 plus family members for a sit down Thanksgiving dinner gave him much joy. Creating memories with family was his gift.
Besides his wife Jane, he leaves four children , Jane V. Damiani, Alan Damiani and his wife Andrea, Dawn Sherriff and her husband Billy and Darren Damiani and his wife Jill. He also leaves his treasured grandchildren, Hannah Sherriff, Lane Damiani, Grace Sherriff, Zachary Damiani, Drew Damiani, Emma Damiani, Megan Sherriff, Dylan Damiani and Ava Damiani. He also leaves two sisters, Josephine Lama and Carol Dick and her husband Bob and one brother-in-law, George Dulieu. He was the brother of the late Samuel Damiani, Lena Taylor and her husband Clyde, Pauline Dulieu, Doris Proulx and her husband Lionel and was the brother-in-law of the late Frank Lama.
Thank you for the care and compassion provided by Community VNA of Attleboro during these last few months.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. Burial will be in Mt. St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours Monday 4-8. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Robert J. Damiani can be made to Crossroads RI, 160 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903