Donald C. Tremblay

Donald C. Tremblay, 78, (Ret. E.P.P.D.), passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Donald was a retired East Providence Police Detective and DCYF investigator.  Prior to his police career, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa, where he proudly earned a black belt in Uechi-Ryu.
Don is survived by his long-time companion, Christine Frati, daughter, Dana Danehy and her husband Matthew of Mansfield, MA, and son, Stephen Tremblay, and his wife Nicole of North Smithfield.  He was the loving grandfather of Margaret, Grace, Lilian, and Brendan Danehy, and Noelle, Abigail, and Michael Tremblay.  He also leaves his sisters Claudette Goucher and her husband Ken of East Providence, Jean Cardoza of Pawtucket and Debra Leary of Cumberland, as well as many nieces and nephews, who will miss their “Uncle Donald”.  Don was the son of the late Joseph and Cecilia (Henriques) Tremblay and the brother of the late Carol Costa and Gerald Tremblay.
Don was a man of great faith and a communicant of Saint Raymond’s Church in Providence.  He enjoyed golfing, vacationing in Maine, and was a car enthusiast.  Among his favorite pastimes, Don relished spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren, and was often the life of the party.
Don touched many with his honesty and sincerity, as well as a great sense of humor and fun-loving attitude, with practical jokes being a particular favorite of his. The loss of such a devoted father, companion, brother, uncle, and grandfather will be felt by so many.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM in Saint Raymond’s Church, 1240 North Main Street, Providence. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 4-7 in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Providence Police Beneficial Association, 75 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.


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Ginger defreitas from East providence wrote on May 12, 2021 at 7:02 pm
DT sorry i could not be there in person but you know i was in thought. I will miss you and all the jokes i played on you in work. I will see you again you can bet in it with Gods speed and until that time. Peace. Ginger
Tom Antonian from Parkland,Florida wrote on May 7, 2021 at 9:08 am
My sincere condolences to the family. I’m saddened by this as Don was a good friend of mine. I certainly will miss my friend
Bill Moniz from Fall River wrote on May 7, 2021 at 6:59 am
Sorry to learn of Don's passing. He is missed by many friends at Wampanoag Golf Course. Rest in peace.
Glen Hogan from Bristol wrote on May 6, 2021 at 11:47 am
Don was one of the great ones. Tough, yet soft-spoken, kind, and funny. A cop you could follow and respect. I will miss him. Rest in Peace Brother Donald.
Roland Burt from Rumford wrote on May 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm
My condolences to the Tremblay family. I worked with Don for many years. He was not only a great asset to the EPPD but also to our community. He was a great teacher of Karate and a great friend to me. His fond memories will be with me always. Roland
Gloria Manna from Johnston wrote on May 5, 2021 at 5:08 pm
I worked with Don at DCYF. He was a pleasure to work with; he was diligent but brought his sense of humor with him. I am very sorry for your loss.
Stephen T Haskins Sr from Feasterville PA wrote on May 5, 2021 at 11:15 am
One of the good guys, Rest In Peace buddy
Jim Trail from Barrington wrote on May 5, 2021 at 10:17 am
Dee and I send our deepest sympathy to the family. I have so many fond memories of working with Don. He will be sadly missed by all. May he Rest In Peace.
Dick Anthony from Riverside wrote on May 5, 2021 at 9:23 am
Our deepest sympathy to Don's family on the terrible loss of Don. We have lost a great friend and golfing buddy. Sincerely Dick and Jon Anthony
Arthur Clark from Cranston wrote on May 4, 2021 at 5:02 pm
RIP Don ! You were a good friend and partner in Detectives!
Heather (Crowshaw) Bentley from Rehoboth, MA wrote on May 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm
My heartfelt condolences and prayers for Don’s family. I fondly remember Don always with a smile and a joke from the time I was a kid when he and my dad were brothers on the police force. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. 🙏🏻💙
brenda from riverside wrote on May 4, 2021 at 4:07 pm
Rest In Peace Donald your watch is done
Paul Raposa from Riverside R.I. wrote on May 4, 2021 at 3:56 pm
So sorry to hear of Don passing.Will be missed by all that knew him.RIP Don
Bill McPherson from Riverside wrote on May 4, 2021 at 2:42 pm
My sincere sympathy goes out to Don's entire family. He will be fondly remembered.
Bill Sloyer wrote on May 4, 2021 at 12:34 pm
Be at peace brother Don.
Freddy George from Riverside wrote on May 4, 2021 at 11:49 am
I am so sorry to hear of Donald's passing. I found him to be a real nice guy with a great sense of humor. My condolences to family.
Armen Garo wrote on May 4, 2021 at 10:06 am
My deepest condolences to the Tremblay family. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a tireless investigator in all regards and One of the finest police officers I had the honor of knowing and working with. A good man. May he Rest In Peace. 💙🙏
Don Oulette from Riverside, RI wrote on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 am
My condolences go out to the entire Tremblay family. I had the pleasure of working with Don on the police department for several years. He was a good friend and always quick with a joke. I still remember the karate classes he taught.
Carolyn from Narragansett wrote on May 4, 2021 at 8:46 am
My sincere condolences to entire Tremblay family. From a former neighbor on Juniper street.
George & Bert Thomas from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote on May 4, 2021 at 7:56 am
Stephen and Dana, I have so many thoughts but can not find the right words to express my sorrow. As you know your dad and I have been best of friends since 1969. We had so many good memories both on and off duty. Our last conversation was a few weeks back. We talked for an hour on the phone and had each other in tears with laughter. He did get very serious though when he said how proud and how he loved you and the rest of your family. Christine, our hearts go out to you. We can only imagine what you are going through. We send out deepest sympathy and hope each day can get a little brighter. Claudette and Kenny, I also send the deepest sympathy. I recall many times being with you and Don and sharing laughs also. Surprisingly, I did not know the rest of Don's family. But my most sincere sympathy goes out to all of you. I know all of you are in pain and I am sorry. Last but not least, I will always miss you Don. You were a great friend and partner on the job. You are now with your other friends like Moose Crowshaw, Joe Ford, and so many other brothers. Rest in peace my good friend. Will join you again someday.