Ellsworth E. Briggs

Ellsworth E. Briggs, Jr. 59, of East Providence passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020.

He was the husband of Wendy J. (Yattaw) Briggs to whom he was married for 38 years and together for 41 years.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Ellsworth E. Briggs, Sr. and Virginia (Craighead) Briggs.

Ellsworth worked for the Highway Division for the City of East Providence for 27 years. He had a passion for photography and music. He enjoyed playing the guitar. His biggest joy was his grandchildren.

Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Ellsworth E. Briggs, III and his wife Nicole and Cameron Briggs and his fiancée Daisy, five grandchildren, Ava, Mason, Aiden, Elias and Jayceon Briggs, one sister, Alice Griffin and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Vernell Pilon.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 5-7 in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. His funeral and burial will be private. The guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health will be observed. Face coverings are required and only fifteen people will be allowed in the funeral home at a time.



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christopher R silva from warren wrote on June 4, 2021 at 7:22 pm
Cant believe it. Rest in peace Uncle Pete.
Cain Jenkins from Stafford, VA wrote on January 25, 2021 at 10:51 pm
Ellsworth and Cameron, I'm very sorry for your loss and to hear of your fathers passing. I will keep both of you and your families in my thoughts. -Cain
Ray and Kris Gagnon from Pawtucket wrote on December 8, 2020 at 12:25 pm
Wendy, Thank you for your call last night to tell us about your loss of Pete. We were so shocked and saddened with this news. Our hearts go out to you and the boys and grandchildren. You guys are such a big part of our family and we will miss Pete so much. The memories of the fun times we all had are such a cherished part of our lives. We love you and are here for you.
Tricia from Providence wrote on November 3, 2020 at 6:21 am
Rest in heavenly peace cuzn Pete, Always smiling like Uncle Ellsie ❤️🙏🏾
Mark Shattucki from East Providence wrote on October 31, 2020 at 2:10 pm
I am sorry for your lost.i can remember his smile epcll.may god bless your family.
Bill Benell from Providence wrote on October 30, 2020 at 8:47 pm
I’m so sorry Wendy for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers .
Joe Antonio from North Providence wrote on October 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm
I have the fondest of memories of working with Ellsworth at Almacs. We used to sit in his car listening to Jeff Beck, George Duke, Parliament/Funkadelic, and other cool music, while we waited for the store manager to open the store at 7am before we began work. I treasured those 15 minutes before we began work early in the morning, because I could see how passionate Ellsworth was about music, and I enjoyed his always-friendly company. He taught me how to imitate a rhythm guitar part in a song by using my mouth as a percussion instrument, kind of like beat boxing, kind of like rapping, but making guitar sounds with my mouth. I had never seen anybody do that before...this was 1978, and I thought it was the coolest thing! I still do this when I go for long drives, listening to funky music. I owe that skill to Ellsworth. He was such a kind, chatty, soul...everybody loved him...I mean everyone, young, old. I'll never forget when he graduated high school in my class of 1980...when they announced his name and he went up to get his diploma, he got a standing ovation, and he flashed his signature smile and gave an ok sign and wave to the crowd. This loss is immense. It's clear he touched so many lives, friends, family. He never changed...he was always good old Ellsworth. It's clear from Facebook reaction that he will be missed by all who crossed his path. Thank you, Ellsworth, for crossing mine. Your brief time on earth has made a huge, positive impact on so many...a true gift he gave and that the world sorely needs more of today.
Christine Johnson from East Providence wrote on October 30, 2020 at 5:51 pm
I was a childhood friend of Vernell back in the days of West Elmwood. I remember the day Petey arrived home from the hospital...we all so excited that Vernell had a baby brother. He was like the prince of the neighborhood and his parents. I saw him last year and teased him of days long gone. My love and condolences to the family. Love Tina
Rock wrote on October 30, 2020 at 7:58 am
Sorry to hear about Ellsworth's passing. I hope the fine family memories of him comfort all in this time of sadness. Know that God sees your tears and will keep your loving husband, father, and more, safely in His loving memory. John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:29. Prayers for the family.
Karen Belcastro from Warwick, RI wrote on October 30, 2020 at 7:05 am
My deepest condolences to the Briggs family. No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. Ellsworth was such a sweet and gentle soul, he will surely be missed. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Kathleen Trafka from Somerset, MA wrote on October 29, 2020 at 7:26 pm
Our hearts are filled with sorrow for the entire family. We love you and care very much about each of you. It is difficult to process the loss of someone so near and dear to us. Only God’s grace can see us through such a time as this. May the hope of us being reunited in eternity see you all through this time.
Kim and David Morrow from Swansea wrote on October 29, 2020 at 6:07 pm
Wendy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We hope that the wonderful memories you have help you get through this time and future bad days. Luv Kim and Dave
Jim McCarthy from East Providence wrote on October 29, 2020 at 2:35 pm
I’m so sorry Wendy , Ellsworth & Cameron for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers . Ellsworth will surely be missed, may he rest in peace.
MICHAEL A DAVIS & BARBARA HARRIS from PROVIDENCE wrote on October 29, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Sorry for your lost
Milton & Barbara Davis plus Davis Family from Providence wrote on October 29, 2020 at 11:03 am
Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories.
Patricia Irizarry from Prospect CT wrote on October 28, 2020 at 9:59 pm
We are so sorry for your loss Wendy, our condolences go out to you and your family. We were saddened to hear about Petes passing, he was such a sweet man. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!🙏🙏❤😘
Oliver Family from East Providence wrote on October 28, 2020 at 11:06 am
To the Briggs Family We are so sorry for your loss I've know him for so many years going back to Almacs then our kid's went to school together rest in peace . Oliver Family
Chris DiCecco from Rumford wrote on October 28, 2020 at 10:25 am
Wendy, I am still in shock over Ellsworth my he rest in peace , we had a lot of laughs working together over the past 25+ years, those long nights plowing and me busting him up to go on a vacation. Wendy, if there is anything you ever need please don't hesitate to call me anytime I'm So sorry for your loss. Ellsworth you truly will be missed but never forgotten my friend, rest easy.
Jody Ashcroft from Watertown wrote on October 28, 2020 at 8:27 am
Im so sorry Wendy. I wish I could be there to hug all of you. My serious sympathies
paul fredrick from east prov wrote on October 28, 2020 at 7:34 am
A good person that I worked with for years. U will surely be missed.