James F. “Butch” Blakely, Jr.

James F. “Butch” Blakely, Jr. aka. The Rock passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late James F. Blakely, Sr. and the late Hazel B. (Glasco) Chase.

James was a pot scrubber for Saint Joseph’s Hospital for 39 years. He was known as “The Mayor Of East Providence”  by his generation. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and a die-hard New England sports fan. Butch played softball for the Haven Methodist Church and was an avid bicyclist.

Butch and Richard had a special bond, which is evident by the influence that Butch has had on his brother’s life. “The Mayor” earned his title because of his friendliness and generous spirit.  Butch made friends wherever he went.  As a resident of Winslow Gardens, Butch was instrumental in lobbying for a pool table in the common area that brought him and many resident a place to socialize and bond.  His friends at Winslow Gardens are amongst the many that will forever hold a special place in their hearts for Butch.

He leaves one sister, Sandra Y. Madison of Cranston, two brothers, Richard M. Blakely and his wife Suzanne of North Smithfield and Stefan Christianberry of California, two nephews, Garret Madison and his wife Cara of Swansea, MA and Corey Blakely and his wife Erin of Smithfield, two nieces, Karen Madison of Greenbelt, MD and Brandi Blakely Coutinho and her husband Carlos of Cumberland, four great nephews, Corey Blakely, Jr., Kyle Blakely, Myles Coutinho and Garret Madison, Jr., three great nieces, Mia Madison, Autumn Blakely and Joli Alicea.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM in the Church of the Transfiguration, 1665 Broad Street, Cranston, RI. Burial will be in Swan Point Cemetery.


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Steven Gehrke from Pawtucket wrote on May 20, 2021 at 9:17 am
Sorry to hear your loss I always admired him for his dedication to riding.
Karen Madison from Greenbelt, MD wrote on April 17, 2021 at 6:09 pm
Stories about Uncle Butch It is hard to capture the essence of Uncle Butch in a short story but I think this will do it. Uncle Butch was at every event of mine that he could attend. Cookouts, birthday parties, soccer games, graduations. No matter what kind of event, no matter what kind of weather, Butch was there. I moved to DC in August of 1994, when I was about 6 months older than Mia. Since then, whenever I called to say hi or Happy Birthday, Butch would be excited and thankful for my calls. Most times, surprised. I’d often say, “Why wouldn’t I call!?” I was calling to wish him well yet I am the one who felt better after the call because of how much love he was showing me. Sometimes, I would come back for family events and it would be a surprise to Uncle Butch. “What are you doing here?”-dripping with excitement. The last time I spoke to Uncle Butch, it was a brief call and a bit difficult for him. I still heard his excitement when I said that it was me on the phone. Until the end, Butch showed unconditional love. Thank you for being selfless and giving with your love for me and the rest of the family, your friends and everyone you ever met. In life and hereafter, you have made this world a better place. Rest in Heaven, Uncle Butch.
Victoria Butler Ola from Providence Rhode Island wrote on April 17, 2021 at 5:34 pm
To all my Dear Cousins, we will truly miss Butch who brought a smile to all who knew him. Such wonderful and loving childhood memories of your family and mine. God Bless! Sending Hugs and Love, Cousin Victoria and Family! ❤🌹
Jayne Carlson from East Providence wrote on April 17, 2021 at 2:26 pm
Dear Sandy, Richard and Stefan and your entire family, We send our deepest and most sincere sympathies and condolences to everyone and will always remember "Butchy", growing up with all of you, to weddings, etc. Please accept our apologies for not being able to make the memorial service as we planned. Love Always and Miss you All. May Butchy Rest In Peace! Jayne and Kim
Susan and Peter Verrecchia from Providence wrote on April 17, 2021 at 2:21 pm
Richard and Sue, We were sorry to learn of your brother's passing. It is difficult to lose a sibling, especially a beloved big brother. May he rest in peace. Thinking of you. Susan and Peter Verrecchia
Barry Couto from Bristol, RI wrote on April 17, 2021 at 8:15 am
Richard, Sandra, Corey, Brandi and the entire Blakely family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Having grown up on Woodward Avenue, I have fond memories of Butchie. Our hearts are with you all in this time of sorrow. My Butchie rest in peace. Barry and Sharon
David A Brennan from Rumford wrote on April 16, 2021 at 6:30 pm
You always had a smile, a kind word, and were always ready to stop and talk. A fixture at all the East Providence Fiestas , a delight to see. You will be missed my friend " Rest in Peace"
Monika Blakely-Ferrenti from RIVERVIEW wrote on April 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Butch My brother-lin-law of 25 years, Rest in peace and know that all of your family loved you very much
Deb (Branco) Monteiro and Paul Monteiro from East Providence wrote on April 15, 2021 at 2:57 pm
Dear Richard and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother....You are in our thoughts and prayers..... Always, Deb and Paul
Dave Marchetti from Riverside wrote on April 15, 2021 at 12:16 am
Richard, so sorry for the loss of your big brother. Clearly a guy who made a big impact on everyone he met. I'm sure he'll always be watching out for you.
Ticia and Bridget Marzilli from East Providence wrote on April 14, 2021 at 1:28 pm
we would like to say we are very sorry for your lose. Jimmy was a great guy that and loved people and loved to talk. when you seen jimmy you know you were going to stop and talk. we have known jimmy forever. me and my grandmother mary mcgroary both worked at St. joseph hospital and jimmy was a dedicated hard worker. he will be missed. Rest in Paradise Jimmy you will be missed.
Gerri (Filippo) Cabral from wakefield,RI wrote on April 14, 2021 at 1:13 pm
It was sad news to read about "Butchie", Suttonville's most popular guy! He was always smiling, chatting, and laughing with everyone and all of us have sweet memories of Butch. I wish you happy stories to make you smile when you think of Butch. hugs & love, Gerri
Mari Mindy daGraca from East Providence wrote on April 14, 2021 at 11:25 am
As Deb Filipino saint, Butchie was a kind and gentle presence in our Suttonville childhood neighborhood.He was a delight to know and I send heartfelt sympathies and prayers to all his family.Rest In blissful, beautiful, paradise Butchie🙏🌺❤️Mindy
Elaine Gernnari from East Providence wrote on April 14, 2021 at 9:09 am
Butch leaves fond memories for so many people. He always stopped to chat when on his walks in the neighborhood and spread many smiles and friendships at Winslow Gardens. He and his wonderful, outgoing personality are already missed by many. Condolences to his family on their loss.
Eleanor Borge from Providence wrote on April 14, 2021 at 7:39 am
Worked with Butch many years ago at “Saint Joe’s”, remember how patient and sweet this bashful gentleman was to all of us who worked in the kitchen and throughout the hospital, he was thought of kindly. Never once did he lose his temper when we pulled him from his duties to assist with a busted food truck or bring a forgotten item to a floor. We called on him often and specifically because we knew he would help and do so with a smile! My condolences to the family.
Deb (Filippo) Sears from Riverside wrote on April 14, 2021 at 7:27 am
I’m so sorry to hear of “Butchie’s” passing. He was a big part of Suttonville during those fun and innocent days. Richard, Stefan and Karen, I hope you have fond memories that comfort you. I’m leaving Friday to visit my son in Texas and can’t make Saturday’s memorial. I wish I could be with you all. Love Deb
Al and Florence from The Villages,,Fl. wrote on April 14, 2021 at 7:13 am
Our sincere condolences to Your whole family,we will keep him and you all in our prayers.
Al and Florence from The Villages,,Fl. wrote on April 14, 2021 at 7:11 am
Al and Florence from The Villages,,Fl. wrote on April 14, 2021 at 7:11 am
Russell Gross from Mansfield, MA wrote on April 14, 2021 at 7:08 am
So sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Knew him growing up as a pre-teen, as our parents were good friends. Praying for the comfort of his family during their time of mourning.