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Maurice V. Lapsley

July 30, 2020


Maurice Valentine Lapsley, 69, of Cumberland passed away on July 30th at Miriam Hospital in Providence. 

He was the husband of Verlyn (Browne) Lapsley, whom he married August 29th, 1981. Born in St. Kitts and Nevis, he was the son of the late St. Clair Lapsley and Vivian (Matthews) Lapsley.

Mr. Lapsley worked as a Quality Control Inspector for Osram Sylvania until his retirement, and then briefly at Providence Post office thereafter. Mr. Lapsley was also a very active musician, particularly on the drums, playing in the band Sombras and The Val Morris Band. He was also a popular DJ known as the “International DJ Valentino”. 

To relax he liked gardening, yard work, cooking, jogging, playing soccer, and watching boxing. He enjoyed Family Feud and Jeopardy! As well. He also loved to tell jokes, play tricks and pranks but would most want to be remembered for being the life of any party with his flashy style and unique custom fashions.


Along with his wife, Verlyn, he is survived by his four children, Avan Lapsley of St. Kitts and Nevis, Vernon Lapsley-Taylor of NY, Valyncia Lapsley of Cumberland, and Zardi Lapsley of Cumberland; four brothers, Clement Matthews, Clyde "Collie" Lapsley, and Stedmon Lapsley, all of Providence, and Oscar Lapsley of Atlanta, GA; four sisters, Sylvene "Sylla" Davoren of NY, Victorene Thompson of Cranston, Carol Holloway of Atlanta, GA, and Venetta Simonds of Toronto; 6 grandchildren and 3 Great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late St. Clair, Rensford, Carlo, Lorenzo, and Beulah Lapsley, and Vida "Baby Doll" Bridgewater.

The funeral service for Maurice will be private, but can be viewed live Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11 AM ET at Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland will be private.

Public visitation will be held Thursday, August 6, 2020 from 4pm- 7pm in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Social distancing guidelines will be implemented upon your arrival. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 W. Central St., Natick, MA 01760.

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August 6, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holt Funeral Home
510 S Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Virtual Service
August 7, 2020

11:00 AM

Video is available for this event

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