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Richard O. Desmarais

May 21, 2020


Richard O. Desmarais, 68, of Woonsocket, passed away May 21st, 2020 at the Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Suzanne (Bernard) Desmarais. Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Philippe and Florence (Thiebeault) Desmarais.

Richard was a volunteer firefighter in Manville for many years and taught EMT classes at CCRI. He was an avid Yankees Fan.

He is survived by his companion of six years, Elaine Masterson, two nieces, Heather Bernard and Susan Kiddy, a nephew, Andrew Bernard, and his dog Sadie.

Calling hours for Richard will be Friday, July 10th, 2020 from Noon - 2 PM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket.  His funeral service will be at 2 PM, and may be viewed live at  

Social distancing guidelines will be followed upon your arrival. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Manville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the RISPCA, 18 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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July 10, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Holt Funeral Home
510 S Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Funeral Service
July 10, 2020

2:00 PM
Holt Funeral Home
510 S Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
July 10, 2020

St. James Cemetery
500 Old River Road
Manville, RI 02838


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

186 Amaral Street, Providence RI 02915

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