Richard “Dick” Stonely, 86, of Lincoln, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Elizabeth (Morrison) Stonely. They had been married for 60 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Frederick and Rhea (Walsh) Stonely. He was a lifelong resident of Lincoln.
Mr. Stonely served in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of Plumber’s Union Local 28 and worked as the superintendent of plumbers for the former Marandola Plumbing & Heating Co. before retiring after 35 years.
He was a volunteer firefighter with the Saylesville Fire Department for 50 years before retiring. He served on the Lincoln Housing Authority for 20 years, several of them as chairman. Dick also served on the Rhode Island State Board of Plumbing Examiners and on the Board at the former Fairlawn Credit Union.
Dick was an active member of Chapel Street Congregational Church where he had served as a deacon and on various committees.
For the past 47 years, Dick spent his summers at his beach cabin in Little Compton where he enjoyed spending his time on the beach and around Round Meadows with his “beach family”.
Every morning, Dick could be found enjoying his coffee and a muffin at Shanna’s Country Kitchen in Lincoln where he enjoyed the company and conversation with the staff and any of the other regulars who happened to stop by.
Besides his wife, Nancy, he is survived by two sons, Richard “Todd” Stonely and his wife Nancy of East Greenwich and David S. Stonely of Manchester, NH; two granddaughters, Meaghan Cardin and Danielle Stonely; and two great grandsons, Cameron and Brayden Cardin. The family didn’t end there, because he was known as Grampa to everyone. He was also the brother of the late Neil Stonely and Mary Belle Brown.
His funeral and burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Bellows Funeral Chapel, Lincoln.
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