Donald J. Bessette Sr.
production control manager
Donald J. Bessette Sr., 63, of Johnston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family February 9, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of 41 years to Ann Marie (Cardillo) Bessette.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Raymond B. and Louise (Clough) Bessette. Donald was a production control manager for the former Leviton Manufacturing Company for over 10 years before his retirement. He was also employed by the former Builders Iron Foundry of East Greenwich.
Donald was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the BPOE Lodge, Smithfield. Donald was a resident of Greenville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and served as president of the Resident Council. He was an avid New York Yankees and NASCAR fan and also enjoyed spending time on his computer, which allowed him to stay connected to his family and friends.
Besides his wife he is survived by his loving children, Dana M. Horton and her husband, Brian, of Westerly and Donald J. Bessette Jr. of Johnston. Donald was the cherished grandfather of Matthew, Sophia and Colin Horton and brother of Barbara Sample of Warwick and Raymond Bessette of Johnston.
His funeral was held Feb. 14 from Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church, George Waterman Road, Johnston. Interment was in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 205 Helene Road, Suite 209, Warwick, RI 02886. Visit www.nardolillo.com for online condolences.