James D'arezzo (1925 - 2009)

James D'arezzo
1925 - 2009
updated February 06, 2019
James D'arezzo was born on July 27, 1925 in Providence, Rhode Island. He was baptized at St Bartholomew's Church, Providence, Rhode Island. He died on June 23, 2009 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, Rhode Island at age 83. We know that James D'arezzo had been residing in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island United States.

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Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island United States
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James D'arezzo was born on in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island United States
James D'arezzo died on at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, 1085 N Main St, in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island United States 02904
James D'arezzo was born on in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island United States
James D'arezzo died on at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, 1085 N Main St, in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island United States 02904
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at SS. James & John Church, Washington Street, in West Warwick, Providence County, Rhode Island United States
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at St Bartholomew's Church, 297 Laurel Hill Ave, in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island United States 02909


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Arthur Angelo School

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Valley Country Club

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Anzio, Italy WWII

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D'AREZZO, JAMES, 83, of Warwick, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. . He was the beloved husband of Rita (Hamel) D'Arezzo. Born in Providence, he was the devoted son of the late Albert and Victoria Maria (Franco) D'Arezzo. He was predeceased by his loving sister, Adeline Anna (D'Arezzo) Colaluca.

Mr. D'Arezzo was a WWII Army Veteran serving in the European Theater, specifically in Anzio, Italy for which he received the Purple Heart. He also distinguished himself through his business acumen. He served as Comptroller for the former Campanella Corporation and later became a partner of PAR Corporation of Providence. He was on the Board of Incorporation of Johnson and Wales University and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony Chapter and the Valley Country Club. Most recently, he owned and operated Arthur Angelo School of Cosmetology and Hair in Providence and subsequently served as a consultant for the Regis School in Warwick before retiring in 2007. A faithful communicant of SS. John and James Church in West Warwick, he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist and a member of the Board of Trustees. Because of his passionate belief in the principles of our country's Founding Fathers, he encouraged everyone he met to pursue the American Dream. He will be sadly missed.

Besides his wife of 37 years, he leaves his devoted daughter, Laura Lee (Baxter) Lawing and his son-in-law, Bruce Lawing; two grandchildren, Kelly Trammell and Michael Lawing; two great granddaughters, Madison Lawing and Morgan Lawing; his loving niece, Kathleen DePasquale and his great nephew, James DePasquale.

His funeral will be held Thursday at 8:45 a.m. from the Maceroni Funeral Home, 1381 Smith St., North Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in SS. John and James Church , 20 Washington St., West Warwick. Visitation Wednesday 4-7 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. Condolences at [external link]

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In 1925, in the year that James D'arezzo was born, gangster Al "Scarface" Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket at age 26. Previously right hand man to boss Johnny Torrio, Capone took over when Torrio was shot and severely injured and decided to resign. The bootlegging and brothel organization was massive and when asked what he did, Capone often replied "I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want".

In 1943, when he was 18 years old, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1960, James was 35 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1979, by the time he was 54 years old, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

In 1999, when he was 74 years old, on January 1st, the Euro became the new official single currency of the eurozone. It was used by Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain and has since spread in use. Daily, over 337 million Europeans use the euro.

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