Foley, Paul J., 84, formerly of Wakefield Street, West Warwick passed away Wednesday evening, April 24th, 2019 at Scalabrini Villa, North Kingstown.
He was the husband of the late Maria Daterra (Lobao) Foley and the late Patricia (Raymond) Foley. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Frederick J. and Marie (Christie) Foley.
Paul retired from the American Red Cross after twenty years of service. Coined “the world’s most interesting man” by his grand nephews, Paul lived a full life while traveling the world. Paul “Flash Foley” was a champion sprinter, crossed the Atlantic by ship, served mass for a Pope, self-published more than one book and received the Iranian hostages in Germany after their release. He was most happy in the company of friends and family, welcoming all and sharing stories. Always engaged in the community wherever he lived, he most recently immersed himself in the mission of St. Vincent de Paul society in RI and Florida.
He served in the United States Army from 1960-1963 and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s’ church.
He is survived by a niece, Patricia Deady of North Kingstown and her husband Patrick; stepdaughters, Linda Lourenco and her husband Adalberto of Warwick and Nancy Eckman and her husband Chris of Irvine, California. Paul is predeceased by his siblings Jack, Freeman and Nancy.
Visitation will be held Wednesday May 1, 2019 from 8:30-9:30 am in the PRATA-GALLOGLY Funeral Home, 78 Providence Street, West Warwick followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Anthony Church, Sunset Avenue, West Warwick. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Anthony Church, 10 Sunset Avenue, West Warwick, RI 02893 in his memory would be appreciated.
St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Vincent de Paul Church
6 St. Vincent de Paul Street, Coventry RI 02816