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David R. Snell

December 7, 1943 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 78)


David Ronnie Snell, 78 of Smithfield died on May 4, 2022 surrounded by family. He was the devoted husband of Carolyn Elaine (Houle) Snell for 59 years. Born in Lynchburg Virginia, and moving to Rhode Island when he was 9, he was the son of the late Otis P. Snell Jr. and Juanita (Johnson) Snell, also the stepson of the late Beatrice Snell. He was a loving brother and brother in law to Kenneth and Anne Irons, June and Norman Ruscetti, and of the late Ralph Irons.

Dave was always a hard worker, starting his career at CJ Fox when he was 19 years old, working there until retiring as a supervisor. He was a member of the Portuguese American Club in Smithfield and was an avid Red Sox, Giants, and Patriots fan. He loved spending time with his family, doing crossword puzzles, yelling at sports radio and news stations, being outside working in his yard, and spending time with his longtime friends, George and Loraine Shepard. 

Besides his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by his two daughters, Lori (Snell) Arias, Lisa (Snell) Parrillo and her husband John Parrillo to whom Dave was like a father. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Alexandria Trinque and her husband Tim, John Parrillo Jr, David Otis Parrillo (Dave's Namesake), and Jenna Parrillo in addition to four great-grandchildren, Benjamin Trinque, Angel, Dadriana, and Ava. He was so loved by his family and will be deeply missed.

His funeral services and burial will be strictly private for immediate family only.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice in his name.

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