David J. Tupaj, 51, Warren


David James Tupaj, 51, the beloved son of David and Alice Tupaj, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Kent County Hospital in Warwick.

Besides his parents, David is survived by the love of his life, his son, Nicholas of Barrington, and his siblings and their spouses, whom he admired greatly, Gregory (Lori), of San Diego, CA. and Sandra (Tom) Lozeau of Putnam, Conn. He also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. David was the grandson of the late Maurice and Adela Landry and Stanley and Mildred Tupaj.

A lifelong resident of Warren, David was born March 23, 1962. Despite a lifelong struggle with schizophrenia and drug addiction, David had many virtues for which he will be remembered. A deep and abiding faith in God enabled him to possess a love of life and a tender, compassionate spirit. Quick to praise, kind to everyone and generous in heart, David never judged anyone. He cherished his freedom and was content with his lot in life.

The family owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Riverwood Mental Health Services in Warren and the wonderful caring staff there. David was loved, cared for and nurtured by the entire staff, especially Jack, over many years. They accepted David for who he was and brought out the best in him. In addition, the family would like to acknowledge the shelter in which he had recently been staying, Harrington Hall in Cranston. The staff  provided a “home” for David where he felt liked and was comfortable. Finally, the family is grateful for the countless acts of kindness shown to David by the community, from Bristol to Warwick, throughout his life, and the many soup kitchens which kept him well fed.

Visiting hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Smith Funeral Home, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, at Smith Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Jean the Baptiste Church, 324 Main St.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverwood Mental Health Services, P.O. Box 226, Warren, RI 02885. To leave online condolences for the family, please visit www.wjsmithfh.com.


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