Robert J. Rainey, 77, Bristol


Robert J. "Bob" Rainey, 77, of 1014 Hope Street, Apt. N-4, Bristol, died peacefully Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of Marilyn E. (Stratton) Rainey, his wife of 57 years.

Born in Warren and a lifelong resident of Bristol, he was a son of the late Joseph Henry "Hank" and Evalina (Gagnon) Rainey. Mr. Rainey served in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from the Rhode Island Technical School with a degree in electrical engineering and later received his bachelor's degree in human services from the Open Division School of Roger Williams University. He was a manufacturing manager for the Raytheon Corp. in North Dighton, MA, Waltham, MA and then in Portsmouth, RI for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He started his work career at the former Bristol Manufacturing Company in Bristol.

Bob was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, Bristol and a former communicant of St. Mary of the Bay Church in Warren, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and confirmation teacher and had attended the Diocese of Providence program for Permanent Deaconal Ministry.

Following his retirement, he volunteered and worked part time at the Ocean Tides School in Narragansett and was a volunteer court-appointed advocate for troubled young people for a number of years.

An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he was a member, and the recording secretary for a number of years, for the East Warren Rod and Gun Club in Warren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Robert J. Rainey Jr and his wife Joyce of Narragansett, Michael J. Rainey of Los Angeles, CA, Douglas J. Rainey of Warren and Patricia M. Patterson and her husband Matthew of Scituate; seven grandchildren, Jason Crawley, Melanie Higgins, Crystal, Jessica and Magdalena Rainey, and Emily and Laura Patterson; a sister, Irene Dunbar of Bristol and many great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James W. Rainey, a daughter, Thereasa Rainey, a grandson, Andrew Patterson, four brothers, Henry, Edward, Russell and Roland Rainey, and two sisters, Eva West and Marie Rose Calderiso.

Funeral services will be held at 9 .am. Saturday, August 17, from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 330 Wood S., Bristol. Burial with Military Honors will follow in North Burial Ground, Hope Street, Bristol. Visiting hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 16.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or online at For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions see

Robert J. Rainey


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