Former Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr., as noted in his obituary, will lie in repose outside of the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of Providence City Hall from 12 noon to 6 PM on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7. Those wishing to pay their respects will enter through the Washington Street door of Providence City Hall.
The public is encouraged to arrive early, to avoid a possible long wait for entrance. Parking is available at the Providence Place mall and the Rhode Island Convention Center garages.
Providence City Hall is handicapped accessible.
On Monday, February 8, at approximately 8 AM, former Mayor Cianci’s casket, draped in the American Flag, will be carried down City Hall’s front steps on Dorrance Street. Uniformed members of the Providence Police and Fire Departments will line the steps and salute Buddy in his final departure from City Hall. The casket will be placed on a horse-drawn carriage as a procession, accompanied by the Providence Police Department’s Mounted Command, instituted by Mayor Cianci, will travel from City Hall to Weybosset Street, passing by the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), to Broad Street, arriving at the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. At 10 AM, a Mass of Christian Burial, presided over by the Very Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, will be held.
The pallbearers are as follows: Dr. Jay Turchetta, Todd Turchetta and Dr. Brad Turchetta, Buddy’s nephews; Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., Mayor of Providence, 1984-1991; Sgt. Steven Courville, Providence Police Department; Manuel Vieira, former head of the City’s Communications Department; former Chief of Staff Artin Coloian, former personal assistant Robert Lovell, former Director of Constituent Affairs, Scott Millard, and former member of the Mayor’s staff Rick Simone.
At approximately 11:15 AM, a procession will leave the Cathedral for St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston. At the request of the family, burial services are private.
The procession will travel to the Arch on Atwells Avenue and along the length of Federal Hill’s acclaimed district reclaimed and revived under Mayor Cianci, where those wishing to provide Buddy with a final salute and cheer may wish to line Atwells Avenue.
The procession will then travel through Olneyville and Silver Lake, where Buddy grew up, to St. Ann’s Cemetery.
The family asks, that in lieu of flowers, donations in Buddy’s memory may be made to the Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr. Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 6184, Providence, RI 02940.