Claire S. Dufresne

Date of Passing:

January 12, 2023

Dufresne, Claire (Sullivan), 93, of Joann Drive, Barrington died peacefully on January 12, 2023 surrounded by her loving family at the Hope Health Hospice Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Dufresne.

Born in Concord, NH, a daughter of the late John R. and Elena “Lena” (Healey) Sullivan, she lived in Barrington for 62 years. She was a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College, NH and received her Master’s degree from Boston University.

Mrs. Dufresne was a Librarian at St. Andrews School, Barrington for 10 years before retiring in 1988.

Claire was a communicant, Eucharistic Minister and Chairwoman of the Bereavement Committee at St. Luke’s Church. She enjoyed reading, poetry and spending time with her loving grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, John R. “Russ” Dufresne and his wife Elizabeth of Saunderstown; two grandchildren, Samuel G. Dufresne and his wife Stephanie and their son John “Jack” Dufresne of Kingston and Abigail E. Dufresne of Providence and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Monday morning January 16, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 9 a.m.- 11 am. , followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 12 noon. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Claire’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 964 Main Street, Pawtucket, 02860 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your parents will always be remembered by us for their warmth and kindness. We will always remember and pray for them.

  2. Russ and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Claire (and Uncle Ed) touched and made a difference in so many people’s lives. She made us all feel special.
    Aunt Claire will live in our hearts forever. Sending condolences and hugs.

  3. Russ and Family,
    Jeanine and I were very saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. I have many cherished memories of her and your dad. My dearest condolences.
    John and Jeanine Dufresne

  4. Russ and Family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and our dear friend Claire. Our deepest sympathy.
    Maureen and Lloyd Edwards

  5. Russ and Family,
    I’m so sorry for your great loss. My deepest condolences and prayers to you all.

  6. We are sadden to hear of Claire’s passing but I know she is at peace with Ed again now. If being a good neighbor was a book – Claire wrote that one. She was a wonderful neighbor to Dave and I and our kids over the years. Much love, friendship, humor and a ton of oak leaves blew between our yards.

  7. Russ,
    Thank you for sharing your Mom (and Dad) with me. All of you, have been family to me, since I was a very young child. Claire and my Mom Phyllis were the best of friends.
    Claire showed me nothing but warmth, kindness and love my entire life. She never missed my birthday and always remembered me at Christmas with a thoughtful gift.
    She shared in the joy of every milestone in my life. If it was important to me, it was important to Claire (and Ed).
    Claire never spoke a bad word about anyone and saw the good in everyone. She was so kind and so thoughtful.
    If you were lucky enough to know Claire Dufresne, you were lucky enough.
    Thank you Claire for everything and always making me feel special and loved.
    Godspeed on your final journey.
    Please tell my Mom I miss her so much.
    I will remember you forever and always.

  8. Russ,
    So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was so proud of you!
    I recall the day she came to GCTC while you were working and brought her famous ” woopie pies” She had so much love and joy in here eyes for you.
    Being an only child is not always easy, but you are the recipient of all her admiration, love and pride. May it help to know, you are in my prayers at this most difficult time.
    May she rest in peace
    Gail Cuddy

  9. Russ and Liz, I will always remember to pray for you and your family when I think and pray for Claire. She was a light and an inspiration to me. I was very lucky to have known her.

  10. Dear Russ and Family…so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Claire. We had been friends of your Mom and Dad for so many years! We used to call her “our dear Irish friend.” Debbie and Alan Sinclair

  11. Russ and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know she will be dearly missed as is your father. So glad Keith and I were able to visit her on our many trips to RI. I will never forget the time when Keith and I took your mom and my mom out to lunch at the Wharf Tavern. She was my birthday buddy and I will miss her dearly.

  12. Russ.
    I’m very sorry you lost your mom. She sounds like a great lady. She raised a great son.
    Mark Lapin

  13. Russ,
    I am so grateful to have been able to spend time with your mom when in RI, always smiles, laughs and great stories of past years. She left behind many blessings and will be deeply missed. I am sending prayers and peace to you and your family. xo

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