Clifford F. Cherry Jr.

Date of Passing:

March 21, 2024

Cherry, Clifford F. Jr., “ Chubby” 77, of Scranton Avenue, Warwick died peacefully on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at the Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 23, 1946 a son of the late Clifford F. Cherry Sr. and Consuelo V. (Foster) Cherry. He was a resident of Warwick for 28 years, having previously lived in East Providence and California.

Mr. Cherry was a 1964 graduate of Hope High School, Providence and Roger Williams University class of 1971 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Early in his career he was employed with the ITT Grinnel Corporation and Beckman Industries in Long Beach, California. For the love of family he returned to Rhode Island. Mr. Cherry retired as a civil engineer from the Rhode Island Department Of Transportation after working 20 years. He later opened and operated his own business Capital Curbing serving all of Rhode Island.

“ Chubby” as he was so affectionately known, enjoyed golfing especially with his sons and brothers, dancing, traveling and singing. He was “The King of Karaoke” singing Frank Sinatra songs which was always a crowd pleaser. He was an avid football and basketball fan.

He was an active member of the Cape Verdean Progressive Center. Chubby will be remembered by so many for his kindness, wit, warmth and smile. He was truly a people person. He was well loved and will be sadly missed by all who shared his life.

He is survived by two sons, Christopher D. Barron and his wife April of Cranston and Matthew O’Connell of New Jersey, five brothers, Theodore Cherry and his wife Rhonda, of Johnston, David Cherry and his wife Monica of Warwick, Michael Cherry and his wife Sharon of Riverside, CA, George Cherry of East Providence, and Dennis Cherry and his wife Marjorie of Warwick, two sisters, Denise Cherry of Providence and Kimberly Shields and her husband Ray of Upper Marlboro, MD, 11 grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, a special friend Julie Coelho and his dog Miley. He was the brother of the late Charlene Barros and Robert Cherry.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 12 noon in The W.RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Visitation from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Online Condolences


  1. I am bereft at Cliff’s passing. My condolences to his loved ones. He was a true gentleman. Rest in power Cherry Cola….

  2. Chubby, we bonded over golf and had many laughs sitting at the bar at the CV Club. After all the years of talking about playing a round of golf together it never happened on earth but we will one day. You even offered to let me tag along on your family CA vacation so I can play golf in CA for the first time. Going to miss you my friend. Until I see you again, hit them straight.

  3. Joe and I enjoyed anytime with Cliff. Great candor and amazing voice. Such a be around. Classy man. Truly will miss your smile and laughter. Love you Cliff❤️

  4. My Deepest condolences to the Cherry family. So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  5. Condolences to the entire Cherry Family. I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    May he rest peace. God Bless

  6. It is with deep, sincere and heartfelt sadness that I send my condolences to the Cherry Family. Chubbiy, you were a special person who will forever be missed. May you RIP.

  7. My deepest condolences to the Cherry family
    Comfort and strength at this very sad time🙏🏾

  8. To the entire Cherry family… Chubby will be missed by so many. I’m not usually at a loss for words but this truly leaves me with a heavy heart and also a reminder for us all to not put off getting together, seeing friends, and MAKING TIME for each other. Many times I remember asking Chubby to sing Found Someone of My Own and he’d always smile and say I don’t know if I know that one. A few minutes later he’d be up and singing it masterfully as he did everything else he did with style, class, dignity and a smile I’ll definitely miss Chubby but I am forever thankful for friendships that have been decades strong..

  9. a very funny man with great wit.and lets not forget he could sing all the great standeds. my favorite is summer wind.Chubby, you will truly be missed.

  10. My condolences to the Cherry family. sorry for your loss Chubby will definitely be missed!💔🙏

  11. In this time sorrow we should remember all the good times we all shared with our Chubby. I always say ‘if you come in, you will one day return home,,, so, what you do while you’re here is most important. We all know that’s what Chubby did, he touched all of our hearts. May he rest peacefully in heaven with our Lord. One more angel to watch down on us. Sincerest condolences to all the Cherry family.,

  12. My condolences to the Cherry family. I will miss my friend for the past eleven years. We hung out everywhere. You were a great support to me when I needed you most.May your rest in peace. You did it your way.

  13. My sincere condolences to the Cherry family, lot’s of laughs 😂😂with Chubby, I know he will be greatly missed by many , I loved to hear him sing 🎤 the Summer Wind, a great song being sung by a great man , Chubby may you Rest In Heavenly Peace 🕊️🙏🏽💔🙏🏽❤️

  14. My prayers and condolences to the family of CC 🙏🏽
    I was fortunate to have known him we started out as Karaoke friends which quickly turned into Karaoke Family❤️ CC you will forever be family I will definitely miss messing with you and cherish all the memories rest easy and sing with the angels fam 🙏🏽

  15. I will always remember him such a nice person and great voice love to family for sharing chubby with us all

  16. My sincere condolences to the Cherry Family, Rest In Eternal Peace Chubby

  17. To the Cherry family so sorry to hear for your loss your brother CC was a hell of a guy always treated everyone with a smile and respect may he rest in peace PAUL PINA

  18. My condolences to the family.

  19. DEEP SINCERE CONDOLENCES to the Entire Cherry Family on the loss of CHUBBY ! Our Families have been entertwined for many years,to the point we refer to each other as cuzzins .I fondly will miss his quick witted humor. Upon every encounter when Chubby saw one of Us..He’d look around Tap his head and say : HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE ! then give that 1/2 smirk SMILE filled with 💘. ( fact :knowing the Cherry Clan was larger😊) He will be soarly missed in the Prov.Singing arena’s with his smooth voice & forever in (our ) & MY 💙as Another Big Brother! Goodnite C.C. RIP

  20. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire Cherry family for their loss. I was filled with great sadness upon learning of Chubby’s passing, he was a friend to so many of us and he will be dearly missed, especially on Tuesday nights karaoke at the CV Club.
    He loved to sing songs by Frank Sinatra, and he did a great job with his rendition of “The Summer Wind” and “I did it MY Way”.
    Chubby’s family is very close and if you see one brother there’s a very good chance that another brother’s not too far away. His brother George did Karaoke at Snubs for many years and his family was always there to support him as well as to join in the fun because they’re all great singers. I’m sure that almost everybody remembers “The Cherry Brothers” from back in the day.
    Rest in peace my friend as you are reunited with your parents and siblings who predeceased you.
    To the family, you now have a new guardian angel to watch over and protect you, until we meet again.

    Lorraine Roderick

  21. My dearest brother friend my heart is aching but the wonderful memories we shared since childhood will be everlasting. Sending sincere condolences to your entire family. Rest in Heavenly Peace my friend.

  22. I wish to extend my condolences to all of the Cherry Family. Chubby, you will be missed. Sorry for your loss. May you rest in peace.

  23. I wish to extend my condolences to all of the Cherry Family. Chubby, you will be missed. Sorry for your loss. May you rest in peace.

  24. My heartfelt condolences to the Cherry family for your loss of a great man. I will miss that sultry voice, along with beautiful smile. Rest in paradise my friend 🥰

  25. Prayers and our condolences to the Cherry Family. Chubby and his songs and smiles will be missed!

  26. To Chris and the Cherry Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Chubby is now a member of the celestial choir. May he rest in peace.

  27. Prayers and condolences to the Cherry family.
    May Cliff rest peacefully and sing amongst the Chorus of Angels up in glory. We’re all never going to forget your example of a truly peaceful, caring, kind sharing, loving human. You smile is forever etched in our hearts and minds. For me, you know I always called you one of my heroes. Rest in peace in the Everafter Chubby, my mentor, my friend, “Lifeguard”.🙏🏿🤎✊🏿

  28. The Cape Verdean Progressive Center has lost a devoted member. Chubby served on several committees and was our Karaoke King with his smooth voice. We are heartbroken at the thought that we won’t see him at the CV Club again. Our condolences to his family.

  29. My deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a good man.

  30. Sending prayers to the Cherry family…Chubby will be missed…he was a good friend to me…I will hold him in my heart always

  31. Azu & I send our deepest love and sympathy to the large and beautiful Cherry family.
    Shock and sadness of Chubby’s passing leaves an everlasting space in our hearts. Chubby will always be the Perry’s “Brother from another Mother” who gave us his love, dry humor, and quick wit.
    Teddy shared…”Chubby passed listening to the song “I did it my way”…”and that says it ALL!
    Our hearts, tears & prayers are with you.

  32. Sincere condolences to Cliff’s family. I’m so sad to hear of his passing. I had the pleasure of working with Cliff at ITT Grinnell and have fond memories of the great times we had in the office and after hours. He was a terrific guy with a big personality and lots of fun to be around. I just loved Cliff.

  33. Dear Cherry family & friends, my heartfelt condolences & prayers go out to you during this difficult time. You will be missed my friend.💔 Rest In Peace Cliff. ✝️🕊🕯

  34. Condolence to the entire Cherry family may he RIP – he will be missed by many

  35. My condolences to the Cherry Family. May shared memories bring comfort in the days ahead.
    Remembering his “smile”.

  36. To The Cherry family,
    My heart is heavy. Chubby will be truly missed. May God comfort the family in these difficult times. He’s singing up in heaven. RIP

  37. I will miss Cliff all the days of my life. ❤️

  38. You’ll be surely missed

  39. My heartfelt condolences to the Family. My Heart is heavy. The loss is great. Thank God for the memories.
    Chubby you will surely be missed.
    Love You Brother-In-Law
    Rest In Paradise

  40. My deepest condolences to the family. May God comfort the family in the name of Jesus.

  41. Thanks You for being a great Godfather to Lori,
    RIP Chubby !!

  42. May the family and friends of Chubby have my deepest condolences. May his soul rest in peace,

  43. To Matt and your family my deepest condolences to you all. Continued prayers for Strength, Comfort and Peace through this time for you all.🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️❤️

  44. To Chis & April & Family, Doris, and the entire Cherry Families
    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning…
    Please accept our sincerest condolences during this difficult time of bereavement in the homegoing of your Dad, Brother, Granddad and loved one, Chubby. We will forever keep him in our hearts and thank him for all the love he shared with us.

  45. Condolences to all of Chubby’s family. I’m going to miss his quiet sense of humor. His passing leaves a hole in our family. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.

  46. May The Lord give peace and strength to the family in this moment of sorrow .

  47. My condolences to the entire Cherry family🙏🏾
    Chubby had a zest for life .
    May he rest in peace 🦅

  48. Prayers of comfort to all the Cherry family. Sorry for your loss . Your loved one, Chubby, will be greatly missed

  49. Rest in Peace My Brother

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