Francis F. DuVally

Date of Passing:

March 16, 2021

DuVally, Francis Fredrick “Frank”, 80, of Bergeron Street, Seekonk, Ma, died on March 16, 2021. He was the beloved husband of the late Priscilla A. (Chase) DuVally.

Born in Providence, a son of the late John and Anne E. (Earley) DuVally, he lived in Seekonk for 50 years.

He was a graduate of Rhode Island College Class of 1973 where he received a Master’s in Education.

Mr. DuVally was an English teacher for the Providence School Department for 40 years before retiring in 2005.

Francis was a member of the Rehoboth American Legion and the Providence Teachers Union.

He enjoyed boating, fishing and spending time with his loving family.

Mr. DuVally was a United States Navy Veteran.

He is survived by two sons, Sean C. DuVally and his wife Raye of Plainville, MA and T. J. DuVally of Pawtucket; six grandchildren, Kevin, Marilyn, Roland, Tiernan, Tylor and Joshua and a sister, Jane Battison of Providence. He was the brother of the late Mary DuVally, John DuVally and Anne Meinhold.

A private family burial was held in Seekonk Cemetery. A Celebration of his Life will be held when those who loved him can gather safely. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Francis memory to the Friends of Seekonk Library, 410 Newman Avenue, Seekonk, MA 02771 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. my sincere condolences to his sons and extended family. He was a good friend and a better person. He will be missed.

  2. Our Sincerest Condolences, Sean and T.J. We have wonderful memories of your Dad and Mom! They always had a smile and a helping hand! Good people who will be missed!

  3. My condolences to Tom and to all of Mr. DuVally’s friends and family!

  4. God Bless you Frank. Always positive, supportive, a “bridge builder” and a gentleman!

    Paul Cartier

  5. I miss our conversations so very much…loved your jaunty wit & wonderful will never be the same… condolences to your family.. goodbye my friend

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  7. Unlike most of the others who have left their condolences, I did not really know the deceased very well. But Mr. DuVally was my English teacher from 1974-76 at Nathaniel Greene Middle School and he left an indelible impression on me. He was kind, funny, in possession of a booming voice and someone who helped me enjoy English class immensely. He put up with a lot of my shenanigans but he was always good humored and brought out the best in me. His classroom was off the cafeteria and many mornings I would see him reading the op-ed section of the newspaper at one of the lunch tables; at the time I hardly got past the Sports section and didn’t even know was an op-ed was. Today I gravitate towards those opinion columns and I trace that interest back to Mr. DuVally. If he was half as good a family man as he was a teacher, you all were very blessed. I am sorry for your loss but suspect you have many good memories to cherish.

  8. Miss you already you were my sweet you Frank

  9. Frank was a sweet and kind friend for so many years. We enjoyed his company and sense of humor at Sullivan’s & on the deck with he and Priscilla. Such nice people! We sincerely hope that his sons and grandchildren find comfort in many happy memories. Our most sincere condolences. ❤️?

  10. Will miss you Frank, had lots times with you and Priss at the dock. Your loving cousin Pat

  11. So sadden to hear about Frank’s passing. He befriended me on Words With Friends. We even FaceTimed a few times. He was like a father figure to me. I lost my father four years ago. He talked about his children and grandchildren and his lovely wife Patricia. I will miss taking about football and baseball with Frank. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  12. I met Frank online playing Words With Friends and enjoyed many conversations. We shared stories about our families and I know he was very proud of his sons and loved them very much. He adored and missed his wife. We didn’t speak much lately, and for that I am sad, but I am so happy to have had Frank as a friend.

  13. We are so sorry for your loss. Frank and I went to college together and belonged to the same fraternity. We would see each other sporadically over the years. My wife and I would get together with Frank and Priscilla when they vacationed on Prudence Island. Many wonderful memories.

  14. I also grew up in Providence’s Washington Park and knew Frank well. He was a good friend so many years ago.
    I bumped in to him several times, as my wife knew Frank through the Providence teacher Union connection.
    Miss you Frank.
    I’ll have a coffee cabinet soon in your memory and reflect back on those long ago shared times.

  15. Dearest T.J. and Sean – Our deepest condolences and sympathy to both of you. Your father touched our lives over the years. He was always a wonderful presence in our family and meant so much to my parents. He was always supportive and easy to offer a hand and a smile. Our hearts go out to you during this very difficult time. With warmth and love,

  16. Frank I will miss you dearly. I will miss all of our virtual chats during all the football games and all of the other chats we would have into the wee hours of the night! Rest in peace my friend

  17. So sorry to hear this Frank was a great guy enjoyed serving him at the Legion

  18. Miss you, Dad.

  19. So sorry to hear about Mr. DuVally’s passing. He was a great friend to my Mom and Dad. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

  20. Sending condolences for you and all of the family, TJ. Your father will be so missed.

  21. Sorry to hear of the passing of Frank. Sending our thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort and peace. Patrick, Tracey & Michaela Mulhearn

  22. So saddened to learn of Frank’s passing. He was a special person who loved life.

    Our friendship goes back to pre-college days. I will always remember him.

    May he rest in peace.

  23. My childhood pal and first cousin. Summers were ours in Coventry. So sorry for your loss. Frank taught me all the irish songs, I will miss him.

  24. My childhood pal and first cousin, I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great friend and will be missed .

  25. Sean, T.J. and Family, Ken and I are so very sorry and saddened by your loss. Sending our Thoughts and Prayers.
    Lisa Lamborghini & Ken LaFrance

  26. Frank had a big heart and welcomed people into it with wide arms. We will miss his joy and affection. Our love to Sean and TJ and families. Pat, Mike, Rachel, Max

  27. Thoughts about my uncle Frank start with sweet, family dedicated and true rhode island man. Was my Mom’s beloved baby brother her whole life. Frank and Priscilla were the dashing young couple brightening the Duvally clan. He was a real mensch and went above and beyond to help me move to RI and feel the love of this place. We will all miss him and have his boys in our thoughts. Love, “Patty” Meinhold

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