Frank J. Parella Jr.

Date of Passing:

June 1, 2022

Parella, Frank J. Jr., 97, of Tockwotton on the Waterfront, Waterfront Drive, East Providence, died peacefully on June 1, 2022 at the home of his daughter Mary Ellen (Parella) Jessop. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ellen (Peckham) Parella.

Born in Bristol, a son of the late Frank J. Parella Sr. and Antonetta (Giordano) Parella, he lived in East Providence for 5 years, previously residing in Riverside.

He is survived by his children, Frank J. Parella III and his wife Arlene of East Providence, Christopher J. Parella (Retired Chief EPPD) and his wife Nancy of East Providence, Timothy M. Parella and his wife Victoria of Tiverton and Mary Ellen (Parella) Jessop of East Providence and six grandchildren, Caitlin, Meghan, Victoria, Frank IV, Matthew and Abigail.

His Funeral Service will be private.

Online Condolences


  1. Very sorry for your families loss. Cherish all the memories

  2. Loved them both. Always happy and sweet

  3. Maryellen, Chris so very sorry for your loss.

  4. To: The Parella family – our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Your dad was loved by all. I have never heard a bad word said about him. He leaves a great legacy behind.

  6. So Sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed reading your posts on how He was Doing.

  7. Your dad lived a wonderful life with
    His wife, children and grandchildren.
    Ran a business in the town he loved.
    He owned a piece of history when caring for the Bradford house.
    Please know that we are thinking of all of you.
    Anne and Steve Ricci

  8. Chris and Frank, my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. I don’t believe I had the good fortune to meet him, but his legacy will definitely live on in the two of you and your brother and sister. May he Rest in Peace.

  9. To the Parella family-Our condolences on the loss of your Father. I have fond memories of him being a friendly man with a great personality -whether seeing him on High Street or at the store.

  10. Frank IIi and Parella family.
    Your father was part of the Bristol I grew up in and loved. My parents bought their furniture from him and then I did. My husband and I followed him to Newport.
    He was a great negotiator!

  11. Frank, Arlene and the Parella family,

    I was very sad to hear of your father. I remember both of your parents so well, and they were always welcoming to me at your house on High St. in Bristol. Great memories! Your dad and the furniture store were Bristol “institutions.” You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Great man and salesman who sold us kids beautiful furniture in 1969 that is still in our home in showroom shape. His wife and children all made up a beautiful, loving family. Rest In Peace and our sympathy to his family!

  13. To Frank, Arlene and family, my condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Dear Chris, Nancy, and Girls, please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. To the Parella Family,I am so sorry for your loss.May he Rest in Peace and God Bless.

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