J. Kevin Clancy

Date of Passing:

January 14, 2019

Clancy, J. Kevin (1950-2019)

It is with profound sadness that the family of Kevin Clancy announces his passing into eternal life on January 14, 2019 at the age of 68. Kevin passed very peacefully onto the “Stairway to Heaven” surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late John T. (Jr) and Elizabeth V. (Quirk) Clancy. Kevin was a lifelong resident of East Providence and a proud “Townie”, graduating from East Providence High School, class of 1969. He was also a US Army veteran. Kevin worked as a Specialty Worker at the former Providence Gravure for 18 years, at Providence College in the Physical Plant for 8 years and lastly for the US Post Office in Providence as a mail handler for 10 years until his retirement.

Kevin was an avid sports enthusiast beginning in the early 1960’s, as in the old days, with the PC Friars on the radio and listening to Chris Clark. Fast forward to this past Sunday as he savored the NE Patriots victory over the LA Chargers, watching the game with his best buds, brother Charlie and son-in-law Jason. As a kid Kevin played any sport available, Little League, CYO or Interscholastic Leagues and was quite talented. He was a proud member of the undefeated EPHS football team for the 1967 & 1968 seasons. He was a founding member, and player/coach, of the Clark & Son Men’s Softball team that went on to win the National Championship in 1979. Once the team disbanded Kevin went on and became a USSA Certified Softball Umpire for 20 plus years. He was legendary on the field, known for his fairness and accuracy.

Kevin is survived by his cherished daughters, Jennifer R. Vieira and her husband Jason of Attleboro, MA and Kerry L. Clancy of Delray Beach, FL. Kevin was the adored Grandpa to four, Evan, Chloe and Avery Vieira and Jenna Lareau, all of Attleboro, MA. Kevin is also survived by his eight loving siblings, Sheila C. Perkins (Tom), J. Charles Clancy (Barbara), Elizabeth C. DeCosta (Dickie), Michaela C. Mercier (Richard), all of East Providence, Mary Sue Tavares (Manny) of Barrington, Kathleen (Katy) C. Cooke (Johnny), Lisa Jane Clancy and J. Christopher Clancy, also of East Providence. He was also the brother of the late James Joseph Clancy. Additionally leaves 16 treasured nieces and nephews, 8 great nieces and nephews and an amazing number of strongly valued friends.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 AM. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours for Kevin will be held on Tuesday, January 22 from 3-7PM. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Kevin’s memory to The ARC of Blackstone Valley, 500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 would be deeply appreciated.

Kevin was a kind and gentle soul. He will be remembered as a fiercely loyal Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, and Friend to all who he cherished. His unyielding fighting spirit was known to many and will forever glow in the hearts of all who were blessed to call him friend. He was happy to have been given the gift of life and he enjoyed the ride.

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  1. Kevin, I know it’s been three years now but I have not forgotten our times at various softball fields around the state and as co-horts at the USPS… Always fair minded and a fun guy to be around at all times. My memories will never just go away… Continue to R.I.P

  2. Kevin will be missed ! Very good man.

  3. My sincere sympathies to the entire Clancy family. We have great memories thanks to Kevin. Our rivalry on the softball field was second to none. I look forward to renewing it on the other side. God Bless Kevin.

  4. My Brother has passed.
    Although we haven’t seen one another in twenty years,
    It hurts no less.Kevin was a great influence on my life,
    as we grew up together.I will miss him.May he rest in peace.

    Steven (Buck) Buckley

  5. Katy and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  6. My condolences to you all for the loss of Kevin.

  7. I am sorry to learn of Kevin’s passing. I have known Kevin since the Riverside Little League days and have not seen him in over 45 years, but I still remember Kevin’s quick & funny wit. He was always very uplifting and a man who always gave a helping hand to someone in need.

    I extend my condolences and prayers to the Clancy family.

    Now God is calling for a player/coach to be on his team!

  8. Our family’s condolences to Charley, Sheila and the Clancy’s, Kevin was one of the many great sons of Riverside.

  9. My condolences on the passing of Kevin.
    Saying prayers for the family during this difficult time.
    Rest In Peace Kevin

  10. May you Rest in Peace Kevin. My condolences to the Clancy Family.

  11. Our condolences to the Clancy clan especially to Charlie (Chuck). So sad to hear of Kevin’s passing. May he rest in eternal peace. God bless and give you strength and love through this time and always??

  12. Kevin was a great, old school, role model for all us Riverside kids of the 60s.. Tough, fair, tenacious. We all looked up to Kevin who treated everybody with dignity and respect even though he was the big man on campus. The world needs more Kevin C’s. He will be missed.

  13. My heart felt condolences
    To the Clancy family
    Tom Doran

  14. First met him while playing against softball teams that he coached in the 70s and 80s then we reunited in the 90s as employees at the USPS.. Always a fun guy to be around . My condolenses to his entire family who lost such a wonderful guy. R.I.P Kevin and someday we will form our own softball team.

  15. Sorry to hear that Kevin has passed
    My heart felt condolences

    Tom Doran

  16. My sympathies to the family. Kevin was a good man, always a pleasure to run into around town. He’ll be missed. RIP, Kevin.

  17. See you on the other side.

  18. I knew Kevin Clancy when he worked at Providence College and I was the Business Agent for SEIU Local 134. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to the family and all who knew him.

  19. Chris and family, So sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great softball coach and even better friend.

  20. My Deepest sympathy to the Clancy family. I had the privilege of knowing Kevin in high school. Rest in peace.

  21. Charlie and the Clancy family, my deepest sympathy to you all. I know God will have a special spot reserved at “Home Plate” for Kevin! God Bless You All!

  22. Charlie and all of the Clancy family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts at this difficult tim.

  23. So sorry to learn of our friend Kevin’s passing . We send our heartfelt condolences and hope in some small way it will help you through these trying times.

    Teach + Mary

  24. My Condolences to the Clancy family. I met Kevin at Gateway to independence. He was a Great guy, he will truly be missed.????. Barbara Lopes

  25. My thoughts are with the Clancy family. I knew him from the grammar school years on to adulthood, went to school with him, played football with him, knew him to be a fine person. My prayers to Kevin.


  27. Charlie. So very sorry for your loss. It is times like these when having a large family like yours brings comfort.

  28. My condolence to the Clancy family for your lost.

  29. Deepest sympathy to the Clancy family.
    Kevin was a character to be remembered.

    Hugh Kiley

  30. Sad to hear of Kevin’s passing. He was an excellent football player and teammate but most importantly, a great guy who I always respected.

  31. My prayers to the Clancy family …….Kevin gave me the opportunity to play softball for Clark & Sons in the 70’s ……he brought the best out of me and was my mentor on the field ……he will be missed ………Mike McDonald

  32. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Clancy family.

  33. so sad to see one of my old pals from post office pass. many rides home after work were fun.I will miss you. god bless

  34. My deepest sympathy to the family, we want back many years ago . He was a great person to know.

    Joan Martin Ledo

  35. Kevin was a friend to all. We shared an English class (Mr. Oldham “The Dink” in )the old Riverside Jr. High. Lost track of him after we graduated in 69 and entered the army. A gentleman…before it was fashionable. His passing reminds us how little time we have.

  36. Deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Clancy family. I remember him playing football for EP during some very successful years. God speed

  37. Sorry for your lost,Will keep him and your whole family in my prayers.

  38. my condolences goes to all the family of kevin Clancy sorry for your loss of such amazing guy, I remember our conservation on sunday 1/13/ how you were telling me did I ever go to New Orleans what a nice place it was and how I said how amazing of a person you were and you told me don’t stop doing my profession cause I was great at it: I told you that I wouldn’t I’m glad that god put me in your path so we became friends and you trusted me till the end I will never forget you or your amazing family u will always have a special place in my heart my you be resting in paradise my sweet angel Kevin (Joe)

  39. I visited Charlie, but wanted to give my condolences to the Clancy sisters,who always gave me such loyal support through the years.Love you all. Sorry I couldn’t be there . Kevin was a great friend to me for a long time. He was a lot of fun to be around. I will pray for him.

  40. My deepest condolences to the wonderful family .. Kevin was a great all around guy and fun to hang with his endless energy. He will be missed by all who knew him. God bless Mr. Clancy
    Dick Lebeau

  41. I met a guy in Myrtle Beach that knew Kevin and the Clancy clan. Great family, great teammate, so sorry , Kevin RIP

  42. So very sorry to see the loss of one of the Clancy clan. I remember how loving this large family was to each other. May their loving memories comfort them and help them through this loss.

  43. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Clancy family. I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  44. I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories help get you through this difficult time.

  45. My sincere sympathies and prayers to the Clancy Family.

  46. I am so sorry for your loss; Kevin was a good friend and a National Champion. We’ll never forget that one, right K!!!!!!!! Rest in Peace, Brother.

  47. My Deepest sympathy to the Clancy family. I had the privilege of knowing Kevin and playing for him. Had many great times and laughs. RIP my friend.

  48. Sincere sympathy to Kevin’s family.

  49. My condolences to the Clancy family. I’ve only meet Kevin a few times, and every time he made me smile and was always a gentleman. May the bond of your loving family and memories of Kevin help guide you through your time of loss. God Bless.

    With heartfelt loss,
    Paula ❤️

  50. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Clancy family. I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  51. When anxieties arises lets us turn to Jehovah in prayer and supplication. Job an ancient faithful servant of Jehovah God, observed: “There exist hope for even a tree. IF it gets cut down, it will even sprout again, and its own twig will not cease to be.

  52. May your memories and Gods words found in 2 Corinthians 1:2-4 give you the comfort you need at this time and remember the hope we have in the fulfillment of His promise found in John 5 : 28 . With my sincere and deepest condolences

  53. To Sheila and the extended Clancy Clan. My heartfelt condolences to you all. I didn’t know Kevin, but he sounds like a guy I would have liked. May you all relish in the fond and warm memories. I’m sure that there will be a great celebration of his life. God Bless you all.

  54. Katy & Johnny, I am so sorry for your loss

  55. So sorry that your Dad has left much too soon. He gifted everyone who knew him with his legacy of Lovely children and Grandchildren. ❤️❤️

  56. Sorry for your loss Charlie

  57. Jen & Family & Kerry, I am so sorry for your loss.
    God bless

  58. Kevin was a great role model for all us St. Brendan/Riverside kids of the 60’s. A fierce, talented competitor with a great wit and sense of integrity. Kevin was a natural leader…. the enforcer of fair play and the anti-bully . I remember him almost single handedly leading the 1965 Riverside Jr High football team as he carried the ball seemingly every down…incredible workhorse…and everybody wanted to be on Kevin’s team in basketball because you had a great chance of winning. I will light a candle for Kevin and brother Charlie and all in the Clancy from here in Southern California.

  59. . a good man with a great heart . i worked with kevin for twenty plus year’s . my condolence’s charlie to you & your entire family . so sorry for your loss !

  60. Sincere condolences to the Clancy Family whom I have know since the 50’s..then on to high school…and to this day.

  61. Anxious care in the heart of a man is what will cause it to bow down. Jehovah can give us an inner calm that protect our minds from being disturbed by unnecessary anxieties. Feeling heavy of heart and agitated, the psalmist sang: “Why are you in despair, O my soul, and why are you boisterous within me? Wait for God, for I shall yet laud him as the grand salvation of my person and as my God.”

  62. So sorry for your loss. May Kevin RIP. My deepest sympathies to the Clancy family…

  63. We will keep Kevin and the Clancy Family in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace. Mark & Susan Mc Cauley

  64. So sorry for your loss…what fun we had in high school, every memory comes with a smile. My condolences to all.

  65. So sorry for your loss, MarySue.may God comfort you in your grief. Hugs and prayers from Wi.????

  66. Jen. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time . Sending HUGS. Rowse & Sullivan Family ??????

  67. My deepest sympathies to the Clancy family. I have so many great memories of days gone by. Kevin was a dear friend who brought much happiness and lots of laughs to all around him. Rest peacefully.
    Bruce Bennett

  68. So sorry for your loss. I remember Kevin from high school as we graduated together. Always seemed to have a big smile on his face.

  69. May the entire Clancy family cherish their memories of Kevin and hold each other dear during your time of sorrow. Trust that you will all meet again.

  70. My deepest condolences to the entire Clancy family. I’ve known the Clancy’s since in early 50’s in central EP and all thru school. He was always a kind friend. RIP Kevin

  71. Sorry to hear about Charlie, he and the Boys, made our trips from CT to RI to play softball a great experience. Many laugh, hoops, cold ones and lifetime memories. Rest in piece
    Linda & CJ Jones⚾️??

  72. Jen and Jay, I’m sos sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. We love you guys. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  73. My deepest sympathy to the Clancy family and especially to Beth Decosta, a coworker who has an exceptional love of family and a deep faith. May God hold Kevin in the palm of his hand.

  74. I’m so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing (so young). My thoughts and prayers are with you at all this very sad time. He certainly sounded like he enjoyed life and life enjoyed him. May he rest in peace.

  75. Beth, Dickie and family… so sorry for your loss… you are all in our thoughts and prayers…

  76. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Clancy clan, a great family !! We, especially, Jimmy have great memories of Kevin and wish him eternal peace !!

  77. I remember Kevin and Charlie both for their sense of humor and talent on the basketball court. Godspeed

  78. My sympathies to the family. Being a close friend of his sister Katy, I understand how close this family is and how sad the loss of their brother would be. Together I hope they celebrate his life and continue to share memories .

  79. My deepest sympathies to the Clancy family, for which I have an never ending bond. Especially to Jennifer and Kerry, who lost their precious dad, my heart goes out to you. My love always.

  80. So sorry for your loss, may Kevin RIP. Sending prayers to family & friends. Hold on to the precious memories because this will help get you through this difficult time. God Bless.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Rose Fleet & Eddie Decesaris

  81. I am sad to hear of the passing of my cousin Kevin. He was one of a kind, a real character with a heart of gold. Kevin and his brother Charlie were my older cousins and icons of local sports in Riverside and East Providence. My brothers and I would have big shoes to fill if we tried to follow them. He continued on the proud family tradition of serving our country and was a fellow veteran of the Vietnam Era. I will miss him. Rest easy cousin. Love you pal.

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