James E. LaForge

Date of Passing:

July 25, 2022

LaForge, James E., 79, of Willett Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully at home on July 25, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Lois (Bell) LaForge.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Russell and Rose (Richardson) LaForge, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. LaForge was a Cook for 50 years at the Riverside Grille before retiring in 2011.

James was a member of the Silver Spring Golf Club where he enjoyed golfing.

Besides his wife of thirty eight years, he is survived by a son, Eric J. LaForge of Cranston; two daughters, Kimberly Carruolo of Central Falls and Amy Isabella of Cranston; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a sister, Donna Monaghan of Riverside. He was the brother of the late Rose E. Wittig.

His Funeral Service will be private.

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  1. I just learned of Jim’s passing, and I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Jim was a very caring man whom I’ve known most of my life. I was an insecure kid when I started visiting Riverside Grille over 40 years ago. Jim listened to me and encouraged me through high school, college and beyond. Jim was in some ways like a surrogate Dad, and I’ll always love him for that. In later years, I ran into Jim and Lois around town, and occasionally visited to catch up on life’s happenings. Somehow, we always think there’s more time… I’m sad to know there is not. My deepest condolences especially to Lois. Jim’s love for you is eternal. My condolences also to Jim’s family in this time of grief.

  2. I just learned today of Jimmy’s passing. I met him, and played many rounds with Jimmy, at Silver Spring Golf Course. He was always very friendly and supportive. We became good friends in the ensuing years. I will miss my friend Jimmy. Please accept my heart felt condolences.

  3. My condolences. I just learned today of Jimmy’s passing. I first met Jimmy at Sparky’s about 15 yrs ago. We had been friendly since. He was such a great guy and a sweet soul. Don’t under estimate him though… he was a tough cookie. When we talked about relationships, he would always tell me about his “honey” (his wife). He was truly a genuine guy and will be seriously missed! God bless Jimmy and your family! God has another great angel up there!

  4. My condolences to you and your family in this time of need. Jimmy was a crossing guard right across the street from my house for a very long time! Myself, husband Chris and my children Lacey and Charlotte will miss him dearly. He became a friend to us over the years. He was truly a special person and I am so glad that I was able to know him. I will always remember the kindness he always had towards others. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prays are with you all.

  5. Jimmy was a Riverside staple, RIP & condolences to the family

  6. I wish I had more words to say but I do not. My grandfather was a sweet man, I just wish I got to know him a bit closer or got to see him before this all happened. Either way, I am sure I’ll get to say what I needed eventually. Rest In Peace Grandpa, I love you❤️

  7. My condolences to the family. Jim was one of the first guys I meet when I started golfing. Made me feel right at home. We all miss you at the course.

  8. Sorry for your loss. I was very young the last time I saw him. We moved to CT after my own father passed so I only have a memory of his weiner with chilli. I remember it was the best. Again sorry to hear of his passing.

  9. Sorry for your loss. Will always remember the EPPD details we did together. A true Riverside Icon and always a gentleman. My prayers are with you and family

  10. So sorry for your loss.an yes he will always be remembered.he was a big part of the square.a real nice guy.

  11. Dear Donna and Lois,
    We’re so sorry for your loss.
    Sending love and prayers to you and your families.

  12. Jimmy and I were good friends from the 9th grade all through high school and after.
    My deepest sympathy to his family.

  13. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts, prayers and love to yous.

  14. So sorry for your loss. Remember him well. “Three all the way”
    Revelation 21:4 – And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  15. Always the nicest guy!!! I was at the weinie joint at least weekly maybe even at some points daily growing up. A huge part of Riverside. He really cared about the customers and getting to know everyone. RIP

  16. So sorry to Jimmy’s family. Knew him well from school on up. He was a fixture at the grill he knew exactly what you wanted at the grill . He was well known in Riverside. RIP Jimmy

  17. Kyle (MacKay) Antonevich.
    My parents and Jimmy’s parents knew each other well.
    You Rest In Peace Jimmy!
    Sorry Lois and all family for your loss. ?

  18. RIP Jimmy, God bless you

  19. Lois,.
    My deepest sympathy to you and you family.
    I will remember BoB as a gentile man always with a smile and a friendly hello.

  20. So sorry auntie Lois and Eric sending love

  21. Eric I am so sorry for you and your family loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.May he R.I.P.

  22. Ron and I are deeply sorry for your loss Eric. We have spoken to your Mom and hope we can all get together in the near future.

  23. Eric, My Deepest Condolences and Prayers to You and Your Family.

  24. I am very sorry for your family’s loss. I hope memories help you thru the life change.
    God bless

  25. Eric I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss my deepest condolences

  26. Eric my condolences to you and your family.???

  27. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to your family?

  28. My friend Jimmy will always be missed , he is and always will be part of the Rougas family . We had a blast working at the Riverside Grille , he was a big part of my life , I feel very lucky for the times we had , love ya Jim ! ❤️

  29. I am so sorry for your loss. It the hardest thing to go through. Please let me know if I can do anything. Love you guys xo

  30. Eric I’m so sorry for your loss.

  31. Eric –
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you, Matt, Kelly & your whole family.

  32. My deepest sympathy to your family. You could not have grown up in Riverside without having known Jimmy and Gus from the weiner joint. It was always a treat when our parents would take us there and when you got a coin for the candy vending machine!

  33. To The Laforge Family, I am so sorry for your loss.He was always a fixture at the Riverside Grill, Always Joking.May He Rest In Peace and God Bless.

  34. Lois,
    Bobby and I are very saddened by the news of Jimmy’s death. He and Bobby were friends since their early teen years, and have talked often over the years. We were hoping he would overcome his illnesss in its earlier stages, but realized it was not going to happen.

    Our condolences to you and your family, and to his sister Donna. Now that he is no longer in pain, may he rest in peace.??

  35. Jim was a Good man. He graduated with my father, the late.Leo, BH Chin, in which who he befriended. I remember Jimmy making my one.hot.weiner with Home-Made FF. Those were the days. My Heart goes.out to his wife Louis and his family, in which I Myself Befriended his oldest.daughter, Kimberly. We have been Bff’s since the eighth grade. My deepest Sympathies for Jim and his family. Thoughts and Prayers ? ????

  36. My condolences to all of your family .

  37. My condolences to all of your family

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