Janet Cornell Powers

Date of Passing:

July 9, 2021

Janet Cornell Powers, of Barrington, RI died peacefully at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence after a long battle with breast cancer.

Janet was born in Providence, RI, in 1960. She was the 4th of 6 children born to William R Powers III and Sarah S Powers. She grew up in Barrington, attending Nayatt School, Barrington Middle School and Barrington High School. Janet was an avid reader and was happiest combing the beaches of Rhode Island looking for treasures.

Janet worked for many years in the restaurant and hospitality industry and earned a reputation for her mentoring and high standards. She managed popular restaurants in Connecticut and Rhode Island but for the last decade of her life she lovingly cared for her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She is survived by her children, Steven J. Silvia of Manchester, CT, John M .Sweeney Jr. of Woonsocket, RI and Samuel R. P. Sweeney of Glastonbury, CT as well as her siblings, Sarah P. Frese, Donald W. Powers and Rebecca R. Powers. Her brothers Christopher J Powers and William F Powers predeceased her, as did her parents.

While there will be no service, the family asks that donations in Janet’s name be made to Tap-in Inc. PO Box 252, Barrington, RI 02896 or at www.tapinri.org

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing and are thinking of the Powers’ family during this difficult time.

  2. Dear Sally Powers and Powers family all & friends,
    Janet was a beautiful person like her older sister. I read about her caretaking for your Mom. What a loving and kind tribute. So sorry to hear about her passing. They have come a long way re: women’s cancer with ports following Chemo. Just not fast enough, I pray for you all to remember her. So sorry for your loss.
    Love, Janice Kelly

  3. RIP Janet

  4. From all of us on the Board of the Friends of the Barrington Senior Center, of which Janet was a member, we offer our condolences.

  5. My condolences on Janet’s passing. We became friends volunteering at Tapin, and I felt like I knew her for years.
    I will miss her.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to your family.

  7. I am truly saddened by Janet’s passing. She fought a courageous battle against her illness. She is now at peace that she is so deserving of. I extend my sincere sympathy to all of Janet’s family and friends especially my nephews. Keep your Mom’s spirit alive in your heart. I will remember Janet always with fondness.

  8. This is so sad to hear. I just loved Janet, she was a delightful person who always brightened the holidays with her presence. She cared very tenderly for her mother; it was inspiring. My most sincere condolences for all the Powers family.

  9. Peter and i are so sorry to hear this news. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family.
    Judy and Peter Kugel

  10. My condolences to all the Powers family and Janet’s sons Steve, Jake and Sam.

  11. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to all of the Powers family. Sending all our love with prayers of strength. May Janet Rest In Peace.
    Our Deepest sympathy.
    Cindy and David Silvia

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