John C. Sweeney

Date of Passing:

April 26, 2024

John C. Sweeney, 96, of Pine Cone Drive, Barrington, died peacefully on April 26, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Phyllis L. (Willey) Sweeney. They were married for 62 loving years.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Patrick Joseph Sweeney and Helen (Monforte) Silva, he lived in Barrington for 70 years.

Mr. Sweeney was a Food Broker for Barkley Brown & Kavanaugh Food Sales for 25 years. He previously worked at Kennecott Wire & Cable Co. for 16 years. Upon his retirement he worked as a dedicated Funeral Assistant at the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home for 16 years.

John was a graduate of East Providence High School Class of 1946 where he was the Treasurer and remained active on the Alumni Committee. He was a member of the Knights of the Grip and was a volunteer at the Tap-In Barrington Program.

A sports enthusiast, John enjoyed attending and watching sporting events throughout his life. He also enjoyed swimming in his pool and solving daily crossword puzzles.

Mr. Sweeney was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and the American Area Medal.

John was kind, generous and a friend to all with his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by a son, John M. “Jake” Sweeney Sr. of Glastonbury, CT; a daughter, Joyce L. Sweeney of Chepachet; two grandsons, John M. Sweeney Jr. and his wife Rebekka of Woonsocket and Samuel R.P. Sweeney and Lauren Hays of Rocky Hill, CT; two great-grandsons, Scott J. Sweeney and Liam S. Sweeney; a sister, Maryann Finnerty and her husband Keith of Riverside and his faithful dogs, Tootsie and Zoey. He also leaves his adopted family Nick and Jenny Ferraro and their children, Liam, Teagan and Evelyn, who brought him so much happiness these past three years.

His funeral will be held on Thursday May 2, 2024 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:15 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10:30 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Wednesday 4-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in John’s memory to the ASPCA Gift Processing Center, P.O. 96929, Washington, DC, 20090 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Joyce and Jake
    I send my deepest condolences to you and your extended family on the passing of your dad. I have such fond memories of visiting with you and your parents with Mal who introduced me to your family in the late 60’s. Your dad was a wonderful man. I remember him laying his head on your dog Bruno back watching TV on the floor. I remember the red convertible car, badminton in the backyard. So many wonderful memories. May he rest in peace with your mom (and Mal). Joan Herwig Siciliano

  2. My condolences to Jake and the extended Sweeney family. I remember playing hoop with John some 50-plus years ago and what a great guy he was.

  3. We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great, kind and funny person and a real bright spot in our neighborhood. Our dog Fenway loved John. He would always stop in front of his house and try to pull us up the walkway to see John.

    A life well lived. We will miss him.

  4. Dear Sweeney Family,

    We are sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man and it was a pleasure to know him.

    Deepest sympathy,

    Mary Jane and Bain Edmondson

  5. To the entire Sweeney family,

    John was a class act and an outstanding person. John loved Phyllis and all of his family and provided great comfort to many during his days at the Watson Funeral Home.

    Please take solace in knowing that he is reunited with Phyllis in Heaven!

    May the days ahead bring you peace. My deepest condolences.

  6. John had a way of always keeping us laughing at TAPIN, working circles around us!
    We all loved him!
    A true friend ❤️

  7. Mr. John Sweeney, one of the greatest people, I ever got the joy of meeting. Walking Zoey every Wednesday and eating fried chicken with sweet corn was the most relaxing laid back experience I had with “the kid”. Man John this was a hard one. You will be missed in every way. Love “The kid” Cassie !
    I love you kid! Always and forever!

  8. I only met Mr Sweeney a couple of times..that was all I needed to see what a wonderful man he was…his family adored him….especially his daughter Joyce…please accept my sincere condolences…..

  9. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful person and it was always a joy to spend time with him. We will remember him always. Donna, Bobby, Adam & Jake Bagdasarian

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