Michel (Mitch) Akkaoui

Date of Passing:

August 3, 2020

Akkaoui, Michel (Mitch), 89, of Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside Terrace, Riverside, died peacefully on August 3, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He immigrated to this country in 1956 from Lebanon and settled in Rhode Island to marry his wife of sixty four years, Camille (Tanury) Akkaoui. Together they raised a close and loving family.

Mr. Akkaoui filled his home with music and was a gifted and beloved musician who brought joy to many people with his beautiful voice. He could bring a crowd to tears with his soulful singing or hundreds to their feet to dance for hours.

Michel was a lifelong communicant of St. George Maronite Catholic Church where he served as the Choir Director for many years. His love for his heritage and community knew no bounds, always a willing participant to support the church and its endeavors.

Mr. Akkaoui spent most of his career in the jewelry industry. He was employed at Tanury Industries as their production floor manager. He was instrumental in developing new processes and techniques and streamlining work flow/production. He was a dedicated employee and taught his children the value of hard work.

Besides his wife, he leaves behind his children, Michael Akkaoui and his wife Anne of Riverside, Paula Frias and her husband Paul of Barrington and his grandchildren, Anthony Akkaoui, Matthew and Odessa Akkaoui, Tess and Michael Oberg. He also leaves behind his sisters and brother and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, a Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. George Maronite Catholic Church, Cranston Street, Cranston. A Private Graveside Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Mr. Akkaoui’s memory to St. George Maronite Catholic Church, 1493 Cranston Street, Cranston RI 02920 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Our sincerest condolences to the entire Akkaoui family-our thoughts, love and prayers are with you during this time. May he rest in peace.

  2. Camille,
    Accept my deepest sympathy! You were always such a kind and happy couple! You were blessed to have each other for so long.

  3. Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. Much love to you all.

  4. Dear Camille and Family,
    So sorry to read of Michel’s death.
    Our deepest sympathy.

  5. Michael, we are very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. From all of your friends at Chelsea Clock, we send our deepest condolences.

  6. I will always miss his music and will cherish those many times of listening, dancing and laughter at all the Haflis that were such a big part of our Lebanese Heritage and community. You will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers for the repose of your soul and also for comfort to your wife Camille in this time of sorrow.

  7. We were so sorry to hear about Mitch’s passing. He was a wonderful person and he will be missed. Our prayers for all the family.

  8. My sincere condolences

  9. Our love and prayers go out to all the Family…

  10. Always a smile, never a harsh word, truly a gentleman. May you rest with GOD.

  11. To Camille, Michael and Paula, I am so sorry for your loss. Michel was always so kind and generous. I know he is in the arms of our Father in heaven now, but his passing will be felt always. He was a good friend of my family and we loved him. May his soul rest in the peace of Our Lord.

  12. Such a wonderful man, loved so much. RIP

  13. our deepest sympathies to camiile and the entire akkaoui family…michel was a truly unique and talented man whose generosity extended to anyone and everyone. i truly enjoyed so many of his performances of arabic music over the years, often donating his talents for his church and community. may those great and lasting memories console you all.

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