Peter J. DeAquair Sr.

Date of Passing:

March 10, 2021

DeAquair, Peter J., Sr., 70, formerly of Earl Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on March 10, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Susan (Pierce) DeAquair.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Frank and Alice M. (Peters) DeAquair, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. DeAquair was a Police Officer for the East Providence Police Department for 28 years retiring as a Detective.

Peter was a member of the Rhode Island H.O.G. Association. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and attended the New Hampshire Bike Week for 28 years.

Besides his wife of 42 years, he is survived by two sons, Jason E. DeAquair of Wichita, KS and Peter J. DeAquair Jr. (Lauren) of East Greenwich; two brothers, Frank DeAquair Jr. (Jeanette) and Dwight D. DeAquair (Lorraine); three sisters, Norma A. Rose, all of Vero Beach, FL, Deborah A. Benedetti (Robert) of Riverside and Jolene DeAquair Gamache (Robert) of Pawtucket; four grandsons, Luke, Collin, Jake and Micah; three granddaughters, Avery, Riley and Maisy and several cherished nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling Hours in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Saturday March 20, 2021 from 3-6 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Peter’s Memory to The American Parkinson Disease Association, Rhode Island Chapter, P.O. Box 41659, Providence, RI, 02940 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. My sincerest condolences to the DeAquair family for your loss. I thank him for his guidance and friendship. He will be truly missed.

  2. Sorry I was unable to attend the service due to prior plans with my grandkids. Pete was a great man and a good friend – rest in peace.

  3. To Sue and family:
    My condolences on Pete”s passing.
    He was a great man who I have known since High school
    Rest in Peace Pete.

  4. So sorry. What a nice guy. I rode with him when I first came on the job back in 1983.

  5. Sue: I am very sorry for your loss. We had some very entertaining moments in years past and I will miss Pete’s smile of amusement.

  6. As we work our way in life we are always reminded of friends and family members who are no longer with us in this journey. Peter was family to me and I appreciated the time our families were together.
    My condolences to Peter’s family and the toll the Corvid virus had on trying to see him for so many months.
    Rest in peace, I will always remember Peter

  7. Pete you were a great guy Rest in Peace

  8. Very sad to hear of Peter passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  9. Sue, Peter & the DeAquair Family, my sincere condolences to you all. Pete was a wonderful sincere person. He was an outstanding police officer and a great friend to all. He will be missed. Now you can rest with the Lord.

  10. To Sue and the DeAquair Family. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Peter was a friend and a colleague and it was a pleasure to know and work with him. Pete was the real Mayor of Riverside and was well respected by the community. Rest in peace brother.

  11. Dear Sue,I’m so sorry for your loss,Pete was so a wonderful person to everyone,My Deepest Condolences To You And Your Family.

  12. Sue and family, I had the pleasure to meet you few years back. Peter was an amazing guy. I am Jason’s Aunt. I hope you have the strength to get through this. You were a devoted wife, Mom and friend..Rip Pete. .

  13. To Sue and family so sorry to hear about Pete .you are in our thoughts and prayers . R I P Pete? ❤️

  14. Sue and family, I wish you all peace knowing that big smile is looking down on you. RIP Pete.

  15. My condolences to the DeAquair family. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Pete, he was truly a professional. So sorry for your loss. Rest in peace my friend.

  16. My sincerest condolences to the family. Rest in Peace Pete, God bless

  17. Sue and family,
    My deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. Thinking of you.

  18. Sue: I am so sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  19. If you saw him you saw that fabulous smile. My condolences to his family, he absolutely was one of the good guys. He will be missed. God bless you all.

  20. Grateful to have found thoughts of Detective DeAquair for sharing with me his uplifting personality, encouraging thoughts, and endless warm smiles to this then rookie EPPD cop back in 97. RIP Sir.

  21. R.I.P. My childhood Friend,,,Never forget the good times we had growing up in E.P.,,,,My Condolences to Peters entire Family,,,,,Godspeed.

  22. Although I did not know Pete sr I worked with his son Pete jr and they say the apple don’t fall far from the tree and seeing other condolences I would say Pete’s parents did a great job Pete so very sorry for you and your families loss our sincere condolences bud miss you Bob and Paula White

  23. My sincerest condolences to Sue and the entire DeAquair family on Peter’s passing.

    Peter was an awesome person, a true gentleman both in and out of uniform.

    It was a honor to have served beside him and to have had the privilege of his friendship.

    Rest In Peace buddy.

  24. Pete was a great Cop a good guy and a great friend a
    Pete had a positive influence on me growing up as a kid and even as an adult I will truly miss him my condolences to Sue and his entire family I’ll be praying for you all. Rest In Peace Pete and thank you my friend

  25. Donna and I offer our deepest condolences to Sue and the entire family. Peter was one of the first officers I met, one of the finest officers I ever met and a true Cop’s Cop. Peter taught me to love Riverside and respect every resident. Ride your Harley through the gates my friend.

  26. To Sue and family. It was sad to hear of Pete’s passing. I enjoyed my career working with him. I always admired his soft, calm, and collective attitude. It was always a pleasure to work with him. We had so many good times both on and off duty. He was a great and special cop. I hope he is riding his Harley up in heaven and looking down smiling. Rest in peace Brother!

  27. Peter was one for the best officers I ever worked with. He had a way with people that came from the heart. EPPD was a better department because of cops like Peter. MY condolences to his family.

  28. Jolene and Bob,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    May Peter rest in peace..

  29. Pete was an all around great guy. I always enjoyed his company. I am grateful he was my friend.
    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.

  30. Just a wonderful human being. He loved his family, his Riverside and his Harley. He treated everyone with respect, empathy and compassion. He taught me the meaning of policing. Always laughing, always story telling. He made the world a better place. Peace to you my friend. I’m glad you were called home.

  31. My condolences to the entire DeAquair family. I totally enjoyed working on the EPPD with Pete. He was a good friend and a great guy.

  32. Pete was was the consummate police officer and just an all around wonderful guy. I consider myself so fortunate to have known and worked with Pete. Rest In Peace and my thoughts and prayers go out to Sue and his entire family.

  33. Pete was a good guy and a good cop. He was liked and respected by those who knew him. My condolences to the Deaquair family. I am sorry for your loss. My he rest in peace.

  34. My deepest condolences to Sue and Peter, Jr. Pete was a good husband and father. It was an honor to serve with him at the police department where he served with distinction. I will always cherish and miss his friendship. May he Rest In Peace. ?

  35. To Sue and the DeAquair Family;
    My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. Pete exemplified what it means to be a police officer. Completely in touch with his community, compassionate, fair and honest. Pete is what I would refer to as the Real Police. It was and honor to serve with him and a privilege to be his friend. May God Bless him and your entire family.

  36. RIP Pete

  37. Sue, I’m so sorry to hear about Peter’s passing. I remember when you and Peter starting dating. Those were the good days. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P Peter.

  38. Sue, although I haven’t seen you both in a few years, I want to offer you my deepest, and sincerest condolences. We had some great times up at Laconia Bike Week. Just one of the greatest guys ever. The world is a better place for having him in it. May he Rest In Peace, and you be comforted by his memories.

  39. Peter was a wonderful person. He made people laugh, he helped out those in need. He loved his Riverside, his Harley and his family.
    He had compassion, empathy and respected everyone. It was a true honor to have worked with such a wonderful human being. It was so heartbreaking to see him suffer through his neurological issues. Yet, he still managed to make others comfortable even though he felt bad that he couldn’t ride his bike anymore. I truly loved knowing him. May he Rest In Peace, he leaves us all with many happy memories.

  40. It was an honor serving with Pete on EPPD. He served the department and the city with honor and distinction. Rest In Peace Detective.

  41. We work with Jason and on behalf of Curtis Middle School we send our love and condolences to your family.

  42. We all miss you papa peter. You will always be in our memories.

  43. I am in Florida until Mar, 30 but I knew Peter for many years and he was a very good Police Office retiring as a Detective. God bless Peter.

  44. Peter was a great cop and a better person. He had understanding and compassion for everyone. Working with him was an honor. God bless Pete

  45. To Sue and the DeAquair Family:
    My sincerest condolences on Pete’s passing. I loved working with Pete, he was a good cop, a Riverside cop through and through, respected by many. Rest In Peace Pete.

  46. Sorry for your lost. Peter was a good friend I met in High school back in 1966.
    I then worked with him at the East Providence sewer plant in Riverside.

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