Roy E. Babbitt

Date of Passing:

December 20, 2021

Babbitt, Roy E., 91, of Forbes Street, Riverside, died unexpectedly on December 20, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret M. (McAleer) Babbitt.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Roy E. and Veronica J. (Marcoux) Babbitt, he lived in Riverside for 86 years.

Mr. Babbitt was a student bus driver for the East Providence School Department for many years. He previously was a warehouse worker for the former A&P Warehouse for many years.

Mr. Babbitt was a member of the teamsters. A sports enthusiast, he was a devoted East Providence Townie, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed skiing in New Hampshire, camping, traveling and spending time with his loving family.

He is survived by two sons, Edward Babbitt and his wife Sue of Orwell, VT and Michael Babbitt of East Amherst, NY; two grandchildren, Heather and Robyn Babbitt of East Amherst, NY and a sister, Norma Kraft of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was the brother of the late Donald B. Babbitt.

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his Life with Calling Hours on Saturday April 2, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. A Private Burial was held in Orwell, VT.

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  1. Where do I begin, so many memories, swim team, Sunapee, Aframe, Hog Hill, canoeing the list is long and filled with good times and great people. There is definitely a cribbage game going on with Walt, Marge, Peg and now Roy to join them. Our sincere condolenves on your loss, but the memories will stay with us all.

  2. Hi Ed
    So sorry for your lost. Be strong and stay safe.

  3. Mike and Ed, I’m sorry to hear that your Dad passed. He was a blast to hang out with. So many great times! The trips to N.H, canoeing, chopping wood for the A Frame and always playing cribbage. An occasional beverage . He was always in a good mood and made everyone around him feel special. He will be missed but he will always be fondly remembered.

  4. Very sorry to hear this !! He was a great guy he will be missed , it was an honor to be his friend!

  5. Ed and Mike, I am sincerely sorry to hear about Roy. I remember spending a lot of time at your house, having a lot of great times with Maggie and Zappo, as we affectionally referred to your mom and dad. Once we reached the legal drinking age, Roy would break out the Southern Comfort and wouldn’t let me leave until we had at least one shot. Ah, the good old days. R.I.P. Roy, you will be missed.

  6. Ed and Mike, I am saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. The last time I saw him was at my dad’s wake in 2008.
    He was such a kind man. I remember all the pennies he and your mom saved to buy a color TV. Our overnight trips to New Hampshire where that was the only time I heard him get angry when we wouldn’t shut up during the night. Helping you guys sell hot cocoa at Willett pond during skate season. When he gagged on eating some cornbread I made while telling me it was delicious. Then there was his Townie devotion with the Saturday bus rides to football games.
    Heaven is gaining a super guy. Sorry for your loss.

  7. Eddie and Mike,

    I am sad to hear about your dad’s passing. He was such a delightful and kind man to everybody. I remember ice skating at Willett Ave pond and enjoying hot chocolate at your backyard! Love to you and your family.

  8. Mike and Ed,
    So sorry about your Dad. He was a legend in Riverside. I was lucky to have grown up across the street. Look forward to seeing you this spring.

  9. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing.I will forever remember the card games on your back porch that Bud and I enjoyed with the “gang”..especially “99”Rest in peace my friend and enjoy those card games with Bud

  10. Mike & Eddie—- was saddened to hear of your Dads passing. . Few can boast the positive impact to as many . I fondly remember the great times we shared at Mt.Sunapee skiing with him
    And the countless bus rides to athletic team events . And the list goes on . Your dad was a giant amongst men. His loving and caring nature never wavered. I was blessed to have called him my friend . He will be missed by many . Appropriately we mourn his passing but more importantly celebrate such a fine mans life.
    Peace be with you and your families . .

  11. To Babbitt family
    My family and I are sorry for you loss your father was one of the kindest person I have known always smiling and making people laugh. My heart was saddened when I hear of him passing. May he Rest In Peace.

    Goodbye my dear friend until we meet again. You will forever be in our memories.

  12. Not way wanted my morning to start hearing this news. Goes without saying how much he’ll be missed. Was great pleasure to have met him and to have welcomed him into my family. Sad ,but glad he finally is now resting with his wife. Rest easy my friend.

  13. My condolences to the family. Roy was one of kind. One the greatest person I met. He’s kindness and smile will be with me forever. I’m so sorry for his lost, he was a wonderful gentleman. Rest In Peace Mr BABBITT

  14. You will be missed old man but it’s bring us joy to think that you are now resting with your late wife. We will cherish all the memories. Your kindness, love, and happy spirit will always bring us joy.

    Thank you!!!

    To the Babbit family, Roy was a great man and certainly loved! Thank you for sharing him with the us. Our condolences to you all! May he Rest In Peace!


    Luis, Joanna, Aidan

  15. To the Babbit Family,
    So very to hear of your Dad’s passing. I’ve had fond memories of him as the sports bus driver as well as all the years of knowing him in and around Riverside.
    Maureen Sweeney Nolan

  16. Eddie and Mike, I was so sad to hear about your dad, “Zappo” though it brought back such happy memories. He and “Maggie” gave our h.s. crew so many happy experiences at the A-frame in NH and at your house in Riverside. Those nights where we made sandwiches at your house for the long bus rides to hockey games were a blast. I hope they know the impact they had on so many of our lives. My condolences to you and yours-your dad was a lovely man.

  17. We will miss you, Roy. I do hope you and Uncle Bud are laughing together again.

  18. Mr. Babbitt was the best. Great times in that backyard. I Was in Riverside a couple months ago and I took a walk down Willet Avenue pond and I walked up the backyard and knocked on the door.. alas, he wasn’t home. I guess that was my goodbye. A wonderful man.

  19. Roy was a great guy and close friend to my Uncle Bud Phillips who also recently passed. My deepest condolences to all his friends and family. RIP Roy.

  20. Mike, Ed and Sue. Roy was my special buddy. I loved him very much. There will never be another one like him. Rest in peace my dear friend. I am so sorry for your loss.

  21. Ed, Mike and family, we are sorry for the loss of your dear dad! We have wonderful memories of he and your mom at gatherings over the years on Forbes. Don remembers him fondly from his days at EP with Roy driving the bus to various sporting events. He was a great guy – may he rest in peace!

  22. Dear Ed and Mike and family, There will definitely be a void in Riverside. To have been able to call Roy a friend for over fifty years has been my privilege. We will think of Roy and Marge often. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  23. Dear Uncle Roy,
    You will always have a special place in my heart,
    I loved it when you showed up! That’s when the party started. Although you weren’t the best dancer, you were my favorite dancing partner. Tom and the rest of them will be happy to see you.
    Will keep dancing in your memory.

  24. So sorry for your loss

  25. There you are ! You handsome son of a gun! The mayor of Forbes ST of course – My sweet Roy, to know you was to love you – and what a blessing it’s been to have you as my customer for the last 2 years. You were the light of any room. Nothing ever bothered you, NOT EVER ! It was always , Ah! The hell with it, and you’d carry on . I loved your strong bold personality! You lived a long beautiful 92 years . I will miss you , the diner will miss you – it’ll just never be the same. That handsome smile, that “You, got it babe!” , or “Here, put this is the jar for the ROCKETES” ..

    Just know you will forever live on through “your rocketes” not a day will go by and will not wonder how you are . Take care , hold Margie tight – rest peacefully forever ♥️

    Hey! And save me a life jacket , we got a boat to catch! Catch ya later babe ???

  26. Roy , it was a pleasure to know you. You were the life of our family parties !
    You will be missed. My condolences to the Babbitt family.

  27. Eddie and Michael. I remember working the hot chocolate shack on the pond and riding the EP football bus with your dog Townie, and cashing in the pennies he started saving when you guys were born for a color tv
    He was a great guy rest in peace Roy Thanks for everything

  28. Sorry for your loss. Had many laughs with him at the marina. Rest In Peace Roy.

  29. What a GREAT MAN!!!!!!
    He and your mother were the best couple

  30. Ed, Mike, Heather & Robyn, I was very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I will always remember him with love & much happiness. He will definitely be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Love & hugs.

  31. Eddie and Mike: I remember your dad as such a nice man, my condolences on his passing. May he Rest In Peace.

  32. Ed and Mike, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a great man. I remember him always having a smile on his face. This brings back so many memories. So many days after grade school telling my parents “I’m heading up to the Babbitts!” Your dad was always so welcoming and always interested in what your friends were doing. And then when we got to high school it was always a bonus when he would drive our teams to games. Rest in peace Mr.Babbitt. Sincere condolences to you and your families.

  33. Dear Ed, Mike and family,
    So very sad to hear of Roy’s passing. What a great reunion there is in heaven today. My parents, yours and so many of their friends enjoying a new life together. Roy was one of a kind. From Kenbrin to boats, to parties at my parents, he was always full of energy and laughter. He was a good man that raised good men and lifted the spirits of innumerable others with his kind heart and humor. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
    My sincere sympathy to you all.

  34. I will forever remember your kindnness,smile,humor, positive outlook and happy go lucky ways. You were definitely one of a kind a legend to remember and strive to be more like. So happy I was able to take the Vermont trip with you and my dad a few months back. You had me laughing all the way. RIP our sweet friend.

  35. Mr Babbitt you always did everything with Love. Thank you for all those bus rides and other acts of kindness. Also I will never forget you, especially those words from your heart. “We never give up.”You taught me so much.”
    All my love Mr. Babbitt, your adopted daughter Maureen Glynn Wilson. Love never dies XXX

  36. Dear Roy, thank you for the memories of our times at camp! Always a laugh to be had. You were the gadabout gaddess of Plunder Bay! Be sure you celebrate your birthday with all who have gone before you! Love you Roy and I will miss you! Hugs and Happy Birthday!

  37. We will miss you Roy, everything will be so different without your daily visit at the diner. You have bought joy and laughter into our lives. You are a gift from heaven to all who have known you. We will meet again Roy! May god hold you in his loving arms. ❤️❤️❤️

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