Stephen D. DiZio MD

Date of Passing:

March 19, 2023

DiZio, Stephen D., MD, 72, of Noble Avenue, Barrington, died unexpectedly on March 19, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. He was the beloved husband of Carol Ann (Zimmerman) DiZio.

Born in Newark, NJ, a son of the late Joseph S. and Antonette (Paserchia) DiZio, he lived in Barrington for 43 years previously residing in Bristol.

Dr. DiZio was the Medical Director and a Psychiatry Specialist for the Community Care Alliance of Rhode Island, Woonsocket for 38 years before retiring in 2022. He previously had a private practice in Providence.

Stephen was a graduate of Newark College of Engineering Class of 1972 and a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Class of 1976.

Dr. DiZio was a communicant of St. Luke Church. He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association.

He enjoyed playing music, especially at Open Mic events. He was a member of the former Exit 131 band.

Besides his wife of forty nine years, he is survived by three sons, Christopher DiZio of Providence, Michael DiZio of Pawtucket and Joey DiZio of Quincy, MA and two sisters, Patricia DiZio of Breese, IL and Christine Jadczak of Lancaster, KY.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday April 13, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 6-9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday April 14, 2023 in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted.

Contributions in Dr. DiZio’s memory to the Community Care Alliance, P.O Box 1700 Woonsocket, RI 02895 for a memorial tree and plaque would be deeply appreciated. Any remaining funds would go directly to Community Care Alliance.

Online Condolences


  1. I miss you

  2. Though I only trained with Dr. DiZio for 1 year while becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I benefitted so much personally and professionally from his mentorship and guidance. I’m so grateful for the time I got to spend learning from him, and I’m appreciative too that we were able to keep in touch a little bit after I graduated from nursing school . Dr. DiZio’s warm, patience, compassion, and wicked sense of humor truly made him truly one of the best. The field of community mental health psychiatry is going to miss his absence. May his soul rest in peace. I send my condolences to the family too.

  3. To the family and friends of Dr. DiZio: I recently received a letter from a former colleague informing me about the passing of Dr. D. I was both shocked and saddened by the news. He was a great mentor, with superb clinical skills, I had the privilege of working with him at what was formerly called Northern RI Community Mental Health Center. I was not there for very long, Dr. D impressed me. I have since become a nun, and am praying for the DiZio family. I also lost my dad at the age of 69 unexpectedly. I never thought I would get through it. Prayer is the best remedy for grief. I came to recognize that my dad was not lost, even if he is not physically present, he remains spiritually present. I will see him again in God’s time, and I pray for my dad’s intercession everyday. Dr. D went home to be with God on Saint Joseph’s Day. May Saint Joseph be a source of comfort at this time. May Dr. D now rest in the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary. My condolences, rosaries, and prayers are being lifted for Dr. D and the entire DiZio family. Best regards, Sister Jacinta Marie OCD

  4. Dr. D

    Dr d I was so lucky to have learned from you in my clinical practicum. You were so kind , wise , funny , patient , analytical , compassionate and thoughtful. Your clinical decision making was extraordinary and you greatly helped me in developing my thought process when it came to clinical decision making. I was so lucky to have had a whole year with you and the whole community car alliance for a whole year to learn from. I will always remember you and hope to impact others as you have. You were an extraordinary doctor. I was very lucky to have had a whole year under your guidance. Rest in peace.

  5. Sono la persona che ha incontrato a Penne Abruzzo, dove era nato suo nonno Stefano e l’ho accompagnato a trovare tutti i parenti, facendogli l’albergo genealogico della famiglia. Ho conosciuto una persona stupenda, colta e gentile, piena di attenzione verso gli altri. Avrei voluto incontrarlo di nuovo adesso che eravamo in pensione. Lascia un vuoto incolmabile. Un abbraccio a Carol e a tutta la famiglia.

  6. Mike, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was an awesome man. Please give my condolences to your mom and brothers as well.
    (Pete’s cousin)

  7. Steve was the best. He left a legacy in providing community mental health services that will live on for many years to come. He taught us that the people we serve are full human beings, not their diagnosis. He lived a life that we should all aspire to emulate. We will miss him very much at Community Care Alliance.

  8. To Carol and family:
    Steve was a kind, gentle individual who will be missed by anyone who knew him.
    We hope remembering his smile and caring approach to others will bring you some comfort. Michele and Jerry Danish

  9. Steve’s kindness and grace warmed our every conversation. I’m so very sorry to learn of his passing.

  10. Dr D
    Remembering his guidance, his guidance and mentor ship. He truly touched so many of is in the field of psychiatry to lead with our hearts.
    My deep sympathy

  11. Dr. Stephen Di Zio was an ever-present, guiding light for us all. He was a beacon for those needing his help, support, and love both professionally and personally. His selfless, pragmatic, and generous nature will be remembered always. We’re so lucky to have known and to have been a part of his life. Thank you Dr. D. We’ll miss you, until we meet again.

  12. The world is a poorer place without the true gentleman that Steve was. We sadly miss him and sympathize with Carol’s and the boys’ for their great loss. We were privileged to have his company during his last day. RIP

  13. Dear Carol, through Chris and Tony I learned of Steve’s sudden passing. I’m so sorry for the grief you’re all enduring.
    I pray that the memory of Steve is the light which leads his loved ones in their darkest days. Keep your eyes on that cross of palm! Love, Maureen McGuire

  14. To my cousins
    Pat and Christine and Carol,
    It took me so long to send this because I couldn’t believe it!
    Sending love and prayers to you all.
    Hugs all around you Ladies.

  15. Dr Di, you were one of a kind psychiatrist. I was grateful even for the short time you took me on as a patient before you retired. Something about you made me feel at ease. Always calm and laid back and kept appointment conversations neutral. May you rest in peace. Gone way too soon but definitely not ever forgotten.

  16. To The Family of Dr. Dizio: Seashells remind us that with every passing year leaves something beautiful behind. May beauty live on in the memories of a husband, father, brother & friends.

  17. Working with clients whom you also treated, I got to see directly, your dedication and devotion to the work we all pursued. My thoughts are with your family, in their loss, at this time. Your work will live on with the many you have helped in their time of need.

  18. Great guy, great doctor!

  19. It was an honor to know and learn from Dr Di. He was so kind and wise. I respect him deeply for his empathy, smart doctoring and awesome humor.

    Dr Di, you were truly special here on Earth. We are lucky to have known you.
    I am pretty sure… your soul is just as extraordinary, where you are now !

  20. I am so saddened by Dr Dizio’s passing. A tragic loss for anyone who knew him. I worked with Dr Dizio professionally & in his private practice privately for over 15 years. He made a profound impact on my life. I am heartbroken, my heart hurts. He was an incredible beautiful, caring, soft-spoken, well respected man who has deeply touched my life and countless others forever.
    I am deeply grateful to have known him on both professional & in his private practice. He loved his family deeply. He was passionate about his career. Whatever he touched turned to Gold.

    Carol, his son’s & his family,

    I am so deeply sorry for your tragic loss. He is safe in God’s care, an Angel who walks with God and by your side.

    God Bless You, 🙏

    Lynne LaBianca

  21. Steve was one of our son, Adam’s Scout Leaders in Troop 2, Barrington. He was a quiet guiding mentor to Adam and all the boys in the troop. To Joey, and family, we are truly sorry for your sudden loss of your dad and husband. Please accept our sincere condolences on such a tremendous loss for your family. With love and prayers, David, Cathy, and Adam Fales.

  22. I knew Steve amd Carol when we were all first-time parents in the early 80s. Steve’s devotion to his sons was evident in his quiet humor and patience. To Carol and his sons- I am truly sorry. Sending big hugs to you all.

  23. We have known Steve (and Carol), for almost 40 years . Our children are similar ages . He will be sorely missed . He touched a lot of lives . Such a shock to hear of his passing . Way to young . May he RIP and May God comfort the whole family through this tough time . Love Joyce and Bob Speaker .

  24. I’m so sorry for your loss.. my condolences.

  25. I’m so sorry and sad to know you have left so soon. Your leaving has left a hole that will be noticeable and hard to distract from for some time. Amoung your intelligence and professionalism, I will also always remember your humor and compitive side. You must of been called upon early because you were in need there. My deepest sympathies to the DiZio family. Steve, you are so missed.

  26. You were truly one of a kind! Soft spoken and so calming with all your patients and coworkers. Taking on clients for therapy sessions just to go the extra mile in treatment. I am blessed to have worked along side you for as long as I did, learning something from every single session I sat in on. Thank you for being one of the best psychiatrist I shared cases with, your lessons will never be forgotten. May you rest in the sweetest peace Dr. Steve DiZio , bird chirps and all!

  27. Rest in peace Dr . D I am one of the many many hearts and souls you have gifted with your charm, knowledge, laughter, and just plain kindness. You are one of those people that live on in others you have taught and mentored. You will be missed by so many people no , the people you helped with endless years of dedication in trying to make peoples lives better. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family I am truly sorry for your loss.

  28. Dr. D, you were one of the best- a calm, witty and exceptional human being who could always be counted on for a laugh, a listening ear or a word of wisdom. You are so very missed. Keep on rocking, my friend.

  29. You’re the best Dr D. You touched so many lives. I hope you always knew how loved and respected you were by many, many people.

  30. Dr. DiZio was compassionate and patient with all clients . He was a great mentor to learn from and fun to work with too! My prayers for his family❤️🙏

  31. Living only one block from each other in Iselin NJ,
    we bonded during the awkward years of middle school – helping each other through some difficult as well as wonderful times. One night, having listened to a first-run Beatles song, Steve played it on his accordion saying “I can do that…”
    I mentioned that I played guitar and we decided to jam together — eventually forming one of the groups that included Jim ❤️.
    So here’s to Dr. Steve… always in my memory and in my heart.
    Sincere condolences to Carol and all of Steve’s family 😞 from Phil & Holly

  32. It is so sad, he was a very kind soul with excellent expertise in his carrier. May your soul RIP

  33. There are not enough words to express all that he has taught me over our time working together. The way he would keep his calm in all situations and guide us to be able to do the same. Dr D was a great man and the mental health world is better for him. I hope he is sitting in his anti-gravity chair up there playing music and watching it all.

  34. I met Steve recently over the last few years when playing at open mics with our mutual friend Jim DePasque! Steve would drive over to our area here in Connecticut from Rhode Island to share the music he played with Jim in Exit131! My thoughts go out to his family and friends!

  35. I met Steve when we were 16 years old. We bonded over a love of music and a shared sense of humor. We ployed together in various bands until he moved from NJ to Rhode Island. For the last five years he was not just my musical partner in Exit131 he was my best friend. I will miss this kind and decent man for the rest of my days.

  36. Steve was an exceptional man and had such compassion for the patients he treated. He was a mentor and a fine example of a superb physician and humanitarian. He blessed me with many clinical pearls and set a high bar. I am grateful for having known him. Rest in peace.

  37. My condolences. I expect he is now helping anybody in heaven that he can.

  38. You will be greatly missed…. no more free mental health help anymore…lol lol You showed me compassion and patience and you had an amazing sense of humor.
    You showed me that I can do anything and not to let my past define me but let it help me grow.

    You were a great mentor…………….

  39. Dr. D was one of a kind. Nice, caring and devoted physician and a remarkable human being. You will be missed. RIP Dr. D.

  40. Sharing my sadness about the passing of a dear colleague and friend. So sorry about your loss.

    Steve was a mentor, colleague, friend, fellow med school alum, and we were proud of our shared NJ roots. We first met around 1989 when I joined staff at East Bay Mental Health and we both raised our families as you know in Barrington. Steve was a trusted advisor when I was planning to start my private practice in 2003.

    May Steve’s memory be a blessing to you. His work as a clinician and medical director was so respected and impactful. He made a true difference in countless lives.

  41. A great one has left the building. Thank you Dr. D. You touched so many lives and mentored generations of us with your wit and wisdom.

  42. My heart hurts. I knew Steve for many years.
    I believe I am a better person, and Therapist for having known him.

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