William M. DeCoste

Date of Passing:

December 31, 2020

DeCoste, William M., 66, of Bristol Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on December 31, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Theresa M. (Ferrara) DeCoste.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Albert and Matilda (Feid) DeCoste, he was a lifelong resident of Riverside.

Mr. DeCoste was the owner and operator of Schroder’s Deli & Catering, Riverside since 2006. He previously was the owner of DME for 17 years.

William was a communicant of St. Brendan Church. He enjoyed boating and spending time on Narragansett Bay with his loving family.

Besides his wife of 45 years, he is survived by two daughters, Ellen Anne McGovern and husband David of Barrington and Lisa M. DeCoste of Riverside; two sons, Andrew W. DeCoste and his wife Lina of Miami, FL and Daniel M. DeCoste and his wife Danielle of Seekonk, MA; a brother, Lawrence DeCoste of Pawtucket; two sisters, Joan Stedman of Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Gail Costa of Riverside and seven grandchildren, William, Michael, Greyson, Griffin, Noah, Georgianna and Julia. He was the brother of the late Ross DeCoste.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside on Monday January 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. A private graveside burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in William’s memory to St. Brendan Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside, RI, 02915 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Terry and family. Our. Derpest sympathy. Our prayers are with you all. He will. Be missed.god bless. Ron and chris sanda.

  2. Gail, Terry & DeCoste family – sincere condolences for your terrible loss. I remember Billy so well from our St B days. Many warm memories of the entire DeCoste family.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss, may God comfort and bless you and your family during this sad time.

  4. Gail, Terry and family
    I was so sorry to here of Billy’s passing. Its been many years since our St. B days but I have wonderful memories him, he was in my sister Jeanne Anne’s grade, and Gail in mine. Terry we were in girl scouts together, may your memories of Billy give you comfort in this difficult time.

  5. Terry, Ellen, Danny and Family –

    We are all so saddened by the loss of your husband / father. We pray that you will remain strong and thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Dear Terry and family, So saddened by your loss.

  7. Terri and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. Terri and family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jerry’s and l have been thinking about our memories of young Bill, and his Mom and Dad and siblings on all the celebrations we enjoyed with Jerry’s parents also with aunt Margaret.
    These Memories are now Treasures we will hold in our ? We wish you to do the same.
    Wishing you much Peace in this New Year !
    Jerry and Betsy Feid

  9. Terri, we are deeply saddened by Bill’s passing. Please know you and your family have our heartfelt condolences. You, your children and your grandchildren gave Bill life’s greatest gifts. And Bill was a gift to all who knew him.

  10. May love and family comfort you. Sorry about the loss of Bill. Peace, sweet memories and prayers to all of your family.

  11. Terri and family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill.
    He was truly a wonderful person,
    that always had a smile on his face. He will be missed, but rest assured he’s in good hands.
    Sorry of your loss. I will keep Bill and all of you I’m my prayers.

  12. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this very difficult time.

  13. Terry and family, we are so sorry to hear the loss of Bill, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cliff, Heather, Nathan, and Leland

  14. To the Decoste family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you as you go through such a difficult time.

  15. To all the DeCoste family members, my siblings and I are so sorry to hear about Bill. We have many happy memories from childhood of times with all of you and your parents. down in the Square. Please take care and know we are thinking of Bill and all of you. Kathy Rooney

  16. our deepest condolences to the Decoste family. our thoughts and prayers are with Terri and family. we will never forget everything Bill and his family did for our son Nick when he worked there. rest in peace Bill.

  17. May love and family comfort you. I am sorry about the loss of Bill. Peace, sweet memories and prayers to all.

  18. May love and family comfort you. I am sorry about the loss of Bill. Peace, sweet memories and prayers to all.

  19. To Terri and Family
    My Deepest Sympathies!
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family .

  20. Terri and family so saddened to hear that Bill has passed away. His genuine love of his Family, and life. Working at the Deli,the Humanity
    I saw in Bill gone but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to you at
    This time.

  21. Heartfelt condolences to all Bill’s family. He was a wonderful man who loved life and his family. His presence and smile will surely be missed by all. May he eternally rest in peace in the Almighty’s care. Sincerely, Debbie and Gino

  22. My condolences to the DeCoste family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  23. Teri and family,

    We feel so privileged to have known Bill. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies.

  24. Terry, Ellen, Lisa, Andrew and Daniel,
    I am so sorry to hear the news of Bill’s passing. He was such a wonderful man who loved his family above all else. Please find peace in knowing he was loved, admired and respected by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  25. Dear Terri and family,
    I am so saddened by Billy’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with all you during this time of sorrow.

  26. Our deepest condolences to the whole family
    From the time we have come to know Bill, he has been outstanding gentleman to conduct business with. Sadly he will be missed by all.

  27. Terri, Ellen, Lisa, Andrew, Danny and Family,

    I was completely shocked when my dad told me, I don’t even know what to say. I am so sorry for your loss and can’t imagine what you are going through. I have so many wonderful memories of all of us together growing up on the Terrace. I am sending prayers your way daily, and I wish there was more that could be done to ease your pain. Thinking of you often.

    Kristen Meyer Caranci

  28. So sorry to read about Bill’s passing. I worked for him at Vanguard HME for over seven years. (2000 – 2008; He hired me.) My sincerest condolences to the family.
    RIP Bill……

  29. I am so terribly sorry for your loss Terry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  30. Terri, Sending my prayers to you and your family. Many good memories from EPHS days.

  31. I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked for Bill for many years at Vanguard HHE. He was a great boss and a great person. My condolences to the family.

  32. Dear Terri, Ellen and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband and dad. My condolences to all of your family❤️

  33. To Terri and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Bills passing. Working for Bill so many years he did so many unselfish things for so many people. He will be remembered for always being there
    when needed. I will miss him RIP my friend

  34. Dear Terrie
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband. My prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

  35. My deepest condolences. Terri it has been a lot of years but many great memories! All the best to you and all your family he will always be there.

  36. Dearest Terri and Family,
    I am heartbroken about Bill’s passing. I have known Bill since the old St.B.’s days. He was always such a fine man, a gentleman. His love for you and your family was always evident. He will be greatly missed by all who knew this gentle man.

    I pray that God will give you strength and peace, knowing that Bill is in His loving care.

  37. Terri and Family,
    So saddened by this sudden news. Words cannot express this loss you are feeling during this time. However the memories will help you carry on his legacy.
    Having Billy and his family as a long time neighbors on the Terrace words cannot express the care and friendship that he was to my Mom and Dad and other members of our family. His thoughtfulness will never be lost. Terry again our sympathy to you and your family.
    (Donna Dupuis/Bodell family & Phyllis Schifino)

  38. Dear Decoste family Please accept our most profound sympathy in this very sad time.
    Bill was a wonderful next door neighbor as was Ducky, Milli and all the family. He was a true “family Man” that will be sourly missed by all who knew him in our village.

  39. My heart is breaking right now. He was a wonderful and gentle man. Always treated me with kindness and respect. He was definitely a man I admired and looked up to. I will surely miss him. My prayers continue for his beautiful family… all wonderful, kind human beings. His legacy of family, pure love, hard work and kindness to others lives on. May God give you peace and comfort knowing he is with the Lord.

  40. I am truly saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. My heart is broken for the Decoste family. He was certainly “one of a kind” and I thank God for the times we shared. All of my family mourn the loss of such a good man and long time friend.

  41. My deepest sympathy for a loss to the Riverside family of friends.

  42. Terri and family, we are at a loss for words as we hear of Bill’s passing. We understand there is great sorrow. Please have comfort in knowing that the 45 years of marriage you shared created memories that will last forever. May he rest in peace.

  43. So sorry for your families loss, keeping you in my prayers.

  44. Terri I’m so sorry to hear of Bill, what a shock. My heart goes out to you and your family. RIP Bill. You will
    Be missed

  45. I’m heartbroken to hear of Billy’s passing. It truly saddens me. Bill was a wonderful human being. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  46. My condolences to the DeCoste family, so many wonderful memories from back in the day, RIP Billy!

  47. Gail,Terry and family:
    So sorry for your loss. Mike goes back forever with him, first at St. B’s and then playing sand lot baseball across the street from the house. Chris met him at the store, and always remarked about what a nice guy he was.
    He’ll be missed. Let us know if you need anything.

    Mike and Chris Farley

  48. I am so sorry to hear that my very first friend has lost her husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please try to remember all the great times you had together, the love and family you shared.
    So sorry Terry from Nancy (Fontes) Cunha.

  49. Terry & Family,
    Linda and I send our condolences for the passing of Bill. He was a great family man and genuinely good guy. My fond memories are of the softball and volleyball days. We had a blast. RIP Brother!

  50. We are in complete shock over Billy’s passing. We cannot express how very sorry we are for your loss. I have many fond memories growing up with Billy in Riverside and on Prudence and when we met up in Newport. He will be deeply missed.
    Rod and Mary Lemos

  51. My heart and prayers are with you all. He is now your *Angel*.

  52. My dearest Terri,

    As Billy is welcomed “Home”, may Love light your way and warm memories comfort you and your family. You & Billy are a testament to all that is good in this world, love, life, commitment & service. So many warm memories flood over me. Once upon a time, you both raised me up, lighting the way in my darkest time. Billy, may you make pave a path in your new horizon as we await our moment of reunion. SYOTOS, my friend.

    With love,
    Marcia Carlson Pack,
    Sarasota, Florida

  53. My heart is sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be missed by many. Terry you and your family are in m prayers

  54. I just keep reading this Terry, I can’t believe what I am reading. Shocked my prayers go out to you and your family condolences to all.

  55. You will always be remembered and never forgotten I will see you again my friend

  56. Dear Terry and family,
    Knowing you and Billy since we were five still doesn’t give me the words to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Billy’s passing. My deepest condolences to all of you.
    Lisa (Silvaggio) Dias

  57. Words cannot even express my deepest condolences to all the DeCoste Family. I am so heartbroken. I’ve know Bill since my cousin Terri started dating him at age 14. He was not just a friend but my family RIP Bill until we meet again❤️

  58. To Terri and your family,
    We so are saddened by this news. Bill was a fine and kind man who will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  59. Terri and family, our heart felt condolences go out to you all! You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!

  60. I cannot wrap my head around Billy being gone. He was such a wonderful man who loved his family so much. Working with him years ago was a gift, he always, without fail, supported his workers and brought so much laughter and integrity to the company. My heart is broken. Sending Terry and his children and grandchildren all my love and sincerest condolences during this incredibly sad time. RIP Billy, you were (are) one of best humans I was lucky enough to know.

  61. Oh my gosh, Terry and family! Words completely fail me. Billy was such a wonderful force! My heart just breaks for you and your family. Knowing he is with his Lord brings some peace, surely.

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