Romano Funeral Home

627 Union Ave, Providence, RI


Paul Vincent Grande, Jr.

April 2, 1934October 2, 2019

Paul Vincent Grande, Jr., 85, of Cranston passed away on October 2, 2019. Born in Providence, he was the son of Paolo Vincenzo Grande and Margaret (Griffin) Grande.

Paul worked for the State of RI: Dept. of Transportation for many years before retiring. He was best known and appreciated for his 60 plus years of work with the Silver Lake/Olneyville Little League. Because of his dedication to the community the Daniel Avenue Park is re-named The Paul Grande Jr. Park in the Silver Lake area. He was a coach, referee, and leader of many. He was often recognized by his grateful former players, some of whom would repeat things he taught them. Paul was a member of the Rosario Society, Italo-American Club, Holy Name Society of St. Bartholomew Church, and TPA. He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. His favorite place to visit was Foxwoods.

He is survived by Joanne Pappas, Deborah Gill, and other cousins, his Godson Charles DeCorpo, and good friend Arthur Macomber. He had many aunts and uncles and was also the nephew of the late Rose Culla who he lived with for 26 years.

His funeral and visitation will be held on Tuesday at 9:00 am from the ROMANO FUNERAL HOME, 627 Union Avenue, Providence followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Bartholomew Church, 297 Laurel Hill Avenue, Providence. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's memory to St. Bartholomew Memorial Fund. www.romanofuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, October 8, 2019


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Mario DeAngelis

October 7, 2019

I've known Paul for over 60 years dating back to 1958 when I started playing baseball in the Olneyville Little League. Paul devoted most of his life to helping and coaching young athletes. He was the most caring and selfless person I have ever met. The world has lost a truly great person as Paul has touched the lives of thousands of Rhode Islanders. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace, Paul. Well done.

Carol Ann Stravato

October 6, 2019

Rest in peace.
Carol Ann Stravato
Former Coworker at DOT

Dave Marshall

October 6, 2019

Paul Grande was my first baseball coach in 1966. Desmond Auto Body. He was my Scoutmaster in Troop 6 Providence. He inspired me to become an Eagle Scout and reach for my dreams. Paul was a leader to all of us in Our neighorhood. Paul. I love you and miss you, until we meet again. RiP our friend

William Lescault

October 6, 2019

To the family so sorry for your Los. RIP Mr. Grande. You will be greatly missed by all of of us and the silver lake community. Hope you up there enjoying baseball and having a great time.

Raymond Romano

October 6, 2019

Deb and family.

Paulie was truly a legend in Silver Lake and beyond. He played such an important part in the lives of so many of the youth who grew up in the area. May he Rest in Peace.

Richard Cooney

October 5, 2019

Everyone of my age who ever tossed a baseball in Silver Lake remembers Mr. Grande. He was such a great guy. I’m sad to hear of his passing but I’m thankful he had a long, fruitful life, led in service of all us kids “from the Lake.” Thanks for taking the time for us, Mr Grande.

Bobby DiMaio

October 5, 2019

Paulie! One of the best. He will be missed.

“Got to be thinking ahead. If the ball is hit to you; what are you gonna do with it?”

Antonetta Holmes

October 5, 2019

So sorry for everyone's loss. He was a very nice and special man. He may rest in the arms of the Lord.

Antonetta Holmes

Frances Howard

October 5, 2019

Mr. Grande will always be someone special to me and my family. He taught my grandsons to play ball. He was my Grandson Charles DeCorpo's Godfather. He has been great to my grandson and vise versa. They have a very special bond. May he rest in the arms of the lord.
Frances Howard

Susan Ricci

October 5, 2019

I remember Uncle Paulie from when I was a small child. He was always sweet and kind. He was friends with my parents and confirmed my brother at St. Anthony Church. He was a fixture at the ball field and the neighborhood. I adored him very much and I know his spirit will live in every person he met. RIP and soar with the angels 💔