Romano Funeral Home


William Alford Everett Jr.

April 24, 1944January 2, 2021

William Alford Everett Jr., (Will), 76, of Providence passed peacefully on January 2 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice after a year’s illness. He is now at home with his Heavenly Father.

Will was born and raised in San Saba, Texas. He attended San Saba High School where he was a member of the varsity football team. Will graduated and received his degrees from Texas State University. After college and graduate school, he pursued a career in Marketing and Sales where he quickly rose through the corporate world. Will was a principal at La Papillion, an upscale manufacturer representation firm. He left the company in 1987 and relocated to Boston when he became a Vice President at Crabtree & Evelyn based in Woodstock, Connecticut. By this time, the company had acquired an international presence which enabled Will to travel extensively. Always challenging himself, he started his own consulting company, working with several high profile clients including Graphique de France.

After meeting Dennis, Will moved to Providence in 1997. He was thrilled with his new extended Italian family and delighted in telling friends that he was “Italian by palate”. Always a fitness enthusiast, he embarked on a post retirement career as a personal trainer. True to his nature, his clients became some of his closest friends. Will also became an avid duplicate bridge player. He achieved his goal of becoming a Life Master, a designation of which he was very proud.

Inspired by the message of Pope Francis, whom he greatly admired, Will converted to Catholicism in 2017 and faithfully attended Mass until he became ill. His deep faith brought him an inner peace and solace which he had previously not known. He became particularly devoted to St. Anthony.

Will was a Southern gentleman in the true sense of the words-He was a “gentle man” from Texas. His quiet easygoing demeanor belied an inner intensity that fueled success in all endeavors professional and personal. Yet for all his gentleness, he was strong for his family and friends, and courageous in his battle against an unbeatable foe. He knew that the odds were against him but he fought hard and remained positive throughout his illness and treatment. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Will is survived by his husband and life companion of twenty three years, Dennis J. Martin. He leaves a son, Jason Everett and his wife Kim of The Woodlands, Texas, and grandsons Weston Everett and his wife Allison and Dylan Everett. He is also survived by his nephew Bradley Bowman, and cousin Adrienne Meyer and their families.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on January 11 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Church, 92 Hope Street, Providence. Due to COVID-19, the service will be private.

Donations may be made in Will’s memory to the Animal Charity of your choice.

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Mark Shuttlesworth

January 11, 2021

Bill/Will was an incredible man loved by many. We were friends in 1980s Houston and 1990s Boston. We spent many holidays and countless dinners together (including truly special times on Cape Cod) with our extended family of friends in Boston (one such photo attached from early 1990s Boston - Bill and I in center). When he reached out to me this past year concerning his illness I was heartbroken but he assured me he was doing everything he could to beat it. Bill was a fighter and I know he did. I loved that man so much as a dear and honest friend. My thoughts go out to Dennis and Jay and their families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura Cook

January 11, 2021

I love Will so much! I would always call him "my Bill" because I have known him since 1966 when he was driving the Aquarena Springs glass bottom boats to help pay for his schooling at South West Texas. He was always so loving and kind to me especially when I was in high school and college. He would talk to me and help me in so many ways to encourage and help me manage life when I was so stressed out putting myself through school. He let me live with them on Lake Austin when I had two jobs in Austin. I was in the double bed in their second bedroom with Jason in his crib right next to me. What fantastic memories of us all sailing, skiing and swimming. He was always so kind and giving. I miss you already. All my love dear Will "my Bill". Laura Lee Laas Cook

melissa reiff

January 10, 2021

I absolutely adored Bill – beyond words. For the past 40 years, he was my friend, my mentor, my “go to guy” for anything at any time. He was always there for me. Bill was wickedly smart and talented, and also giving and kind. He not only helped shape my career, but the person I am. He gave me strength, confidence and encouragement to persevere, take chances and be the best I could be – at anything.

My husband Ron and I were so grateful when Dennis and Bill attended our daughter’s wedding several years ago in Cabo San Lucas (picture below). I so remember Bill holding our daughter in his large hands when she was just a newborn - some 36 years ago - a picture we cherish.

I loved Bill dearly, will miss him dearly and he will always be in my heart. I know how much he loved Dennis, Jay – his entire family and friends. He will never be forgotten.

Mary Ann Day

January 10, 2021

Bill Everett.....Someone who I have not seen nor talked to in many years but who has remained such a big part of my life. I have felt and enjoyed Bill’s influence since he first came to work at La Papillion in the early ‘80s.
Bill had a huge interest in learning and he was always willing to share that knowledge. Thank you, Bill, for sharing so much with me.
And to Dennis, who I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting, I am sorry for your great loss and my apologies to you for referring to “Bill” rather than Will. I hope that one day our paths will cross. I would love to meet the man who shared so many years with my friend, Bill Everett.

Chad Meyer

January 10, 2021

I always thought of him as my cool uncle. Growing up he had bulging muscles when that was cool, cut weight when lean was fashionable. I always looked forward to seeing him over the holidays or when he came through Houston. He was the life of our family gathering. I was blessed to get a chance to visit Dennis and Will several years ago and spend a day with them in Providence. He will always have a place in the hearts of his friends and family. He will be greatly missed!

Gloria Manna

January 10, 2021

I knew Will casually from the bridge clubs in RI. He was always a pleasure to see and play against. He really epitomized what a bridge player should be, always gracious and friendly. He will be missed.
My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Gloria Manna

Kristen Meyer

January 9, 2021

Every Thanksgiving & Christmas growing up I have fond memories of Bill. His mother and my grandmother were sisters. When I was little, I remember going to his mother’s house in San Saba (I always stayed across the street at Nanny’s or at Bess & Worth’s house) - the excitement and anticipation for him to arrive was barely containable, as he was my favorite “uncle”. That’s what I called him- since I didn’t have one. I couldn’t wait to see him. He made me feel like the most special girl around. We would sit on quilts in the yard and watch the parade. During holidays in Houston he & Jay would take me to the parade downtown. During my teenage years, he showed up once with a red Mercedes and let me drive it around and look cool. We would have long talks and I always knew he was deeply listening. He had a gift making others feel loved and heard. He attempted to teach me how to play bridge- 96 & 84. I have many memories of playing with him & his father ‘Bud’. Bill’s influence on my life is HUGE. I always wanted to be like him- an amazingly sharp dresser, too cool for school, a great conversationalist, a fierce listener, have a contagious laugh and smile, travel and be successful... I felt deeply loved by him and love him dearly! I send him a big smooch and hug- in heaven - and know his spirit is watching over us all. This picture was taken Christmas Day 1996 at my house in Houston. I was 24 - he was 51. Thank you Bill for ALL your love, Kristen

Marshall Williams

January 9, 2021

Will was an avid and sharp Bridge player whom I always enjoyed meeting "across the table." On behalf of the Rhode Island Bridge Association I offer deep condolences to Dennis and to Will's family. He will be much missed by everyone.

Dolores Kotler

January 9, 2021

My deepest condolences to Dennis and Will's family. He will be missed by all the friends he made at the bridge tables.
I hope all the wonderful memories of Will help to ease the heartache. May he rest in peace.

Dolores K.

Audrey Licht

January 9, 2021

Will was one of my dearest friends. As you so correctly said, Dennise, he certainly embodied the very definition of a Southern Gentleman in every positive sense. He was kind, thoughtful, generous of spirit, fun, smart and had magnificent manners. He was by your side in good times and challenging in equal measure.
He truly enjoyed people and they enjoyed him in return.
Will made a positive difference in all our lives. We feel fortunate he was our friend.
He will be missed.
Peace be with Will.
Love , Audrey and Gary