Wilbur-Romano Funeral Home

615 Main Street, Warren, RI


Emmet Edward Raymond Deschene

May 11, 2001January 31, 2020

On January 31, 2020 the air was crisp, but relatively warm, and the sunshine was brilliant. This is the day that the dearest of human beings left this earth. Emmet Edward Raymond Deschene, born on May 11, 2001, gave us the gift of 18 years of memories, leaving a remarkable footprint on this earth.

Emmet was the beloved son of Daniel and Katherine Sarah Deschene. He was the older brother of Benjamin who he adored most in this world and protected fiercely throughout his life.

Emmet, formerly known as Emma Katherine Rose, was also the cherished grandson of Mary Susan (Lombardi) Hennigan and the late Edward M. Hennigan of Rumford, Rhode Island, both formerly of Narragansett, Rhode Island. He was also loved dearly by his late grandmother Winifred (Padden) Deschene, formerly of Tiverton, Rhode Island. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Julian Deschene.

Emmet, a graduate of Seekonk High School, was currently an employee at Stop and Shop while also pursuing a career and higher education in the arts. He was a gifted self taught artist, photographer, musician, writer, and an avid reader. He also loved animals, often saving them from harm. He leaves his two dogs Sadie and Jack. Two weeks prior to his death and to the surprise of his mother, he brought home a mouse he named Gouda. It was not unusual to find all types of pets and animals brought home without warning to his parents. Emmet had an affinity and love for all animals, nature, the ocean, especially Block Island, and all of humankind.

Emmet was a treasured friend to many as his heart was overflowing with compassion and love. He also possessed a wonderful sense of humor, drawing us all to him through laughter.

Emmet was also the dear nephew of Neil Hennigan, John Borden and his wife, Valentina, the Reverend James Deschene, Stuart Yamane, Thomas Deschene and his wife, Ann Marie. He was the Godchild of Suzanne Lanciaux Mitchell and the late Robert Deschene, who was also his uncle. Emmet leaves behind multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins. His unexpected absence has left a broken heart for his many first cousins, especially Julie Deschene McCoy, Donna Deschene, Courtney Conomacos, Amanda Cox, and Kevin Riznik. Emmet would also be broken hearted to know he has left many dear second cousins who brought the greatest of joys to him.

Calling hours will be held at Wilbur Romano Funeral Home in Warren, Rhode Island from 4-7 on February 14.

Emmet’s Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 in the morning at the Barrington Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 461 County Road, Barrington, Rhode Island 02806. Burial will follow at Saint Alexander’s Cemetery, Greenlawn Street, Warren, Rhode Island.

All are welcome to join us to share your love for Emmet (Emma) and to help make his life an instrument of peace, acceptance, and love. Emmet’s imprint on this earth will forever serve as a reminder to all of us to protect the vulnerable, accept each other with love, and to be our authentic selves. Emmet was so courageous in this often cruel world.


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, February 15, 2020


Emmet Edward Raymond Deschene

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Elena Goulet

February 22, 2020

my earliest memory of you was before you were born when your dad and I painted your room before you were born. Far too many years passed before I meet you again that day when you meet Evan and Destinee. I loved watching you play the piano with Evan and the sheer joy on your face. I felt like you met a kindred spirit. Seeing your raw talent was inspiring. You learned so fast and were so good. My warmest memory was the day you picked up the phone when I called your mom. It was a good surprise. We talked about your future and coming to visit. You will always have a place in my heart

Jackie Tremblett

February 20, 2020

Katie, Daniel, Benjamin,
I know there are no words to soften the pain of the loss of Emmet. Your tribute is so beautiful and shimmers with so much unconditional love. I can’t think of a better mother than you Katie and that bond will never be broken. Thinking of you every day my friend. Prayers and hugs to all of you.

Lauren Kern

February 19, 2020

There are so many memories I have with Emmet that I cannot share just one. Every memory I have is an amazing one because that was the kind of friendship we had. We were always laughing, always playing, and always having fun. Whether it was just me and Emmet, or me, Emmet and my sister Erin, or even all of us including Benjamin, we were always having fun. My friendship with Emmet is something I will forever hold close to my heart and something I will never forget. Emmet is and forever will be a kindhearted, caring, and amazing person, and someone I am so glad to call my best friend.

Hannah Dauray

February 19, 2020

My fondest memory of Emmet was one from when we were much smaller than we are now. At the most epic birthday party I had ever been to, Emmet made the magic of his wizarding themed celebration come to life as he dazzled his guest with warmth and inclusivity. Though the children there were strangers to one another, Emmet treated us each the same - like best friends. It seems as though these features, the ability to create unity between people and embrace differences, manifested as Emmet grew into the person he was. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Emmet as his truest self, the lessons he showed me as a child are profound. I will always remember to act as Emmet did and treat every person with the kindness they deserve. Hugs and kisses to Emmet's family, he's smiling down at you.

Deborah Barchi Joubert

February 19, 2020

I will always remember the sweet little girl, who loved having dinosaur books read to her and to the handsome young man he grew to be.
With love, Debby, Elaine and Perry Joubert

Dawn Blinn

February 18, 2020

Other than you making me smile everyday in school, my favorite memory of you would have to be in art class when it was only me and you there and you convinced me to hide under the counter with you and jump out and scare the teacher when she came in and we both got in trouble for it but couldn’t stop laughing even while getting yelled at. And you always willing to drive almost an hour out to me to do me a favor just cause you were golden hearted like that. Everyone misses you handsome I’ll never forget your brightening face and selfless soul 💔

Erin Bean

February 18, 2020

Dear Katie, Dan & Benjamin,

Katie, I loved connecting with you a couple years ago at a Bay View gathering at the Marriott. Since then, I have enjoyed seeing the beautiful family Facebook posts of you, Dan, Benjamin and Emmet.

Emmet sounded like such a well-rounded, kind, talented, introspective and beautiful human being. He certainly inherited those positive traits from his loving and supportive parents.

Words cannot express my sincere sympathy for you and your family. You have an incredibly strong family unit and support system that will lift you up and help you persevere. I know you will push forward and there will be brighter days ahead. I pray you will always feel the presence of Emma/Emmet's loving spirit around you every day and may that give you comfort and peace.

with Heartfelt Sympathy,

Erin Bean

Judy D’Antuono

February 17, 2020

Dear Katie, Dan & Benjamin,

My heart is broken for your loss. I have so enjoyed the many posts through the last few years as you family grew up. What a special soul in Emmet-bringing happiness and love to so many through his music and art, as well as his strength in speaking and living his truth. May God’s grace carry you through knowing He is holding Emmet close.

Sarah Roughneen

February 17, 2020

Dear Dan, Katie and Benjamin,

Such a bright and creative light was taken from this world too soon. Yet I know that Emmet will live on in the hearts and minds of all those whom he touched during his lifetime. Sending my heartfelt condolences ~ Sarah xo

Jodi McLane

February 17, 2020

Katie, Dan and Benjamin -

While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Emmet personally, I have enjoyed the posts by Katie all these years, and watched Emmet grow into a young man through social media. Katie is a dear friend who I have know since before high school. She has always held a special place in my heart as a truly loving and caring person, something that is increasingly uncommon in this jaded world. She was clearly a devoted and loving Mom to both Benjamin and Emmet. I always enjoyed her posts about what both boys were doing. Benjamin sprouting up and coming into his own in more recent years as he became a teenager and was no longer a little boy, and Emmet as he found his way through young adulthood expressing himself through music and art. The love for both boys was always clear as was the pride. Your mother’s love knows no bounds and will always remain, even with the passing of Emmet. I know Katie and Dan will make sure that the memories of Emmet continue and are honored. My love to all of you. Jodi xoxo