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Richard O. Recchia, MD

March 9, 1935 ~ April 17, 2017 (age 82)

The Piano Brothers

82, of Johnston, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Paula (Rossignoli) Recchia for 56 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Orlando and Mary (Bruscini) Recchia. Richard graduated from Moses Brown School, Harvard University and University of Bologna Medical School. He interned at RI Hospital and did his residency at Providence Lying-In Hospital.

Dr. Recchia was an Obstetrician and Gynecologist for over 30 years. He was a Fellow of the ACOG, member of the RI Medical Society and the University of Bologna Medical Alumni Association, and a former member of the Alpine Country Club.  He also served in the United States Army RI National Guard.  He was an avid member of the Cranston Fish and Game Club.  Dr. Recchia was truly a Renaissance Man.  In addition to being a surgeon, he was a wine/champagne maker, connoisseur, chef, fisherman, hunter, pianist, poet, artist, friend, and was loved and respected by all.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his three loving daughters, Lisa Dimitri and her husband William of Johnston, Mariesa Lane of Cranston and Donna Smith and her husband Steven of Providence. He was the cherished grandfather of Alicia and Nicholas Lane, Andrew and Angelica Dimitri and brother of Mary Lou Paolino and her husband Edward of Seekonk.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 1525 Cranston Street, Cranston. VISITING HOURS: Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Avenue, Cranston. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904. 


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