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Hugo R. Mainelli Jr.

February 26, 1936 — January 29, 2024


Hugo R. Mainelli Jr.

87, passed away peacefully at his home in Narragansett, RI on Monday, January 29, 2024.   His passion for life was palpable to the very end.  He will always be remembered by friends and family for his immense generosity and enormous sense of humor punctuated by his infectious laugh.   His storytelling ability was legendary.  Those around him were undeniably uplifted by his fun-loving spirit.

Born in Providence, the son of the late Hugo Sr. and Patty Scungio Mainelli, Hugo grew up in Johnston and was a graduate of La Salle Academy, Andover, and Brown University.   He was a member of The Dunes Club and Point Judith Country Club in Narragansett, the University Club and the Hope Club in Providence, and Royal Poinciana Club in Naples, FL.  Hugo was a successful business owner who accrued accolades throughout his working career as a direct result of his integrity and hard work.  Ethics and principles were paramount over all else.

Hugo was predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Lee Lee, who passed away in 2015.  Hugo and Lee Lee created a tremendous life together; she was the love of his life.  They built a home in Warwick and raised their 6 children there before moving to Narragansett in 2001.  Hugo was devoted to being a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed gardening, cooking, entertaining, and traveling (particularly to Italy).  He also loved watching any sporting event that involved his beloved alma mater. And although he was not an elite athlete, Hugo was very proud of his single goal as a member of the Brown University Hockey team (“One Goal Hughie”) as well as his hole-in-one at Pine Valley Golf Club (while shooting 109).  Hugo was an active supporter of the Brown University Sports Foundation.

Hugo is survived by his 6 loving children and 4 grandchildren -- Chip Mainelli and his wife, Josephine, of Narragansett, Susan Kindregan and her husband, Stephen, of Attleboro, MA, Mark Mainelli and his fiancé, Jen Martirano, of East Greenwich, Tom Mainelli of Sonoma, CA, Kate Nani and her husband, Doug, and their children Reed and Brooke of Providence, and Joe Mainelli and his wife, Carrie, and their children Jack and Sophie of San Francisco.   In addition, Hugo leaves his sister, Marilyn Frank, and her husband, Bill, as well as his sister-in-law, Marilyn Mainelli.  Hugo was predeceased by his brother, Ronald Mainelli (1984).

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday Feb 5th at 10:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 114 High St., Wakefield.  Calling hours are respectfully omitted.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either of the following organizations:

The Narragansett Fire Department, 40 Caswell St., Narragansett, RI  02882

The Brown University Sports Foundation

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