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Alfred C. Parrillo, DVM

June 19, 1938 ~ June 17, 2021 (age 82)

Obituary

82, of Mapleville, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of John A. Gallonio. Born in Providence, Alfred was the son of the late Anthony M. and Beatrice G. (Jones) Parrillo. He worked as a veterinarian for 55 years before retiring at age 79. He was the former owner of Scituate Animal Hospital and worked as the public health veterinarian for the state of Rhode Island for many years. He was proud to have written the first law in Rhode Island pertaining to animal welfare and governing the humane treatment of animals in 1972. This law included establishing state regulated dog pounds and protecting endangered species from being imported or sold in pet shops. In his later years, he became very involved in The American Saddlebred Horse Association and The American Saddlebred Sport Horse Association. Dr. Parrillo was a strong advocate for the use of natural horsemanship in training horses and was the owner/breeder of Multi-Champion Stallion Holly Akala Banner. Alfred was a dedicated member of St. Thomas Church where he served on the vestry for many years. He was also co-chairman of the Capital Campaign Committee and organizer of the Dollar Sunday Initiative. Over the years he greatly enjoyed serving as an acolyte at church services.  

Besides his husband, he is survived by his loving children, Lucette M. Robinson and her husband Derek of Boxford, MA, Mark D. Parrillo and his wife Janice of Thomasville, GA, and Jennifer L. Parrillo and her husband Derek Forand of Seminole, FL. Alfred was the cherished grandfather of Michael, Joseph, Malia, and Olivia. He was the great grandfather of Aiden.  Alfred was the dear brother of Douglas W. Parrillo, MD of Burrillville, and the late William K. Parrillo.  He was the brother-in-law of Joyce Parrillo of Foster. He was also the brother-in-law of Anthony M. Gallonio and his wife Barbara of Cranston. Alfred was the uncle of Dana, William, Damon, Tara, John, and Andrew.  

Donations in Dr. Parrillo’s memory can be made to Rhode Island SPCA-Marvin Fund, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI, 02915 or St. Thomas Episcopal Church- Capital Campaign Fund, PO Box 505, Greenville, RI, 02828. 

His funeral will be held from the Nardolillo Funeral Home & Crematory, 1278 Park Avenue, Cranston on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1 Smith Avenue in Greenville at 11 a.m. Visiting Hours are on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m.  Entombment will take place in Acotes Hill Cemetery, 1049 Putnam Pike in Chepachet.  

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