Harold H. Homonoff, 91 PDF Print E-mail

altaltPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harold H. Homonoff of Providence died March 2 at Hallworth House on Benefit St.

He was the son of the late Sonia and Morris Homonoff. He is survived by his wife Phyllis of 65 years, their son Marvin and his wife Linda, daughter Susan Florence and her husband Mark and son Burt and his wife Robin. He is also survived by six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a grand-dog.

A 1940 graduate of Hope High School, he served three years in the US Navy during WW II. In 1950, he founded Harold’s Furniture, a R.I. fixture for 48 years, which he co-owned with wife Phyllis until 1998, the year they retired to Boca Raton, Fla.

Throughout his professional and personal life, he was involved in giving his time and resources to a number of community initiatives including: Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club of Providence, Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, The 100 Club of Rhode Island, and the Catholic Diocese of Providence. Due to his deep commitment to these and other organizations, he received numerous acknowledgements over the years: Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, a Commendation from Governor Bruce Sundlun, an appointment to the Bishop’s Council, and a longtime board membership of the Leukemia Society of Rhode Island.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Boy Scouts of America, The Rotary Club of Providence or the charity of your choice. 


Frances Priest, 92 PDF Print E-mail

Warwick, R.I. – Frances Priest died Friday, March 7 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. 

She was the wife of the late Joseph Priest. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Samuel and Sadie (Goldstein) Bander, she had lived most of her life in Cranston, the last 5 years at Tamarisk in Warwick. Mother of Sandra Maldavir, and Henry Priest and his wife, Kathleen, all of Cranston. Sister of Sydney Bander of Boynton Beach, Fla. Grandmother of Mindy Halpern and her husband, Gary, Jeffrey Maldavir and his wife, Lori, Zachary Priest, and Alexander Priest.  Great-grandmother of Jamie and Emily Halpern and Shelby and Jack Maldavir.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Temple Sinai.

Ira Rakatansky, 94 PDF Print E-mail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ira Rakatansky, R.I.’s pioneering modern architect, passed away on March 4. Born in 1919, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Bornstein) Rakatansky, Ira received his undergraduate Diploma in Architecture from RISD in 1942, and his B. Arch and M. Arch from Harvard University in 1945-6. Opening his own practice in 1949, Ira was a primary leader in bringing contemporary life to the local built environment, developing some of the most innovative modern residences and institutions in R.I. and greater New England. His achievements were celebrated in “Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow,” published in 2010 in the Rhode Island School of Design Architecture Series by William Stout Publishers and by the acquisition of his archive into the Special Collections Library of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design the following year. His drive to champion new forms of creative engagement in the space and life of buildings extended to his deep belief in liberal and humanitarian engagement throughout contemporary society.

He is survived by his wife Lenore Gray Rakatansky, daughter Lynn Rakatansky and son Mark Rakatansky and his wife Catherine Ingraham, grandson Max Ingraham-Rakatansky, and sister Charlotte Primack. He was the brother of the late Shirley Halsband and Eleanor O’Brien.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Paula Rice, 84 PDF Print E-mail

Warwick, R.I. – Paula Rice died March 9 at Rhode Island Hospital.

She was the wife of Lewis Rice for 63 years. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of the late Louis and Blanche (Jagolinzer) Backerman, she had lived in Warwick for 54 years, previously residing in Cranston. She worked for Ross-Simons for many years until her retirement. Paula was a member of Hadassah and a past member of Temple Sinai. Mother of Susan Rice of Warwick and Beth Rice of Boston, Mass. Sister of Carolyn Marks of Warwick. Aunt of three nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to your favorite charity.

Carole Ann (Levine) Rogers, 72 PDF Print E-mail

PALM BEACH, FLA. – Carole Ann (Levine) Rogers died March 3. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y to Samuel and Dorothy (Goldring) Levine, and was raised in Wantagh, N.Y. 

She was a 1963 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and obtained her master’s degree in education from Queens College. She succeeded in careers in education and computer sales. She was an avid tennis player, a recreational golfer and a Scrabble enthusiast. Her contagious laugh and engaging personality brought smiles and joy to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Rogers, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla; her son Douglas Emanuel, his wife Stacy and their children Zachary and Justin of Providence, R.I.; her son Ron Emanuel, his wife Alisa and their children Spencer, Jacob and Charlie of Chappaqua, N.Y.; and her brother Alan Levine and his wife Joan (Kramer) Levine and their three children.

Contributions in her memory may be made to New Day Adult Care Center, 301 Ebbtide Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408, the Dwares JCC at the Alliance, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI 02906, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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