Joseph L. Mal, 96


SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Joseph L. Mal died May 6 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. He was formerly married to Marjorie Martin. Born in Providence, a son of the late Hyman and Rebecca (Hershkowitz) Malachowsky, he was a longtime resident of Providence and Pawtucket until moving to Smithfield eight years ago. He was the owner of Mal’s Auto Seat Covers in Pawtucket for 18 years and an electrician at Rhode Island Hospital for 13 years, retiring in 1983.


Joseph was a WWII Coast Guard veteran, serving in Seattle and Florida. He graduated from Central High School in Providence. Joseph was a member of the Jenks Masonic Lodge #24 and Touro Fraternal Association.

He was the devoted father of Jason Mal of Smithfield and April Mooney and her husband, James, of Lincoln. He was the dear brother of the late Frances Dress, Abraham Mal, Leo Mal and Hannah Grossman. He was the loving grandfather of Logan and Nolan Mooney.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.