We the family of Joseph “ Dody” Cugini, extend our heartfelt and sincere thanks to the Westerly-Stonington community for your prayers, thoughts and love extended to us over the past month. We also take this opportunity to thank Dr. James Stuart, all of the doctors, nurses, ER staff and entire staff at both Westerly Hospital and L + M Hospital and to the Westerly Ambulance Corps for their excellent care and deep concern for not only Joe, but for all of us.
Thanks also to the Westerly Police Department, Chief Shawn Lacey, Westerly Fire Department and Chief John Mackay, Charlestown Police Department, Watch Hill Fire Department and Chief Robert Peacock. Thank you to the Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home family and staff. Thank you to all of you for your visits to Joe and for keeping us all in your prayers, especially to our very dear St. Clare Church family, dear Father Ken and Deacon Steve Cote, Father Ray Suriani, Father Joe Pescatello, Father Michael Najim, Father Dennis Perkins and Rev. Cal Lord, who brought Joe and all of us much peace.
Thank you to Ken Burton, American Legion, VFW Amancio - Falcone - Gaccione Post #895, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, Dan Lapointe, Ed Liguori, Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce and Joe’s special Chamber friends — Lisa, Maria and Erica, our WBLQ family, WCCU’s Steve White, Westerly Community Credit Union staff and WCCU Board of Directors and the staff of The Westerly Sun.
Thank you especially to our very dear friends and wonderful family in Westerly and from far and wide who visited, kept us fed, sent us texts, ran our errands, sent us flowers and such thoughtful notes and cards, donated to the WCCU Holiday Tournament and Westerly Hospital Foundation, stood in line at the funeral home and all who celebrated Joe’s life with us. Joe truly loved the dear hearts and gentle people who lived in his hometown and he always said there was “no place in the world like it.” Just like Joe, we all feel your continued love and support and we pledge to carry on Joe’s legacy of community service. He closed out his Thursday morning program on WBLQ each week with the saying “ Life is precious. Live it well,” and we are blessed to be able to live among all of you in this place we call home.
With much love and appreciation, the family of Joseph “Dody” Cugini.