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“All the kids, all the time,” said Barry Ricci, and Barry made each and every resident of the Chariho community proud to be a member of the regional towns. Whether or not one had children in the Chariho Schools, residents had confidence that the next generation was being carefully nurtured and educated for the challenges ahead. We cannot thank Superintendent Ricci enough for his rare brand of concern for our children and families.

Barry was a great leader. He transcended differences and resolved complex issues amicably. Time after time, Barry made the extra effort to host forums in each Chariho town so he could communicate directly with all the residents and make himself easily available to parents. Outreach was the name of his game.

Proud of graduating seniors and the teachers who guided them toward their diplomas, Barry took special joy in hosting graduation at URI. He worked tirelessly to make the moment special for the students and their parents.

Barry sincerely valued every student and spearheaded plans for the Alternative Learning Academy. He long wished to replace costly and inadequate trailers with a state-of-the-art building. Another job well done.

Barry will be missed by all Chariho students, parents, staff, and residents. We will cherish his memory forever.

Rest well Barry.

Tom Gentz


The writer is the former president of the Charlestown Town Council.

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