Carl E. Dolce of Warwick, R.I.

Carl E. Dolce, 83, of Warwick, R.I., died peacefully at home on Aug. 19. He was the loving and devoted husband of Irene Mansolillo Dolce for 64 years.

Carl E. Dolce

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Anna and Angelo (Gene) Dolce and brother of the late Henry Dolce. Carl leaves behind a family who loved him: his sons Michael (Linda Cook) of Warwick, Stephen (Frances Galvin) of Chadds Ford, and daughter Carla Dolce Boczanowski (Joe) of Mendon, Mass. as well as his five grandchildren Matthew, Jessie, Sarah, Alex, and Zach.

Carl was born on Sept. 23, 1937, and attended Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence where he married his high school sweetheart and has had a wonderful and loving marriage for 64 years. To this day, they still acted like high school sweethearts. They loved dancing, cooking and enjoyed spending time with their dear friends. He joined the U.S. Navy attached to fighter squadron VF-74 of the 6th Fleet where he proudly served on three aircraft carriers, USS F.D.R, USS Forrestal, and the USS Saratoga. He has several jobs before he and his close friend co-owned J.C. Best Carpets and later was the sole owner of The Carpetbagger, both in Warwick, RI.

He was fortunate enough to retire in his early 50s and began to travel extensively. He and Irene toured around the country, camping in our beautiful national parks. They also traveled to Italy on several occasions and loved to see their homeland but some of their best trips were the family ski trips to Brenton Woods, N.H. Carl was an avid sailor and enjoyed many years of boating and fishing in Narragansett Bay, Block Island, and Martha’s Vineyard with his family. He also sailed the Caribbean for several weeks at a time on several occasions with their friends. He later spent the last 20 years in West Palm Beach, Fla. enjoying cooking, card games with the family and friends, the nice weather, and especially enjoyed playing golf most of the week with his long-time friends.

To know Carl meant that you knew he had a big, warm, gregarious personality which was infectious. You knew immediately when he entered a room and made you feel at home and had this unique characteristic of making everyone feel that they were the most important person. Carl was fortunate to have many lifelong friends that loved him and loved spending time with him. He was a storyteller and loved to tell stories about the family, native Americans, or even ghost stories. Most of all, he loved his grandchildren and telling them stories and various Italian expressions, some not suitable to post. He always had a great outlook on life and had such a positive attitude. Even in his last days, he was cracking jokes. His favorite expression was “Life is no dress rehearsal.”

His funeral service is private. Burial with military honors will be in the R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in his name made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 4526-0301.

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