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“He was so kind and sweet. We always enjoyed stopping and chatting with him when he saw him sitting outside. He will be deeply missed in Federal Hill. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Jennifer & Matthew Lavallee - RI

“RIP ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Ann Marston - Providence, RI

“My Condolences. Rest in Peace FrankThe Marcello Family ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Our sincere sympathy to all the family. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Leonard & Cynthia Varga - Largo, FL

“My Condolences to Frank's Family, so sorry to hear of his passing. He will be truly missed. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Deb Bartolini - RI

“A true Gentleman, may he rest in peace. Prayers for the Benell Family. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Philip R. McKendall - Providence, RI

“We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Claire and the Benell family. Frank was a very special person and his loss will be felt by so many....Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Virtus & Andrea Haywood - NV

“To Frank's entire family, please accept my sincere condolences on Frank's passing. You couldn't find a finer gentleman than Frank. I met Frank a few...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Joe Furgasso - Naples, FL

“Dear Frank, you will be sorely missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts.God Bless ...Bob and Mary ElrickPrecision Letter Corp. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Elrick - Manchester, NH

“My sincere condolences to the Benell Family on Frank's passing. He was always a gentleman who was very active and influential in his community. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Glavin - Providence, RI

“You are a kind soul and never complained. It was an honor to know you. May you rest in peace.Love,Helen and Peter ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Helen Dandrea - Johnston, RI

“my sincere sympathy is being sent to Frank"s entire family. I grew up in the house right next door to Federal Neon Sign Co. and have known Frank my...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: marie palumbo - johnston, RI


Frank R. Benell, Jr. 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Jane BrownHospital with his family at his side. He was the beloved husband of Claire E. (Lavallee) Benell. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Frank and Florence (Colli) Benell. Besides his wife of 40 years, he is survived by his brother William J. Benell and his wife Donna. Frank was stepfather to Mark L. Lachapelle. He also leaves behind his nephew William N. Benell and his wife Jennifer and their children Christopher and Isabella. He was also the brother of the late Carolyn A. Benell Frank was President of Federal Sign Company, Hub Sign Company, Benell Properties and CEO of Federal Holdings Co. along with his brother for more than 65 years. He was artistic and had a natural flair for design and creativity. His work can be seen all over Rhode Island Frank was a graduate of Central High School. He enjoyed playing the piano and at age 22 formed a band called “The Rhythm Five”. Frank was active in many different organizations. He was instrumental in reorganizing the Rhode Island Sign Contractors Association. He served as President for many terms and was an honorary lifetime member. Frank was Past President and Zone Chairman of the Federal Hill Lions Club. For many years he organized the Rhode Island Lions Club Annual Memorial Day Celebration on a statewide level. Frank was a member of the Federal Hill Commerce Association. He was also a member of The Board of Examiners and Electricians; he was a member of the Employee’s Retirement System of Rhode Island; he served as chairperson of the 5th District Senatorial Committee in Rhode Island; he also served as chairman of the Columbus Day Parade; he was a member of the City of Providence Economic Development Board; He was also a member of the Rhode Island Industrial Recreational Building Authority. He played Santa Claus for many years for the children of Federal Hill. Frank was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Board of Directors. He organized numerous activities and fundraisers for the church. Frank was also a close friend of the Most Reverend Bishop Louis E. Gelineau. His funeral will be held on Thursday at 8:45 AM from “WOODLAWN” Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Holy Ghost Church, Atwells Avenue, Providence. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Visiting Hours Wednesday 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Holy Ghost Church, 472 Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI 02903, Adoption Rhode Island, Two Bradford Street, Providence, RI 02903 or to Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903. Please share memories at WoodlawnGattone.com

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