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Ulric Alphonse Vanasse

Ulric Alphonse Vanasse, 89, died on August 19, 2012 at Blueberry Hill Skilled Nursing Center in Beverly, following a long battle with congestive heart failure.

He was born on August 7, 1923 in Warwick, Rhode Island to the late Mary Mooney and Ulric E. Vanasse.  He attended West Warwick Public Schools and graduated in 1940.  He served in World War II in the U. S. Army’s 965th Ordinance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company, performing in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, the American Theatre, and in the Rhineland Battle in Germany.  He received the Medal of Germany and the Victory Medal.

On August 3, 1948, he was united in marriage to Eileen E. Lytle, with whom he enjoyed sixty-four wonderful years. Ulric celebrated two special occasions this month, the couple's wedding anniversary and his eighty-ninth birthday.

He turned his automotive training into a career, spending most of his working life at Lamb Motor Company in West Warwick, where he worked as Service Manager. He was a member of the Service Manager Association and was a long-time parishioner of St. James Church in West Warwick. 

Ulric most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, often in his backyard hosting barbeques or in his car, taking road trips to Newport and Cape Cod. 

In 1987, he retired, then he and his bride moved to Florida where they could enjoy the sunshine and mild winters.  He became a tour guide in residence for all visitors from “up North”.  He held a season’s pass to Walt Disney World and loved attending grand openings of hotels and going to different restaurants.  He avidly followed NASA space launches at the Kennedy Space Center and found time to volunteer with the Elks of Sanford, Florida.  He loved taking long walks and working outside in the yard, and even took care of several other lawns for his Florida neighbors.  Always, he looked on the bright side of life and was quick with a “funny” to get someone to smile. 

Ulric will be sorely missed by his loving family, his wife, Eileen, and and their three children, Thomas and Kathleen of Coventry, RI, Wendy and Robert Evans of Ipswich, and David and Lynn Vanasse of Johnston, RI, and grandchildren, Bethany, Matthew and Gillian Vanasse, Joshua, Kathryn and Kelsey Evans, Nathan Vanasse and Andrew Davenport, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Madeline Ellsworth and Louise Tromanhauser

A brief service with Army Honors will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, August 23, 2012 in the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel, 301 South Country Trail, Exeter, RI. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed and are asked to meet at cemetery administration building at 9:45 am.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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