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