Robert J. Cassidy – Smithfield

Robert J. Cassidy – Smithfield

Robert J. Cassidy, 79, of Smithfield passed away after a long battle with cancer. He is the husband of Jean M. Cassidy.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Francis and Alice (Mulcahey) Cassidy. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having attained the rank of Sergeant. Bob had graduated Cum Laude from Salve Regina College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and from the Command Training Institute in Babson College. Bob retired from the Providence Police Department as a Detective Sergeant, having received over 20 commendations. He was selected as R.I. Police Officer of the year in 1984.

He was also a faithful member of the Providence Police Association, as well as the Providence F.O.P and the Smithfield Elks. Bob was a communicant at St. Michael’s Church, Smithfield.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, and two sons, Gregg Cassidy of Foster, who works as a senior Environmental Planner with the RI DEM, and Glenn Cassidy, who retired from the Providence Police as a Detective Sergeant and currently works with the Glocester Police Department, and his wife, Brenda, of Glocester; as well as his grandchildren, Emily, Holly and Hunter and his sister, Trisha Kentz, of Long Island, New York. Robert is predeceased by his step-mother, Vera Cassidy, his brothers Francis and Thomas, and his sister, Alice Downs.

His funeral will be held Saturday, June 24, at 8 a.m., from the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, 80 Farnum Pike, Smithfield. Burial will follow in Acote’s Hill Cemetery, Chepachet. Visitation is Friday, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at .