Charles R. Mansolillo, Esq., 72, former Providence City Solicitor, of Cranston, died Monday, March7, 2022 at home. Charles was born in Providence on March 8, 1949, the eldest son of the late Nicholas W. and Adeline A. (Marcello) Mansolillo.
He was a 1967 graduate of Classical High School and a 1971 cum laude graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont. In 1985 he received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar Association. He pursued graduate studies in theology at the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upon graduation from Saint Michael’s he taught English and Latin at the former Saint Peter’s High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1973 Charles began his career in Rhode Island state and local government as the youngest member of the Providence delegation in the General Assembly. Beginning in 1975 he served as a Councilman and subsequently as Chief of Staff to Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr.; and as a member of the Commission that authored the Providence Home Rule Charter.
In 1986 was the Republican nominee for Mayor of Providence. Charles returned to state government in 1987 as legal counsel in the Department of Children and Their Families. Subsequently, he was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Housing, Energy and Intergovernmental Relations by Governor DiPrete, and later as the Governor’s Policy Director. In 1991 Charles rejoined Providence city government as Deputy City Solicitor, and thereafter in 1992 was appointed City Solicitor by Mayor Cianci. Upon Completion of his tenure in 2003 the Providence City Council in recognition of his service conferred on him the honorific title of City Solicitor Emeritus.
Active in community affairs Charles served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Providence anti-poverty agency ProCAP, Inc., and as a trustee of the Providence Public Library. He also served as chairman of the board of the Providence Catholic Schools Collaborative. Charles was a communicant of Saint Pius V Church and served there as a lector.
Mr. Mansolillo leaves four brothers, Robert N. Mansolillo (Nancy) of Nashua, New Hampshire, John M. Mansolillo (Marlene) of North Providence, Nicholas W. Mansolillo of Orlando, Florida, and James P. Mansolillo (Lauren) of Cranston; his nieces, Marissa G. Mansolillo and Stephanie E. Peluso; and his nephews, Jared G. Mansolillo, Michael R. Martin and Andrew A. Martin.
His funeral will begin Saturday March 12 at 8:30am from the “WOODLAWN” Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Saint Pius V Church, Eaton St., Providence. Burial will follow at Saint Ann Cemetery. Calling hours will take place in the funeral home Friday, March 11, from 4pm until 7pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the American Parkinson Disease Association Rhode Island Chapter, PO Box 41659, Providence, RI 02940.
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