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Kenneth "Kenny" Caito

April 10, 1943 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Kenneth "Kenny" Caito Obituary

Kenneth “Kenny” Edwin Caito, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 10, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 10, 1943 to Francis P. Caito and Alice E. (Fuyat) Caito in Providence, RI. Kenny resided in Johnston, RI, and was a former resident of Naples, FL.

Kenny was a beloved husband to Rosemarie “Rosie,” a devoted father to his three daughters, Lisa, Debbie, and Christine, and his stepson Derek. Kenny was a cherished grandfather, known affectionately as “Papa,” to Steven, Amanda, Caitlyn, and Avianna, and a great-grandfather to Jeremiah, Olivia, Brady, Elliot, and Landon.

A graduate of Warwick Veterans High School, Warwick, RI, Kenny played on the football team and attended Johnson & Wales University for business. He had a deep passion for sports, particularly football, and was a devoted fan of the New England Patriots. Kenny found solace on the ocean, enjoying deep-sea fishing, and cherished moments spent at the beach. Fondly referred to as “Captain Ken,” he was adored by all who knew him. His legacy as "A Good Man" will endure in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. His impact stretched far beyond his immediate circles, leaving an indelible mark on his family, community, and profession. He will be profoundly missed but forever remembered by his contributions and the positive impact he had on others.

In his professional life, Kenny was the owner and founder of Colonial Tire in Coventry. He later served as President and CEO of Northeast Distributors and Riverdale Window and Door before retiring. With a career spanning over 45 years in the building materials industry, Kenny founded Northeast Distributors in Warwick in 1981, and Riverdale Window & Door in Smithfield in 1984. He was an early advocate for the prison work release program in Rhode Island, supporting criminal justice reform by providing inmates with opportunities for skill development, rehabilitation, and successful reintegration into society.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Bowden-Caito; his daughters Lisa Reis-Barkin (Jeff), Deborah Richard, and Christine Yeaw (Tom); stepson Derek Bowden (Kristy); four grandchildren, Steven Reis (Natalie), Amanda Lennon (Corey), Caitlyn Yeaw (Austin), and Avianna Bowden; and five great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Green, Olivia Reis, Brady Lennon, Elliot Green, and Landon Lennon. He is also survived by his aunt Mary Caito. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Alice Caito, brothers Alan Caito and Robert Contino, and leaves behind many beloved cousins, family, and friends.

The family extends their gratitude to Kenny’s team of doctors, nurses, and the medical staff at Miriam Hospital and American Renal Associates Dialysis Center of Johnston for their care.

His funeral will be held Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 8:45 a.m. from "WOODLAWN" Funeral Home 600 Pontiac Ave., Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Rocco's Church, Johnston. Entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at "WOODLAWN". In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in memory of Kenneth Caito. Please share condolences and memories at www.WoodlawnRI.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in memory of Kenneth Caito.

Please share condolences and memories at www.WoodlawnRI.com



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February 14, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Woodlawn Funeral Home
600 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI 02910

Mass of Christian Burial
February 15, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Rocco Church
927 Atwood Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919


Highland Memorial Park, Johnston
1 Rhode Island Avenue
Johnston, RI 02919


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