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Joseph Dustin Rioux

07/31/1975 - 06/28/2022


Obituary For Joseph Dustin Rioux

Joseph D. "Huggy Bear" Rioux Sr., 46, of Warren, went home to be with the Lord, our Heavenly Father, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Miriam Hospital, Providence from necrotizing fasciitis.

He was the husband of Jennifer Ann (Bernard) Rioux.

Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Shirley R. (Pimental) Rioux.

Joey worked as a carpenter for Union Local 330 for over 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, playing games with family and going to the beach. The Fourth of July was his favorite holiday. His hobby was restoring his 1980 Chevy Camaro.

Joey had a crazy sense of humor and his heart was as big as the ocean. His passion was helping others, and he took care of many like they were his own children. He often asked them "What are you thankful for today?"

Besides his beloved wife of 25 years, he is survived by three sons, Joseph "JoJo Bear" Rioux III of Warren, RI, and Dakota "Koda Bear" Rioux of Warren, RI, Dylan Quiterio and his wife Tiffany of Warren, RI, a daughter, Jadaelyn Jo-lei Rioux of Warren, RI, three brothers, Russell Frances of Barrington, RI, Michael Akervik of MN., and Robert Rioux Jr., of Warren, RI, four sisters, Tribbie Foster of Warren, RI, Sandra Frances of Warren, RI, Valeda Kennedy of CT., and Kerri Ferreira of Fall River, MA, and two grandchildren, Anastacia and Alijah. His in-laws, Edward and Sharon (Riley) Bernard of Alva, Fl., and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Joseph "Lil Bear" Rioux II.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2022, from 4-7PM in Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, RI.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022, at 10AM in Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, RI.

Burial will take place in St. Jean the Baptiste Cemetery, Vernon St., Warren, RI. Information/On-Line condolences please visit-

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  • 07/19/2022

    Condolences to Ryan and Tiffany, and all of Joseph's family and friends.

  • 07/08/2022

    Tribie and family I am deeply sorry for the loss of your brother may he rip Elaine

  • 07/06/2022

    God is with Joey ,my deepest sympathy,to his children,and wife and his family.god bless you all

  • 07/06/2022

    My condolences to all huggys family and friends ❤️ You will never be forgotten.

  • 07/03/2022

    My condolences to you and your family my heart goes out to all of you how close that family was and still is there's no describing so sorry for your loss !!!

  • 07/02/2022

    Jen, children and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories continue to give you strength during this difficultly time. Love you Jen

  • 07/02/2022

    So sorry to hear about Huggy's passing. Too young, too soon. Condolences to all his family and Jen. Mama Linda and Enzo

  • 07/02/2022

    2nd Corinthians 9:7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful Giver. There's no doubt he was a cheerful giver. On 4th of July, it was like Christmas for a kid. He loved his fireworks and loved sharing them with those who were around him. He made many holidays memorable with his "Go big or go home" attitude. Huggy had the biggest heart, no one can deny that. May the fond memories live on a lifetime. Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find Refuge: his faithfulness will be your shield and Rampart.

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