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Joseph Fortin

06/13/1936 - 02/17/2023


Obituary For Joseph Fortin

Joseph "Joe" Fortin, 86, of Warren, RI passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. A resident of Warren, he was born in Boston, MA in June 1936, and preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Marie Fortin, and his brother, James Kanachewicz. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Marilyn (Chace) Fortin, his sons Brian Fortin (Deborah) of Barrington, RI and Joseph Fortin of Warren, RI; his daughters, Nancy Boros (Gary) of Naples, FL, Jo-Ann Dumas (Paul) of Warren, RI and Lynn Shaw (Patrick) of Bristol, RI. He adored his fourteen grandchildren, Zeke (Jessica), Willow, Joseph "J" (Nicole), Harry, Brittany (Curtis), Riana (Jameson), Spencer, Jarrett (Raizza), Nicolette (Rob), Haley, Rilyn, Jevin, Owen, and Lyle, his six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and his devoted German Shepherd, Coco. Joe valued family above all else, and was a very loving and proud patriarch of the close-knit Fortin family. Joe lived life to the fullest, and although humble in spirit, his kindness, generosity, work ethic and dedication to others were all of grand proportions. He enjoyed physical labor, working on many large construction projects as a long-time union member of Laborers Local 271 and Ironworkers Local 37, while also cultivating his corn and livestock farm in Warren. Upon retirement he provided part-time facilities maintenance and repair at Crystal Springs. A lifelong devout Catholic, he was an altar server, attended Catholic school, and was a parishioner at St. Mary of the Bay. Joe served as the President of the Somerset Sportsman's Club for 40 years and as an avid sportsman, enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, quahogging and fishing. He and Marilyn were auto racing fans, and traveled with their camper to NASCAR events. He participated in a High-Low Jack League and contributed to the NRA, the Bristol County Sportsman's Club, Ducks Unlimited, the ASPCA and several children's charities. Joe will be remembered by the countless people that he met for his quick smile, friendly nature, kindness, and generosity towards others. He was respected and respectful, the ultimate family man, a loyal friend, and will be forever missed by all who had the pleasure of his company. Rest in Peace Joe, Dad, Papa. Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI, where the family will receive relatives and guests for a Calling Hours on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 9-12PM followed by an immediate Memorial Service at 12PM in the funeral home. For directions or tributes, please visit

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  • 03/13/2023

    Brian very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Shawn Sale

  • 03/08/2023

    very sad to hear of your passing.i have many fond memories that i will never in pease.joe

  • 03/07/2023

    We were so very sorry to read that Joe had passed away. He was such a great guy and we are so lucky to have known him. Our sympathy goes out to his family. Please know that he has just gone on ahead. John and Gail Carr, Florida

  • 03/01/2023

    Rest in peace, Joe. We have many fond memories of great times at the sport men's club. You were always great to be around. May Marilyn find peace in her memories of your life together. Bruce and Kathy Masterson

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  • 02/28/2023

    Rest In Peace Joe, you certainly had a good life and will be missed.

  • 02/28/2023

    So sorry for you loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Karen Correia Ramos

  • 02/27/2023

    RIP dad! I love you so much and miss you so much. Not a day will go by that I will not be thinking of you and wishing we were sharing more time together. . I hope you are at peace in heaven . Love you Lynn

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