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Kenneth Rix

09/19/1945 - 02/08/2022


Obituary For Kenneth Rix

Dr. Kenneth Rix DVM, 76, of Little Compton, RI passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The son of the late William Burgess and Alice Florence (Miliczkowski) Rix and the loving husband of Barbara (Zbyszewski) Rix for 19 years, Kenneth was a proud resident of Little Compton for over 30 years.
Kenneth shared ownership of Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital in Tiverton, RI with his fellow veterinarian, William Condon. Kenneth worked at his practice for 45 years until his retirement in 2017. He loved his job and devoted his life to caring for animals and working with his clients and staff. Kenneth’s passion was gardening and he was known to spend an entire day tending to his plants. He was a URI Master Gardener and served as a mentor in the URI Master Gardener core training program. He also had the opportunity to host “Gardening with the Masters Tour” twice in 2021. Kenneth was involved with the building of the Hunts Mills Community Garden Project and was a member of the East Providence Historical Society. He was also a member of the RI Republican Conservative Caucus, the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the Quindecim Club, the Little Compton PG Club, and was an active participant in the Little Compton GOP Committee. In his free time, Kenneth loved to travel and enjoyed cycling around Little Compton.
Above all else, he was a devoted husband to his wife Barbara and a loving father and grandfather. He was thoughtful, inquisitive, caring, and helpful. He was a voracious reader, frequently educating himself on new topics. Ken was known to drop everything to help a friend or his family, whether that meant showing up in his pickup truck with little notice or building something with his own hands to solve the problem. He was also Mr. Fix-it and could fix almost anything with his many tools and workshop. He showed his love through acts of service and poured that love into everything he touched. Gratitude and working towards achievable goals were the pillars he built his life around.
In addition to his loving wife, Barbara, Kenneth is the brother of the late Robert Carl Rix and Nancy Ann Martin (Kenneth H Martin). He is survived by his sister, Patricia Milette, sister-in-law Lorraine Rix, sons, Scott Rix and his wife Susan Lyons, Ethan Rix and Gordon Rix; his daughters, Jennifer Rix and her husband Alejandro Huneeus and Natalie Rix; three step-children, Bethany Sardinha, Caitlin Toevs and her husband Gregory; and Adam Sardinha and his wife Samantha; and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and long-time friends.
Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI where the family will receive relatives and friends for visitation on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 4-7PM. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 at 10AM in Victory Church, 91 Crandall Rd. Tiverton, RI. For tributes, please visit

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  • 02/23/2022

    To the family of Dr Rix, Our deepest condolences to you all on the passing of this wonderful man. Dr. Rix shared so much about gardening and always had the most beautiful arrangement on the front desk. He was kind, generous and he always took all the time needed to take the best care of our dogs even if it meant a late night phone call. I am so sad but may he Rest In Peace and I know he is the veterinarian in heaven taking care of my dear departed dogs: Scruffy, Holly,Tommy❤️ And Rosie. You are in our thoughts and prayers and have our deepest sympathy. Judy and Helen Medeiros

  • 02/19/2022

    We have only known Dr. Ken for two years. He came into our lives and the lives of the East Providence Historical Society two years ago as a Mastergardener intern! An intern! Who would've known that this unassuming lifelong plantsman was just finishing the core training class for Mastergardener at URI. Ken grew up across the street from the John Hunt House Museum and needed to volunteer 50 hours to earn his "blue pin". The official M G designation that you not only took the classes, but gave back, volunteering to educate the public on sustainable garden practices. Ken went way past 50 hours and dedicated his talents to our community garden project for two years. Unfortunately it was the last two years of his life. He was also present at our wine and weeding sessions on the first Tuesday of each month. But we can't look at what we lost, but have to be grateful that he dedicated his last two years to us and our project. Can help selflessly embraced our project and made the East Providence Hunt Mills Community Gardens the first community gardens in East Providence. We worked together side-by-side every Tuesday for two years! He nurtured animals for 45 years and I am so thankful that he nurtured the community gardens and me for the last two years of his life. We will miss him dearly and will dedicate a bench, that he helped to build, in his memory for all that he did to make these gardens success. And to Barbara, we love you and will continue to share his love of gardening at your home for you to cherish. The Mastergardener's will keep your garden's looking beautiful this spring! He will speak to you through his plants and flowers. His spirit will stay with us all . 🙏🏼❤️🌱

  • 02/17/2022

    Sincere sympathies to the family. He was a wonder vet and cared about his patients. My duce was in his care for 16 years. The animal kingdom will miss him. Cynthia Wing

  • 02/16/2022

    I knew Ken as a vet but really got to know him as a fellow member of Freedom & Prosperity. Wonderful special man. Always positive and caring person. He made the world a better place. He will be missed. Donna Cook

  • 02/16/2022

    Our hearfelt sympathy to you Barbara,Scott,Jen,Natalie,Ethan, and Gordon. Ken was a wonderful Dr. ,friend and boss to me for 22 years. He will always hold a special place in my heart because he went above and beyond and provided all my flowers for my wedding all cut from his garden. I will never forget that. We are so glad we ran into him this Christmas buying trees. Rest in peace my friend. James & Kimberly Conway.

  • 02/16/2022

    We met Dr. Rix when we first moved to LC in 1989 and brought our Golden Sam to Sakonnet Vet. He subsequently cared for all our animals until his retirement. We laughed when we adopted to cats from Potters and saw his name on the certificate. He was the epitome of knowledge and professionalism but also embody such compassion and empathy. We are sorry for your loss. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. The Eddys

  • 02/16/2022

    Ken was a good friend and our Dr who took such good care of all of our pets over the years. We had been with him since he started his practice. We also will miss Ken as a very good friend and will miss his dearly along with His Wife Barbra . Word will not express what his friendship meant to us Peg & Mike Bugara

  • 02/15/2022

    Dr. Rix was such a warm and compassionate person. He took the best care of our dog Maddison from the day we got her until the day she left us 13 years later. His calm and caring disposition helped us through her many illnesses and allergies. He became like a part of our family from the amount of time we spent with Maddison in his office. We are so sorry for the families loss and send condolences to all who loved him. -Alison Donovan and family

  • 02/15/2022

    Many years ago one of my cats was critically ill and I could not get in to see my usual vet. It was Christmas time and Dr. Rix took Caspian in after hours...cared for him...stayed with him...and was there on Christmas Day to put him back in my arms alive. I'll never forget him. Sincerest condolences to fam ily friends colleagues and clients.

  • 02/15/2022

    Ken was always cheerful positive and encouraging generous with his knowledge and wisdom. I always enjoyed seeing him and respected him as a colleague ; a good and kind person. So sorry for your loss he will be missed by many.

  • 02/15/2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Dr Rix's passing. He was our late dog's vet, and we couldn't have found a better choice. So caring, honest and helpful - even told us when it was 'time' for her; may he rest in peace. -

  • 02/14/2022

    Dr. Rix was our vet for over 25 years, caring for "Emma," "Grace," and "Molly." He was just the best -- we trusted him completely. He gave us wonderful advice and we always loved talking with him, especially when he'd get out his books and show us pictures of the ailments of our various dogs! We could not have asked for a better person than Dr. Rix over so many years.

  • 02/14/2022

    Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all of Ken's Family. He was a great person. I always enjoyed our conversations. My late husband, Dr. Robert Davidson. really liked Ken too. Barbara and Bill our dear friends and next door neighbors for years. Ken will be sadly missed. May he Rest In Peace.

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