Domenico Cortellessa Petronio, M.D., 72, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Saunderstown, formerly of Greenville, passed away on November 26, 2008 with his loving wife and family members at his side in the home that his children grew up in. He was the devoted husband of Josephine E. (Arrigo) Petronio. They were married for 45 years. He was born in Providence, a son of the late Thomas and Leonilda (Cortellessa) Petronio.
Dr. Petronio was the loving father of Maria L. McAfee and her husband Thomas of Narragansett and Greenville, Bethany J. Coia and her husband Dr. David of Greenville, and Lisa J.D. Efird and her husband Jeffrey of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Cherished Papa of Michael, Rachel, and Sarah Coia and Bianca and Angelica McAfee. Dear brother of Everett Petronio, Esq. of Cranston and Thomas Petronio, Esq. of Greenville.
Dr. Petronio attended St. Anthony Grammar School in Providence, RI, LaSalle Academy, wherein he graduated with honors, and Providence College with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology. Dr. Petronio also graduated from the University of Bologna Medical School, the oldest medical school in the world. He completed an internship at St. Joseph Hospital and a Residency at Rhode Island Hospital in Pediatrics. He was inducted into the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, where he was Chief of Pediatrics at the Pawtuxent Naval Hospital, Lexington Park, MD and later achieved the rank of Commander.
Dr. Petronio was a sole practitioner of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine for 33 years until his retirement in 2003. He was lovingly called “Uncle Dom” by many of his patients. He was on the medical staff of Women & Infants Hospital, Hasbro Children\'s Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.
A resume, though descriptive, can not always capture the essence of a man. Dr. Petronio was an avid sports enthusiast, a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, and a Providence College Friar! He coached the Naval Air Force basketball and softball teams to the division championships, where they won both titles.
His funeral will be held Monday at 9:30 am from THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick (Exit 12A on I-95). His life will be celebrated with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Philip Church, 622 Putnam Avenue, Greenville. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Relatives and friends are invited and may call Sunday 2-6 PM. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory to the Mother of Life Center, 400 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI 02909 would be appreciated.
Reported: 11/28/08 (Show all obituaries for this day)
By: Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)