July 4, 2022

Francis E. “Frank” Shanley Jr.


Francis E. “Frank” Shanley Jr., 67, of East Providence, RI passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends on March 28, 2022.

Born in Providence, Frank was the son of the late Francis E. Shanley, Sr. and Barbara (Arnold) Shanley and brother of the late Paula S. Shanley. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Margaret “Meg” Shanley (née Martin); seven nephews and nieces, David Andrade Jr., Brian Andrade, Erik Andrade, Brennon Andrade, Jillian (Andrade) May, Christopher Andrade, and Felicia (Andrade) Sosa; and his “adopted” exchange students, Zachary Wu and Rainie Li.

Frank is a graduate of East Providence High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Rhode Island. An accomplished bass player, Frank is a two-time inductee to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame both as an original member of Young Neal and the Vipers and for his stint with Steve Smith and the Nakeds. Both bands garnered national recognition. Frank also brought his talents to the Baboons, bluesman Professor Harp, and the Big Nazo Band, among others.

For twenty-two years, Frank was an investigator for the state of Rhode Island first with the Department of Human Services and later with the Department of Labor and Training, before retiring in February 2021.

As befitting a son of the Ocean State, Frank was fond of all things related to the sea. He enjoyed surfing, diving, sailing, and any day spent at the beach. Frank and Meg frequently vacationed in the Caribbean with friends.

Frank was an astute observer of the sometimes difficult-to-see humor in everyday life. He connected to people through his wit and generous nature. Although he ran late often, his actions and kindness were always on time. He will be loved and missed by many.

His funeral will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022, at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Saint Margaret's Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford. Burial will be private. Calling hours are Sunday 2-5.

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