October 19, 2021

Lawrence (Larry) Kenyon Hey


Lawrence (Larry) Kenyon Hey passed away on May 21, 2021 at the age of 60 with his loving family beside him.

Larry was the husband of Leslie Hey (Gilmartin), they have been best friends since their teen years when they met in Bonnet Shores, Narragansett. He was the proud father of four children Derek Kenyon Hey, Madeline Kennedy Hey, Daniel Lawrence Hey, and Steven Douglas Hey. He is survived by his mother Judith P. Hey and three siblings Mary Soles (Hey), Bruce Hey and Ann Hey. He is preceded in death by his father Ronald M. Hey and sister Lorraine O’Hara (Hey).

Larry attended St. Raphael Academy and graduated Salve Regina College with a degree in criminal justice, where he was selected for Who’s Who Among Students. Larry started his career working for the FBI in Boston for many years. He then left to take over the family business of almost 80 years, Jones Safety Equipment Company in Rumford, where he was the President of the Company for 31 years. His hard work and never-ending dedication propelled the business into the success that it is today.

Family was everything to Larry; he was the foundation of our home and was a person who we relied on for everything. Larry mostly enjoyed spending time with his family, going out to dinner, working on his cars, being the household handyman, and taking care of all aspects of our life. Larry would spare no expense when it came to education, our safety or to our general happiness. It is hard to fathom a day without him as he contributed so much.

Larry’s strong belief in the Catholic faith guided him through life, which is why he always pushed for education through Catholic institutions. He never wanted attention brought to himself, as he was always concerned with what others were doing in their lives. Family members always remarked on how young he looked and could not understand how at his age he still had such dark brown hair, to the extent that he was called the “Dick Clark” of the family. Larry went from driving fast cars and cruising around in his boat in the summers at Bonnet Shores to becoming the best dad. Larry was an all around great guy.

There are no words to express our deep sorrow and he will be immeasurably missed, we cannot imagine a day without him!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 28th at 10:00am at St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Ave, Rumford. Visiting hours will be Thursday, May 27th from 5-8 pm at J F Skeffington Funeral Home, 925 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence. Burial will be at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.

In Lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Raphael Academy, LaSalle Academy and St. Margaret’s School.


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