Frank R. Bursie, 72, of Smithfield, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 after a long courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He was the beloved husband of Cathy M. (Buffi) Bursie for 37 years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Matteo and Mildred “Millie” (Pezzi) Bursie.
Frank was Commissioner of Public Safety for the of Town North Providence for many years before retiring. After his retirement, he enjoyed working at Crystal Lake Country Club. He was a loving and devoted Husband, Dad and Papa.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his cherished sons, Sgt. Brandon M. Bursie, N.P.P.D. and his wife, Fallon and Brett J. Bursie and his wife, Stephanie; his treasured granddaughter, Madelyn; his treasured granddaughter, Francesca “Frankie”, scheduled to arrive in May; and his nephew, who he considered his “Third Son,” Donald. Frank is also survived by his adored nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law that always held a special place in his heart. He was the brother of the late Janice Ruszkowski.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Church, George Waterman Rd., Johnston. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston. Visitation is respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made with checks payable to: FOP 13, hand delivered or mailed to the North Providence Police Department, c/o Brandon Bursie, 1835 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, RI 02911.
In honor of Frank’s dedication and loyalty to the men and women in BLUE, we encourage those in attendance to kindly wear blue.