Ronald Louis DiOrio, 82, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2023 in Warwick, RI.
He was born on July 10, 1940 in Providence, RI, to Alfredo DiOrio and Palmina Sbardella DiOrio.
Ron graduated from Central High School in Providence, RI in 1959 and went on to earn a BA from Rhode Island College in 1963. He started his career as a teacher and went on to champion teachers as President of the National Education Association ' Rhode Island. He was subsequently appointed Director of Policy by Governor Edward DiPrete. Ron went on to be an advisor to the Laborers International Union of North America in Washington, DC before retiring on Martha's Vineyard. There he became an elected official, serving on the Board of Selectman in Oak Bluffs, MA.
Ron was best known for his generosity and helping people. He advised and served on the Boards of several nonprofits, including Training Through Placement, the Samaritans, Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard, and others. He was also very politically active, especially for candidates who furthered the cause of equality and social justice.
Ron is survived by his daughter, Rana DiOrio, who lives in San Francisco with his three grandchildren; his son, Damon DiOrio, who lives in Scottsdale, AZ; and his brother Edward DiOrio, who lives in Cranston, RI.
Ron is preceded in death by Alfredo DiOrio - father, Palmina Sbardella DiOrio - mother, Luigi DiOrio - brother, Concetta DiOrio Folcarelli - sister, Catherine DiOrio Accetturo - sister, Alfred DiOrio, Jr. - brother, Riccardo DiOrio - brother, and David DiOrio - brother.
Visitation will be held on Saturday Morning, March 4, 2023 from 9 until 10:3O a.m., followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Maceroni Funeral Home, 1381 Smith St., North Providence, RI. Interment will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston, RI - Section 33, Lot 419.
Memorial donations can be made in Ron DiOrio's name in lieu of flowers to Habitat for Humanity of Martha's Vineyard, PO Box 1093, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.