LeRoy Dinwoodie, 82, of Fort Myers, Fla., and formerly of Ashaway, R.I., passed away on Aug. 23, 2012, at Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, Fla. He was born in Ashaway, R.I., on Feb. 20, 1930, to Theodore and Hannah (White) Dinwoodie.
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He was a self-employed painting contractor for many years and in later years he was employed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. LeRoy was a friend of Bill W and had nearly 50 years of active participation in AA. He was a founder of the former Thursday night AA group that met at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashaway, R.I., for many years.
A past member of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee and an U.S. Army veteran, he enjoyed reading, playing cards, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
LeRoy was the self-proclaimed unofficial "Mayor of Ashaway" and by some he is still referred to as "The Mayor." He was very much loved by his family and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dinwoodie, of Stonington, Conn.; his children, Kenneth (Jody) Dinwoodie, of Ashaway, Patrick (Joann) Dinwoodie, of Westerly, Linda (James) Arzamarski, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Sharon (Dr. Charles) Lanzillo, of Stonington, Conn.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lillian Booth, of Ocala, Fla., and Alice Crandall, of Westerly; along with many nieces and nephews.
LeRoy was predeceased by a son, Ricky L. Dinwoodie; brothers, Alexander, Edgar and Donald Dinwoodie; and sisters, Arlene DesRosier, Lois Posillo and Claire Harvey.
There will be a private burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date.
Contributions in LeRoy's name can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2012