Michael Leo Lapisky
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Michael & Mary Lapisky and the brother of the late John Lapisky. Michael was part of a large and loving family including sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He leaves behind many close friends and colleagues.
Michael graduated from Warwick Veterans High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Rhode Island. He began his career as a Wildlife Biologist with the State of Rhode Island in the Department of Environmental Management in 1972 and retired in 2008 as Chief of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. He fulfilled his lifelong passion of caring for and preserving the wildlife and environmental treasures of Rhode Island.
Michael lived in Narragansett for many years and generously gave back to his community by serving on various boards and commissions. He was the chairman of the Narragansett Zoning Board and the Narragansett Conservation Commission. After retiring, he became a member of the Master Gardner Program at the University of Rhode Island. He spent many hours volunteering where ever he was needed, and in 2019 won the Roseanne Sherry Distinguished Educator Award.
The Narragansett Surfcasters made a donation to the Hope Health Center in Mike’s honor.
Craig “Little Fox” Champlin
Craig A. “Little Fox” Champlin, 68, of South Kingstown, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at home. Born in South Kingstown, a son of the late Milfred Champlin, Sr. and Pearl B. (Reels) Champlin.
Craig was a “noted” Stonemason, an avid fisherman, hunter and surfer for many years. His stonework can be seen throughout Rhode Island. A member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, Craig dedicated his life to “Mother Earth”. Craig was a member of the Narragansett Surfcasters Club.
Craig leaves to mourn his trusted, loyal soulmate, his dog “Shalako”. Craig is survived by his son, Joey Burns and his daughter, Sydney Gail Champlin; his grandchildren, Gianna Skye, Brady Joseph and Savannah Rayne; his brothers, Eugene O., and Douglas W. Champlin; his sisters, Virginia Perry, Sheila Champlin-Levy, Donna Maddox and Gail Champlin. He also leaves his godson, Sterlinq “Little Fox” Christy. As well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who will miss him dearly. Besides his parents, he was predeceased in death by his brothers, Milford “Mickey” and Gary Champlin and his sisters, Barbara Sekator, Shirley Christy, Gloria Fry and Cynthia Champlin.
The Avery-Storti website has a video tribute to Little Fox here.
Mary Rose (Iaquinto) Dangelo
The Narragansett Surfcasters are all deeply saddened by the loss of Mary Dangelo who passed from this earth on Friday, December 21, 2018. Mary was a beloved friend and lifetime member of the Club and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was married to the late Andrew Dangelo for 58 years and is survived by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.Mary was the owner and “Boss” of Maridee Bait and Tackle, Narragansett for many years until her death.
She was a member of the Narragansett Pier Fishing Club, the Narragansett Surfcasters Club, the Narragansett Pier Sports Fishing Association, the Guilford Agricultural Society, she was on the Polo Club board for 12 years, and was active in the Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls and Little League.
James A. Gallagher, Jr., 69, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, December 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Lisi) Gallagher for forty-four years. Born in South Kingstown and raised in Jamestown, he was the son of the late James A. and Marion L. (Dowd) Gallagher. Mr. Gallagher was a proud US Air Force Veteran who was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.
Recently, he was a technical service manager for IGT at Twin River Casino and had previously worked for several firms in Massachusetts in IT/Network Management. Jim greatly enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. He was an avid golfer and saltwater fisherman, always looking for the perfect spots to pursue these passions. In support of these interests, he was an active member/officer of the Narragansett Surfcasters and a longtime member of the USGA. A self-taught craftsman, he built beautiful furniture, assembled and repaired golf clubs, and created intricate handcrafted fishing lures.
Dick “FishDoc” Mandeville
Richard J. Mandeville, 71, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Anne M. (Broderick) Mandeville. Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Rowell L. and Anna (Kozaczka) Mandeville. Dick was a biology teacher at Lincoln High School for 33 years before retiring in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from URI and his Master of Education Degree from RIC. He was a member of the RI Saltwater Anglers Association and the Narragansett Surf Casters. He was a member of the RI National Guard for 6 years and the Army Reserve for 9 years.