Arthur E. Cadoret Jr. - Cumberland

Arthur E. Cadoret Jr. - Cumberland

Arthur E. Cadoret Jr., 82, of First Avenue died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Mount St. Rita Health Centre. He was the husband of Mary V. (DePaolo) Cadoret. Arthur and Mary had been married since 1962. Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Arthur E. and Alice (Steere) Cadoret Sr.

He attended Woonsocket Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1951. He began his studies at Providence College in 1951, interrupted for military service then resumed at Providence College in 1957, graduating with a Bachelor of Art Degree in June 1961. He enrolled in Framingham State College and Bryant University from 1967–1970 an obtained a teaching certificate. He began graduate studies at Rhode Island College in 1970, receiving a Master of Education degree in 1973.

He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving from June 1953–June 1957. He served with the Air Weather Group in Mississippi, Alaska and Pennsylvania. He completed his Air Force duty in June 1957 and received and Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force in 1961. He received the Good Conduct Medal and Korean Service Medal awarded by U.S. Air Force in 1956 and 1957. Mr. Cadoret worked for the state of Rhode Island as a social worker for 31 years, from 1963 to 1994.

He was hired as first part-time weatherman for WWON in August 1951 and was interrupted for military service and resumed in September 1957. Affiliation with WWON, now WOON, continued unbroken from 1957 until January 2008. He began an affiliation with WNRI in March of 2008. He also was a part time television forecaster for WJAR, Channel 10, in Providence from 1960 -1962, and also for WARA, Attleboro, Mass., and WKRI, West Warwick, from the late 1970s to early 1980s. He began devoting major time to Blackstone Valley Weather Services, a self-owned endeavor, after retiring from the state of Rhode Island. In 1966 -1970, he was employed as a science teacher for Bellingham and Attleboro Massachusetts school systems.

He was a past member of the RI Alliance of Social Service Employees Union; Bellingham and Attleboro Teachers’ Association; past member of the Bernon Little Leagues Umpires, 1979-1993; and a past member of Cranston Babe Ruth League umpire.

Current memberships include The American Legion; The National Rifle Association; The Television Council; Support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; National Republican Party; and advisor and system operator for CompuServe Information Service’s Internet Weather Forum. He was a weather observer and weather data provider on the Internet for the Weather Underground and National Citizens Weather Observation Program.

He received special commendation from the Rhode Island General Assembly and Woonsocket City Council for service rendered during both Hurricane Donna in 1960 and the Southern New England blizzard in 1978.

Besides his wife Mary he is survived by his three children, Anastasia “Ann” and her husband Russell Johnson of Cumberland, R.I., Glenn A. Cadoret of Washington, D.C., and Sgt. Laura A. Cadoret of Norfolk, Va.; and two grandchildren.

His funeral will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at 9 A.M. from the S.DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, R.I., with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 A.M. in St. Joan of Arc Church Mendon Road Cumberland, R.I. Burial with Military Honors will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Wrentham Road, Cumberland, R.I. Relatives and friends are invited; calling hours are on Thursday from 6-8 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Mount St. Rita Health Centre, 15 Sumner Brown Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 or to Home and Hospice Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 in Arthur’s memory would be appreciated.