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Obituary of Frank Pimental
Francis “Frank” Pimental, 67 of Middletown, RI passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, August 4, 2018, after a valiant, but all too short, battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He is the husband of the late Donna Klein Pimental.
He leaves a legacy of hard work and dedication to his family that will live on through those he leaves behind. He is survived by his son-in-law and daughter Eric and Karyn Wilson, his son and daughter–in-law, Michael and Sara Pimental, his most cherished grandchildren Ariella and Grayson Pimental, and many extended family members who meant so much to him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Pimental, his father and mother, Frank and Florence Pimental and his sister Lenness Bringhurst “Mimi.”
Born in Newport and a lifelong islander he graduated from Rogers High School and attended the University of Miami. Though he intended to complete his college degree, the family business came calling and soon he returned to the island. He and his wife, Donna took over the Pimental family business, the Paradise Motel and RV Park in Middletown, in 1977, which continues to be run by the family serving guests today.
To many, Frank was “Mr. Fix It.” He always had a natural, and sometimes uncanny, ability to “fix” just about anything. Whether it was tending to the variety of needs for the business, designing and building a house from the ground up, or helping a friend with an issue along the way, there truly wasn’t much, if anything, he couldn’t fix. He was also notorious for his “green thumb” and ability to grow anything. He loved planning his annual garden, starting plants from seed and seeing them through to the voluminous harvest that he enjoyed sharing with anyone and everyone who would take.
In addition to his professional life, he gave his unending support to the family’s involvement with Touro Synagogue and its congregation. He was often called upon for advice, counsel, or a helping hand by the staff caring for the buildings and grounds. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to assist.
Most recently, even while battling dementia, he turned his attention to his beloved grandchildren, “Papa’s smilies”... Through the very end Ariella and Grayson brought him the ultimate joy and biggest smiles.
A graveside service and internment will take place on Tuesday, August 7 at 1pm at Newport Memorial Park, 123 Howland Avenue in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Touro Synagogue, 85 Touro Street Newport, RI (www.tourosynagogue.org) or to Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice, Hospice Program, 1184 East Main Road Portsmouth, RI (www.visitingnursehh.org).
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