In Memory

We miss our friends and honor their work and legacy.  Each made a difference and contribution to the loving art of beekeeping.  If you would like to add the name of a departed beekeeper, or if you know the information to complete or correct the entries below, please send an email to, or mail to PO Box 64, Greenville, RI 02828, with their full name, town, and year of passing.  They did not have to be a member of RIBA, just a beekeeper.

Arena, Shelly (Cote) – North Scituate, RI – 2015

Briggs, Terry – Slocum, RI – 2016

Caito, John

Cameron, J. Kent –  West Warwick, RI – 2017

Hayes, William

Hopkins, Kathy A. – Harrisville – 2016

Hyland, Jr., Kerwin – 2017 – Kerwin served as RI State Bee Inspector for 8 years.

Joslin, Donald F., Sr. – Hopkinton, RI – 2017  Don was the President of the Association from December 2015 through December 2016. In part under his stewardship, the Association received and managed a federal grant that still finances an ongoing research project bringing new queens, free of charge, to Rhode Island beekeepers every year. He also presided over executive board meetings and over general meetings, and was the officer in charge of virtually everything the Association did at the Washington County Fair.  He and his wife Lori logged many hours and miles helping new beekeepers with the questions and problems that plague us all. His contributions to beekeeping were significant and the Association mourns his loss.

Laferriere, Germaine D. (Depot) – Manville, RI – 2016

Mortin, Robert

Nolin, Cheryl-Ann – West Greenwich 2017

Shaw, Milton (Bud) – Exeter, RI – 2017

Smith, Thomas (Tom) – North Providence, RI – 2016

Stolle, Karl – Riverside, RI

Ziegler, Dr. Edward H., Jr.– Providence, RI – 2017

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”  -Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

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