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In Memorium
Robert A. "Bobby" Izzi
June 9, 1958 - September 5, 2023

65, of Providence, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. He was the son of the late Peter and Alma (Flori) Izzi. In the past, he enjoyed spending time going out to the cousin's football and hockey games. He also enjoyed going out to breakfast. He is survived by his cousins George Flori, Robert Santucci, Loretta Bernardo, Fred and Donald Flori, Elizabeth Macera and Daniel Archetto. A special thanks to John McMahon of Spurwink of RI, who Bobby always felt a close bond with, for taking great care of him in the group home. His funeral arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spurwink|RI, 935 Park Avenue, Suite 214, Cranston, RI 02910. Click on the “Donate” button below to contribute to his memorial fund.

Lynne Elizabeth Carnathan
November 1942 - June 13, 2023

Lynne Elizabeth Carnathan, 80, passed peacefully at home on June 13th after a courageous battle with asbestos-caused mesothelioma, surrounded by family. The daughter of Harold and Mildred Thunberg, Lynne was born in November 1942 in Quincy MA. A resident of North Kingstown RI at the time of her death, she and her first husband, James Salmon, raised three daughters in Wakefield RI and loved South County for its beaches.


She is survived by her devoted husband James Carnathan and a loving group of family including her daughters and their families – Erica, Michael, Julianne and Jacob Byrne of Denver CO, Rachel Salmon, Aaron Mathes, Naomi and Ivan Mathes of Tujunga CA, and Rebeca Salmon and Pedro Reducindo Bello of Montreal Canada. Her sister Gail Matthews, brother Bruce Thunberg and sister-in-law Melanie Thunberg, along with 4 nieces, 3 nephews and 6 great-nieces and nephews, will miss her gentle heart.


Lynne was a nurse by training and an advocate for people with disabilities by vocation. She began her nursing career in Boston after graduating from Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in September 1963. Upon her relocation in the early eighties to RI Lynne began a many-decade long career working with people with disabilities, much of it at Spurwink RI. She served as a board member of the spurwink/RI Human Rights Committee seeking to improve the lives of people with disabilities diligently even in retirement. She touched countless lives, and her family and friends are convinced that her genuine interest in the people around her allowed her to be so impactful in the work that she chose. 


Lynne taught everyone who crossed her path how to make things beautiful with their hands. She was a creative cook, a passionate gardener, a prolific knitter, and a skilled seamstress. She loved to ski, traveling in search of snow, and sharing that passion with her family. She loved reading, and her book club was a source of joy. She walked daily even in the early days of her illness and kept up her yoga practice until very late in life.


The family is especially grateful to Hope Hospice for their skilled and loving care of Lynne in the last six weeks of her life. They enabled her to remain at home, at peace and comfortable, and were an incredible source of support for everyone who loved her.


A private celebration of Lynne’s life will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, Lynne requested donations to Spurwink|RI.


Click on the “Donate” button below to contribute to her memorial fund.

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