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David J. Critchett passed away from complications due to Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was the son of Dana and Anna L. (Cerutti) Critchett, and after his first father died, the step-son of Stanley T. Silva.

A graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1965, he earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and spent the next 41 years teaching English at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he made enduring friendships that lasted after his retirement in 2013. He enjoyed teaching, the company of colleagues, and participating in professional organizations. He was faculty advisor to the college's canoe club for many years, and many of his firm friendships were born during river excursions. In addition to canoeing, he enjoyed bicycling, hiking, walking, much reading, Irish and classical music, his wife's fabulous cooking, lively company, and caring nature, his son's humanity and his step-son's perseverance. He never got the sand out of his shoes, the salt out of his hair, or the sound of the tide out of his ears, and he loved the scenic beauty both of his adopted state, Rhode Island, and his hometown, Gloucester, Mass., where he returned to visit cherished family and friends throughout his life.

David is survived by his beloved wife, Helret (Connors) Critchett; his son and daughter-in-law, Marc Critchett and Athena Kelner; his stepson, Matthew Atwood; and several cousins and friends.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements entrusted to The Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI, www.murphyfuneralhomes.org. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to ALS Association of RI Chapter, 2374 Post Road #103, Warwick, RI 02886 or at www.webri.alsa.org.
Published on May 1, 2017
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