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David R. Levesque Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 26, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

“I want to keep David’s name alive and for people to remember him for who he was at heart and what he loved most in life,” Donna Rucci-Levesque says of her husband who passed away in August.

“David was an incredible man who loved creating unforgettable memories and was always up for a new adventure,” Donna shares. She recalls how he, a “proud (Providence College) Friar Fanatic,” and she, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, attended a PC vs. URI basketball game at URI’s Ryan Center. “There he was in his PC gear and there I was in my URI gear, and it was only after we got to the game that I realized David had purchased tickets in the PC section. He had a great sense of humor and truly lit up the room with his smile wherever he went,” Donna says.

In addition to the Friars, for whom he was a 20-season ticket holder, David was a huge animal lover, most notably for his dogs, ‘fur-babies’ Dewey and Gus, and through the couple’s support of Providence Animal Care.

He also was a golf enthusiast, working as a caddy at Wannamoisett Country Club, beginning in his early teens. In 1993, David caddied for Tiger Woods during Wannamoisett’s Northeast Amateur Tournament. “It was at Wannamoisett that David developed his passion for golf, as well as a strong work ethic,” Donna believes.

A Providence native, David graduated from Classical High School and Rhode Island College before beginning a nearly 20-year career with Fidelity Investments. “He really worked hard to get where he did at Fidelity, and he was incredibly proud of that,” Donna explains, noting that at his services, several of David’s colleagues told her what an amazing friend and mentor he was to them.

This endowment will provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Classical High School who are pursuing higher education in Rhode Island and are student athletes, with a preference to those on the golf team.

“I’m beyond excited about this,” Donna exclaims, adding, “Who knows? Maybe we’ll have the next Tiger Woods on our hands. Go Purple!”

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