(1939 – 2016)

Color me gone fishin’.

HURST, RONALD, 77, of Providence, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016 at Hopkins Manor. He was the former husband of the late Catherine L. (Gautieri) Hurst. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Alonzo “Pop” and Queenie “Nana” (Saxon) Hurst. Ron was a computer engineer for many of the country’s largest computer firms, including IBM, Wang, and Control Data during his long career in the data industry. He also served his country honorably in the United States Navy. He leaves four sons, Ronald Hurst Jr., Randolph Hurst, Robert Hurst and Regan Hurst; a daughter, Amy Hurst; a brother, John Hurst; two sisters, Eleanor Fenley and Frances Magnan; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was a brother of the late Ken Hurst. The funeral service and visitation will be Wednesday, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, in the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, Providence. The service will begin at noon. Relatives and friends are invited.

Published in The Providence Journal on Sept. 26, 2016

The Hurst Family - circa 1946

Ken, Alonzo, ?, John

Queenie, ?, Elinor & ?, Frances

Ronald, ?


Queenie Hurst (born Saxon) was born January 25, 1901 in Rhode Island to William Saxon and Elizabeth Ellen Saxon (born Whittaker).

William was born in January 1844, in England. Elizabeth was born in May 1865, in England. One brother: John W Saxon.

Queenie passed away 1995 at age 94.

Alonzo Hurst was born on March 27 1893, in Taunton, Massachusetts to Alonzo Hurst and Elizabeth A Hurst (born Farrell).

Alonzo was born circa 1855, in Brooklyn, New York. Elizabeth was born circa 1871, in Ireland.

Alonzo passed away 1972 at age 78.

They were married in 1918 and they had 5 children in 66 Fairmount Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island.


John Alonzo Hurst

Passed away at Brentwood Nursing Home, on February 26, 2018 at the age of 93.

John was the husband of the late Mary E. (Bowering) Hurst.

John is predeceased by his father Alonzo Hurst, his mother Queenie (Saxon) Hurst and his two brothers Kenneth Hurst and Ronald Hurst, his sisters Elinor Fenley and Frances Magnan, his longtime partner Lucille Baker, and his children Jean Hurst and Gary Hurst.

John is survived by two sons and daughters–in-law Alan Hurst and his wife Jayne, John Hurst and his wife Louisa and daughter-in-law Doreen Anderson.

A loving grandparent to his 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

John was born in Providence, Rhode Island December 11, 1924 and he graduated from Mount Pleasant High School, Class of 1943.

John saw action in WWII as a top tail gunner on TBF Avenger Bomber, where he learned to fly in the Navy. He graduated from Military training in the top of his class and was stationed on the USS Enterprise, in the Pacific Theatre earning 3 medals.

John worked as a pilot opening his own charter business, doing traffic reports and was a flight instructor. He was also flying customers for C.I. Hayes to the company out of Hillsgrove Airport, in Warwick. He later became the manager of Hayes Heat Treating, and worked there for over 25 years, until his retirement.

John was a 32nd Degree Master Mason, from the Harmony Lodge #9.

John was a champion horseshoe pitcher in his early years, winning the men’s division in Providence. He also enjoyed ice dancing with his wife Mary. Other sports where he excelled in were golf and bowling, he won many awards and trophies.

The visitation will be held Saturday March 3, 2018 from 9:00-11:00am in the URQUHART – MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, followed by a graveside service at 12:00 noon in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, 1 Rhode Island Avenue, Johnston, RI. Burial with Military Honors will follow. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Elinor Patricia Fenley

96, died Thursday, December 21st, 2017 in the Overlook Nursing Home.

Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo and Queenie (Saxton) Hurst. Elinor became one of the first female Providence Police Officers in 1958 and worked for the Providence Police Department until her retirement. She also held several degrees in Nursing and had been employed as an adjunct faculty member of the Nursing Department at Rhode Island College. She became a member of the Nursing Honor Society in 1985, and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Ian in 1988. She had also worked in the VA Hospital in Providence for twenty years.

She is survived by her daughter, Elinor Fortin of Ludlow, Vermont, her eight beloved grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and her brother, John Hurst of Warwick. She is predeceased by her sons, John J. Fenley and Stephen M. Fenley, as well as her siblings, Kenneth Hurst, Frances Magnan and Ronald Hurst.

Funeral Saturday December 30th at 10am in the Highland Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, Johnston. Visitation Friday, December 29th 5-7pm in the Anderson-Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville.

Frances H. Magnan

88, of Bradenton, Florida, and formerly of Southwich, MA, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Surrey Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Wilfred L. Magnan, Jr.

Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo and Queenie (Saxon) Hurst.

Frances was an inspector at Combustion Engineering, later called A B B, in Connecticut, for many years before retiring.

She leaves three sons, Thomas J. Magnan and his wife Mary Ann, David P. Magnan, and William L. Magnan and his wife Laurie; two daughters, Katherine A. Kozlak and her husband Martin, and Christina M. Robinson; a brother, John Hurst; fifteen grandchildren, and twenty-five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth and Ronald Hurst, and a sister, Eleanor Fenley.

The funeral will be held Friday, at 8:00 am, from the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road, (Rt117) Warwick. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 am in Saint Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick. Burial will be in Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston. Visiting hours Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906 in her memory will be appreciated.

Kenneth Hurst

87, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

He was the son of Queenie Saxson and Alonzo Hurst, of Providence, R.I. His siblings are Elenor Fenley, John, Frances Magnum, and Ronald all of Providence. He was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Rhode Island Technical School, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Kenneth was Providence Junior Horseshoe Champ at age 11 and New England Champion in 1939. Kenneth was also a state Soap Box Derby Champion.

During World War II he was a Technical Sergeant and served as an aerial gunner/flight engineer on a B-24, flying 34 missions with the Eighth Air Force, over Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, EAME Campaign Medal with four battle stars, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Kenneth was married to the late Muriel Lusk of Altamont, Tn., for 63 years.

His children are Michael, of Birmingham, Karen (Batson), of Wilmington, Steven and Vincent, of East Ridge and Hollye, of Asheville. Kenneth had ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was employed with Combustion Engineering (Alston Power) for 20 years. He was founder and majority partner of Metallurgical Enterprises in Lakeview.

He was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the funeral home, with funeral services at 1 p.m.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist, 404 South Moore Road.