Robert Diner, 88


JOHNSTON, R.I. – Robert M. Diner died March 16, at home, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of the late Blanche J. (Pauline) Diner. Born in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late Abraham and Anna (Miller) Diner, he had lived in Chepachet since January, previously living in Johnston.

He was a firefighter for Providence, retiring 42 years ago. Robert was a Korean Conflict Air Force veteran, serving stateside. He was a member of the Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association. He also sat on the board of the Greater Providence Hebrew Free Loan, formerly serving as its vice president.

He was the devoted father of James Ponte and his wife, Theresa, of Chepachet, Richard Ponte and his wife, Kathleen, of Arden, North Carolina, Michael Diner and his wife, Pamela, of Johnston, Susan Harris and her husband, Todd, of Johnston, and the late Donna Howcroft, Robert Ponte, John Ponte and Neil Diner. He was the dear brother of Harriet Levi, of Portland, Maine, Arlene Hoyle, of Coventry, and the late Frances Licker. He was the loving grandfather of 18, cherished great-grandfather of 15 and adored great-great-grandfather of three. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Blvd., East Providence, RI 02914.