In this September 2012 file photo, Frank DiPaolo spoke with a voter at the North Providence Senior Center while campaigning for Congressman David Cicilline (right) with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (left). Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News.
"A true son of Providence, Frank DiPaolo first became involved in politics in 1928 when he went to work for New York Governor Al Smith, and over the course of the eight decades that followed, he became renowned as a Rhode Island political institution and respected for his willingness to stand up for the people and causes he believed in."
"In recent years, as the doorkeeper to the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the only person ever honored with the title of Speaker Emeritus, he became known to a new generation of candidates, elected officials, and members of the press, and he played a pivotal role as a confidante to my friend and predecessor, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy."
"I will always remember the wonderful moments last fall when Frank accompanied Patrick and campaigned for me throughout Rhode Island. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire DiPaolo family during this difficult time."