July 23, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today that the Providence College men's basketball program recently received a $100,000 donation from the estate of the late J. Raymond Vadnais.
Mr. Vadnais was a member of the class of 1954 at Providence College and was a lifelong fan of the Friars. He was a season ticket holder dating back to the days when games were played at Alumni Hall.
He loved to talk Friar hoops with stories going back to his senior year on Smith Hill when the coach was the late Vin Cuddy and the stars were Jack Durkin, Hank McQueeny, Bobby Moran and Teddy Tedesco.
Some of Mr. Vadnais' fondest memories were from classic games back in his days as a student. In particular, when the Friars traveled to the old Boston Garden to take on the then famous Rio Grande College, led by the legendary Bevo Francis. Mr. Vadnais spent his entire 35-year working career with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, retiring in 1992 as a Claims Supervisor. He also was an ROTC graduate who served with the United States Army in Europe as a French translator.
A generous man, Mr. Vadnais also made substantial gifts through his estate to the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island to support scholarships at St. Cecilia's Elementary School in Pawtucket and the Miriam Hospital in Providence. He was a true Friar.
"We ask our student-athletes to put their Heart and Soul into everything they do," Providence College Head Basketball Coach Ed Cooley. "Mr. Vadnais embodied this ideal and Providence College is a better place because of him." "The Friar Family will always remember Mr. Vadnais as a loyal fan and friend of our men's basketball program," Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. "He leaves a legacy of selflessness and generosity and all of us at Providence College remain grateful for everything he has done for the College and our student-athletes."
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