Thomas J. Sears, 62, of Pawtucket passed away unexpectedly at Memorial Hospital on February 7, 2017 after a brief illness.

Born in Newport, RI, on November 16, 1954 he was the son of the late Albert J. and Bella M. (Morris) Sears.

Tom was a caring and quiet, loving person, who also loved animals. In his working years he was a manager at David’s Bar in Newport, a manager at the Congregational Church in Newport, and most recently a Rehab Counselor and House Manager in Pawtucket. He will be greatly missed by many friends and relatives.

He leaves three sisters, Kathryn Sherman of Jacksonville, FL, Diane Sears of Portsmouth, and Sharon Welch and her husband Eugene of Middletown, and also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:00am in St. Columba Cemetery Chapel, Brown’s Lane, Middletown.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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