Newport Police Department issued the following press release on Wednesday afternoon regarding a house fire that took place on Dudley Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, September 1st, 2019 at approximately 4:32 pm, Newport Police Officers were dispatched to 47 Dudley Avenue, a single family home, for a report of a working fire. Newport Fire Department Crews arrived on scene shortly thereafter and made entry into the home.

Upon discovering a male person inside the home, Newport Police says that NFD crews evacuated him from inside the home and transported him to Newport Hospital for treatment. He was subsequently transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he subsequently passed away overnight. The deceased is identified as Stephen J. Croughan, 68 of 47 Dudley Avenue, Newport, RI.

The Aquidneck Club, formerly Carnegie Abbey Club, reportedly announced Steve’s passing with the following message to members this week;

“Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a long time staff member, Mr. Steve Croughan, from his injuries sustained in a house fire this past Sunday. Steve had worked at bagdrop for over 10 years after retiring from a 30 year career as a Middletown High School Physical Education teacher. He and our Steve Healy shared a retirement celebration together in 2002 and then embarked on a second career as a mentor to high school and college track and field athletes. Steve worked at The Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals for over 15 years including this summer and has been a college and high school track official since his retirement. Steve was inducted into the RI Track Hall of fame and was a recipient of Newport’s prestigious Men Who make A Difference Award. Steve loved Hawaii where he visited more than twenty times and was a huge animal lover, especially dogs. Steve is survived by a brother William and two sisters, Susan and Ann. Arrangements are being made and will be announced shortly”.

According to Newport Police, this fire is currently under investigation by the Rhode State Fire Marshall’s Office in conjunction with the Newport Fire Department Fire Marshall’s Office. 

What’sUpNewp will share arrangements and more information as we receive them.

Update Obituary for Stephen James Paul Croughan


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