Edward B. Corbett III;
expert plasterer, loved family outings
Edward B. Corbett III, 31, went to Earth Day in Boston every year, and he
always made a point of giving homeless people a dollar and a few cigarettes,
his family remembers.
"He was compassionate," says
his stepfather, Mike Eaton. "People on the street you would shun or ignore,
Eddie would go right up to them and talk to them."
A perfectionist at work, Eddie
disliked "hackers," says his brother, Shawn P. Corbett of East Greenwich, who
worked alongside his elder brother for 11 years. The brothers were
self-employed plasterers for Classic Interiors of Narragansett.
Together, they had plastered
several mansions in Newport and were perfectionists about their work.
"Ed hated people who didn't do
things professionally, who didn't care," Shawn says, "Because he cared."
Eddie, who lived on Bank Street
in West Warwick, was the eldest of a tight-knit family of full and half
siblings who all call each other brothers and sisters. They were reunited in
the late 1980s, when Eddie moved from Florida.
He reveled in socializing and
having a good time, and took over the grill when the family threw its annual
Fourth of July cookout.
"He felt unification," says his
brother Daniel B. Casey of East Greenwich. "He just finally felt like this was
home, just all one big family, when all of us came together."
Eddie loved to surf, skateboard
and hang out at Narragansett Beach, both for the waves and the cute women.
He was opinionated -- never shy
-- and always wore a baseball cap, even to his brother's wedding.
Eddie also dressed in layers --
sometimes wearing three T-shirts he'd take off gradually -- one shirt for
work, one for dinner, one for going out.
The extra clothing padded his
5-feet, 8-inch frame.
"He just had everything on him
-- ready to go," says his sister Ruth M. Corbett of East Greenwich. "In every
season. That was just him."
When they found him at The
Station, Ed was wearing two pairs of shorts, two pairs of socks and two fleece
Eddie was a collector who
hoarded the front pages of newspapers after a big event, coasters from bars,
and odd bits and pieces from rummage sales. Once, he found an old roll-top
desk and delivered it as a surprise to his brother's house.
He loved Moet champagne and was
the first one to buy friends a drink. He doted on his nieces and nephews,
taking them canoeing on the Narrow River near his parents' house in
Narragansett or buying them treats when the ice cream truck arrived.
Eddie wouldn't just buy for his
relatives -- he would buy for all the children who raced up to the truck.
"He remembered what it was like
to not get an ice cream," Ruth said.
Eddie's funeral will be held
Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of East Greenwich, Peirce and
Montrose Streets. Burial will be in Perryville Cemetery, Perryville.
Born in Limestone, Maine, he
was a son of Sharon L. (Stedman) Eaton and stepson of Thomas "Mike" Eaton.
He attended Interlauchen High
School in Florida before moving back to Rhode Island in the late 1980s.
Besides his parents and
aforementioned siblings, he leaves three other sisters: Michele L. Casey and
Rebecca Corbett, both of East Greenwich, and Sarah J. Corbett of Coventry; and
his paternal grandmother, Beatrice (Gaus) Corbett of Hopkinton.
-- Journal staff writer
Jennifer D. Jordan
Source - Providence Journal