100 cars join in memorial parade for Corey Sanville

By JOHN HOWELL
Posted 9/3/20

From those who knew him, Corey M. Sanville, 22, would have loved the parade Sunday in his memory. More than 100 cars started gathering at Rocky Point about 11. Michele Ciociola and a group of volunteers who handed out balloons and colored markers for

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100 cars join in memorial parade for Corey Sanville

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From those who knew him, Corey M. Sanville, 22, would have loved the parade Sunday in his memory.

More than 100 cars started gathering at Rocky Point about 11. Michele Ciociola and a group of volunteers who handed out balloons and colored markers for people to decorate their vehicles were ready for a crowd. By noon, the line of cars snaked around the parking lot and then with honks beeping and engines revving set off on a course that looped through Warwick and ended up at Iggy’s in Oakland Beach.

“He just made everyone feel good,” Michele said of Corey. Michelle’s daughter, Drew St. Dennis, worked with Corey at Iggy’s in Oakland Beach. “He was one of her best friends.”

Corey who was driving a moped with a group of friends on Block Island when he lost his life in a head on collision with an SUV on Aug. 15. The passenger on the moped, Selina Figeroa, who sustained severe injuries, has been discharged from the hospital and was able to greet the parade when it arrive at Iggy’s, Michelle said.

“Who could imagine losing their child,” Michele said of the accident. She said she felt compelled to do something to recognize Corey and the joy he brought to others; bring some closure to those who were close to him and to help the family with expenses. She said more than $3,000 was raised from those participating in the parade. In addition, she said Iggy’s kicked in $5,000 that represented a percentage of all Sunday sales for the cause.

“He was sassy, a clown and full of dry humor,” said Sofia Barry, another of Corey’s co-workers at Iggy’s.

Corey was a lifelong Warwick resident. He graduated from Pilgrim and attended CCRI. He recently moved to Cranston with his mother, Allison J. (Burns) Sanville, said Michelle.

Michelle said donations to the cause are welcome and that parade T-shirts are still available. She urged those seeking additional information and wanting to help to visit the Corey Sanville memorial Facebook page.

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