Joel Z. Prohofsky

Prohofsky, Joel Zvi, 50, died Saturday, March 18, 2023 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Shana (Woodman) Prohofsky for 22 years. Born in Lafayette, IN, a son of Susan (Shapiro) Prohofsky of Sarasota, FL and the late Earl Prohofsky, he had lived in Barrington for 5 years, previously living in Naples, Italy. Joel was a civilian attorney for the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Providence.

Devoted father of Eli and Leo Prohofsky. Dear brother of Allen Prohofsky and his wife, Judy, of Carmichael, CA, David Prohofsky and his wife, Catherine, of St. Johns, FL, and Rebecca Lerner and her husband, Enrique, of Chesterfield, MO. Cherished uncle of 11 nieces and nephews.

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Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone, Blvd. Providence. Shiva will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 7312, Warwick, RI 02886 or P.O Box 1640, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or by visiting


  1. Brent Dexter
    Mar 20, 2023

    My deepest condolences to all of Joel’s family and loved ones. Joel was a dear friend to many of us from his West Lafayette school days. He was kind, funny, smart, and loving. It was a tremendous privilege to have him in our lives.

  2. Marcia Disbrow
    Mar 21, 2023

    Zikhrono livrakha. Joel was a great person and will be very much missed.

  3. Erin Gauch
    Mar 21, 2023

    My deepest sympathy to Joel’s family and friends. I count myself fortunate to have worked with him. He was a trusted and knowledgable advisor with an excellent sense of humor and a calm and steady approach in often difficult situations. It was privilege to know him.

  4. Patrick Mayette
    Mar 21, 2023

    My heart pours out for Joel’s family in this most difficult of time. Joel was a real gem of a person, with a kind word, a smile, and helping hand. Ever since I worked with Joel in our private practice years and then throughout our careers with the Navy OGC, Joel has always held a special place in my heart. Shana, Eli, and Leo, you will remain in my prayers for God’s graces and peace upon each you. Joel was a righteous and good spirited man, filled with love for his family and friends, and now is with God. May Joel rest in peace.

  5. Ellen W. Gourse
    Mar 21, 2023

    Shana and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. May your memories help during this difficult time.

    Ellen Gourse

  6. Dan Nichols
    Mar 21, 2023

    My condolences for Joel’s family. I haven’t spoken to him or known him for many years, but I have very fond memories of our friendship in elementary school. He was a kind, funny kid and he was my friend. He will be missed. All the best.

  7. Kathy Williams
    Mar 22, 2023

    I worked with Joel many times during the last few years of my civilian career with the Navy. He was an incredibly kind, knowledgeable, hard working and talented attorney with a great sense of humor, and it was an honor to work with him. My sincere condolences to Joel’s family during this difficult time.

  8. Gary Chimes
    Mar 22, 2023

    Joel was one of my college roommates and closest friends from college. I am heartbroken to lose him, but feel blessed to have had him in my life. My thoughts are with Shana, Eli, and Leo, and may his memory be a blessing.

  9. Christopher Matteson
    Feb 14, 2024

    My condolences to all of Joel’s loved ones, and I am very sorry to
    hear of his passing. I remember Joel well from our time in law school as a kind person, always ready with a smile. May his memory be a blessing.

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