David Engle


Engle, David, 71, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 in Providence. He was the loving husband of Ronnie Golden Engle, devoted father of Henri-Martin Engle and dear brother of Carol Stupell and the late Ellen Connor.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Melvin and Mary (Kantorowitz) Engle.  Upon his graduation from the University of Rhode Island, David joined the family business, Engle Tire Company in Providence until retiring in 2005.  He was a member of Touro Fraternal Association.  David was an avid sportsman and spectator.

Funeral services will be held MONDAY, October 18th at 1:00 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at the home of Barry and Ellen Golden on Monday from 6-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, www.trfinc.org.


  1. Steve and Joan Levitt
    Oct 16, 2021

    My heart is broken. My oldest and dearest friend of 65 years is gone. He loved his family and had a heart of gold. We lost a great one. Rest In Peace my friend

  2. Eileen Hogan
    Oct 16, 2021

    Deepest sympathies to Ronnie and family. May all your happy memories be a source of comfort to you now and in the future

  3. Mark Freedman
    Oct 17, 2021

    Deepest sympathies, Ronnie, to you and your family. David was quite the individual, there for his family and close Mel, Mary, Sister (Ellen) and Cookie (Carol).
    I knew David from the old Warrington Street days, back to 1954. From street hockey, to schoolyard football, baseball, basketball, tennis and even some soccer, we played most of it in the Sackett Street schoolyard. May his memory bring you and your family blessings and peace.

  4. Theodore Loebenberg
    Oct 17, 2021

    Carol, Ronnie and Henri Martin. This was shared with me at a time of loss and I share it forward. Namaste
    Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way, which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is an absolute unbroken continuity. What is Death but a negligent accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well .
    Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford

  5. Robin J. Poudrier
    Oct 17, 2021

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Oct 17, 2021

    Rest in Peace Dave, it was a pleasure knowing you. You were always a straight shooter with everyone. You loved to talk stocks
    and sports and all your good friends will miss a great guy.


  7. Ellen & Ronald Reuter
    Oct 17, 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Engel family.

    Ellen & Ronald Reuter

  8. Maureen Greene
    Oct 17, 2021

    My deepest condolences to the Engle family. I grew up with David in the 50’s and 60’s and we attended school together. Although I haven’t seen him in decades, I still remember his great sense of humor and kindness to others. RIP, David.

  9. Judy and Sandy Resnick
    Oct 17, 2021

    We are so very sorry for your loss

  10. Debra Viticonte
    Oct 17, 2021

    Reading of the passing of David has brought back so many memories. He was a kind and helpful person. My thoughts
    are with you and the family.


  11. Barbara Rosenbaum
    Oct 17, 2021

    Ronnie, so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  12. Sally Rotenberg
    Oct 18, 2021

    Each time we pass the bench under the Towers in Narragansett we will think of David sitting there, chatting with passersby and just being content in the world. What a lovely man, husband, and father he was. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you all.- Sally, Fred and the Rotenberg boys

  13. Danielle Menard
    Oct 18, 2021

    May his memory be a blessing

  14. Karen Liffmann
    Oct 18, 2021

    Deepest condolences Ronnie, Henri, Carol and Family,
    I think of David with his great big smile
    and love of family, love of the beach and love of horse racing.
    The perfect trifecta for this gentle man.

    Rest In Peace

  15. Harvey Rappoport
    Oct 18, 2021

    Our condolences to the entire Engle family.

    Harvey & Lorraine Rappoport

  16. David Gesualdi
    Oct 18, 2021

    So sorry for your families loss. Many times I’d see David at the tire store when we used them for our business. Much too young to leave everyone. God Bless.

  17. Barbara M Goldberg
    Oct 18, 2021

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I attended Sackett Street School and Temple Beth Israel with David.

  18. Suzanne Barash
    Oct 18, 2021

    RIP Cousin David. I was heartbroken to hear of your passing
    we had some fun times in Florida with you and your dad, my first cousin Melvin. Condolences to Ronnie and Henri.
    You were his world. He was so proud of both of you. Thinking of you both in this very sad time

  19. Mike Elmasian
    Oct 20, 2021

    Sincere condolences to the Engle family. Met David around 15 years ago thru mutual friends. Dave had friends here, there and everywhere, no question about that. Will truly miss the trips to Sonias, the butcher shop, Sam’s, the Red Wing Diner, Lou Umberto’s and the Old Canteen, to name just a few. Dave wintered in Florida, summered in Rhode Island. He enjoyed life on a daily basis immensely. Dave loved his trips to New York and Maine with his wife and when she came down to Florida for a 3 or 4 day vacation. Dave was very proud of Henri, loved him dearly. In closing, Plainridge will never be the same, Dave was the Chairman of the Board, everyone stopped by his desk area to chat. Dave taught me a lot in life, only wish he was still here to teach me more. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

  20. Jeff Van Dreason
    Oct 20, 2021

    I was fortunate enough to have met David multiple times while hanging out with Henri and it was so clear how much he loved and cared for his son and family. He was a warm, funny, friendly man and even though I knew him for a short period of time, I feel his loss tremendously. I’m sure this feeling is even more difficult for those who knew him better. May his memory be a blessing and please reach out if you need support in this difficult time.

  21. Harvey and Marilyn Spencer
    Oct 20, 2021

    Dear Ronnie, Henri-Martin, Cookie and Family,

    Sending all our love, and heartfelt sympathy to All of You.

    David was so very, very special,, and so very, very special to us.
    We will always keep him close, and he will be in our hearts forever.

    Love from All The Spencer’s XOXO

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