Leader Pearson’s statement on the passing of Willa McKee



CUMBERLAND, RI – Today, Senate Majority Leader Ryan Pearson extends his heartfelt condolences to Governor Dan McKee and his family on the passing of his beloved mother, Willa McKee.


“Willa McKee’s wit, charm, and unwavering support were not only instrumental in Governor McKee’s successful campaign but also endeared her to the people of Rhode Island. Her memorable appearances in Governor McKee’s TV ads brought smiles and warmth to many, showcasing her unique sense of humor and vibrant personality.


Willa’s legacy extends far beyond her memorable campaign moments; she was a cherished mother, a loving family member, and a proud resident of Cumberland. Her contributions to her family and community will be remembered and celebrated.


On behalf of the Rhode Island Senate and my family, I offer my deepest sympathies to Governor McKee and his family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate this profound loss.”




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