DORIS H. FRANEY December 27, 2014
Doris H. Franey, age 101, formerly of Barrington, Rhode Island, died Saturday, December 27 at the home of her daughter in Rehoboth, MA. Born in Providence, RI on May 5, 1913, she was the wife of the late Thomas J. Franey Jr., and daughter of the late Robert and Jennie (McNally) Harding. She was a Barrington resident for 60 years. Doris was a graduate of Hope High School and Edgewood Secretarial School. She worked for 16 years as secretary to the principal of Barrington Jr. High School retiring 40 years ago. Some of her happiest times were the ones spent with her family and with her husband on their boat "Night Wind." She leaves her daughter Joyce Coleman and her husband Hank of Rehoboth, her son Thomas J. Franey III and Maryellen Floyd of East Falmouth, her grandson Jeffrey Deutsch and his wife Tiffany, granddaughter Elizabeth Deutsch; and great grandchildren, Justice, Hunter, Taylor, Elsa, Anya, Cameron, Spencer and Haley. She also leaves her golden retrievers, Tucker and Tully. Donations in her memory may be made to the Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, Box 156, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
PAUL E. DeMOURA December 23, 2014
Paul E. DeMoura, beloved husband of Donna (Adams) DeMoura, died at his North Dighton home on December 23, 2014. He was 67. Born in New Britain, CT, he was the son of the late Alfred and Shirley (Leroux) DeMoura. Paul was the former Highway Superintendent of the Town of Dighton, having worked for the town from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. There was no one more dedicated to his job than Paul, always there when a call came in. Serving as a reserve police officer when Chief Spratt was in charge, he especially enjoyed his shifts at the Rehoboth Fair. Paul was a mechanical wizard, and proved it by building race cars in the late 60’s and 70’s. He built custom cruising autos, naming them as he built them. “Half Breed” was the first cruiser, a 1954 Chevy with a Ford engine, then his ‘64 Galaxy, “Blue Heaven”, a ‘49 Chevy pickup, and his last, a ‘38 Plymouth. A member of Bay State Street Machines, Paul enjoyed cruising all over New England, making for some of the best times for him and his wife. He continued his love of autos with his sons, helping both Derek and Chris with the building of race cars, with Chris getting his fair shares of wins, and almost as good at repairing cars, thanks to his guidance of his dad. If anyone had a question about building a race car, they would ask Paul. Paul also helped build many of the Christmas displays at the Dighton Town Hall, including the snowman and the train that Santa arrives in during the parade. He was a great dad involved in raising his four sons, coaching little league, Junior Bowlers; and bike and car racing. He was always there for them. In addition to his wife of forty three years, Paul leaves four sons, Paul A. DeMoura and his companion Julie Andrews of Wareham, Dwayne DeMoura and his fiancé Sandy of Lowell, Derek DeMoura and his companion Danielle Ancillo, and Christopher DeMoura and his wife Danielle, all of North Dighton; a sister, Barbara Morey and her husband Joseph of Taunton; six grandchildren, Samantha Woods, Jacob, Drew, and Darby, Brynn and Joshua DeMoura. He is also survived by Jerry Williams of Plymouth, CT.
DONALD ‘DON’ B. PERRY reported December 19, 2014
Donald ‘Don’ B. Perry, age 88, formerly of Alcott Drive in Northborough died at Beaumont of Westborough after a period of declining health. He leaves his devoted companion of 30 years, Margaret Spano of Westborough; his loving children, Donna Evans of Rehoboth; Dianne Christie of Attleboro; Robert Perry of VT; Richard Perry of Marlboro; Roger Perry of Ayer; Raymond Perry of Bedford; four granddaughters; two grandsons; 2 deceased siblings, John Perry and Mildred LaCombe. He was born in Allston, December 4, 1926, son of the late John and Ethel Perry. Don moved to Southborough in 1932 and graduated from Peters High in 1944. He proudly served his country in the South Pacific during World War II and attained the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Don was a member of the American Legion in Hudson and Northborough. Mr. Perry worked as a maintenance plumber for 25 years at Data General and previously for other plumbing contractors in the Framingham/Marlborough area for many years. Former employers included: LaPointe Machine Tool Co. of Hudson, The Asbestos Weaving Co. in Gleasondale, RMP in Northborough and Busy Bee Transportation in Ashland. Don was involved in The Boy Scouts of America for many years with Troop 1 at St. Mary's Church in Marlborough and also a member of the Redmen Association, Southbridge. He was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Church.
BRIAN P. BENJAMIN December 12, 2014
Brian P. Benjamin, age 56 formerly of Taunton, MA, died at his Bedford home on Dec. 12, 2014 at the age of 56. Born in Taunton, he was the son of the late George and Frances (Stack) Benjamin. A 1976 graduate of Taunton High School, Brian enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1977 and served for the following three years. He was the general manager of Benjamin’s Restaurant in Taunton for over twenty-five years, and later worked at the VA Medical Center of Bedford as a chef. Brian loved animals, and in his spare time enjoyed playing golf. Survivors include a son, Eric P. Benjamin of Taunton; a daughter, Ashlee Benjamin of Marstons Mills; two brothers, Michael Benjamin and his wife Fatima and James Benjamin and his wife Debbie, all of Taunton; a sister, Patricia Benjamin Woods of Raynham; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5 Manley St., West Bridgewater, MA 02379.
ROSE M. MORISSETTE December 10, 2014
Rose M. Morissette, age 76 of Rocky Hill Road in Rehoboth, MA, passed passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of George O. Morissette. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Pelletier) Perrino. Mrs. Morissette was an Administrative Assistant for the State of R.I working in the Diversity and Equity Department for 8 years, previously working in the State House, Law Revision Department. Prior to that she was a Real Estate broker for the former Morisette Real Estate Company, formerly of Central Falls for 25 years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, embroidery and she also loved to entertain. Beside her husband she leaves her daughter Linda Julian of Rehoboth, MA; two grandchildren Victor Ross and Brittany DeMelo and her husband Eddie. She was the mother of the late Daniel Morissette. Donations may be made in her memory to the Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.
HELEN OLIVIER December 3, 2014
Helen Olivier, age 95 of Broadway in North Attleboro, MA, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at home. She was the wife of the late Maurice J. Olivier for 61 years until his death in 2005. Born May 9, 1919, in Central Falls, R.I., she was a daughter of the late Albert and Eva (Lanthier) Brule. Helen spent most of her life in Central Falls before moving to North Attleboro in 1993. She graduated from Central Falls High School and worked as an administrative assistant for the mayors of Central Falls for seven years. She was an active communicant at Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro and was active in Notre Dame Parish in Central Falls. She was also active for many years in the community prayer group "People of God's Love" in Rhode Island. She is survived by four children and their families: Suzanne Easton of Ashburn, Va., Louise and husband Robert Hall of Richmond, R.I., Raymond Olivier of Rehoboth, and Christine and husband James Schwarz of North Attleboro. Helen is also survived by her grand- and great-grandchildren: Sharon and her husband Jeff Dusza and their daughter Alexis, and Lynn and her husband Mark Reed and their children Thomas and Jamie and Daniel Tasca, Jonathan Olivier and Aimee Olivier. She was the sister of the late Edgar, Lilian and Maurice Brule and Eva Paquin. Donations may be made to Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro 02703.
OLIVE L. SANTOS December 3, 2014
Olive L. Santos, age 93 of Providence Street in Rehoboth, MA, died peacefully Wednesday morning at the Philip
Hulitar Hospice Center. Born April 29, 1921, in Rehoboth, MA, she was a daughter of the late Manuel Santos Sr. and Alexandria Mary (Medeiros) Santos. Olive leaves her brother, Robert Santos of Rehoboth, and 14 nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Mary M. Santos, Irene Reposa, Gloria Mello, Julia Santos, Manuel Santos Jr., Joseph Santos, Tony Santos and Frank Santos.
PATRICK W. GORMAN, SR. December 2, 2014
Patrick W. Gorman, Sr., of Sandcastle MHP passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health. He formerly resided at 7 Angell St. in Attleboro for many years. He was the husband of the late Blanche E (Kelley) Gorman, who passed away in 2007, and at the time of her death, they had been married for nearly 58 years. Born in Coalport, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late William J Gorman and Pearl (Reed) Gorman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the Gearing-class destroyer the USS Glennon DD 840 and the Buckley-class destroyer escort USS Wilke DE 800 as a fireman apprentice. After his honorable discharge from the military, he briefly settled in Detroit and worked for the Ford Motor Company. It was in Detroit where he met the love of his life, Blanche. After their marriage, they moved to Attleboro and remained there to raise a family. He served the City of Attleboro as a special police officer during the late 1950s and early 60s. He had a long career as a manufacturing supervisor at Metals & Controls and Texas Instruments for over 41 years, retiring in 1991. A devoted family man, while raising his young family in Attleboro, he frequently worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. Entering the Navy at only 17 years of age, he had left high school to serve his country. He later took classes to receive his GED, and then attended the University of Rhode Island and earned a Certificate in Management. After retirement, he and his wife Blanche enjoyed spending the cold months in Tampa, Florida at their winter home, and then spent the summers at their cottage in Wareham. He was the father of the late Patrick W Gorman Jr. of Attleboro and the brother of the late Joe Gorman and Mary Camarata, both of Pennsylvania. He is survived by his children George T. Gorman of Rehoboth, William D. Gorman and his wife Phyllis, and Elizabeth J. DeTore and her husband Dean, and a daughter-in-law, Maureen A. Gorman, all of Attleboro. Also, a brother, Thomas Gorman, and a sister, Ann Hamilton, both of Pennsylvania. Four grandchildren, Lisa C. Gorman, Kathryn P. DeTore, Mariah J. Gorman and Devin P. Gorman, all of Attleboro. He also leaves behind his feline companion "Fred." Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
ANGELA C. (NAGLE) ROBERTSON November 29, 2014
Angela C. (Nagle) Robertson, age 95 of Rehoboth, MA, formerly of Seekonk, passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River. She was the wife of the late J. Donald Robertson.Angela was born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Michael and Bridged (Maher) Nagle. She was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1937 and then earned her bachelor's degree in education from Bryant College in 1941. Angela began her teaching career as a business teacher at Joseph Case High School in Swansea. She then raised her family for several years, returning to teach at the North Elementary School in Seekonk for 20 years, retiring in 1982. She was a communicant at Our Lady Queen of Martyr Church in Seekonk. She was a Marion Medal recipient at the former Saint Mary's Church. Angela taught CCD, was an Eucharistic minister and was active with the senior saints club. Angela was an avid reader who cherished the time she spent with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren who knew her as Nana. Survivors are three daughters: Ann Michael and her husband Granville of Antigua, Karen Brum of Tiverton, R.I., and Sherry Ustas and her husband Thomas of Rehoboth; four sons: Donald Robertson and his wife Jean of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Harold Robertson and his wife Nancy of Westport, Barry Robertson and his wife Betsy of Sunland, Calif., and John Robertson and his wife Carla of New Wilmington, Pa; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. She was the Nana to the late Michaela Ustas and sister of the late Clare J., Robert J., Harold C. and Hillard M. Nagle. Donations in her memory can be made to Catholic Memorial Home c/o the Activities Fund, 2446 Highland Avenue, Fall River, MA 02720.
EILEEN M. ADAMS November 23, 2014
Eileen M. Adams, 70 years old, passed peacefully on November 23, 2014 at her home in Rehoboth, MA after a long battle with ovarian cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. Eileen was the daughter of the late Bertha Scully of Taunton, formerly of NJ and Robert Scully. She is survived by her husband George “Herby” Adams of Rehoboth, a daughter Terri Kelly King and her husband Patrick King of Tiverton, RI, a son John F. Kelly, III of East Providence, RI, two step children George Adams II and Michelle Dorrance both of Warwick, RI. She is the sister of Roberta Hass and her husband Roger of Michigan and the late Robert Scully. Eileen was the proud grandmother of 14 and 4 great grandchildren. She was a master quilter and was very involved with her church, St Thomas Episcopal in Taunton. Donations in her memory may be made to St Thomas Episcopal Church, PO Box 149, Taunton, MA 02780.
JEFFREY MICHAEL BENOIT November 22, 2014
Jeffrey Michael Benoit, age 31 of North Dighton, MA passed away on November 22, 2014 in a traffic accident.
Born on August 2, 1983 in Taunton, MA, he was the son of the late Joseph Benoit and Susan (Simmons) Benoit of North Dighton. In addition to his mother, Jeff also leaves behind siblings Joseph and his wife Laura of Albuquerque, NM; Jeremy and his wife Erin of Austin, TX; Kathy and her husband David of Somerset, MA; and Jonathan of North Dighton, MA. Jeff also leaves his loving nieces Emily, Morgan, and Lillian; and nephews Ethan, Cameron, Dillon, and Avery, as well as his “dog niece” Molly and many devoted friends. Jeff graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth High School in 2002. He worked in construction. He enjoyed being with his family and friends. He was always ready to drop whatever he was doing to help anyone if they needed anything. His eyes, smile, and laugh made people gravitate toward him. He will truly be missed by many.D onations may be made to gofundme.com/jeffbenoit to help pay for funeral expenses.
TIMOTHY MICHAEL BRONSDON November 21, 2014
Timothy Michael Bronsdon, age 36 of Tremont Street in Rehoboth, MA, passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Born in Attleboro on May 16, 1978, he was a son of Kenneth Michael and Donna Marie (Lauze) Bronsdon of Rehoboth. He was a resident of Rehoboth for the past 25 years, previously having resided in North Attleboro. He was a 1997 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. Mr. Bronsdon was employed as a truck driver for various companies, including Fleet Couriers, Inc. of Chelmsford for the past two months. He was a devoted sports fan and will be remembered for his love of music. Times spent with family and friends creating lifelong memories to cherish were most important to him. He was the proud uncle of Ayden M. Bronsdon and Caleb A. Bronsdon, both of Rehoboth, and whom he loved and adored. In addition to his parents and nephews, he leaves a brother, David Richard Bronsdon and his wife Charlene M. (Wallace) Bronsdon of Rehoboth; a sister, Sarah Lynn Bronsdon and her fiance, Christopher Janson, of Attleboro; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy (Abberton) Bronsdon of Attleboro; his companion of four years, April Dullea of Plainville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and dear friends. He was the paternal grandson of the late Richard J. Bronsdon and was the maternal grandson of the late Marcel Rene and Doris L. (Arsenault) Lauze.
Donations may be made in Tim's memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
EVELYN A. RICE November 21, 2014
Evelyn A. “Evie” Rice was called home to our Lord on Friday, November 21, 2014. She was the daughter of the late John J. and Catherine (Casey) Rice and is survived by her beloved sister Mary C. Perry of Taunton. Evie loved and was loved by her two nieces, Martha (Rice) Furtado and her husband Dennis of Taunton, Anne (Perry) Bison and her husband Robert of Fall River, as well as by her two nephews James G. Perry of Yonkers, NY and Michael E. Rice and his wife Diana of Berkley. She leaves her sister-in-law Wilma Rice of Taunton. She was the sister of the late Edward M. Rice, John “Jack” Rice and the late sister-in-law of Gilbert Perry. She took great joy in her grand nieces and nephews. Evie was also the lifelong friend of Madeline Brady and Frances Guay. Evelyn was a graduate of St Mary’s grammar and High School in Taunton. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and masters in English from Boston College and was a member of Delta Gamma Kappa. Her entire teaching career of thirty four years was at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. She was the first recipient of the prestigious Mustard Seed Award Foundation Award for outstanding teaching. Evelyn loved her career, students- an inspiration to so many. At D-R Evelyn served as chair person of the Respect for Fellow Man Committee. She also advocated feverishly for Right to Life. In addition she loved her volunteer driving for American Cancer Society. She was a frequent visitor to the MFA in Boston to Broadway shows and the cinema. Her favorite activity was traveling. Evelyn was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Taunton. Donations in Evelyn’s memory may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 141 Washington Street, Taunton, MA, 02780 or Stonehill College Advancement Office, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA, 02357.
PETER J. WASYLOW November 19, 2014
Peter J. Wasylow, 76 years old of died in his home on November 19, 2014, after a long battle with cancer, with his family by his side. Born in Brockton son of the late Matthew and Gerogia (Saunders) Wasylow. Pete was a retired Massachusetts State Police Trooper. He was the past president of Eastern Little League, co-founder Taunton Jr. Basketball League, coached St. Mary’s Basketball in CYO, coached East Taunton Jets, Jr. football, coached Taunton Babe Ruth baseball teams. Pete was a member of the Taunton Zoning Board. He was a past member of the Taunton School Committee, past member of the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Tech School Committee, member of the Polish-American Citizens Club. He was the C. E. O. of the Androscoggin Lake Campground in Maine. He enjoyed his many German Shepherd dogs. Pete was a master of many trades throughout his life. Pete is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elaine (Czekanski) Wasylow and his sons Steven Wasylow of Taunton, Michael Wasylow and his wife Karen of Norton, Kyle Wasylow and his wife Sara of Raynham and Peter Wasylow and his wife Andrea of Rehoboth. He is the loving grandfather of Jared, Kayla, Heath, Ragan, Jessica, Brendan, Rebecca, Kyle, Ella and Ava. He is the great grandfather of Adrian, Ariana, Axel. Peter is the brother of Matthew Wasylow and his wife Paula and Shirley Cote and also the brother of the late Paul Wasylow and Sally Ferreira. He is also the uncle of several. Donations in Pete’s memory may be made to Dane Farber Cancer Institute,( Leukemia) 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115. Arrangements by the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, Taunton, MA.
SONJA E. (LARSSON) BURY November 18, 2014
Sonja E. (Larsson) Bury, 82, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Albert E. Bury Jr. Born in East Providence, she was the daughter of the late Ivar and Emily (Rushlow) Larsson. Sonja was the proprietor of the former S&K Ceramics, Rehoboth, a member of the Red Hat Society and the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Center. She was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and she also enjoyed painting and quilting. Above all, Sonja enjoyed caring for animals and spending time with friends and family. She leaves four children: Karen E. Ahern and her husband Daniel and Carol A. McIntyre and her husband John, all of Rehoboth; Albert E. Bury, III and his wife Dolores and Sonja L. Vaillancourt and her husband George, all of Attleboro; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late George Larsson.
ELSIE BROWN November 18, 2014
Elsie Brown, 96 years old, died Tuesday morning, November 18, 2014, in her home. Born in North Dighton daughter of the late William and Jessie (Lathrop) Brown. She was educated in Dighton grammar schools and was graduate of Taunton High School. She attended the Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Women’s Society at the church. Elise was a retired secretary at Raytheon. She was a fervent Red Sox and Patriots fan and an avid reader. She is survived by her nieces Barbara R. Brown and Jeanne M. Brown and her son Griffin Lloyd Brown all of North Dighton and a nephew Robert D. Brown of Milton and his spouce, William Stroud. She is sister in law of Hilda Brown of North Dighton and she was the sister of the late Ruth Irene Brown and Lloyd “Barney” Brown. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
ERNEST KV ROBBIO, JR. November 17, 2014
Ernest KV Robbio, Jr., age 43 of Franklin, Massachusetts died at his home Monday, November 17, 2014. He was the former husband of Anne Ouellette of Rehoboth. Born August 14, 1971, in Attleboro, a son of Ernest KV Robbio Sr. and his wife Diane M. (Costantino) Robbio of Sebastian, Fla. and the late Dale M. (Perron) Robbio, he was a former longtime resident of Attleboro before moving to Franklin last year. He was educated in Mansfield and was a graduate of Attleboro High School, Class of 1992. For the past eight years, he was working in the recreation department for the City of Attleboro. A well-known drummer in the area, he was part of the group "Sylence" which opened for well-known rock bands in the 1990s. He was also a devoted father, son, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and animals. He is survived by his children, Ernest KV "Trey" Robbio III of Rehoboth and Johnny B. Good of Rehoboth; a brother, Nicholas Brisson of Blackstone; a sister, Crystal M. Robbio of Rehoboth; two nephews, Alex and Landon Brisson; a niece, Sabrina C. George, and many friends.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038.
JOSEPH A. COELHO November 17, 2014
Joseph A. Coelho, husband of the late Jean (Brady) Coelho, died at Rhode Island Hospital on November 17, 2014. He was 90 years old. Born in Taunton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Susan (Torres) Coelho. A lifelong area resident, Joe was a 1942 graduate of Dighton High School and an Army Veteran of WW II. A retired superintendent, he was employed by the former Dighton Industries for many years until 1999. He was communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church and a member of the DAV Chapter 57. A staunch Republican, Joe enjoyed politics and political discussion, gardening, yard work, flowers, and occasionally fishing. He leaves four sons, James, Jon and Jerome Coelho, all of North Dighton, and Joseph Coelho of Titusville, FL; a daughter, Jean Lahousse of North Dighton; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; an aunt; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Joan Coelho and the brother of the late Helen Rose.
ANTOINETTE (PIMENTEL) REPOSA November 17, 2014
Antoinette (Pimentel) Reposa, age 89 of Pine Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully Monday morning, November 17, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Manuel A. Reposa. Born June 9, 1925, in Sao Miguel, Azores, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Duarte) Pimentel. She had worked as a baker at Beckwith School, and in quality control at Catomore Jewelry and Barlow Design. She was also a member of the Rehoboth Senior Center. She leaves her three sons - Manuel Reposa Jr. and his wife Kathryn of Rehoboth, Joseph M. Reposa and his wife Kimberly also of Rehoboth, and David M. Reposa and his wife Diane of Freetown. She leaves three grandchildren, Sharon, Stacy and Michael; 3 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, and Mikayla; her brother, Daniel R. Pimentel of Seekonk; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Mary Berger. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 No. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.
CHRISTINE MARIE CULHANE November 14, 2014
Christine Marie Culhane, age 64 of Attleboro, MA passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of Harold Culhane of Attleboro for 47 years.
Born October 9, 1950 in Upland, Pa., she was the daughter of Francis and Alice Smith. She had two brothers, Walter and Frank, who are deceased and one brother, Joe, who resides in Pennsylvania. Christine worked as a nurse's aide for many years in several nursing homes in the Attleboro area. She was committed to helping the people who were in need. The majority of her free time was spent nurturing her family members. In addition to her husband, Christine is survived by her three sons: Harry and his wife Jennifer of Pawtucket, David and his partner Jennifer Fontaine of Attleboro, and Charlie and his wife Talyn of Attleboro. Christine was also blessed with seven grandchildren who were the light in her eyes: Amber Marie and Cheyenne Rose of Pawtucket, David Jr., Austin, Charlie, Tavian, and Mashayla Ruth of Attleboro.
JENNA LEE ST LAURENT November 13, 2014
Jenna Lee St Laurent, 30 years old, died in Mass General Hospital, Boston, on November 13, 2014 following a courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis. She was born in Taunton, daughter of Karie (Mederios) St Laurent of Taunton and Mark St Laurent of Taunton. Jenna was a 2002 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. She was employed as a cargo management coordinator for CMA-CGM America. Jenna loved to crochet, giving away most of her work. She was well known for doing the nails of her girl friends especially on their wedding days. Besides her parents, she is survived by her brothers Ian St Laurent and Joshua St Laurent both of Taunton. She is the granddaughter of Ronald and Audrey (Perry) Medeiros of Taunton and the late Joseph and Mary (Larkin) St Laurent. Jenna was loving and caring person who will be missed by many. “Love ya, See ya, Bye” Donations in her memory may be made to The Joey Fund, 220 North Main Street, Natick, MA 01760. (Helps families with Cystic Fibrosis)
KEITH R. KNORR November 12, 2014
Keith R. Knorr died November 12, 2014 two days before his 57th birthday. He was the husband of Paula M. (McCracken) Knorr for over 34 years. Keith was born in Fall River, son of the late Walter and Mildred ( Whitmore) Knorr. He was educated in Dighton schools and was 1975 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. He was a Quality Control Inspector at Arbo Machine Company in Rockland for 15 years. He also worked part time at the Raynham Dog Track. He enjoyed golf and playing Horse Shoes. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter Amy Knorr of Taunton and a son William Knorr and his wife Jill Stoddard of San Diego, CA and two grandchildren Scarlett Knorr and William Knorr, Jr both of San Diego. He is the brother of Joanne Dunham, Irene Anderson, Luanne Cleague and Walter Knorr and his wife Gail. He is the brother in law of Nancy Ritchie and her husband Jay and Michael McCracken and his wife Sharon. Keith is the uncle of several. Donations in Keith’s memory may be made to The Association For Fontaltemporal Degeneration; theaftd.org
ROBERT B. McALICE November 11, 2014
Robert B. McAlice, age 91 of School Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home, North Attleboro. He was the loving husband of Jacqueline (Precourst) McAlice for 54 years until her death in 2003. Born November 30, 1924 in Rehoboth, he was a son of the late Joseph and Edith (Grant) McAlice. Bob graduated from Dighton High School and was a resident of Plainville for nearly 70 years. He received a bachelor of science degree in business from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., and worked as an HVAC technician for more than 40 years, retiring from Thomas Gallagher HVAC in Boston in 1987 after 20 years. He was a proud member of Local No. 537 Pipefitters Union in Boston for 45 years. Bob was a World War II veteran where he served the U.S. Army as a medic. He was a longtime communicant of St. Martha's Parish in Plainville and served as an assessor for the Town of Plainville for 42 years. He was a founder and past president of the Plainville Athletic League and was instrumental in the construction of the baseball fields on Everett Skinner Road. Bob was an avid camper and his fondest memories were of the times he spent camping with family and friends. He also loved attending all of his grandchildren's sporting events and other activities. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Brian McAlice and wife Elaine of Wrentham, Cynthia Rowles and husband Timothy of Plainville, Timothy McAlice and wife Mary of Jupiter, Fla., and Roberta McAlice-Kiernan and husband Peter of East Norwalk, Conn.; a sister, Elizabeth Johnson of Plainville; and eight grandchildren: Kaitlin Bellucci, Christopher, Andrew and Emily Rowles, Kyle, Cody, Sarah and Matthew McAlice; one great-grandchild, Ava Grace Bellucci, and several nieces and nephews. He's also survived by his dear friend Mary Evelyn Pelletier of Franklin.
Donations may be made to the Activities Fund of Madonna Manor Nursing Home, 85 North Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.
MARY T. (REILLY) HANDRIGAN November 7, 2014
Mary T. (Reilly) Handrigan, age 91 of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward "Ted" L. Handrigan and the daughter of the late Philip J. and Mary (Callaghan) Reilly. Mary was a lifelong Pawtucket resident, until moving to her daughter's home in Rehoboth in 2006. She worked in the Advertising Department of both the Pawtucket Times and Sun Chronicle for many years until her retirement. Mary was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother; she also loved caring for her dogs, Raven and Reilly. Mary leaves five children: Edward P. Handrigan and his wife Denise of Oxford, Pa., Margaret M. Panosian and her late husband Peter of Pawtucket, James M. Handrigan and his wife Jennifer of Minneapolis, Minn., Thomas P. Handrigan of Kingston, R.I., and Elizabeth A. Martin and her husband Joseph of Rehoboth; and six grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Thomas Reilly. Memorial gifts to the RISPCA, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915 will be appreciated.
EDNA LOUISE (DOUGLAS) VICKEY November 4, 2014
Edna Louise (Douglas) Vickey, born July 6, 1934 in Danvers, Mass. to Grace Esther (Trask) and William Douglas passed away November 4, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother George Douglas of Brockton and her sister Diane (Douglas) Gusicoria, also of Brockton. Edna was formerly from the North Shore and Brockton but had lived in East Taunton for the past 53 years. She was educated in Danvers, Ipswich, and Brockton. Edna was a housewife and devoted mother most of her life but when her youngest children attended high school Edna joined the work force as a waitress at Tane’s and Friendly’s. She moved on to work as a cashier at Stop and Shop, where she retired in 2005. Edna was very active in PTA serving various offices of County Street School as well as Walker School. She enjoyed bowling and played with the women’s league at Raynham Bowl. She also liked to travel and had made many visits to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Bermuda. She was also an avid reader, liked to crochet and sew, and in the past few years received great pleasure from her small garden with its whimsical solar lights and many bird feeders. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, David Vickey, Sr. formerly of Stoughton and her 5 children: Denise Downey (Scott) Smith of Novato, California; Mary Lou Downey Prudhomme of East Taunton; Robin Vickey (Richard) Cardoza of Stoughton; David (Wendy) Vickey Jr. of Rehoboth; and Martin (Lisa) Vickey of East Taunton. She will be missed by her 10 grandchildren: Nikolai Smith of Granada Hills, California Erin Leigh, and Sarah Smith of Novato, California; Eric Cardoza of Foxboro and Michael Cardoza of Taunton; Elizabeth and Sara Vickey of Rehoboth; as well as Kirsten, Austin, and Allyson Vickey of East Taunton. Edna was very proud of her 8 great-grandchildren as well; Brooke Smith of Novato, California; Nicolas, Alyssa, Micah, Tyler, and Skylar Cardoza of Foxboro and Rylie Vickey of Rehoboth as well as Madeline Cardoza of Taunton. She will be greatly missed by her brothers Ron Douglas of Ft. Lauderdale., Florida, Fred Douglas of Brockton and her sister Barbara Wenson also of Brockton.
MARTIN JAMES VASLET November 1, 2014
Martin James Vaslet, age 66 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. He was the former husband of Brooks (DeMayo) Vaslet. Born in Attleboro, he was the son of the late Albert A. and Barbara (McManus) Vaslet. Mr. Vaslet was employed with Lawrence-Lynch Corp. as an equipment operator.
He was a member of Union Local 4 and Community Covenant Church of Attleboro. Mr. Vaslet was a loving and caring person who loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and loved animals. Loving father of Colby Vaslet of Rehoboth and Kenneth Cosby of Attleboro. Brother of: Brian Vaslet of Pawtucket, Gary Vaslet of Attleboro, Wayne Vaslet of Cumberland, Linda May of Maine, and Lisa Hesketh of Florida. Grandfather of Gueneviere Cosby. He was also the brother of the late Steven Vaslet. Memorial gifts in Martin's memory to: Community Covenant Church, 615 Tremont St., Rehoboth, MA 02769, would be deeply appreciated.
CAROLYN ‘CARRIE’ (LEACH) SALISBURY October 27, 2014
Carolyn ‘Carrie’ Salisbury, age 66 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died in Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro on Monday, October 27, 2014, after being stricken ill at her home. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late James and Thelma (Isherwood) Leach. She was educated in Dighton schools, graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, and received her bachelor's of arts degree from the Barrington Bible College. The wife of Kenton Salisbury, she was a resident of Rehoboth for the past 38 years. She was an elementary teacher for over 35 years at Palmer River Elementary School in Rehoboth where she retired in 2002. She was a member of the Community Covenant Church in Rehoboth and formerly attended the West Dighton Christian Church where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her retired teacher friends going for lunch, traveling, crocheting, going for car rides with her husband, and she loved a good sunset. She was a woman of faith who loved her grandchildren. She was active with the Girl Scouts years ago. Besides her husband, she is survived by her sons Glen and his wife Pamela of Rehoboth, and Greg, also of Rehoboth. Carrie is the loving Nana of Sophia, age 5 and Ethan, age 3. She is the sister of Sandra Sacco and her husband Ronald, and Ralph Leach and his wife Pamela, all of Dighton. Donations in memory of Carrie Salisbury may go Community Covenant Church toward building the new youth center.
CRISTIANO L. MEDEIROS October 21, 2014
Cristiano L. Medeiros, 69 of Wheeler Street, Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Rosalina (Tavares) Medeiros. He was born in Povocao, Sao Miguel, Azores a son of the late Jose Albino and Maria Jose (Linhares) Medeiros. Mr. Medeiros was a machine operator for the Scott Brass Company for many years before he retired. He was a longtime farmer and enjoyed tending to his animals. He was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church and Vice President of Lira Sao Francisco Xavier. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Rose M. Figueiredo of Seekonk, two sons, Joseph L. Medeiros of Rehoboth and Christiano A. Medeiros of Attleboro, eight grandchildren, Antonio, Rosalina, Isabel, Nicholas, Joseph, Samantha, Christiano and Lillian, two sisters, Catarina Paiva and Isabel Pereira and two brothers, Joao Medeiros and Jose Medeiros. His funeral was held on Saturday with burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
LILY (DYKE) HOLT October 20, 2014
Lily (Dyke) Holt, age 93 of North Dighton, Massachusetts, passed away Monday October 20, 2014. Born in Wigan, England, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Doris (Marsden) Dyke, who came to the United States 90 years ago. Lily was the beloved wife of the late Herbert Holt and is survived by their five children: Carole Teixeira of Boca Raton, FL, Geoffrey Holt of Rehoboth, MA, David Holt and Nancy Collins of North Dighton, MA and Thomas Holt of Boca Raton, FL. She had much joy from her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lily also leaves her brother, Harold Dyke, and brother-in-law, William Lester Holt, both of Taunton, MA. Lily’s passion in life was the love for her husband, devotion to her family, love of music and animals, especially dogs, and her Faith. She was a long-standing member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Taunton, MA. After graduating from Taunton High School, she worked as a secretary for the former Mt. Hope Finishing Company in North Dighton, was a member and organist for the former St. Paul’s Church in North Dighton, secretary for St. Thomas Episcopal Church, and jewelry inspector for Swanks, Inc. in Attleboro, MA. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Beacon Hospice, 182 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston MA 02215. Arrangements by the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave, Taunton MA.
MATTHEW P. DESSERT October 17, 2014
Matthew P. Dessert, age 37 of Pittsburgh, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was born in Taunton, the son of Wayne A. and Mary A. (Costa) Dessert of Rehoboth. Matthew was a dedicated manager for the Wendy's Corp. He traveled the country for Wendy's, assisting at other restaurants. Matt loved the outdoors, especially hiking and mountain biking. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his family, friends and co-workers. Survivors besides his parents are a sister, Jennifer L. Raposo and her husband Victor of Seekonk; a brother, Steven W. Dessert and his wife Stacey of Rehoboth; and seven nieces: Samantha, Stephanie, Thea, Amanda, Taylor, Gabriella and Kate. His maternal grandmother: Dorothy Costa of Vero Beach, Florida.; an aunt, Gloria Lynn and her husband John of Vero Beach, Florida.; two uncles: Roland Dessert of Bristol, R.I.; Kermeth Dessert and his wife Margaret of Westport; along with several cousins. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, 160 Seabury Street, Fall River, MA 02720.
EDWARD W. GODFREY, JR. October 17, 2014
Edward W. Godfrey, Jr. of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died Friday, October 17 in Marian Manor in Taunton, MA following a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Rosemarie (Jette) Godfrey. He was born 81 years ago in Attleboro, the son of the late Edward W. and Elsie (Sproul) Godfrey, Sr. He was educated in Attleboro and had been a Rehoboth resident since 1958. Prior to his retirement, Ed had been employed as a truck driver for Land Tek Maintenance of Rehoboth for 5 years. He was previously employed by Lin’s Propane of Rehoboth, and formerly owned and operated the Old Oak Polishing Co. of Rehoboth. He was also employed by the Monroe Dairy of East Providence, R.I. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, having served with the 545th Field Artillery Unit. Ed enjoyed camping and traveling to Vermont. In addition to his wife, he leaves: one daughter: Maureen E. Godfrey of Rehoboth; one son: Michael E. Godfrey and his wife, Cheryl of Lincoln, Ala.; four granddaughters: Cindy Gatlin, Jessica Stewart, Stacey E. Godfrey, and Michelle Dingler; ten great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, P.O. Box 156, Rehoboth, Ma., 02769, or to the Rehoboth Veterans Memorial, 148 Peck St., Rehoboth, Ma., 02769.
RONALD C. HOLDEN October 15, 2014
Ronald C. Holden, 49 of Rehoboth, son of John T. Holden Sr. and the late Barbara J. (Grudain) Holden, died October 15, 2014. He was the brother of John T. (Lori) Holden Jr. and Jennifer (Randy) Simoes. He also leaves a niece, a nephew, and a great-nephew. Ron was employed in the security field and had previously worked at Kents Restaurant in Swansea. He was a member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church, was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed antiques and time spent at the Cape.
WILBERT ‘WAYNE’ ROUTE October 10, 2014
Wilbert ‘Wayne’ Route, 76, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014. He was the devoted husband of Frances J. (Erwin) Route to whom he was married for 54 years. Born in Denver, CO, he was the son of the late Robert and Ruth (McSay) Harrison. Mr. Route graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Route was a former member of the Planning Board in Rehoboth and a co-owner of the Turtle Coffee Shop in Rehoboth and the Donut Hole in Seekonk. He was the loving father of Kenneth Route and his wife Melissa of Florida and Cindy Rose of Rehoboth and the cherished grandfather of Allison Trendell, Dylan Rose, Hollyann Route, Jared Route, and Heather Route.
ARTHUR ‘ART’ FONG October 8, 2014
Arthur ‘Art’ Fong, of Front Street, Cumberland, formerly of Plainville and North Attleboro, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at his residence following a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Jennie L. (Lowe) Fong to whom he was married for more than 67 years. Born in China on March 12, 1926, Mr. Fong immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 and settled in Providence, briefly, before moving to North Attleboro. He was a 1944 graduate of North Attleboro High School and later briefly attended Brown University in Providence. Mr. Fong served with the U.S. from his enlistment on June 30, 1944 until his honorable discharge on June 16, 1946, having achieved the rank of radioman third class. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal. A businessman with many ventures, Mr. Fong is most recognized as the founder, owner and operator of Art's Cleaners, Inc. in North Attleboro for more than 50 years. Mr. Fong moved to Cumberland last week after having resided in Plainville for four years and for many years, he had resided on Kelley Boulevard in North Attleboro. He and his family worshipped at Candleberry Chapel in Attleboro. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends as a gentle soul, always eager to share a story or laughter, willing to help others and a man with a very strong work ethic. Mr. Fong was a member of several professional dry cleaning associations, and as a veteran, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Newell-Blais Post No. 443 in North Attleboro, and was past commander of the organization. His favorite pastimes included playing tennis, which he enjoyed for decades, bowling, playing Mah Jongg and other card games, and fresh and saltwater fishing. In addition to his wife of more than 67 years, he leaves five children: Judith A. Fong of Seattle, Alison J. Fong and her husband Joshua Collins of Rehoboth, Barbara J. Fong and her husband James Powlan, of Maui, Hawaii, Michael A. Fong and his wife June (Yeh) Fong of Cumberland, and Jeffrey R. Fong of North Attleboro; four grandchildren: Christopher, Matthew, Dylan and Francesca Fong, all of Mansfield; two sisters: June Cho of Houston and Wah Gate Yim of Plainville, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and many dear friends. He was the brother of the late Daniel P. A. Fong, who died on Sept. 24, 2013, and the late Paul Fong, who died on Nov. 7, 2011.
PALMYRA APARICIO October 8, 2014
Palmyra Aparicio, age 85 of Broad Street in Rehoboth, MA, died peacefully at home, Wednesday October 8, 2014. She was the beloved wife of John Aparicio. Born in Providence, June 3, 1929, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia (Martin) Silva. In addition to her husband of 65 years, she leaves her loving children, Karen Cabral and her late husband John of Rehoboth, Doreen Robillard and her husband Leo of Seekonk, John "Jack" Aparicio and his wife Winnie of Seekonk, Rick Aparicio and his wife Missy of Providence and Robert Aparicio and his wife Judy of Taunton; her adoring grandchildren, Crystal, J.J., Jesse, Julia, Christa, and Olivia; and her favorite great granddaughter, Brittany. She was the sister of Leonora "Lenny" Rezendes of Rumford, and of the late John Silva, Anthony Silva, Edward Silva, Evangeline Eddy, Mary Riggins, Raymond Silva and Richard Silva. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
JESSE R. SOUZA October 1, 2014
Jesse R. Souza, age 90 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at his home on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Rose (Raposa) Souza for over 55 years. Born in Warren RI, son of the late Jose and Evangeline (Perry) Souza. A life-long farmer except for the time he served in the US Army in Europe during WWII. A simple man, Jesse enjoyed his family and his farm more than anything. Besides his wife he is survived by sons Jesse and his wife Sharon, and James and his fiancé Simone. He leaves five grandchildren: Amanda, Josh and his wife Carol-Ann, Sarah Chagnon and her husband Christopher, Kaitlynn, and Emily. He is also survived by a brother John Souza, sisters Elsie Manchester, and Angie Avila, as well as many nieces and Nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Manuel, Jose and Frank and sisters Mary, Laura, Isabel, Florence and Evangeline. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Rehoboth. A private interment will be held in a historic cemetery located on the Souza farm.
DAVID H. ‘DAVE’ GOFF September 30, 2014
Dr. David H. ‘Dave’ Goff, PhD, age 66 of St. Augustine, Florida passed away on September 30, 2014 at St. Augustine Health and Rehab Center. Born and raised in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, David was a 1966 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. He graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst with bachelor, masters and Ph.D. degrees in communications. He enjoyed a long career as a university professor and division chair. He taught and was department chair of the School of Mass Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi for 25 years. He was also the chair of the School of Communications at University of West Georgia from 2004 to 2006 and he most recently served as chair of communications department at the University of North Florida until his retirement in 2013. He co-authored several books in the field of communications and had served in a leadership capacity in many professional organizations. He was a longtime member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Ms., and was "the voice" of the Oak Grove High School marching band for four years. He enjoyed traveling abroad and fishing in his spare time. He is survived by his wife, Linda Goff of St. Augustine; a son, Matthew Goff of Nashville, Tennessee; and a brother, Robert S. Goff of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home.
FRANCIS JOHN DUART September 30, 2014 (date of posted notice)
Francis John Duart, affectionately known as “Frankie” died peacefully at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass. after brief illness. Born 73 years ago in Oak Bluffs, Mass. on the island of Martha’s Vineyard the eldest son of the late Hilda M. and Francis M. Duart, of Vineyard Haven. Frank is survived by his sisters, Martha Post and her husband Michael of West Tisbury, Mass., Delia Duart of West Roxbury, Mass., brothers Leo Duart and his wife Margo, of West Virginia, and Patrick Duart of Dighton, Mass., youngest brother and loving caregiver, and two nephews, Christopher and Benjamin Post, of Portland, Oregon. Frank graduated from the Tisbury Elementary and High School in 1959, from Stonehill College in 1963, and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Bridgewater State in 1966. He taught high school English for 34 years in the Dighton-Rehoboth School system, and was, for a number of years the English Department Head before his retirement in 1998. Frank was also a reserve police officer for the Dighton Police Department, and long time member of the Dighton Police Association. He was an avid reader of history and biographies. He also loved animals especially cats, his favorite being “Amos”. Frank was a gentle, dignified scholarly person, with a quiet, unassuming nature, who found humor in all things. He was nice to everyone and his humble spirit will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Shortly before his passing, he said, “You are all under strict instructions to be cheerful.” Donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Dighton-Rehoboth Teachers Association Citizen Scholarship Fund or to the ASPCA. A private internment will be held at a later date.
RICHARD D. ARNO September 26, 2014
Richard D. Arno, 58, of the Plymouth House in Taunton passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014. Born May 14, 1956, in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Raymond and Josephine (Ruggio) Arno. Richard grew up in Attleboro and attended the Attleboro school system. He was employed by a book manufacturing company in Taunton, primarily working in the shipping and receiving department. Richard was a wonderful musician and could play several types of instruments. He played in a band named "Mach 5" for several years. Richard enjoyed rock climbing and he was an extraordinary dog trainer. Richard is survived by his three children: Joshua Arno and Jeremy Arno, both of Attleboro, and Brittany Perry of Rehoboth; his three grandchildren; his siblings, Raymond Arno of Pawtucket, Ronald Arno of Rhode Island, Robert Arno of El Paso, Texas, Judith Arno of Clearwater, Fla., and Barbara Pereira of Rehoboth; also several nieces and nephews and his longtime friend Lidia Pina of Taunton.
JOHN A. ‘JAN‘ SOJKA September 22, 2014
John A. ‘Jan’ Sojka, age 94 of Rehoboth, passed away Monday September 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Frances (Trela) Sojka. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY he was a son of the late Jozef and Magdalena (Lezon) Sojka. He lived in Rehoboth for the past 65 years. Before retiring Jan was employed as a Polisher for Leavens Mfg. Co. of Attleboro and later worked for the Town of Rehoboth Transfer Station. He leaves his two loving sons John J. Sojka of Taunton and A. Frank Sojka of Attleboro. He also leaves two brothers Stanislaw Sojka of Pawtucket and Kazimiesz Sojka of Poland along with eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Helena Hull and the brother of the late Maria Podgornik, Helena Mozdziesz, Zofia Mania, Walter and Eugene Sojka.
JOSEPH A. CARPENTER, JR. September 18, 2014
Joseph A. Carpenter, Jr., age 93, passed away September 18, 2014 at Hattie Ide Chaffee home after a brief illness. Born in Providence in 1921, he was the beloved husband to the late Nancy A. Walker Carpenter and son of Bessie (Peck) Carpenter and Joseph A. Carpenter. He was a lifelong resident of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a town founded by his ancestors. A graduate of Taunton High School, and Rhode Island School of Design, he was an accomplished artist from an early age. From design and advertising to watercolor landscapes, cartoons, calligraphy, oil portraits and even a live TV show drawing caricatures, Joe was always busy creating. He also loved to sing and play the concertina and harmonica. Joe was an avid golfer and a lifelong member of Segregansett Country Club. He served in World War II with the 379 Fighter Squadron as an armorer, and decorated planes with his artwork. He was employed by Allan Halladay Printing Co; created cartoons and covers for the Providence Journal Sunday edition; was an advertising manager at Mason Can and an art director at Fram Corporation for 24 years. He was a member of the Providence Art Club since 1952 and served as board member from 1971-1977, 1980-1985. He was a life member of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society and for 26 years served as a trustee. His paintings hang in The Veterans Memorial Museum, Bronson Missouri- 96th Air Force section. He has exhibited his paintings at the Attleboro Museum, Wheeler Gallery, Providence Art Club, and the The Bond Market Association, NYC. Joe authored many cartoon books including "Only Golfers Know the Feeling" published in 1983, 1984, 1991, a humorous journey of a golfer attempting to break 100. He is survived by his loving daughter, Polly J. Carpenter, grandson Tymor Carpenter Hamamsy and son-in-law Mahmoud El Hamamsy of New York City and granddaughter Karima Carpenter Hamamsy of San Francisco, CA. Donations in Joe's memory to the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society would be appreciated. (Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, 4 Locust Ave., P.O. Box 2, Rehoboth, MA 02769 carpentermuseum.org)
Robert E. Boyle, Jr. September 9, 2014
Robert E. Boyle, Jr., age 78 of Norton, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, following a long illness, at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the beloved husband of Janet L. (Smith) Boyle, to whom he was wed for the past 57 years. Born in Boston on Aug. 22, 1936, he was a dear son of the late Robert E. Boyle Sr. and Mabel (Harnden) Kieltyka. He grew up in Rehoboth and attended the Taunton Vocational School in Taunton. A resident of Norton for the past 57 years, Mr. Boyle was a retired union truck driver and for 17 years had worked at Drake's Bakery in Taunton prior to retiring in 1997. He had formerly been employed for 20 years at Arrow Transportation in Providence. Bob loved spending time in the presence of his adoring family and along with his wife Janet, enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his devoted children: Michael E. Boyle of Attleboro and Corinne E. Avizinis and her husband Robert of West Warwick, R.I. He was the cherished grandfather of Robert A, Avizinis and Ryan E. Avizinis, both of West Warwick. He was the dear brother of Benjamin Salley of Mansfield and Barbara Miller of Providence, and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Bob's family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Boston University School of Medicine Amyloidosis Center, 72 East Concord St., K-503, Boston, MA 02118-2526.
Louis M. ‘Lou‘ DellaCroce September 8, 2014
Louis M. ‘Lou’ DellaCroce, age 80, a current resident of Rehoboth, MA and former resident of Taunton and Springfield, died peacefully late Monday morning, September 8, 2014. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late Louis D. and Sadie (Albano) DellaCroce, and was a graduate of Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. Lou continued his education earning his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from St. John’s University in New York in 1956. His career in banking spanned nearly forty years where he was employed at Hartford National Bank and retired in 2002 as a Senior Field Examiner from Bank of America. He and his former wife, Maria (Bisco) (DellaCroce) Sattler, were instrumental during their marriage in changing the lives of the nine children they lovingly adopted and openly welcomed into their lives. With his generosity, strong work ethic, and humble nature, he welcomed numerous children who needed guidance, or a place to call home, throughout the many years as a parent and foster parent. Lou was a former 25 year communicant of the former St. Joseph Church in the South end of Springfield, as well as a devoted member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He leaves 11 loving children, Louis DellaCroce of Palmer, Lisa DellaCroce of Oregon, Melinda St. Peter-DellaCroce of Grove City, OH, Paul DellaCroce of San Jose, CA, Joseph DellaCroce of Springfield, Israel DellaCroce and his wife Kristen Wilson of West Springfield, Carmen DellaCroce of West Springfield, Denise DellaCroce of Springfield, Maria Polimeni and her husband David of Sarasota, FL, Thomas DellaCroce and his wife Shirley of Waxhaw, NC, and Steven DellaCroce of Mansfield; a daughter-in-law, Kimberly DellaCroce of Attleboro; a sister, Sr. Mary Serafine, SSND, of Wilton, CT; 3 brothers, Anthony Della Croce of Bethpage, NY, Salvatore DellaCroce of Staten Island, NY, and Michael Della Croce of Bayside, NY; 19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Contributions in Lou’s memory may be directed to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 141 Washington St., Taunton, MA 02780.
Benjamin J. Pytka, Jr. August 30, 2014
Benjamin J. Pytka, Jr, age 77 of Rehoboth, MA, passed on August 30 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Adel (Oldrid) Pytka. He had been employed as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service serving the Town of Cumberland for over 40 years. He was an Army Veteran. Ben is also survived by five daughters, Karen Martel, Wendy Burke, Gwen Pytka, Lisa Vartanian and Tammi Johnson, two step daughters, Donna Long and Doreen Voyer, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that he adored. He was step father of the late Deborah Costigan McNeile. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
Kenneth K. Gentle August 26, 2014
Kenneth K. Gentle, 60, of Reed Street, Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and was welcomed home into the arms of God. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts during hurricane Carol on August 25, 1954, he was a son of the late James Milton Gentle, Sr. and June E. (Knowlton) Gentle. He spent his earlier years in Rehoboth and moved to the City of Attleboro with his family at the age of 10. He attended Attleboro public schools and remained a city resident for the past 50 years. Mr. Gentle was an accomplished musician who played the guitar, wrote romantic songs and performed at countless weddings and functions and was a private guitar teacher having taught his art to countless area residents. He was previously employed by the Sun Chronicle having worked in the distribution department. His family will remember a man who loved God, his family and cherished his friendships. Neighbors described him as a “man with a good heart always willing to help others”. He leaves a daughter: Melissa Gentle of Providence, Rhode Island; four siblings: Geraldine E. “Geri” (Gentle) Boyes and her husband, Paul Boyes, of Attleboro; Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Gentle) Dwyer and her husband, David Dwyer, of Attleboro; Joanne M. (Gentle) Lacasse and her husband, Steve Lacasse, of Attleboro and James M. Gentle, Jr. and his wife, Kathie Gentle, of Plymouth; two grandchildren and two generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and dear friends.
Howard M. ‘Mitt‘ Dorrance August 25, 2014
Howard M. ‘Mitt’ Dorrance, a lifelong resident of Attleboro, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at his home Aug. 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Norma E. (Handrigan) Dorrance for 63 years. Born in Attleboro on Oct. 31, 1924, he was the son of the late Howard Dorrance and the late Margaret (Walsh) Dorrance. He was educated in Attleboro. Mitt was an auto mechanic at local businesses before operating a landscaping business. He joined his brother "Red" as a heavy diesel mechanic and crane operator for Dorrance Excavating Contractor Inc. in Norton where he was a shareholder and continued to work there until his retirement. Always the bargain hunter, he loved searching local flea markets and yard sales for deals on tractors and lawn mowers he could bring home to work on to trade or sell. He was the happiest working in his garage or yard and collecting tools. He is survived by three sons: Stephen and his wife Dawn of Rehoboth, Gregory and his wife Elaine of Attleboro, and Timothy and his wife Donna of Rehoboth; and three daughters: Paula and her husband Richard Janson of Rehoboth, Susan Dorrance of Rehoboth, and Leslie Dorrance of Attleboro. He was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren: Stephen Dorrance and Shannon Dorrance of Rehoboth, Kimberly Noble of Middleboro, and Kristen Hirsch of Pawtucket, Amy Infante, Jillian Dorrance and Kathryn Dorrance Laura Lynch and Elizabeth Janson, all of Rehoboth, Jonathan Cuneo of Calgary, Alberta-Canada, Benjamin Cuneo of Rehoboth, and Colleen Cuneo of Fall River.
He is also the great-grandfather of seven great-grandchildren. He is the brother of Arlene Smith of Sarasota, Fla., and the late Melvin and Bradford Dorrance of Attleboro. He was known as "Uncle Mitt" to many. Donations can be made to Operation Smile at operationsmile.org or a charity of your choice.
Joseph M. Cupertino August 23, 2014
Joseph M. Cupertino, 60, of Rehoboth, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at his residence. He was the husband of 40 years to Jennie (Barnaba) Cupertino. Joseph was born in Bronx, N.Y., the son of Armand J. Cupertino of the Bronx and the late Carmela (Cancro) Cupertino. He graduated from New York High School of Printing in 1971. He worked for Barrington Printing for many years. Joe also opened the first Doggie Day Care in Seekonk, "Playful Paws." He was very active with the Boy Scouts in Attleboro as a past Scout Master. Mr. Cupertino was a foster parent for seven years. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. Joe also enjoyed collecting antique toys. Survivors besides his wife and father are a daughter, Elizabeth C. Cupertino of West Warwick, R.I.; three sons: Joseph M. Cupertino Jr. and his wife Laurette of Attleboro, Robert J. Cupertino of Rehoboth, and Michael A. Cupertino of Pawtucket; eight grandchildren; a sister, Marie Wyman of Bronx, N.Y.; along with several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Joseph Arnold Hass August 19, 2014
Joseph Arnold Hass, a longtime farmer in Rehoboth, died August 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Romaine (Ash), whom he had known since they were 14 years old. He leaves his son, Mark and wife Roni Hass, his three daughters: Heather Riess, Helene and husband Steven Holmes, and Christy and husband Robert Dlugolenski. He also leaves his grandchildren: Mikaela Hass, Julie Hass, Emily Riess, Carl Joseph and wife Stefanie Holmes, Abigail Holmes, Sarah (Dlugolenski) and husband Tyler Greco, and Eric Dlugolenski, as well as great grandchildren Caleb Holmes and Kaley Greco. He also leaves his brother, John R. and his wife Rita Hass and his sister Marjory Noon and many devoted nieces and nephews. Joe was well known for his strong work ethic, high standards, and devotion to his family. He was renowned for his sense of humor. He loved gospel and country music and jazz as well as songs from the 40's and 50's and dancing. He and Romaine were former challenge square dancers. He was a life-long learner, reveling in extracting information from each person and situation he met. Memorial gifts may be directed to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498.
Alma Fain Alper August 6, 2014
Alma Fain Alper, formerly of Rehoboth, died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. She was 89. In her final years, she lived at Maples Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Wrentham, where she was lovingly tended by staff members who became her friends. Born in Providence, she lived in Rehoboth from 1948 until 2011. Alma attended Hope High School and graduated from Pembroke College at Brown University. After graduation, she was a social worker and hosted "The Little Red School House," a children's talent radio show in Providence. She married Myles Sumner Alper in 1948. They moved to Rehoboth where they built a house on their beloved Juniper Farms, raised seven children and enjoyed their 10 grandchildren. Alma belonged to the PTA and was a member of the board of directors for Community Counseling of Bristol County. Her favorite activity, however, was managing her "glorious mob." When not attending one of her children's school, sporting, musical or scouting events, she was behind the wheel of her station wagon transporting another child to a school, sporting, musical or scouting event. Alma presided happily and tirelessly over a boisterous legion of kids, friends of kids, nieces and nephews, grandkids and pets. If she wasn't watching a Wiffle ball game, she was listening to a music recital or adding her more-than-two-cents to a political discussion. She directed every Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebration along with innumerable birthday, anniversary and wedding parties. She loved her family's summer vacations in Casco, Maine, even if it meant preparing endless meals and washing mountains of laundry. For Alma, being with family was her definition of happiness. And the greatest love of Alma's life was Myles, her husband of 64 years. She declared it was the "greatest marriage of all time" and no one who knew them could deny it. A joyful alliance, their glue was laughter. Her last words? "Humor is important." Alma is survived by two daughters, Joyce Alper of Dedham, and Betsy Alper (Bruce Powers) of Harrisville, R.I.; five sons: Clifford (Sue) of Pawtucket, Bennett (Monica Collins) of Belmont, Thomas (Joyce) of Bethel Park, Pa., Warren of Glendale, R.I., and Leland (Heidi) of Millis; and 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Brendan, Jeremy, Benjamin (Katie), Andrew, Kelly (Charles Bouteiller), Daniel, Molly, Lucas Powers, and Isaiah Powers. Donations may be made to The Maples Nursing Center Library Fund, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham, MA 02093. Arrangements provided by Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro.
Richard C. Chappell August 6, 2014
Richard C. Chappell, age 91, devoted husband and father, died on August 6, 2014. A life-long resident of Rehoboth, he was husband of the late Roberta (Halsall) Chappell and father of Ronald Chappell, wife Lynne. He is also survived by grandsons Kevin, Jason, and granddaughter-in-law Erin one great grandson, Kaleb, and a sister Etta Dionne. He was father of the late Richard, Jr. and Michael Chappell. Born in Rehoboth, he was son of the late George and Etta (Sherman) Chappell. Mr. Chappell was a WW II U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, serving in the North Atlantic and Pacific during the Phillipine evacuation. Dick worked for many years as a Molder for the Gorham Manufacturing Company. Memorial gifts may be directed to the DAV.
Thomas Gildea August 4, 2014
Thomas J. Gildea, Sr., 82, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice House, Providence. He was the loving and devoted husband of the late Jean Gildea. Born March 7, 1932 in Providence, he was a son of the late William A. and Marguerite (O'Malley) Gildea. Thomas grew up in Providence and was a graduate of LaSalle Academy. He then graduated from Providence College in 1953 and was also a graduate of New England School of Law. Thomas was employed at the Narragansett Brewing Co. for many years. He also worked at the Providence VA Medical Center for 10 years and the Southern Arizona VA Hospital in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years before his retirement. Thomas loved to travel and especially enjoyed his time in the Southwest, particularly the Grand Canyon National Park. He was an avid local sports fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and studying geography. Thomas cherished his grandchildren and he was active with their sporting events. He always had a smile on his face and he will be sorely missed by all who loved him. Thomas is survived by his two sons: Thomas J. Gildea Jr. and his wife Shelly of Rehoboth, and Andrew R. Gildea and his wife Kimberly of North Andover; two daughters: Ruthann Gildea and her husband Nick Langdon of Coventry, R.I., and Eileen Staltare and her companion Peter Fandetti of Seekonk; five grandchildren: Kelcie Gildea and Teal Gildea, both of Rehoboth, and Kyle Gildea and Liam Gildea, both of North Andover and Mary-Eileen Fandetti of Seekonk. He was the brother of the late William A. Gildea and Mary Gildea.
Diamantina R. Matos August 5, 2014
Diamantina R. Matos, age 70 of Emmaus Road, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. She was the wife of the late Jose I. Matos. She was born in Arrifes, Sao Miguel, Acores a daughter of the late Manuel R. and Diamantina (DaPonte) Rosa. Mrs. Matos was a jewelry worker for the Carla Corporation before she retired. She also worked for many years as a seamstress. She leaves four daughters, Elidia Galego and her husband Joseph of Rehoboth, Liseta Vertentes and her husband Barry of Rehoboth, Elisabeth DaCosta and her husband David of Rehoboth and Wendy Botelho and her husband Peter of East Providence, ten grandchildren, Jonathan, Elise and Justen Galego, Joshua and Hailey Vertentes, Samantha, Audrey and Mason DaCosta and Gianna and Noah Botelho, five sisters, Maria Sousa, Alda Costa, Antonina Costa, Lucia Carlos and Ana Melo and one brother, Jose Rosa. She was the sister of the late Manuel Rosa and Agostinho Rosa.
Lorraine H. (Bennett) Androw August 4, 2014
Lorraine H. (Bennett) Androw, age 91 of Pawtucket, RI, passed away peacefully on Monday, August, 4, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph G. Androw. Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Albert E. and Ida R. (Kellogg) Bennett, she resided in Pawtucket since 1950. Lorraine was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Memorial Baptist Church, Seekonk. She leaves her daughter, Patricia R. Ciavola of Pawtucket; two sisters, Shirley Goff and her husband Earl Goff, Jr. of Rehoboth and Mavis Hemeon of Georgia; a brother, the Rev. Richard Bennett and his wife Phyllis Bennett of New York: a sister-in-law, Ruth Bennett of Washington State and several nieces and nephews. She was a sister of the late Albert E. Bennett. Memorial gifts to the Memorial Baptist Church, 340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771 will be appreciated.
Joan (Dutra) Soufy July 28, 2014
Joan (Dutra) Soufy, 71, of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Charles J. Soufy Sr. Joan was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Dutra. She was a seamstress, by trade, and owned S&S Sewing for five years. She also worked at her son's auto body shop for the last 10 years. Joan lived a very full life. She was always willing to try a new adventure. Her passion for the last 11 years was spending time with her granddaughter, Jordan. She was raised in a large family. Joan was an avid bowler, loved playing cards, going to bingo nights and going to the casino. Besides her husband Charles of 53 years, she is survived by her daughter Dorothy Soufy and Beth Pollard of Taunton, her son Charles, his wife Cathy and her very special granddaughter Jordan, all of Rehoboth. She is also survived by her brothers Alfred Dutra, Francis Dutra, David Dutra, Joseph Dutra and Manuel Dutra, and her sisters Eleanor Dulfer, Mary Jane Gauthier, Carol Moriarty and Kathleen Boie. She was also the sister of the late William and Thomas Dutra. Joan also has many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Julie F. (Scott) Ferreira July 25, 2014
Julie F. (Scott) Ferreira, age 60 of Rehoboth, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 25, 2014 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James R. and Dorothy May (Adams) Scott, she lived in South Attleboro for many years before moving to Rehoboth 20 years ago. She was the owner and operator of Torch Contract Soldering and also worked at the Mason Box, both in Attleboro. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing puzzles. She is survived by one daughter: Melissa A. Dupont of Rehoboth, one son: Wayne J. Ferreira of Fall River, three sisters: Shirley Perry of Warwick, R.I., Mary MacDonald of Providence, Martha Scott of Rehoboth, one brother: Robert H. Scott and his wife Bonnie of Robeline, La., two grandchildren: Logan Dupont of Rehoboth, Landen Ferreira of Fall River, and several nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late John "Randy" Scott.
Arthur William Volpe, Jr. July 24, 2014
Arthur William Volpe, Jr., DMD, age 83 of Rehoboth, MA passed away on July 24, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Arthur was the loving husband of 58 years to Ann (Colonies) Volpe, the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Pettinato) Volpe Sr. Arthur was a graduate of Boston College and Tufts University Dental School. He taught at Tufts University, and was on staff at Sturdy Memorial hospital. In 1976 he volunteered his time in the jungles of Nicaragua to treat the the less fortunate with their dental needs. He was a Korean War Veteran as a proud member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was the Chairman for the Special Needs Christmas party for 25 years at the Elks Lodge 1014, Attleboro, past President Serra Club, member of the Wanskuck Boys and Girls Club Providence. He practiced Dentistry in Attleboro for 35 years. Besides his wife he leaves his loving children Arthur W. Volpe III and his wife Kathleen, Thomas F. Volpe, Christopher P. Volpe, Mary Elizabeth Haggerty and her late husband Robert, and Christine A Glynn, her late husband Michael, and her husband Thomas Glynn. He was the beloved grandfather of Elizabeth, Michael, Thomas, Kathryn, Sydney, Alexandra, Michaela, and Emily, great grandfather to Gabriella, Cole and Giana. He was the beloved brother of Ronald Volpe and his wife Delia, and brother in law of Alfred S. Colonies and his wife Patricia. Donations can be made to Priests of the Sacred Heart Monastery, PO Box 900, Hales Corner, WI 53130-0900 in Arthur's name would be appreciated.
Marie (Andrade) Mello July 22, 2014
Marie Mello, age 87 of Pleasant Street in Rehoboth, MA, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Marion Manor in Taunton, MA. She was the wife of the late Andrew Mello Jr. Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Marie (Cabral) Andrade. She leaves her four children, Andrew Mello of Mobile, AL, Sandra Hall of Rehoboth, Dennis Mello, also of Rehoboth, and Lynne Boiros of Taunton; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. She was also the sister of Edwin Andrade of Florida and of the late Manuel Andrade and Barbara Scherer. Memorial donations may be made to either Bristol Elder Services Inc., 1 Father DeValles Blvd., Unit 8, Fall River, MA 02723 or Bethany House, 72 Church Green, Taunton, MA.
Mary R. Ventura July 17, 2014
Mary R. (Ferreira) Ventura, wife of the late Arthur P. Ventura, died at her Taunton home following a long illness on July 17, 2014. She was 86. Born and raised in Taunton, she was the daughter of the late Serafim and Mary (Berthao) Ferreira. A homemaker for much of her adult life, she will be remembered as a loving and caring mother. Mrs. Ventura was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Ventura of Taunton, with whom she resided; three sons, Arthur P. Ventura, Jr. and his wife Toni, Paul J. Ventura and his wife Cheryl, and Matthew J. Ventura and his wife Caroline, all of North Dighton; three brothers, Raymond Ferreira of Taunton, Robert Ferreira of Raynham, and George Ferreira of North Dighton; a sister, Evelyn Mastromarino of Taunton; four grandchildren, Rebecca Paralta, Jessica, Jason and Camden Ventura; three great grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Ella; a step-grandson, Adam McGrady, his wife Shelia, and their daughter Shannon; and many nieces and nephews. She was also sister of the late Charles, Louis, Joseph, Edward, Serafin, James, and Alfred Ferreira. Donations may be made to the Great Taunton Charitable Association, P.O. Box 577, East Taunton, MA 02718.
Sandra A. Mendes July 21, 2014
Sandra A. Mendes, 69 years old of East Taunton, died in Kindred Specialty Hospital, Stoughton on Monday, July 21, 2014. Born in Taunton daughter of Albert and Mary (Marshall) Alger. She was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. She was a former nutrition coordinator for Old Colony Elder Services working at the Parker House in Easton. Sandy was a feisty funny lady who had no trouble speaking her mind. She loved her daughter Shell and her grandson Noah who was her “heart”. Besides her daughter, Michelle Medeiros and her husband James of East Taunton, she is the grandmother of Noah, Ricky and the late Jeffrey. She is the great grandmother of London and Dominic. Sandy was the former wife of Frank Mendes and is the sister of Nancy Gouveia and her husband Joseph of Berkley, Carol Helides of Raynham, Lois Medeiros of Taunton, Marilyn Trucchi of Taunton, Susan Rego of Lancaster, MA, Margaret Pratt of Taunton and the late George Pratt, Jr. and Richard Pratt. Sandy is the aunt and great aunt of several. Donations in her memory may be made to the COPD National Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Miami, FL 33134
Henry J. Hayes, Jr. July 9, 2014
Henry J. Hayes, Jr., age 90 of Homestead Avenue in Rehoboth, died July 16, 2014 at his home. He was the loving husband of Mary V. (Whalen) Hayes for nearly seventy years. He was born in Providence, RI, a son of the late Henry J. and Frances (McKeon) Hayes. Mr. Hayes began his career as a Providence police officer, and was later employed as a signalman for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad and Amtrak for thirty-eight years before retiring. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Michael Hayes and his wife Nancy of Greenville, Rita Newcomb and her husband William of South Kingstown, Henry J. Hayes, III and his wife Diane of Rehoboth, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a brother Raymond Hayes of Florida. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and James Hayes. He was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and a devout Catholic. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Mary L. Santos July 9, 2014
Mary L. (Berry) Santos, of North Dighton, wife of the late Francis Rose died at home peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 75. Born in Taunton, Mary was the daughter of the late Elmore and Lucy (Cavanagh) Berry. Mary was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1957 and was a secretary for the former American Auto Auction now called Manheim New England in No Dighton. She enjoyed painting, gardening, feeding her birds and especially the ocean. Mary was the loving mother of Debbie Cabral of No Dighton, Brenda Lima and her husband Chris of No Dighton, Laurie Porter of No Dighton, Jeffrey Rose of Norton and Todd Rose and his wife Donna of Dighton. Grandmother of Evan, Ryan, Frankie, CJ, Jamie, Shaney, Joshua, Allison, Dylan, Heather and Michelle. Sister of Eleanor Berry of Taunton, Pat Erler and her husband Terry of Missouri, William Berry of Taunton and the late Clara Fitzgerald. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, ATTN Memo Toni Choueiri, Kidney Cancer Research Fund, 44 Binney Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA, 02115.
Karen J. (Lott) Santos July 6, 2014
Karen J (Lott) Santos, of North Dighton, wife of Paul Santos, died suddenly at her home at the age of 68. Born in Brockton, Karen was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (McGann) Lott. Karen was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1964 and was formerly employed at Raytheon Corporations. She was the mother of Kristen Fisher and her husband Robert of Carver and Douglas Santos and his wife Angela of Las Vegas. Grandmother of Caitlin, Madison, Zachary and Connor. Sister of Joseph Lott of Taunton, Sharman Lott of Rehoboth, Shelly Card and her husband Jim of Norton and the late Joyce Slone. Sister in-law of Roger Slone of Virginia. Donations in Karen’s memory may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA, 02114.
Mildred A. Brescia July 7, 2014
Mildred A. Brescia, age 97, formerly of Ipswich Street in Seekonk, passed away on Monday July 7, 2014 at Waterview Villa. She was the wife of the late Steve Brescia. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie (George) Hawksley. Mrs. Brescia was a waitress at the former Eileen Darlings Restaurant for 15 years before she retired in 1979. Previously she also worked at the Ledgemont Country Club and The Top Hill Restaurant. She enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners for her family and was a faithful communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for many years. She leaves three daughters Beverly A. Putney of Seekonk, Judith L. Phillips of Taunton and Jane M. Trainor of Narragansett, one son Paul W. Brescia of Rehoboth, two sisters Alice Poole of Rehoboth and Olive Tameo and her husband John of Seekonk, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was the great grandmother of the late Mitchell E. Putney and sister of the late Pearl J. Sorafine, Walter and Joseph Hawksley. Contributions to Beacon Hospice will be appreciated.
James ‘Jim‘ Ricker July 4, 2014
James ‘Jim’ Ricker - If you knew James "Jim" Ricker, then your heart is heavy today. Jim passed away unexpectedly at the age of 49 at his sister's home in Attleboro on July 4, 2014. Born in Attleboro on Nov. 6, 1964, he was the youngest child of Beverly (Aspinall) Ricker and the late John E. Ricker. Jim was a 1982 graduate of Attleboro High School. As I'm sure his former classmates remember, Jim always had a smile for everyone he came across. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved to love. In recent years, Jim lived in Rehoboth. He loved spending time with friends in Swansea, working out at his favorite gym or at Applebee's watching the Boston sports teams. Jim was a realtor, so we will always remember how he could set up his mobile office almost anywhere and quietly go about his work. Our family gatherings could get a bit chaotic and he was always the calm among us. About seven years ago, Jim was told by doctors that his heart was too big. This came as no surprise to those of us who knew and loved him. Since that diagnosis, Jim had found peace and contentment in spending time with his friends and family. He truly learned how to find happiness within himself. In addition to his mother, Jim's spirit lives on in his sisters Mary Ellen Ricker of Attleboro, Kathy Provost and her husband Bill of Attleboro, Margaret Lennox and her husband Bill of Attleboro, and his brother John Ricker and his wife Lisa of Rehoboth. He will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephew, and the countless friends whose lives he touched. He gave the best hugs.
Linda H. (Colorusso) Hoskins July 3, 2014
Linda H. (Colorusso) Hoskins, age 67 of Rehoboth, MA and Moultonboro, NH, President and Co-founder of Bay State Truck & Trailer, Inc., passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack Hoskins, Sr. Born in Manchester, NH, she was a daughter of the late James J. Colorusso, Jr. and Hope E. (Smith) Colorusso. Linda was a lay minister at the Church of the Redeemer, Providence; longtime member of the RI Kennel Club; life benefactor member of Ducks Unlimited; longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and a devoted supporter of the U.S. Olympic Team. She leaves two sons, Jack Hoskins, Jr. and his wife, Bree and Erik Hoskins and his wife, Sharon all of Rehoboth; six grandsons, Tyler, Christopher, Benjamin, Ian, William and Joshua Hoskins; a granddaughter, Brynn Hoskins and a sister, Lorna J. White of Somerset.
Hilda Viveiros Donofrio June 28, 2014
Hilda Viveiros Donofrio, co-founder of Full Channel, Inc., widow of John Donofrio, founder of Full Channel, Inc., died early Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Florida at the age of 87. Together, the Donofrios were pioneers of cable television and telecommunications in Rhode Island. She was born in 1927 to Luis and Emelia Viveiros at her family's home on South Broadway in East Providence, R.I. The youngest of seven children, she and her siblings were raised by her mother after her father's accidental death when Hilda was only four years old. In 1944 at the age of 17, she married John, weeks before he reported for service in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Hilda was known for her sensitive and caring nature and was a talented seamstress. Additionally she taught homemaking, child care and sewing to girls in the local Seekonk 4-H chapter. Her daughters remember her creating exceptionally tailored outfits and prom dresses for all three of them. The Donofrios moved to Seekonk, Mass. before they moved to Palm City, Fla. in 1992. Through the years, the couple enjoyed traveling the world on many cruise ships, establishing many new friendships. Both were avid golfers. Assuming the position of chairwoman of Full Channel in 2004, Hilda carried on her husband's dream of providing telecommunications to Rhode Island's East Bay. Champions of fine music and the arts, the Donofrios supported classical music in Providence, Boston and in Rhode Island's East Bay. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Jane Maaia of Rumford, Rosemary L. Pacheco of Rehoboth, Mass. and Fort Myers Beach, Fla. and Valerie J. Daniels, of East Providence and Sarasota, Fla. as well as four grandsons, William G. Campos III, Patrick Daniels, Casey Daniels and Levi C. Maaia.
Isabel Evans Killam June 26, 2014
Isabel Evans Killam, of Seekonk, MA and Narragansett, RI died peacefully Thursday, June 26, 2014 at The Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. For 60 years, she was the beloved wife of Charles W. Killam, Sr., who predeceased her in 2008. Born in Pawtucket, she was a resident of Seekonk for more than 65 years. She retired in 1986 from teaching third grade at Tristam Burgess Elementary School in East Providence and was a 60-year member of Church of the Epiphany. She was the daughter of the late Albert E. and Carrie W. (Clayton) Evans and sister of the late Albert J. Evans of Springfield, VA, the late Clayton E. Evans of Bartlesville, OK, Charlotte A. Evans and Diana P. Evans of Pawtucket and Matunuck, RI, and the late Dana S. Evans of Pascoag, RI. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Killam, Jr. of Rehoboth, MA; two daughters, Amy Killam Soule of Yarmouth, ME and Candace Killam Hall of Larchmont, NY; their spouses, Betsy L. Killam, Bruce E. Soule, and Gregory J. Hall, respectively; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. Killam's name to the Pastoral Care Fund of Church of the Epiphany.
James N. Creel, Jr. June 19, 2014
James N. Creel, Jr., a longtime Rehoboth, MA and former Bristol, RI resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 19, 2014, at 75 years. Born in Florence, SC and raised in Charleston, SC, he was the beloved son of the late James N. Creel and the late Maude (Harwell). Beloved husband for 52 years to Jane D. (Bettencourt) Creel. Devoted and loving father of James N. Creel III, Kevin S. Creel, Lee A. Creel, N. Todd Creel, Cynthia L. Creel, and Kelly Fenzel. Dear son in law of Mabel Bettencourt. Cherished granddaddy of Sarah Creel, Abigail Creel Phenix, Taylor Creel, Jimmy Lee Creel, and Lindsay McGuire. Great granddad of Parker, Lillian, and Grayson McGuire. He is also survived by his loving Yorkshire Terriers, Bailey and Cody. Prior to his retirement, Jim was a longtime commercial union painter. He was a member of the Painter's Union Local 195 and proud member of the NRA. A self taught man, Jim became proficient in many trade skills such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and mechanics. He enjoyed numerous hobbies over the years including fishing, hunting, beekeeping, raising livestock, ham radios, singing and playing guitar, and one of his favorites, antique car restoration. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Joseph Lawrence June 16, 2014
Joseph Lawrence, husband of Edith M. (Adams) Lawrence of Dighton, died at Marian Manor in Taunton on June 16, 2014. He was 78. Born in Dighton, and a lifelong resident of the area, he was the son of the late Manuel S. and Maria J. (Netto) Lourenco. A 1953 graduate of Taunton High School, Mr. Lawrence received a BA in Business Administration from Northeastern University and later served in the Army National Guard. He owned and operated Royal Builders from 1959 to 2004. Active in Dighton affairs, Joe served on the Planning Board, the Board of Appeals, the Water Commission and the Council on Aging. He served as Building Inspector for the towns of Dighton, Somerset and Berkley and was a Rehoboth Fair Director. An avid sports fan, Joe enjoyed hockey, football, bowling, stock car racing, and baseball; and coached little league. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Joseph M. Lawrence and his wife Robin, and Gregory Logan and his wife Rhonda, all of Dighton; a daughter, Barbara M. Lawrence of Taunton; five grandchildren, James Logan of Taunton, Ava and Elise Lawrence, both of Dighton, Molly Motes of Dighton, and Roderick Motes of Dallas, TX. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Village Plaza, South, 473 South St. West, Raynham, MA 02767.
James O. Driscoll, Jr. June 15, 2014
James O. Driscoll, Jr., age 79 of Rehoboth, formerly of Taunton and Norton, passed away peacefully on June 15 at his home. With respect to Mr. Driscoll’s wishes, all services will remain private.
Joseph J. Fortes June 13, 2014
Joseph J. Fortes, age 94 of New Street in Rehoboth died Friday, June 13, 2014 after a brief illness at Taunton Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Baptiste) Fortes. He was born in Providence, a son of the late John and Monica (DaCruz) Fortes. Mr. Fortes worked for the Universal Optical Company for 31 years before retiring in 1983. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1941 to 1942 before serving in the Army during World War II for four years. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 1, Providence and also the Fox Point Boys Club. He leaves one daughter, Cynthia Peckham of Riverside, one son, Anthony Fortes of Acushnet, MA, one brother, Henry Fortes of East Providence, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Stephanie Fortes and Susan Fortes and brother of the late Mary and Manuel Fortes.
Salvatore ‘Sam‘ C. Pino June 12, 2014
Salvatore ‘Sam’ C. Pino, 85, of North Main Street in Attleboro, MA, died on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as he was surrounded by his loving wife and all seven cherished children. He was the husband of Noela G. (Doucette) Pino to whom he was married on Nov. 3, 1956. Born in Attleboro on Jan. 3, 1929, he was the son of the late Rosario and Pauline (Nasise) Pino. He was raised and educated in Norton.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having achieved the rank of Corporal ER. Mr. Pino earned his bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University in 1958. As a clinical chemist, he published and co-published numerous papers in the field of iodine deficiency and thyroid dysfunction. The methods he helped develop for the measurement of iodine were novel, robust, reproducible and cost-effective, allowing medical researchers to collect the data they required to further the study of thyroid function. His work won him both national and international recognition and invitations to speak at seminars all over the world. Mr. Pino was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. He worked for numerous companies and most recently at the Boston Medical Center. He resided in Attleboro since 1956 and was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. For many years, he and his wife hosted foreign exchange students. In addition to his wife, he leaves seven children: Beth M. Pino-Mauch of Amesbury, Thomas C. Pino of North Scituate, R.I., Anthony G. Pino of Rehoboth, John P. Pino of Derry, N.H., Samuel P. Pino of Columbus, Ohio, Paul J. Pino of Gorham, Maine, and Maria P. Butters of Walpole; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Pino of North Attleboro, and several extended family members and dear friends. Please consider a donation to the American Thyroid Association
Rita E. Casavant June 12, 2014
Rita E. Casavant, 95 of Rehoboth, died peacefully on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Marcel Casavant, who died in 1993. Rita was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joseph and Clarinda (Desvoyaux) Lambert. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed the company of her family, and the comfort she found while working in her yard. She leaves a daughter Antoinette Bowers of Rehoboth, and a son Paul and his wife Joyce Casavant of Titusville, Fla. She was the loving "Memere" to five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Joan Casavant and sister of the late Raymond and Henry Lambert.
Joyce L. (Massey) Cullen June 8, 2014
Joyce L. (Massey) Cullen, 61 of Wood Street died Sunday June 8, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Ronald E. Forcier and the late William J. "Babe" Cullen, Jr. Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Agnes (Harrison) Massey. Joyce was a camp director for the Diabetes Association at Camp Kyle for 19 years before retiring. She was a volunteer member for the Fresh Air Fund and for Camp Fire Boys & Girls Club. Besides her husband she leaves three daughters, Darcy Gallagher and her husband Thomas, Bethany Cullen and Jennifer Cullen, two brothers, Robert and Thomas Massey and nine grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Nancy Massey.
Wayne Robert Mello, Sr. June 7, 2014
Wayne Robert Mello, Sr., 58, of McKeon Drive, North Attleboro, died at his residence on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was the beloved and treasured husband of Ana Paula (Santos) Mello to whom he was married on July 1, 1979.
Born in Woonsocket, R.I. on Nov. 16, 1955, he was a son of the late George L. and Clara R. (Lavallee) Mello. He was raised and educated in his native city of Woonsocket where he was a 1974 graduate of Woonsocket High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Stonehill College in Easton in 1997. He was a resident of North Attleboro since 1978 and was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Attleboro Falls.
A gentle soul, Wayne will be remembered for his unique dedication and success in his professional career and his passion for traveling the world to tropical destinations or favorite historical sites. With an extreme love for his cherished family and his contagious smile, he spent countless time in the home he built, meticulously maintained, and enjoyed it to his last day. Mr. Mello was employed as a Global Commodity Manager for Teradyne, Inc. in North Reading for 35 years. In addition to his wife, he leaves two children: Wayne Robert Mello Jr. of Hudson, and Tanya P. DiGeorge of Litchfield, N.H.; a stepdaughter, Cristina P. Corbeil of Attleboro; a stepson, Richard C. Arruda III of Rehoboth; his grandchildren: Emma, JJ, Savanah, Mikayla, Hailey, Ashley, Amber and Ricky, and many extended family members and dear friends.
Birdella L. (Wightman) Corbitt June 5, 2014
Birdella L. (Wightman) Corbitt, 89, of Marian Manor, formerly of Seekonk, passed away on her birthday, June 5. She was the beloved wife of Robert M. Corbitt for 53 years. Birdie is survived by her daughter Susan McTaggart (husband Paul), her grandchildren Meghan Lilley (husband Jon), Erin McTaggart, Ryan McTaggart (partner Kerry Cook), and great-grandson Caleb McTaggart. She is also survived by her sister, Marge Erickson, sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth Staugaard (husband Burt), Dave Corbitt (wife Phyllis), Joyce Corbitt, and Dot Barker (husband Dave) as well as many nieces and nephews. Birdie was the daughter of the late Helen and Frank Wightman. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to RI to earn a BA degree at Barrington College and did graduate work in education at Boston University. Birdie spent 28 years teaching at private and public schools with most of her service in Rehoboth schools. After retirement, Birdie continued her love of painting, especially watercolor and pen and ink drawings entering shows regularly. She belonged to the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and several other art associations. Birdie was a descendant of Roger Williams and belonged to the Roger Williams Family Association. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years and belonged to Barrington Baptist Church for more than fifty years. Contributions may be sent to Marian Manor, 33 Summer St. Taunton MA 02780 or to the Alzheimer's Association , 480 Pleasant St., Watertown MA 02472.
Melvina M. Emerson May 30, 2014
Melvina M. Emerson, 90, of Burt Street, Taunton, MA, died on Friday May 30, 2014 at Longmeadow Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late David L. Emerson of 53 years. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John and Eva Mazika who came to the United States from Lithuania, she had lived in Taunton since 1950. Mrs. Emerson was a passionate horticulturist and spent many hours tending to her African Violets, Christmas cacti, crocuses, creeping phlox, and iris. She loved sunbathing, collecting beach glass along the Rhode Island shore, taking the bus to Providence, shopping at the old Outlet Department Store, making grape jelly and raspberry jam for Christmas presents, creating flower arrangements, and taking care of her many pets. She was an avid skier, often at North Conway, New Hampshire in her youth, later on the gentle golf course hills near her home, and met her husband on an Appalachian Mountain Club ski trip. After graduating from Mt Pleasant High School in Providence in 1942, Mrs. Emerson worked for Atlantic Chemical Company prior to her marriage and relocation to Taunton in 1950. She was a Sunday school teacher and longtime member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church, and in her later years devoted much of her time to biblical study with groups at the LaSalette Shrine. She was also a member of the Taunton Garden Club. She leaves a daughter, Judith A. Emerson of Taunton, a son, Robert D. Emerson of Hopkinton, MA and three granddaughters. She was the sister of the late Ann Netsel and Mary Bain. Donations in Melvina’s memory may be made to the Rehoboth Congregational Church or to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, 281 North Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
Donald Silva May 24, 2014
Donald Silva, age 82 of Mason Street in Rehoboth passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Country Gardens Nursing Center. He was the husband of the late Barbara M. (Brabant) Silva. Born in Rehoboth, MA, he was a son of the late Anthony and Anna (Ventura) Silva. Mr. Silva was a truck driver for the Pray Trucking Company before he retired. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War. He leaves four sons, Mark A. Silva, Donald Silva, Jr., David Silva and Jason M. Silva, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Edmund Silva.
Richard K. Pray May 24, 2014
Richard K. Pray, “Dick,” age 86, of Rehoboth, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Frances M. (Branco) Pray for the past 67 years. Born in Rehoboth, a son of the late Charles W. and May (Williams) Pray, he was a lifelong resident of Rehoboth. He and his wife wintered in Floral City, Florida. A dairy Farmer, Mr. Pray owned and operated his family farm C.W. Pray and Son in Rehoboth until it’s closing and was the recipient of the Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award. He also owned and operated two companies, which sold farm equipment throughout the world, Richard Pray Equipment and Pray Tractor, which was awarded Top Tractor Dealer and Progressive Key Dealer in 1966 & 1967. Mr. Pray, a Mason, was Past President of the Rehoboth Fair, Past Director of the Bristol County Breeders Association, the Fall River Milk Producers and of the Farmers’ Home Administration, as well as past chairman of the Soil Conservation Board of Bristol County. He was on the Program Advisory Board of the Bristol Agricultural High School and was past president of the Rehoboth Fair. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; Richard K. Pray, Jr. and wife Marie, Robert F. Pray, Rehoboth Fire Chief and his wife Lynn all of Rehoboth, three daughters: Margaret K. Bouchard and husband Albert of Rehoboth, Carol M. Pray and fiancé Harold Mahler of Swansea, Sandra M. Amaral and husband Sylvester of Rehoboth, ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Ethelyn Davignon, Winfield E. and Charles E. Pray. Contributions in his honor may be made to The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, PO Box H, Providence, RI 02901 in honor of Dr. Anthony Mega and his team. Burial private.
Charles R. Leland, Jr. May 25, 2014
Charles R. Leland, Jr., age 76 of Seekonk, MA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Ellen A. (Petzold) Leland. Born in Randolph, Vt., he was a son of the late Charles R. Leland Sr. and Janet (Maxfield) Larkin. Charles served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and worked as an engineer and program manager in military defense for many years until retiring. He served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of East Providence and was also a longtime member of Memorial Baptist Church, Seekonk. Charles had his private pilot's license and enjoyed flying small aircraft, sailing, scuba diving, and giving of himself to Habitat for Humanity and the various ministries and charities of the church. He leaves a son, Norman J. Leland and his wife Dawn of Rehoboth; two grandchildren, Bianca Barrera and Ethan Leland; a brother, James Leland of Newport, N.H., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Charles R. Leland III, and his sister, Dorothy Thornton.
Scott A. Trosky May 18, 2014
Scott A. Trosky, age 48 of Rehoboth, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his home. Scott was the son of William Trosky and the late Judith C. (Christie) Trosky. He was the proud owner and operator of J. Christie Trucking. He loved mechanics, the outdoors, hunting and the Bruins. Beloved father of Heather Lynn Trosky and Andrew S. Trosky; brother of Stephen (Judie) Trosky and Stuart Trosky. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
Gilbert ‘Gilly‘ Ferreira, Jr. May 15, 2014
Gilbert ‘Gilly’ Ferreira, Jr., age 57, a retired Seekonk firefighter, died unexpectedly at home onThursday, May 15, 2014. Born Oct. 10, 1956, in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Gilbert and Barbara (White) Ferreira. He served as a firefighter with the Seekonk Fire Dept. for 35 years before retiring in 2012. He was a graduate of Seekonk High School and was a "Warrior" football player. He was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion. He leaves his sisters, Debbie DiPetro of Providence and Leisa Silva her husband Antonio of Rehoboth; his brother, Johnathon G. Ferreira his wife Trish also of Rehoboth; his step-sister, Deanna Preziuso of East Providence; his nieces, Vanessa and Madison Ferreira and his great nephews, Kyle Ferreira and Alex Oliveira. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Seekonk Animal Shelter, 100 Peck St., Seekonk, MA 02771.
Delores (Santos) Medeiros May 14, 2014
Delores (Santos) Medeiros, 80 years old, widow of Antone Medeiros, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014, surrounded by her family at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. She is survived by son Karl and his wife Linda, of Rehoboth; son Keith and his wife Aurie of Dighton; son Neal and his wife Mary of Dighton; daughter Nadine Talbot and her husband Jim of Taunton; son Tony and his wife Teri of Dighton; and son Eric of Bridgewater. She is the grandmother of Justin, Melissa, Jared, Heidi, Matthew, Sarah, Mark, Kendra, Meaghan and Laura. Delores is the sister of Hilda Connors of Riverside, RI; Irene Pavao of Fall River; Mary Jane Amarantes of Westport; Henry Santos of Florida and Tony Santos of Ohio. She was born and educated in Fall River, daughter of the late Maria Couto Rodrigues and Joseph Santos. She was predeceased by brothers Joseph, Manuel, Gilbert and many in laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Del and Tony loved to travel with family and friends taking cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, visiting the Swiss Alps while touring Europe, and Hawaii and Australia. Her love of the mountains always led her to Old Man of the Mountains in NH much to the chagrin of her children (Not Again!!) While she loved the trips she couldn’t wait to get home to her grandchildren, attending various school and sporting events, but mostly being with them on home movie nights. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Richard H. Howes May 13, 2014
Richard H. Howes, 64 of Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Rosemarie (Mancieri) Howes. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Winfield H. and Irma L. (McCarty) Howes. Richard was an LPN at Fatima Hospital in North Providence before he retired and was a former coach for Rehoboth Pop Warner Football. He was very interested in history and had a special interest in the Civil War. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Jessica Remine of Mansfield, Ma., one son, Raymond Howes of Rehoboth and one sister, Patricia Carlone of Barrington. Contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903 or Wounded Warrior at Wounded Warrior Project.org
Linda Ann Christian May 3, 2014
Linda Ann Christian, RN, BSN, age 67 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, beloved wife and mother, died peacefully on May 3 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Staten Island, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Margaret M. (O'Leary) Pratnicki. Linda graduated from the Bellevue School of Nursing, NY, in 1967 and Salve Regina University, RI, in 1981. She practiced nursing at Rhode Island Hospital for many years in the coronary care unit and later as a cardiovascular nurse clinician. She and her husband Fredric V. Christian, MD recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons; Matthew V. Christian and his wife Kathleen of Waltham, MA, and Marc E. Christian of Philadelphia, PA. Donations in Linda's memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 (www.dana-farber.org/gift) or The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 (www.rifoodbank.org).
Helen Papas May 2, 2014
Helen Papas of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully at home on May 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas Papas. Mrs. Papas was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Evangelos Spanos and Evangelia (Thanopoulos) Spanos. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Papas was a dedicated member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. She was a Sunday school teacher there, a lifetime member of the choir, a past president of the Assumption Ladies Philoptochos Society, and past president of the Daughters of Penelope. Mrs. Papas is survived by her daughter, Evanne M. Mirabile and her husband Stephen of Rehoboth, MA, with whom she made her home. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Papas was the sister of the late Katina Christodulou.
Beverly A. Procopio April 29, 2014
Beverly A. Procopio of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the age of 87 quietly and comfortably surrounded by family. Bev was married to the "Unofficial Mayor" of Rehoboth Larry Procopio, but everybody knew that Bev was really in charge. A lifelong Rehoboth resident, Bev was continually giving back to the community, always at Larry's side until he left us in 2007, and continued his legacy on her own. Involved doesn't even begin to describe Bev. From catering to Lady Lions to politics, she was known as the "ENERGIZER BUNNY.” She kept on going and going until everything suddenly stopped in July of 2010. While at Somerset Ridge she quickly became a favorite of the staff, but after 3-1/2 years, she was tired. It was eventually time to join Larry at a table for two. She leaves a loving immediate and extended family. Those of us who knew and loved her best are sure she's helping run things "up there" in heaven. Donations in Bev's name may be made to the Anawan Lions Club. Call any Rehoboth Anawan Club member, or Nadine Martin at 508-341-1987 to donate to this special organization that meant so much to Bev and her family.
Neva C. Perry April 27, 2014
Neva C. Perry, age 87 of Reservoir Avenue in Rehoboth, died April 27, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John J. Perry Sr. Born in Rehoboth, she was the daughter of the late Frank R. and Mary (Perry) Medeiros. She worked as a Rural Mail Carrier in Rehoboth for 19 years. She delighted many with her specialty cakes. She is survived by her children; Joyce Joreid of CA, Gloria Malo and John Perry Jr. of Rehoboth, Carol Kelly of Weymouth, Donna Moore of FL, Susan Perry of CT, Thomas Perry of NY, Nancy Callaghan of Falmouth, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was the sister of Olive Soares and John Medeiros both of Rehoboth. She was the great grandmother of the late Zachary, Nicholas and Kaleigh Malo. She was the sister of the late Gloria Veader, Bella Veader, Evelyn Perry, Frank Medeiros, Angie Cruz, Irene Mathew, Florence Montefusco, Louis Medeiros and Rose Perry. Contributions in her memory may be made to American Diabetes Association , 10 Speen Street 2FL, Framingham, MA 01701.
Virginia (Higgins) Potter April 16, 2014
Virginia (Higgins) Potter, 95, died in Life Care Center of Raynham on April 16, 2014. Born in Taunton, daughter of the late William and Frances (Terry) Higgins, Virginia was the wife for over 57 years of Ralph W. Potter before his death in 1995. She was a graduate of Taunton High School, Class of 1936. A very longtime member of United Memorial Methodist Church in Taunton, she was a member of the Weslyn Circle and was also very active with the church fairs. She was known as the Candy Lady and also knitted items to be sold at the fairs. Virginia and her family summered on West Island for years. She was a former Girl Scout leader, liked to read, loved fashion - having a collection of scarfs - and was a wonderful seamstress. She painted her former home on Tremont Street well into her 80s. She braided rugs, caned chairs, carved wood, decorated cakes and baked wonderful bread and cookies. She is survived by her children: Virginia Latham and her husband Russell of Rehoboth, Sandra O'Connor and her husband Roger of Norton, Ralph Potter and his wife Karin of North Dighton, and Thomas Potter and his wife Michelle of Fairhaven. Virginia is the grandmother of eight and the great-grandmother of 11. She is the sister of Wilma Medeiros of Taunton and Frances Schofield of Wakefield, and she was the sister of the late Dorothy Champagne and Audrey Jackson. She is aunt of several. Donations in her memory may be made to the Activity Account of Life Care Center of Raynham, 546 South St., East Raynham, MA 02767, or the Memorial Fund of the United Memorial Church, 176 Somerset Ave., Taunton, MA.
Derek R. Dube April 16, 2014
Derek R. Dube, age 28 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston following a motor vehicle accident. He was born in Fall River, the son of Donald W. Dube of Somerset, MA and Patricia Johnston of Rehoboth, MA. Derek earned his GED and then began working for Magnetic Seal in Warren as a quality inspector for several years. Derek continued his education and had just recently graduated from the National Aviation Academy of New England in Lexington, MA, where he received his airplane mechanics license. Mr. Dube had just accepted a job at Endeavor Airlines a division of Delta Airlines as a mechanic. Derek cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. He enjoyed working on motorcycles and cars. Survivors besides his parents are a brother: Dana M. Dube and his fiancée Runya Faesser of Elgin, OK; his paternal grandmother: Patricia Dube of Somerset, MA; a nephew: Caleb Dube of Elgin, OK; a step mother: Elena Dube of Somerset, MA; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the maternal grandson of the late Helen Ponton. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581.
Harry Gianlorenzo April 16, 2014
Harry Gianlorenzo, age 91, of Pine Grove Road, Rehoboth, MA died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of the late Florida M. (Lizotte) Gianlorenzo. Born April 7, 1923, in East Providence, RI, he was a son of the late Aristeo and Anna Maria (Alfonso) Gianlorenzo. Harry was an Army combat veteran of World War II serving as a Sergeant and in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Bronze Service Star, Purple Heart Medal, and Silver Star Medal. Harry was a retired self-employed contractor. He leaves one daughter, Paula M. Gianlorenzo of Riverside, two sons, Michael H. Gianlorenzo of Rehoboth, MA and Paul B. Gianlorenzo of Wareham, MA, one grandson, Michael H. Gianlorenzo, II of Cranston, and one great grandson, Kameron M. Gianlorenzo of West Warwick. A private service with full military honors will be held. Kindly contribute in his memory to Our Lady of Loreto Church Memorial Fund, 346 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.
Joyce A. Eddy April 15, 2014
Joyce A. Eddy, age 57 of Rehoboth, passed unexpectedly and tragically on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was the wife of Robert Eddy, a teacher at Case High School in Swansea, and the mother of Jonathan Eddy, a junior at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. Joyce was the daughter of Dorothy M. McDonald and sister of Patricia and Janice McDonald (deceased), all of East Greenwich, R.I. Joyce was also the sister-in-law of Jack and Gail Eddy of Rochester, Diane Eddy of Barrington, R.I., Angela Eddy of Swansea, and Judy Eddy, also of Swansea. She was also the sister-in-law of the late James and Peter Eddy. Joyce was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and worked most recently at Brown University until she took time off to help raise Jonathan. A person of gentleness and kindness, she never spoke poorly of anyone. At the same time, Joyce displayed enormous courage and strength of character as she strived to overcome severe trauma. Joyce loved learning and was a very academic person. Her many passions included singing, ballroom dancing and swimming. Joyce's love for Rob and Jon was enormous and demonstrated by her innumerable sacrifices for them. She cared deeply and worked hard to instill in Jon the strength of character and dignity that defined her life. Joyce's legacy will not be written in books or inscribed in stone. Rather it has been written indelibly in the hearts of Rob, Jon, and those who truly knew her. She will live on and her life will be fulfilled vicariously as those who love her strive to honor her life through theirs. Donations may be made payable to Jonathan Eddy, the funds being used toward his college education. A portion of the funds will be donated to the victims of childhood sexual abuse. Donations may be sent to Jonathan Eddy, P.O. Box 134, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
George C. ‘RAB‘ Wetherell, Jr. April 15, 2014
George C. ‘RAB’ Wetherell, Jr. 86, of Taunton and formerly of Rehoboth, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the companion of Jeannette White, and husband of the late Loraine (Brasier), and the late June (Hathaway) Wetherell. Born in Attleboro, he was the son of the late George C. and Myrtle (Powers) Wetherell Sr. Mr. Wetherell was employed with Bliss Bros. Dairy for more than 50 years. George was also a former deputy fire chief of the Rehoboth Fire Department. He was an avid Red Sox fan who loved the outdoors, watching and feeding his birds. Loving father of Dale Wetherell, Rhonda Marshall, Arnold, Bradley, Weston Palmer, Marsha Baker and Kimberly Trosky-Withers. He leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also the brother of the late Margaret Wetherell and Burdon Blanchard, and grandfather of the late Kenneth and Christopher Marshall.
Eugene P. Mondor April 12, 2014
Eugene P. Mondor, age 80 of Attleboro, passed away on April 12, 2014 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island with his loving wife Genevieve Mondor at his side. Born November 11, 1933, in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Arthur Sr. and Mary Mondor. Eugene was raised and educated in Attleboro and was a 1953 graduate of Attleboro High School. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. Eugene was employed at Balfour for 38 years as a diamond setter. He loved playing golf. In addition to his wife, Eugene is survived by a daughter, Donna Procopio of Rehoboth; a son, Michael P. Mondor of Rehoboth; four grandchildren: Nicholas and Johnathan Procopio, and Lindsay and Evan Mondor, all of Rehoboth; a brother, Arthur Mondor Jr. of Attleboro; a sister-in-law, Helen DiResto of Norton; and several nieces and nephews.
Lorraine I. (Medeiros) Cabral April 9, 2014
Lorraine I. (Medeiros) Cabral, of Rehoboth, wife of the late John E. Cabral, died at Rhode Island Hospital on April 9, 2014. She was 74. Born in Cranston, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Caroline V. (Morris) Medeiros, Jr.
She was raised and educated in Rehoboth and E. Providence and was a 1957 graduate of E. Providence High School. Employed by Raytheon for 12 years, she retired at the age of 62. More recently, Mrs. Cabral spent much her time caring for her special needs brother. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading. Survivors include two sons, Keith E. Cabral of Rehoboth and Todd M. Cabral of Tiverton; a brother, Charles F. Medeiros of Rehoboth; a sister, Amelia Ruberia of Warwick; and three grandsons, Jonathan, Eric and Michael Cabral. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Virginia Faye (Johnson) Stevens April 3, 2014
Virginia Faye (Johnson) Stevens, 87, of North Attleboro, died on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. She was the 16-year companion of William J. Killarney, with whom she resided. Mrs. Stevens was the wife of the late H. Russell Stevens Jr. Born at the family homestead in Rehoboth on May 29, 1926, she was one of 11 children born to the late Harry T. and Dora A. (Case) Johnson.nMrs. Stevens resided in Rehoboth prior to moving to the City of Attleboro, where she was a resident for more than 40 years prior to moving to North Attleboro in 1989. She attended Second Congregational Church in Attleboro. Mrs. Stevens was employed by Englehardt Industries in Plainville for 12 years prior to her retirement in 1980. She enjoyed knitting, embroidering, reading, crocheting and taking day trips to Plymouth. In addition to her companion, Mrs. Stevens leaves two children: Jeffrey S. Stevens and his wife Janice A. Stevens of Cumberland, R.I., and Gregory T. Stevens of Attleboro; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was anxiously expecting the arrival of her ninth great-grandchild. She was the mother of the late David C. Stevens, who died on June 3, 2007 and the late Timothy H. Stevens, who died on Feb. 19, 2005. Mrs. Stevens was predeceased by all of her siblings: Charles Johnson, Herbert Johnson, Clifford Johnson, Harry Johnson, Gladys McKearney, Dora Proulx, Ann Orrs, Charlotte LaPage, Clara Compton and Hazel Robinson.
Lloyd ‘Sandy‘ Preston Hood March 24, 2014
Lloyd ‘Sandy’ Preston Hood, 64, of Attleboro passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Concord on Nov. 1, 1949, he was a son of Roger Williams Hood Sr. and Virginia D. (Durfee) Hood of Somerset. Mr. Hood was a graduate of the North Attleboro High School Class of 1967. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Hood was employed as a quality engineer at Bio-Detek Inv., East Providence.He was a member of the Community Covenant Church in Rehoboth. Sandy's love of the water showed in his sailing and restoration of old cars into boats. He was a member of the Attleboro Sail and Power Squadron, where both he and his father taught. Mr. Hood was a six-sigma certification black belt, but most important to him were his children. Sandy is survived by his children: Andrew P. Hood of Providence; Jeremy Williams Hood of Attleboro; Heather E. (Hood) Bonin of Warren, R.I.; Meghan M. Chuk of Attleboro; Nathan A. Hood of Greenville, R.I.; one brother, Roger Williams Hood Jr. of Wakefield, R.I.; one niece, Kerry E. Hood of Wakefield, R.I., and 11 grandchildren: Julia, Jeremy, Jared, Kayla, Kobe, Olivia, Emma, Isabel, Abram, Tobias and Camden.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hood's memory to a charity to be announced.
Maria L. ‘Dolores’ Pereira March 21, 2014
Maria L. ‘Dolores’ Pereira, age 69 of Brook Street in Rehoboth, MA died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of John R. Pereira. Born in Povoacao, Sao Miguel, Azores she was a daughter of the late Antonio R. and Marcelina (Araujo) Ferreira. Mrs. Pereira was the owner and operator of Country Side Hair Style before retiring. She was a member of the Rehoboth Garden Club. Beside her husband she leaves one daughter, Kelley Faria of East Providence, two sons, Steven J. Pereira and Marc A. Pereira both of East Providence, one sister, Natevidade Machado of Sao Miguel, one brother, Mario Ferreira of Stafford, Virginia and six grandchildren.
Contributions appreciated to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 would be appreciated.
John J. ‘Jack’ Cabral, III March 21, 2014
John J. ‘Jack’ Cabral, III, age 67 of Homestead Avenue in Rehoboth died at home Friday morning, March 21, 2014. He was the beloved and devoted husband of Karen (Aparicio) Cabral. Born September 13, 1946 in Providence, he was the loving son of the late John and Mary (Conti) Cabral. In addition to his wife of 37 years, he leaves his sisters, Diana DiSaia and Mary Jane Dexter, both of East Providence. He was also the son-in-law of John and Palmyra (Silva) Aparicio of Rehoboth. He was especially cherished by his entire family, including numerous nieces and nephews, and was exceptionally dedicated to his dog, Bandit. Jack uniquely touched the lives of everyone who knew him. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Raymond L. Butler March 17, 2014
Raymond L. Butler, died unexpectedly Monday, March 17, 2014 in Morton Hospital with his family by his side. He was the beloved fiancé of Andrea Sapatha Desroches. He was born 49 years ago in Taunton, the son of Andrea (Goulart) Butler and the late Robert L. Butler, Sr. He was educated in Taunton and was a lifelong city resident. Raymond enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and fishing in Maine. In addition to his mother and fiancée, he leaves: 1 son: Brad Minon of Taunton; 2 daughters: Melanie Pinho and her husband, Chris of Rehoboth and Brianna Butler of So. Dennis; 1 brother: Robert L. Butler, Jr. of Taunton; 2 sisters: Laurie Belenger and her husband, Don of Taunton and Tina Chmielorz of Fall River; 3 granddaughters: Hailey and Ava Butler, and Aundraya Pinho, and several nieces and nephews.
Charles Albert White, Jr. March 15, 2014
Charles Albert White, Jr., 84, of Norton, passed away at home on Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Mae (Dumaine), to whom he was married on Dec. 31, 1949, and who passed away on Oct. 12, 2005. Born in Randolph on Oct. 3, 1929, he was a son of the late Charles Albert White Sr. and Edna (Erickson) White. Mr. White worked at textile mills in Norton and Canton for many years. He was employed as a machinist at Bay State Tap and Die in Mansfield for more than 25 years prior to his retirement at age 64. He also served in the National Guard. Mr. White attended the Chartley United Methodist Church in Norton where he served as custodian and layleader for many years. He was known as a family man who enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to pass the time working on both cars and trucks, as well as driving tractors. Mr. White is survived by his children: Susann Stanhope, Sandra Boudreau, and Georgiana Humes, all of Rehoboth; Charles Albert White III of South Attleboro; and Richard White of Norton; seven sisters and brothers: June Audlee of Stoughton, John White of Florida, Robert White of Taunton, Walter White of Rhode Island, William White of Maine, Pearl Martins of Brockton, and Evelyn Fortier of Foxboro; seven grandchildren: Daniel White, Tanya DeCosta, Crystal White, all of Attleboro; Charles White IV of Newport; Richard White Jr. of Norton; and Samuel Humes and Kellie Humes, both of Rehoboth; eight great-grandchildren: Brian DeCosta Jr., Steven DeCosta, Stefiane Greene, Sarah DeCosta, Shyann Greene, Skylar Buzzell, Keenan White, all of Attleboro, and Shayla Thomas of Norton. He also leaves behind five step-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.He was father of the late Frederick White; the brother of the late Priscilla Cataldo and James White, and the grandfather of the late Julie White and Katie White. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. White's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or visit alz.org.
Phyllis (Medeiros) Cabral March 14, 2014
Phyllis (Medeiros) Cabral, age 71 of Dailey Street (formerly of Lincoln Street) in Seekonk, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Edward Cabral. Born July 7, 1942, in Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Lena (Medeiros) Medeiros. She leaves her children, Brenda Bajor of North Attleboro and Stanley Bajor III of Camden, ME; and her grandson, Nicholas Bajor. She was also the sister of Joseph Medeiros of Taunton, Richard Medeiros of Jamestown, Ronald Medeiros of Jefferson, NH and Kathleen Carreiro of Rehoboth.
Inez Pacheco March 12, 2014
Inez Pacheco, 97, age 71 of Reed Street in Rehoboth died March 12, 2014 at Kindred Country Gardens surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Ronald E. Pacheco of 48 years. Born in East Providence, she was the daughter of Inez (Andrade) Fernandes of Rehoboth and the late James Fernandes. She worked as a housekeeper for Howard Johnson and Ramada Inn. She is survived by her son Ronald E. Pacheco Jr. of Attleboro, MA. She was the sister of James Fernandes, Jr. of FL and the late Mary Jane Lemieux.
Estelle McMurray Yowell March 8, 2014
Estelle McMurray Yowell, 97, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Cedars where she had resided for the past seven years. She was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Delia (Boiselle) Tetreault.
Born in Central Falls, RI, she was educated at St. Anne's Academy in Marlboro and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Central Falls. In 1930 she moved with her parents to Rehoboth. She married Howard J. "Mac" McMurray, an American Airlines pilot, in June 1940 and they made their home in Rehoboth. She and Mac ran a successful shoe parts business in Rehoboth, before moving to North Carolina in the 1960s. While living in North Carolina she became an accomplished artist. Her artistic ability and expertise with watercolors included many blue ribbon awards for her sunsets, beach scenes, and waterfalls. After Mac's death in 1970, she married Edwin J. Yowell, Sr. in 1978 and they settled in Asheboro, NC. After his passing in May 2007, Estelle returned to her New England roots. She leaves behind her niece, Jeanne Twomey and husband Fred of Sagamore Beach; her great-nephew, Rick Twomey and wife Rosemarie of Dartmouth; her Godchild, Lorraine LaChapelle of Taunton; her nephew, Louie LaChapelle and wife Pat of Daytona Beach, FL; her stepchildren, Edwin Yowell Jr. of Texas and Susanya Schuett of North Carolina; as well as other loving nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Rodolph and Renaldo Tetreault, Rita Demers, Jeannette Desaulniers, Yvonne Demers, and Marguerite LaChapelle.
Robert Jay O’Hara March 5, 2014 (services to be held in Rehoboth at a later date)
Robert Jay O’Hara, age 71 of North Dighton, MA, passed away March 5, 2014 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sandra (Perry), three daughters, Bethany DeMoura and her husband Douglas of N. Dighton, Justine Noelte and her husband Gregory of Seekonk and Leslee O’Hara of Sugar Land, TX. He also leaves five grandchildren, Carisa and Kye Kowalski and Vanessa, Brie and Leah Noelte. Bob was born in Houlton, ME to Elizabeth and Lewis O’Hara. He grew up in Dighton, MA was part of the first class to graduate from the “new” Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High in 1961. He owned and operated Wheels Auto Body in Taunton for many years. Bob and Sandy moved to Naples, FL. in 1984 where he attempted retirement. But Bob had an inescapable passion for antique cars. In 2000 he competed in the road rally “Around the World in 80 Days” with Chic Kleptz in the 1929 Marmon he’d rebuilt just for that purpose. In 2001 Bob and Richard Newman raced a 1926 Chrysler through South America. In 2002 the two raced that same antique convertible in Africa where they ended up spending an unexpected week in a hospital in Namibia due to an unfortunate crash and roll-over. He finally built his own race car, a 1963 Ford Falcon and raced it in the 2001/2002 “LaCarrera Pan Americana.” Bob always had a love for old vehicles (of any sort) and big adventure ... at the same time whenever possible. Self-proclaimed non-swimmer that he was, he also managed to successfully sail his 36 foot wooden sailboat from Newport to Naples, FL. For Bob, it was about the ride. He opened “O’Hara Restorations” in Frostproof, FL in 2002, only 18 years after retirement, where he worked and played on the classic cars until only recently. Bob and Sandra (Perry) celebrated their 50th anniversary last month. The family wishes to give a very special thank you to Bob’s lifelong friends Bob and Debbie Bradshaw for their incredible strength and support through out the last months. Also, thanks to all the wonderful and caring nurses from Pearl Team, Cornerstone Hospice in Sebring FL for all their help. They are amazing people!
Services in will be held in Rehoboth at later date.
Michael Cameron March 2, 2014
Michael Cameron, age 58 of Rehoboth passed on March 2, 2014. He was the husband of Sally Chapman Cameron of Rehoboth and father of Eric Cameron of Amherst. Michael was a modern Renaissance man. A lifelong musician, teacher, and scholar, he lived an eclectic life. A self-taught software designer, he was founder and principal of Cameron Data Systems, a software development firm that served the public housing industry. Prior to this, he was chief information officer for Hudson Companies, a software developer for Healthcare Automation of West Warwick, and computer consultant for Rhode Island Textile in Pawtucket. He was assistant dean of campus ministries and instructor of youth ministries at Barrington College, Barrington, R.I. He earned his bachelor of music in trumpet performance from Berklee College of Music and music remained his avocation throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Ocean State Brass Quintet and played with the Rhode Island Showcase Orchestra, and served as its director. Michael earned his master in divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he completed Ph.D. coursework at Boston University. Deep thinking and debate was his passion, always exercised with kindness and challenge. Besides his wife and son, he leaves his mother, Dolores (Baldani) Cameron of Rehoboth; sisters Nancy Cameron Brutzman of Warwick and Patricia Grennan of Tolland, Conn.; brothers Timothy Cameron of Danby, Vt., Paul Cameron of Manchester, Conn., Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P. of Yonkers, N.Y., and Mark Cameron, Ph.D., of Hamden, Conn.; eight nieces and nephews; three grandnephews and a grandniece, as well as loving in-laws. He was the son of the late Leroy Cameron Jr. of Vernon, Conn. Gifts in his honor may be made to the Bristol Community College Foundation and Southcoast Visiting Nurses Hospice.
Rita M. (Emond) Arieta March 1, 2014
Rita M. (Emond) Arieta, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her residence following a period of failing health, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert S. Arieta. She was born 80 years ago in Taunton, the daughter of the late Oscar and Mildred (Olson) Emond. She was educated in Taunton, having graduated from the former St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1951, and had been a lifelong city resident. Prior to her retirement, Rita had been employed by the Tax Collector’s Office of the City of Taunton for 11 years. She was previously employed as the Assistant Treasurer at the Weir Cooperative Bank for 16 years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed bingo and crossword puzzles, and loved any outing with her family and her sisters. She looked forward to her trips with her friends, especially to Foxwoods and Atlantic City. Rita remained interested and involved in the local politics of the city and the state, and for many years was a Warden for the City of Taunton polls. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Retirement Club and the City of Taunton Retirees Association. She was the life of any party, and she and her siblings enjoyed their frequent card games and visits together, which had been a tradition among them for years. Rita was most happy spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Taunton. She leaves: 2 daughters: Linda Ferreira and her husband, Michael of Taunton, and Susan Silvia and her husband, Brian of Mission Viejo, CA.; 1 son: Thomas Arieta and his wife Jacquelyn of Rehoboth; 4 brothers: Kenneth Emond and his wife, Dolly, and Dennis Emond and his wife, Debbie, all of Taunton, David Emond and his wife, Marsha of Assonet, and Harold Emond and his wife, Gail of Westport, MA.; 2 sisters: Claire J. Goldrick and Vivian McCreadie both of Taunton; 3 sisters-in-law: Dorothy Emond of Taunton, Teresa Arieta and Carol Reagan both of Mission Viejo, CA.; 1 brother-in-law: Richard Arieta and his wife, Gail of Kingston, MA. She was the grandmother of Chris Ferreira and his girlfriend, Christen Conant, Christina Arieta-Kuksin and her husband, Dmitry, Lauren Ferreira, Carla Silvia, Ian Arieta, and Gregory Silvia. She leaves many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. Rita was also the mother of the late Philip Arieta and the sister of the late Normand, D.Richard, and Lawrence Emond. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern MA/Cape Cod & the Islands Regional Office, Village South Plaza, 473 South Street West, Unit 13, Raynham, MA., 02767, or Bristol County Elder Services, Inc., Development Department, 1 Father DeValles Boulevard, Unit 8, Fall River, MA., 02723.
Jay Donald Hilsman February 27, 2014
Jay Donald Hilsman, age 53 of Rehoboth, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at home. He was the son of Carol A. (Munroe) Martin and Donald F. Rodenhaven and adopted son of the late Gerald T. Hilsman. Jay served in the United States Army in Germany and the United States and received an accommodation for his work at Mount Saint Helen's. Jay was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the North Rehoboth Fire Department for over 25 years.
He had currently been working for Flynn Pest control in Rehoboth for over 15 years. He was a constable and he also worked for the Rehoboth Forestry Department. Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his friends and fellow firefighters. A Member of the Legion Post #302 Rehoboth. Besides his mom of Rehoboth and Port Charlotte, Fla. and dad of Sheffield, Vt., he leaves his sister Khristine DeSimone and her husband of Rocco of Lincoln, R.I., two brothers, Thomas G. Hilsman and his wife Jodi of Seward, Pa. and Andrew P. Hilsman of Rehoboth. Jay was the proud uncle of Kimberly, Stephen, Jaclyn, Clay, Samantha, Todd, Evan, and William. Donations in his memory may be made to American Heart Association RI Affiliate, 222 Richmond Street, Suite 108 Providence RI 02903 or The Rehoboth Food Pantry, 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
Wilma J. Wynn February 26, 2014
Wilma J. (Ingram) Wynn, age 83 of Norton, a retired inspector, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Tennessee City, Tenn., Mrs. Wynn grew up and was educated in Tennessee. She lived in Norton for more than 50 years and had formerly lived in Mansfield. She worked at Shield Manufacturing in Attleboro for many years. Wife of the late Richard F. she is survived by two sons, Michael of Tennessee and Ricky of Rehoboth; two sisters, June Spurlock of Ohio and Christine Blanton of Tennessee; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Richard J. Roche February 24, 2014
Richard J. Roche, age 82, passed away in Morton Hospital on February 24, 2014 following a brief illness. Richard was the loving husband of Frances (Baran) Roche of Rehoboth. He was born in Rockland, the son of the late John and Louise (Gallagher) Roche. Richard served his country during the Korean War while in the U.S. Navy. He later worked at Taunton State Hospital as a security officer. Richard enjoyed sports, traveling, boating and cherished his time with family. Richard leaves his children Frances Grant of Bryan, Ohio, Susan Crandell of Stoughton, June Lake and her husband Barry of Taunton, Sandra Jones of Colorado and Jeanne Hunter-McCartin of Plymouth. He was the brother of the late Jane Hegarty, Louise McCormack, Elizabeth Burns and Mary Dolan. Richard is survived by his eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Adolph W. “Bill” Kloss, III February 22, 2014
Adolph W. “Bill” Kloss, III, age 88 of Rehoboth, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jennie (Lepinski) Kloss. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Adolph H. and Loretta (Brietweg) Kloss. Bill was a World War II United States Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was the former proprietor of a jewelry engraving company known as Lazy K / United Design Company, and was a master hand engraver who contributed his talent for almost 60 years. Bill was a devoted family man, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling cross country. Besides his loving wife, Bill leaves a son, Gary Kloss, Sr. and his wife, Barbara of Rehoboth; two daughters, Karen Kloss-Smith and her husband, Michael of Seekonk and Michele Kloss-Rego and her husband, Larry in North Carolina; two grandchildren, Gary Kloss, Jr. and Kimberly Kloss; two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Kaylee and a sister, Carol Kloss Henke of Highlands, New Jersey.
Memorial gifts to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771 would be appreciated.
Evaristo “Ivy” A. Pacheco February 14, 2014
Evaristo “Ivy” A. Pacheco, age 88, a retired US Navy Chief, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014. Born in Fall River, a son of the late Antone and Jacintha (Mello) Pacheco. He was a resident of both Fall River and Rehoboth, and was the lifelong companion of the late Evelyn McMahon. Ivy had a lifelong career with the US Navy having served from 1943-1984, he was a veteran of WWII & Korea. He received the American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal, Point System as well as many others. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5392, Tiverton and the Ed Couto Chapter of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association. Known to many as “Uncle Ivy”, he loved spending time in Rehoboth, giving his animal friends treats, taking on many projects, such as building , splitting wood and pouring concrete, you could always count on him to direct and help. In earlier years, Uncle Ivy made homemade wine and made sure everyone got a bottle. He was a caring person who will be missed by many. Ivy was instrumental in having a monument made and placed on the grave of a WWI soldier that was buried in a small historical cemetery on his nephew’s land in Rehoboth. He also enjoyed sharing stories of his days in the military. He leaves his late companion’s son, Louis McMahon and his wife Pam; many nieces & nephews. He was the brother of the late Antone, John, Joseph Pacheco, and Mary Silva, Elsie Lebediker, Balbina Gonsalves and Evelyn Desmarais. He was also the grandfather of the late Sean P. McMahon. Memorial gifts may be made the National Autism Assoc. 20 Alice Agnew Dr. Attleboro Falls, MA 02763, in Ivy’s memory would be deeply appreciated.
Jacqueline O. Smith February 13, 2014
Jacqueline O. Smith, age 86, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at R.I. Hospital. She was the wife of the late Norman K. Smith. Born in Providence a daughter of the late Edwin and Agnes (Clark) Olson, she was a Rehoboth resident most of her life. She was a librarian for the Providence Public Library for many years retiring 20 years ago. She leaves a daughter: Lesley Pyron and her husband Douglas, 2 grandchildren Joshua and Caitlin and sister Loretta Auger all of Rehoboth. She was the sister of the late Madeline Hawes. Donations in her memory may be made to the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903.
James Carroll February 13, 2014
James Carroll, 66, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014. Born in Providence, the son of the late James and Blossom (Handle) Carroll, he resided in Johnston, Rhode Island before settling in Rehoboth in 1972. Jim was a 1969 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business, and was a member of Sigma Pi. He was a salesman for Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. for twenty years before retiring in June of 2013. Jim loved spending time with his grandchildren, he especially enjoyed playing catch and taking them to the beach. He was an avid gardener and also enjoyed traveling. He leaves two daughters, Lindsay J. Carroll-Langrish and her husband, Christopher in England and Allison J. Carroll-Ware and her husband, Chris of Rehoboth; his four beloved grandchildren, James and Emily Langrish in England and Nicholas and Aiden Ware of Rehoboth. Memorial gifts to the Transplant Institute, ATTN: Linda Lentz, 110 Francis St., Lowry Building 7th floor, Boston, MA 02215 would be appreciated.
Carol Ann Rebello February 6, 2014
Carol Ann Rebello, 66 years old, died at her Dighton home on Thursday, February 6, 2014 surrounded by her friends. Born in Providence, Carol Ann lived in the Taunton area for years prior to moving to North Dighton several months ago. She attended St. Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton. Carol Ann loved dining at Home Plate Restaurant on Thursdays, going to Dunkn' Donuts, and vacationing in Plymouth. She enjoyed going to work and being with her friends in her group home. Carol Ann also enjoyed going to church. She is survived by her long-time friend and guardian Dabra Riley of Bridgewater and all her friends and staff.
Roderick “Rod” “Cowboy” J. Therrien February 5, 2014
Roderick “Rod” “Cowboy” J. Therrien, formerly of Rehoboth, a business owner, died Wednesday surrounded by his family at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He was 70. Mr. Therrien was born in Attleboro and was a graduate of Pawtucket High School. Mr. Therrien was a business owner and owned “Florida’s largest gift shop” during the 1970s. He was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church in Attleboro. Mr. Therrien enjoyed gardening, cooking and antique cars. Mr. Therrien is survived by three sons, Frank C. Borges of Cape Cod, Robin J. of Norton and James Therrien-Jankowski of Florida; a daughter, Beth-Anne Kellher of Coopersburg, Pa.; a sister, Ann Burgeron of Rhode Island; a longtime companion, Joan A. Wing; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Charles Andrade January 30, 2014
Charles Andrade, age 90 of Rocky Hill Road in Rehoboth, MA died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his home. He was the husband of Henriette E. (Bordes) Testa Andrade. He was also the husband of the late Rita (D'Arezzo) Andrade. Born in Bristol, he was a son of the late Joaquim and Johanna (Alves) Andrade. Mr. Andrade was a foreman for the Kaiser Aluminum Company before retiring. He also was the Bristol Fire Chief from 1964 till 1967. He was a past President of the Rhode Island Horseman's Association. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Patricia Andrade, two sons, Robert Andrade and Stephen Andrade and his wife Anne, one stepdaughter, Denise Gifford and her husband Michael, one stepson, David Testa and his wife Christina, three grandchildren, Luke & Mollie Andrade and Henry Chatfield, three stepgrandchildren, Evan & Emma Gifford and Catherine Testa and one sister, Helen Clark. He was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters. Contributions to Beacon Hospice, 182 N.Main St. Fall River, MA, would be deeply appreciated.
James E. Lockhart, Sr. January 28, 2014
James E. Lockhard, Sr., 82, of Attleboro, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was predeceased by his wife Patricia H. (McNally) Lockhart and his wife Eleanor Lockhart. Born in North Attleboro on Oct. 18, 1931, he was a son of the late Vivian and Martha (Snow) Lockhart. As a youth, Mr. Lockhart was active with Central Congregational Church in Attleboro Falls. In his later years, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Attleboro. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1952. Mr. Lockhart was employed as a delivery driver for many years at Bliss Brothers and The Sun Chronicle before his retirement. After retiring, he became very active with the Plainville Senior Center in Plainville. Always known as a hard worker, James enjoyed working and repairing anything made of wood. Mr. Lockhart is survived by six children: Donna L. Kinney of Michigan, Linda A. Constantine of Attleboro, Deborah A. Bombardier of Lincoln, R.I., Nancy A. Plouffe of Missouri, Brenda L. Hunter of Westboro, and William J. Lockhart of Westboro; six sisters, two brothers, nine grandchildren, with two more on the way, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late James E. and Steven M. Lockhart. He was also predeceased by three brothers. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Lockhart's honor to the Plainville Senior Center, 9 School Street, Plainville, MA 02762.
Serena R. Black January 25, 2014
Serena R. Black, 69, died on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at her home in Bonaire, Netherland Antilles where she had moved in 2005 to pursue her desire of scuba diving, making ceramic art and traveling the world. She remained alert and active to her death. She previously resided in Glenville, NY. Serena was born in Attleboro, MA on June 1, 1944, the eldest daughter of Howard and Ruth Rounesville. Growing up, she demonstrated multiple talents having taken tap, ballet and toe dancing lessons. She was an expert seamstress, cook and baker. She earned a pilot’s license at 17 years old, enjoyed parachute jumping and was one of only a few women that studied Aeronautical Engineering at Boston University during the early 1960s. Serena is survived by her sister, Rebecca (husband Roger) Rebeiro and Michael Rebeiro (nephew) of Rehoboth, MA, Andrew Rebeiro (nephew) of Thornton, NH, Jonah Rounseville (nephew) of Ellsworth, ME and close friends Cindy Oplinger (step daughter in-law) and Cindy’s children Michael and Laura. She was pre-deceased by her husband Chauncey “Al” Black and her sister Betsey Rounseville and brother Howard W Rounseville. In accordance with her wishes, Serena did not want any fuss over her funeral. Serena’s ashes will be distributed over the reefs of Bonaire and on Brandt Lake in NY. Serena did not want a memorial service. Friends and family may wish to place memorials in any manner they wish. Friends in Bonaire have donated to three charities that Serena was actively supporting: Jong Bonaire, The Turtle Club or the Junior Rangers.
James John Sylvia January 15, 2014
James John Sylvia, of Taunton, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Morton Hospital in Taunton after an extended illness. Born in Taunton on June 25th, 1942, Jimmy was the son of the late James Sylvia and Lena Sylvia of Taunton. He was raised in Taunton, graduated from Coyle High School and served in the U.S Army. He worked for many years at his father's trucking business, J Sylvia Trucking in Rehoboth, but music was always Jimmy's passion. He was an extraordinarily gifted drummer and played professionally throughout the region for over 50 years. His unique style and flair was the foundation for such former popular bands as the Vikings and Everett and the Screamers. Jimmy continued to play fill-in gigs and enjoyed performing until recently, as his health declined.
Jimmy leaves one child, James Joseph Sylvia, and his wife, Lori (Rogers) Sylvia of Newton, MA and their 3 children: Emily, Sarah, and William. He also leaves a life-long friend, Wanda Kerchief of Miami, Florida, a sister, a nephew, and a niece as well as many other close friends, including his loving cousin and caretakers Billy and Debbie Rose of Taunton. Memorial donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans at PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH
Otilia C. Amaral January 19, 2014
Otilia C. Amaral, age 88, died January 19, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Jose R. Amaral. Born in Portugal she was the daughter of the late Alberto Lucas da Costa and Adelaide de Jesus. She is survived by her children Luciana Soares of Rehoboth and Jose R. Amaral of Portugal, 2 granddaughters Jessica and Rebecca and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by 1 brother and 7 sisters. Contributions in her memory may be made to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.
Nicolas T. Santore January 15, 2014
Nicholas T. Santore, (Nick), 78, passed away on January 15, 2014 in Palm Coast Florida after a brief illness.
He was born on January 22, 1935 in Queens, New York to the late Nicholas and Agnes Santore. Nick grew up in Floral Park, New York and received his Engineering Degree from New York City College. Nick has been a resident of North Dighton, Massachusetts for over 45 years and was V.P. of the Textile Division at Mt. Hope Machinery Company in Taunton Massachusetts and then worked for many years at Duro Finishing Company in Fall River Massachusetts as a Textile Engineer and was a consultant for several companies including Swan Industries in Fall River. Nick was also the founder and president of Rebecca Industries of North Dighton, Massachusetts. Nick had also developed several patents for use in enhancing the manufacturing of textiles. He was happily married to the late Evelyn (Haas) Santore for over 37 years, before her death in 1993. Nick served on the Dighton-Rehoboth School Committee for many years, was a member of the Dighton Conservation Commission, and served as the Dighton Harbor Master. Nick was an avid sailor and was a member of the Shawmut and Somerset Yacht Clubs. He also enjoyed golfing, bocce and most recently pinocle. Nick is survived by his children, Elizabeth O'Keefe and Amy Santore of Taunton, Catherine Hutchinson and her husband Eric Hutchinson of Braintree, Massachusetts, his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas O'Keefe, of Boston, Nathan O'Keefe of Taunton, Cpl. Adam Hutchinson of the U.S.M.C. at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Sara Hutchinson of Braintree, and cousin Sandra Brown of New Jersey. Nick is also survived by his beloved companion, Betty-Lou Aghkadian of North Dighton. Donations in Nick's memory may be made to The Salvation Army, PO Box 444, Fall River, MA 02720. Private family interment services will be held at a later date.
Daniel Francis ‘Mac’ McGuire January 14, 2014
Daniel Francis ‘Mac’ McGuire, of Rehoboth and formerly of Taunton, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Cabral) McGuire. He was born 76 years ago in Taunton, the son of the late Andrew and Stephanie (Machnik) McGuire. He was educated in Taunton and had been a Rehoboth resident since 2013. Prior to his retirement, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Taunton area for many years, retiring to West Virginia 10 years ago. Daniel was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the U.S.S. Macon during the Post Korean War era. Following his Naval service, he enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, where he served for 12 years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 26th Infantry Division Artillery. He was a member of the Bristol County Street Rod Association. Daniel enjoyed the time he spent at many swap meets and car shows. His passions were hot rods and collecting Hot Wheels. He also enjoyed woodworking, canning, and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, he leaves: His twin sons, Dale and Daniel McGuire; 2 daughters: Stephanie Rohan and Angela Fogle; a stepson: Brad Reilly; 2 sisters: Patricia Slavin and Susan St. Goddard; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Andrew, Chester, and Edward McGuire and Maureen Smith.
Marvin ‘Bob‘ Bernklau January 13, 2014
Marvin ‘Bob’ Bernklau, age 81 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, husband of Jane (MacInnis) Bernklau, died Monday, January 13, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was son of the late Samuel and Minnie Bernklau. Mr. Bernklau was a Korean War Navy Veteran. He worked, for many years, as a sporting goods salesman and was an avid Giants and Yankees fan. Besides his wife, he leaves his children; Amy, Shari and Steven Bernklau, Mary Lynn Wild, Christina Gilbert, Melissa Sullivan, Stacy Haskell and 12 grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be directed to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.
Mark C. Boyle January 7, 2014
Mark C. Boyle, age 30 of Spring Street in Attleboro passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 22, 1983 in Attleboro, he was the son of Stephen Boyle of Attleboro and Charlene Boyle of Rehoboth. Mark grew up in Attleboro and attended the Attleboro school system. He was a jack-of-all-trades and worked in the landscaping and construction business. He loved music and body art and could fix just about anything. Mark had a very deep love for his family. In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by two brothers, Matthew "Rocky" Boyle and Jacob Boyle, both of Attleboro; a sister, Sarah Boyle of Seekonk; his grandmother, Helene Joubert of Attleboro; a niece, Abigail Boyle of Cumberland, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. He was the grandson of the late Charlie and Annette Boyle and Wilfred Joubert. Donations in Mark's name may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Greater Attleboro District Council, 5 North Worcester Street, Norton, MA 02766.
Richard F. Sargeant January 7, 2014
Richard F. Sargeant, 82, of Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. He was born in Pawtucket, RI on November 5, 1931 to William and Helen (Falkner) Sargeant. Richard graduated from Attleboro High School in 1949 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1956 from Babson Institute (now Babson College). Richard spent much of his career working for the United Way in Attleboro (formerly the United Fund) and served as executive director from 1971 to 1994. Richard was engaged with many civic and charitable activities and organizations in the Attleboro area. A past president of the Attleboro Rotary Club, Richard was named in 1982 as the Attleboro Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor given by that organization. Richard also served as a director for Sturdy Memorial Hospital. In 1993, Richard was honored as "Person of the Year" by the Attleboro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber noted Richard's "benevolence and concern for the welfare of his fellow man" in both his professional and volunteer work. The chamber said, "Dick Sargeant has earned our respect as a fundraiser, humanitarian, and community leader, and he truly deserves to be called 'Person of the Year.'” In 1994, upon his retirement from the United Way, Richard was toasted and roasted by a long line of community leaders who testified to and praised his dedication to charitable causes. He was praised for his skills both in finance and administration. During his 24 years as executive director, the United Way exceeded its fundraising targets in all, but three years during severe recessions. In addition to his tireless charitable work, Richard was an avid hobbyist. He collected classical records, books and stamps. He was an active member of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society, the oldest philatelic society in America. Richard is survived by his wife Lois Fine Sargeant of Rehoboth, as well as two nephews, Brett Sargeant of Florida and Scott Sargeant of England. Donations in Richard's name may be made to the Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington St. #1, North Attleboro, MA 02760, or the Attleboro Rotary Charities Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 635, Attleboro, MA 02703.
Lawrence ‘Larry‘ Souza January 4, 2014
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Souza, age 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family after being stricken by a brief illness on January 4, 2014. He was a devoted husband of Sandy (Wallace) Souza and son of the late Dean D. and Emily (Jardin) Souza. Larry was an Insurance Appraiser for Travelers Insurance and previously a Body Shop Manager at Jack Barbosa Cadillac. He enjoyed playing tennis and working on the house. He was also a member of Christian Life Church in Rehoboth. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children: Stacy (husband Dave) of NH, Shawn (wife Judy) of MA, and Shauna (husband Mike) of TN; brothers: Stephen (wife Louise) and Mark Souza; loving grandchildren: Kyle, Ryan, Megan and Braleigh; great grandson: Brayden; mother-in-law: Dorothy Moreau, several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Donations may be made in his memory to the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St. Providence RI 02904. Following cremation, a memorial services will be held at a later date.
Caroline C. Tripp January 5, 2014
Caroline C. Tripp of Dighton died in her home on Sunday January 5, 2014. She was born in Westport, Massachusetts on July 7, 1925 and graduated from Westport High School in 1943. She leaves her beloved husband of 68 years, Richmond J. Tripp, a son Wayne Tripp and his wife Robin of Cranston, RI and a daughter Bonnie Hargrove and her husband Keith of Glen Carbon, IL. She is the grandmother of Dirk Tripp and his wife Jennifer and Heather Tripp and a great granddaughter Abigail Tripp. She is also survived by a brother Samuel Christopher of Dartmouth, MA and a sister Evelyn Boyles and her husband Steve of PA; as well as many nieces and nephews. Active in Girl Scouting from age nine, she was an assistant leader of Troop 27 and started Troop 37 in Westport, MA. Moving to Dighton she formed and lead Troop 6, as well as serving as treasurer for the Fall River Girl Scout Leaders Association. She and Richmond are members of the Dighton Community Church ( formerly the Dighton Unitarian Church). A small tulip tree was presented to them to commemorate their 65 years of loyal membership and service. She was treasurer and president of the Dighton Branch Ladies Alliance, served on many church committees, including serving as chairwoman of Ham and Bean Suppers for seven years. She was president of the Dighton Mother’s Club and Church Historian. She was employed by Arnold Hoffman Co. as clerk and later becoming executive secretary to the superintendent and vocational school director at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. More recently, she was the executive secretary to the first Supt-Director of Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School as well as secretary for the school committee. Caroline and Richmond were boating enthusiasts and sailed their Seawind ketch, Carol III, in the Atlantic from New Jersey to Nantucket. Throughout Caroline and Richmond’s marriage, they loved traveling around most of the world sharing adventures together. Donations in her memory may be made to the Trustees of the Dighton Community Church Memorial Fund. The Tripp Family wishes to express their gratitude to the Compassionate Care Hospice for their aid and compassion.
Gilbert J. ‘Sonny’ Lopes, Sr. January 3, 2014
Gilbert J. ‘Sonny’ Lopes, Sr., husband of Anita R. (Charron) Lopes, died in Charlton Hospital in Fall River on Friday Jan. 3, 2014, as a result of a fall in his home. He was born in Dighton, son of the late John and Lena ( Badejo) Lopes. He was a communicant of St Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton. Educated in Dighton Schools, Sonny served in the US Army being discharged as a Corporal. In his youth he worked as a foundry worker and truck driver. In 1964 he founded G. Lopes and Sons. He was the former president of his company which has expanded to include NER ( New England Recycling) with both companies and offices on Winthrop St. in Taunton. Sonny enjoyed studying WWII military history. He also enjoyed going to Foxwoods. Dedicated to his companies he went to work daily. Besides his wife Anita, he is survived by his son, Gilbert Lopes, Jr and his wife Eileen of Dighton and a daughter, Paula Lopes of Taunton. Sonny greatest loss was that of his son Gary J. Lopes, who died by an accident, in February of 2010. He is the father in law of Gary’s wife, Maria Lopes of Dighton. Sonny is the grandfather of Erica Cabral, Kayla Tutsch, Jenna Lopes, Gary Lopes, Jr. and John Lopes and he is the great grandfather of William Tutsch. Sonny is the uncle of a loving niece, Debbie Dutra and her husband Brian along with several other nieces and nephews. Donations in Sonny’s name may be made to Taunton Boys and Girls Club. 45 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780.
Frank Pimental January 3, 2014
Frank Pimental, age 87, died Friday, January 3, 2014 at RI Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Fitta) Pimental. They were married for 65 years and were extremely devoted to one another. Frank was born on June 2, 1926 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph C. and Maria (Coelho) Pimental. Frank considered it a great honor to serve as head usher at St. Francis Xavier Church. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Pacific with the US Army. He retired from the Carol Cable Company after 44 years. In addition to his wife; he is survived by his sister Mary "Connie" Canario of East Providence and many nieces and nephews. Frank was blessed with many wonderful neighbors who helped him throughout the years. Frank was the brother of the late Manuel Costa, Joseph, Dominic, Augustine, Anthony and Arthur Pimental, Mary Faria, Margaret McMahon and Adeline Santos. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Fraternity of St. Francis Xavier Church, 81 N. Carpenter St., East Providence, RI 02914.
Lonnie D. Corbin January 2, 2014
Lonnie D. Corbin passed away peacefully at his home in North Port, Florida on Thursday, January 2, 2014. A longtime resident of Seekonk, Massachusetts, he had been a Florida resident since 1996. He was one of 9 children born in Arapaho, Oklahoma and was the son of Clara Churchhill Corbin. He is survived by his younger brother Darrell Corbin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and his sister Clarabell Corbin of Oregon. He was a WWII Army Veteran and an MP in Washington, DC he also guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Corbin was the Owner of Seekonk Shell, Seekonk, MA for 30 years before retiring. He was the husband of the late Irene Cooper Corbin. He is survived by his five children Judith Walters Gifford of Pikeville, KY, Lonnie Corbin and his wife Sharon of Panama City, FL , Donnie Corbin of North Port, FL, Shirley Gosnear of Wilmington, MA and Pamela Leite and her husband Daniel of Seekonk, MA, seven grandchildren Stacie Wright, Sara Kehoe, Bruce Walters, Angela Corbin, Buddy Corbin, Brian Leite and Stephanie Steen, and eight great grandchildren. Memorial services will be private. He will be buried at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI.