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RUTH V. SHERMAN    December 3, 2017

Ruth V. Sherman, age 89 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, formerly of Riverside, RI, passed away on December 3, 2017.  She was the wife of the late Charles E. Sherman and daughter to the late George and Ruther (Anderson) Walker.  She belonged to the Crescent Homemakers in Riverside and she was a real estate agent for 20 years.  Ruth also worked at Land-Tek in Rehoboth for many years.  She leaves behind three sons: Gerald Sherman of Rehoboth, Kenneth Sherman of Rehoboth, and Jayson Sherman of Lincoln, RI.  She also leaves six grandchildren: Ryan and Jessica Sherman, Sarah Pezzullo, and Micheal, Jayson, and Allyson Sherman; and four great-grandchildren: Samantha and Alexandra Pezzullo, and Thomas and Evelyn Sherman. A donation to Cove Center for Adults with Autism, 610 Manton Avneue, Providence, RI 02909, would be greatly appreciated.


ROBERT C. INMAN    November 29, 2017

Robert C. Inman, age 48 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center.  He was the loving companion of Deana T. Files.  Born in Providence, he was a son of Meredith F. (Mairs) Inman of Rehoboth and the late Howard B. Inman. Robert worked on the galley crew of charter boats for many years.  He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy and enjoyed playing hockey. In addition to his mother and companion, he leaves his two sons, Aidan H. Inman of Rehoboth and Nathan Wu of California.  He was the brother of Holly B. Galligan & her husband Greg of Taunton, Howard B. Inman, Jr. of Cranston, and the late Jonathan J. Inman.  He was the uncle of Cody, Kelan, & Griffin Galligan, all of Taunton, Miranda Inman of Taunton, Colby Inman of Taunton, and Howie Giannokoulis of Dighton.  Donations in his memory to Hope Hospice, 1085 North Main St. Providence, RI 02904 will be appreciated. 


ROBERT H. STEVENSON, JR.     November 21, 2017

Robert H. Stevenson, Jr. age 63 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Tuesday November 21, 2017 surrounded by his children. Rob was born in Aberdeen, MD, son of the late Robert H Stevenson and Priscilla Denby Stevenson. He was predeceased by his loving companion Leslie Ferland of Barrington, RI.  Raised in Barrington RI, a graduate of Husson College in Bangor, ME with a bachelors in Business Administration and proud fraternity brother of Kappa Delta Phi as VP of Lambda Alumni Association. Rob was always dedicated to his job and made many life long friendships as a sales representative and sales manager for Cooper Tires, Saint Gobain Performance Plastics and retired at Tech NH, Inc. as a director of sales. When Rob was not working he enjoyed camping, fishing and skiing with friends and family. He could be found traveling all over to find some of the best campsites, fishing holes and mountains that had the most snow. He could always recommend the best place to grab a bite to eat from his many travels and love of all things food related.

Robs greatest fulfillment in life was building his legacy for his children and grandchildren. Always the proud dad of Laura Fortin of North Dighton, MA; Sarah M. Luther of Warren RI; Robert H. Stevenson III of Ashland MA; and Christopher D. Stevenson of Holderness NH. His grandchildren: Mason, Kolton, Zachary, Elle and Callie. He is also survived by his sister Dale West, her husband John West, goddaughter Lindsey Pietruszka, his brother Craig and wife Jane Stevenson, nephew CJ Stevenson, his cousin Kent Servant, niece Emma Servant and many friends he thought of as family. Contributions can be made to the American Liver Foundation, 188 Needham Street, Suite 240, Newton, MA 02464.


JAMES F. TANSEY     November 11, 2017

James F. Tansey,  age 68 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, November 20, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Robin A. (McGuy) Tansey for 32 years. A lifelong resident of Rehoboth, he was a son of Flora M. (Rose) Tansey of Rehoboth and the late Francis G. Tansey. Jim served in the United States Navy.  He was the proprietor of Tansey Construction until retiring, and enjoyed tractor pulls. Besides his wife and mother, he leaves three sons: Ryan Tansey, Joshua Tansey and Adam Tansey, all of Rehoboth; two sisters, Susan Desrosiers of Somerset and Mary Jackson of Attleboro; a brother, Frank Tansey of New Hampshire; three grandchildren: Evan, Aubree and Emma, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Carol Horton and Priscilla Champagne. Memorial gifts to the Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703 would be appreciated.


ARLENE “PENNY” MALTAIS      November 11, 2017

Arleen "Penny" (Dewing) Maltais, age 86, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late William T. Maltais. Born in Boston, daughter of the late Norman F. Dewing, M.D. and the late Grace (Burton) Dewing, she was a longtime resident of Raynham before relocating to Rehoboth in 2007. As a graduate of Bristol Community College, she worked as a Registered Nurse at Saint Luke's Hospital in Middleborough for over 40 years before retiring as the night supervisor in 1990. Penny enjoyed music, reading, cooking, sewing, quilting, rug hooking and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment came from being surrounded by her family as she hosted many family gatherings. She was considered a second Mom by some and loved by many whom she opened her home to. She is survived by her two daughters, Sandra A. Guglielmo of Rehoboth, and Pamela J. Arruda and her husband William of Rotonda West, FL, formerly of Swansea; four sons, Peter J. Maltais and his wife Catherine of Taunton, Paul D. Maltais and his partner Marilyn Hart of Lancaster, CA, David S. Maltais of Rehoboth and Daniel B. Maltais and his wife Cheryl of Edgartown; brother, Charles Dewing; sisters Carol Dewing and Laura Dewing; grandchildren, Ronald S. Strickland, Jr., Julie A. Standrowicz, Jason M. Sorgman, James P. Maltais, Andrew T. Maltais, and Samantha D. Maltais; great grandchildren, Emma-Leigh, Penelope, and Donovan; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved brother Norman F. Dewing Jr.


DAVID DRURY MERCER      November 10, 2017

David Drury Mercer, age 61 of Rehoboth, MA, passed away with his loving family and friends surrounding him Friday evening, November 10, 2017, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. He was the beloved husband of Laura (Tobin) Mercer. Born May 14, 1956, in Hartford, CT, he was a son of Barbara (Drury) Mercer and the late George Mercer. David graduated from East Providence High School in 1975 and became the proprietor of the popular Anawan Mobil station in Rehoboth two years later at the age of 21. His first day of business coincided with the Great Blizzard of 1978, and he continued to operate the business successfully for the next 25 years. David was a passionate golf player and a member of the Segregansett Country Club in Taunton where he shot a hole-in-one on August 25th, 1994. It happened in a game that he claimed was one of the worst he ever played, with the notable exception of the 17th hole where he made his hole-in-one. David stayed in the game until the end and was determined not to give up, despite a subsequent depressing 18th hole, he had his eye on the 19th hole (the bar), and it was an example of how he lived his entire life. David also loved classic cars, boats, skiing, his dogs, Silver Oak Cabernet, brown cinnamon sugar Pop Tarts, and the Boston Red Sox. His greatest love and pride, however; was reserved for his family. In addition to his beloved wife Laura, of 26 years, David leaves two beautiful children, his son, Drury Mercer; his daughter, Lily Mercer; a brother, Richard Mercer; a sister, Sara Worthington; and several nieces and nephews. David showed true courage and strength following a diagnosis of brain cancer in 2004, despite being given only 4-6 months to live. With the love and support of Laura, Dru, and Lily, and his countless number of friends, he stretched that time to a miraculous 13 and half years - 13 happened to be his lucky number. Through it all, he never lost his filter-free, dry sense of humor. Donations to charities that David was passionate about would be greatly appreciated in his memory to the Pediatric Oncology Education fund, c/o Hasbro Children’s Hospital, PO Box H, Providence, RI 02901 or the RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915.


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JOEL NEIDER      November 3, 2017

Joel R. Neider, age 50 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away Friday, November 3, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends.  He was the beloved husband of Carol Ann (Ramos) Neider and proud father to Charlotte (Charlie) Rose Neider.  Joel was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, to the late Sandra (Frenier) Araujo and Gerald Neider. Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by his brother Michael Neider, step-father Roy Araujo, twin sister Robin Neider, and several nieces and nephews. Joel was a boat designer at Hunt Design in New Bedford, MA for over twenty years, specializing in 3D modeling and rendering. Previous to that, Joel worked for Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, and Edey and Duff, Ltd. Joel was extremely proud of the work he did at Hunt Design and frequently expressed how lucky he was to have a job doing what he loved. Blessed with a gift for creating beautiful things with his hands, woodworking was one of Joel’s greatest talents. He was happiest when working on one of his ‘projects’. Recently, Joel finished building a backyard gathering area at his home, complete with deck, boardwalk, and fire pit surrounding a gorgeous wooden pergola. Joel’s blue eyes twinkled at the mere mention of the state of Maine. He had always dreamed of buying a little piece of Maine to call his own someday.  Joel adored dogs, especially English Springer Spaniels. He leaves behind Bella, ‘his’ beautiful Springer, and Pip, ‘his wife’s’ crazy Sheltie mix. Joel had a dry, sarcastic sense of humor. He made people laugh by quoting lines from his favorite movies and TV shows. A few of Joel’s favorites included ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Lonesome Dove’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, and movies starring Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. Joel’s quiet, but strong relationship with God sustained him through times of worry and burden, and in the end, brought him great peace.


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DAVID F. GOUSIE    October 30, 2017

David F. Gousie, age 59, lover of family, music and nature, passed away on Oct. 30, 2017 after a long illness at Boston Medical Center. David was born on January 15, 1958 to Therese Ann “Terry” (Gendreau) Gousie of Rehoboth and the late Francis F. Gousie. He spent most of his life in Rehoboth, graduating from the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School class of 1976. David’s roots were firmly planted in Rehoboth, though he spent his last six years living with his mother in Attleboro. As a young man, David found great joy in music, performing in and managing two bands, Providence and Nebula. He returned again to the stage in 2016 in the Norton Singer’s production of Godspell, with many friends and family turning out for his performance. David was passionate about the outdoors as well, enjoying much of his life camping, gardening and simply watching nature outside his window. In his career, David excelled in cooking and in technology. He was the owner of Dr. Gigabytes, a computer repair business, and also worked in various restaurant environments, including Chemawa Golf Course, and Kozy Kitchen of Attleboro, and had previously worked at both the John W. Kennedy Company of East Providence, and Ro-Jack’s Food Stores, Inc. In his later years, he worked diligently preparing taxes under the tutelage of the late R. Bruce Lightfoot. The brother of the late Mark P. Gousie, David leaves behind his loving mother, Terry; his brother, Steven E. Gousie of Rehoboth; his sister, Lynn M. Drummey of Attleboro; nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends and former co-workers. Friends wishing may send memorial gifts to the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA 02347 to help defray the cost of David’s funeral.


FRANCIS J. TORRES      October 23, 2017

Francis J. (Frank) Torres, age 88 of North Dighton, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Dorothy T. (Bleau) Torres for more than 68 years. Born in Dighton in 1928, Frank was the son of the late Frank C. and Wilhelmina (Carvalho) Torres of Dighton, and brother of Adele Rose (wife of the late Clinton Rose) of Dighton, Estelle Rose (wife of Robert Rose Sr.) of Rehoboth, and Elizabeth Hebert (wife of Vincent Hebert Sr.) of Somerset. Frank was a 1946 graduate of Dighton High School. At 16, to help support his family, he went to work part-time at Arnold, Hoffman & Co. in Dighton. Frank stayed with the company, which became ICI and later Astra-Zeneca, until his retirement as a foreman in 1986. In 1949, Frank married his high school sweetheart Dorothy (Dot), and together they raised a family of four children. A lifelong resident of Dighton, Frank was always very involved in the affairs of the town. He served on the Dighton School Committee (1956-59) and on the Dighton Board of Selectmen for 15 years (1959 to 1974). He also served on the towns Board of Health and with its Department of Public Welfare, and was instrumental in setting up the towns 9-1-1 system. He was recently honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the Towns Tricentennial Parade in 2012. Upon leaving public office, Frank pursued his dream of starting his own business. In 1974, he opened F. J. Torres Real Estate & Insurance together with his daughter Debra. They worked side by side to build the business for over 40 years until her death in May of this year. He continued to go into the office every day until the week before his own passing. As a local businessman, Frank was invited to serve on the Board of Directors for The Bank of Fall River and BayCoast Bank for a number of years. In addition to his wife, sisters, and brothers-in-law (including the late Robert D. Bleau), Franks large and loving family included his four children and many grandchildren. He was the proud father of the late Debra A. Fredericks, wife of Douglas R. Fredericks, Peter K. Torres and Diane M. Torres, all of North Dighton, and James F. Torres, partner of Bryce Avery, of Revere. Beloved grandchildren are: Christian D. Fredericks and wife Lydia of Rehoboth, Robert D. Fredericks and wife Terri of North Dighton, Julie A. Preston and husband Damien of North Dighton, Lois G. Medeiros of Bridgewater, Brian F. Torres and wife Daniela of Riverside, RI, and Sgt. Mark W. Torres, currently serving in the Army  and stationed in Maryland. Frank, affectionately known as Augie, had a special love for his ten great grandchildren: Damien Jr., Emma, Christian Jr., Aaron, Lily, Maddux, Willow, Alexa, Violet, and David. Franks family also included dear friends Gary D. Buseck of Taunton and Susan M. McGuirk of Taunton, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Frank was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra (formerly St. Josephs) Church of North Dighton, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister for many years. Donations may be made in his memory to the Town of Dighton and will be designated for Open Space Preservation and Land Acquisition. Checks payable to the Town of Dighton can be sent to Frank Torres / Dighton Land, PO Box 165, Dighton, MA 02715.


JEFFREY DAY October 20, 2017

Jeffrey Day, age 58 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday October 20, 2017. He was the husband of Josel (Serradas) Day and son of the late William T. and Gwendolyn (Blood) Day. He was a healthcare provider for Southeast Regional Services, a York Rite Mason, Knights Templer Member of Mayflower Lodge, Middleboro, MA, St. Mark’s Chapter and Taunton Council, Taunton, MA. Jeffrey was also an animal lover who loved spending time with his family and friends. In addition to his wife he is survived by his brothers Kenneth Day (wife Colleen), Donald Day (wife Elizabeth), sister-in-law; Mary Gobin, nieces; Sheri Gobin-Bomes, and Sarah Dudley, and nephew; Jonathan Day.


JERRY LEE ESPINOSA   October 19, 2017

Jerry Lee Espinosa, age 55 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Teris Leigh (Pritt) Espinosa, to whom he was married on May 27, 1990 in Haymarket, Virginia. Born on January 1, 1962 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was the son of Paul J. Espinosa and the late JoAnne R. (Thornton) Espinosa. A graduate of North Attleboro High School, Class of 1981, he was an outstanding athlete and remains that school’s single-season record holder for points in track and field. He then attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he competed as a Division I Collegiate Track and Field Athlete. Along with his wife, Jerry was the owner and operator of Fitness Together in North Attleboro and Mansfield. He began his career in the fitness industry working throughout the country for Bally Total Fitness and Health and Tennis Corporation of America, where he became Area Vice President of the Northeast. In March 2001, he was carjacked, stabbed multiple times, and critically injured. It was during his recovery he realized the importance of taking each day as a gift of life, and in 2008, he and his wife then established Fitness Together in North Attleboro, and later in Mansfield. A resident of Rehoboth for the past 15 years, he previously lived in Attleboro. He attended His Providence Church in Seekonk. Jerry was a lifelong fitness professional, coach, athlete, and personal trainer who was passionate about helping people of all ages to be fit for life. He was a warm, caring, and compassionate man who loved coaching and working with others, and was an ardent football fan, especially of the Nebraska Huskers. Christian faith played an important role in Jerry’s life. Never shy in sharing the gospel, he wanted with all his heart for others to know about Jesus. He and his wife together were deeply committed to hosting and keeping a Bible study specifically helping marriages over the past 10 years. They also joined forces with another couple, the Jacksons, to feed and bring clothes, toiletries, and blankets on Monday nights in Pawtucket and Providence to those in need. Jerry could often be found sitting and listening to the stories of those with whom he would meet, praying with them, and leaving them with the hope of Jesus Christ. More than anything in his life, Jerry deeply loved his family and he savored spending time with them and with his faithful dog, “Nina”. In addition to his wife and father, he leaves his cherished children: Brian M. Espinosa and Brooke A. Espinosa, both of Rehoboth. He had a very special place in his heart for Courtney Leigh Pritt of Blackstone, who was like a daughter to him and was the daughter of his wife’s late brother. He was the brother of Michael T. Espinosa and his husband, Daniel M. Cardoza, of Rehoboth, and Michelle K. Pagliaro of Providence. He was the nephew of Gloria R. (Prout) Carbone of Providence, and her late husband, Louis V. Carbone. Jerry leaves his nephew, Joseph N. Pagliaro and his great-niece, Aliyah M. Pagliaro; his wife’s nephews and nieces: Jayson Davis, Corey Pritt, Jessica Pritt, Sara Pritt, Stephanie Hair, Joshua Pritt, and Blake Moore; his extended family, and many, many dear friends, all of whom will sorely miss him. Jerry’s family requests donations be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750, or at heart.org.


CHARLES “CHIP” TUREK ROBINSON   October 14, 2017

Charles “Chip” Turek Robinson, age 55 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017. He was born in Providence and was a resident of Rehoboth for 45 years. He was the son of Bea Turek Robinson and the late Dr. Mendell Robinson, who was an otolaryngologist at Miriam Hospital. Chip attended the Gordon School, Moses Brown School, Beckwith Middle School (Rehoboth), and graduated with Honors from Providence Country Day School, where he received an award in History from Brown University. He attended both Columbia and Tufts Universities and was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Providence College. He received a post-graduate degree in anthropology and archaeology in the A.L.M. Program at Harvard University. Two pieces of his work ("Lenio and the Sea" and "To One Who Became A Poet") from his award-winning poetry collection were published in The Alembic, which is published annually by Providence College. He was the author of Asleep Beneath the Meadows: The Indian Archaeology of Rehoboth, Massachusetts; True New England Mysteries, Ghosts, Crimes, and Oddities; Native New England – The Long Journey; The Turn-of-the-Century Rehoboth Memoirs of Anna (Hass) Morgan; and The New England Ghost Files, which was a New England Best Seller. This book delighted people of all generations with over 50 accounts of local hauntings. One of Chip's favorite tales was Ghost File #7 "The Red-Headed Phantom of Route 44." Located near the Rehoboth/Seekonk line, this haunting was witnessed by more than five people. All of these books were illustrated by his mother, Bea Turek Robinson. Chip also co-authored Rehoboth, Swansea, and Dighton for the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Chip had columns in the Yankee Magazine and the Rehoboth Reporter and published stories in the Providence Journal. He was a rare coin collector, dealer, and historian and had a vast collection of artifacts. He had a brilliant mind, was a talented artist, could play piano by ear/memory, and also played trumpet. He was compassionate, always helping the underdog. Chip loved all types of animals from his fish and turtles to his cats and ferrets. He raised Todd the Turtle from an egg that was incubated and hatched in his home. Felix the Ferret was one of many ferrets that Chip owned. Felix was leashed-trained, extremely mischievous and went on numerous adventures with Chip to parks, woodland trails and homes of friends. Besides his mother, Chip is survived by his sister Anna Robinson; uncle Stephen and his wife (Judy) Turek; aunt Lila Winograd; cousins and friends. Contributions in his memory may be made to Providence College - The Alembic, 1 Cunningham Square Providence, RI 02918. For information and condolences, SugarmanSinai.com


BENJAMIN YORK SALLEY, III   October 14, 2017

Benjamin York Salley, III, age 70 of Mansfield, Massachusetts, formerly of Rehoboth, Norton and Attleboro passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Wingate in Norton. Born in Attleboro, MA on January 30. 1947, he was the son of the late Benjamin Y. Salley, Jr. and Mabel (Harden) Kieltyka.  Ben grew up in Rehoboth and Attleboro.  He was a graduate of Attleboro High School.  He continued his studies and was a graduate of Fisher Junior College.  During the time of the Vietnam War, Ben honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army.  Ben worked in retail for the former W.T. Grant Department Store in North Attleboro.  His favorite hobby was photography, and he enjoyed fishing, bike riding and hiking.  He was the brother of the late Barbara Miller and Robert Boyle, Jr.  He is survived by his sister-in-law Janet Boyle, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends alike.


DANIEL “DANNY” LONGO  October 2, 2017

Daniel “Danny” Longo, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at home on Monday October 2, 2017 after an illness. Born in Providence, RI, son of the late Alfonso and Giuseppina (Liberatore) Longo and husband to the late Louise G. (McGinn) Longo. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during WWII as Seaman First Class. Along with his late wife, Danny owned and operated restaurants in Taunton for over 30 years, one being D&L Sea Foods in the Weir and the other Danny’s in Whittenton. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, enjoyed gardening, and as his family can attest to, he was an outstanding chef. Danny also enjoyed wood working to the extent that he had built his own home. He is survived by two daughters, Gloria Lagasse and her husband Paul of Rehoboth, and Louanne Gonsalves of Basel, Switzerland; His pride and joy, two granddaughters Sarah Lagasse of Virginia and Rebekah Lagasse of Quincy, MA; four brothers Franklin Longo and his wife Norma of Raynham, William Longo of Taunton, Raymond Longo of Taunton, and Domenic of Spokane, Washington; a son-in-law Dave Gonsalves, as well and many nieces and nephews. Daniel was also brother to the late Edward and James Longo. Donations be made in his memory to Community VNA Hospice Care, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. Private family funeral services will be held in the Crapo Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave in Taunton with interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA with Military Honors.


BETTY-LOU AGHKADIAN   September 30, 2017

Betty-Lou Aghkadian, age 76, passed away on September 30, 2017. Betty-Lou grew up in Assonet and worked at Crystal Springs located in Assonet alongside her aunt and owner, Eunice Brayton. Betty-Lou moved to North Dighton after marrying her beloved late husband Zachary Aghkadian in 1966. She worked with Zach in his pet supply business until his death in 1995. Betty-Lou worked as a substitute teacher at Dighton and Palmer River Elementary Schools. Betty-Lou loved working with children, enjoyed traveling and was fond of the water. Betty-Lou is survived by her sister Brenda Fairhurst of Fall River; brother and sister-in-law Clayton and Vivian Fairhurst of Berkley; daughter and son-in-law Kim and Rich Gunther; and granddaughters Katarina and Cassandra Gunther of North Dighton. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


DAVID P. KEISLING  September 27, 2017

David P. Keisling, age 59 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was the loving husband to Kimberly M. (Gifford) Keisling, whom he happily married in 1982. Born November 20, 1957 in Attleboro, he was the son of the late Rayfield M. and Myra E. (Beauchene) Keisling. David grew up in Norton and attended Norton Public Schools. He bravely enlisted in United States Army, where he served from 1976 to 1980 as a diesel mechanic and marksman. David graduated from Fisher College with an Associates degree in 2005. Up until January of 2017, David was employed as a truck driver for PriceRite Heating Oil in Seekonk. A resident of Rehoboth for the past 30 years, David was a dedicated member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church. In his spare time, David enjoyed working on his old cars, many he would take for Sunday drives. He also liked taking vacations and going on cruises with his wife. Most of all, he relished spending time and creating memories with his family. In addition to his wife, David is survived by his treasured children: Jason P. Keisling of Wrentham, and Elizabeth M. Keisling of Rehoboth; his grandchildren, Madelynn and Max Graham, Tyler Keisling, and Tyler and Kayleigh Metivier; his siblings, Geraldine Moore of Attleboro, Laura Perky of Johnson City, Tenn., Kathryn Nikirk of Halton City, Texas, Rayfield M. Keisling Jr. of Attleboro, Mary E. Woll of Lincoln, R.I., and Christine Keisling of Attleboro Falls; also many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his father and mother, David is predeceased by his sister, Susan Keisling, and his nephew, Rayfield M. Keisling III. Donations in David’s name may be made the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, C/O Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.


JOHN “JACK” M. RUDIS, JR.  September 25, 2017

John “Jack” M. Rudis, Jr. age 60 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away at home on Monday, September 25, 2017. He was the loving husband of 33 years to Charlene (Corey) Rudis.Jack was born in Warwick, RI and was a son of John M. Rudis and the late Jean (Dunn). Jack worked as a welder, owned his own lawn care company and later was employed as a custodian for the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School for many years. Jack was an animal lover and enjoyed gardening, photography and watching the New England Patriots. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children. Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Alysia Rudis of Texas, Michelle Donahue and her husband Edward of Scituate, RI, and Elizabeth Rudis and her fiancée Stephen Labossiere of Fall River; brothers, James Rudis and his wife Charry and Stephen Rudis and his fiancée Kim Booth Campbell all of N. Kingston, RI; sister, Michael Jean "Mickey" Lourenco and her husband Fred of Warwick and many nieces and nephews. Donations in his name may be made to a local charity of your choice.


MARCIA L. BRUNELLE  September 23, 2017

Marcia L. (Loiselle) Brunelle, age 78 of North Dighton, MA, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 23, 3017. Born in Providence, Rhoda island on May 7, 1939, she was a loving daughter of the late William Loiselle and the late Lillian F. (Greene) Thurber. Marcia spent her early childhood living in Pawtucket. At age seven her family moved to Rehoboth where she was educated as well. She lived in Rehoboth for many years and for the past twenty-five years had made her home in North Dighton. Prior to retiring, Marcia had worked as a certified nurses assistant for twenty-nine years at the former Ridgewood Court Nursing Home in Attleboro. She especially treasured the times spent with her adoring family and friends, and also enjoyed antiquing and trips to area casinos. She is survived by her devoted daughters Brenda A. Boucher of Taunton and Tammy M. Corriveau of Dighton. She was the dear sister of the late Meredith Campopiano, and is also survived by her cherished 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


JOHN McCANN   August 13, 2017

John (Jack) McCann, age 81, a long-time Swansea resident, passed away at home on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 surrounded by family after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of more than 55 years of Judith (Beaulieu) McCann. Born in Fall River, Jack was predeceased by his parents T. Arthur and Margaret E. (McCann) McCann, sister Catherine E. Tucci, sister Margaret Mary Driscoll, and brother Thomas A. McCann. He is survived by his son Brian McCann and his wife Kathleen of Rehoboth, MA; his daughter Nancy Pesante and husband Dean of Wakefield, RI; his daughter Patricia Schmidt and her husband Richard of Saunderstown, RI; his son Gregory McCann and his wife Elizabeth of Rehoboth; as well as his sister Ellen T. Higgins and her husband Edward of Yarmouthport, MA and Bonita Springs, FL. “Grampy” is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jacob, Benjamin, Colin, Abigail, Fiona, Isabelle, Eliza, Steven, Jack, Patrick and Zachary. Jack also had many loving nieces, nephews as well as extended family and friends. Jack is a graduate of Coyle High School, Class of 1953, and later earned his Bachelor of Arts from Providence College in 1957. After teaching for a year at Fall River’s BMC Durfee High School, Jack became a probation officer for Fall River’s Second District Court, retiring as its Chief Probation Officer in 1993. He is a member of the Coyle Hall of Fame for basketball, was a longtime high school basketball official, and was active in the Providence College Alumni Association. He also served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a Lt. Col. Jack is a lifetime Thomas Chew Memorial Boys Club member as a sauna raconteur. His community service included being a longtime Board of Director for Steppingstone, Inc. He enjoyed camping, traveling with friends, the Red Sox, Baker’s Beach, taking care of his yard, but most of all, Jack cherished the time he spent with Judy and his family, especially their grandchildren, each week. Donations may be made in his name to the Case High Scholarship Trust, P.O. Box 33, Swansea, MA 02777.


WILLIAM H. SAUNDERS, JR.    August 13, 2017

William Henry Saunders, Jr., at 62 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Alisa (Prata) Saunders for 34 years. Born in Providence, Bill lived his entire life in his family home in Rehoboth and was a son of the late William H. Sr. and Rachel (Hayward) Saunders. He was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School and an owner-operator, leasing to D.J. Cronin Transportation, Inc., Seekonk for many years. Bill was a Life member of the NRA and a member of the OOIDA. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, and feeding and watching “his” birds. Bill was an all-around “Good Man”, great husband, wonderful Dad and Grandpa. Besides his beloved wife, he leaves two children, Caitlin and Christopher Saunders and Christopher’s girlfriend, Emily Simpson; a granddaughter, Jadyn Saunders; three siblings, Leslie Saunders, Lisa Saunders Block and her husband, Ralph, C. Stewart Saunders and his wife, Lisa Christiansen; many nieces and nephews and his dog, Jinger. Through Bill’s generosity, he was an organ donor and has given the gift of life to others in need. Memorial gifts to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131 will be appreciated.


PETER C. OTTO   July 31, 2017

Peter C. Otto, age 54 of Rehoboth and formerly of Attleboro, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the loving husband of Lisa M. (Casavant) Otto of Rehoboth. Born on November 26, 1962 in Attleboro, he was the devoted son to the late Carl and Pauline (Dailey) Otto.  Peter grew up in Attleboro and graduated from Attleboro High School, Class of 1980. For over 30 years, Peter was employed as Federal Express courier. Peter was a supporter of the Pan Mass Challenge for the past 9 years, taking part in 6 challenges in which he pedaled in the 192 mile ride. He belonged to several bowling teams since childhood and he also played in a co-ed softball league for many years. He was an avid golfer and hiker, especially enjoying hiking in the Grand Canyon. He had a knack for carpentry and he used that talent to build many things. Peter had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his dogs, Nikita and Brewski, and his pig, Maxwell. He will be remembered fondly for being a prankster and his comedic sense of humor. Above all, he relished spending time and making memories with his wife and two daughters.  In addition to his parents and wife, Peter is survived by his cherished children, Jessica D. and Megan J. Otto, both of Rehoboth; his siblings, Carlene Ferris and her husband Roger, David Otto and his wife Lyn-Su, Sue LeFrancois and her husband Ray, and Glenn Otto and his wife Bonnie; also several nieces and nephews. Peter’s family and friends would like to graciously express thanks to the entire team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute for giving them the gift of more years with him. Without them, they would not have these memories. They would also like to acknowledge Compassionate Care Hospice for taking such good care of him and making his last few weeks so comfortable. Donations may be made to Pan-Mass Challenge, PO Box 415590, Boston, MA 02241-5590


MARY A. (RYAN) MONIZ   July 31, 2017

Mary A. (Ryan) Moniz, age 73 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Mount St. Rita Health Center. Born in Pawtucket, RI she was a daughter of the late Laurence E. and Dorothy A. (Clark) Ryan. Mary worked as a payroll professional for AAA for many years before retiring in 2015. She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church where she was a member of the St. Mary's Prayer Group, as well as an active volunteer for many of the church's social events. She is survived by two daughters Lisa McNally of North Providence; Lori Medeiros and her husband Scott of Rehoboth; five brothers and sisters: Laurence E. Ryan of East Providence, Patricia DeFusco of Cranston, Dorothy Ryan of Seekonk, Susan McGarry of Cranston, Joanne Lanning of Rumford; three grandchildren Rachel and Taylor Medeiros, Shannon McNally; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Thomas Ryan. Contributions in her memory may be made to ALS Association RI Chapter, 2374 Post Rd. #103, Warwick, RI 02886.


RICHARD CHARLES WOOD   July 27, 2017

Richard Charles Wood, age 61 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in the Boston Medical Center. Born in Boston on October 5, 1955, he was a son of the late William L. and Ola M. (King) Wood. Richard was a graduate of King Philip High School. He worked as a general contractor and real estate manager in Rehoboth for the last 20 years. Recently he worked as a building efficiency inspector. Prior to that he worked as a maintenance-repairman for Tedeschi’s convenience stores. He also worked as a foreman for Cornell Concepts Silk Screen and Printing for many years. He worked for the Town of Wrentham in the Water Department and the former Crosby Valve & Gage Co. His hobbies and interests included automobiles, hot rods, motorcycles, antiques, woodworking, furniture building, and Patriots football. Richard is survived by a sister, Donna M. Wood of Wrentham; a brother, Douglas L. and his wife Darlene A. Wood of Cumberland; a nephew, Jonathan D. Wood; three nieces: Stephanie M. Wood, Maris A. Cummings, and Brea A. Cummings-Vitek, and her husband Brian Vitek; and two great-nephews, Sean D. Vitek and Justin M. Vitek. He was the brother of the late John L. Wood.

Donations in his memory may be made to: American Lung Association, lung.org.


HORMIDAS LINDOR “LINDY” SALOIS   July 27, 2017

Hormidas Lindor “Lindy” Salois, age 98 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 27, 2017. He was the husband of the late Dorothy H. Salois, who predeceased him in 2013, for 63 years. Born in St. David, Canada, he was the son of the late Emile and Mariane (Crevier) Salois; he resided in Pawtucket before moving to Rehoboth in 1962. A member of the Darlington Congregational Church for over 60 years, Lindy was a faithful usher for over 40 years and had served in that capacity until recently. He had proudly served as an Army medic; was, among other occupations, the former owner of Lindy’s Photo, where he met his late wife; and was known by the family for his ability to repair anything around the house. He leaves two daughters, Linda D. Sherman of Taunton and Carol E. Estrella of Baird, Texas; twin sons, Michael G. Salois and his wife Karen of Rehoboth, and Daniel R. Salois and his wife Nicole of Roseville, Calif.; and four sisters: Marguerite Fregolle, Therese Vincent, Claire Plante, and Lillian Lemieux. He was the brother of the late David, Joseph, and Irene Salois, Marie Miles, Gertrude Bouvier, and Cecile Tetreault. He was the proud grandfather of 17: Carrie Williams in Oklahoma; Jennie Walker, John Estrella, Lorrie Kilpatrick, Robert Estrella, and James Estrella, all in Texas; Denise Wesley of Taunton; Michael, Amanda and Alexandra Saloisl, both of Rehoboth; Lea Hurrell of Pawtucket; Sydney Hurrell of Rehoboth; Andrew and Heather Salois, both of Dighton; Austin, Owen, and Ethan Salois, all in California; and 16 great-grandchildren: Katie Elam, Matthew Smythe, Christopher Smythe, Steven Wilcox, Brittany Ballard, Anthony McBride, Zane Estrella, Cayla Estrella, Ty Estrella, Cameron Kilpatrick, Lilly Kilpatrick, Peter Estrella, and Evan Estrella, all in Texas; Maynard Pinard and Nickolas Wesley, both of Taunton; and Glenny Hurrell of Pawtucket, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the grandfather of the late Evan Salois. Memorial gifts to the Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, P.O. Box 156, Rehoboth, MA 02769 would be appreciated.


MARLENE A. PARADIS   July 25, 2017

Marlene A. (Dedrick) Paradis, age 64 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Woman & Infants Hospital in Providence. She was the wife of the late Donald R. Paradis Sr. Born in Fall River, the daughter of the late John H. and Amelia (Kot) Dedrick, she was a graduate of Somerset High School and received her Masters Degree from Framingham State College. She was employed as a teacher in the Fall River School system for over 30 years. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Poland and her husband Justin of North Dighton; two grandchildren Jameson and Juliana Poland; a brother Paul D. Dedrick and his wife Diane of Seekonk; a sister-in-law Sandra Santos and her husband Frank of Swansea; a cousin Sandra Czekanski of Somerset, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Relay For Life / American Cancer Society 1324 Belmont St., Suite 204-101, Brockton, MA 02301.


STEVEN F. HATHAWAY   July 10, 2017

Steven F. Hathaway, 47, of Rehoboth, passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Kelly J. (Rego) Hathaway. Steven was born in Taunton, the son of Francis B. and Janet (Hayden) Hathaway of Rehoboth. He was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School, Class of 1988. Steven started Hathaway Builders in his early 20s and grew his business over the last 25 years. He was well known, respected and loved by all who knew him. Steven was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and riding ATVs. He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his wife and children. Survivors, besides his wife and parents, are a daughter, Madison J. Hathaway of Rehoboth; a son, Joshua S. Hathaway of Rehoboth; a sister, Sara R. Fugazzotto of Berkley; a brother, Scott Hathaway of Taunton, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


LINDA M. SOUSA   July 4, 2017

Linda M. (LeClair) Sousa, age 44, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Victor M. Sousa for 21 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Ronald W. Sr. and Janine C. (Tetreault) LeClair of Pawtucket. For over 20 years, Linda was a special education teacher in the Dighton-Rehoboth School Department. A fierce advocate for her students with special needs, Linda earned the utmost respect and admiration of her colleagues. Linda’s creative soul can be seen through her talents as a writer, photographer, gardener, artist, and decorator. Her love for life, her kindness, graceful spirit, and positive outlook in her journey continues to be a blessing to those who knew her personally and those who were touched by her raw, selfless, genuine, beautiful blog posts. The ripples of Linda’s inspiration are infinite. Above all, Linda was a devoted, kind and loving, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Besides her loving husband and parents, Linda leaves two beloved children, Evan P. Sousa and Kaia C. Sousa; two brothers, Ronald W. LeClair Jr. of Cumberland and Jeff R. LeClair and his girlfriend, Michelle, of Pawtucket; four nephews: Jordan, Braeden and Mathew LeClair and Caleb DeSousa-Lemos; mother and father-in-law, Manuel and Maria Sousa of Pawtucket; and her soul sister, Shannon Marshall of Attleboro. Linda also leaves her beloved four legged friend, Sparkee. Memorial gifts to METAVivor Research and Support, Inc., 1783 Forest Drive #184, Annapolis, MD 21401 (where all donations will be used exclusively for research and development in the battle against Metastatic Breast Cancer) will be appreciated.


DR. PHILIP JOHN BURNS   1945-2017

Dr. Philip John Burns of Rehoboth, Massachusetts was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late Harold L. Burns and Helen Elizabeth Benson Burns. Dr. Burns is the brother of Richard H. Burns of Cincinnati, Ohio; Kenneth P. Burns of West Lafayette, Indiana; and the late Susan E. Dearwester. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dr. Deborah H. Burns of Rehoboth, MA; his daughter Helen E. Burns of Takoma Park, MD; his stepdaughters Lindsay Carroll-Langrish of Hampshire, England; and Allison Carroll-Ware, of Rehoboth, MA. Dr. Burns is survived by seven grandchildren. Dr. Burns received his Bachelors Degree at Miami University, Ohio; his Masters Degree at Indiana University Bloomington; and his PhD from the University of Rhode Island. He was a professor of English at Worcester State University where he chaired the Department of English for many years. He was a dedicated teacher and accomplished scholar, a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather.


DONALD (DON) J. OLIVIER   June 29, 2017

Donald (Don) J. Olivier, age 77, most recently of Wentworth, NH and previously of Seekonk and Rehoboth, died peacefully at home on June 29, 2017, after spending time with his children, grandchildren and extended family. Don was the loving husband of Marilyn A. (Governo) who was by his side every day providing care, support and love. Don and Marilyn were married for 55 years. He is survived by his four children: Donna A. Venuto of Worcester; Frank A. Olivier of Hope, R.I.; Michelle M. Mercier and her husband Edward of Fryeburg, Maine, and Jennifer A. Boutin and her husband James of Seekonk, along with 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Don was the son of Arthur and Anita (Caya). He was the younger brother of Richard (Dick) Olivier and his wife June of Cumberland, and the older brother of Elaine (Olivier) McGoldrick of Foxboro, and brother-in-law to Genevieve and Norman Chicoine of Attleboro and Linda and Richard Kalinoski of Little Compton, R.I. He was an uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews. Don grew up in Rehoboth and Pawtucket and graduated from Pawtucket Vocational School in 1957. As a young man, Don spent three years in the Air Force stationed in Germany. After returning from Germany, he met Marilyn at the Seekonk Speedway and they were married on Aug. 25, 1962. They lived most of their life in Seekonk until retiring in 2005, then moved to the New Hampshire vacation home they had built themselves. There he enjoyed being surrounded by nature, doing crossword puzzles and watching NASCAR. Don spent time in construction and working as a tool maker before finding his niche as a mechanical engineer at the Foxboro Co., from where he retired after 28 years of service in 1999. Don was a consummate problem-solver and was known for his simple solutions and creative inventions. Don enjoyed many hobbies and loves. He was closest to God when he was spending time in the outdoors. Over the years, he went from white water canoeing with the AMC to quiet kayaks on the many beautiful lakes of New Hampshire and tidal inlets on Cape Cod. At 70, he realized his dream to visit and kayak waterways in Alaska. Many evenings and weekends were spent sailing his Sunfish and Hobie Cats and on overnight excursions on his beautiful antique Courtship off the Rhode Island shores. Don and Marilyn spent many days exploring the New Hampshire woodlands on foot or by bicycle and winters were enjoyed on cross-country skis, snow shoes or just strapping on cramp-ons for winter hikes. Don also spent time fly fishing, hunting and raising beagles. Indoors, Don’s passion and love was music, guitars and various bluegrass instruments. Family and friends were bound to find him sitting in his living room playing his Martin and crooning a tune whenever they stopped by. His grandchildren spent many hours accompanying him to “Pepere Get your Guitar” or “Must be Pepere O” and have gone on to be musically inclined in many ways. Don was known to travel far and wide to attend bluegrass festivals and get the chance to “jam” with fellow bluegrass musicians. On several occasions he was blessed with having the opportunity to perform on stage with Bill Hall and the New England Bluegrass Boys and Northwind Bluegrass.

Donations in Don’s memory can be sent to the Holy Trinity Parish Building Fund at 46 Langdon Street in Plymouth, N.H. 03264, or the Warren-Wentworth Ambulance Service at PO Box 219, Warren, NH 03279 or online to the Bridge House.


MILENA G. (ROSETTI) TOLDO   June 22, 2017

Milena G. (Rosetti) Toldo, age 87 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on June 22, 2017 in Marian Manor Nursing home while surrounded by her loving family. Milena was the wife of the late Dr. Vittorio Toldo. She was born in Venice, Italy, the daughter Gaetano and Regina (Trentin) Rossetti. Milena immigrated to the United States in 1969 and was a resident of Taunton and Rehoboth. Milena and her husband also enjoyed their second home in Newport Richey, Florida. She was employed as a dental assistant in her husband’s dental practice. Milena enjoyed knitting, cooking and caring for her grandchildren and family. Milena is survived by her two beloved children, Ceasar Toldo and his wife Christine of New Port Richey, Florida, and Andrew Toldo and his wife Colleen of Rehoboth. She also leaves her grandchildren Andrew, Derek, Kaitlyn, Michael, Marc, Emilia and her great granddaughter Naomi. Milena was preceded in death by her brother Luciano Rossetti. Donations in Milena’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601 or Alz.org.


RICHARD C. BELLAMY, SR.  June 21, 2017

Richard C. Bellamy, Sr., age 78 of Moulton Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully on June 21, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Bellamy. Born in East Providence, a son of the late Frank R. and Germaine (Richards) Bellamy, he lived in Rehoboth since 1977. Mr. Bellamy was a laborer for Gorham’s Foundry for 26 years before retiring in 1988. An antique dealer, he enjoyed buying and selling antiques. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard C. Bellamy Jr. of East Providence; a daughter, Jeanne M. Bellamy of Rehoboth, MA; two brothers, F. Robert Bellamy of Riverside and Gerald N. Bellamy of East Providence and two grandchildren, Jessica Rae Bellamy and Marguerite Mae Bellamy. He was the brother of the late Phyllis Gledow.


CORY JOHN BRESCIA   June 17, 2017

Cory J. Brescia, age 28, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 17, 2017. He was the beloved son of John and Kristen (Martin) Brescia. Born in Providence, RI he was a longtime resident of Rehoboth. A graduate of Dighton/Rehoboth High School he had been working as a mechanic since his completion of Automotive Training at Universal Technical Institute in 2009. His daughter was the love of his live and cherished every moment with her. A car enthusiast he also enjoyed spending time at the family summer home in Wareham on Cape Cod; boating, waterskiing and fishing with his daughter. Cory had dreams of someday being able to counsel and give back to those who suffer from addiction. In addition to his parents he is survived by his daughter, Bentley Brescia, a brother, Jesse Brescia, his maternal grandmother, Alice Martin, many aunts, uncles and cousins. Contributions may be made in his honor to Gosnold Treatment Center, 200 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, MA 02540.


WALTER KURBIEC  June 9, 2017

Walter Kurbiec, age 66 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at his home on Friday, June 9, 2017. Born on May 19, 1951 in Providence, he was the son of the late Walter Vincent Kurbiec and the late Dorothy Ann (Meagher) Kurbiec. A graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Class of 1969, he had worked for many years as a machine operator for Automatic Machine Company in Attleboro. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time in his yard, visiting Vermont and Maine, and attending tractor shows. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. More than anything, Walter cherished spending time with his family and his treasured granddaughters, and he will be sorely missed. Walter is survived by his beloved daughters: Tammy (Kurbiec) Engel of Woonsocket, R.I., and Donna (Kurbiec) Meyer of Attleboro; and two adoring granddaughters. He was the brother of Thomas Kurbiec of Rehoboth, James Kurbiec of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Dorothy (Kurbiec) Gardner of Dublin, Ohio. He leaves three nieces and nephews, his extended family, and many dear friends. He was the former husband of Sandra Rita Mercier.


LOUIS S. ROSE   June 2, 2017

Louis S. Rose, age 85 of Primrose Drive in Seekonk, Massachusetts, died June 2, 2017 at home with his devoted wife and family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Mary S. (Silva) Rose. Born in Rehoboth, he was a son of the late Charles S. and Laura E. (Silva) Rose. Louis worked as a poultry farmer for the Primrose Poultry Farm until 1954. He was an operating engineer for C. Pezza and Sons Construction; a member of Locals #4 and #57 Union of Operating Engineers and a member of the Knights of Columbus Seekonk Council #5108. In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by his children; Kimberly and husband John Johnson of Seekonk, Kevin and wife Carol Rose of Saint Johns, FL, 8 grandchildren; Alexis, Shane, Victoria, Elizabeth, William, Kelsey, Melissa and Kristian. He was the brother of Robert Rose of Coventry, Joyce Sinapi of Warwick and the late Charles S. Rose, Francis Rose and Jean C. Vieira. Contributions in his memory may be made to American Diabetes Association.


VINCENT J. SECCARECCIA, JR.   May 18, 2017

Vincent J. Seccareccia, Jr. of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was an avid woodworker, animal lover, and entrepreneur. Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was a radioman on aircraft carriers during the Korean War, and parlayed that knowledge into running his own business, Vada Communication Systems, Inc., for more than 35 years. A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Vincent is survived by his wife Mary (Brennan) Seccareccia; his son Vincent J. Seccareccia, III, DVM, daughter-in-law Melissa Graswald-Seccareccia, DMD, granddaughter Wren Seccareccia, and grandson Luca Seccareccia of Rehoboth, MA; his daughter Vada Seccareccia and son-in-law Christopher R. Di Fronzo of Providence, RI; and his sisters Rita (Seccareccia) Marcotrigiano-Vincelette of Rehoboth, MA and Catherine (Seccareccia) Guastello of Hartland, WI. Memorial contributions may be made in Vincent's name to the Rhode Island Childhood Lead Action Project, 1192 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909.


ROMAINE (ASH) HASS   May 17, 2017

Romaine (Ash) Hass died peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.  Born on October 23, 1926, Romaine was the daughter of the late Lillias M. Ash and Richard Palmer Ash.  She was the epitome of a life well-lived whose legacy will live on in her beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She wed her childhood sweetheart, Joseph A. Hass, December, 1947, and they spent 67 years together until his death in August, 2014. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1948, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. Taking after her mother, she went into teaching and taught kindergarten through sixth grade over the years. Romaine was a very giving woman and was always bringing custards or raisin squares to her elderly friends and neighbors, or taking them on excursions. She loved to read, swim, sew, and cook.  Some of her interests over the years included astrology, calligraphy, sketching, and writing stories.  She and Joe loved all kinds of dancing and, at one time, were challenge level square dancers. Romaine shared her time in Connecticut with new friends and her very dear, old friend, Jim Block. To the very end of her life, her passions included getting to know new people, walking in the sunshine, watching and feeding birds, swinging on a swing, and playing endless games of cribbage - finding new card-playing partners wherever she could. She was a faithful and loyal friend who touched many lives throughout her life.  Her “Pollyanna” attitude, her strong moral code, and her joie de vivre were contagious.  She could always be enticed to enjoy a lobster roll and did so as often as possible. She is survived by her daughters, Helene Holmes (Steven), Christy Dlugolenski (Robert), and Heather Riess, and son, Mark Roger Hass (Veronica); grandchildren ~ C.J. Holmes (Stefanie), Abigail Holmes, Sarah Greco (Tyler), Eric Dlugolenski, Emily Riess, Mikaela and Julie Hass; as well as great-grandchildren ~ Caleb and Cameron Holmes, and Kaley and Alexandra Greco. She also leaves her dear sister, Beverly Jones and her fiancé Eddie Bibby, plus many devoted nieces and nephews.  She will be sorely missed by dear her sister-in-law, Marjorie Noon, and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rita and John R. Hass.  She leaves her many friends who were beneficiaries of the joy she shared over her lifetime. Memorial donations may be made to the United Churches of Durham (Handicap Ramp Fund) or the Middlesex Hospital Hospice and Palliative Care in Middletown, CT.


LARRY CLEMENT, JR.   May 17, 2017

Larry Clement, Jr., age 78 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on May 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Tripp) Clement to whom he was married 58 years.  Born in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Larry Clement, Sr. and Louise (Hainey) Clement.  Mr. Clement was the owner and operator of Clement Machine Tool Company for over 40 years. He was a past president and lifetime member of the South Seekonk Gun Club. He was an avid camper. Larry was the best husband, father, and grandfather a family could ask for.  Besides his wife he leaves three children, Thomas Clement and his wife Kate of Dighton; Sharon Parayno and her husband Rudy of Warren, RI; and Lisa Koulibaly and her partner Susan Gale of Cranston,  RI along with six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and seven brothers and sisters.  Contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Ma. 02114 or the Humane Society of the United States, PO Box 96930, Washington, DC 20090 would be appreciated.


LILLIAN M. (COSTEN) DAVIS   May 16, 2017

Lillian M. (Costen) Davis, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died on May 16, 2017, in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Beloved wife of the late Wallace E. Davis Sr. for 61 years. Lillian, the seventh of nine children, was born September 29, 1925 in Webster, MA. She was a graduate of Bartlett High School in 1943, and a longtime member of Rehoboth Congregational Church where she taught Sunday School. She enjoyed braiding rugs, sewing, reading, and bowling and was a member of the Happy Hackers golf league. Lillian is survived by her loving children: Lauren (John), Wallace E. Jr. (Judy), and Jim (Karen), 6 grandchildren, 6 (soon to be 7) great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by her brother, Michael Costen (Ruth). The family extends its gratitude to Golden Living centers of Attleboro, MA and Community VNA Hospice Care for their dedicated care. Donations may be made to Rehoboth Congregational Church's Sunday School. "Sunday school is over" and you have gone home. Love you dear Mother, "always kind and true."


ANNA (AMORAL) RIBEIRO   May 16, 2017

Anna (Amoral) Ribeiro, age 91 of Chestnut Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, May 16, 2017 at the Grace Barker Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Alfred Ribeiro. Born June 17, 1925, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Bettencourt) Amoral. Anna attended the Johnson and Wales School, now Johnson and Wales University, and was a student of Miss Johnson and Miss Wales, its founders. She did cost accounting at Texas Instruments where she worked for 40 years. She loved playing the piano and the organ, being active at the Rehoboth Senior Center and playing Hi Lo Jack. She leaves her daughters, Kathryn (Manuel) Reposa of Rehoboth and Susan (the late Warren) Ferreira of Warren; 4 grandchildren, Sharon, Stacy, Matthew and Marc; and 5 great grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, Mya, Mikayla, and Leo. She was also the sister of John B. Amoral of New Jersey, Raymond M. Amoral of Rehoboth, and the late William B. Amoral.


MARIA (HAFNER) RAMSPOTT   May 15, 2017

Maria (Hafner) Ramspott, age 88 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Country Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center in Swansea. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard P. Ramspott who died in 2004. Born in Vienna, Austria on October 3, 1928, she was a loving daughter of the late Franz and Theresia (Hafner) Hafner. Maria grew up and was educated in Vienna. She moved to the United States in 1945 and settled in Rehoboth where she served as a dedicated homemaker to her adoring family.  Mrs. Ramspott was a member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church and the Rehoboth Garden Club. She loved spending time with her family, gardening, art and classical music. She is survived by her devoted children: Thia Lord and her husband John of East Providence; Lende R. McMullen and her husband Robert of Rehoboth; Robert Paul Ramspott of New York City; and Parker DeLos Ramspott and his wife Ann of Leverett. She was the dear sister of Katherina Haver of Vienna, and is also survived by her cherished 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


DEBRA A. (TORRES) FREDERICKS   May 9, 2017

Debra A. (Torres) Fredericks, age 64 of North Dighton, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a long struggle with cancer. She was the devoted wife of Douglas R. Fredericks for over 45 years. Born in Taunton, Debra was the beloved daughter of Francis and Dorothy (Bleau) Torres of North Dighton, and sister of Peter Torres and Diane Torres of North Dighton, James Torres of Boston and Gary Buseck of Taunton. She was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, attended Stonehill College, and earned a Masters Degree from Salve Regina College. In 1971, she married Douglas R. Fredericks, and raised a family of four children. Together with her father, she co-owned and operated Torres Real Estate and Insurance in Dighton for more than 40 years. She was passionate about her work, and held a number of advanced insurance designations, including CPCU and CIC, and was a Licensed Insurance Adviser. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Insurance Agents Association and as president of the Bristol Chapter Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women. As a lifelong resident of Dighton, she also took great interest and pride in her community. However, Debra most cherished time spent with her family and was Neema to her ten grandchildren. In addition to her husband, parents, and siblings, she is survived by four children: Christian D. Fredericks and wife Lydia of Rehoboth; Robert D. Fredericks and wife Terri of North Dighton; Julie A. Preston and husband Damien of North Dighton, and Lois G. Medeiros of Bridgewater. Her adored grandchildren are Damien Jr., Emma, Christian Jr., Lily, Aaron, Maddux, Willow, Alexa, Violet, and David. She also had a special love for her two nephews: Brian Torres of Riverside, RI; and Mark Torres, currently serving in the Army and stationed in Maryland. Donations may be made in her name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), PO Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141. Donations can also be made online: ocrfa.org/donate.


ANDREW A. “FIG” FIGUERADO, JR.   May 7, 2017

Andrew A. “Fig” Figuerado, Jr., age 51 of Brockton, formerly of Attleboro, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Milton. Andrew was the beloved fiancé of Dawn Tippetts. Born and raised in Attleboro, he was the son of Andrew and Ida (Brochu) Figuerado of Attleboro. He attended Attleboro public schools and graduated from Attleboro High School class of 1985. Andrew worked for Gordon Food Service as a truck driver for 17 years. He enjoyed time with family, especially his grandchildren. Andrew was loved by all and will be remembered for his great sense of humor, friendliness, and loyalty.  Andrew is also survived by his stepchildren, Kathi Studenski and her husband Paul of Brockton, Harry Bobst of Brockton, and Brandon Bobst of South Carolina. His grandchildren Makenzie and Rylie Studenski and Kaylee Bobst. He was the brother of Michael Figuerado and his wife Donna of Rehoboth; Robert Figuerado of North Attleboro; David Figuerado and his wife Maureen of Dade City, FL; and Mark Figuerado and his wife Pat of Pawtucket, RI. Andrew also leaves many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog Princess. Donations in Andrew’s name to the Cancer Research Institute.


ALBERT E. “MOPAR AL” BRUNETTE   May 6, 2017

Albert E. Mopar Al Brunette, age 53 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away at his home on Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Sheri (Medeiros) Brunette. Al was born in Fall River, the loving son of Doris L. (Schultz) Brunette of Rehoboth and the late David A. Brunette. Al was a member of Asbestos Workers Union Local 6 as a pipe coverer. He was a muscle car enthusiast especially anything Mopar. Al owned many classic Mopars dating back to childhood which earned him the name Mopar Al. If you only meet Al once, you became a friend. He would always be willing to help anyone. He will be remembered as a loving and caring person who was devoted to his family. Besides his loving wife Sheri of over 28 years and his mother Doris, Al is survived by his son Jacob E. Brunette of Rehoboth.


ANNIE B. (MELLO) SOUZA   May 6, 2017

Annie B. (Mello) Souza, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 at her son Paul's residence. She was the wife of the late Arthur C. Souza. Annie was born in Somerset and had been a resident of Rehoboth since 1948. She was a graduate of Joseph Case High School and attended the Thibodeau Business School. In addition to being a homemaker, she was an active communicant of St. Dominic's Church and enjoyed participating in church activities. She also enjoyed knitting and gardening. She is survived by two sons, Arthur C. Souza Jr., and his wife Debra of East Providence, RI, Paul R. Souza and his wife Karen of Taunton and one grandson Kyle M. Souza. She was the sister of the late John Mello and Laura Gruca. Contributions in her honor may be made to St. Dominic's Church or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Framingham, MA 02241.


ELAINE ROSE BUSHEE   May 4, 2017

Elaine Rose Bushee, age 84 of Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away on May 4, 2017. She was the former wife of the late Herbert H. Bushee. Born and raised in Taunton, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Lillian (Carlos) Henault. Elaine worked as an engraver at Suburban Engraving in Attleboro and retired from Blackinton in North Attleboro. She greatly enjoyed reading, visiting libraries, Cooking, going out to eat and spending time with her beloved family. An avid Patriots and Red Sox fan, she was also a gifted artist, having created numerous drawings, sketches and sculptures. Above all she fully and truly loved her children, Donna M. Dumont and her husband Ronald of Rehoboth; Diane E. Randazzo and her husband Peter of East Taunton; Dorene N. McHugh and her husband Michael of New Bedford; Daryl H. Bushee of Taunton; Daryck J.C. Bushee and his wife Cheryl of Gardner, Maine; and Drew P. Bushee and his wife Ann of East Taunton. She is also survived by her sister, Elva Masse and her late husband Robert Masse of Reno, Nevada; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Donations in her memory can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202


DONNA LEE COSMO   May 4, 2017

Donna Lee Cosmo of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on May 4, 2017.  She was born March 8, 1954.  Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home in New Bedford. No other information is available.


JOHN APARICIO   May 2, 2017

John Aparicio, age 89 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at home Tuesday evening May 2, 2017. He was the husband of the late Palmyra (Silva) Aparicio. Born February 14, 1928 in East Providence, he was a son of the late Aniceto and Edith (Ferreira) Aparicio. John was a WWII veteran of the US Army.

He leaves his 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. He leaves grandchildren: Crystal, J.J., Jesse, Julia, Christa, and Olivia; his great-granddaughter, Brittany and great- grandson, Jacob. He was the brother of Alfred Aparicio, Marlene Carreira and the late Dorothy Perkins.


RUSSELL “RUSTY” BRASK, JR.   April 20, 2017

Russell “Rusty” Sven Brask, Jr., age 52 of Ocoee, Florida, formerly of Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017. He leaves his fiancée, Josephine Fish of Ocoee, Florida.  Born on July 6, 1964 in Attleboro, he was the son of the late Russell Sr. and Dorothy (Smith) Brask. Rusty was a 1983 graduate of Attleboro High School and was partner in Brask Enterprises, a family business. He enjoyed truck driving and especially operating the roll-off. He was a member of the Attleboro Elks Lodge No. 1014, the Attleboro Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post No. 321 in Cooper City, Florida.  Rusty was an avid NASCAR and New England Patriots fan and he enjoyed time at the casinos, scratch tickets and spending time with his family and friends. Rusty is also survived by his two sisters, Mary-Ellen Hall and her husband Lawrence D. of South Kingstown, R.I. and Kristan B. Butler and her husband Dennis R. of Rehoboth; his nieces, Tiffany L. Hall of South Kingstown, R.I., and Hailey B., Samantha E. and Kaitlin S. Butler, all of Rehoboth; his nephew, Derek R. Hall and his fiancée Meghan McGovern, both of South Attleboro; and his step-children, Patricia Evans and her husband Justin of Jacksonville, Fla. and Scott Armstrong of Dunn, N.C. Memorial donations may be made to Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703.


ALBAN BOURQUE   April 20, 2017

Alban Bourque of Taunton, Massachusetts died Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Marian Manor following a period of failing health. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine M. (Fougere) Bourque. He was born 98 years ago in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of the late Leandre and Delima (Gallant) Bourque. He was educated in New Brunswick and had been a Taunton resident for the past 63 years. Prior to his retirement, Alban had been employed as a machinist for the Foxboro Company for 24 years. He enjoyed carpentry, traveling, and spending time with his family. He was a communicant of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Taunton. In addition to his wife, he leaves: 4 sons: Claude Bourque and his wife, Mary of Assonet, Paul Bourque and his wife Brenda of Assonet, Bernard Bourque and his wife, Debra of Rehoboth, and Blair Bourque of Taunton; 2 daughters: Jocelyn Burnett and her husband, Steve of Taunton, and Claudette Kitsner and her husband, John of Taunton; 3 sisters: Lorraine Bourque of Kingston, Ontario, Maria Bourque of Shediac, New Brunswick, and Theresa Bourque of Shediac, New Brunswick; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Alban was also the brother of the late Fred and Phillippe Bourque.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


JASON M. BIRD   April 19, 2017

Jason M. Bird, a new angel, ascended to heaven on April 22, 2017. After 46 years on planet Earth, Jason passed away after a short stay at RI Hospital in Providence, RI.  He was born in Taunton, the son of Yvonne (Cote) Bird of Taunton and his late father John Jack Bird. Jason resided most of his life in Rehoboth, MA where he owned and operated Pristine Construction Company. Jason enjoyed boating, working on cars, his business and above all cherished his family especially his beloved daughter Karis. Jason also leaves his former wife and friend Sonya Bird of Attleboro. He also leaves his brother John Bird of Taunton and several aunts, uncles and friends. Jason now has risen but those who knew this resilient man happily prize their memories of him manage the soft art of love.


FRANCES “ELLIE” LAWTON   April 19, 2017

Frances "Ellie" Lawton, age 92 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a longtime area resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She was the wife of the late Robert Stanley Lawton. Ellie was born in Providence, a daughter of the late George F. and Caroline C. (Davis) deSousa. Ellie was a graduate of the Truesdale Nursing School and was employed as a registered nurse for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Institute of Devine Metaphysical Research, the Rehoboth Senior Center and the Rehoboth Veteran's Association. Ellie was also a Truesdale Nurses Alumna and enjoyed crafts, cooking, playing golf and spending time with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Machala and her husband Kenneth of Rehoboth; grandchildren, Ellen E. Burns and her husband Lawrence of Alexandria, Va. and Hollis Lee Machala of Rehoboth; a great-grandchild, Nora Catherine Burns; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late James R. de Souza, Ethelyne Maxwell, and M. Louise Carreiro.

Donations in her name may be made to a local charity of your choosing.


SCOTT A. PETTI   April 18, 2017

Scott A. Petti, age 62 of Brockton, MA passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017 in his home after a brief illness. He was the son of Marilyn L. “Snookie” (Fuller) Petti and the late Celestino M. “Charlie” Petti, Jr. A lifelong resident of Brockton, he was a 1972 graduate of Brockton High School. Scott attended Worcester Polytechnical Institute and later served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976-1986. While in the Marines, Scott was stationed at Oahu, HI where he excelled in the Small Unit Leadership Course (SULC) program, achieving the top class ranking. He was selected from a pool of exceptional Marines to attend the USMC Drill Instructor Basic Training School. In July 1984, he was assigned to the USMC Recruit Training Depot, Camp Pendelton, CA, as a Drill Instructor. Scott enjoyed mathematics, physics, challenges and intricate details. He worked as a precision machinist in the Brockton area for many years. He was also a self-taught violinist and had a collection of small violins that he would take to Boston Common on Sundays and give free lessons to any child who wanted to play. Many times, several years later, he would receive a letter from a parent telling him how their child was still playing and thanking him for getting them interested. Crosby, Stills and Nash played the song, “Teach Your Children Well” and that is what Scott emphasized while instructing young violinists. In his younger years, Scott was a strong billiards enthusiast, a 9-ball specialist who played at Westgate Lanes in Brockton. It wasn’t uncommon to see him “run” many racks in a row in pursuit of a win. Prior to graduating from high school, Scott had the opportunity to meet an individual who would have a profound and influential impact on his life, Dr. H. Meredith Berry of West Bridgewater, MA.  Along with Dr. Walter A. Wichern, of New York, NY, Dr. Berry co-founded the Berwick Boys Foundation. Scott enjoyed the challenges that were set out for all of the boys to complete. The motto of the Berwick Boys is “The difficult we do at once, the impossible takes a little longer.” Scott carried those words with him throughout his life. Scott was the brother of Charlyn M. Veracka and her husband David of Beverly Hills, FL, Anthony J. Petti of Brockton, Lance J. Petti of Easton, Joy S. Petti of Rehoboth, Former City Councilor Todd G. Petti and his wife Kathy of Brockton, Gina F. Petti of Lancaster, CA., Shelly G. Nadeau and her husband Marcel of Rehoboth, Tory M. Petti of Brockton, Matthew D. Petti and his wife Kathy of Brockton, Atty. Mark D. Petti and his wife Kim of Brockton and the late Charles M. "Chuck" Petti. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. Please consider donations in Scott’s name to the Berwick Boys Foundation, 335 West St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.


ROBERT CHARLES McCRACKEN   April 13, 2017

Robert Charles McCracken, formerly of Dighton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts died Thursday, April 13, 2017 after a brief illness at the age of 80 years old. He, was born on July 4, 1936 in Dighton, Massachusetts, a son of the late George Ellsworth and Ruth (Wilcox) McCracken. Robert was educated in Dighton schools and acquired an associate's degree in business. He was employed at Texas Instruments, Reed & Barton, and various farms around Dighton. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Miles City, Montana, where he learned his trade as an upholsterer. He moved back to Taunton where he operated Bob's Upholstery Shop for many years. He relocated to Dighton in the 1980's where he ran B & C Upholstery Shop. After his retirement, he moved to North Carolina where he resided until his death. His hobbies included bee keeping, farming and gardening. He was the husband of the late Alberta P. Vasconcellos, and brother to the late George Jr., Harold, Charles "Billy", Bruce McCracken and Patricia Ostrander. He is survived by his current wife, Shirley Pereira; 3 sisters, Shirley Oliveira, Ruth Patterson, Norene Stuart; 8 children: Roberta Blair, Jeanne Souza, Sharon Rocha, Charles, David, Jeffrey, James P. McCracken and Amy Pires; 11 grandchildren: Ryan Macomber, Noel & Seth Souza, Casey Rocha, Samantha & Taylor McCracken, Chelsea Bass, Allen McCracken, Peyson, Reese and Kennedy Pires. 3 great-grandchildren: Ashley, Klaryssa and Amya, and many nieces and nephews.


JOHN E. COLLARD   April 8, 2017

John E. Collard, age 74 of North Dighton, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton from complications of Parkinson's Disease and a broken heart, reuniting with his late granddaughter Erin Noble. John was the husband of 51 years to Adele (Corrigan) Collard. He was a graduate of Dighton High School, Class of 1960. He owned and operated Johnny's Market in North Dighton for more than 35 years. He was active with the Lion's Club. He served on the board of trustees at Bristol County Agricultural High School. John was a passionate fan of the New York Yankees, New England Patriots, NASCAR, Boston Bruins and any sports teams his granddaughters played on. Survivors, besides his wife, are two daughters, Kristen Collard of Kona, Hawaii, and Michele Pearce and her husband Dave of North Dighton; a son, Jeff Collard and his wife Avery of North Attleboro; four grandchildren: Olivia Noble of North Dighton; Grace Collard and Caroline Collard of North Attleboro; two sisters, Elizabeth Martin of Dighton and Jeanne Donovan of Attleboro; two brothers, Thomas Collard of Rumford, R.I., and Hugh Collard of Jamestown, R.I. Donations in his memory can be made to The Parkinson's Place, 65 Blackstone Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860.


BETTY ROSE PIKE   April 4, 2017

Betty Rose (Reynolds) Pike, age 84 of North Attleboro, Massachusetts peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home in North Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late George Joseph Pike. Born on March 18, 1933 in Rehoboth, MA she was the daughter of the late Eugene Everett Reynolds and the late Minnie Emma (Anderson) Reynolds. A graduate of Rehoboth High School, she had worked as a jewelry maker for Swank, Inc. in Attleboro, before retiring in 1965. A resident of North Attleboro since 1972, she previously lived in East Providence, R.I. Betty enjoyed the company of her family, dining out, listening to radio talk shows, and dancing. She was a Sunday school Teacher at Rehoboth Congregational Church, and loved animals, especially cats and dogs, and feeding squirrels and birds. Betty was the cherished stepmother of Norman George Pike and his wife, Marguerite S. (Collette) Pike, of Pawtucket; and the late Ronald D. Pike and his wife, Audrey (Jackson) Pike, of Wareham. She was the adoring grandmother of eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and the sister of the late Harriet Silva, Lillian Pike, and Grace Langille. She leaves several nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made in memory of Betty to the Resident Activities Fund of Madonna Manor, 85 North Washington St., North Attleboro, MA 02760.


VIRGINIA (MEDEIROS) MORRIS   March 25, 2017

Virginia (Medeiros) Morris, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at home with her family at her side Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was the wife of the late Louis Morris Jr. Born July 24, 1925, in Seekonk, MA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria Medeiros. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church where she faithfully participated in the Eucharistic Adoration, was a member of the Women's Guild, and supported the charity events of the church including the bazaar. She was also a member of the Rehoboth Senior Center. She leaves her children, Frederick L. Morris of Rehoboth, Edward Morris of Cranston, Diana M. DeLouise of Smithfield and Stephen L. Morris of Seekonk; her granddaughter, Sherry; and her great-grandsons, Jared and Jackson. She was the sister of the late Mary Szabo, Lena Medeiros, Emily Cabral, Joseph Medeiros Jr., Anthony Medeiros, Domenic Medeiros and John Medeiros.


MARIA “JUNE” TOSTE   March 25, 2017

Marie "June" Toste, age 88 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died March 25, 2017 at Charlton Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Joseph Toste. Born in Rehoboth, she was the daughter of the late John Duarte and Phoebe (Soares) Duarte. She worked as a solderer for Hartman Systems Co. in Bristol, RI. As an active member of the Rehoboth Senior Center, Marie enjoyed playing bingo and card games with her many friends. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her son Joseph A. Toste and daughter-in-law Deborah of Taunton. She was the beloved grandmother of Jillian Sylvia and her husband Charles of Norton; Erin Santos and her husband Carlo of Attleboro; and her great-grandchildren: Ashlyn, Thomas, Mason, Liam and Evelyn. She is survived by her son-in-law Timothy Burke of New Mexico.  She was predeceased by her daughter, Ann Marie Burke, and her late siblings David Duarte and Emily Furtado.


ALFRED M.  “FREDDIE” MEDEIROS, JR.   March 15, 2017

Alfred M. “Freddie” Medeiros, Jr.,  age 60 of Rehoboth Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Wednesday March 15, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Cynthia M. (Burchard) Medeiros. Freddie was born in Fall River, a son of the late Alfred M. and Rita (Yergeau) Medeiros Sr.  He was a truck driver for the Holmes Transportation Company for the last six years. Freddie has been a Rehoboth resident for the last twenty years, coming from Warren, RI. He was a member of the Warren Portuguese Club, and the Over the Hill Motorcycle Club of Warren. Besides his wife he is survived by his son Shane M. Medeiros of Rehoboth; his daughter Mackenzie M. Medeiros of Rehoboth; his brothers Kenneth Medeiros Sr. of Bristol and Richard “Rick” Medeiros of Warren; his sisters Jo-Ann Ward of Bristol, RI and Laurie Medeiros of Lancaster, MA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Donations in his memory may be made to Bank Newport in memory of Alfred M. Medeiros Jr., in order to help his family.


STEVEN T. SMITH  March 12, 2017

Steven T. Smith, age 47, formerly of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and currently of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Born in Attleboro, Steven was the beloved son of Shiela I. (Handy) Smith of Attleboro, and the late Edwin R. Smith, Sr. He was the beloved step-son of Betty Smith of East Providence. Steven was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Class of 1988. He worked as a truck driver for Jay P. Noonan Transportation, Bridgewater for the past year, and was previously employed by FedEx for many years. Steve was an avid motorcyclist who loved his Harley-Davidson, and fast cars. He enjoyed playing poker with friends and following the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Steven especially loved watching the games with his family and friends. Above all, Steven was a man with a good heart and the most important thing to him was spending time with family, especially his beloved nieces and nephew. Besides his mother and step-mother, Steven leaves a sister, Lynn A. Gagne of Seekonk; three brothers, Bob Smith of Johnston, James Smith of North Attleboro and Tim Smith and his wife, Michelle of Warren; five nieces, Nicole Gagne, Hannah Smith, Ryleigh Smith, Melania Smith and Audriana Smith and a nephew, R.J. Gagne. He was the brother of the late Lori Boudreau and the brother-in-law of the late Ronald Gagne.


NANCY R. PEREIRA   March 8, 2017

Nancy R. Pereira, age 71 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at her home.  Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Raul and Rose (Silvia) Pereira.  Nancy was a customer service representative for the former New England Telephone Company before she retired.  She was an avid sports fan, but she especially loved the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox and the PC Friars.   She was a lover of all animals. She leaves one brother, Adelino Pereira and his wife Donna; one sister-in-law, Shirley A. Pereira McCraken; two nephews; two nieces; and several great nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Raul Pereira, Jr.


VERONICA A. RESSLER   March 4, 2017

Veronica A. Ressler, age 91 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Ressler. Born in Paterson, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Alice (Quigley) Lyons. While living in New Jersey, Mrs. Ressler worked as a cosmetician. She leaves one son, R. Craig Ressler and his wife Patricia, six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several close friends. Contributions to the Rehoboth Food Pantry, 477 Winthrop St., Rehoboth, MA 02769 would be appreciated.


CAROL R. JENSON   March 1, 2017

Carol R. Jenson, age 74 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Carol was born in Brooklyn, New York and was a daughter of the late James and Caroline Lawless. Carol was a graduate of Massapequa High School and Oneonta State College, in NY, and earned her Master’s Degree from Lesley College. She was a dedicated teacher for 30 years in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School System. She is survived by her son, Christopher D. Jenson; her daughter, Heather R. Rose and her husband Scott all of Rehoboth; brothers, James Lawless of CA and Stephen Lawless of VT; four grandchildren, Erich Sullivan, and Montana, Cooper and Xander Rose and several nieces and nephews. Donations in her name may be made to Meals on Wheels at Bristol Elder Services, 1 Father Devalles Blvd #8, Fall River, MA 02723.


EDWARD FURTADO   February 28, 2017

Edward Furtado, Sr. age 92 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away on Tuesday, February 29, 2017.  He was the husband of the late Irene Ida (DeSouza) Furtado. Born in Taunton, he was the son of the late Manuel and Frances (Teixeira) Furtado. Edward was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and a Purple Heart recipient. For 25 years he owned and operated the A&W Root Beer Stand in County Square, Attleboro. An avid hunter, he belonged to many local gun clubs, raised beagles for many years and was a loyal Red Sox fan. He was the father of Edward Furtado Jr. of Attleboro; Kenneth Furtado and his wife Irene of Seekonk; and Richard Furtado of Salem, Oregon.  He was father-in-law of the late Patricia Furtado; brother of the late Charlie Furtado and Ruth Dansreau; grandfather of Sherri Furtado, Kenneth Furtado, Jr., Jesse Furtado, Amy D'Amico, Jamie Furtado, Christy Illic, Danny Furtado and the late Adam Furtado. He also leaves 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


CATHERINE M. ROUTHIER   February 28, 2017

Catherine M. Routhier,  age 52 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Norwood Hospital following a brief illness. She was the wife of Frank Abebe, they were married for 30 years.  Mrs. Routhier was born in Fall River, daughter of Virginia V. (Chase) Routhier of Westport and the late Robert R. Routhier and had resided in Rehoboth for the past 29 years. She worked as a kindergarten teacher at the Garvin Memorial School in Cumberland, RI and was passionate about working with students with special needs. She loved researching and learning to do things on her own and traveling all over the world, experiencing new cultures. Survivors along with her husband and mother include her 2 sisters: Susan J. Sharpe of Dartmouth and Cynthia A. Olivier of Oak Bluffs; along with several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Janet M. McNulty. Memorial donations may be made to the Garvin Memorial School, 1364 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864.


BARBARA (INGHAM) MCLEAN  February 22, 2017

Barbara (Ingham) McLean, age 85 of Rehoboth, passed away on February 22, 2017 at Morton Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Alan "Jim" McLean. Barbara was born in Dighton, a daughter of the late William and Bertha (Carpenter) Ingham. She was the first woman police officer with the town of Rehoboth, serving from 1971 to 1989. Prior to her service with the police department, Barbara had worked for Texas Instruments from 1949 to 1971. She enjoyed dancing and spending time with her family. Besides her loving husband Jim of over 63 years, she is survived by her son Scott McLean and his wife Ann; two granddaughters, Lauren and Lissa, a brother George "Bud" Ingham of Rehoboth and was the sister of the late Wilma Smiley, and all the loving members of her large extended families the Morrells, Procopios, Inghams and Smileys. A memorial celebration will be held in her honor this spring. Memorial gifts in Barbara's memory made to: Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703 would be deeply appreciated.


ANTHONY SOUSA  February 21, 2017

Anthony Sousa, age 74 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on February 21, 2017.  He was the husband of Catherine Sousa and son to the late Manuel Sousa and Gertrude (Bridges) Sousa.  Anthony was a wonderful man who was a supporter of St. Jude’s Children Hospital and the Heart Association.  He loved and always had his tow dachshunds, Mama and The Little One, by his side.  He leaves behind one son Dale Sousa of Rehoboth, MA and four daughters, Debra Acquaviva of Riverside, RI; Kerrie Sousa of Providence, RI; Lesia Alfieri of Auburndale, FL; and Elisabeth Chomka of Cumberland, RI.  He also leaves one brother Frank Sousa, and three sisters, Mary Camara, Joanne Knight, and Elizabeth Gilbert.  Anthony had eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his brother Johnny Sousa.


DR. GEORGE V. MORRIS   February 12, 2017

Dr. George V. Morris, age 86, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 12, 2017  at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Mary (McCaffrey) Morris. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary Morris. He has been a Seekonk resident for 20 years previously living in East Providence. Dr. Morris was a chemistry professor at Salve Regina University for 33 years retiring in 1996. He served as Chair of the Chemistry Department for 5 years. He also worked as a Sr. Chemist at Raytheon in Portsmouth. He was a graduate of Providence College, Class of 1952 and upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army  and served in the Korean War.  Following the war he returned to school and received a Masters and a Ph.D from the University of Rhode Island. In his spare time, George loved fishing and traveling with this wife in their RV. He leaves 2 daughters: Jennifer Machado and her husband Michael of East Providence, and Susan Leonard and her husband Patrick of Rehoboth, a brother William Morris of Freemont, CA as well as 4 grandchildren: Ryan and Amanda Leonard and Brittany and Christopher Machado. He was the brother of the late Edward, John and James Morris. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association .


ERIC T. CHILDS   February 5, 2017

Eric T. Childs,  age 35 of Manville, Rhode Island and formerly of Attleboro, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. Born November 28, 1981 in Attleboro, he leaves his father, Theodore Childs and his wife Coleen of Rehoboth; his mother, Anna Chaisty of South Attleboro; and his stepfather, Kevin Chaisty of Warwick, R.I.  Eric grew up in Attleboro and was a graduate of Attleboro High School. He worked as a cook, welder and also did a variety of jobs in construction. He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. Eric enjoyed playing video games and he attended the South Attleboro Assembly of God Church. Eric is also survived by his siblings, Joshua Childs of New Hampshire; Scottie Chaisty of Warwick; Shana Childs of Bristol, RI; Jenai Childs and Tiani Childs, both of Rehoboth; his grandmother, Anna Nason of North Attleboro; his companion, Amy Crandall and beautiful daughter, Amelia Rose; also many uncles, aunts and cousins. Donations may be made in Eric's memory to the Amelia Rose Trust Fund, c/o Goldmark Federal Credit Union, 155 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.


STEPHEN COLLIER SMITH, SR.   February 4, 2017

Stephen Collier Smith, Sr., 65, of Westport, MA passed away at home on Saturday, February 4, 2017, following a year long battle with lung cancer. Stephen is lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of thirty-seven years, Lynn (Bianchini) Smith. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Kenneth and Doreen (Collier) Smith, he resided in Rehoboth for thirty-one years before moving to Westport in September of 2016. Stephen graduated from Tolman High School, Pawtucket, in 1970, where he had served as Class President and went on to attend the University of Denver. Stephen began a long career in the marine industry in 1974 as part owner of Enterprise Manufacturing in Pawtucket, RI. He held positions at Stokes Marine Industries in Coldwater, MI and began a sales career at Rule Industries in Gloucester, MA. He went on to the U.S. Paint Corporation and rose to Vice President of Sales Development at Akzo Nobel, where the company named a building in his honor the “Stephen Smith Yacht Paint Application Training Center”, Cocoa Beach, Florida. He served on the board of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association. Stephen had a love for the ocean and was an avid boater for all of his life. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing and photography. One who always saw the best in people, he loved spending time with his family and friends. Besides his wife, he is lovingly remembered by their three children, Stephen Smith, Jr. of Pawtucket, RI; Michaela LaBrie and her husband, Colin, of Westport and Sharon, MA; and Ryan Smith and Trisha Chakrabarti of Oakland, CA; and his grandson, Cormac. He is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Kenneth Smith and his wife, Laurie, of Wakefield, RI; and Mark Smith and his wife, Lisa, of Seekonk, MA; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was the brother of the late Paula Mekdsy, Craig, Bruce and Pamela Smith. Memorial gifts to The Miriam Hospital Foundation /Miriam Comprehensive Cancer Center, 164 Summit Ave., Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.


ROSEMARIE (CARON) BAKER   February 2, 2017

Rosemarie (Caron) Baker, age 89, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, Maine. She was born April 2, 1927, in Island Falls, Maine, the daughter of Peter and Leona (Michaud) Caron. Rosemarie grew up in Plainville. She was a basketball star in high school. She married Florent "Tony" Baker September 13, 1947, and they raised three children. She was also a waitress at her mother Leona's restaurant, and she and her husband Tony operated Star Pools Inc. from 1962 to 1977. In 1978 they moved to Bar Harbor, Maine, and operated the Bell Isle Motel from 1978 to 1992. They wintered in Umatilla, Fla., from 1987 to 2016. Rosemarie was a communicant of Holy Redeemer Church in Bar Harbor. She enjoyed knitting, bird watching, puzzles and was an accomplished baker and cook. Rosemarie is survived by her husband Florent "Tony" Baker - their 70th anniversary would have been this year; daughters, Denise Estey and husband Steve of Dennis and Jacqueline Baker and husband Ronald Mancini of Manchester Center, Vt.; son, Gerald Baker and wife Beverly of Rehoboth; six grandchildren: Rebecca Estey, Suzanne Ashworth, Jonathan Estey, Aaron Baker, Emile Baker-Hassan, and Samuel Baker and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters, Janette Daniels and Geraldine Lawson. Contributions in Rosemarie's memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.


RITA D. (VINCENT) HUNTER   January 31, 2017

Rita D. (Vincent) Hunter, age 94 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.  She was the wife of the late Clifford D. Hunter.  Born in Rehoboth, she was a daughter of the late Edgar A. Vincent & Dorris M. (Horton) Vincent. Mrs. Hunter was a homemaker and talented seamstress.  She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, President of the Greenwood Cemetery Association, member of the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, and played on the Rehoboth Milkmaids Softball Team in her younger years. She leaves her loving children: Wayne Hunter & his wife Edith of Williams, AZ; Gerald Hunter of Rehoboth, Marjorie Soares & her husband John of Attleboro; Paula Fernandes of Rehoboth; John Hunter & his wife Linda of Garrattsville, NY; Randall Hunter & his wife Martha of Rehoboth; and son-in-law Robert Randall of Wareham.  She was the mother of the late Susan Randall, and mother-in-law of the late James Fernandes.  She was the cherished grandmother of 9 grandchildren & 17 great-grandchildren.  She was the sister of the late V. Jeanette Vincent.  Gifts in her memory to the Greenwood Cemetery Association, 11 Brook St., Rehoboth, MA 02769 will be appreciated.  


BERTHA E. HAMEL   January 31, 2017

Bertha E. Hamel, age 93 of Carpenter Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died January 31, 2017 at home with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Normand O. Hamel for almost 70 years. They were married on April 26, 1947. Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Oza and Eva (Brodeur) Allard. Bertha worked at the Assumption School teaching first grade students. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Normand Hamel of Westwood, MA; Christine Fassi of Las Cruces, NM; Catherine Riendeau of Seekonk, MA; Mark Hamel, Thomas Hamel and Genevieve Hamel all of Pawtucket, RI; and Eric Hamel of Rehoboth; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Jacques (Jack) Hamel. She was predeceased by her siblings, Aram, Arthur, Robert, and Conrad Allard, Claire Dansereau, Lucille Anger, Terry Lynch and Jackie Grenon. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church or to the Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703.


EUGENIE A. (DUFOUR) GUGLIELMO   January 28, 2017

Eugenie A. (Dufour) Guglielmo, age 88 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on January 28, 2017  in Sturdy Hospital following a lengthy battle with Alzheimers disease. Eugenie is survived by her loving husband Thomas Guglielmo of Rehoboth. She was born in Taunton, the daughter of the late Eugene & Alice (Guite) Dufour. She had resided in Rehoboth the past 59 years and was formerly of Taunton. She was educated in Taunton schools and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. She was employed as a nurse in many local hospitals. Eugenie enjoyed traveling, her pets, and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who loved spending time with her family. She also leaves her children Michael Guglielmo of Austin, PA; Paul Guglielmo of Rehoboth; Luanne Guglielmo of Rehoboth; and her late son Thomas Guglielmo. She also leaves her late siblings Louise Yelle and Marilyn Chamberlain. Eugenie also leaves her three grandchildren, Melissa and Lauren Guglielmo of PA and Paul Guglielmo Jr. of Rehoboth. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601.


EDWARD W. COONEY, JR.   January 3, 2017

Edward W. Cooney Jr., age 69 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital Attleboro. Born in Providence he was the son of the late Edward W. Sr and Marjorie (Sheridan) Cooney. He lived in Pawtucket for 30 years previously living in Cranston before moving to Rehoboth. Before retiring in 2016 he was employed as a truck driver for Owens and Minor Medical Supplies. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Mr Cooney is survived by one son, David Cooney of Seekonk; two sisters, Marjorie Souza of Virginia and Patricia Clifford of Cranston; two brothers, Thomas Cooney of Palm Coast, Florida and Richard Cooney of Cranston; 4 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the former husband of Elise Reynolds of Pawtucket. He was the father of the late Edward W. Cooney III and Paul W. Cooney, and was brother of the late Kathleen Russo, and Maureen Cooney.

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE REHOBOTH VILLAGE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

(June 16, 2017) Recognizing the need for funerals and memorial services to be conducted with dignity, respect and reverence along with the keeping the appearance of the cemetery grounds in an attractive manner, a clarification of the rules is listed below.


The Board of Directors of the Rehoboth Cemetery Association, Inc. has no wish to interfere with the individual taste in monuments or memorials or plantings on  grave lots but all must abide by the rules established by the bylaws of the Association stating that the Officers reserve the right of approval exclusively to themselves of all monuments and decorations.


Anything that might cause annoyance or seem to be improper or not in harmony and keeping with the original landscape and gardening plan of the cemetery grounds will be removed.


This is necessary for the safety of the maintenance staff and visitors to the Cemetery. To that end a sign has been erected at the rear of the Lake Chapel outlining the decoration policy for graves:


  1. 1.Flowers, wreaths and plantings are acceptable, but will be removed if they become unsightly or detract from the appearance of the cemetery.

  2. 2.Toys, ornaments, stuffed animals, balloons, and similar objects will be removed for the same reasons or within two weeks of the service.

  3. 3.Trees, shrubs and bushes may not encroach on adjacent grave plots or they will be removed.

  4. 4.Only one shepherds crook plant hanger is allowed per grave plot and height is limited to the same height as the monument or grave marker.

  5. 5.The scattering of feed for animals is prohibited

  6. 6.Any other objects deemed inappropriate or offensive will be removed.

  7. 7.The Cemetery Superintendent shall have the authority to determine which decorations are unsightly, offensive or inappropriate.


Arthur Tobin, Clerk

Rehoboth Cemetery Association, Inc.