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(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.



ALAN J. BARTH   February 13, 2018

Alan J. Barth,  age 55 of East Providence, Rhode Island and formerly of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the companion of Sherry Merck for six years. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the son of the late Wilber and Shirley (Bowerman) Barth. After graduating from Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School in 1980, Alan joined the United States Navy in 1981 as a Sea Bee serving in several foreign countries. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1987, Alan became a correctional officer at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, RI where he was employed until his untimely passing. He earned a brown belt in Karate, and worked as an interior and exterior house painter. His most prized possession and love of his life was his beloved dog Drago. Besides his companion, he leaves five siblings: James R. Barth of California; Richard Barth and his wife, Karen of Providence; Mary Souza and her husband, Antone Cordeira of Taunton; Wilber Barth, Jr. and his companion Patricia Rose of East Providence; David Barth and his wife Norma of Seekonk; along with several nephews and nieces and his family from the Pub. Donations in his memory to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, 1086 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 will be appreciated.

EDWARD J. NOONAN   February 8, 2018

Edward J. Noonan, age 90 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018. He was the husband of the late Myra J. (Wallace) Noonan to whom he was married 45 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late James F. Noonan, Sr. and Emmy (Vuurens) Noonan. He had lived in Rehoboth for 68 years. Ed was a utility linesman for the former Narragansett Electric Company for 42 years. An avid outdoorsman, he loved the country life and enjoyed feeding the birds. He was a lifelong member of the South Seekonk Gun Club and served as President in 1970. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Ed leaves a son, Michael E. Noonan of Rehoboth and 14 nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late James F. Noonan, Jr., June E. Russell, Arleen L. Gillett and Anna M. Lemire. Contributions in his memory to the Alzheimer Association, 245 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.

CHRISTINE (ROSSI) COIA   January 24, 2018

Christine (Rossi) Coia, age 95 of Barrington, Rhode Island and formerly of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully on January 24, 2018 in Tamarac, Florida.  She was the wife of the late John Coia. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Vincent and Mary (Ferrante) Rossi, she lived in Rehoboth, MA for 38 years previously residing in Barrington. Christine was a solderer in the jewelry industry for 25 years before retiring in 1976. She was a former member of the Holy Angels Church Womens Guild and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.Christine is survived by a son, John A. Coia Jr. of Sunrise, Florida; a daughter, Donna M. Earle of Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a sister, Angela Fillippone of Cranston, Rhode Island; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Mary Iaccuvolli, Gloria Ruscetta, Frances O'Kane, Eleanor Clay and Anthony Rossi.

GEORGE THOMAS GORMAN   January 21, 2018

George Thomas Gorman, age 67 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died on Sunday January 21, 2018 at his home after an extended period of declining health. He was born on November 15, 1950 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and was the oldest child of the late Patrick W. and Blanche E. Gorman formerly of 7 Angell Street in Attleboro. He was the former husband of the late Colleen (Pye) Gorman.  He attended Attleboro public schools and was a graduate of Attleboro High School class of 1968 and was the designer of the cover of the 1968 Attleboro High School yearbook “Tattletale”. He attended Swain School of Design in New Bedford in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He often painted pictures or did charcoal sketches in his youth and had a talent for any drawing project even at a very early age.  He was employed for many years as an operator at Handy and Harman in Attleboro and was capable of running many of the refining operations in the plant. He worked there until the company abruptly closed and never reopened at the Attleboro site. He was a sign designer and painter, working for a number of companies in the greater Attleboro area and was often in demand for his ability to free hand complex fonts on request for local business. He also designed a number of menus for area restaurants, including Lums in North Attleboro in the early 1970’s, before computers took over those tasks. Once again, George would free hand draw all the lettering using calligraphy techniques with Old English lettering and other classic fonts. In his earlier years, he was a much sought after, popular and very talented guitarist. He performed as a lead guitarist and vocalist with numerous Attleboro area bands including The International Hydraulic Butter Band, The Marauders, SUN and Oat Willie among others. All of the bands were successful locally, performing at area dances, church halls, college mixers and nightclubs in and around Attleboro and the greater Providence area throughout the late 1960’s and well into the 1970‘s. An extremely well-read individual, he was blessed with a quick wit, possessed a large vocabulary and had vast knowledge of many subjects including history, many types of literature and of course, music. He was a huge fan of guitarist John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Jimi Hendrix, and was in general a fan of all the great guitar players. Until his failing health required he give up riding, he was the proud owner of a 1948 Harley Davidson pan head that he rebuilt himself from a “basket case” brought home in the trunk of his brother’s car. He affectionately referred to “her” as Nadine. Survivors include his brother William D. Gorman and wife Phyllis; his sister Elizabeth J. DeTore and her husband Dean; and a sister-in-law Maureen Gorman all of Attleboro. He also leaves 3 nieces: Lisa C. Gorman and Kathryn P. DeTore both of Attleboro; Mariah J. Gorman of New York; and a nephew Devin P. Gorman of Attleboro.  He leaves a lifelong best friend of 60 plus years, Allan Cody of Boston, formerly of Attleboro. He was predeceased by a younger brother, Patrick W Gorman Jr. of Attleboro.

DONALD W. WEBB, SR.   January 21, 2018

Donald W. Webb Sr., age 89, formerly of Rehoboth and Plainville, passed away at home on Sunday, January 21, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Elsie M. (Holland) Webb. Donald was born in Boston and was the son of the late Stewart and Gladys (Powers) Webb. Donald worked as a boiler room fireman and maintenance technician at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for 60 years until his retirement. Donald loved to tinker in his garage and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and being on the water. Most of all, he cherished the time that he spent with his family, especially summer camping trips. He is survived by his devoted daughter, JoAnn O’Grady and her husband James of Attleboro; brother, John Webb and his wife Barbara of California; sister, Doris Belocas of Whitman; and six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Donald W. Webb Jr. and Deborah Jones, and brother of the late Kenneth, Francis Charles, Robert and Stewart Webb, Marie Soldani and Geraldine Sloan. Donations in his name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 174 Dean St. #B, Taunton, MA 02780.

MARTHA SHEDD GORDON   January 14, 2018

Martha Shedd Gordon passed away on January 14, 2018.  She was born on November 2, 1959 to Ann P. and Robert D. Shedd. Martha leaves her loving husband of 36 years,Thomas Gordon of North Dighton. Martha was a graduate of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional high school. She worked as a Special Education Secretary at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional high school for more than 20 years. Martha was a loving wife and devoted mother. She enjoyed camping, was an avid reader, and above all cherished spending time with her family. Many of her fondest memories were spent on Cape Cod, sitting by the fire, walking the canal, listening to live music, dining out, and bowling. In addition to her husband, Thomas A. Gordon, Martha leaves her three daughters, Nicole M. Protzman and her husband, J. Brent Protzman; Kristin E. Gordon; and Jeslyn I. Gordon; and her son, Eric T. Gordon. She is survived by her granddaughter, Macie A. Protzman, as well as her siblings Sally Howland, Dan Shedd, Becky Foley, and Nancy Hubbard.

GORDON “BUDDY” BARROWS, JR.    January 11, 2018

Gordon R. “Buddy” Barrows, Jr., age 60, previously of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on January 11, 2018 at Hope Hospice in Providence, Rhode Island with his family by his side.  Born on October 23, 1957 to the late Gordon R. Barrows, Sr. and late Cary Glenn Barrows, Buddy was a hardworking man, a friend to all and a dedicated father.  His love for music, sports and family brought so many people together.  His laugh was full of life, his eyes were sincere, and his heart was huge.  Buddy took pride in composing and playing music for all who would listen.  He worked hard every single day for his family, but never forgot to play and enjoy the little things.  Buddy inspired others to have strength to view everyday as a constant opportunity to succeed.  He had determination and willfulness to tackle life head on, all while singing a song. He will be missed tremendously by his friends and family.  He is survived by daughters Aimee Barrows Crutcher of Louisiana and Cali Barrows Perrino of Rhode Island who will continue to keep his soul alive through the music he left behind.

ANTHONY CAPUTO   January 6, 2018

Anthony A. Caputo, age 88 of Rumford, Rhode Island, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy J. (Waterman) Caputo. Born in Providence, a son of the late John and Alice B. (Riccitelli) Caputo, he resided in Rumford since 1965. Tony was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a Civil Engineer and co-founder of Caputo & Wick, Ltd. in Rumford, and was also an Engineering Consultant for the Town of Seekonk for many years. Tony was a Life member and Past-president of the Seekonk Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 1995. He leaves a son, David A. Caputo and his wife, Ellen, of New Hampshire; daughters, Donna J. Wilson and her husband, Peter, of Vermont and Jeannie E. Caputo of Rehoboth; brothers, Raymond and Edward Caputo and a sister, Gladys Johnson. He was the devoted grandfather of Alissa Wilson, Meghan Carroccia, Kaleigh Jusczyk and her beloved late brother, Michael Jusczyk, and Brian, Jonathan, Christopher and Marissa Caputo and the great-grandfather of Grayson Carroccia. Memorial gifts to Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Blvd., East Providence, RI 02914 would be appreciated.

CONSTANCE STACEY   January 4, 2018

Constance L. Stacey of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, formerly of Norfolk, MA, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home surrounded by her adoring family on January 4, 2018. She was the beloved wife of Leonard Stacey whom she wed on April 4, 1945, and the mother of the late Constance M. Stacey, and Wanda L. Stacey. Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on April 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Cormier. Connie grew up and was educated in P.E.I. After marrying Leonard in Canada, the couple moved to Allston, MA and then later to Norfolk. She was a retired bus driver and prior to retiring had worked for the Kendall Co.  She was a dedicated mother and wife and was involved with the local school department, scouts and many civic organizations.  Connie’s family was her first priority and the focal point of her life. Her hobbies included bowling, sewing, poetry, cooking, listening to country music, riding her motorcycle, gardening, reading, and most of all, camping. Her loving extended family of the Fox’s Den, Jolly Fox Campers and the Sam’s Club members gave her great joy during their camping adventures. She is survived by her devoted daughter Wanda Hanson and her husband Alan Hanson whom Connie lived with for the last 27 years in Rehoboth. She is also survived by her cherished granddaughter Christa Spremulli, as well as many step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Connie’s family requests donations in her memory be made to: Halo’s Wish c/o Mass Good Sam attention: Joe Cavossa, 149 Hartford Ave., East Mendon, MA 01756.


Barbara M. (Brickley) Armstrong, age 92 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died peacefully on January 3, 2018 at Steere House surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Robert C. "Bud" Armstrong. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Frank A. Brickley & Sarah E. "Sadie" (Hoyle) Brickley of East Providence, Rhode Island. Barbara was a graduate of URI with a degree in Education. In addition to her studies she was very fond of dancing, music and plays. She was a very talented tole painter and artist which she practiced for many years. Barbara was a dedicated, patient and loving mother to her three children. In addition to her husband, she leaves her loving children: Robert C. Armstrong, Jr. of Rehoboth, MA; Susan K. Armstrong of North Pomfret, Vermont; and the late Kathie A. Armstrong. She was the loving grandmother known as "Baba" of Samantha Armstrong Toohey of Norway, Maine; and Lindsay Armstrong Mitchell of Barrington, Rhode Island; and great-grandmother of Katie and Abby Toohey. She was a sister of the late Ann V. Dutra and Jean F. Brophy. A memorial service will be held in the spring at Rehoboth Village Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Steere House in Providence who provided loving care to Baba for many years.