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2016 OBITUARIES


ANN M. KEITH   May 16, 2016

Ann M. Keith, age 80 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Lifecare of Attleboro. Born on December 28, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Martha (Borucinski) McGann. She attended North Attleboro High School and graduated in 1953. While living in North Attleboro, Ann was an accounts manager at the North Attleboro Electric Co. for 29 years before retiring in 1996. Mrs. Keith loved to golf and was a longtime member of Highland Country Club in Attleboro where she served as a board member. She enjoyed her winter home in Bradenton, Fla. and took pleasure in arts and crafts and reading. Ann was the mother of Bradley Keith and wife Susan of Rehoboth. Loving grandmother to: Kristopher Keith and Courtney of North Attleboro; Bradley Keith and Kristy of Oceanside, Calif., and Jonathan Keith and Stephanie of Peekskill, N.Y. Wonderful great-grandmother to: Kayla, Makenzie, Emily, Kaycee, Cameron, and Chase Keith. She was also survived by her sister Alaine Bradley of Little Compton, R.I. and Florida. Ann was predeceased by three sisters: Eleanor Gaw, Martha Barney, and Mary Carr. Conations may be made to the Armed Services Foundation, 16 N Carolina Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003, or at www.armedservicesfoundation.org.


JANET R. (MOYNIHAN) SILVA   May 13, 2016

Janet R. (Moynihan) Silva, age 67, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016. Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Robert L. and Simone (Jusseaume) Moynihan, she lived in Swansea for many years. A graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, she attended Pondville School of Nursing in Walpole, MA. A dedicated nurse, she worked at Country Gardens Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Swansea for 30 years before retiring in 2011. She is survived by one son, Joseph M. Silva: one brother, Robert Moynihan and his wife Donna; one niece, Laura L. Moynihan and one nephew, Michael D. Moynihan.  Contributions may be made in her memory to the Lupus Foundation of America, 270 Farmington Ave., suite 218, Farmington, CT 06032.


JAMES (JIM) FRANCIS CASSIDY, SR.   May 9, 2016

James (Jim) Francis Cassidy Sr., 95, formerly of Rehoboth, Mass. and Lisbon, N.H., passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Attleboro. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio and was the son of the late John A. and Mary (Traynor) Cassidy. He is predeceased by two brothers, John A. and Joseph Cassidy. He was married to the late Ann H. (Alger) Cassidy. He is survived by his wife of the last 35 years, Abbie (Gibeault)-Reynolds-Cassidy. Jim is survived by his four children and their spouses: James F. Jr. and wife Gail Cassidy of Attleboro, Kathleen A. and husband Antone Roderick of Dighton, Patricia A. and husband Fred Fagundes of Rehoboth, and Thomas M. Cassidy of Taunton. He is survived by seven stepchildren and their spouses: Gail and Steve Stack of North Attleboro, Sara-Lynn Reynolds of Attleboro, Charles F Reynolds III of North Attleboro, Patricia and Jack Rioux of Raymond, N.H., Elizabeth and Tom Schofield of North Attleboro, Matthew J. Reynolds of St. Albans, Maine, and Pamela Reynolds of Attleboro. He is predeceased by his stepson Mark A. Reynolds. He was a beloved grandfather to six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, 16 step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren. Jim was a graduate of Attleboro High School and Boston University.

He served in World War II as a Navy pilot flying a Corsair. He piloted the last plane off the USS Benjamin Franklin just seconds before the carrier was bombed by the enemy. After the war, he returned to Attleboro as a physical education teacher and assistant coach to his mentor Howard Tozier. After a short time, he landed a position as athletic director and phys ed teacher in Swansea, where he was also the head football and basketball coach. He won numerous titles and had many winning seasons, and was presented with a key to the Town of Swansea. With mixed emotions, he left Swansea to return to Attleboro where he took the position of phys ed director for the Attleboro School System. He also took over the head football and basketball coaching positions with the blessing of his longtime friend Bill Madden. During his 20-year span as a coach in Attleboro, he led his teams to many winning seasons in both football and basketball. He was inducted into both the Case Hall of Fame and Attleboro Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame where Patriots Coach Chuck Fairbanks spoke on his behalf at the Copley Plaza in Boston. Coach Cassidy was honored along with Howard Tozier when the Attleboro High School Athletic Field was named the Tozier-Cassidy Field. After his retirement in 1980, he moved with his wife Abbie to Florida, and then 10 years later returned north to New Hampshire where they lived among the mountains above the Ammonoosuc River. A golf course surrounded their new home, and he happily golfed until age 88. In his final years, you could find him relaxing on his deck with his wife and best friend Abbie. The "deck" was a place where many friends and family could also be found visiting. Jim really enjoyed his life to the fullest. Donations in his name may be made to the MA Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


ALLYSON (SMITH) CHEMELOWSKI  May 4, 2016

Allyson (Smith) Chemelowski, 44, of Rehoboth, passed away, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Gene Chemelowski. Allyson was born in Taunton and was a daughter of the late Clifford R. Smith and Paula (Fitzgerald) Smith. Allyson was employed as a dispatcher for both the Rehoboth and Seekonk police and fire departments for many years. She also served on the Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, the Rehoboth Council on Aging and was a member of the Rehoboth Women’s Lions Club. Allyson loved animals, was an avid Patriots fan, and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her brother, Clifford Smith and his wife Terri of Raynham; sisters, Tanya Smith and Valarie Smith Shough and her husband Neil all of Florida; a stepson, Jared Hancock and his wife Jenny of W. Warwick, R.I.; stepdaughters, Amy and Laura Chemelowski both of Warren, R.I., and several nieces and nephews. Donations in her name may be made to the Rehoboth Animal Shelter 148 Peck St., Rehoboth, MA 02769.


YVETTE L. ACHESON  April 30, 2016

Yvette L. ( Petit) Acheson, 88 years old, died in Longmeadow of Taunton on Saturday evening, April 30, 2016. She was born in Pawtucket, RI, daughter of the late Edmund and Cordelia ( Ricard) Petit. She was educated in Our Lady of Consolation School in Pawtucket. Yvette was a former member of St. Paul’s Church now St. Andrews Church in Taunton. Her family formerly lived on Tremont Street after having moved there in 1966. She worked for many years at TI in Attleboro and then she was a real estate agent for Hutchinson Realty in Taunton and Dodd Realty in Raynham and Cape Cod. She retired as Manager of Human Relations for Augut Company after having worked there for 25 years. She was the widow of William Acheson and she is the mother of Cherrie Acheson and her husband Ernest Hallquist of Rehoboth and William Acheson and his wife Paula of Sewickly, PA. Yvette was also the mother of the late Kevin Acheson. Yvette is the grandmother off Brooke Dwyer, Bridget Hillsberg, Kevin, Jr, Alexandra and Steven Acheson, Matthew Feedor, Clayton, Olivia and Keely Acheson. She is the great grandmother of Jack, Riley and Finn Acheson and Benjamin Hillsberg. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Brymar Ave., Chicago, IL 60631.


LUKE A. DISALVO  April 30, 2016

Luke A. DiSalvo, age 26, suddenly at his home on Saturday morning, April 30, 2016, due to respiratory complications. Born at Ft Bragg, NC, he was the son of Robin Turner DiSalvo of North Dighton and the late Michael DiSalvo. He was a 2007 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School were he played varsity football and baseball. Luke was a Dighton Fire Explorer. While at D-R he attained a college prep degree and a vocational drafting degree. He attended UMass Dartmouth. He was employed as LSW1 for Seven Hills Corporation in Plymouth at the time of his death. Luke enjoyed fishing, skiing and camping. Besides his mother Robin Turner of Dighton he is survived by his brothers Matthew DiSalvo of Taunton and Zachary DiSalvo of North Dighton. He is also survived by his girlfriend Bethany Afonso of Fall River. He is the nephew and cousin of several. Donations in his memory may be made to the Taunton Animal Shelter, 821 West Water Street, Taunton, MA.


CATHERINE M. WILLIAMS  April 19, 2016

Catherine M. (McKeown) Williams, wife of the late Frederick Williams Jr. died surrounded by her family in her home in Raynham at the age of 82 on April 19, 2016. Born in Brockton, Catherine was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Brown) McKeown. She was a graduate of Bridgewater High School class of 1951and Brockton School of Nursing in 1954 where she received her RN license. Catherine worked for Brockton Hospital in the maternity ward for sixteen years and after that worked for Bridgewater State College Infirmary. Catherine was on the Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical High Schools School Committee for 27 years. She was the mother of Frederick Williams III in Taunton, Timothy Williams and his wife Deborah of Rehoboth and the late Scott Williams. Grandmother of Christopher Blanchard, Christopher Miller, Kyle & Chelsea Williams, CyAnn & Corrine Williams, Nathaniel & Sophia Williams. Sister of Rose Bunker of Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.


SUSAN MARGARET (HOPKINS) ROWSE  April 18, 2016

Susan Margaret (Hopkins) Rowse of Rehoboth, MA peacefully passed away on April 18, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a long, courageous battle fighting cancer for over one year. Susan was born December 21, 1949 and was the daughter of Peg (Cruickshank) Hopkins and the late Oliver Hopkins, Jr. of Seekonk, MA. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ted Rowse, and their three loving daughters; Melanie, wife of Ronald Reed, Erin, wife of Dustin Botelho, and Caitlyn Rowse. Her daughters will always remember their mother for her love, support, and teaching them how to always be happy. Susan is the Grandmother of four wonderful children; Brittany Elizabeth Reed, Madison Amanda Reed, Courtney Ryan Botelho, and Ethan Rowse Botelho. They will always remember her as their "Crazy Grammy". Susan is survived by two brothers; Stephen O. Hopkins and his wife Lisa of Westport, MA and Robert B. Hopkins and his wife Susan of Boothbay Harbor, ME. Susan is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Susan graduated from Seekonk High School, class of 1967 and attended Johnson & Wales. She worked for many years as a secretary to the Director of Special Needs for the Seekonk School Department as well as a secretary at Palmer River Elementary School in Rehoboth. Sue had a love for painting and spending summers at their home in Dennisport, MA. Her fun and carefree spirit touched everyone she was with. She will be remembered as always laughing and will forever make her loved ones smile.  Gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Southcoast VNA Hospice and Palliative Care in memory of Susan Rowse.


MARY E. (EVANGELHO) COREY  April 16, 2016

Mary E. (Evangelho) Corey of North Dighton, wife of the late William H. Corey, died at Morton Hospital on April 16, 2016. She was 90 years old. Born in Dighton, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Rosa (Coelho) Evangelho. Raised and educated in the Dighton area, Mary was a 1944 graduate of the former Dighton High School. She was a homemaker for most of her adult life. A communicant of North Dighton’s St. Nicholas of Myra Church, she was a member of the Women’s Guild and also the Dighton Seniors. She enjoyed yard work, gardening, and Bingo. Mary especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include two sons, William J. Corey and his wife Susan of Bourne and Robert M. Corey and his wife Kimberly of North Dighton; three daughters, Elizabeth A. Paul and her husband Butch of Somerset, Susan M. Taylor of Rehoboth and Katherine M. Steidinger and her husband John of Port Orange, FL; two sisters, Rose Silva of North Dighton and Vivian Martin of Longwood, FL; eight grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, B.J., Meghan, Joey, Shannon, Nicole and Morgan; a great grandchild, Lily; and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Manuel and John Evangelho, and the mother-in-law of the late Michael Taylor. Memorials may be made to the charity of ones choice.


ALVIN SMILEY  April 15, 2016

Alvin Smiley, age 82 of Rehoboth, MA passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016. He was the loving husband of the late Wilma I. Smiley. Alvin was born in Providence, RI and was the son of the late Albert F. and Estelle (Baker). Alvin was the beloved father of Lori A. Sullivan, Amy L. Smiley and Michael J. Smiley. Alvin was also the grandfather of Robert Sullivan, Ian and Paige Smiley and Phillip Rouillard, III. Alvin was a United States Army Veteran and worked as a union Carpenter for many years. Memorial gifts may be donated to Dept. of Veteran's Affairs, c/o VA Medical Center (135), 830 Chalkstone Ave., Providence RI 02908.


RICHARD CORDEIRO  April 15, 2016

Richard Cordeiro, age 78 of Perennial Drive in Cranston, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 15, 2016. He was the beloved husband for 33 years of Carolyn A. (Gasbarro) Cordeiro. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Helen E. (Vitacolonna) Cordeiro. Richard was a correctional office for the RI Dept. of Corrections for 35 years before retiring. He was a Sergeant and paratrooper in the U.S. Army for six years with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam era. Besides his wife, he was the devoted father of Joseph Cordeiro and his wife Roberta of Rehoboth, MA; Richard “Rick” Cordeiro and his wife Donna of California; Scott Cordeiro of Seekonk, MA; stepchildren, Elizabeth Manzo, MD and her husband Vark Markarian; Vincent Castaldi and his partner Joao Filho; and David Castaldi, all of Cranston.  He was the loving grandfather of five; and loving great-grandfather of nine. He also is survived by his brothers, Anthony “Bill” Cordeiro of Arizona and Bob Cordeiro of Massachusetts; and his former wife Janice Cordeiro of MA. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd. – Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886.


VINCENT “VINNY” J. RUSSO  April 13, 2016

Vincent “Vinny” J. Russo, age 85 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away April 13, 2016 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro.  He was the husband of Anita (Bonneau) Russo.  Born in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Filomena (Carozzolo) Russo.  Vinny was a professional susician, and was a member of the Army National Guard 88th Army Band from 1949-1952. 


JAMES A. SILVA  April 12, 2016

James A. Silva, age 58 of Warren, RI died Tuesday April 12, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital.  He was the son of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Kaiser) Silva. Mr. Silva was a carpenter for the A-1 Builders for over 20 years. He has lived in Warren for five years coming from Rehoboth and previously Warren. He enjoyed fishing and watching science fiction shows. James is survived by his former wife, Louise (Erickson) Silva. He is also survived by his sons Isaiah Silva of Attleboro, MA; Shane Silva of Seekonk, MA; and daughter Jessica Silva of Warren. He was the brother of David Silva and his wife Linda of Rehoboth. James was the grandfather of Janel Olson of Warren; Noah, Tanner, and Isaiah Silva of Attleboro, and Aaden and Logan Silva of Seekonk.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the grandfather of the late Joshua-Ian Olson.


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HENRY “HANK” NICKSON   April 12, 2016

Henry “Hank” Nickson, age 75 of Swansea, MA, died April 12, 2016 at home with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Patricia (Morel) Nickson. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late James and Anna (Tretton) Nickson. He was a self employed printer and was an avid golf enthusiast. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his daughters; Cheryl Goulart and Pattie Ciallella both of Swansea, Theresa Sousa and Michelle Conway both of Rehoboth, Lisa Nickson of Pawtucket and 12 grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Agnes Flanagan, James Nickson, Jack Nickson and Michael Nickson. Contributions in his memory may be made to Beacon Hospice.


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NINA E. MELLO  April 8, 2016

Nina E. Mello, daughter of Jerry and Lola (Jorgensen) Mello died suddenly at the age of 22 on April 8, 2016.  Nina was born in Falmouth and resided in Wareham all of her life. She was a graduate of Wareham High School class of 2012 and she received her Associates degree from Cape Cod Community College in 2015. Nina is survived by her sister Amber Mello of Wareham. Her grandparents Bente Jorgensen of Taunton and John and Jean Mello of Taunton. Aunt of Piper Jade Lipscomb of Wareham. Niece of Jimmy Mello and his wife Beverly of Taunton, Jeffrey Mello of Wareham, Jane LaPlante and her husband Bill of Rehoboth, Joey Mello of Taunton, Birte Jorgensen and her husband Guido of NY, Nanna Jorgensen and her husband Saeed of Taunton and Ronald Jorgensen of Denmark. Donations in Nina’s memory may be made to East Wareham Animal Shelter, 3086 Cranberry Hwy, East Wareham, MA, 02538.


JAMES PATRICK ANTHONY   April 4, 2016

James Patrick Anthony, age 61 of Rehoboth, MA passed away on April 4, 2016.  Funeral arrangements under the direction of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea, MA.


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RUTH L. (BLANCHETTE) DUPERE   March 28, 2016

Ruth L. (Blanchette) Dupere, age 91 of Rehoboth, MA, formerly of Somerset, MA, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Center in Somerset. She was the wife of the late Louis C. Dupere. Ruth was born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Wilfred H. and Emma Blanchette. She was a graduate of Somerset High School class of 1942. Ruth attended Framingham State Teacher’s College and went onto graduate from the F.G. Allen School of Business in Fall River. Mrs. Dupere was a co-owner of and employed as a secretary-bookkeeper at both G&W Foundry Co., Inc. and Blanchette & Lund Foundry Co. in Rehoboth. Ruth was a substitute teacher and volunteered at the Palmer River Grammar School in Rehoboth. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Seekonk. Ruth enjoyed sewing, cooking, and had a life-long love of animals and nature. Mrs. Dupere was a seventy-year member of her Girl Scout Troop in Somerset. Survivors include her daughters: Janet C. Loranger of Manchester, CT; and Phyllis A. Dupere of Rehoboth; grandchildren: Kristin M. Loranger, Marc A. Loranger and his wife Shannon, and great grandson: Graham M. Loranger all of Connecticut; along with several nieces and nephews. She was the great grandmother of the late John A. Loranger. Memorial donations in her memory can be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, P.O. Box 519, Seekonk, MA 02771.


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ROSE MARIE (COSTA) MOITOZO   March 27, 2016

Rose Marie (Costa) Moitozo, age 94 formerly of Holmes Street in Rehoboth, MA and Punta Gorda, FL, died early Easter morning, March 27, 2016 at the Waterview Villa. She was the wife of the late Joseph G. Moitozo. Born March 9, 1922 in Pawtucket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Vito and Josephine (Bombaci) Costa. She leaves her four children: Sandra DaCosta of East Providence; Daniel Moitozo also of East Providence; Robert Moitozo and his wife Terri of Rehoboth; and Joseph Moitozo Jr. of South Dakota.  She leaves her grandchildren: Serena, Alexander, and Nolan and his wife Hannah; her great granddaughter, Callie Rose; and a brother, John Costa of Pawtucket. She was also the grandmother of the late Robert Joseph Moitozo Jr. and the sister of the late Francito Costa, Victoria Arone, Frank Costa, Joseph Costa and Humberto Costa.  Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, 1085 No. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.


DONALD F. McGURN   March 21, 2016

Donald F. McGurn , age 72, a resident of Rehoboth since 1968, died at home on Monday, March 21, 2016 after a brave and gracious battle with cancer. He was the husband of Carol (Nunes) McGurn. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Everett (Skip) McGurn and the late Lillian (Cordeau) McGurn. Until retirement he was an examiner for the National Credit Union Administration. He also served in Vietnam with Rhode Island National Guard 107th Signal Company, a camaraderie that continues through reunions with mementos of the bond forged so long ago. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bryan McGurn of North Dighton, and Patrick McGurn of Seekonk, two grandchildren, Matthew McGurn and Cassidy McGurn, his brother, James McGurn of East Providence, and his two sisters, Patricia Emma of North Providence and Judith Dodd of Riverside. He was beloved by family and friends, a very good human being.


MICHAEL J. FLYNN   March 20, 2016

Michael J. Flynn, age 53, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at his home. Michael was born on May 17, 1962, a son of Beverly (McManus) Flynn of Rehoboth and the late John Flynn. He was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, and had worked for the City of Attleboro. Besides his loving mother Beverly, Michael is survived by his children, Justin Flynn of Seekonk, and Randi Flynn of Lowell, MA. He was also the brother of Jo-Ann Greene of Attleboro, Diane Newnum of Indiana, and Susanne McManus of Rhode Island. Mr. Flynn leaves his loving companion Brenda Fournier. Memorial gifts in Michael's memory made to a charity of one's choice, would be deeply appreciated.


PAULINE MARIE (DUBE) CARPENTER   March 19, 2016

Pauline Marie Carpenter, age 71, peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Attleboro, MA.  She was the loving wife of the late Ernest Carpenter who died on November 17, 2014. Born in Attleboro on November 18, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Henri Dube and Rosemarie (Gerdron) Dube.  A graduate of Dighton High School Class of 1962 before attending beauty school in Pawtucket and worked for more than 30 years as a hairdresser and owned Pauline’s Beauty Salon in Rehoboth. She resided in Attleboro for the past nine years, having previously lived in Rehoboth her entire life. A deeply spiritual and religious woman, she was a member of St. Stephen’s Church in Attleboro where she served as a CCD teacher and Eucharistic Minister.  She could often be found organizing and working at the church bazaars.  She enjoyed painting and spending time at the Rehoboth Senior Center.  Above all, Pauline’s greatest joy was her beloved family. She is survived by her beloved son Donald S. Carpenter and his wife Carminda R. (Barbosa) Carpenter of Rehoboth; four cherished grandchildren: Darian T., Malick E., Nayalie P.N., and Nias S. Carpenter; her dear sister, Gloria M. (Dube) Sadlier and her husband Raymond A. Sadlier of Rehoboth; and many nieces and nephews.  She was the Godmother of Lynn Marie Sadlier, Holly Ann Hicks, and Mathiew R. Sadlier. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice in Pauline's memory.


THOMAS “TOM” PAZIS   March 17, 2016

Thomas “Tom” Pazis was born in Athens, Greece on March 1, 1941 and died at home in Rehoboth, MA on March 17, 2016. Tom’s major lifetime accomplishment was to have met, fallen in love and marrying Karen E. Campbell. He was her most devoted fan and she was the most loving and loyal wife. Tom was lucky to have experienced great educational opportunities. Early on he attended Athens College – a prep school – and then earned two degrees at Cornell University – a bachelor’s and a master’s in Electrical Engineering. His career involved him in many interesting projects, mainly in the area of Oceanographic and Marine Research & Development. He was also a co-inventor of a patent for an automatic control system to correct textile machinery malfunctions. Tom started his professional career in 1966 working for Texas Instruments in Attleboro, in the development of electronic control systems. In the 1970’s he primarily worked at the University of Rhode Island as a manager at the Graduate School of Oceanography maintaining, developing and testing equipment and systems in Marine Research, both at sea and land locations. In the 1980’s he was an engineering manager with a contractor at the Newport Navy Base pursuing similar interests. In the 1990’s he was president of Engineering Synthesis, Inc. expanding his contributions to safety & security of high tech equipment.  He thoroughly enjoyed sailing in small sailboats and his love of the sea eventually evolved into cruise ship sailing and serious world traveling with his beloved wife Karen. Having traveled in all continents, except Antarctica, he enjoyed the local customs, cultures and food. Tom was very proud of his United States citizenship, his sponsorship of 45 years with Save the Children, and his involvement of 11 years as a volunteer tax preparer with AARP and the local communities. Tom’s aim in life was not to be so much a man of success but a man of value. He appreciated many valued and loyal friendships over the years. In lieu of donations, Tom requests that you participate in an activity that you enjoy.


ILENE J. (FORTIN) BROWN   March 17, 2016

Ilene J. (Fortin) Brown, age 82, a lifelong resident of Seekonk, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Ft. Myers, FL. She was the beloved wife of Allen E. Brown Sr. for 59 years. Born in Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Exelia (Gouyette) Fortin. Ilene worked for the Seekonk Police Department for 25 years under four police chiefs, retiring in 1997. She was a member of various civil committees and booster clubs in Seekonk. Ilene was a gymnast in her early years and participated in water aerobics for many years. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, camping, and winters in Florida. Besides her loving husband. Ilene leaves four sons: Stephen D. Brown and his wife Rose of Rehoboth, Douglas A. Brown and his wife Eileen of Seekonk, Thomas W. Brown and his wife Lynda of Rehoboth, and Allen E. Brown Jr. and his wife Mary of Rehoboth; 15 grandchildren: Jennifer (Brown) Majewski, Douglas Jr., Adam, Holly (Brown) Cartin, Chelsea, Kelly, Mitchell, Thomas, Madaline, Samuel, Genevieve and Ava Brown, and Cassie, Joseph and Jacob Teixeira; a great-granddaughter Morgan Majewski, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Raymond and Donald Fortin, Rita Paquin, Beatrice Dargis, Theresa Teixeira and Claire Dean. Memorial gifts to Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St., #231, Boston, MA 02111 will be appreciated.


ROBERT PETE CUMMINGS   March 8, 2016

Robert Pete Cummings, age 85, passed away in Norton surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Betty Gurney and the devoted father of Valerie Cummings and her husband Timothy Andrews of Concord, MA and Lance Cummings and his wife Barbara of Rehoboth, MA. He was the much-loved grandfather of Brett Andrews of Chicago, IL; Brian Cummings of Bristol, RI; Tyler Andrews of Arlington, VA and Kevin Cummings of Rehoboth, MA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and his devoted caregiver Mary Bassick. Pete was born in North Dighton, MA, the son of the late Wilford and Jennie Cummings. He attended the University of Rhode Island, served in the US Coast Guard and worked for New England Telephone, retiring in 1989, after 39 years with the company. Retiring to Canaan, NH he was a board member of the Canaan Historical Society, a member of the VFW, Cardigan Mountain Snowmobile Club, Canaan Crusaders and was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Pete also enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing and hunting.


GALE (STEVENS) (CROWELL) PRAY   March 7, 2016

Gale (Stevens) (Crowell) Pray, age 59 of Rehoboth, MA passed away at home peacefully on March 7, 2016, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born August 7, 1956 to the late Lester B Stevens & M. Deloris Stevens of Barrington, RI, she was the beloved wife of William Pray of Rehoboth. Gale was the mother of three children Sarah (Crowell) Stringer, and her husband Ian Stringer, Leah Crowell and her boyfriend Keith Mosher and the late Nathan Crowell, all of Riverside, RI. In addition she had two step-sons Jared Pray (Jessica) of Hopkinton, MA and Jacob Pray (Carlynn) of East Greenwich, RI. Gale loved being with her six grandchildren, Jackson, Evan, Emma, Riley, Kylie, and Mackenzie. At the time of her passing she was excitedly expecting her seventh grandson Maxx Gale, arriving in June. Gale loved spending time with friends and family. In fact many would agree that she was certainly the “life of the party.” She loved the outdoors, riding motorcycles, camping, and traveling. Always there to lend a helping hand, giving back and running fundraising events for friends and family was a favorite part of her life.  Donations can be made in Gale’s memory to the Nathan D. Crowell Memorial Fund, 6 Roseland Court, Riverside RI 02915 would be greatly appreciated.


CRAIG A. ERICKSON   March 3, 2016

Craig A. Erickson, age 49 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died in his home on March 3, 2016 surrounded by his wife and loving family and friends. He was the husband of Joanne (Deroin) Erickson and was a 1984 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. Craig was born in Providence, son of Alice (Madsen) Erickson of Rehoboth and the late Charles Erickson. Craig was employed as a maintenance man for Signature Printing Co., in East Providence. He was a car buff who enjoyed going to car shows. Enjoyed a good clam boil and was loved by his family and friends. Besides his wife and mother, Craig is survived by his five sisters: Marcia Erickson of Tiverton, R.I., Ellen Almeida of Taunton, Louise Silva of Seekonk, Karen Dutra of Seekonk and Mette Erickson-Travis of Rehoboth. He is also the brother in law and uncle to several. He has many adopted family members.


MARK ROSE   March 2, 2016

Mark J. Rose, husband of Amy E. (Burke) Rose of North Dighton, MA, died unexpectedly on March 2, 2016. He was 47. Born in Taunton, he was the son of Rose Marie (Motta) Rose and the late Alfred J. Rose. A graduate of Bridgewater State College, he served in the Gulf War with the United States Marine Corp. Mark was employed by Harvard Medical School as the Operations Manager. A communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church, he loved woodworking, volunteering with the Boys Scouts of America, Tae Kwon Do, fishing, and camping. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Brayden, Benjamin, and Brooke Rose, all of North Dighton; two sisters, Beth Gould and her husband Jeffrey of Attleboro, Christine Correia and her husband Mario of North Dighton; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


DREW JEFFREY MCCALL   February 26, 2016

Drew Jeffrey McCall of Oakridge Avenue passed away Friday, February, 26, 2016 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, a day before his 20th birthday. He was the beloved son of Judy (Preston) and her husband Jim Hanlon of North Attleboro and Jeffrey McCall and his girlfriend Rachel Gaudet of Rehoboth. Drew was born February 27, 1996 in Providence and was a lifelong resident of North Attleboro. He was a 2015 graduate of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin and was attending UTI (University Technical Institute) in Norwood for a degree as a diesel mechanic. Drew loved working on cars, video games and hanging out with his friends. He also loved football and was a huge Boston Bruins fan. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Donna and David Jurdak of North Attleboro, and Timothy and Christine McCall of Florida, and maternal grandparents Kathy and Jeffrey Roach of Attleboro; brothers, Brandon Zarba and Shane McCall, both of North Attleboro; stepsisters Amanda and Megan Hanlon, both of North Attleboro; a niece, Natalie Zarba; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was grandson of the late Richard Preston. Donations may be made to the Drew McCall Family Fund, c/o Bristol County Savings Bank, 96 Commonwealth Ave., North Attleboro, MA 02763.


VIRGINIA (ALESSANDRI) DAY   February 25, 2016

Virginia (Alessandri) Day, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at Life Care Center of Attleboro. She was 100. She was the devoted wife of the late Anthony "Tony" Day. Born on Jan. 29, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Domenic and Maria (Ginesi) Alessandri. Virginia was a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. She was well known by her family and friends for her Italian cooking and baking. Her survivors include two sons, Anthony Day and his wife Sandra of Rehoboth and William Day of Mansfield; a sister, Elia Young and her husband Merle; six grandchildren: Christopher Day and his wife Egidia, Lauren Desrosiers, Kevin Day, Elizabeth Masse and her husband Michael, Anthony Day and his wife Rebekah, and Maria Botsch and her husband Frederick. Also survived by eight great-grandchildren.


WILLIAM “BILL” ROSA   February 14, 2016

William “Bill” Rosa, 85, of Rehoboth, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016 at home. Beloved husband of Lorraine (Marques) Rosa, he was born in Providence, son of the late Manuel and Gertrude (Martin) Rosa. A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Rosa was a retired Teamster Union member who worked many years as a truck driver for Clifford Metals Sales in Providence. A loving and devoted husband and father, Bill lived a simple life and had a passion for family, cooking and fishing. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Besides his wife of 62 years , Bill is survived his children, Debbie Rose, William R. and Leslie Rosa; his grandchildren, David Paparella, Lyndsey Daigneault, Jason Rosa, Jessica Ribeiro, Shelby and Karly Bianco; his great grandchildren, Devin, Mia, Liana, and Bennett; a brother, Raymond Rosa; several nieces and nephews. He was also brother of the late Arlene Simoes.


HELEN (DEWARE) BOKOWSKY   February 10, 2016

Helen (Deware) Bokowsky, age 84 of Brook Street in Rehoboth, Massachusetts died surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday evening, February 10, 2016 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of the late Michael Bokowsky. Born October 1, 1931 in Providence, RI, she was a daughter of the late Freeman and Eva (Sprague) Deware. She is survived by her 5 children, Carol Kirkpatrick and her husband William of Barrington, RI; Janet Gendreau and her husband Roland of Bristol, RI; Michele Dewey and her husband James of Seekonk, MA; Gail Bokowsky Rego and her fiancé Ray Ardente of North Providence; and Michael Bokowsky and his wife Patricia of Tiverton, RI; her 6 grandchildren: Matthew, Daniel, Katie, Jaclyn, Tyler and Emma; her great grandchildren: Kolten and Kamdyn; and her sisters, Marjorie Maris of New Jersey and Anna Deware of East Providence. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Freeman and Allen Deware, and also her beloved pet and friend, Libby.

Honoring Helen's lifelong advocacy for animals donations in her memory are greatly appreciated to the RISPCA, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915.


KENNETH A. KENYON    February 7, 2016

Kenneth A. Kenyon, age 63 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Mass General Hospital in Boston. He was the beloved husband of Heather (Moffet) Kenyon.  Kenneth was born in Pawtucket, RI, a son of Jack Kenyon and the late Eileen (Jodat) Kenyon.  he was the president of the Kenyon Insurance Agency in Seekonk.  Kenneth was a loving and caring person devoted to his family and a proud foster parent. He enjoyed spinning wool and was a member of the RI Spinners Guild.  He was also passionate about all his hobbies, and was an outstanding husband.  He will be missed by many. Along with Heather, his loving wife of over 12 years, he is survived by his children Scott Kenyon, Thomas Kenyon, both of Rhode Island; step-son Sean Norris of Florida; Jennifer Eltahan of New Jersey; Morganne Knoop of RI; and step-daughter Meghanne Miller of Kentucky. He was the grandfather of eight and brother of Lynne Chelo of RI.

Memorial gifts in his memory can be made to the Adolescent Foster Care Support Group DCF 1, Washington Street, Suite 21, Taunton MA 02780.


CHRISTINE R. SOREL    February 2, 2016

Christine R. Sorel, age 48 of Rehoboth, MA, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.She is survived by her two sons, Michael King and Trevor King, both of Rehoboth; her grandson, Liam; and her mother, Monica E. Sorel, of Providence, RI. She also is survived by sisters Bernadette Clegg and Ann-Margaret Proulx of Rehoboth; her brothers Brian Desrosiers of Spring Hill, FL; and Glenn Desrosiers of Rehoboth; as well as a nephew and several nieces. Born in Pawtucket, Christine was raised in Attleboro, later moving to the Lewiston, Maine region when her children were young. She returned to the local area after 10 years, living in Plainville, Milford and Attleboro. Most recently, she moved to Rehoboth with her family, enjoying life on a farm raising her chickens, riding her horse and walking the local trails. Christine's love of life was evident in everything that she did, and no more so than when she was with family and friends, or working in a barn and riding horses. She was taken from us far too early after fighting a terminal illness over this last year, but through it all she continued to show the tenacity, humor and strength that made her so special to those who knew her. Please consider a donation to either the Community VNA Hospice, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA, or Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, 59 Summer Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.


DOROTHY GRACE (BACHE) BULLOCK    February 1, 2016

Dorothy Grace (Bache) Bullock, age 90 of Rehoboth, MA, a retired public school employee, died Monday  February 1 at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island.  She was the wife of the late Harris B. Bullock. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Christine Gora (Kennedy) Bache. She was the mother of Robert H. Bullock of Rehoboth.  Dorothy lived in Rehoboth for 69 years and was employed by the Rehoboth School System. During WW II, she was an Operator for Bell Telephone. In retirement, Dorothy established the Village Quilters and enjoyed the friendship and support of the quilters for over 30 years. She was also a volunteer at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for over 10 years. Memorial gifts may be directed to: Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.


JOHN W. “BILL” CRAFFORD, JR.   January 16, 2016

John W. "Bill" Crafford Jr.,  age 95, passed peacefully at Pen Bay Medical Center on Saturday, January 16, 2016 following a brief illness. He was the widower of Ruth A. (Harrington) Crafford. Born in Providence, RI on December 3, 1920, he was the eldest son of John W. Crafford and Mary (O’Donnell) Crafford. Bill was a World War II veteran who was instrumental in establishing the Amvets chapter in Rehoboth, MA after that war. He was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life, at one time owning a sporting goods business in Paramount, Calif. He hunted and fished both coasts and areas in between. He was known to let his sons play hooky from school on the opening days of hunting and fishing seasons. Bill’s exceptional mechanical aptitude led him to a career in research and development in the jewelry industry in the Providence, RI area. He was responsible for several patents. He and Ruth retired to Rochester, NH where they resided for many years before moving to Rockland in 2014. In addition to his wife of 71 years, Ruth, and his parents, Bill was predeceased by a son, John W. Crafford III, a sister, Patricia Fredette, and a brother, Robert Crafford. He is survived by sons Charles Crafford and his wife, Morna, of Rockland and Robert Crafford of Rochester, N.H. He is also survived by four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Sprague, of Tampa, Fla.; nieces, nephews and friends from throughout his life.  No further information was released.


JON SCOTT TRUESDALE   January 11, 2016

Jon Scott Truesdale, age 51, passed away on Jan. 11, 2016 after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of the Attleboro area, he was the son of Carole A. (Kriegel) Truesdale of The Villages, FL, formerly of Rehoboth, and the late Williams P. Truesdale Jr. Born in Attleboro, Jon moved with his family to Rehoboth in 1970. He graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, attended Rhode Island School of Electronics, and moved to Attleboro in 1999, where he worked most recently for the Apna Punjab restaurant. Jon loved animals, collecting coins and other historic memorabilia, and the company of his family and friends. Predeceased by his father and younger brother, Darren Matthew Truesdale, he is survived by his mother, brother Steven and his wife Vickie of Warwick, R.I., brother William (Butch) and his wife Dolores (Dolly) of Allentown, N.J., and brother Todd of Watertown, three nieces and four nephews, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations in Jon's memory to MSPCA (MSPCA.org) or to the charity of your choice.


THOMAS H. CARNEY, SR.  January 9, 2016

Thomas H. Carney, Sr., "Blue Max" age 89 of Back Street in Seekonk, MA passed away Saturday January 9, 2016 at his daughters home in Rehoboth, MA.  He was the husband of the late Angelina (Olivieri) Carney. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William H. and Alice (McCormick) Carney. He was truck driver for Arrow Transportation and touched the lives of many who would only know him as "Blue Max." Thomas traveled the highways of America before cell phones and GPS tamed the country's roads and rest stops. Taking his CB handle as his identity he willingly put his own life on the line to help others, once stopping to pull a fellow driver from his burning truck, another time performing CPR to revive an accident victim he happened upon. Never seeking personal glory, the Blue Max became a whispered legend across the airways, and only years after his retirement did his family and friends learn of his secret heroism. He is survived by one daughter Susan A. Barreira and her husband Angelo; five sons: John Carney and his wife Linda, Raymond Carney, Thomas H. Carney Jr. and his wife Mary, Patrick Carney, Charles Carney and Christine Benevides; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one brother Robert Carney and one sister, the late Elizabeth Gomez.  Donations may be made to Southcoast Visiting Nurses Association.


JEAN J. COTE  January 9, 2016

Mr. Jean J. Cote, of Raynham, died peacefully with his loving daughters at his side, on Saturday, January 9 at his residence following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Betty I. (White) Cote and the late Elaine (Morin) Cote. He was born 79 years ago in Taunton, the son of the late Wilfred S. and Edna (Gauvin) Cote. He was educated in Taunton, having attended Taunton High School. Prior to his retirement, Jean had been employed by the Masonry Union and was also a self-employed mason for over 50 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 1651 Engineering Utilities Detail in both France and Germany. Jean was a Catholic. He leaves two daughters: Irene E. Slone and her husband, David of Lakeland, FL, and Debra Desley of Rehoboth; two brothers: Gerald Cote of Taunton, and Paul Cote and his wife, Dolores of Taunton;  two sisters: Lorraine Williams of Raynham, and Yvonne Bird of Taunton; 4 grandchildren: Shelly Pedro, Stephen Desley, Ray Thomas McGuire and his wife, Katie, and Donald Jean McGuire; 5 great grandchildren: Jacob, Jack and Juliette McGuire, Connor and Abigail Pedro, and many nieces and nephews. Jean was also the brother of the late Lawrence, Ernest, and Norbert Cote, Anita Chickering, Claire Bleu, and Florence Giovenelli.


FRANCIS S. SLUSARZ  January 2, 2016

Francis S. Slusarz, Frank, age 64 of Dighton, MA, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 2, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his loving family after a brief battle with ALS. Born in Taunton, a son of the late Francis Slusarz and Helen M. (Ciborowski) Slusarz, he had been a lifelong resident of Dighton. A graduate of Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School, class of 1969, he worked at the former Mount Hope Machinery in Taunton for thirty years until its closing. He then worked as a Custodian at Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School for many years before retiring in 2015. Frank enjoyed farming and going to auctions and flea markets. He is survived by one sister, Patricia M. Olsen, and her husband David W.; one nephew Gregory F. Olsen all of Dighton. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of Franks friends and co-workers for taking the time to visit with Frank during the entire length of his illness. Your continued support, care, and compassion meant so much. Private arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea.


KATYLNN “KATIE” REIS  January 1, 2016

Katlynn "Katie" Reis, age 27 of Seekonk, MA, received her angel wings on January 1, 2016 and peacefully entered into the gates of heaven. Katie died at home surrounded by her wonderful family. The pillows that will probably receive the most tears are those that I left behind. The parents of the angel, David and Melissa (Washburn) Reis and my maternal grandmother Sally Welch. The siblings of the new angel include; Jeremy Reis (Erica Silva), Sgt. Joshua Reis, David Reis Jr. (Mercedes Dawson) and little sister Samantha Reis. She also leaves behind a half-sister Britney Seiber and half-brother David Soares. As an angel I will be looking down on my godson David Reis III. In addition to this wonderful child, I leave behind my niece and four nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. I will also leave my companion Adam Guertin and his gift of my companion dog, Mia Love. Waiting to welcome me into heaven are my paternal grandparents Augusto and Ethel (Fonseca) Reis and my baby sister Kasey Olivia Reis. As an angel on Earth, I loved teaching and learning new things. I graduated from Seekonk High School, Class of 2006 and have been working on a Human Service Degree. I worked as a Customer Service Supervisor for Home Depot. Also, as an angel on Earth, I love making everyone smile and ask that you all do the same. "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you love.” (Stuart Scott).  Any other contribution, please donate to the SIDS Foundation in memory of Kasey Olivia Reis.

 

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

David Bauman, of Rehoboth, was honored at the Providence Country Day School April 18, with admission to the International Cum Laude Society. The Society, founded in 1906, recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice and honor. The Society was modeled after Phi Beta Kappa and includes 350 chapters in public and independent schools throughout the world.


REHOBOTH GARDEN CLUB OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Rehoboth Garden Club is once again offering a second semester $1000 scholarship to a high school senior or graduate student from Rehoboth and surrounding communities. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited college or graduate school, and must major in some phase of natural science such as landscape architecture/design, agricultural sciences, forestry, environmental sciences, natural resource management, land use management, horticulture, botany, agronomy, soil and crop science or marine biology. Applications are available calling 508-252-6337, or by request to the Rehoboth Garden Club, 117 Carpenter Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769. Completed applications must be received to the address above by June 30, 2016.


APPLY FOR THE 2016 RAS SCHOLARSHIP

The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society will once again award one or more scholarships. Students must be accepted to or enrolled in a post-secondary program related to history, museum studies or library sciences. Applicants from the greater Rehoboth area may apply. Consideration will be given to demonstrated involvement and interest in activities related to the mission of the Society.  For more information and an application, please go to carpentermuseum.org.

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