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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.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 11 AM, in the Rehoboth Congregational Church, 139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to: Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.

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.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Christine's life on Saturday, February 6 at Foley-Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main St., Attleboro. Visiting hours are from 10 AM to 1 PM, with a celebration of Christine's life to begin at 1 PM.  Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, 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.


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 ( or to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 27 at 11:30 AM. at the Rehoboth Congregational Church.

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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