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Kenneth K. Gentle   August 26, 2014

Kenneth K. Gentle, 60, of Reed Street, Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 and was welcomed home into the arms of God. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts during hurricane Carol on August 25, 1954, he was a son of the late James Milton Gentle, Sr. and June E. (Knowlton) Gentle. He spent his earlier years in Rehoboth and moved to the City of Attleboro with his family at the age of 10. He attended Attleboro public schools and remained a city resident for the past 50 years. Mr. Gentle was an accomplished musician who played the guitar, wrote romantic songs and performed at countless weddings and functions and was a private guitar teacher having taught his art to countless area residents. He was previously employed by the Sun Chronicle having worked in the distribution department. His family will remember a man who loved God, his family and cherished his friendships. Neighbors described him as a “man with a good heart always willing to help others”. He leaves a daughter: Melissa Gentle of Providence, Rhode Island; four siblings: Geraldine E. “Geri” (Gentle) Boyes and her husband, Paul Boyes, of Attleboro; Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Gentle) Dwyer and her husband, David Dwyer, of Attleboro; Joanne M. (Gentle) Lacasse and her husband, Steve Lacasse, of Attleboro and James M. Gentle, Jr. and his wife, Kathie Gentle, of Plymouth; two grandchildren and two generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and dear friends.


Visitation has been respectfully omitted. A private graveside funeral service will be held at the Joseph Stillman Pierce Yard Rehoboth Historic Cemetery #16. Burial will follow. For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.



Marie (Andrade) Mello   July 22, 2014 

Marie Mello, age 87 of Pleasant Street in Rehoboth, MA, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Marion Manor in Taunton, MA. She was the wife of the late Andrew Mello Jr. Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Marie (Cabral) Andrade. She leaves her four children, Andrew Mello of Mobile, AL, Sandra Hall of Rehoboth, Dennis Mello, also of Rehoboth, and Lynne Boiros of Taunton; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. She was also the sister of Edwin Andrade of Florida and of the late Manuel Andrade and Barbara Scherer.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass on Sunday, August 31 at 10 AM at St. Dominic's Church, 1723 Grand Army Highway (Rte. 6), Swansea. (Calling hours were respectfully omitted and burial was private at Mt. St. Mary Cemetery.) Memorial donations may be made to either Bristol Elder Services Inc., 1 Father DeValles Blvd., Unit 8, Fall River, MA 02723 or Bethany House, 72 Church Green, Taunton, MA.



Alma Fain Alper   August 6, 2014

Alma Fain Alper, formerly of Rehoboth, died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. She was 89. In her final years, she lived at Maples Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Wrentham, where she was lovingly tended by staff members who became her friends. Born in Providence, she lived in Rehoboth from 1948 until 2011. Alma attended Hope High School and graduated from Pembroke College at Brown University. After graduation, she was a social worker and hosted "The Little Red School House," a children's talent radio show in Providence. She married Myles Sumner Alper in 1948. They moved to Rehoboth where they built a house on their beloved Juniper Farms, raised seven children and enjoyed their 10 grandchildren. Alma belonged to the PTA and was a member of the board of directors for Community Counseling of Bristol County. Her favorite activity, however, was managing her "glorious mob." When not attending one of her children's school, sporting, musical or scouting events, she was behind the wheel of her station wagon transporting another child to a school, sporting, musical or scouting event. Alma presided happily and tirelessly over a boisterous legion of kids, friends of kids, nieces and nephews, grandkids and pets. If she wasn't watching a Wiffle ball game, she was listening to a music recital or adding her more-than-two-cents to a political discussion. She directed every Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebration along with innumerable birthday, anniversary and wedding parties. She loved her family's summer vacations in Casco, Maine, even if it meant preparing endless meals and washing mountains of laundry. For Alma, being with family was her definition of happiness. And the greatest love of Alma's life was Myles, her husband of 64 years. She declared it was the "greatest marriage of all time" and no one who knew them could deny it. A joyful alliance, their glue was laughter. Her last words? "Humor is important." Alma is survived by two daughters, Joyce Alper of Dedham, and Betsy Alper (Bruce Powers) of Harrisville, R.I.; five sons: Clifford (Sue) of Pawtucket, Bennett (Monica Collins) of Belmont, Thomas (Joyce) of Bethel Park, Pa., Warren of Glendale, R.I., and Leland (Heidi) of Millis; and 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Brendan, Jeremy, Benjamin (Katie), Andrew, Kelly (Charles Bouteiller), Daniel, Molly, Lucas Powers, and Isaiah Powers.


A memorial service will be held at Country Gardens, 339 Tremont St., Rehoboth, MA 02769 on Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Maples Nursing Center Library Fund, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham, MA 02093. Arrangements provided by Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro.




2014 OBITUARIES


Joseph M. Cupertino   August 23, 2014

Joseph M. Cupertino, 60, of Rehoboth, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at his residence. He was the husband of 40 years to Jennie (Barnaba) Cupertino. Joseph was born in Bronx, N.Y., the son of Armand J. Cupertino of the Bronx and the late Carmela (Cancro) Cupertino. He graduated from New York High School of Printing in 1971. He worked for Barrington Printing for many years. Joe also opened the first Doggie Day Care in Seekonk, "Playful Paws." He was very active with the Boy Scouts in Attleboro as a past Scout Master. Mr. Cupertino was a foster parent for seven years. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. Joe also enjoyed collecting antique toys. Survivors besides his wife and father are a daughter, Elizabeth C. Cupertino of West Warwick, R.I.; three sons: Joseph M. Cupertino Jr. and his wife Laurette of Attleboro, Robert J. Cupertino of Rehoboth, and Michael A. Cupertino of Pawtucket; eight grandchildren; a sister, Marie Wyman of Bronx, N.Y.; along with several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home.


Joseph Arnold Hass   August 19, 2014

Joseph Arnold Hass, a longtime farmer in Rehoboth, died August 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Romaine (Ash), whom he had known since they were 14 years old. He leaves his son, Mark and wife Roni Hass, his three daughters: Heather Riess, Helene and husband Steven Holmes, and Christy and husband Robert Dlugolenski. He also leaves his grandchildren: Mikaela Hass, Julie Hass, Emily Riess, Carl Joseph and wife Stefanie Holmes, Abigail Holmes, Sarah (Dlugolenski) and husband Tyler Greco, and Eric Dlugolenski, as well as great grandchildren Caleb Holmes and Kaley Greco. He also leaves his brother, John R. and his wife Rita Hass and his sister Marjory Noon and many devoted nieces and nephews. Joe was well known for his strong work ethic, high standards, and devotion to his family. He was renowned for his sense of humor. He loved gospel and country music and jazz as well as songs from the 40's and 50's and dancing. He and Romaine were former challenge square dancers. He was a life-long learner, reveling in extracting information from each person and situation he met.  Memorial gifts may be directed to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498.


Richard C. Chappell   August 6, 2014

Richard C. Chappell, age 91, devoted husband and father, died on August 6, 2014.  A life-long resident of Rehoboth, he was husband of the late Roberta (Halsall) Chappell and father of Ronald Chappell, wife Lynne. He is also survived by grandsons Kevin, Jason, and granddaughter-in-law Erin one great grandson, Kaleb, and a sister Etta Dionne. He was father of the late Richard, Jr. and Michael Chappell. Born in Rehoboth, he was son of the late George and Etta (Sherman) Chappell. Mr. Chappell was a WW II U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, serving in the North Atlantic and Pacific during the Phillipine evacuation. Dick worked for many years as a Molder for the Gorham Manufacturing Company. Memorial gifts may be directed to the DAV.


Thomas Gildea   August 4, 2014

Thomas J. Gildea, Sr., 82, passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice House, Providence. He was the loving and devoted husband of the late Jean Gildea. Born March 7, 1932 in Providence, he was a son of the late William A. and Marguerite (O'Malley) Gildea. Thomas grew up in Providence and was a graduate of LaSalle Academy. He then graduated from Providence College in 1953 and was also a graduate of New England School of Law. Thomas was employed at the Narragansett Brewing Co. for many years. He also worked at the Providence VA Medical Center for 10 years and the Southern Arizona VA Hospital in Tucson, Arizona for 10 years before his retirement. Thomas loved to travel and especially enjoyed his time in the Southwest, particularly the Grand Canyon National Park. He was an avid local sports fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and studying geography. Thomas cherished his grandchildren and he was active with their sporting events. He always had a smile on his face and he will be sorely missed by all who loved him. Thomas is survived by his two sons: Thomas J. Gildea Jr. and his wife Shelly of Rehoboth, and Andrew R. Gildea and his wife Kimberly of North Andover; two daughters: Ruthann Gildea and her husband Nick Langdon of Coventry, R.I., and Eileen Staltare and her companion Peter Fandetti of Seekonk; five grandchildren: Kelcie Gildea and Teal Gildea, both of Rehoboth, and Kyle Gildea and Liam Gildea, both of North Andover and Mary-Eileen Fandetti of Seekonk. He was the brother of the late William A. Gildea and Mary Gildea.


Diamantina R. Matos   August 5, 2014

Diamantina R. Matos, age 70 of Emmaus Road, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  She was the wife of the late Jose I. Matos.  She was born in Arrifes, Sao Miguel, Acores a daughter of the late Manuel R. and Diamantina (DaPonte) Rosa.  Mrs. Matos was a jewelry worker for the Carla Corporation before she retired.  She also worked for many years as a seamstress.  She leaves four daughters, Elidia Galego and her husband Joseph of Rehoboth, Liseta Vertentes and her husband Barry of Rehoboth, Elisabeth DaCosta and her husband David of Rehoboth and Wendy Botelho and her husband Peter of East Providence, ten grandchildren, Jonathan, Elise and Justen Galego, Joshua and Hailey Vertentes, Samantha, Audrey and Mason DaCosta and Gianna and Noah Botelho, five sisters, Maria Sousa, Alda Costa, Antonina Costa, Lucia Carlos and Ana Melo and one brother, Jose Rosa.  She was the sister of the late Manuel Rosa and Agostinho Rosa. 


Lorraine H. (Bennett) Androw   August 4, 2014

Lorraine H. (Bennett) Androw, age 91 of Pawtucket, RI, passed away peacefully on Monday, August, 4, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph G. Androw. Born in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Albert E. and Ida R. (Kellogg) Bennett, she resided in Pawtucket since 1950. Lorraine was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Memorial Baptist Church, Seekonk. She leaves her daughter, Patricia R. Ciavola of Pawtucket; two sisters, Shirley Goff and her husband Earl Goff, Jr. of Rehoboth and Mavis Hemeon of Georgia; a brother, the Rev. Richard Bennett and his wife Phyllis Bennett of New York: a sister-in-law, Ruth Bennett of Washington State and several nieces and nephews. She was a sister of the late Albert E. Bennett. Memorial gifts to the Memorial Baptist Church, 340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771 will be appreciated.


Joan (Dutra) Soufy   July 28, 2014

Joan (Dutra) Soufy, 71, of South Attleboro, passed away peacefully Monday, July 28, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Charles J. Soufy Sr. Joan was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Dutra. She was a seamstress, by trade, and owned S&S Sewing for five years. She also worked at her son's auto body shop for the last 10 years. Joan lived a very full life. She was always willing to try a new adventure. Her passion for the last 11 years was spending time with her granddaughter, Jordan. She was raised in a large family. Joan was an avid bowler, loved playing cards, going to bingo nights and going to the casino. Besides her husband Charles of 53 years, she is survived by her daughter Dorothy Soufy and Beth Pollard of Taunton, her son Charles, his wife Cathy and her very special granddaughter Jordan, all of Rehoboth. She is also survived by her brothers Alfred Dutra, Francis Dutra, David Dutra, Joseph Dutra and Manuel Dutra, and her sisters Eleanor Dulfer, Mary Jane Gauthier, Carol Moriarty and Kathleen Boie. She was also the sister of the late William and Thomas Dutra. Joan also has many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


Julie F. (Scott) Ferreira   July 25, 2014

Julie F. (Scott) Ferreira, age 60 of Rehoboth, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 25, 2014 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James R. and Dorothy May (Adams) Scott, she lived in South Attleboro for many years before moving to Rehoboth 20 years ago. She was the owner and operator of Torch Contract Soldering and also worked at the Mason Box, both in Attleboro. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing puzzles. She is survived by one daughter: Melissa A. Dupont of Rehoboth, one son: Wayne J. Ferreira of Fall River, three sisters: Shirley Perry of Warwick, R.I., Mary MacDonald of Providence, Martha Scott of Rehoboth, one brother: Robert H. Scott and his wife Bonnie of Robeline, La., two grandchildren: Logan Dupont of Rehoboth, Landen Ferreira of Fall River, and several nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late John "Randy" Scott.


Arthur William Volpe, Jr.   July 24, 2014

Arthur William Volpe, Jr., DMD,  age 83 of Rehoboth, MA passed away on July 24, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Arthur was the loving husband of 58 years to Ann (Colonies) Volpe, the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Pettinato) Volpe Sr. Arthur was a graduate of Boston College and Tufts University Dental School. He taught at Tufts University, and was on staff at Sturdy Memorial hospital. In 1976 he volunteered his time in the jungles of Nicaragua to treat the the less fortunate with their dental needs. He was a Korean War Veteran as a proud member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was the Chairman for the Special Needs Christmas party for 25 years at the Elks Lodge 1014, Attleboro, past President Serra Club, member of the Wanskuck Boys and Girls Club Providence. He practiced Dentistry in Attleboro for 35 years. Besides his wife he leaves his loving children Arthur W. Volpe III and his wife Kathleen, Thomas F. Volpe, Christopher P. Volpe, Mary Elizabeth Haggerty and her late husband Robert, and Christine A Glynn, her late husband Michael, and her husband Thomas Glynn. He was the beloved grandfather of Elizabeth, Michael, Thomas, Kathryn, Sydney, Alexandra, Michaela, and Emily, great grandfather to Gabriella, Cole and Giana. He was the beloved brother of Ronald Volpe and his wife Delia, and brother in law of Alfred S. Colonies and his wife Patricia. Donations can be made to Priests of the Sacred Heart Monastery, PO Box 900, Hales Corner, WI 53130-0900 in Arthur's name would be appreciated.


Mary R. Ventura   July 17, 2014

Mary R. (Ferreira) Ventura, wife of the late Arthur P. Ventura, died at her Taunton home following a long illness on July 17, 2014. She was 86. Born and raised in Taunton, she was the daughter of the late Serafim and Mary (Berthao) Ferreira. A homemaker for much of her adult life, she will be remembered as a loving and caring mother. Mrs. Ventura was a communicant of St. Nicholas of Myra Church. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Ventura of Taunton, with whom she resided; three sons, Arthur P. Ventura, Jr. and his wife Toni, Paul J. Ventura and his wife Cheryl, and Matthew J. Ventura and his wife Caroline, all of North Dighton; three brothers, Raymond Ferreira of Taunton, Robert Ferreira of Raynham, and George Ferreira of North Dighton; a sister, Evelyn Mastromarino of Taunton; four grandchildren, Rebecca Paralta, Jessica, Jason and Camden Ventura; three great grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob and Ella; a step-grandson, Adam McGrady, his wife Shelia, and their daughter Shannon; and many nieces and nephews. She was also sister of the late Charles, Louis, Joseph, Edward, Serafin, James, and Alfred Ferreira. Donations may be made to the Great Taunton Charitable Association, P.O. Box 577, East Taunton, MA 02718.


Sandra A. Mendes   July 21, 2014

Sandra A. Mendes, 69 years old of East Taunton, died in Kindred Specialty Hospital, Stoughton on Monday, July 21, 2014. Born in Taunton daughter of Albert and Mary (Marshall) Alger. She was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. She was a former nutrition coordinator for Old Colony Elder Services working at the Parker House in Easton. Sandy was a feisty funny lady who had no trouble speaking her mind. She loved her daughter Shell and her grandson Noah who was her “heart”. Besides her daughter, Michelle Medeiros and her husband James of East Taunton, she is the grandmother of Noah, Ricky and the late Jeffrey. She is the great grandmother of London and Dominic. Sandy was the former wife of Frank Mendes and is the sister of Nancy Gouveia and her husband Joseph of Berkley, Carol Helides of Raynham, Lois Medeiros of Taunton, Marilyn Trucchi of Taunton, Susan Rego of Lancaster, MA, Margaret Pratt of Taunton and the late George Pratt, Jr. and Richard Pratt. Sandy is the aunt and great aunt of several.  Donations in her memory may be made to the COPD National Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Miami, FL 33134


Henry J. Hayes, Jr. July 9, 2014

Henry J. Hayes, Jr., age 90 of Homestead Avenue in Rehoboth, died July 16, 2014 at his home. He was the loving husband of Mary V. (Whalen) Hayes for nearly seventy years. He was born in Providence, RI, a son of the late Henry J. and Frances (McKeon) Hayes. Mr. Hayes began his career as a Providence police officer, and was later employed as a signalman for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad and Amtrak for thirty-eight years before retiring. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Michael Hayes and his wife Nancy of Greenville, Rita Newcomb and her husband William of South Kingstown, Henry J. Hayes, III and his wife Diane of Rehoboth, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a brother Raymond Hayes of Florida. He is predeceased by his brothers Robert and James Hayes. He was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, and a devout Catholic. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.


Mary L. Santos  July 9, 2014

Mary L. (Berry) Santos, of North Dighton, wife of the late Francis Rose died at home peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 75. Born in Taunton, Mary was the daughter of the late Elmore and Lucy (Cavanagh) Berry. Mary was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1957 and was a secretary for the former American Auto Auction now called Manheim New England in No Dighton. She enjoyed painting, gardening, feeding her birds and especially the ocean. Mary was the loving mother of Debbie Cabral of No Dighton, Brenda Lima and her husband Chris of No Dighton, Laurie Porter of No Dighton, Jeffrey Rose of Norton and Todd Rose and his wife Donna of Dighton. Grandmother of Evan, Ryan, Frankie, CJ, Jamie, Shaney, Joshua, Allison, Dylan, Heather and Michelle. Sister of Eleanor Berry of Taunton, Pat Erler and her husband Terry of Missouri, William Berry of Taunton and the late Clara Fitzgerald. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, ATTN Memo Toni Choueiri, Kidney Cancer Research Fund, 44 Binney Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA, 02115.


Karen J. (Lott) Santos  July 6, 2014

Karen J (Lott) Santos, of North Dighton, wife of Paul Santos, died suddenly at her home at the age of 68. Born in Brockton, Karen was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (McGann) Lott. Karen was a graduate of Taunton High School class of 1964 and was formerly employed at Raytheon Corporations. She was the mother of Kristen Fisher and her husband Robert of Carver and Douglas Santos and his wife Angela of Las Vegas. Grandmother of Caitlin, Madison, Zachary and Connor. Sister of Joseph Lott of Taunton, Sharman Lott of Rehoboth, Shelly Card and her husband Jim of Norton and the late Joyce Slone. Sister in-law of Roger Slone of Virginia.  Donations in Karen’s memory may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA, 02114.


Mildred A. Brescia  July 7, 2014

Mildred A. Brescia, age 97, formerly of Ipswich Street in Seekonk, passed away on Monday July 7, 2014 at Waterview Villa. She was the wife of the late Steve Brescia. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie (George) Hawksley. Mrs. Brescia was a waitress at the former Eileen Darlings Restaurant for 15 years before she retired in 1979. Previously she also worked at the Ledgemont Country Club and The Top Hill Restaurant. She enjoyed cooking Sunday dinners for her family and was a faithful communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for many years. She leaves three daughters Beverly A. Putney of Seekonk, Judith L. Phillips of Taunton and Jane M. Trainor of Narragansett, one son Paul W. Brescia of Rehoboth, two sisters Alice Poole of Rehoboth and Olive Tameo and her husband John of Seekonk, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was the great grandmother of the late Mitchell E. Putney and sister of the late Pearl J. Sorafine, Walter and Joseph Hawksley.  Contributions to Beacon Hospice will be appreciated.


James ‘Jim‘ Ricker July 4, 2014

James ‘Jim’ Ricker - If you knew James "Jim" Ricker, then your heart is heavy today. Jim passed away unexpectedly at the age of 49 at his sister's home in Attleboro on July 4, 2014. Born in Attleboro on Nov. 6, 1964, he was the youngest child of Beverly (Aspinall) Ricker and the late John E. Ricker. Jim was a 1982 graduate of Attleboro High School. As I'm sure his former classmates remember, Jim always had a smile for everyone he came across. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved to love. In recent years, Jim lived in Rehoboth. He loved spending time with friends in Swansea, working out at his favorite gym or at Applebee's watching the Boston sports teams. Jim was a realtor, so we will always remember how he could set up his mobile office almost anywhere and quietly go about his work. Our family gatherings could get a bit chaotic and he was always the calm among us. About seven years ago, Jim was told by doctors that his heart was too big. This came as no surprise to those of us who knew and loved him. Since that diagnosis, Jim had found peace and contentment in spending time with his friends and family. He truly learned how to find happiness within himself. In addition to his mother, Jim's spirit lives on in his sisters Mary Ellen Ricker of Attleboro, Kathy Provost and her husband Bill of Attleboro, Margaret Lennox and her husband Bill of Attleboro, and his brother John Ricker and his wife Lisa of Rehoboth. He will be greatly missed by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephew, and the countless friends whose lives he touched. He gave the best hugs.


Linda H. (Colorusso) Hoskins July 3, 2014

Linda H. (Colorusso) Hoskins, age 67 of Rehoboth, MA and Moultonboro, NH, President and Co-founder of Bay State Truck & Trailer, Inc., passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack Hoskins, Sr.  Born in Manchester, NH, she was a daughter of the late James J. Colorusso, Jr. and Hope E. (Smith) Colorusso. Linda was a lay minister at the Church of the Redeemer, Providence; longtime member of the RI Kennel Club; life benefactor member of Ducks Unlimited; longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and a devoted supporter of the U.S. Olympic Team. She leaves two sons, Jack Hoskins, Jr. and his wife, Bree and Erik Hoskins and his wife, Sharon all of Rehoboth; six grandsons, Tyler, Christopher, Benjamin, Ian, William and Joshua Hoskins; a granddaughter, Brynn Hoskins and a sister, Lorna J. White of Somerset.


Hilda Viveiros Donofrio June 28, 2014

Hilda Viveiros Donofrio, co-founder of Full Channel, Inc., widow of John Donofrio, founder of Full Channel, Inc., died early Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Florida at the age of 87. Together, the Donofrios were pioneers of cable television and telecommunications in Rhode Island. She was born in 1927 to Luis and Emelia Viveiros at her family's home on South Broadway in East Providence, R.I. The youngest of seven children, she and her siblings were raised by her mother after her father's accidental death when Hilda was only four years old. In 1944 at the age of 17, she married John, weeks before he reported for service in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Hilda was known for her sensitive and caring nature and was a talented seamstress. Additionally she taught homemaking, child care and sewing to girls in the local Seekonk 4-H chapter. Her daughters remember her creating exceptionally tailored outfits and prom dresses for all three of them. The Donofrios moved to Seekonk, Mass. before they moved to Palm City, Fla. in 1992. Through the years, the couple enjoyed traveling the world on many cruise ships, establishing many new friendships. Both were avid golfers. Assuming the position of chairwoman of Full Channel in 2004, Hilda carried on her husband's dream of providing telecommunications to Rhode Island's East Bay. Champions of fine music and the arts, the Donofrios supported classical music in Providence, Boston and in Rhode Island's East Bay. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Jane Maaia of Rumford, Rosemary L. Pacheco of Rehoboth, Mass. and Fort Myers Beach, Fla. and Valerie J. Daniels, of East Providence and Sarasota, Fla. as well as four grandsons, William G. Campos III, Patrick Daniels, Casey Daniels and Levi C. Maaia.


Isabel Evans Killam June 26, 2014

Isabel Evans Killam, of Seekonk, MA and Narragansett, RI died peacefully Thursday, June 26, 2014 at The Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. For 60 years, she was the beloved wife of Charles W. Killam, Sr., who predeceased her in 2008. Born in Pawtucket, she was a resident of Seekonk for more than 65 years. She retired in 1986 from teaching third grade at Tristam Burgess Elementary School in East Providence and was a 60-year member of Church of the Epiphany. She was the daughter of the late Albert E. and Carrie W. (Clayton) Evans and sister of the late Albert J. Evans of Springfield, VA, the late Clayton E. Evans of Bartlesville, OK, Charlotte A. Evans and Diana P. Evans of Pawtucket and Matunuck, RI, and the late Dana S. Evans of Pascoag, RI. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Killam, Jr. of Rehoboth, MA; two daughters, Amy Killam Soule of Yarmouth, ME and Candace Killam Hall of Larchmont, NY; their spouses, Betsy L. Killam, Bruce E. Soule, and Gregory J. Hall, respectively; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made in Mrs. Killam's name to the Pastoral Care Fund of Church of the Epiphany.


James N. Creel, Jr. June 19, 2014

James N. Creel, Jr., a longtime Rehoboth, MA and former Bristol, RI resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on June 19, 2014, at 75 years. Born in Florence, SC and raised in Charleston, SC, he was the beloved son of the late James N. Creel and the late Maude (Harwell). Beloved husband for 52 years to Jane D. (Bettencourt) Creel. Devoted and loving father of James N. Creel III, Kevin S. Creel, Lee A. Creel, N. Todd Creel, Cynthia L. Creel, and Kelly Fenzel. Dear son in law of Mabel Bettencourt. Cherished granddaddy of Sarah Creel, Abigail Creel Phenix, Taylor Creel, Jimmy Lee Creel, and Lindsay McGuire. Great granddad of Parker, Lillian, and Grayson McGuire. He is also survived by his loving Yorkshire Terriers, Bailey and Cody. Prior to his retirement, Jim was a longtime commercial union painter. He was a member of the Painter's Union Local 195 and proud member of the NRA. A self taught man, Jim became proficient in many trade skills such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and mechanics. He enjoyed numerous hobbies over the years including fishing, hunting, beekeeping, raising livestock, ham radios, singing and playing guitar, and one of his favorites, antique car restoration.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


Joseph Lawrence June 16, 2014

Joseph Lawrence, husband of Edith M. (Adams) Lawrence of Dighton, died at Marian Manor in Taunton on June 16, 2014. He was 78. Born in Dighton, and a lifelong resident of the area, he was the son of the late Manuel S. and Maria J. (Netto) Lourenco. A 1953 graduate of Taunton High School, Mr. Lawrence received a BA in Business Administration from Northeastern University and later served in the Army National Guard. He owned and operated Royal Builders from 1959 to 2004. Active in Dighton affairs, Joe served on the Planning Board, the Board of Appeals, the Water Commission and the Council on Aging. He served as Building Inspector for the towns of Dighton, Somerset and Berkley and was a Rehoboth Fair Director. An avid sports fan, Joe enjoyed hockey, football, bowling, stock car racing, and baseball; and coached little league. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Joseph M. Lawrence and his wife Robin, and Gregory Logan and his wife Rhonda, all of Dighton; a daughter, Barbara M. Lawrence of Taunton; five grandchildren, James Logan of Taunton, Ava and Elise Lawrence, both of Dighton, Molly Motes of Dighton, and Roderick Motes of Dallas, TX. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Village Plaza, South, 473 South St. West, Raynham, MA 02767.


James O. Driscoll, Jr. June 15, 2014

James O. Driscoll, Jr., age 79 of Rehoboth, formerly of Taunton and Norton, passed away peacefully on June 15 at his home.  With respect to Mr. Driscoll’s wishes, all services will remain private.


Joseph J. Fortes June 13, 2014

Joseph J. Fortes, age 94 of New Street in Rehoboth died Friday, June 13, 2014 after a brief illness at Taunton Nursing Home. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Baptiste) Fortes. He was born in Providence, a son of the late John and Monica (DaCruz) Fortes. Mr. Fortes worked for the Universal Optical Company for 31 years before retiring in 1983. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1941 to 1942 before serving in the Army during World War II for four years. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 1, Providence and also the Fox Point Boys Club. He leaves one daughter, Cynthia Peckham of Riverside, one son, Anthony Fortes of Acushnet, MA, one brother, Henry Fortes of East Providence, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Stephanie Fortes and Susan Fortes and brother of the late Mary and Manuel Fortes.


Salvatore ‘Sam‘ C. Pino June 12, 2014

Salvatore ‘Sam’ C. Pino,  85, of North Main Street in Attleboro, MA, died on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as he was surrounded by his loving wife and all seven cherished children. He was the husband of Noela G. (Doucette) Pino to whom he was married on Nov. 3, 1956. Born in Attleboro on Jan. 3, 1929, he was the son of the late Rosario and Pauline (Nasise) Pino. He was raised and educated in Norton.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having achieved the rank of Corporal ER. Mr. Pino earned his bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University in 1958. As a clinical chemist, he published and co-published numerous papers in the field of iodine deficiency and thyroid dysfunction. The methods he helped develop for the measurement of iodine were novel, robust, reproducible and cost-effective, allowing medical researchers to collect the data they required to further the study of thyroid function. His work won him both national and international recognition and invitations to speak at seminars all over the world. Mr. Pino was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. He worked for numerous companies and most recently at the Boston Medical Center. He resided in Attleboro since 1956 and was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. For many years, he and his wife hosted foreign exchange students. In addition to his wife, he leaves seven children: Beth M. Pino-Mauch of Amesbury, Thomas C. Pino of North Scituate, R.I., Anthony G. Pino of Rehoboth, John P. Pino of Derry, N.H., Samuel P. Pino of Columbus, Ohio, Paul J. Pino of Gorham, Maine, and Maria P. Butters of Walpole; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Pino of North Attleboro, and several extended family members and dear friends. Please consider a donation to the American Thyroid Association


Rita E. Casavant June 12, 2014

Rita E. Casavant, 95 of Rehoboth, died peacefully on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Marcel Casavant, who died in 1993. Rita was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joseph and Clarinda (Desvoyaux) Lambert. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed the company of her family, and the comfort she found while working in her yard. She leaves a daughter Antoinette Bowers of Rehoboth, and a son Paul and his wife Joyce Casavant of Titusville, Fla. She was the loving "Memere" to five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Joan Casavant and sister of the late Raymond and Henry Lambert.


Joyce L. (Massey) Cullen June 8, 2014

Joyce L. (Massey) Cullen, 61 of Wood Street died Sunday June 8, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Ronald E. Forcier and the late William J. "Babe" Cullen, Jr. Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Agnes (Harrison) Massey. Joyce was a camp director for the Diabetes Association at Camp Kyle for 19 years before retiring. She was a volunteer member for the Fresh Air Fund and for Camp Fire Boys & Girls Club. Besides her husband she leaves three daughters, Darcy Gallagher and her husband Thomas, Bethany Cullen and Jennifer Cullen, two brothers, Robert and Thomas Massey and nine grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Nancy Massey.


Wayne Robert Mello, Sr. June 7, 2014

Wayne Robert Mello, Sr., 58, of McKeon Drive, North Attleboro, died at his residence on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was the beloved and treasured husband of Ana Paula (Santos) Mello to whom he was married on July 1, 1979.

Born in Woonsocket, R.I. on Nov. 16, 1955, he was a son of the late George L. and Clara R. (Lavallee) Mello. He was raised and educated in his native city of Woonsocket where he was a 1974 graduate of Woonsocket High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Stonehill College in Easton in 1997. He was a resident of North Attleboro since 1978 and was a communicant of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Attleboro Falls.

A gentle soul, Wayne will be remembered for his unique dedication and success in his professional career and his passion for traveling the world to tropical destinations or favorite historical sites. With an extreme love for his cherished family and his contagious smile, he spent countless time in the home he built, meticulously maintained, and enjoyed it to his last day. Mr. Mello was employed as a Global Commodity Manager for Teradyne, Inc. in North Reading for 35 years. In addition to his wife, he leaves two children: Wayne Robert Mello Jr. of Hudson, and Tanya P. DiGeorge of Litchfield, N.H.; a stepdaughter, Cristina P. Corbeil of Attleboro; a stepson, Richard C. Arruda III of Rehoboth; his grandchildren: Emma, JJ, Savanah, Mikayla, Hailey, Ashley, Amber and Ricky, and many extended family members and dear friends.


Birdella L. (Wightman) Corbitt June 5, 2014

Birdella L. (Wightman) Corbitt, 89, of Marian Manor, formerly of Seekonk, passed away on her birthday, June 5. She was the beloved wife of Robert M. Corbitt for 53 years. Birdie is survived by her daughter Susan McTaggart (husband Paul), her grandchildren Meghan Lilley (husband Jon), Erin McTaggart, Ryan McTaggart (partner Kerry Cook), and great-grandson Caleb McTaggart. She is also survived by her sister, Marge Erickson, sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth Staugaard (husband Burt), Dave Corbitt (wife Phyllis), Joyce Corbitt, and Dot Barker (husband Dave) as well as many nieces and nephews. Birdie was the daughter of the late Helen and Frank Wightman. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to RI to earn a BA degree at Barrington College and did graduate work in education at Boston University. Birdie spent 28 years teaching at private and public schools with most of her service in Rehoboth schools. After retirement, Birdie continued her love of painting, especially watercolor and pen and ink drawings entering shows regularly. She belonged to the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and several other art associations. Birdie was a descendant of Roger Williams and belonged to the Roger Williams Family Association. She was a Sunday school teacher for many years and belonged to Barrington Baptist Church for more than fifty years. Contributions may be sent to Marian Manor, 33 Summer St. Taunton MA 02780 or to the Alzheimer's Association , 480 Pleasant St., Watertown MA 02472.



Melvina M. Emerson   May 30, 2014

Melvina M. Emerson, 90, of Burt Street, Taunton, MA, died on Friday May 30, 2014 at Longmeadow Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late David L. Emerson of 53 years. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John and Eva Mazika who came to the United States from Lithuania, she had lived in Taunton since 1950. Mrs. Emerson was a passionate horticulturist and spent many hours tending to her African Violets, Christmas cacti, crocuses, creeping phlox, and iris. She loved sunbathing, collecting beach glass along the Rhode Island shore, taking the bus to Providence, shopping at the old Outlet Department Store, making grape jelly and raspberry jam for Christmas presents, creating flower arrangements, and taking care of her many pets. She was an avid skier, often at North Conway, New Hampshire in her youth, later on the gentle golf course hills near her home, and met her husband on an Appalachian Mountain Club ski trip. After graduating from Mt Pleasant High School in Providence in 1942, Mrs. Emerson worked for Atlantic Chemical Company prior to her marriage and relocation to Taunton in 1950. She was a Sunday school teacher and longtime member of the Rehoboth Congregational Church, and in her later years devoted much of her time to biblical study with groups at the LaSalette Shrine. She was also a member of the Taunton Garden Club. She leaves a daughter, Judith A. Emerson of Taunton, a son, Robert D. Emerson of Hopkinton, MA and three granddaughters. She was the sister of the late Ann Netsel and Mary Bain. Donations in Melvina’s memory may be made to the Rehoboth Congregational Church or to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, 281 North Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.


Donald Silva  May 24, 2014

Donald Silva, age 82 of Mason Street in Rehoboth passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Country Gardens Nursing Center. He was the husband of the late Barbara M. (Brabant) Silva. Born in Rehoboth, MA, he was a son of the late Anthony and Anna (Ventura) Silva. Mr. Silva was a truck driver for the Pray Trucking Company before he retired. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War. He leaves four sons, Mark A. Silva, Donald Silva, Jr., David Silva and Jason M. Silva, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Edmund Silva.


Richard K. Pray  May 24, 2014

Richard K. Pray, “Dick,” age 86, of Rehoboth, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Frances M. (Branco) Pray for the past 67 years. Born in Rehoboth, a son of the late Charles W. and May (Williams) Pray, he was a lifelong resident of Rehoboth.  He and his wife wintered in Floral City, Florida. A dairy Farmer, Mr. Pray owned and operated his family farm C.W. Pray and Son in Rehoboth until it’s closing and was the recipient of the Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award.  He also owned and operated two companies, which sold farm equipment throughout the world, Richard Pray Equipment and Pray Tractor, which was awarded Top Tractor Dealer and Progressive Key Dealer in 1966 & 1967. Mr. Pray, a Mason, was Past President of the Rehoboth Fair, Past Director of the Bristol County Breeders Association, the Fall River Milk Producers and of the Farmers’ Home Administration, as well as past chairman of the Soil Conservation Board of Bristol County. He was on the Program Advisory Board of the Bristol Agricultural High School and was past president of the Rehoboth Fair. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons; Richard K. Pray, Jr. and wife Marie, Robert F. Pray, Rehoboth Fire Chief and his wife Lynn all of Rehoboth, three daughters: Margaret K. Bouchard and husband Albert of Rehoboth, Carol M. Pray and fiancé Harold Mahler of Swansea, Sandra M. Amaral and husband Sylvester of Rehoboth, ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.  He was brother of the late Ethelyn Davignon, Winfield E. and Charles E. Pray. Contributions in his honor may be made to The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, PO Box H, Providence, RI 02901 in honor of Dr. Anthony Mega and his team. Burial private.


Charles R. Leland, Jr.  May 25, 2014

Charles R. Leland, Jr., age 76 of Seekonk, MA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Ellen A. (Petzold) Leland. Born in Randolph, Vt., he was a son of the late Charles R. Leland Sr. and Janet (Maxfield) Larkin. Charles served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and worked as an engineer and program manager in military defense for many years until retiring. He served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of East Providence and was also a longtime member of Memorial Baptist Church, Seekonk. Charles had his private pilot's license and enjoyed flying small aircraft, sailing, scuba diving, and giving of himself to Habitat for Humanity and the various ministries and charities of the church. He leaves a son, Norman J. Leland and his wife Dawn of Rehoboth; two grandchildren, Bianca Barrera and Ethan Leland; a brother, James Leland of Newport, N.H., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Charles R. Leland III, and his sister, Dorothy Thornton.


Scott A. Trosky  May 18, 2014

Scott A. Trosky, age 48 of Rehoboth, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his home. Scott was the son of William Trosky and the late Judith C. (Christie) Trosky. He was the proud owner and operator of J. Christie Trucking. He loved mechanics, the outdoors, hunting and the Bruins. Beloved father of Heather Lynn Trosky and Andrew S. Trosky; brother of Stephen (Judie) Trosky and Stuart Trosky. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.


Gilbert ‘Gilly‘ Ferreira, Jr.  May 15, 2014

Gilbert ‘Gilly’ Ferreira, Jr., age 57, a retired Seekonk firefighter, died unexpectedly at home onThursday, May 15, 2014. Born Oct. 10, 1956, in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Gilbert and Barbara (White) Ferreira. He served as a firefighter with the Seekonk Fire Dept. for 35 years before retiring in 2012. He was a graduate of Seekonk High School and was a "Warrior" football player. He was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion. He leaves his sisters, Debbie DiPetro of Providence and Leisa Silva her husband Antonio of Rehoboth; his brother, Johnathon G. Ferreira his wife Trish also of Rehoboth; his step-sister, Deanna Preziuso of East Providence; his nieces, Vanessa and Madison Ferreira and his great nephews, Kyle Ferreira and Alex Oliveira. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Seekonk Animal Shelter, 100 Peck St., Seekonk, MA 02771.


Delores (Santos) Medeiros  May 14, 2014

Delores (Santos) Medeiros, 80 years old, widow of Antone Medeiros, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014, surrounded by her family at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. She is survived by son Karl and his wife Linda, of Rehoboth; son Keith and his wife Aurie of Dighton; son Neal and his wife Mary of Dighton; daughter Nadine Talbot and her husband Jim of Taunton; son Tony and his wife Teri of Dighton; and son Eric of Bridgewater. She is the grandmother of Justin, Melissa, Jared, Heidi, Matthew, Sarah, Mark, Kendra, Meaghan and Laura.  Delores is the sister of Hilda Connors of Riverside, RI; Irene Pavao of Fall River; Mary Jane Amarantes of Westport; Henry Santos of Florida and Tony Santos of Ohio. She was born and educated in Fall River, daughter of the late Maria Couto Rodrigues and Joseph Santos. She was predeceased by brothers Joseph, Manuel, Gilbert and many in laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Del and Tony loved to travel with family and friends taking cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Caribbean, visiting the Swiss Alps while touring Europe, and Hawaii and Australia. Her love of the mountains always led her to Old Man of the Mountains in NH much to the chagrin of her children (Not Again!!) While she loved the trips she couldn’t wait to get home to her grandchildren, attending various school and sporting events, but mostly being with them on home movie nights. Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Richard H. Howes  May 13, 2014

Richard H. Howes, 64 of Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Rosemarie (Mancieri) Howes. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Winfield H. and Irma L. (McCarty) Howes.  Richard was an LPN at Fatima Hospital in North Providence before he retired and was a former coach for Rehoboth Pop Warner Football. He was very interested in history and had a special interest in the Civil War.  He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Jessica Remine of Mansfield, Ma., one son, Raymond Howes of Rehoboth and one sister, Patricia Carlone of Barrington.  Contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 222 Richmond Street, Providence, RI 02903 or  Wounded Warrior at Wounded Warrior Project.org


Linda Ann Christian  May 3, 2014

Linda Ann Christian, RN, BSN,  age 67 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, beloved wife and mother, died peacefully on May 3 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Staten Island, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Margaret M. (O'Leary) Pratnicki. Linda graduated from the Bellevue School of Nursing, NY, in 1967 and Salve Regina University, RI, in 1981. She practiced nursing at Rhode Island Hospital for many years in the coronary care unit and later as a cardiovascular nurse clinician. She and her husband Fredric V. Christian, MD recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons; Matthew V. Christian and his wife Kathleen of Waltham, MA, and Marc E. Christian of Philadelphia, PA.  Donations in Linda's memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 (www.dana-farber.org/gift) or The Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 (www.rifoodbank.org).


Helen Papas  May 2, 2014

Helen Papas of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully at home on May 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas Papas. Mrs. Papas was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Evangelos Spanos and Evangelia (Thanopoulos) Spanos. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Papas was a dedicated member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. She was a Sunday school teacher there, a lifetime member of the choir, a past president of the Assumption Ladies Philoptochos Society, and past president of the Daughters of Penelope. Mrs. Papas is survived by her daughter, Evanne M. Mirabile and her husband Stephen of Rehoboth, MA, with whom she made her home. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Papas was the sister of the late Katina Christodulou.


Beverly A. Procopio  April 29, 2014

Beverly A. Procopio of Rehoboth, Massachusetts passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the age of 87 quietly and comfortably surrounded by family. Bev was married to the "Unofficial Mayor" of Rehoboth Larry Procopio, but everybody knew that Bev was really in charge. A lifelong Rehoboth resident, Bev was continually giving back to the community, always at Larry's side until he left us in 2007, and continued his legacy on her own. Involved doesn't even begin to describe Bev.  From catering to Lady Lions to politics, she was known as the "ENERGIZER BUNNY.”  She kept on going and going until everything suddenly stopped in July of 2010. While at Somerset Ridge she quickly became a favorite of the staff, but after 3-1/2 years, she was tired.  It was eventually time to join Larry at a table for two. She leaves a loving immediate and extended family.  Those of us who knew and loved her best are sure she's helping run things "up there" in heaven. Donations in Bev's name may be made to the Anawan Lions Club.  Call any Rehoboth Anawan Club member, or Nadine Martin at 508-341-1987 to donate to this special organization that meant so much to Bev and her family.


Neva C. Perry  April 27, 2014

Neva C. Perry, age 87 of Reservoir Avenue in Rehoboth, died April 27, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John J. Perry Sr. Born in Rehoboth, she was the daughter of the late Frank R. and Mary (Perry) Medeiros. She worked as a Rural Mail Carrier in Rehoboth for 19 years. She delighted many with her specialty cakes. She is survived by her children; Joyce Joreid of CA, Gloria Malo and John Perry Jr. of Rehoboth, Carol Kelly of Weymouth, Donna Moore of FL, Susan Perry of CT, Thomas Perry of NY, Nancy Callaghan of Falmouth, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was the sister of Olive Soares and John Medeiros both of Rehoboth. She was the great grandmother of the late Zachary, Nicholas and Kaleigh Malo. She was the sister of the late Gloria Veader, Bella Veader, Evelyn Perry, Frank Medeiros, Angie Cruz, Irene Mathew, Florence Montefusco, Louis Medeiros and Rose Perry.  Contributions in her memory may be made to American Diabetes Association , 10 Speen Street 2FL, Framingham, MA 01701.


Virginia (Higgins) Potter   April 16, 2014

Virginia (Higgins) Potter, 95, died in Life Care Center of Raynham on April 16, 2014. Born in Taunton, daughter of the late William and Frances (Terry) Higgins, Virginia was the wife for over 57 years of Ralph W. Potter before his death in 1995. She was a graduate of Taunton High School, Class of 1936. A very longtime member of United Memorial Methodist Church in Taunton, she was a member of the Weslyn Circle and was also very active with the church fairs. She was known as the Candy Lady and also knitted items to be sold at the fairs. Virginia and her family summered on West Island for years. She was a former Girl Scout leader, liked to read, loved fashion - having a collection of scarfs - and was a wonderful seamstress. She painted her former home on Tremont Street well into her 80s. She braided rugs, caned chairs, carved wood, decorated cakes and baked wonderful bread and cookies. She is survived by her children: Virginia Latham and her husband Russell of Rehoboth, Sandra O'Connor and her husband Roger of Norton, Ralph Potter and his wife Karin of North Dighton, and Thomas Potter and his wife Michelle of Fairhaven. Virginia is the grandmother of eight and the great-grandmother of 11. She is the sister of Wilma Medeiros of Taunton and Frances Schofield of Wakefield, and she was the sister of the late Dorothy Champagne and Audrey Jackson. She is aunt of several. Donations in her memory may be made to the Activity Account of Life Care Center of Raynham, 546 South St., East Raynham, MA 02767, or the Memorial Fund of the United Memorial Church, 176 Somerset Ave., Taunton, MA.

Derek R. Dube April 16, 2014

Derek R. Dube, age 28 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston following a motor vehicle accident.  He was born in Fall River, the son of Donald W. Dube of Somerset, MA and Patricia Johnston of Rehoboth, MA. Derek earned his GED and then began working for Magnetic Seal in Warren as a quality inspector for several years. Derek continued his education and had just recently graduated from the National Aviation Academy of New England in Lexington, MA, where he received his airplane mechanics license. Mr. Dube had just accepted a job at Endeavor Airlines a division of Delta Airlines as a mechanic. Derek cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. He enjoyed working on motorcycles and cars. Survivors besides his parents are a brother: Dana M. Dube and his fiancée Runya Faesser of Elgin, OK; his paternal grandmother: Patricia Dube of Somerset, MA; a nephew: Caleb Dube of Elgin, OK; a step mother: Elena Dube of Somerset, MA; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the maternal grandson of the late Helen Ponton. Memorial donations in his memory can be made to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581.


Harry Gianlorenzo April 16, 2014

Harry Gianlorenzo, age 91, of Pine Grove Road, Rehoboth, MA died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of the late Florida M. (Lizotte) Gianlorenzo. Born April 7, 1923, in East Providence, RI, he was a son of the late Aristeo and Anna Maria (Alfonso) Gianlorenzo. Harry was an Army combat veteran of World War II serving as a Sergeant and in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Bronze Service Star, Purple Heart Medal, and Silver Star Medal. Harry was a retired self-employed contractor. He leaves one daughter, Paula M. Gianlorenzo of Riverside, two sons, Michael H. Gianlorenzo of Rehoboth, MA and Paul B. Gianlorenzo of Wareham, MA, one grandson, Michael H. Gianlorenzo, II of Cranston, and one great grandson, Kameron M. Gianlorenzo of West Warwick. A private service with full military honors will be held. Kindly contribute in his memory to Our Lady of Loreto Church Memorial Fund, 346 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.


Joyce A. Eddy   April 15, 2014

Joyce A. Eddy, age 57 of Rehoboth, passed unexpectedly and tragically on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. She was the wife of Robert Eddy, a teacher at Case High School in Swansea, and the mother of Jonathan Eddy, a junior at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. Joyce was the daughter of Dorothy M. McDonald and sister of Patricia and Janice McDonald (deceased), all of East Greenwich, R.I. Joyce was also the sister-in-law of Jack and Gail Eddy of Rochester, Diane Eddy of Barrington, R.I., Angela Eddy of Swansea, and Judy Eddy, also of Swansea. She was also the sister-in-law of the late James and Peter Eddy. Joyce was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and worked most recently at Brown University until she took time off to help raise Jonathan. A person of gentleness and kindness, she never spoke poorly of anyone. At the same time, Joyce displayed enormous courage and strength of character as she strived to overcome severe trauma. Joyce loved learning and was a very academic person. Her many passions included singing, ballroom dancing and swimming. Joyce's love for Rob and Jon was enormous and demonstrated by her innumerable sacrifices for them. She cared deeply and worked hard to instill in Jon the strength of character and dignity that defined her life. Joyce's legacy will not be written in books or inscribed in stone. Rather it has been written indelibly in the hearts of Rob, Jon, and those who truly knew her. She will live on and her life will be fulfilled vicariously as those who love her strive to honor her life through theirs. Donations may be made payable to Jonathan Eddy, the funds being used toward his college education. A portion of the funds will be donated to the victims of childhood sexual abuse. Donations may be sent to Jonathan Eddy, P.O. Box 134, Rehoboth, MA 02769.


George C. ‘RAB‘ Wetherell, Jr. April 15, 2014

George C. ‘RAB’ Wetherell, Jr. 86, of Taunton and formerly of Rehoboth, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the companion of Jeannette White, and husband of the late Loraine (Brasier), and the late June (Hathaway) Wetherell. Born in Attleboro, he was the son of the late George C. and Myrtle (Powers) Wetherell Sr. Mr. Wetherell was employed with Bliss Bros. Dairy for more than 50 years. George was also a former deputy fire chief of the Rehoboth Fire Department. He was an avid Red Sox fan who loved the outdoors, watching and feeding his birds. Loving father of Dale Wetherell, Rhonda Marshall, Arnold, Bradley, Weston Palmer, Marsha Baker and Kimberly Trosky-Withers. He leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also the brother of the late Margaret Wetherell and Burdon Blanchard, and grandfather of the late Kenneth and Christopher Marshall.


Eugene P. Mondor April 12, 2014

Eugene P. Mondor, age 80 of Attleboro, passed away on April 12, 2014 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island with his loving wife Genevieve Mondor at his side. Born November 11, 1933, in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Arthur Sr. and Mary Mondor. Eugene was raised and educated in Attleboro and was a 1953 graduate of Attleboro High School. In 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country. Eugene was employed at Balfour for 38 years as a diamond setter. He loved playing golf. In addition to his wife, Eugene is survived by a daughter, Donna Procopio of Rehoboth; a son, Michael P. Mondor of Rehoboth; four grandchildren: Nicholas and Johnathan Procopio, and Lindsay and Evan Mondor, all of Rehoboth; a brother, Arthur Mondor Jr. of Attleboro; a sister-in-law, Helen DiResto of Norton; and several nieces and nephews.


Lorraine I. (Medeiros) Cabral April 9, 2014

Lorraine I. (Medeiros) Cabral, of Rehoboth, wife of the late John E. Cabral, died at Rhode Island Hospital on April 9, 2014. She was 74. Born in Cranston, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Caroline V. (Morris) Medeiros, Jr.

She was raised and educated in Rehoboth and E. Providence and was a 1957 graduate of E. Providence High School. Employed by Raytheon for 12 years, she retired at the age of 62. More recently, Mrs. Cabral spent much her time caring for her special needs brother. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading. Survivors include two sons, Keith E. Cabral of Rehoboth and Todd M. Cabral of Tiverton; a brother, Charles F. Medeiros of Rehoboth; a sister, Amelia Ruberia of Warwick; and three grandsons, Jonathan, Eric and Michael Cabral. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Virginia Faye (Johnson) Stevens April 3, 2014

Virginia Faye (Johnson) Stevens, 87, of North Attleboro, died on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. She was the 16-year companion of William J. Killarney, with whom she resided. Mrs. Stevens was the wife of the late H. Russell Stevens Jr. Born at the family homestead in Rehoboth on May 29, 1926, she was one of 11 children born to the late Harry T. and Dora A. (Case) Johnson.nMrs. Stevens resided in Rehoboth prior to moving to the City of Attleboro, where she was a resident for more than 40 years prior to moving to North Attleboro in 1989. She attended Second Congregational Church in Attleboro. Mrs. Stevens was employed by Englehardt Industries in Plainville for 12 years prior to her retirement in 1980. She enjoyed knitting, embroidering, reading, crocheting and taking day trips to Plymouth. In addition to her companion, Mrs. Stevens leaves two children: Jeffrey S. Stevens and his wife Janice A. Stevens of Cumberland, R.I., and Gregory T. Stevens of Attleboro; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was anxiously expecting the arrival of her ninth great-grandchild. She was the mother of the late David C. Stevens, who died on June 3, 2007 and the late Timothy H. Stevens, who died on Feb. 19, 2005. Mrs. Stevens was predeceased by all of her siblings: Charles Johnson, Herbert Johnson, Clifford Johnson, Harry Johnson, Gladys McKearney, Dora Proulx, Ann Orrs, Charlotte LaPage, Clara Compton and Hazel Robinson.


Lloyd ‘Sandy‘ Preston Hood March 24, 2014

Lloyd ‘Sandy’ Preston Hood, 64, of Attleboro passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Concord on Nov. 1, 1949, he was a son of Roger Williams Hood Sr. and Virginia D. (Durfee) Hood of Somerset. Mr. Hood was a graduate of the North Attleboro High School Class of 1967. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Hood was employed as a quality engineer at Bio-Detek Inv., East Providence.He was a member of the Community Covenant Church in Rehoboth. Sandy's love of the water showed in his sailing and restoration of old cars into boats. He was a member of the Attleboro Sail and Power Squadron, where both he and his father taught. Mr. Hood was a six-sigma certification black belt, but most important to him were his children. Sandy is survived by his children: Andrew P. Hood of Providence; Jeremy Williams Hood of Attleboro; Heather E. (Hood) Bonin of Warren, R.I.; Meghan M. Chuk of Attleboro; Nathan A. Hood of Greenville, R.I.; one brother, Roger Williams Hood Jr. of Wakefield, R.I.; one niece, Kerry E. Hood of Wakefield, R.I., and 11 grandchildren: Julia, Jeremy, Jared, Kayla, Kobe, Olivia, Emma, Isabel, Abram, Tobias and Camden.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hood's memory to a charity to be announced.


Maria L. ‘Dolores’ Pereira March 21, 2014

Maria L. ‘Dolores’ Pereira, age 69 of Brook Street in Rehoboth, MA died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of John R. Pereira. Born in Povoacao, Sao Miguel, Azores she was a daughter of the late Antonio R. and Marcelina (Araujo) Ferreira. Mrs. Pereira was the owner and operator of Country Side Hair Style before retiring. She was a member of the Rehoboth Garden Club. Beside her husband she leaves one daughter, Kelley Faria of East Providence, two sons, Steven J. Pereira and Marc A. Pereira both of East Providence, one sister, Natevidade Machado of Sao Miguel, one brother, Mario Ferreira of Stafford, Virginia and six grandchildren.

Contributions appreciated to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 would be appreciated.


John J. ‘Jack’ Cabral, III March 21, 2014

John J. ‘Jack’ Cabral, III,  age 67 of Homestead Avenue in Rehoboth died at home Friday morning, March 21, 2014. He was the beloved and devoted husband of Karen (Aparicio) Cabral. Born September 13, 1946 in Providence, he was the loving son of the late John and Mary (Conti) Cabral. In addition to his wife of 37 years, he leaves his sisters, Diana DiSaia and Mary Jane Dexter, both of East Providence. He was also the son-in-law of John and Palmyra (Silva) Aparicio of Rehoboth. He was especially cherished by his entire family, including numerous nieces and nephews, and was exceptionally dedicated to his dog, Bandit. Jack uniquely touched the lives of everyone who knew him. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.


Raymond L. Butler March 17, 2014

Raymond L. Butler, died unexpectedly Monday, March 17, 2014 in Morton Hospital with his family by his side. He was the beloved fiancé of Andrea Sapatha Desroches. He was born 49 years ago in Taunton, the son of Andrea (Goulart) Butler and the late Robert L. Butler, Sr. He was educated in Taunton and was a lifelong city resident. Raymond enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and fishing in Maine. In addition to his mother and fiancée, he leaves: 1 son: Brad Minon of Taunton; 2 daughters: Melanie Pinho and her husband, Chris of Rehoboth and Brianna Butler of So. Dennis; 1 brother: Robert L. Butler, Jr. of Taunton; 2 sisters: Laurie Belenger and her husband, Don of Taunton and Tina Chmielorz of Fall River; 3 granddaughters: Hailey and Ava Butler, and Aundraya Pinho, and several nieces and nephews.


Charles Albert White, Jr. March 15, 2014

Charles Albert White, Jr.,  84, of Norton, passed away at home on Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Mae (Dumaine), to whom he was married on Dec. 31, 1949, and who passed away on Oct. 12, 2005. Born in Randolph on Oct. 3, 1929, he was a son of the late Charles Albert White Sr. and Edna (Erickson) White. Mr. White worked at textile mills in Norton and Canton for many years. He was employed as a machinist at Bay State Tap and Die in Mansfield for more than 25 years prior to his retirement at age 64. He also served in the National Guard. Mr. White attended the Chartley United Methodist Church in Norton where he served as custodian and layleader for many years. He was known as a family man who enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to pass the time working on both cars and trucks, as well as driving tractors. Mr. White is survived by his children: Susann Stanhope, Sandra Boudreau, and Georgiana Humes, all of Rehoboth; Charles Albert White III of South Attleboro; and Richard White of Norton; seven sisters and brothers: June Audlee of Stoughton, John White of Florida, Robert White of Taunton, Walter White of Rhode Island, William White of Maine, Pearl Martins of Brockton, and Evelyn Fortier of Foxboro; seven grandchildren: Daniel White, Tanya DeCosta, Crystal White, all of Attleboro; Charles White IV of Newport; Richard White Jr. of Norton; and Samuel Humes and Kellie Humes, both of Rehoboth; eight great-grandchildren: Brian DeCosta Jr., Steven DeCosta, Stefiane Greene, Sarah DeCosta, Shyann Greene, Skylar Buzzell, Keenan White, all of Attleboro, and Shayla Thomas of Norton. He also leaves behind five step-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.He was father of the late Frederick White; the brother of the late Priscilla Cataldo and James White, and the grandfather of the late Julie White and Katie White. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. White's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, or visit alz.org.


Phyllis (Medeiros) Cabral March 14, 2014

Phyllis (Medeiros) Cabral,  age 71 of Dailey Street (formerly of Lincoln Street) in Seekonk, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Edward Cabral. Born July 7, 1942, in Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Lena (Medeiros) Medeiros. She leaves her children, Brenda Bajor of North Attleboro and Stanley Bajor III of Camden, ME; and her grandson, Nicholas Bajor. She was also the sister of Joseph Medeiros of Taunton, Richard Medeiros of Jamestown, Ronald Medeiros of Jefferson, NH and Kathleen Carreiro of Rehoboth.


Inez Pacheco March 12, 2014

Inez Pacheco, 97, age 71 of Reed Street in Rehoboth died March 12, 2014 at Kindred Country Gardens surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Ronald E. Pacheco of 48 years. Born in East Providence, she was the daughter of Inez (Andrade) Fernandes of Rehoboth and the late James Fernandes. She worked as a housekeeper for Howard Johnson and Ramada Inn. She is survived by her son Ronald E. Pacheco Jr. of Attleboro, MA. She was the sister of James Fernandes, Jr. of FL and the late Mary Jane Lemieux.


Estelle McMurray Yowell March 8, 2014

Estelle McMurray Yowell, 97, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Cedars where she had resided for the past seven years. She was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Delia (Boiselle) Tetreault.

Born in Central Falls, RI, she was educated at St. Anne's Academy in Marlboro and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Central Falls. In 1930 she moved with her parents to Rehoboth. She married Howard J. "Mac" McMurray, an American Airlines pilot, in June 1940 and they made their home in Rehoboth. She and Mac ran a successful shoe parts business in Rehoboth, before moving to North Carolina in the 1960s. While living in North Carolina she became an accomplished artist. Her artistic ability and expertise with watercolors included many blue ribbon awards for her sunsets, beach scenes, and waterfalls. After Mac's death in 1970, she married Edwin J. Yowell, Sr. in 1978 and they settled in Asheboro, NC. After his passing in May 2007, Estelle returned to her New England roots. She leaves behind her niece, Jeanne Twomey and husband Fred of Sagamore Beach; her great-nephew, Rick Twomey and wife Rosemarie of Dartmouth; her Godchild, Lorraine LaChapelle of Taunton; her nephew, Louie LaChapelle and wife Pat of Daytona Beach, FL; her stepchildren, Edwin Yowell Jr. of Texas and Susanya Schuett of North Carolina; as well as other loving nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Rodolph and Renaldo Tetreault, Rita Demers, Jeannette Desaulniers, Yvonne Demers, and Marguerite LaChapelle.


Robert Jay O’Hara March 5, 2014 (services to be held in Rehoboth at a later date)

Robert Jay O’Hara, age 71 of North Dighton, MA, passed away March 5, 2014 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sandra (Perry), three daughters, Bethany DeMoura and her husband Douglas of N. Dighton, Justine Noelte and her husband Gregory of Seekonk and Leslee O’Hara of Sugar Land, TX. He also leaves five grandchildren, Carisa and Kye Kowalski and Vanessa, Brie and Leah Noelte. Bob was born in Houlton, ME to Elizabeth and Lewis O’Hara. He grew up in Dighton, MA was part of the first class to graduate from the “new” Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High in 1961. He owned and operated Wheels Auto Body in Taunton for many years. Bob and Sandy moved to Naples, FL. in 1984 where he attempted retirement. But Bob had an inescapable passion for antique cars. In 2000 he competed in the road rally “Around the World in 80 Days” with Chic Kleptz in the 1929 Marmon he’d rebuilt just for that purpose. In 2001 Bob and Richard Newman raced a 1926 Chrysler through South America. In 2002 the two raced that same antique convertible in Africa where they ended up spending an unexpected week in a hospital in Namibia due to an unfortunate crash and roll-over. He finally built his own race car, a 1963 Ford Falcon and raced it in the 2001/2002 “LaCarrera Pan Americana.” Bob always had a love for old vehicles (of any sort) and big adventure ... at the same time whenever possible. Self-proclaimed non-swimmer that he was, he also managed to successfully sail his 36 foot wooden sailboat from Newport to Naples, FL. For Bob, it was about the ride. He opened “O’Hara Restorations” in Frostproof, FL in 2002, only 18 years after retirement, where he worked and played on the classic cars until only recently. Bob and Sandra (Perry) celebrated their 50th anniversary last month. The family wishes to give a very special thank you to Bob’s lifelong friends Bob and Debbie Bradshaw for their incredible strength and support through out the last months. Also, thanks to all the wonderful and caring nurses from Pearl Team, Cornerstone Hospice in Sebring FL for all their help. They are amazing people!

Services in will be held in Rehoboth at later date.


Michael Cameron  March 2, 2014

Michael Cameron, age 58 of Rehoboth passed on March 2, 2014. He was the husband of Sally Chapman Cameron of Rehoboth and father of Eric Cameron of Amherst. Michael was a modern Renaissance man. A lifelong musician, teacher, and scholar, he lived an eclectic life. A self-taught software designer, he was founder and principal of Cameron Data Systems, a software development firm that served the public housing industry. Prior to this, he was chief information officer for Hudson Companies, a software developer for Healthcare Automation of West Warwick, and computer consultant for Rhode Island Textile in Pawtucket. He was assistant dean of campus ministries and instructor of youth ministries at Barrington College, Barrington, R.I. He earned his bachelor of music in trumpet performance from Berklee College of Music and music remained his avocation throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Ocean State Brass Quintet and played with the Rhode Island Showcase Orchestra, and served as its director. Michael earned his master in divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he completed Ph.D. coursework at Boston University. Deep thinking and debate was his passion, always exercised with kindness and challenge. Besides his wife and son, he leaves his mother, Dolores (Baldani) Cameron of Rehoboth; sisters Nancy Cameron Brutzman of Warwick and Patricia Grennan of Tolland, Conn.; brothers Timothy Cameron of Danby, Vt., Paul Cameron of Manchester, Conn., Rev. Peter John Cameron, O.P. of Yonkers, N.Y., and Mark Cameron, Ph.D., of Hamden, Conn.; eight nieces and nephews; three grandnephews and a grandniece, as well as loving in-laws. He was the son of the late Leroy Cameron Jr. of Vernon, Conn. Gifts in his honor may be made to the Bristol Community College Foundation and Southcoast Visiting Nurses Hospice.


Rita M. (Emond) Arieta March 1, 2014

Rita M. (Emond) Arieta, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her residence following a period of failing health, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert S. Arieta. She was born 80 years ago in Taunton, the daughter of the late Oscar and Mildred (Olson) Emond. She was educated in Taunton, having graduated from the former St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1951, and had been a lifelong city resident. Prior to her retirement, Rita had been employed by the Tax Collector’s Office of the City of Taunton for 11 years. She was previously employed as the Assistant Treasurer at the Weir Cooperative Bank for 16 years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed bingo and crossword puzzles, and loved any outing with her family and her sisters. She looked forward to her trips with her friends, especially to Foxwoods and Atlantic City. Rita remained interested and involved in the local politics of the city and the state, and for many years was a Warden for the City of Taunton polls. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Retirement Club and the City of Taunton Retirees Association. She was the life of any party, and she and her siblings enjoyed their frequent card games and visits together, which had been a tradition among them for years. Rita was most happy spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Taunton. She leaves: 2 daughters: Linda Ferreira and her husband, Michael of Taunton, and Susan Silvia and her husband, Brian of Mission Viejo, CA.; 1 son: Thomas Arieta and his wife Jacquelyn of Rehoboth; 4 brothers: Kenneth Emond and his wife, Dolly, and Dennis Emond and his wife, Debbie, all of Taunton, David Emond and his wife, Marsha of Assonet, and Harold Emond and his wife, Gail of Westport, MA.; 2 sisters: Claire J. Goldrick and Vivian McCreadie both of Taunton; 3 sisters-in-law: Dorothy Emond of Taunton, Teresa Arieta and Carol Reagan both of Mission Viejo, CA.; 1 brother-in-law: Richard Arieta and his wife, Gail of Kingston, MA. She was the grandmother of Chris Ferreira and his girlfriend, Christen Conant, Christina Arieta-Kuksin and her husband, Dmitry, Lauren Ferreira, Carla Silvia, Ian Arieta, and Gregory Silvia. She leaves many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. Rita was also the mother of the late Philip Arieta and the sister of the late Normand, D.Richard, and Lawrence Emond. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern MA/Cape Cod & the Islands Regional Office, Village South Plaza, 473 South Street West, Unit 13, Raynham, MA., 02767, or Bristol County Elder Services, Inc., Development Department, 1 Father DeValles Boulevard, Unit 8, Fall River, MA., 02723.


Jay Donald Hilsman  February 27, 2014

Jay Donald Hilsman, age 53 of Rehoboth, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at home. He was the son of Carol A. (Munroe) Martin and Donald F. Rodenhaven and adopted son of the late Gerald T. Hilsman. Jay served in the United States Army in Germany and the United States and received an accommodation for his work at Mount Saint Helen's. Jay was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the North Rehoboth Fire Department for over 25 years.

He had currently been working for Flynn Pest control in Rehoboth for over 15 years. He was a constable and he also worked for the Rehoboth Forestry Department. Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his friends and fellow firefighters. A Member of the Legion Post #302 Rehoboth. Besides his mom of Rehoboth and Port Charlotte, Fla. and dad of Sheffield, Vt., he leaves his sister Khristine DeSimone and her husband of Rocco of Lincoln, R.I., two brothers, Thomas G. Hilsman and his wife Jodi of Seward, Pa. and Andrew P. Hilsman of Rehoboth. Jay was the proud uncle of Kimberly, Stephen, Jaclyn, Clay, Samantha, Todd, Evan, and William. Donations in his memory may be made to American Heart Association RI Affiliate, 222 Richmond Street, Suite 108 Providence RI 02903 or The Rehoboth Food Pantry, 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.


Wilma J. Wynn  February 26, 2014

Wilma J. (Ingram) Wynn, age 83 of Norton, a retired inspector, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Born in Tennessee City, Tenn., Mrs. Wynn grew up and was educated in Tennessee. She lived in Norton for more than 50 years and had formerly lived in Mansfield. She worked at Shield Manufacturing in Attleboro for many years. Wife of the late Richard F. she is survived by two sons, Michael of Tennessee and Ricky of Rehoboth; two sisters, June Spurlock of Ohio and Christine Blanton of Tennessee; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Richard J. Roche  February 24, 2014

Richard J. Roche, age 82, passed away in Morton Hospital on February 24, 2014 following a brief illness. Richard was the loving husband of Frances (Baran) Roche of Rehoboth. He was born in Rockland, the son of the late John and Louise (Gallagher) Roche. Richard served his country during the Korean War while in the U.S. Navy. He later worked at Taunton State Hospital as a security officer. Richard enjoyed sports, traveling, boating and cherished his time with family. Richard leaves his children Frances Grant of Bryan, Ohio, Susan Crandell of Stoughton, June Lake and her husband Barry of Taunton, Sandra Jones of Colorado and Jeanne Hunter-McCartin of Plymouth. He was the brother of the late Jane Hegarty, Louise McCormack, Elizabeth Burns and Mary Dolan. Richard is survived by his eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.


Adolph W. “Bill” Kloss, III  February 22, 2014

Adolph W. “Bill” Kloss, III, age 88 of Rehoboth, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Jennie (Lepinski) Kloss. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Adolph H. and Loretta (Brietweg) Kloss. Bill was a World War II United States Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was the former proprietor of a jewelry engraving company known as Lazy K / United Design Company, and was a master hand engraver who contributed his talent for almost 60 years. Bill was a devoted family man, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling cross country. Besides his loving wife, Bill leaves a son, Gary Kloss, Sr. and his wife, Barbara of Rehoboth; two daughters, Karen Kloss-Smith and her husband, Michael of Seekonk and Michele Kloss-Rego and her husband, Larry in North Carolina; two grandchildren, Gary Kloss, Jr. and Kimberly Kloss; two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Kaylee and a sister, Carol Kloss Henke of Highlands, New Jersey.

Memorial gifts to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771 would be appreciated.


Evaristo “Ivy” A. Pacheco  February 14, 2014

Evaristo “Ivy” A. Pacheco, age 88, a retired US Navy Chief, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014. Born in Fall River, a son of the late Antone and Jacintha (Mello) Pacheco. He was a resident of both Fall River and Rehoboth, and was the lifelong companion of the late Evelyn McMahon. Ivy had a lifelong career with the US Navy having served from 1943-1984, he was a veteran of WWII & Korea. He received the American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal, Point System as well as many others. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5392, Tiverton and the Ed Couto Chapter of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association. Known to many as “Uncle Ivy”, he loved spending time in Rehoboth, giving his animal friends treats, taking on many projects, such as building , splitting wood and pouring concrete, you could always count on him to direct and help. In earlier years, Uncle Ivy made homemade wine and made sure everyone got a bottle. He was a caring person who will be missed by many. Ivy was instrumental in having a monument made and placed on the grave of a WWI soldier that was buried in a small historical cemetery on his nephew’s land in Rehoboth. He also enjoyed sharing stories of his days in the military. He leaves his late companion’s son, Louis McMahon and his wife Pam; many nieces & nephews. He was the brother of the late Antone, John, Joseph Pacheco, and Mary Silva, Elsie Lebediker, Balbina Gonsalves and Evelyn Desmarais. He was also the grandfather of the late Sean P. McMahon. Memorial gifts may be made the National Autism Assoc. 20 Alice Agnew Dr. Attleboro Falls, MA 02763, in Ivy’s memory would be deeply appreciated.


Jacqueline O. Smith  February 13, 2014

Jacqueline O. Smith, age 86, died Thursday, February 13, 2014 at R.I. Hospital. She was the wife of the late Norman K. Smith. Born in Providence a daughter of the late Edwin and Agnes (Clark) Olson, she was a Rehoboth resident most of her life. She was a librarian for the Providence Public Library for many years retiring 20 years ago. She leaves a daughter: Lesley Pyron and her husband Douglas, 2 grandchildren Joshua and Caitlin and sister Loretta Auger all of Rehoboth. She was the sister of the late Madeline Hawes.  Donations in her memory may be made to the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903.


James Carroll  February 13, 2014

James Carroll, 66, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014. Born in Providence, the son of the late James and Blossom (Handle) Carroll, he resided in Johnston, Rhode Island before settling in Rehoboth in 1972. Jim was a 1969 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business, and was a member of Sigma Pi. He was a salesman for Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. for twenty years before retiring in June of 2013. Jim loved spending time with his grandchildren, he especially enjoyed playing catch and taking them to the beach. He was an avid gardener and also enjoyed traveling. He leaves two daughters, Lindsay J. Carroll-Langrish and her husband, Christopher in England and Allison J. Carroll-Ware and her husband, Chris of Rehoboth; his four beloved grandchildren, James and Emily Langrish in England and Nicholas and Aiden Ware of Rehoboth.  Memorial gifts to the Transplant Institute, ATTN: Linda Lentz, 110 Francis St., Lowry Building 7th floor, Boston, MA 02215 would be appreciated.


Carol Ann Rebello  February 6, 2014

Carol Ann Rebello, 66 years old, died at her Dighton home on Thursday, February 6, 2014 surrounded by her friends. Born in Providence, Carol Ann lived in the Taunton area for years prior to moving to North Dighton several months ago. She attended St. Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton. Carol Ann loved dining at Home Plate Restaurant on Thursdays, going to Dunkn' Donuts, and vacationing in Plymouth. She enjoyed going to work and being with her friends in her group home. Carol Ann also enjoyed going to church. She is survived by her long-time friend and guardian Dabra Riley of Bridgewater and all her friends and staff.


Roderick “Rod” “Cowboy” J. Therrien  February 5, 2014

Roderick “Rod” “Cowboy” J. Therrien, formerly of Rehoboth, a business owner, died Wednesday surrounded by his family at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He was 70. Mr. Therrien was born in Attleboro and was a graduate of Pawtucket High School. Mr. Therrien was a business owner and owned “Florida’s largest gift shop” during the 1970s. He was a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church in Attleboro. Mr. Therrien enjoyed gardening, cooking and antique cars. Mr. Therrien is survived by three sons, Frank C. Borges of Cape Cod, Robin J. of Norton and James Therrien-Jankowski of Florida; a daughter, Beth-Anne Kellher of Coopersburg, Pa.; a sister, Ann Burgeron of Rhode Island; a longtime companion, Joan A. Wing; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Charles Andrade  January 30, 2014

Charles Andrade, age 90 of Rocky Hill Road in Rehoboth, MA died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his home. He was the husband of Henriette E. (Bordes) Testa Andrade. He was also the husband of the late Rita (D'Arezzo) Andrade. Born in Bristol, he was a son of the late Joaquim and Johanna (Alves) Andrade. Mr. Andrade was a foreman for the Kaiser Aluminum Company before retiring. He also was the Bristol Fire Chief from 1964 till 1967. He was a past President of the Rhode Island Horseman's Association. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Patricia Andrade, two sons, Robert Andrade and Stephen Andrade and his wife Anne, one stepdaughter, Denise Gifford and her husband Michael, one stepson, David Testa and his wife Christina, three grandchildren, Luke & Mollie Andrade and Henry Chatfield, three stepgrandchildren, Evan & Emma Gifford and Catherine Testa and one sister, Helen Clark. He was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters. Contributions to Beacon Hospice, 182 N.Main St. Fall River, MA, would be deeply appreciated.


James E. Lockhart, Sr.  January 28, 2014

James E. Lockhard, Sr., 82, of Attleboro, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was predeceased by his wife Patricia H. (McNally) Lockhart and his wife Eleanor Lockhart. Born in North Attleboro on Oct. 18, 1931, he was a son of the late Vivian and Martha (Snow) Lockhart. As a youth, Mr. Lockhart was active with Central Congregational Church in Attleboro Falls. In his later years, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Attleboro. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1952. Mr. Lockhart was employed as a delivery driver for many years at Bliss Brothers and The Sun Chronicle before his retirement. After retiring, he became very active with the Plainville Senior Center in Plainville. Always known as a hard worker, James enjoyed working and repairing anything made of wood. Mr. Lockhart is survived by six children: Donna L. Kinney of Michigan, Linda A. Constantine of Attleboro, Deborah A. Bombardier of Lincoln, R.I., Nancy A. Plouffe of Missouri, Brenda L. Hunter of Westboro, and William J. Lockhart of Westboro; six sisters, two brothers, nine grandchildren, with two more on the way, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late James E. and Steven M. Lockhart. He was also predeceased by three brothers. Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Lockhart's honor to the Plainville Senior Center, 9 School Street, Plainville, MA 02762.


Serena R. Black  January 25, 2014

Serena R. Black, 69, died on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at her home in Bonaire, Netherland Antilles where she had moved in 2005 to pursue her desire of scuba diving, making ceramic art and traveling the world.  She remained alert and active to her death.  She previously resided in Glenville, NY. Serena was born in Attleboro, MA on June 1, 1944, the eldest daughter of Howard and Ruth Rounesville.  Growing up, she demonstrated multiple talents having taken tap, ballet and toe dancing lessons. She was an expert seamstress, cook and baker.  She earned a pilot’s license at 17 years old, enjoyed parachute jumping and was one of only a few women that studied Aeronautical Engineering at Boston University during the early 1960s. Serena is survived by her sister, Rebecca (husband Roger) Rebeiro and Michael Rebeiro (nephew) of Rehoboth, MA, Andrew Rebeiro (nephew) of Thornton, NH, Jonah Rounseville (nephew) of Ellsworth, ME and close friends Cindy Oplinger (step daughter in-law) and Cindy’s children Michael and Laura.  She was pre-deceased by her husband Chauncey “Al” Black and her sister Betsey Rounseville and brother Howard W Rounseville. In accordance with her wishes, Serena did not want any fuss over her funeral.  Serena’s ashes will be distributed over the reefs of Bonaire and on Brandt Lake in NY.  Serena did not want a memorial service.  Friends and family may wish to place memorials in any manner they wish.  Friends in Bonaire have donated to three charities that Serena was actively supporting: Jong Bonaire, The Turtle Club or the Junior Rangers.


James John Sylvia  January 15, 2014

James John Sylvia, of Taunton, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Morton Hospital in Taunton after an extended illness. Born in Taunton on June 25th, 1942, Jimmy was the son of the late James Sylvia and Lena Sylvia of Taunton. He was raised in Taunton, graduated from Coyle High School and served in the U.S Army. He worked for many years at his father's trucking business, J Sylvia Trucking in Rehoboth, but music was always Jimmy's passion. He was an extraordinarily gifted drummer and played professionally throughout the region for over 50 years. His unique style and flair was the foundation for such former popular bands as the Vikings and Everett and the Screamers. Jimmy continued to play fill-in gigs and enjoyed performing until recently, as his health declined.

Jimmy leaves one child, James Joseph Sylvia, and his wife, Lori (Rogers) Sylvia of Newton, MA and their 3 children: Emily, Sarah, and William. He also leaves a life-long friend, Wanda Kerchief of Miami, Florida, a sister, a nephew, and a niece as well as many other close friends, including his loving cousin and caretakers Billy and Debbie Rose of Taunton. Memorial donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans at PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH


Otilia C. Amaral  January 19, 2014

Otilia C. Amaral, age 88, died January 19, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Jose R. Amaral. Born in Portugal she was the daughter of the late Alberto Lucas da Costa and Adelaide de Jesus. She is survived by her children Luciana Soares of Rehoboth and Jose R. Amaral of Portugal, 2 granddaughters Jessica and Rebecca and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by 1 brother and 7 sisters. Contributions in her memory may be made to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904.


Nicolas T. Santore  January 15, 2014

Nicholas T. Santore, (Nick), 78, passed away on January 15, 2014 in Palm Coast Florida after a brief illness.

He was born on January 22, 1935 in Queens, New York to the late Nicholas and Agnes Santore. Nick grew up in Floral Park, New York and received his Engineering Degree from New York City College. Nick has been a resident of North Dighton, Massachusetts for over 45 years and was V.P. of the Textile Division at Mt. Hope Machinery Company in Taunton Massachusetts and then worked for many years at Duro Finishing Company in Fall River Massachusetts as a Textile Engineer and was a consultant for several companies including Swan Industries in Fall River. Nick was also the founder and president of Rebecca Industries of North Dighton, Massachusetts. Nick had also developed several patents for use in enhancing the manufacturing of textiles. He was happily married to the late Evelyn (Haas) Santore for over 37 years, before her death in 1993. Nick served on the Dighton-Rehoboth School Committee for many years, was a member of the Dighton Conservation Commission, and served as the Dighton Harbor Master. Nick was an avid sailor and was a member of the Shawmut and Somerset Yacht Clubs. He also enjoyed golfing, bocce and most recently pinocle. Nick is survived by his children, Elizabeth O'Keefe and Amy Santore of Taunton, Catherine Hutchinson and her husband Eric Hutchinson of Braintree, Massachusetts, his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas O'Keefe, of Boston, Nathan O'Keefe of Taunton, Cpl. Adam Hutchinson of the U.S.M.C. at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Sara Hutchinson of Braintree, and cousin Sandra Brown of New Jersey. Nick is also survived by his beloved companion, Betty-Lou Aghkadian of North Dighton. Donations in Nick's memory may be made to The Salvation Army, PO Box 444, Fall River, MA 02720. Private family interment services will be held at a later date.


Daniel Francis ‘Mac’ McGuire  January 14, 2014

Daniel Francis ‘Mac’ McGuire, of Rehoboth and formerly of Taunton, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Cabral) McGuire. He was born 76 years ago in Taunton, the son of the late Andrew and Stephanie (Machnik) McGuire. He was educated in Taunton and had been a Rehoboth resident since 2013. Prior to his retirement, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Taunton area for many years, retiring to West Virginia 10 years ago. Daniel was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the U.S.S. Macon during the Post Korean War era. Following his Naval service, he enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, where he served for 12 years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 26th Infantry Division Artillery. He was a member of the Bristol County Street Rod Association. Daniel enjoyed the time he spent at many swap meets and car shows. His passions were hot rods and collecting Hot Wheels. He also enjoyed woodworking, canning, and spending time with his family. In addition to his wife, he leaves: His twin sons, Dale and Daniel McGuire; 2 daughters: Stephanie Rohan and Angela Fogle; a stepson: Brad Reilly; 2 sisters: Patricia Slavin and Susan St. Goddard; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Andrew, Chester, and Edward McGuire and Maureen Smith.


Marvin ‘Bob‘ Bernklau  January 13, 2014

Marvin ‘Bob’ Bernklau, age 81 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, husband of Jane (MacInnis) Bernklau, died Monday, January 13, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was son of the late Samuel and Minnie Bernklau. Mr. Bernklau was a Korean War Navy Veteran. He worked, for many years, as a sporting goods salesman and was an avid Giants and Yankees fan. Besides his wife, he leaves his children; Amy, Shari and Steven Bernklau, Mary Lynn Wild, Christina Gilbert, Melissa Sullivan, Stacy Haskell and 12 grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be directed to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI  02904.


Mark C. Boyle  January 7, 2014

Mark C. Boyle, age 30 of Spring Street in Attleboro passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 22, 1983 in Attleboro, he was the son of Stephen Boyle of Attleboro and Charlene Boyle of Rehoboth. Mark grew up in Attleboro and attended the Attleboro school system. He was a jack-of-all-trades and worked in the landscaping and construction business. He loved music and body art and could fix just about anything. Mark had a very deep love for his family. In addition to his parents, Mark is survived by two brothers, Matthew "Rocky" Boyle and Jacob Boyle, both of Attleboro; a sister, Sarah Boyle of Seekonk; his grandmother, Helene Joubert of Attleboro; a niece, Abigail Boyle of Cumberland, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. He was the grandson of the late Charlie and Annette Boyle and Wilfred Joubert. Donations in Mark's name may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Greater Attleboro District Council, 5 North Worcester Street, Norton, MA 02766.


Richard F. Sargeant  January 7, 2014

Richard F. Sargeant, 82, of Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. He was born in Pawtucket, RI on November 5, 1931 to William and Helen (Falkner) Sargeant. Richard graduated from Attleboro High School in 1949 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1956 from Babson Institute (now Babson College). Richard spent much of his career working for the United Way in Attleboro (formerly the United Fund) and served as executive director from 1971 to 1994. Richard was engaged with many civic and charitable activities and organizations in the Attleboro area. A past president of the Attleboro Rotary Club, Richard was named in 1982 as the Attleboro Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor given by that organization. Richard also served as a director for Sturdy Memorial Hospital. In 1993, Richard was honored as "Person of the Year" by the Attleboro Chamber of Commerce. The chamber noted Richard's "benevolence and concern for the welfare of his fellow man" in both his professional and volunteer work. The chamber said, "Dick Sargeant has earned our respect as a fundraiser, humanitarian, and community leader, and he truly deserves to be called 'Person of the Year.'” In 1994, upon his retirement from the United Way, Richard was toasted and roasted by a long line of community leaders who testified to and praised his dedication to charitable causes. He was praised for his skills both in finance and administration. During his 24 years as executive director, the United Way exceeded its fundraising targets in all, but three years during severe recessions. In addition to his tireless charitable work, Richard was an avid hobbyist. He collected classical records, books and stamps. He was an active member of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society, the oldest philatelic society in America. Richard is survived by his wife Lois Fine Sargeant of Rehoboth, as well as two nephews, Brett Sargeant of Florida and Scott Sargeant of England.  Donations in Richard's name may be made to the Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington St. #1, North Attleboro, MA 02760, or the Attleboro Rotary Charities Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 635, Attleboro, MA 02703.


Lawrence ‘Larry‘ Souza  January 4, 2014

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Souza, age 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family after being stricken by a brief illness on January 4, 2014. He was a devoted husband of Sandy (Wallace) Souza and son of the late Dean D. and Emily (Jardin) Souza. Larry was an Insurance Appraiser for Travelers Insurance and previously a Body Shop Manager at Jack Barbosa Cadillac. He enjoyed playing tennis and working on the house. He was also a member of Christian Life Church in Rehoboth. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children: Stacy (husband Dave) of NH, Shawn (wife Judy) of MA, and Shauna (husband Mike) of TN; brothers: Stephen (wife Louise) and Mark Souza; loving grandchildren: Kyle, Ryan, Megan and Braleigh; great grandson: Brayden; mother-in-law: Dorothy Moreau, several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Donations may be made in his memory to the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St. Providence RI 02904. Following cremation, a memorial services will be held at a later date.


Caroline C. Tripp  January 5, 2014

Caroline C. Tripp of Dighton died in her home on Sunday January 5, 2014.  She was born in Westport, Massachusetts on July 7, 1925 and graduated from Westport High School in 1943.  She leaves her beloved husband of 68 years, Richmond J. Tripp, a son Wayne Tripp and his wife Robin of Cranston, RI and a daughter Bonnie Hargrove and her husband Keith of Glen Carbon, IL. She is the grandmother of Dirk Tripp and his wife Jennifer and Heather Tripp and a great granddaughter Abigail Tripp.  She is also survived by a brother Samuel Christopher of Dartmouth, MA and a sister Evelyn Boyles and her husband Steve of PA; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Active in Girl Scouting from age nine, she was an assistant leader of Troop 27 and started Troop 37 in Westport, MA.  Moving to Dighton she formed and lead Troop 6, as well as serving as treasurer for the Fall River Girl Scout Leaders Association.  She and Richmond are members of the Dighton Community Church ( formerly the Dighton Unitarian Church).  A small tulip tree was presented to them to commemorate their 65 years of loyal membership and service. She was treasurer and president of the Dighton Branch Ladies Alliance, served on many church committees, including serving as chairwoman of Ham and Bean Suppers for seven years.  She was president of the Dighton Mother’s Club and Church Historian.  She was employed by Arnold Hoffman Co. as clerk and later becoming executive secretary to the superintendent and vocational school director at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.  More recently, she was the executive secretary to the first Supt-Director of Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School as well as secretary for the school committee.  Caroline and Richmond were boating enthusiasts and sailed their Seawind ketch, Carol III, in the Atlantic from New Jersey to Nantucket.  Throughout Caroline and Richmond’s marriage, they loved traveling around most of the world sharing adventures together. Donations in her memory may be made to the Trustees of the Dighton Community Church Memorial Fund.  The Tripp Family wishes to express their gratitude to the Compassionate Care Hospice for their aid and compassion.


Gilbert J. ‘Sonny’ Lopes, Sr.  January 3, 2014

Gilbert J. ‘Sonny’ Lopes, Sr., husband of Anita R. (Charron) Lopes, died in Charlton Hospital in Fall River on Friday Jan. 3, 2014, as a result of a fall in his home.  He was born in Dighton, son of the late John and Lena ( Badejo) Lopes. He was a communicant of St Nicholas of Myra Church in North Dighton.  Educated in Dighton Schools, Sonny served in the US Army being discharged as a Corporal.  In his youth he worked as a foundry worker and truck driver.  In 1964 he founded G. Lopes and Sons.  He was the former president of his company which has expanded to include NER ( New England Recycling) with both companies and offices on Winthrop St. in Taunton.  Sonny enjoyed studying  WWII military history.  He also enjoyed going to Foxwoods.  Dedicated to his companies he went to work daily. Besides his wife Anita, he is survived by his son, Gilbert Lopes, Jr and his wife Eileen of Dighton and a daughter,  Paula Lopes of Taunton.  Sonny greatest loss was that of his son Gary J. Lopes,  who died by an accident, in February of 2010.  He is the father in law of Gary’s wife, Maria Lopes of Dighton.  Sonny is the grandfather of Erica Cabral, Kayla Tutsch, Jenna Lopes, Gary Lopes, Jr. and John Lopes and he is the great grandfather of William Tutsch.  Sonny is the uncle of a loving niece, Debbie Dutra and her husband Brian along with several other nieces and nephews. Donations in Sonny’s name may be made to Taunton Boys and Girls Club. 45 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780.


Frank Pimental  January 3, 2014

Frank Pimental, age 87, died Friday, January 3, 2014 at RI Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Fitta) Pimental. They were married for 65 years and were extremely devoted to one another. Frank was born on June 2, 1926 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph C. and Maria (Coelho) Pimental. Frank considered it a great honor to serve as head usher at St. Francis Xavier Church. He was a WWII veteran serving in the Pacific with the US Army. He retired from the Carol Cable Company after 44 years. In addition to his wife; he is survived by his sister Mary "Connie" Canario of East Providence and many nieces and nephews. Frank was blessed with many wonderful neighbors who helped him throughout the years. Frank was the brother of the late Manuel Costa, Joseph, Dominic, Augustine, Anthony and Arthur Pimental, Mary Faria, Margaret McMahon and Adeline Santos. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Fraternity of St. Francis Xavier Church, 81 N. Carpenter St., East Providence, RI 02914.


Lonnie D. Corbin  January 2, 2014

Lonnie D. Corbin passed away peacefully at his home in North Port, Florida on Thursday, January 2, 2014. A longtime resident of Seekonk, Massachusetts, he had been a Florida resident since 1996. He was one of 9 children born in Arapaho, Oklahoma and was the son of Clara Churchhill Corbin. He is survived by his younger brother Darrell Corbin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and his sister Clarabell Corbin of Oregon. He was a WWII Army Veteran and an MP in Washington, DC he also guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Corbin was the Owner of Seekonk Shell, Seekonk, MA for 30 years before retiring. He was the husband of the late Irene Cooper Corbin. He is survived by his five children Judith Walters Gifford of Pikeville, KY, Lonnie Corbin and his wife Sharon of Panama City, FL , Donnie Corbin of North Port, FL, Shirley Gosnear of Wilmington, MA and Pamela Leite and her husband Daniel of Seekonk, MA, seven grandchildren Stacie Wright, Sara Kehoe, Bruce Walters, Angela Corbin, Buddy Corbin, Brian Leite and Stephanie Steen, and eight great grandchildren. Memorial services will be private. He will be buried at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI.