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DR. GEORGE V. MORRIS   February 12, 2017

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


ERIC T. CHILDS   February 5, 2017

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


STEPHEN COLLIER SMITH, SR.   February 4, 2017

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


ROSEMARIE (CARON) BAKER   February 2, 2017

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


RITA D. (VINCENT) HUNTER   January 31, 2017

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


BERTHA E. HAMEL   January 31, 2017

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


EUGENIE A. (DUFOUR) GUGLIELMO   January 28, 2017

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


EDWARD W. COONEY, JR.   January 3, 2017

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