Archive - Jan 2011
Francis Z. Durand
FLORIDA - Francis Z. Durand, 93, born March 27, 1917 in Woonsocket, RI died January 3, 2011 in Palm Harbor, FL after a brief illness.
Son of the late Zedeor and Mary (Bashaw) Durand, brother of Victory (Byron) of Johnston. Married 61 years to the late Jeannette (St. Pierre). Eight children, - the late Emma, Paul (Oldsmar, FL), William (Pawtucket), Douglas (Tarpon Springs, FL), Susan Ritchotte (Davenport, FL), Stephen (Pawtucket), Nancy McAllister (Guntersville, AL), and Lynne Zygmont (Windham, NH). Grandfather of 18 and great grandfather of 11.
Florence A. Bussey
YUCAIPA, CA - Florence A. Bussey of Yucaipa, CA passed away on December 11, 2010.
She was born in Rhode Island to Agna and Muriel Pion on October 25, 1924. She married Raymond J. Bussey in 1943.
She is survived by two daughters; Elaine Proulx of Indio, CA and Carol Liaboe of San Jacinto, CA, two sons Raymond Bussey of Tomales, CA and Robert Bussey of Big Bear, CA., 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Dolores T. DeCosta
CUMBERLAND - Dolores T. DeCosta, 81 of formerly of One Mendon Road passed away Sunday in Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee, FL. She was the wife of the late George DeCosta.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Arthur J. and Florence (Beauchamp) Palin. She resided Loxahatchee for the past 6 years previously residing in Cumberland for 45 years and New Bedford, MA.
She was a member of the Amalgamated Cotton and Garment Allied Industry Union for 26 years, the Cumberland Housing Authority and the AARP.
PAWTUCKET - Mary Walsh, 90 of 175 Broad Street, Pawtucket died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at the Evergreen Nursing Home after a courageous and dignified battle with lung cancer. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Walsh who preceded her in death the previous year on the same date. They had been married 68 years. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Cassidy) and Edward Purcell.
Before retiring, she was employed by Glencairn Manufacturing. Mary was also a member of the Kennedy Housing Tenants Association.
Peter J. Pytka Jr.
CUMBERLAND: Peter J. Pytka Jr.40, passed December 30, 2010.
He was the husband of the late Tracy (Soares) Pytka.
He was a loving father to his children and will be sadly missed.
Born in Pawtucket, the son of Joan (Otis) Pytka and the late Peter J. Pytka.
He was the father of Peter J. Pytka III, Jaymee and Julia, and is also survived by a sister, Jessica Jean and her husband Scott.
William J. Matisewski
CUMBERLAND - William J. Matisewski, 85, of Citizen Street, passed away Monday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Marek) Matisewski, and they had been married for 61 years.
Born in Clinton, MA; he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Golash)Matisewski. He resided in Cumberland for most of his life.
He was a United States Army, World War II Veteran, serving during the European Theater of Operations.
Albert H. Leighton
Lt. Col., U.S.A.F. Retired
COLORADO - Albert H. Leighton, 91 of Denver; Husband of Emma Leighton; Father of Jacqueline (Roger) Yoshinari, Pamela Leighton and James Leighton; Grandfather of David and Daniel Yoshinari, Katherine Y. (Michael) Mohammadi, and Chelsie Modrell; Great Grandfather of Nathan Mohammadi; Graveside Service Friday, 1PM, Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3695 South Sheridan Blvd. Staging Area A, Denver, CO;
For complete obituary please visit HoranCares.com.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tom Sorrentine is still fitting together the pieces of the puzzle that is the St. Raphael Academy basketball team. And so far, â€śSaarâ€ť likes what he is seeing from his Saints, who improved to 4-1 in Division I with a 61-47 victory over Cranston West on Tuesday night.
The Saints, who led 35-15 late in the first half, overcame some sloppy passing with a tough defensive effort and strong work in the rebounding department from the front line of Trevor Vasey, Cesar Mejia, Davon Robertson and Benjamin Pillsbury.
PROVIDENCE â€“ During long, taxing Big East winters, some Providence College followers often wonder why the Friars chose to bump heads with college basketballâ€™s elite.
Why? A visit by the No. 5-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers seems like a good place to begin. Welcoming such a highly decorated club brings with it the chance to secure a big time win while presenting youngsters like Gerard Coleman and Kadeem Batts a shot to become recognized outside of the Ocean State.
We will have some baseball news to savor this afternoon when the Hall of Fame balloting is revealed to the public. Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are expected to get into the HOF today. Several other players are on the cusp â€“ Jeff Bagwell, Larry Walker, Jack Morris and Tim Raines.
Rafael Palmeiro could make it, too, if the voters forgive him for telling Congress he never did steroids and then flunking a urine test several months later, late in his career, long after he had amassed most of his 569 career home runs.
PROVIDENCE â€” Calling for â€śan era of political collaboration, of cultural and ethnic acceptance, of shared sacrifice and, more importantly, of faith and trust in each other,â€ť Lincoln Chafee became the first Independent governor of Rhode Island in the modern era at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET - Rene Bobola, 86 of Pawtucket died on Dec. 27, 2010 from complications of a stroke in Miriam Hospital, Providence. He had been a resident of Pawtucket most of his life. Prior to retirement in 1949, he was employed as an electrician for approximately 20 years.
Roland L. Gaboriault
CENTRAL FALLS - Roland L. Gaboriault, 81 of the Wilfred Manor in Central Falls died at Home & Hospice Care of RI. He was the husband of the late Marie E. (Bouvier) Gaboriault. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Ezechias and Della (Nolan)Gaboriault, he had resided there for many years. He was a communicant of the former Notre Dame Church where he was a member of the Men's Club.
CUMBERLAND - Hope (Hedberg) Gale, 99, of Newell Drive died December 28th at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Frank H. Gale. Born on April 6, 1911 in Woonsocket, the first child of the late Lars Walfrid and Caroline Elizabeth (Johnson) Hedberg, she had been a resident of Cumberland for many years.
Eileen M. Paquin
PAWTUCKET - Eileen M. (Cardoza) Paquin 67, a lifelong Pawtucket resident passed away in Orlando, Florida on December 17, 2010. She was the beloved wife for 49 years of Ernest H. Paquin.
Born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late James and Ida (Deschenes) Cardoza. Mrs Paquin, who loved to travel worked for The Union Wadding Co. (Pawtucket) for many years.
High school basketball coaches donâ€™t have any room to breathe when it comes to game conditions. They share their workplace with spectators. Their instructions to players, or complaints to referees running past them, can often be heard by the fans.
PAWTUCKET â€” Jeanne (Rice) Murphy, who died last Thursday at age 84, had a career unlike almost any other reporter at the old Pawtucket Times.
Murphy first began working for the newspaper as a high school intern back in 1944.
â€śThe newsroom had been decimated by World War II,â€ť Jeanneâ€™s daughter Sheila recalled. â€śThe managing editor liked the way my mother wrote and offered her a job.â€ť
Antonio Pires Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Antonio Pires Jr., 68, of Owen Ave. passed away on Friday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Messier) Lavallee-Pires and the late Esperanza "Hope" (Ramonett) Pires.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Antonio and Maria (Neves) Pires Sr. He resided in Pawtucket for the past 40 years.
He was a sprinkler fitter for 35 years employed out of Sprinkler Fitters Local 676, Hartford retiring in 2002.
Mr. Pires was a U. S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Garfield Social Club, Central Falls.