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Archive - May 2012

May 8th

Frank S. Padykula, Sr.

May 8, 2012

SEEKONK - Frank S. Padykula, Sr., 82, entered into eternal peace on Monday, April 30, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred F. (Manion) Padykula.
Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Francis S. and Alice (Wszkiewicz) Padykula. Frank was a World War II, US Army veteran and Proprietor and President of Surplus Machinery Co., Seekonk. He was a past-member of the Pawtucket Country Club for over 20 years and was an avid boater and fisherman.

Donald Burgess Leggat

May 8, 2012

SEEKONK - Donald Burgess Leggat, 82, passed away on May 6, 2012 at Memorial Hospital of RI.
He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Nancy, as well as his three children and their spouses; Robin and her husband Raymond Grant of Seekonk, MA, David and his wife Judy Leggat of Lebanon, PA and Carol and her husband Joe Robitaille of Seekonk, MA.

Pauline M. Black

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Pauline M. (St. Germain) Black, 68, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Charles E. Black for 26 years.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Leon St. Germain, Sr. and Annette (Larue) Peloquin, she resided in Providence before moving to Pawtucket six years ago. She loved country music and bingo.

Rui Freitas

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Rui Freitas, age 41, of Bellmore Dr., died Monday, May 7, 2012. Born Oct. 30, 1970, in Pawtucket, he was the son of Jose and Albertina (DaRosa) Freitas of Pawtucket and grandson of the late Manuel and Josefina DaRosa and Custodio and Adelina Freitas.
A 1989 graduate of Tolman High School, Rui attended CCRI and worked in the operations department of Citizens Bank and had been a United Way volunteer. He was a communicant of St. Leo the Great Church. He enjoyed traveling to visit his family in Faial, Azores and in California, where he took his cousins skydiving.

Jamie R. Coyle

May 8, 2012

CUMBERLAND - Jamie Robert Coyle, 37,passed away on Wednesday, May 2nd 2012. He was the loving son of the late Karen Coyle and Robert Hanley.
He is survived by Yvonne Coyle, his wife of twenty years, as well as his four children Alyssa, Kayla, and Jordan Coyle, and Brianna McGuy. He was the devoted brother of Karrie, Joey, and Tabitha Coyle. He is loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Services will be private. For online condolences visit

Joana C. Gomez

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Joana C. Gomez, 80, of Pawtucket, died May 4, 2012. She was born in Brava, Cape Verde a daughter of the late Joao and Ana (Goncalves) Coelho. She came to this country 32 years ago settling in Pawtucket.
She is survived by 2 daughters Deolinda Coelho and Laura Rosa both of Pawtucket. 6 grandchildren Joana, Sandy, Michelle, Genie, Yolanda and Carlos. 4 great-grandchildren Tyrese, Isaiah, Xavier and Jalene.

Virgilio DaCruz

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Virgilio DaCruz, 84, passed May 5th.
Born in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde, a son of Jose Augusta DaCruz and Antonia Delgado and stepson of Eugenia A. DaCruz
He had been employed by the Gorham Company for many years and was also a carpenter and mason.

Aurora Baptista

May 8, 2012

LINCOLN - Aurora Baptista (Gonsalves) 97, of Lincoln died May 6, 2012. She was the wife of the late Antonio M. Baptista.
She was born in Brava, Cape Verde a daughter of the late Benjamin J. and Louisa B. (Barros) Gonsalves. She came to this country 75 years ago settling in Lincoln.
She is survived by 4 sons Benjamin Baptista of Cape Coral, FL, Manuel "Butch" Baptista of Woonsocket, Paul "Herman" and Antonio Baptista Jr. both of Lincoln. 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Carlos V. Anselmo

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Carlos V. Anselmo, 79, of Pawtucked died Friday at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. He is the husband of Maria L. (Lourenco) Anselmo. Born in Terceira, Azores he was the son of the late Jose Vieira Anselmo and Clara Teves Camara. Carlos came to the United States in 1968 and settled in Pawtucket. He worked at ITT Royal Electric in Pawtucket until his retirement in 2000.

Judge: Use of fields was not unconstitutional

May 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A long and much-discussed legal case that pitted public school supporters against parochial school backers and involved city officials past and present was finally decided on Friday, with a federal judge rejecting claims that the City of Pawtucket used preferential treatment in assigning city athletic fields to Catholic schools for games and practices.

May 7th

Matsuzaka labors as PawSox earn fourth straight win

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET – In true maddening fashion, Daisuke Matsuzaka nibbled and nibbled some more in his rehab start Monday, which saw the Pawtucket Red Sox post a 4-0 victory. Facing a free-swinging Rochester outfit, Matsuzaka lasted just 4 2/3 innings, with 49 of his 87 pitches going for strikes.

Dice-K still very much a big deal in Japan

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET – To many Red Sox fans, Daisuke Matsuzaka has always been a man of mystery. Granted, the language barrier has made it next to impossible for the American populous to get a firm handle on the Japanese import, yet judging by the heavy media turnout for Matsuzaka’s rehab outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, the right-handed pitcher is still very much a big deal in his native land.

Timothy E. Karpinski

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Timothy E. Karpinski, 59, formerly of Towers East, passed away, Saturday after an illness. He was the longtime companion of Debbie Huntington.
Born in Bellows Falls, Vt. a son of the late Chester and Katherine S. (Fenessey) Karpinski. Tim lived in the Pawtucket area most of his life until moving to Johnston a short time ago.

Roland J. Guillaume

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Roland J. Guillaume, 77, of Lauder Avenue, Pawtucket died May 5, 2012.
Mr. Guillaume was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Ulric and Marie (Guillaume) Guillaume. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in Korea.
Mr. Guillaume was employed by the City of Pawtucket for over thirty years as a mechanic.
He is survived by his cousins, Diane Vary of Shannon, Georgia, Kathleen Almeida of Pawtucket, Deborah Betts of Pawtucket, Jack Tumidajski of Glendale, Arizona and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Leo Guillaume and Jeannette Costa.

Dora Migneault

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Dora Migneault, 93, of Pawtucket, died Wednesday, May 2 at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence, after a brief hospitalization. She was the wife of the late Louis Henry Migneault, Jr.
She was born in Attleboro, MA, the daughter of the late Gideon and Roseanna (Bouchard) Genest. She was a member of the ILGWU and enjoyed traveling with the Seniors Group of St. Cecilia's Church.
She leaves three sons, Edward, Henry, and Jean Migneault of Pawtucket, a brother Adelard Genest of Pacifica, CA and her grandchildren Rhynda Stevens, Joseph, and Steven Migneault.

Joyce Rogers

May 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET - Joyce Rogers, 58, of Swansea and formerly of Pawtucket, passed May 3rd. She was the wife of David Aguiar. She was the daughter of Barbara (Donnelly) Rogers of Pawtucket and the late Frederick Rogers. Joyce had been employed by Matrix Inc, Pirate Cove Marina and MF Engineering.

May 6th

E.P. duckpin bowlers are headed to Nationals

May 6, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — Lynn Miller calls it “uncanny” how the scores of her Bowling Academy Major Division All-Stars, a quintet of high school- and college-aged kids, improve the more important the event.
When they're competing in regular house leagues, they all roll rather pedestrian numbers, “nothing to write home about.

Youth groups get Hasbro grants

May 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — More than 800 children in Rhode Island, including those served by Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Progreso Latino Inc. in Central Falls, and Woonsocket's Connecting for Children and Families, will benefit from a $200,000 grant provided by Pawtucket-based Hasbro Inc.
To stem the loss of learning that takes place in school age children during the summer vacation months, Hasbro, Inc. and United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) have established the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative for children across Rhode Island.

May 5th

City man convicted in attempted murder of girlfriend

May 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET – A Superior Court jury has convicted a local man in the attempted murder of his girlfriend.
Erwin “Earl” Grantley, 45, was found guilty of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling with intent to murder and domestic breaking and entering.
The jury returned the verdict on Thursday after two full days of deliberations. The trial before Superior Court Associate Justice Susan E. McGuirl had lasted six days.

Valley’s most famous dog to be a part of Cherry Blossom Fest

May 5, 2012

The Japanese consulate general will visit Woonsocket on May 19 for a festive unveiling of a permanent statue of the legendary Japanese dog, Hachiko, in front of the city’s historic train depot.
Takeshi Hikihara’s diplomatic excursion is part of a broader celebration of the growing Cherry Blossom Festival in Pawtucket and Central Falls, where he also plans stops earlier in the day, says Robert Billington, executive director of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.


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