Archive - Dec 2013
Maria R. Rosario
CUMBERLAND - Maria R. Rosario, 83, of Rosemont Ave., passed away Friday evening surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of Armando Rosario.
Born in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil she was the daughter of the late Francisco and Adelaide (Vaz) dos Reis. She resided in Cumberland for the past 52 years.
She was employed by the former American Insulated Wire Co., Pawtucket for over 30 years. Mrs. Rosario was also a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland and a member of the church's Legion of Mary Society.
James B. Gordon
PAWTUCKET - James B. Gordon, 44, of Pawtucket, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday December 4, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of Donald and Gabrielle (Fortin) Gordon.
Mr. Gordon was an automotive mechanic for many years in Pawtucket.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his son, James Gordon Jr., his brothers, Thomas and Robert Gordon, and his sisters, Jeannie and Nancy Gordon. He was the brother of the late Kenneth and Donald Gordon.
Alice B. Chmurka
CUMBERLAND - Alice B. Chmurka, 99, of Broad Street passed away Friday December 6, 2013 at Oak Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Pawtucket.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Gula) Chmura. She lived in Cumberland for the past 32 years.
Before retiring Alice was employed as a Bookkeeper for the Modern Diner of Pawtucket for many years.
She leaves several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Stella Buba, Catherine Chmurka and Frank Chmura.
Catherine P. Kerr
PAWTUCKET - Catherine P. Kerr of Mount Vernon Boulevard, Pawtucket passed away on December 6, 2013. She was the wife of the late James F. Kerr.
Mrs. Kerr was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts the daughter of the late Thomas Clarke and Eva (Duffy) Clark. She was a lieutenant in the United States Army and Navy serving as a registered nurse during WWII.
CRANSTON â€“ The expression goes, â€śif itâ€™s not broke, donâ€™t fix it.â€ť
In all honesty, there was very little reason for West Warwick to stray from the defensive scheme that had proven most successful in the Wizardsâ€™ 14-0 regular-season victory over Cumberland. The blueprint on how to contain and/or slow down Tyler Calabro, Chris Hayes, Joe Fine, Mike Stock and the rest of the Clippersâ€™ offense had been established, hence why Wizards defensive coordinator Chris Craik likely didnâ€™t have to endure too many restless nights leading up to Sundayâ€™s Division II Super Bowl contest at Cranston Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€” With 435 decorated Christmas trees lining the route through Slater Park, along with brightly-painted little houses and light displays around the pond, the city once again hosted its annual Winter Wonderland celebration on Saturday and Sunday evening.
The event, which drew a large crowd of adults and children, also included horse-drawn wagon rides, the holiday train and music in the heated tent near the Looff Carousel. The carousel was open for rides at just 25 cents a spin and their was hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and other goodies for sale as well.
CRANSTON â€“ Cumberland High senior tackle Ricky Goodreau's response to what had just transpired at Cranston Stadium summed up his teamâ€™s collective mood early Sunday evening, as he walked slowly away from the post-game huddle near midfield with tears in his eyes, then raised his helmet with his right hand and knocked it softly against his forehead.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Ed Cooley had something he wished to get off his chest.
Call his remarks a summary of the first-semester portion of Providenceâ€™s 2013-14 hoops odyssey. â€śI would love to coach the team that weâ€™ve recruited, I really would,â€ť said the head coach, his exasperated face painting a picture of how strenuous the past six weeks have been. â€śFor seven weeks, we prepared to play a particular style. In one day, that style had to change.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” For Pawtucket, the start of the 2013 holiday season officially begins today with the Winter Wonderland festival. The annual event in Slater Park is celebrating its 15th year, and its opening activities are always eagerly anticipated by residents throughout the city and surrounding communities.
MIDDLETOWN, RI- Edward J. McCaughey, 98, of Middletown, formerly of Pawtucket died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary White McCaughey and their children, Edward J., Marcia and Stephen McCaughey.
Born and raised in Pawtucket, RI he attended Providence Country Day School, The College of the Holy Cross and Boston University School of Law.
PAWTUCKET- Norman Jacques, 70, passed on Nov. 27, 2013. He was elected to the Senate when he was 23 serving from 1966 to 1968.
He was pre-deceased by his sister Pauline Spink and his son, Michael Welsh. Brothers Edmond, Robert, Dennis and Henry Jacques, sister Georgette Gousie, daughter, Jillene VanNostrand of Boise, ID and 5 grandsons, survive him.
A Memorial service will be held at the Keefe Funeral Home Five Higginson Ave., Lincoln, RI on Monday, December 9, at 7 PM. Complete obituary at www.thekeefefuneralhome.com.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ That wasnâ€™t a basketball game that took place at the Ryan Center Thursday. That was a rock fight.
Or considering the stare down at center court that Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley engaged in with 3:55 remaining â€“ one that also contained a few verbal jabs for good measure â€“ perhaps they should have put the basketballs away and slapped a pair of boxing gloves on the two head coaches.
Style points were definitely at a premium, but oh, what a conclusion the Friars and Rams staged.
What would it take for the stateâ€™s four Division I menâ€™s basketball programs to get together for an in-season, round-robin tournament?
Depends on which school representative you speak with.
â€śAnything we could do to grow interest, whether it be a doubleheader, a tournament or anything like that, we would be all for it,â€ť stated Brown head coach Mike Martin.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Validation in the form of a job well done was bestowed upon Gary DiSarcina Thursday, as the former Pawtucket Red Sox manager was named Baseball Americaâ€™s 2013 Minor-League Manager of the Year.
In his first and only season at the helm, DiSarcina guided the International League North division title with an 80-63 record. The PawSox accomplished that while employing the services of 64 different players during the regular-season (30 position players and 34 pitchers).
PAWTUCKETâ€”The Police Departmentâ€™s rookie officer was panting heavily and nervously shaking his leg as the mayor swore him in at City Hall in front of a crowd of city officials and the news media.
Yet, Col. James Mendonca assured everyone present that Officer Axel could maneuver through tight areas and run faster than anyone else on the force. â€śBeware the criminal who runs from him,â€ť he warned.
PAWTUCKET- Marion Briere, 90, of Pawtucket, passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013. She was the wife of the late Alfred E. Briere.
Born in Brownington, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Preston and Angelina (Bousquet) Sheltra.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and she enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, and most of all spending time with her family.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” Ed Cooley has a grand vision for the stateâ€™s annual college basketball passion play â€“ Providence versus Rhode Island.
â€śMy goal is to get this game on CBS on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon,â€ť proclaimed the Friarsâ€™ head coach. â€śWhen you do that, you know that both programs are getting there. Take nothing away from the other channels, and I donâ€™t want to be disrespectful to anybody, but when youâ€™re talking about trying to nationally brand your two schools, I think thatâ€™s our ultimate goal.â€ť
There figures to always be a soft spot in Tommy Harperâ€™s heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Harper got to know Ellsbury when the latter was on the fast track through the minor-league ranks, hence why the former had no trouble relinquishing his 36-year-old Red Sox record of 54 stolen bases in a single season, which Ellsbury shattered with 70 thefts in 2009.
When the topic of Ellsbury and the lavish seven-year, $153-million deal he reportedly agreed to with the New York Yankees came up during a phone interview on Wednesday, Harper elicited a response that was part clairvoyant, part reality check.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Since last April, the sprawling, 89-year-old American Insulated Wire property has been undergoing a radical makeover. Now, within a few weeks, the first dozen or so rental units of the total 142 that are planned will be ready for occupancy and the site will get a new lease on life as â€śThe American Wire.â€ť
Ernest L. Lemire
EAST PROVIDENCE- Ernest L. Lemire, 78, of Rumford Towers, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Shirley F. (Rabau) Lemire for 56 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Romeo and Estelle (Aubin) Lemire, he resided in South Attleboro before moving to Rumford nine months ago.
Ernie was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. He was employed as a lab technician at Teknor Apex for 27 years until retiring in 1997. Ernie was a Past-President of LeFoyer, Pawtucket, where he served two terms.