Archive - Apr 2013
Joseph E. Connors
PAWTUCKET - Joseph E. Connors of Pawtucket died on April 20, 2013. He was the husband of Irene (Deschenes) Connors. They were married over forty years.
Mr. Connors was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Michael J. Connors and Elizabeth (Cox) Connors. He was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Connors owned and operated the Merit Music Company for many years.
Shirley A. Matteson
Shirley A. Matteson, 76, passed April 20th with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of Elmore R. Matteson. They would have been married 50 years in August.
She was the daughter of the late George E. and Mary E. (LaVertue) Trombley.
Shirley was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Woodlawn Cowboys Youth Football Team and was an also a former Lady Bug at the Bug Club.
Virginia Rose Plante
ATTLEBORO - Virginia Rose (Monse) Plante, 87 , of Streeter Lane Attleboro, died Friday April 19, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro.
She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Plante Sr.
Virginia, was born in Providence RI, a daughter of the late John & Lucy (Papineau) Monse.
Mrs. Plante was an assembler for the circuit boards at Texas Instruments for over 30 years.
She has been an Attleboro resident all of her life.
She was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church.
Rosemary G. Barber
CUMBERLAND - Rosemary G. Barber, 70, formerly of Arnold Drive, passed away Saturday at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Robert T. Barber, and they had been married for 49 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Rose (Wallace) Gall.
Mrs. Barber was employed as Registered Nurse and Supervisor for the Roger William Medical Center and Fogarty Hospital for many years.
CUMBERLAND - Sylvia (Bouchard) Bacchiocchi, 101, of Mendon Road died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Dario A. Bacchiocchi (B.A. Dario).
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Isidore Joseph and Emma (Brodeur) Bouchard, she had lived in Lincoln and Cumberland for many years.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High skipper Theo Murray had just sat at a table under the right-field barbeque tent at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, and â with Tigers' Athletic Director John Scanlon and Pawtucket Red Sox' President Mike Tamburro stationed at both sides â he continued chomping on the food the home team's cooks had prepared.
PAWTUCKET â After it ended, Newtown (Conn.) High senior quad-captain Stephen Conway paused for a moment just outside the first-base gate to the barbeque tent near shallow right field and scanned â from a point-blank view â nearly-empty McCoy Stadium.
About 20 minutes prior, the Nighthawks had dropped a 5-3 non-league decision to host Tolman High, but Conway refused to allow the defeat bother him.
PROVIDENCE â In what backers are calling âa historic step forward,â Pawtucket Sen. Donna Nesselbushâs bill to legalize same-sex marriage is scheduled for a vote on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If the bill passes out of committee, it could come to a vote in the full Senate as soon as Thursday. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said recently that she expects the measure to get a full Senate vote by the end of this month.
The longer days and milder temperatures of April usually herald the arrival of daffodils, songbirds and short-sleeve shirts. But if youâve been listening lately youâve heard another sign that spring has finally sprung â the rumble of motorcycles on area roadways and highways.
Motorcycle season has arrived in Rhode Island and riders are hitting the roads after a long, cold winter. Itâs a good time, motorcycle safety advocates say, to remind bikers of the importance of getting trained and wearing safety gear, and to urge car drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.
PAWTUCKET â The telling numbers from the high-school baseball summit that transformed McCoy Stadium into a special place Saturday werenât five and three â five being the number of runs Tolman High produced compared to the three scored by the guests of honor â Connecticutâs Newtown High.
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame (RIMHOF) will hold its 2nd annual Hall of Fame Ceremony and Concert on Sunday, April 28, at the Music Hall of Fame located in Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket, RI. The Hall of Fame's nine 2013 inductees are: Steve Smith & The Nakeds, The Cowsills, Paul Geremia, Eddie Zack & The Hayloft Jamboree, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Crane, Bill Flanagan, Sissieretta Jones, and George M. Cohan.
WATERTOWN, Mass. â A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. They later wrote, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."
Tsarnaev's brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.
Ethel H. Gagnon
CLEARWATER, FL. - Ethel H. Gagnon, 88, of Clearwater, Florida peacefully passed on to eternity April 9. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Gagnon. Left to honor her memory with gratitude are her children, Donna Gagnon, Dale Newton, Debbie Rivera and David Gagnon; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren that she loved dearly and prayed for by name every night; brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Suncoast Hospice or Alzheimer's Association.
Joyce N. Gilbert
PAWTUCKET - Joyce N. (Davidson) Gilbert, age 80, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Rachel (Brothers) Davidson. Joyce worked as the executive assistant and docent at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket for over 15 years until retiring in 2011. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time at the beach and traveling. Joyce was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Leo A. Sawyer
CENTRAL FALLS - Leo A. Sawyer, 87, of Rand Street, passed on April 19th with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Rita L. (Bilodeau) Sawyer.
Born in Central Falls, RI, a son of the late Albert and Agnes (Tremblay) Sawyer, Leo resided most of his life in Central Falls and was a communicant of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church.
He was an employee of the former Sayles Finishing Plant for 18 years and the former American Broadloom for 27 years retiring in 1987.
PAWTUCKET â The Tolman-Newtown high school baseball game thatâs scheduled for Saturday morning (11:30 start) at McCoy Stadium should be embraced as a celebration of the human spirit.
The non-league contest isnât intended to reopen still-fresh wounds or provide a semblance of closure to the cruel sequence of events that shattered the lives of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This is an event that is woven in companionship while lending support, with the game of baseball serving as the common thread that brings everyone to the same table.
PAWTUCKET â The good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon was that rehabbing Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who had struggled at the plate in his first five games with the Pawtucket Red Sox, smacked a home run leading off the sixth inning of the PawSoxâs game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
But aside from that, and a four-run rally in that inning by the PawSox that tied the contest at 5-5, there wasnât much else to smile about on the homefront.
LINCOLN â One by one, Division I squads are coming for Lincoln High, all of them mounting serious challenges.
On Thursday, it was East Providenceâs turn to put Lincoln through its paces. The Townies did not back down in the slightest, moving to within a run after scoring three times against Lions ace pitcher Lindsay Mayer in the sixth inning.
PAWTUCKET - Former Pawtucket mayor defends his actions regarding pension fund. Full story in Friday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â Despite discussions and individual lobbying for different options, the City Council on Tuesday postponed any decision on a fix for the unfunded police and firefighters' pension plan.
At a special session of the City Council that followed a Finance Committee meeting, the council voted to table its decision on a new funding option that passed by a slim margin. The council will take up the matter at its next regular council meeting that is scheduled for April 24 at City Hall.