Archive - 2013
Raymond D. Degre
PAWTUCKET - Raymond D. Degre, 53 formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully Saturday, August 17th, at his residence in Orange City, Florida after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 30 years Teresa (Pasqualetti) Degre, his sisters Robin Duhamel, and Renae Botelho and brother-in-law John Botelho.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of Ruth D. (St. Jean) Degre and the late Raymond R. Degre.
Laurence N. Holden
LINCOLN - Laurence N. Holden, 98, formerly of Binford Street died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Briarcliffe Manor, Johnston. He was the husband of the late Marion L. (Lincoln) Holden.
He is survived by one daughter, Janice Holden-O'Toole of North Scituate, two sons, Robert Holden of Westerly and David A. Holden of Attleboro, MA; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
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Rita M. Desforges
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Desforges, 93, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013.
She was the cherished wife of Raymond R. Desforges. They were happily married for 39 years before his passing in 1986. Lifelong resident of Central Falls; daughter of the late George & Irene Casavant.
She was a devout Catholic & dedicated member of the Holy Spirit Parish, longtime member of the VFW, diligently involved resident at Forand Manor, her home for over 30 years. A smiling face & positive force in the life of all who met her, she truly touched the lives of many people.
PAWTUCKET â How often do you get to go to an Interstate 95 bridge lighting party?
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the City of Pawtucket, along with support from the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call newspapers, invite the public to join in a celebration of the first lighting of the new Pawtucket River Bridge.
CUMBERLAND â A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park last spring have gone from condemned prisoners on death row to the new star attractions of what town officials are hoping will be a natural outdoor exhibit to showcase the parkâs diverse flora and fauna.
PAWTUCKET â After the Pawtucket Red Sox had eked out a pair of stunning â and thrilling â come-from-behind, one-run victories the previous two nights, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returned the favor on Tuesday evening.
The RailRiders notched two unearned runs, one each in the sixth and seventh frames, to thump the PawSox, 2-1, before a sparse crowd of 4,430 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Manager Dave Mileyâs crew rode a superb mound outing from starter Graham Stoneburner, not to mention fellow righty Dellin Betances, to end Pawtucketâs win streak at three.
PAWTUCKET â From Gary DiSarcinaâs perch in the PawSox dugout, the manager is able to hone in and get a proper read on the placid look on Allen Websterâs face, one that until recently had singularly defined the right-handerâs facial expression on the mound.
âHeâs got a demeanor thatâs really laid back, which is useful at times,â noted DiSarcina.
Robert L. Arnold
LINCOLN - Robert L. Arnold, 78, formerly of Sir Charles Road, died Monday, August 26, 2013 at Heritage Hills Nursing Center, Smithfield. He was the beloved husband of the late Letitia P. (Wallace) Arnold.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Kenneth H. and Isabelle (Taylor) Arnold, he had lived in Pawtucket for most of his life before moving to Lincoln in 1989.
Mr. Arnold was an office worker for the former Blackstone Valley Electric Company, now National Grid, for 41 years retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Pawtucket for over 50 years.
Idalina S. Alves
PROVIDENCE - Idalina "Nonnie" S. (Soares Avellar) Alves, 45 died Friday in Providence.
Calling hours Thursday 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Friday 9:00 a.m. LACHAPELLE FUNERAL HOME, 643 Main Street, Pawtucket, 10:00 a.m. St. Anthony Church, Lawn Avenue, Pawtucket. For the full obituary and to sign the guestbook visit www.lachapellefuneralhome.com.
EAST PROVIDENCE â City Manager Peter Graczykowski has announced that the city ended fiscal 2012 with a general fund surplus of $8.7 million, which will go into the cityâs rainy-day reserve fund recommended by the Budget Commission and approved by the voters at the ballot box in November 2012.
The surplus number was reported as part of the annual audit by Parmelee Poirier & Associates, which completed its review of the cityâs finances on July 31.
PAWTUCKET â Follow the trail of pixie dust and it will lead you directly to the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium.
The good times continued at the ballpark Monday night as the PawSox staged a 2-1 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Pawtucket trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth before receiving a game-tying sacrifice fly from catcher Ryan Lavarnway and a game-ending RBI single by Mark Hamilton that came on a 3-2 pitch.
PAWTUCKET â For PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina, seeing Derek Jeter propel himself through the rehab process this past weekend helped conjure up one pleasant memory after another.
âI hadnât seen him in a while, but the first thing I thought of when I saw him was âMan, heâs a classy individual,ââ DiSarcina expressed. âIn my mind, he and Cal Ripken Jr. were the torchbearers. Cal handed it over to him, and not because Derek won, but itâs the way he won.
Leonard J. Nadeau
CENTRAL FALLS - Leonard J. Nadeau, "Lenny" 93, passed on August 25th. He was the husband of Madeleine (Bergeron) Nadeau. They have been married for 63 years.
He was the son of the late Hylas J. and Emiliana (Doherty) Nadeau.
He was a self-employed Audio Video Communications specialist.
Lenny was an Army-Air Corp Veteran of WWII serving as a communications officer and pilot stationed in North Africa, Egypt, Jerusalem and France. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Civil Defense and the Q B's.
Mary V. Quinn
LINCOLN - Mary V. Quinn, 93, of Lincoln, died Sunday at Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center. She was the wife of the late Joseph P. Quinn. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late James F. and Anna (Connolly) DeGuilio.
Mrs. Quinn had been employed as a clerk in the Handbag Dept. of Apex Stores and later as a textile lab worker for Premier Thread Co. until her retirement in 1985. She was a communicant of St. Jude Church and a member of its Friendly Visitor Program and Women of Spirit. She was also a Girl Scout leader for many years.
Kenneth P. Vary
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Kenneth P. Vary, 60, of North Attleboro, MA died suddenly on August 20, 2013 in Attleboro, MA
He was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Paul E. and Dorice Vary.
Step-son of Yvette Vary of Johnston. Step-brother of Alan and his wife Diane Vary of Florida. Uncle of David and his wife, Lori Vary of Florida. Devoted friend and loving companion of James S. Warren.
Elizabeth H. Crowe
CUMBERLAND - Elizabeth H. Crowe, 86, passed away Saturday at The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the widow of Russell Crowe.
Born in North Scituate, she was a daughter of the late Cornelius and Eva (St. Onge) Crowley. She moved to and settled in Cumberland in 1939.
PAWTUCKET - Gertrude Bechard, 94, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013. She was the wife of the late Joseph Bechard. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Louisina (Desaillier) Lamarre.
Getrude is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Foehr, and her granddaughter, Lisa Foehr. She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
Her funeral will be private. For online condolences,
Arrangements by the Prata Funeral Home.
Armand O. Janelle
PAWTUCKET - Armand "Chipo" O. Janelle, 92, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Alice L. (Tetreault) Janelle. Born in the Hebronville section of Attleboro, a son of the late Domino and Felicite (Brousseau) Janelle, he resided in Pawtucket since 1947.
On Thursday, August 22, 2013, SOPHIE "SALLY" DZIJA, (nee KANACZET), 95; beloved wife of the late Theodore Dzija, devoted mother of Sandra Dzija and her husband Andrew Miller of Baltimore, and Alan Dzija and his wife Marcia Dzija of New York City; loving grandmother of Amy (Timothy) Driscoll, Emily (Matthew) Flowers, Andrew (Genevieve) Dzija, Ben Miller and Ezra Miller; cherished great-grandmother of Madeleine Driscoll, Timothy Driscoll, Grace Flowers, Melody Flowers, Eliott Dzija, and Charles Dzija. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
William A. Cheek
PAWTUCKET - William A. Cheek, "Bill" 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 23rd. He was the husband of Lillian (Donato) Cheek. They had been married for 53 years.
Bill was an oil truck driver for many years and then worked for Peterson Puritan before retiring. Besides his wife he is survived by three daughters, Maryann Bray, Deborah Britt and Brenda Veverios, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.