Archive - 2013
Antoine "Tony" C. Boulanger, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Antoine "Tony" C. Boulanger, Jr., 85, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Muriel (LaPorte) Boulanger and the former husband of Thelma L. (Rose) Boulanger. Born in Warren, a son of the late Antoine C. and Bertha (Mikulski) Boulanger, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life.
Tony was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a news photographer for The Times for over thirty years until retiring. Tony was also a writer, painter and avid Rhode Island history buff.
PROVIDENCE â Immediately after the final point had been recorded, the on-court Tolman High players mobbed each other nearest their fan base, jumping up and down in a massive group hug.
Their classmates naturally joined in the celebratory scrum, and each Tiger â including those cheering wildly from the bench â then broke off individually for more personal congratulations with parents, girlfriends and the like.
PAWTUCKET â The worst-case scenario that Xander Bogaerts envisioned never came to pass.
Initially, Bogaerts thought he was being summoned to the managerâs office because he didnât protest a strike three call that came with the count full. Portlandâs Kevin Boles felt the decision that went against the highly-touted prospect was egregious. Protesting balls and strikes usually results in a swift ejection, which Boles eventually received after attempting to stick up for his shortstop.
PROVIDENCE â A Pawtucket man who prosecutors say went on an arson spree to avenge a romantic relationship that turned sour has received a 40-year prison sentence with 17 years to serve.
Classmates Roxanna Osorio, Vanda Debrito (class vice president), and Emerizialina Moreira (class secretary) wait together in the processional line at the Shea High School graduation in Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College.
Please turn to Page A6 for the senior list and another photo.
Maria M. Sousa
PAWTUCKET - Maria Manuela Sousa, 71, passed peacefully at Memorial Hospital of RI June 12th with her loving family by her side. Born in P. Delgada, Azores a daughter of the late Manuel Tomaz Pimentel and Angelina De Jesus Cabral.
She is survived by two daughters, Fatima Da Costa of Nashua NH, and Margarida Sousa of Central Falls, three sons, Jaime Sousa and Paul Sousa of Pawtucket and Steve Sousa of Providence, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren that she loved dearly.
PAWTUCKET â The problematic plaster ceilings at Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools have either been removed or reinforced so students can safely get through the rest of the school year. However, the structural engineer in charge of the ceiling inspections warned school officials that permanent repairs must be a priority.
PROVIDENCE â St. Raphael Academy head coach Ron Labree had heard from a select group of people that his troops had coasted through their regular season because they played in a less-than-strong Division II-West.
Those same naysayers seemed to infer that the lone ârealâ team to be concerned about was North Providence.
Labree mentioned that to his girls before their playoff debut, and â excepting one hiccup â they've been on a roll ever since.
LINCOLN â It was pretty easy to see the frustration mounting inside Lincoln High senior righthander Lindsay Mayer during the R.I. Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament winners' bracket final against always-gutsy Coventry on Saturday.
She'd fire a fastball, riseball or screwball, one she thought for sure would be called a strike at the belt or knees. Yet, when it wasn't, it would bug her to no end, as it would most All-State whirlers.
Rita B. Prosser
LINCOLN - Rita B. Prosser, 76, passed peacefully at home on June 11th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Thomas G. Prosser Sr.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Armand and Yvonne (Hamel) Benoit.
Rita had been employed by Ann & Hope of Cumberland for over 20 years and then worked for Aramark Food Service at the Central Falls High School. Rita was a member of the Lincoln Senior Center, enjoyed Bingo at Franklin Manor and was avid about her daily walk with her dear friend Peggy Lass.
Raymond J. Hebert
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. Hebert, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Estelle R. (Hemond) Hebert. The couple would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on June 28th. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Alcide and Rose A. (Maurice) Hebert, he resided in Pawtucket since 1990.
Ray was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a Lead Man in the Shipping Department of Hasbro for over 30 years until retiring in 1987. An avid golfer and bowler, Ray was a longtime member of St. John Vianney Seniors Group.
PAWTUCKET â Vivian Maxson calls them âThe Twins,â two six-week-old Peregrine Falcon siblings just learning how to fly â that is when theyâre not gorging themselves on fresh quail meat or preening themselves in their 40-foot flight cage.
Maxson, who runs the Westerly-based Be Wild Nature Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of raptors, has been caring for the two falcon fledglings for the past week, ever since they were found on the ground not far from their nest on top of Pawtucket City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â A half-dozen speakers, all positive, came out to comment publicly on the proposed merger of The Memorial Hospital and Care New England Health System on Tuesday night.
A public informational meeting was sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General and Department of Health at Jenks Junior High School concerning the proposed transaction.
Henry J. Fortin
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Henry J. Fortin of North Providence and formerly of New York City, New York died on June 10, 2013.
Mr. Fortin was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Armand J. Fortin and Madeline L. (Sartini) Fortin. He was employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for many years before he retired in 1996.
Mr. Fortin was a World War II Veteran serving in the United States Army.
Rita B. Seguin
RUMFORD - Rita B. Seguin, 94, passed June 10th at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Maxime F. Seguin.
Born in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Marie (Blanchette) Moris.
Rita had been employed the former Cadillac Textile Mills.
She is survived by two sons, Andre Seguin and his wife Linda, and Edmond Seguin and his wife Martha, 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Rita was the last of 19 Siblings
Services will be private. For online condolences visit
Richard T. Arruda
PAWTUCKET - Richard T. Arruda, 58, of Lawton St., Pawtucket, passed away at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI on Monday, June 10, 2013.
Born in Providence, he was a son of William Arruda of Charlestown and the late Shirley Arruda.
Richard worked for the Highway Dept. for the City of Pawtucket for many years until his retirement in 2010. He liked the Red Sox, the Patriots and NASCAR and enjoyed walking on the beach.
Gerald J. Jacob, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Gerald J. Jacob, Sr., 82, of Pawtucket passed away at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center on June 10, 2013. He was the loving and devoted husband of Theresa (Benjamin) Jacob for sixty years. He was the son of the late Osias and Eva (Malouin) Jacob and brother of the late Renee Jacob, Osias Jacob, Gladys Beaubien and Cecile Racine. He was a Korean War Veteran.
Ho Wong Ip
PAWTUCKET - Ho Wong Ip, 94, of Roosevelt Avenue died Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Fat Ip.
Born in Hong Kong, she was a member of the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â A simple but well-executed bunt that St. Raphaelâs Kamryn Labree laid down in the top of the sixth inning Monday proved a turning point in Monday's Division II losersâ bracket semifinal contest against North Smithfield.
If the freshman doesnât get the ball down, the tenor of the game may have been drastically different. Both pitchers, SRAâs Kaylee Sylvestre and Karissa Carlton of North Smithfield, may have gone on flummoxing hitters and maintaining what was a scoreless, rain-soaked affair at Rhode Island Collegeâs Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.
PAWTUCKET â A new ethnic style restaurant with the catchy name âLa Vaca Flacaâ will be opening soon at 139 Broad St.
The City Council's Board of License Commissioners approved the food and liquor licenses for the applicant, La Vaca Flaca, Inc., last Wednesday following a public hearing.