Archive - 2013
Eva L. Bouchard
EAST PROVIDENCE - Eva L. Bouchard, 100, died peacefully on Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Orchard View Manor, East Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur N. Bouchard, Sr. She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Hormidas and Armande (Fontaine) Masse. She was a resident of Coventry for forty years before moving to East Providence. She was a twist tender in the former J. P. Coats Mill in Central Falls before retiring.
Therese P. Genest
PAWTUCKET - Therese P. Genest, 87, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013. She was the wife of the late Raymond Genest. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Ulric and Odivine (Boie) Charbonneau.
Therese is survived by five daughters, Helene Gauthier, Lilliane Szwaja, Carol, Lise, and Cindy Genest, one sister, Denise Baltadonis, one brother, John Charbonneau, six grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Jeanne Grise, and Leonard and Andre Charbonneau.
Rick P. Cassamas
PAWTUCKET - Rick P. Cassamas of Pawtucket passed away on May 2, 2013. He was the husband of Kathleen (McCaffrey) Cassamas.
Mr. Cassamas was born in Warwick, the son of the late Michael Cassamas and Joan (Kiernan) Cassamas. He was a longtime professional driver who loved his music. Rick frequently attended live concerts and music festivals.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Alfredo Aceves made a strong statement with his pitching on Thursday.
Taking the mound for the first time in nine days, Aceves spun six shutout innings as Pawtucket belted Durham, 10-1. Though he issued four walks, Aceves allowed just two hits while striking out six. He ended up throwing 101 pitches, 57 of which went for strikes.
â€śI didnâ€™t know how many pitches I threw,â€ť said Aceves. â€śNobody knows how pitches youâ€™re going to throw (in a given outing). Itâ€™s unreal.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.
Mary M. Vecoli
LINCOLN - Mary M. Vecoli, 91, of Lincoln, died Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Guido Vecoli Jr. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Josephine (Hannon) Fay.
Mrs. Vecoli was employed for the State of RI School Lunch Program until her retirement.
Her sons Donald T. Vecoli of Florida and David B. Vecoli of Lincoln; her brother Edward J. Fay of Texas; 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren survive her. She was the sister of the late Bernice Lilley and Vera Tellier.
Jean-Paul R. Houle
GREENVILLE - Jean-Paul R. "Jay" Houle, 82, of Austin Ave. and formerly of Cumberland passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Center, Providnce. He was the beloved husband of Ellen M. (Berthiaume) Houle, they had been married for the past 61 years.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Achille and Bernadette (Sawyer) Houle. He resided in Johnston for the past three years and had resided in Cumberland for 27 years and previously residing in Central Falls.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Police Chief Michael Kehoe of Newtown, Conn., who was a first responder when 20 children and six educators were slaughtered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in his community last December, warned Wednesday that, â€śThe tragedies felt by Newtown and other communities can be repeated if affirmative action is not taken.â€ť
CUMBERLAND - Vincent Gesualdi, 73, of Heroux Blvd., died April 28, 2013 in North Attleboro, MA. He was the husband of the late Eileen O. (Dubois) Gesualdi. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Francisco and Rosaria (Decotis) Gesualdi.
He was a 1957 graduate of Woonsocket High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Bryant University in 1972. Vincent worked for many years as a traffic manager for Union Wadding Co., Pawtucket, retiring in 2005. He served in the United States Navy and was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
Ex Chief Bureau of Audits,
State of Rhode Island and
PAWTUCKET - Frank Martino, 85, of Pawtucket, RI, passed away surrounded by his loving daughters on April 30, 2013. He was predeceased by his loving wife Despa Martino. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2013.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Nobody wants to play extra innings on a day at McCoy Stadium that began with the stands filled with elementary and middle school students hailing from this city and concluded with a small group of diehard supporters.
Tuesday was also getaway day for the Columbus Clippers, a club that certainly wanted to hop on a plane and fly back home to Ohio after partaking in an eight-game, two-city road trip. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off that would be followed by an even rarer day away from the ballpark.
PROVIDENCE â€“ On the day that Education Commissioner Deborah Gist delivered her annual State of Education address to a joint session of the General Assembly, the stateâ€™s two major teachers unions released a poll that they say shows teacher morale is â€śabysmalâ€ť under her leadership and that 85 percent do not want her contract to be renewed.
Despite that, Gist painted an optimistic picture of the stateâ€™s education effort, citing progress in technology, early education and international competitiveness.
LINCOLN â€“ A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
â€śBets set,â€ť he said. â€śShooterâ€™s looking for four. Four wins.â€ť
â€śCâ€™mon Nick,â€ť somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.
CENTRAL FALLS - Adelino Catarino, 80, of Washington St. passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket.
Born in Madeira Island, Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria (Rodrigues) Catarina. He lived most of his life in Central Falls.
Mr. Catarino was employed by Central Falls School Department for 10 years until his retirement. He was previously employed by the former Cadillac Textile Co., Cumberland.
He was a communicant and very active in the Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â€” Due to the upcoming privatization of trash services, 19 employees in the city's Department of Public Works received layoff notices on Friday, but city officials say that all or most should be able to land other municipal jobs or a position with the vendor.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A blaze suspected to be arson destroyed a wooden shed at the old Conant Thread Mill complex at 280 Rand St. early Monday morning.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal, firefighters responded to a call at about 2:20 a.m. from a resident of the nearby Coates Manor elderly housing complex, who noticed the blaze.
Thurber said the fire completely destroyed the 12-foot by 18-foot detached shed, which was located on the vacant mill complex that formerly housed the Conant Thread-Coats & Clark manufacturing operations. No injuries were reported.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The townâ€™s plan to merge its four independent fire districts reaches a major milestone Wednesday when the Town Council votes to ask state lawmakers to approve the incorporation of a unified town fire district.
The state-approved incorporation would include the creation of a seven-member interim appointed fire committee by June 30 to govern and manage the finances of the unified fire district until a permanent committee is elected next year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
CUMBERLAND â€” The way Cumberland is playing at this very moment is what skipper Paul Murphy envisioned prior to the seasonâ€™s first pitch.
Take away the moon shot of a home run that Lincolnâ€™s Nick Zammarelli led Mondayâ€™s game off with and Cumberland strung together a performance worthy of its play of late. The Clippersâ€™ 11-1 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť victory at the Lionsâ€™ expense was the third straight Division I-North victory for Murphy & Co. and the fourth overall.
Henry & Doris Lalime
LARGO, FL - Lalime, Henry 88, of Largo, FL, died on March 14, 2010. He was survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris (Lafontaine) Lalime. He is survived by brothers, Louis, Albert and several nieces and nephews. He was a USN veteran of WWII and Korea. He retired from US Postal Service.
Everett E. Wilkinson
PAWTUCKET - Everett E. Wilkinson, 74, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was the husband of Beverly (Beland) Wilkinson. Born in Derry, NH, he was the son of the late William and Eunice (Brown) Wilkinson. Mr. Wilkinson worked in the manufacturing industry for many years before retiring. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth Wilkinson and his daughter, Michael Wilkinson..