Archive - 2014
NORTH ATTLEBORO â€“ The man who died after his Cadillac CTS veered off I-95 and crashed into a tree Sunday has been identified by the Massachusetts State Police as 31-year-old Lukasz Prokop, 31, of Cumberland.
Police said Prokop was traveling southbound on I-95 with one other passenger in the sedan when the vehicle left the highway just north of the I-295 ramp, near Toner Boulevard.
Medical personnel from the North Attleboro Fire Department transported Prokop to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Frederick C. Urbanowicz
PAWTUCKET - Frederick C. Urbanowicz, 70, of Booth Avenue passed away Monday December 15, 2014 at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island. He was the former husband of Bernardine (Durlack) Urbanowicz.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Charles and Ann (Farnworth) Urbanowicz. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 6 years and was formerly of Seekonk.
Before retiring Fred was employed as a Master Electrician for C.O. Hoffacker for many years.
He was an U.S. Army SP-5 serving in Vietnam. He was a member of the Elks, VFW and the Moose Lodge, all of Attleboro.
Joseph W. LaBranche
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Joseph W. LaBranche, 93, of Lincoln, formerly of Tomlinson Road, Attleboro passed away Sunday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Unit, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Dauray) LaBranche, and they had been married for the past 69 years.
Born in New Market, NH, he was the son of the late Emile and Emma (Thibeault) LaBranche. He resided in Lincoln for the past year, previously residing in South Attleboro since 1975.
Edward J. Miller
PAWTUCKET - Edward J. Miller, 101, of Pawtucket died on December 14, 2014.
Mr. Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York the son of the late Edward J. Miller and Anna (Connors) Miller.
He was a United States Army Veteran of WWII. Mr. Miller landed in Normandy on D Day, June 6, 1946, the Longest Day, where he served as a Medic, and was part of the Allies march to freedom in Europe. When he returned home he was a chef at the Fountain Blue Restaurant in Miami, Florida and then worked in the textile industry here in Rhode Island.
David L. Lapham
SEEKONK - David "Sonny" L. Lapham, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Wilbur D. and Blanche M. (Arpin) Lapham.
Linda M. Hebert
PAWTUCKET - Linda M. Hebert of Pawtucket passed into eternal life on December 13, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Michael Hebert. They had been married twenty years.
Mrs. Hebert was born in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Besides her husband Linda is survived by her stepson, Michael F. Quinn and her stepdaughters, Dawn M. Moss and Christine M. Moss.
There will be a service for Linda on Thursday morning, December 18, at 10:00 am in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Chapel, Daggett Avenue Pawtucket.
Sheila A. Paquette
LINCOLN - Sheila A. Paquette, 77, formerly of Lincoln died Thursday at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. She was the former wife of the late Raymond J. Paquette.
Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Mary (Flynn) McMahon. She was raised in Providence and lived for several years in Pawtucket. She was a resident of Lincoln for over 40 years until relocating to Attleboro and most recently Swansea within the past several years.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mere months after opening their business in a 375-square-foot space in the Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue, Crooked Current Brewery â€“ the smallest brewery in the state â€“ finds itself with a new decoration just outside of their tight quarters, after being proclaimed Favorite Rhode Island Brewery in an online readersâ€™ choice poll.
The proclamation on the breweryâ€™s entrance door recognizes Crooked Currentâ€™s victory in the inaugural Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands poll, which called on voters to cast their ballot online for their favorite brewery in the state.
PAWTUCKET – It is not yet mid-December and high school basketball coaches have hardly begun to shuffle the deck in search of winning hands.
“We’re looking for players,” St. Raphael Academy coach Tom Sorrentine said after finding at least one during Friday night’s 57-48 victory over Shea at Alumni Hall in an Injury Fund contest that doesn’t count in the standings.
Sophomore Peter Wilson came off the bench to lead the Saints with 21 points. Wilson is one of four players Sorrentine is rotating at the point guard position.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The City Council Wednesday prequalified a list of seven contractors vying for the $1 million project to improve the Jones Pond property, a neglected parcel along Fifth Street.
PAWTUCKET – Providence Country Day will get the chance to officially defend its Lynch Tournament crown after racing past Central Falls, 78-47, Thursday night. Former St. Raphael star Alex Holloway had an effective 14 points while junior Joe McNamara led all scorers with 17 points on three 3-pointers.
David DePina paced Central Falls with 10 points.
PCD will take on Woonsocket in what figures to be an entertaining championship game on Saturday night. C.F. will face St. Raphael in the consolation contest.
CUMBERLAND - Della Refino, 89, passed on December 12th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Earl Henry Refino.
Born in Seekonk, MA a daughter of the late Claudino and Ermlinda (Mendoza) Oliveira.
She had been employed as a jewelry molder for many years; Della then was a school bus monitor for the Town of Lincoln. She loved traveling and spending time with her family.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local motorist allegedly struck a police officer with her car twice and nearly hit a crowd of pedestrians outside of Curvin McCabe Elementary School Wednesday morning, leading to charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless driving, authorities said.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Dave Kelly was monitoring traffic around the school because there had been complaints from administrators and people in the area regarding traffic congestion, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
Mary A. Araujo
CUMBERLAND - Mary A. Araujo, 82, of Cumberland and formerly a life long Fairlawn resident, died December 10, 2014. Mary was born in Pawtucket, daughter to the late Manuel and Mary (Sousa) Araujo Jr.
She was employed by the State of RI Dept. of Business Regulation as an office worker for ten years until her retirement in 1994. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Pawtucket, former Sunday school teacher at St. Anthony's Church for over twenty years and a member of Carmelite Ministry.
She is survived by several cousins.
LINCOLN - Madeline Caouette (Brule), 91, passed away Tuesday at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Henri P. Caouette.
Born in Canada she was the daughter of the late Willy and Blandine (Caron) Brule. She had resided in Lincoln for the past 30 years previously residing on Pacific St., Central Falls for 60 years.
She was a supervisor employed by the Hasbro, Corp., working in Pawtucket and Woonsocket for 19 years retiring in 1984. She was previously employed at the former Eddy's Resturaunt, Central Falls.
CENTRAL FALLS - Simone (Moreau) Messier, of Central Falls, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the age of 89. Simone was married to former Central Falls Mayor Roland E. Messier for 61 years until his death in 2008.
She is survived by her children Richard (So. Carolina), Paul (Warwick, RI), Susan Flynn (Charlestown, RI) and Janine Cortesa (Uxbridge, MA), nine grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Simone also leaves her siblings Maurice Moreau, Annette Gautreaux, Lucille Gibeault, and Theresa Coulombe. Two brothers, Gerard and Joseph, predeceased her.
Rose M. Morissette
REHOBOTH - Rose M. Morissette, 76, of Rocky Hill Road, passed away Wednesday in the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Center, Providence. She was the beloved wife of George O. Morissette.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Pelletier) Perrino.