Archive - 2014
PAWTUCKET - Sophie Zuba, 92, formerly of Bloomfield Street passed away Saturday May 3, 2014 the day before her 93rd birthday at Darlington Memory Lane Assisted Living in North Providence.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Zietek) Zuba. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring in 1986 Sophie was employed by the Rhode Island School Lunch Program, working in the Pawtucket School Department for 10 years. Prior to that she worked at the former Moore Fabric of Pawtucket for 35 years.
PAWTUCKET - Alice (Jack) Lima, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 1, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Macey Luiz Lima. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Eliza (Marks) Jack.
Alice leaves a sister, Irene Vogel of Cumberland and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Edmund Joaquim, Aurora Cunha, Rosalind Torres, Anthony and Raymond Jack.
CUMBERLAND - Roy Hilton, 63, of Bryant Street, died unexpectedly May 1st at home. He was the husband of Deborah (Patenaude) Hilton. Roy was born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Fred and Elizabeth (Pollitt) Hilton and lived most of his life in Cumberland. He had been employed as a diesel mechanic for Pasquale Trucking for several years before illness forced his retirement.
PAWTUCKET - Isabelle Turmel, 73, passed peacefully on May 2nd. She was the wife of Robert A. Turmel. They would have been married for 40 years in October.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Isabele (McAloon) Dougan. She had been employed as the payroll clerk by Moore Fabrics of Pawtucket for many years.
Besides her husband she is survived by Robert A. John P. and Andrew C. Turmel, and a grandson, Nathan.
Services were private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com
He used to coach college softball and baseball. But now he's far more likely to be found coaching his much younger City Council colleagues on how to survive the rough and tumble world of City Hall politics.
Typically, the role of a coach is to guide current players. In most but not all cases, coaches have played the game they are coaching. Therefore, they can describe what needs to be done, offer advice. Coaches wear a lot of hats: they are at various times psychologists; tormentors; father figures; motivators; older brothers.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s not often that an athlete at an advanced stage such as Triple-A baseball is hearing something for the first time, but that was the case after Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ryan Lavarnway has worn many labels since his dynamic Triple-A debut with the PawSox three summers ago.
Back then he was viewed as a long-ball threat whose catching abilities needed refining. To Lavarnwayâ€™s credit, heâ€™s made tremendous strides behind the plate, though some scouts wonder if itâ€™s come at the expense of his power. The 26-year-old clubbed a combined 14 home runs over the past two seasons between Boston and Pawtucket â€“ after belting 18 round trippers in only 61 games at the Class AAA level in 2011.
PAWTUCKET â€” Dating back to the 2000 campaign, when it captured its first R.I. Division II championship, Tolman High has been one of the premier programs not only against its divisional brethren but statewide as well.
Under veteran mentor Neil Nachbar's direction, the Tigers have earned numerous league titles and four state crowns, with two collected over the past three years.
In that time, only one program has eclipsed that mark. That would be Mount St. Charles, which has five, and because of that success now plays â€“ and excels â€“ in Division I.
Margery G. Chapman
PROVIDENCE - Chapman, Margery G., 85, died Thursday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. She was the wife of the late Kent Chapman.
Born in Minneapolis, MN, a daughter of the late Cyril and Margery (Lee) Davey, she has been a Providence resident for many years most recently living at the Tockwotton Home.
A registered nurse, she had worked for the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket and The Visiting Nurses.
REHOBOTH- Helen Papas of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and formerly of Pawtucket passed away peacefully at home on May 2, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas Papas.
Mrs. Papas was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Evangelos Spanos and Evangelia (Thanopoulos) Spanos. She was a homemaker.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Kevin Boles had no problem with the umpireâ€™s decision to pull the plug on Thursdayâ€™s game. The fog that had engulfed McCoy Stadium reached a point where player safety had been seriously compromised.
Boles had a good view on the final play of this abbreviated contest: a shallow pop fly off the bat of Garin Cecchini that Indianapolis left fielder Chase dâ€™Arnaud had trouble finding. Luckily for the Indians, shortstop Robert Andino â€“ remember him, Red Sox fans? â€“ was able to make the catch for the first out in the home portion of the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s common to see a number of Pawtucket Red Sox hitters shuffle in and out of the indoor batting tunnel â€“ located a stoneâ€™s throw away from the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium â€“ prior to heading outside for more hitting and on-field work.
This time-tested practice was once again on full display Thursday afternoon, as Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, and others chose to take full advantage of the early work services offered by hitting coach Dave Joppie. Daniel Nava was also among the participants, which wasnâ€™t at all shocking.
Barbara A. Childress
PAWTUCKET - Barbara A. Childress, 73 of Pawtucket died Friday. Calling hours Saturday 2:00-5:00 p.m. Lachapelle Funeral Home, 643 Main Street, Pawtucket.
For the full obituary visit www.lachapellefuneralhome.com.
PAWTUCKET â€” There are more than 250 million people worldwide that suffer from IDD, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. About 7.5 million of those people alone live in the United States. Best Buddies Rhode Island is an organization that revolves around making the lives of people with IDD easier. The Best Buddies program of Rhode Island is hosting a â€śFriendship Walkâ€ť that will take place in Slater Park on Sunday, May 4.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. while the walk will commence at 9 a.m.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” For someone who had just watched his team improve to a perfect 9-0 in league play on the season, Tolman High head coach Neil Nachbar sure didnâ€™t seem very pleased.
His Tigers had just manufactured not only a 3-1 victory over gritty North Smithfield in a Division II crossover clash at the Lovett Memorial Gym on Wednesday night, but also a minimum of four individual season-best performances.
Among them were senior captainâ€™s Eric Silveiraâ€™s 20 kills and nine aces; fellow senior setter Kelvin Reyesâ€™ 50 assists; and classmate Denzel DePinaâ€™s 15 kills (with two blocks).
PAWTUCKET â€” To get picked first is always a noteworthy feat, not to mention the declaration of admiration and high regard that such a choice implies.
To get selected for the first broadcast in conjunction with CBS Sports Networkâ€™s Minor League Baseball Game of the Week package further legitimizes the Pawtucket Red Sox as a national brand within this cottage industry of cultivating and developing the next wave of major league hopefuls.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With a minimum of fanfare, and no official recognition from the dais, Rep. Gordon Fox took his seat on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, the first time he entered the chamber since he resigned the speakerâ€™s gavel in the wake of a March 21 raid on his Statehouse office by state and federal law enforcement officials.
He was greeted cordially by some representatives and staff, shaking hands and kissing cheeks as he made his appearance.
PAWTUCKETâ€”The details behind a proposed, three-year cost of living adjustment (COLA) freeze for Pawtucket Police and Fire Department retirees and their beneficiaries will be outlined at a meeting at Tolman High School on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m.
Leon J. Therrien
ATTLEBORO Leon J. Therrien, 95, passed away Monday April 28, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was the beloved husband of the late Jennie (Hedyka) Therrien.
Born in St. Nazaire, Quebec, Canada he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose-Alma (Bergeron) Therrien. He resided in South Attleboro for the past 49 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Leon was employed as a Wire Extruder for the former Collyer Insulated Wire Co. for 44 years.
Jeanne T. DeRoy
PAWTUCKET - Jeanne T. DeRoy, 87, of Pawtucket, died Monday at Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Maurice F. DeRoy. They had been married 67 years.
Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Adelard and Roseanna (Castonguay) Nadeau.
Mrs. DeRoy was employed as a sales associate for Ann & Hope Store in Cumberland for 18 years.
She is also survived by her son Daniel DeRoy and his wife Lorri Beth and several nieces and nephews.