June 18th, 2012
LINCOLN - Robert Fortunati, 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Bob was born Roberto Guglielmo Fortunati, in Providence, to the late Fabio and Annuziata (DiSantis) Fortunati. Starting early in the tile business, he left for the US Army as a young man and was stationed in Germany. Once returning, he soon founded Crest Distributors, Inc., established in Central Falls, his most successful endeavor.
CUMBERLAND - Maria Irene Laires, 79, of Garvin St., passed away Saturday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Antonio A. Laires.
Born in Porto, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Joao R. and Sara (da Conceicao) Ferreira. She came to this country in 1977 settling in Cumberland.
She was a devoted wife and mother and also a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
LINCOLN - Diana I. Smothers, 54, passed June 14th at home with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Michael J. Smothers. They have been married for 20 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Elaine McCreadie of Lincoln and the late Robert McCreadie Sr. Diana had dedicated her life to her family.
LINCOLN --- When Keith Jeffrey woke up last Friday morning, he had his sights set on producing an impressive performance later that night in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śProving Groundsâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center.
Turns out that Jeffrey was successful in accomplishing that, but he ended up doing so in the main event, the first time in his career that he stepped into the limelight for the nightâ€™s grand finale.
PROVIDENCE -- The drama stemmed not so much if Lincoln High would claim its first-ever state title in fast-pitch softball.
It instead revolved around whether junior phenom Lindsay Mayer would hurl a no-hitter while it doing so.
She didnâ€™t, but that didnâ€™t keep the Lions from a wild celebration after sealing a 4-1 victory over never-say-die Coventry High in the R.I. Division I Tournament championship tilt before a crowd of approximately 300 at Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE --- The recently-graduated seniors on the Central Falls and North Smithfield football teams put on their helmets and pads on Wednesday night and worked out together on the Northmenâ€™s turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if youâ€™re thinking that final game theyâ€™re getting ready for is the 14th annual Governorâ€™s Cup showdown â€“ the one that pits Rhode Islandâ€™s top seniors against Connecticutâ€™s finest 12th graders â€“ on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.
PAWTUCKET â€” A jewelry manufacturer that has sat on the banks of the Blackstone River at 151 Exchange Street for over 150 years has shut its doors for good after being acquired by an Attleboro, Mass. company.
The Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co., founded in 1858, had produced jewelry findings, fine jewelry and carbon fixtures for soldering at its Pawtucket mill. Earlier this spring, the company, also known as Fuller Findings, was acquired by Findings Incorporated, a jewelry manufacturer that has been in business since 1945.
LINCOLN â€“ Lincoln High Schoolâ€™s class of 2012 marched into the future with words of reverence for great teachers and courageous alumni, plus a bit of guidance for weathering any adversity except, perhaps, the end of the world.
â€śSit down, breathe, find perspective,â€ť said Valedictorian Dory Enright. â€śNothing is ever the end of the world, unless it is.â€ť
What is the most important gift a father can give to his child?
If you answer unconditional love or a top-flight education, youâ€™re right on target. What about providing a supportive and nurturing home life geared toward helping oneâ€™s offspring achieve their best? Canâ€™t find fault with that, either.
PAWTUCKET - Frank Riley, 95, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on Friday, June 15, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Idola (Ross) Riley for 69 years.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he was a son of the late Ernest and Mary Emma (Crossley) Riley. Frank was a World War II US Army veteran and worked as a master book binder for the J.C. Hall Co., Pawtucket, for 32 years until his retirement. Frank was a longtime volunteer and first aid instructor for the American Red Cross.
FLORIDA - MORRIS, Frank, Jr., 80, of Lakeland, Florida died Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
He was born in Pawtucket, RI, where he lived most of his life before moving to Florida.
He served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Ayers, of Florida; his sister, Genevieve Hervieux of East Providence; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Services were held in Florida. Condolences may be left at
PAWTUCKET â€” Kelsey Fournier spent the last three years rallying fans to cheer for the New England Patriots and now it's time for locals to return the favor and root for her. The 23-year-old Pawtucket native was recently crowned â€śMiss Rhode Island 2012â€ť and will represent the Ocean State in the national Miss America competition in January.
PAWTUCKET â€” From his dugout vantage point, Rich Sauveur saw something in Daniel Bardâ€™s delivery that was fixable while the pitcher was toeing the rubber â€“ providing that the PawSox pitching coach could grab the attention of catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
PAWTUCKET â€” An assistant principal at Warwick's Pilgrim High School, who is technologically savvy and a self-described â€śinnovative administrator,â€ť has been named the new principal of the Charles E. Shea Senior High School.
PAWTUCKET - Raymond J. O'Riley, 90, of Goff Ave., Pawtucket passed away June 10, 2012 at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Providence.
He was the husband of the late Mary (Bolandz) O'Riley. He was born in Providence, the son of the late Mildred Frechette. He was also the son of his adoptive parents Margaret and George O'Riley.
He worked in numerous restaurants as a cook in RI, also owning two restaurants in Providence. He worked in food service his entire life, retiring at age 83. He served in the US Military (Navy) during WWII and received the Purple Heart.
PAWTUCKET - Richard T. Biliouris, 67, went to be with our Lord on April 16, 2012, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Richard was born in Pawtucket to the late Charles and Mildred Biliouris. Richard graduated from Tolman High School, class of 1963 and attended the University of Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET - Manuel L. Medina, 87, of Pawtucket died June 12, 2012. He was the husband of Estela (Cardoso) Medina.
He was born in Figueira DaFoz, Portugal, son of the late Jose and Maria Lopes (Raposeiro) Medina.
Besides his wife he is survived by 1 son Joseph Medina of East Providence, 1 daughter Elaine Falk of North Providence and 1 granddaughter.
His funeral will be held on Saturday at 10am in the Mt. Hope Community Baptist Church 734 Hope St. Providence. Calling hours will be held on Friday 5-8pm in the church. Burial will be in St. Stephens Cemetery, Attleboro.
CRANSTON - Emilia Barros "vovo" 91, of Cranston passed away on Monday June 11, 2012 at 1:50pm in Riverview Nursing Home in Coventry in the presence of her loving granddaughter Clara Clark. She was the wife of the late Caitano Barros.
She was born in Brava, Cape Verde a daughter of the late Cacilda Silva Santos and Manuel DosSantos.
Emilia leaves 6 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Elisa Rocha.
PAWTUCKET â€” From the days of volunteers and horse-drawn equipment to the continued importance of funding a relief fund for the injured, the long and storied history of the Pawtucket Fire Department and those serving on it, past and present, were celebrated on Sunday outside the Roosevelt Avenue headquarters.
CUMBERLAND â€” With a nod to the class of 1962, the graduating class of 2012 bid farewell to Cumberland High School on Monday night at a ceremony held at Tucker Field.