February 27th, 2012
Ann Marie Barrie
SMITHFIELD- Barrie, Ann Marie, 79, of Higgins Street, Smithfield, died Monday, February 27, 2012 in Providence.
She was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Clarence E. and Dorothy T. (Arnold) Barrie.
Ms. Barrie worked for the State of Rhode Island's Department of Mental Health.
Ann is survived by her sister, Rita Lampinski of Pawtucket and her nephews, Jack, Glenn, Jeffrey, Daniel and Greg Lampinski.
Funeral and burial will be private. For online condolences, please visit
John L. Hujara
PAWTUCKET- John L. Hujara, 56, of Bates Street, Pawtucket died February 26, 2012. He was the husband of Donna M.( Roe) Hujara.
Mr. Hujara was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Thomas and Ester (DeRoche) Hujara. He was a factory worker at National Marker for many years.
Besides his wife Mr. Hujara is survived by his two sons, John L. Hujara Jr. of Chicago, Illinois and Evan T. Hujara of Pawtucket. He also leaves his brother Thomas Hujara and a granddaughter Adora Bella Hujara.
Claire E. Lefebvre
PAWTUCKET- Claire E. Lefebvre, 72, passed away Friday, February 24, 2012 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Normand Lefebvre.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Landry) Michaud.
Claire was a hair stylist for Claire's House of Beauty for many years. She had also worked for many years at the former Archie's Tavern and the Checker Club of Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET- Vincenza J. (Cioe) Duranleau, 89, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 25, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry J. Duranleau.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Adeline (Tomei) Cioe.
Vincenza worked as a cashier at The Fair in Cumberland for many years before her retirement. She was a former member of LeFoyer Club, Pawtucket and a member of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
PAWTUCKET- Lillian Joyce, 89, died on Saturday at home. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Joyce Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, and a lifelong resident of the city, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Alice Rushton.
Prior to retirement, she had been employed as a spinner at the former Lebanon Knitting Mills. She loved her family and was devoted especially to her grandchildren.
Gerald L. Dusablon
CUMBERLAND- Gerald L. Dusablon, 85, of Canning St. passed away Thursday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Lucille (Gasse) Smith.
Born in Woonsocket he was the son of the late Leo and Alice (Menard) Dusablon. He resided in Cumberland for the past 21 years previously living in Pawtucket.
He owned the former Stanley's Bar, Dexter St. for 18 years retiring in 1997.
PAWTUCKET- Elizabeth M. "Betty" Diggett 81 of Brook Court, Pawtucket, died Friday, February 24, 2012. She was the wife of the late Ronald C. Diggett Sr.
Mrs. Diggett was born in Stonington CT, the daughter of the late Orrin and Elizabeth (Needham) Spencer.
She was a Bus Monitor for the City of Pawtucket for many years, working until she was 80 years old. Betty had the amazing ability to make all those she met feel as if they were a part of her family and belonged to her.
Lionel O. Palin
CENTRAL FALLS- Lionel "Leo" O. Palin, 86, passed away Friday. He was the former husband of the late Claire M. (Morrisey) Palin with whom he will be laid to rest in eternal peace.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of the late Oscar and Louise (Charpentier) Palin. He was a Central Falls resident for most of his life but had also lived in Cumberland.
Mr. Palin was a truck driver employed by the former Law Trucking Co., Lincoln for 25 years until his retirement. After his retirement his mission in life was to serve and spread the Word of The Lord.
Irene A. Rhodes
EAST PROVIDENCE - Irene "Irish" A. (Whalen) Rhodes, 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph H. Rhodes, Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Captain Joseph V. Whalen, Pawt. Fire Dept., Hose Co. #6 and Florence A. (Cournoyer) Whalen. Irene was a member of St. Teresa's Seniors, The Royal Travelers and the Attleboro Lodge of Elks # 1014.
Edwardo C. Barbeiro
PAWTUCKET- Edwardo C. Barbeiro, of Beverage Hill Avenue, Pawtucket died Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. He was the husband of Zelia (Machado) Barbeiro.
Mr. Barbeiro was born in the Azores, the son of the late Jose I. Barbeiro and Maria J. (Sousa) Carreiro. He was employed at American Insulated Wire for many years.
Twenty years ago, Douglas E. Connell was helping restore a classic car for former Glocester Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth when he happened to notice Hainsworth wearing a ring with a curious symbol: a square and compass joined together with each leg of the compass pointing in opposite directions and the letter G in the center.
"It was a very distinctive ring that had this interesting emblem. It really caught my attention," says Connell, 63, of Woonsocket.
Call it a case of good things happening to good people. Realistically, perhaps we should step back, take a big-picture view, and draw the conclusion that Mike Roose is so adept at his chosen profession that no one should be shocked by the Cumberland nativeâs meteoric rise through the Boston Red Soxâs player support chain.
PROVIDENCE â When the final second ticked off the clock in the 195-pound championship final, Cumberland High senior grappler Tom LaCroix broke free of his opponent's last-ditch clutch, leaped into the air and pumped his fist in jubilation.
His teammates, most of whom were on the mat's borders anxiously watching, immediately mobbed veteran head coach Steve Gordon, then did the same to LaCroix.
WARWICK â Tolman head coach Mike Kayata didnât mince words when asked about how Bishop Hendricken transformed a one-point halftime lead into a 63-42 final Saturday night. Simply put the Hawks were cooking with gas while the Tigers, who with the loss were eliminated from the open state tournament, were just trying to stay afloat.
âThey exploited us,â Kayata deadpanned.
KINGSTON â Cumberland High junior Courtney Kent explained Saturday afternoon that she hadnât really âtaperedâ for these R.I. Interscholastic Swimming Championships.
In essence, that just means she hadnât cut down on the amount of practice yardage she swims day-in and day-out as a member of Crimson Aquatics, based out of Cambridge. A slice in distance, a swimmer always hopes, results in faster times due to the bodyâs ability to recuperate.
Pawtucket artist and garden designer Mike Bryce, whose studio is located at 1005 Main St., paints colorful tiles for his painted garden called "Serenity" - a Rhode Island day trip from historic Providence to the tranquil shores of Block Island, at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show at the Convention Center in Providence Friday. The show runs through Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â In an effort to encourage reuse of more of the city's vacant mills or underutilized commercial buildings, the City Council is supporting legislation that would expand the âarts and entertainment districtâ that offers an exemption from sales tax on original works sold by individuals working in arts-related fields.
PAWTUCKET â To borrow from the office supply story Staples, âThat was easy.â
Almost too easy if youâre Shea High, which in its playoff opener rolled to a 84-50 final at the expense of an overmatched Johnston High squad Friday night at âThe Cage.â The 34-point drubbing vaults Shea, the No. 8 seed in the 30-team open state tournament, into the Round of 16 on Tuesday night at CCRI-Warwick. There the Raiders will face Rogers, which defeated Middletown, 69-43.
PAWTUCKET â Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine had just watched his St. Raphael outfit stifle playoff foe Narragansett High, displaying LoJack tendencies in a 63-29 blowout Friday night at Alumni Hall. Next up for Sorrentine & Co. is a Sweet 16 matchup on the docket for Wednesday night at Bryant University against the survivor of Smithfield-Classical, two Division I squads set to do battle Saturday night in Providence.
Richard R. Fournier
CUMBERLAND- Richard R. Fournier, 55 of Cumberland died Tuesday at home.
Born in Central Falls he was the son of Raoul Fournier and the late Janette (Pelletier) Fournier.
Richard worked as a shuttle operator at Anchor Subaru of North Smithfield. He was an avid sports fan and history enthusiast.