February 28th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€“ Itâ€™s just not the players who burn with desire, clamoring to face the very best. Coaches too relish the opportunity to match wits and strategies whenever thereâ€™s a noted leader of the pack residing in the opposite corner.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” For 29 years, the city-owned Weaver House on Grove Avenue sat vacant, shuttered by the city in 1983 because of its age and need for major repairs.
"The 29 years the Weaver House sat dormant was a great loss to the city. Today, it's a beautifully restored building that is a vital part of the community once again," East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers told a gathering of city and state officials Tuesday at a public open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Weaver House restoration project.
James W. Drape
PAWTUCKET- James W. Drape, 65, of Pawtucket, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012. He was the husband of Jeannine (Pariseau) Drape.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Gordon and Catherine (Hogan) Drape.
He was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, He was an army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a utility worker for Neptco for twenty years, retiring in 2011.
Theresa M. Morin
CENTRAL FALLS- Theresa M. Morin, "Marie" 85, of 466 Hunt St, passed February 28th. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Morin.
Born in North Providence, a daughter of the late Domenic and Philomena (DeSaint) Maio.
Theresa was a member of the Wilfred Manor Association.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald J. Morin of Pawtucket and Albert E. Morin of Pascoag, a twin brother, Nicholas Maio of East Providence, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Richard P. Morin and sister of the late Anna McAllister and Patrick Maio.
Olive N. Bowker
SMITHFIELD- Olive N. (Bardsley) Bowker, 90, of Log Road died Monday, February 27, 2012 at Hebert Health Center, Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Albert S. Bowker.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Matthew and Alice (McAlpine) Bardsley, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life before moving to Smithfield over 5 years ago.
David A. Silva
FLORIDA- David A, Silva, 77 passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, a son, David of Florida, 3 daughters, Jacquelyn and Donna of Pawtucket, Diane Violo of Cranston, a brother, Paul Silva of Smithfield, a stepson, Barry Kessler of Seekonk, Ma, a stepson, Wayne Kessler of Westwood, Ma, a stepdaughter, Rhonda Kessler of Smithfield, a stepdaughter Lori Krawetz of Lincoln, 8 grandchildren,and 3 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Roy Silva.
LINCOLN â€” A weekend break in a 20-inch water main had Old River Road closed to traffic Monday as work to repair the leak continued late into the night.
The affected line carries drinking water up from North Providence and supplies a standpipe in Manville but most local services could be rerouted, according to John Faile, town water superintendent.
As a result, only 3 to 4 homes were reported to be without water as the repair was under way Monday, Faile said.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Ocean State now has a musical shrine to call its own. On Sunday night, a ribbon-cutting was held at the Hope Artiste Village at 999 Main Street to debut the new Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.
When it comes to predicting who will play for the three state championships on March 10 at the Ryan Center, it shouldnâ€™t take a lot of thought.
In Division I, all signs point to the two unbeaten teams, defending champion La Salle and rival Bay View. In Division II, you can take your pick among the Northâ€™s Moses Brown (17-1) and the Southâ€™s Narragansett and Rogers (each 16-2), and in Division III, unbeaten Juanita Sanchez and defending champ Middletown (16-3) are the clear-cut favorites.
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.