March 7th, 2012
Wayne F. Johnson
PAWTUCKET- Wayne F. Johnson, 57, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012. He was the husband of Donna M. (Gill) Johnson.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of Loretta G. (Gaouette) Johnson of Pawtucket and the late Howard D. Johnson.
Wayne was a Vietnam Era U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was employed as a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department at the VA Medical Center, Providence, for over ten years until retiring last year.
Mary A. Nolin
LINCOLN- Mary A. "Aunt Mary" Nolin, 97, died March 2, 2012 after a short illness.
Born and raised in Lincoln, she was a beloved daughter of the late Charles and Mary (McGuinniss) Nolin.
Miss Nolin enjoyed her family and work. She was the secretary and treasurer of the former Lumb Motors of Pawtucket retiring in 1984. Mary devoted herself to her family and St. Jude's Church of Lincoln.
She was a graduate of Holy Trinity School and graduated from high school at age 15 from St. Xavier Academy.
She was an inspiration to all who were blessed to know and love her.
Joan E. Shea
RUMFORD- Joan E. Shea, 77, of Dalton Street, Rumford died Tuesday, March 6, 2012. She was the wife of John Shea to whom she married on Thanksgiving Day 58 years ago.
Mrs. Shea was born in Phillipsdale RI, the daughter of the late Ralph and Beatrice (Levesque) Wilson.
She was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church in Rumford, and an avid New England Patriots fan.
Joan was a customer service representative for the former Old Colony Bank then Bank of New England for over twenty five years.
Kenneth G. Betters
CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA- Kenneth G. Betters passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2012 in Florida. He was the husband and best friend for 45 years of Melodie (Blain) Betters.
He is preceded in death by his parents George and Florence (Bolduc) Betters.
He was born in Pawtucket, RI and lived in Chepachet for 30 years before moving to Florida.
PAWTUCKET (AP) â Toy maker Hasbro on Tuesday laid off 55 employees in Rhode Island, part of a larger downsizing that comes just months after announcing an expansion into Providence, company officials said.
Company spokesman Wayne Charness said in a statement that about 170 workers are being laid off worldwide because of the âunderperformanceâ in Hasbro's U.S. and Canadian divisions, which are under new leadership. He also cited the company's need for âdifferent skill setsâ in its workforce.
The layoffs will affect workers in Pawtucket and Providence.
NEW YORK â In some ways it was an ending, as in the end of the season for Providence College. In other respects, Tuesday nightâs 79-47 bludgeoning at the hands of Seton Hall in opening round of the Big East Tournament can be viewed as the official jumping-off point to the Ed Cooley era.
Cooleyâs first season at PC ended in futile fashion, his club suffering a 32-point defeat that goes in the books as the largest loss margin for the Friars in their Big East tourney history. Providence has now dropped 14 of its last 16 conference tournament games.
NEW YORK â Wednesday morning will see the presidents and athletic directors from the Big East gather in a central location. The guest list will include party crashers in the form of representatives from the schools in line to join the league.
Wouldnât you like to be a fly in that room?
âI think theyâll introduce some of the new members and [league president John Marinatto] is going to give us an update to where we are on a lot of issues,â Providence College athletic director Driscoll remarked. âIt should be a good meeting and Iâm looking forward to it.â
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket City Hall employees and members of the local community helped make a dent in the Winter Food Drive being coordinated by Progreso Latino and the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Fund to benefit residents of Central Falls, Pawtucket and Cumberland.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and Douglas Hadden, his director of constituent services and communications, delivered three large boxes of donated canned goods and other food items to the Salvation Army.
Frederick P. Short
LINCOLN- Short, Frederick P., 66, of School Street, Lincoln died Tuesday February 28 at Florida Hospital Tampa.
He was born in Pawtucket, son of the late Frederick and Ada (Inglis) Short.
Fred was a graduate of Pawtucket West and served his country as a USA Ranger combat veteran in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He was an active member in the Vietnam Veterans of America in Rhode Island and local Chapter 818. Fred is survived by his sister Dorothy and two sons Joshua and Zachary.
PROVIDENCE â Itâs a whole new ballgame for T.J. Sorrentine, one that holds the potential of yielding big dividends down the road.
As of this moment Sorrentine is the interim coach at Brown University, the new title bestowed upon the Pawtucket native after the school dismissed head coach Jesse Agel on Monday. Sorrentine was informed of his reclassification during a meeting with outgoing athletic director Mike Goldberger after learning earlier in the day that Agel would not be retained.
âGoing into that meeting, I didnât know what to expect,â Sorrentine said when reached Monday night.
PROVIDENCE â Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesnât expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.
PROVIDENCE â In the end, it wasnât meant to be for head coach Alisha Brannon and her North Smithfield squad.
Despite North Smithfield putting forth a gutsy and determined effort in the face of long odds, the Northmen saw their season come to a close Monday night in the Division III semifinals at Rhode Island College.
Led by 29 points from senior Sandy Kun, top seed and unbeaten Juanita Sanchez held on for a 53-49 victory.
PAWTUCKET â Several concerned residents have raised questions about recent tree clearing and bulldozing that has taken place in the private Walnut Hill Cemetery, yet the property owner claims the efforts are part of a planned restoration project.
Ken Postle, Bill Greenwood and Charles Mogayzel, all of whom have been involved in cemetery preservation and beautification efforts in the city, say they are concerned about what they have seen taking place in a rear section of Walnut Hill Cemetery that runs along Arthur Street.
James V. Murphy
LINCOLN- Murphy, James V. 79, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully Monday March 5th, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy T (Grimley) Murphy. They were happily married for more than 52 years.
Born in Providence RI, he was the son of the late James V. and Jane P. (ONeil) Murphy.
Mr. Murphy was a lifelong resident of the Cumberland Lincoln area. He graduated St. Raphael Academy in 1950. He served honorably in the US Air Force as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean War. He then attended and received a degree from Bryant College.
CUMBERLAND- Louise (Ferreira) Correia, 94, of One Mendon Road and formerly High Street, passed away Monday at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Silverio Correia.
Born in Fall River, MA, she was the daughter of the late Armindo and Emilia Ferreira. She resided in Cumberland most of her life.
Mrs. Correia was employed as a Machine Operator for the Sydney Brumenthal Company for many years.
Louise loved to make plastic crafts for her great-grandchildren. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Donna J. Dixon
CRANSTON- Dixon, Donna J., 62, of 16 Parkside Circle, Cranston died Sunday, March 4, 2012.
She was the wife of the late James Dixon.
She was born in Rochester, New Hampshire, the daughter of Valmore L. and Rita Y. (Dubois) Guilmette.
Francis A. Dugan
PAWTUCKET- Francis A. Dugan, of Kenyon Avenue, Pawtucket died February 29, 2012.
Mr. Dugan was born in Chelsea MA, the son of Theresa Dugan. He was an auto mechanic for many years before he retired due to illness.
Mr. Dugan is survived by his children, Diana L. Dugan of Malden MA, Francis Dugan and Robert Dugan.
There will be a service for Mr. Dugan Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Ressurection Cemetery Chapel, West Wrentham Road, Cumberland.
Relatives and friends are invited. For guest book signatures please visit
CUMBERLAND- Silvina Costa, 73, of Titus Street, passed away Friday in the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. She was the wife of Jose L. Costa and they had been married for 46 years.
Born in Insua, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Joaquim and Guelhermina (Claro) Maneca. She moved to this country in 1979, settling in Cumberland.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Antonio J. Costa and his wife Bonnie of Central Falls, one daughter, Rosario Harvey and her husband James
Carol Ann Schora
CUMBERLAND- Carol Ann Schora, 69, of Dexter Rock Road, Lincoln, formerly of Cumberland, passed away Sunday in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Robert H. Schora.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Matthew and Carrie (Perolli) Bara. She resided in Lincoln for the past nine years, previously residing in Cumberland for most of her life.
Mrs. Schora was a Certified Nursing Assistant for the Grandview Center, Cumberland for over 20 years, retiring in 2005. She also was employed at Atria Place, Lincoln.
Vincent P. O'Neill
"Longtime Funeral Director"
PAWTUCKET- Vincent P. O'Neill, 83, of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully Friday, March 2, 2012 surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Nunez) O'Neill. They were happily married for fifty seven years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Crane) O'Neill.
Mr. O'Neill was a lifelong resident of Pawtucket. He graduated from Saint Raphael Academy in 1946. He then graduated from New England Institute of Anatomy and Embalming in 1951.