March 3rd, 2011
Robert M. Thomas
EAST PROVIDENCE - Robert M. Thomas, 95, of East Providence died Tuesday at the Philip Hulitar Center. He was the husband of the late Jean (Gordon) Thomas. They were married for 60 years.
Born in St. Louis, MO, the son of the late Rev. Albert C. Thomas and Minnie(Mansfield) Thomas, he lived in Rumford for over 60 years. He graduated from Durfee High School in Fall River in 1933, Moses Brown School in 1934, and Brown University in 1938.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Wrestlers can get hot in much the same way a basketball player or golfer can get into âthe zoneâ in their sports.
There is a mental element to this sport that can pay dividends when a wrestler acts decisively on the mat, confident in his execution of takedown attempts, instead of taking the mat in a tentative mood.
CUMBERLAND â The 66-year-old victim of last week's violent home invasion at 124 Overhill Road in Cumberland has been identified as Harvey O. Salvas, who also is a staff member of the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities.
Salvas is the commission's state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator specializing in accessibility and assistive technology. He is also a former building official in Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â Three of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâs nominees to the Board of Regents, including chairman-designate George Caruolo, won approval from the Senate Education Committee on split votes Tuesday.
After enduring extensive grilling from committee members on his opinion of Commissioner Deborah Gist and several of the reforms she has championed, on his potential conflict of interest in simultaneously being regents chairman and a lobbyist for the Twin River gambling casino and not losing the $75 million in federal Race to the Top funds Rhode Island was awarded last year.
PAWTUCKET â Late in its meeting on Wednesday night, the City Council gave first passage to some ordinances allowing for several City Hall job and salary changes that were proposed by the Grebien administration. However, two of the job changes, which resulted in substantial raises for these positions, drew some questions and criticism from several council members.
The march to Providence College is on!
Five boysâ and two girlsâ teams will begin their quests for championship glory this weekend when their best-of-three quarterfinal round series get under way at hockey rinks scattered throughout the state.
In Division I, Mount St. Charles Academy will pursue its fourth straight state title. The Mounties are the top seed and will face eighth-seeded Smithfield on Friday at 9 p.m. at Adelard Arena and again on Saturday at 8 at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
PAWTUCKET â Rest is always welcome â just so as long as rust doesnât start to form.
Eleven days will have elapsed since St. Raphael Academyâs last game â a tough-to-swallow 77-75 loss to Coventry in the Division I quarterfinals on Feb. 21 â and the next time the Saints participate in a meaningful affair. Their reintroduction to spirited competition, complete with three referees and a neutral setting, is set for Friday night against Westerly High in the new all-inclusive state tournament at the Providence Career & Technical Academy Fieldhouse.
For most of the elite athletes in the state, including several with local ties, Fridayâs New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships signifies the end of the winter season.
For a select few like Central Falls senior Aleide Fernandes, itâs just one more meet to prepare for the inaugural New Balance Nationals the following week.
Mary C. Ward
PAWTUCKET - Mary C. Ward died peacefully, at home, on Saturday. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late James and Jane (Burrell) Ward. She is survived by her companion David Bishop. Ms. Ward worked as a Telephone Operator for the Department of Human Services in Pawtucket for many years before retiring. Funeral and burial will be private. Arrangements by COSTIGAN-O'NEILL Funeral Home, Pawtucket. For online condolences www.rifuneral.com
Dorothy Mae Comey
FOXBOROUGH - Dorothy Mae (Ferden) Comey, age 93, died on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Mansion in Central Falls, RI. She was the daughter of the late Rosco and Edith (Brown) Ferden.
PAWTUCKET - Ann Guisti, 72, passed away on Feb. 26. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Clinton and Marie(Sutcliffe) McGowan. She is survived by a son, Angelo Jr., 2 daughters, Marie and Christina, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 3 sisters, Ruth Sellers of CA, Ida Benoit and Harriet Picard, both of Seekonk, MA, and 1 brother, Joseph Clinton, Jr.
Albert F. Hopkins Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Albert F. Hopkins Jr., age 70, of Talcott Avenue, died February 28, 2011 at the Miriam Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Rose Marie (Tabele) Hopkins. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Albert F. and Edna Mae (Plante) Hopkins.
He worked as a machinist for Foxboro Company for 21 years. He was a former member of the Teamsters Local 251.
Anne T. Pettis
PROVIDENCE - Anne T. Pettis of Providence died March 1, 2011. She was the wife of the late George Pettis.
Mrs. Pettis was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Phillip and Mary (Duffy) Manning. She was an assembler for Hasbro for many years.
Mrs. Pettis is survived by her children, Robin Brunner of Providence, Mary Smith of Warwick and Mark Pettis of Providence. She also leaves her sister Mary Laliberte of Lincoln, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A dozen teams from the Blackstone Valley will be shooting for the same goal â a strong postseason run that hopefully leads them to a state championship â these next two weeks when the R.I. playoffs take flight.
In two of the three division tournaments, there are clear favorites â unbeaten Barrington High is the team to beat in Division I, while powerful Middletown High leads the way in Division III.
But Division II appears to be wide-open, with a handful of teams capable of rising above the pack and winning the title.
PAWTUCKET â Attention local pregnant women: you and your child can take part in a study that could make medical history.
The National Children's Study Rhode Island is looking at how children's health and development are affected by their family history and the social, natural, and physical environment of the places where they live, learn and play. As such, they are looking for 1,000 Rhode Islanders to take part in an important national study that will track children's development from before birth until the age of 21 to look at key health issues.
Gordon C. Rattray
BROOKFIELD - Gordon C. Rattray, Jr., 90 of Brookfield, died Thursday, February 24, 2011. He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Winifred (Harker)Rattray in 2007 and his son, Dana D. Rattray in 1969. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Surette, with whom he lived; grand-daughters Amy Beaupre of Lillian, AL and Rebecca Johnson of Jaffrey, NH; 6 great-grandchildren, and a brother and 3 sisters; Donald Rattray, Doris Gagne, Betty Brandenshaw and Jean Sharkey all of Rhode Island. His sister Catherine and brothers William, Robert and Norman Rattray predeceased him.
Normand H. Laramee
PAWTUCKET - Normand H. Laramee, 83, of Pawtucket died February 26, 2011. He was the husband of Doris A. (Pepin) Laramee. they had been married 64 years.
Mr. Laramee owned and operated Laramee Floor and Rug Cleaning for many years. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. Mr. Laramee was a longtime fishing enthusiast, and a lifetime member of the Narragansett Salt Water Fishing Club.
Lucille St. Jean
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucille St. Jean, VISITATION, TUESDAY, 5-8 PM IN the CHARLES COELHO Funeral Home, 151 Cross St. Central Falls with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Spirit Parish Church, Dexter St. Central Falls at 9:30. Condolences, www.coelhofuneralhome.net.