PAWTUCKET â€” Mike Pappas, who helped build the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club into an organization that profoundly impacts the lives of youngsters throughout this city, passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 86.
Pappas, a World War II veteran, began working at the former Boys Club facility on East Avenue in 1949, joining the staff as a physical education instructor. He moved up the ladder and succeeded Phil Geiger as Executive Director in 1964, serving in that position until his retirement in 1989.
PAWTUCKET â€” For the past 16 years, Joyce Lupien has been calmly and quietly at the helm of the Pawtucket Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union in City Hall. On Friday, she will reconcile the â€śyear-endâ€ť for the last time before heading off to retirement, while at the same time handing over her manager duties to another familiar face in City Hall, former Parks and Recreation Superintendent William Mulholland.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following an investigation by the Pawtucket Police Special Squad, a man alleged to have been dealing heroin in the Pawtucket area was taken into custody Tuesday on Broadway.
The suspect was identified as Yatniel S. Padilla, 30, of Benefit Street, Pawtucket. According to Pawtucket Police, Padilla had been under surveillance by the Special Squad following reports of suspicious activity. He was arrested after officers pulled him over in his car.
WOONSOCKET - Marie "Rose" Pontbriand, 88, of Woonsocket, formerly of Central Falls, died Tuesday at Oakland Grove Health Center. She was the wife of the late Robert M. Pontbriand and the daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Hamel) Rousseau.
She was employed as a weaver for Faustina Manufacturing Co. prior to her retirement.
She had been a member of the Womenâ€™s Auxillary of the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post #1271.
CUMBERLAND-Michael Pappas, 86, of Mendon Road died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital, New Bedford, MA. He was the beloved husband of Enid (Burgess) Pappas. Mr. and Mrs. Pappas were married for 62 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Andrew and Paraskeve (Veras) Papadopoulos, he had lived in Pawtucket for most of his life before moving to Cumberland 2 years ago.
PAWTUCKET â€” Citing what a difference a day makes, the city has filed an appeal in Superior Court of the decision of a police officers' disciplinary hearing committee that would allow convicted Pawtucket Police Officer Nichalas Laprade to keep his job.
The complaint, filed on Dec. 21, concerns the city's attempts to fire Laprade following his conviction in February of 2011 on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure/disorderly conduct. The officer, hired in 2007, has been suspended with pay since his arrest in November of 2010.
CUMBERLAND â€” Home is where the heart is, not to mention the wallet.
On Wednesday morning, several dignitaries â€” including U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Mayor Daniel McKee, Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Richard Godfrey and Cumberland Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Chair Eugene McMahon â€“ attended an open house celebrating the two new, affordable housing units at 26 Carpenter St.
All expressed delight with the camaraderie and partnerships it took to construct the pair of three-bedroom apartments, one on top of the other.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Tolman head coach Mike Kayata can live with Jonathan Percy firing away from the baseline. Itâ€™s a whole other matter when the 6-foot-7 junior tees up a shot from behind the 3-point stripe.
PAWTUCKET - Sophie Cunha, 88, died on Friday, December 16. Mrs. Cunha was also the mother of the late Donna Cunha.
Gregg M. Mowry
CENTRAL FALLS - Gregg M. Mowry, 35, passed unexpectedly on December 28th.
He was the son of Elizabeth Mowry Dube and stepson of David M. Dube of Pawtucket.
He had been employed as a truck driver for Bud Van Lines for several years.
Besides his parents he is survived by two sons, Shane P. Mowry and Alex M. Mowry. He also leaves his grandparents Ernest and Carol Mowry and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 to 8pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be private. For online condolences visit
Clarinda A. Walsh
CUMBERLAND - Clarinda A. (Chaput) Walsh, 105, of Mendon Rd. died Tuesday at home. She was the beloved wife for 65 years of the late Thomas F. Walsh Jr.
Born in Suncook, NH she was the daughter of the late Delvini and Marie L. (Veilleux) Chaput. She had resided in Cumberland since 1942 previously living in West Warwick.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church and a founding member of the St. Patrick Mothers Club. She was also a charter member of the former St. Thomas Knights of Columbus, Womens Guild, Cumberland.
Delia P. Lima
CUMBERLAND - Delia P. (Rego) Lima 92, of Cumberland, affectionately know as Dee, born in West Warwick, RI to Manuel and Teolinda (Silva) Rego; the eldest of twelve children. She was the loving wife of 66 years to Felix A. Lima.
Dee was a registered nurse, for more than 45 years, beginning her career at Notre Dame Hospital in Central Falls, RI, and later worked as a private nurse for Dr. Upton Savoie.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Newport Police Officer Christopher Ian McGregor looked out at the dispersing crowd, those folks who had gathered to forever memorialize his dad late Tuesday morning.
He then perused the mammoth plaque hanging to the right of the stairs leading to the front entry to the East Providence Police Department.
It read: Major Alister C. McGregor Public Safety Complex.
CUMBERLAND â€“ By Gary Reedyâ€™s estimation, eight years have elapsed since Cumberland High last captured the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys & Girls Holiday Tournament.
Needless to say, putting an end to such a drought would brighten the Clippersâ€™ spirits heading into the coming year. Cumberland earned the right to play in the championship game after disposing of Woonsocket, 71-63, Tuesday night in the Wellness Center. Junior Ben Bradley paced Cumberland with 19 points along with eight assists and five rebounds.
WARWICK -- Taylor Regoâ€™s goal late in the second overtime period lifted Lincoln to a 3-2 victory over Cumberland in the Toll Gate Holiday Tournament championship game played on Tuesday night at Thayer Arena.
â€śIt took a great shot by Taylor to win this game,â€ť said Lincoln coach Jim Riel. â€śTaylor ended up being named MVP of the tournament.â€ť
Cumberland took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Michael Kinch. Lincoln took a 2-1 lead after two periods on goals by Nick Zammarelli and Mike Enos but the Clippers stayed strong and tied the game in the third stanza on Andrew Plutaâ€™s goal.
SMITHFIELD â€“ For 16 minutes of the Smithfield Officials Tournament, Tolman High held its own against Division I opponent North Providence.
Itâ€™s too bad it was the other 16 minutes that made the difference.
The Tigers fell behind by 25 points at halftime before eventually succumbing to a 57-34 loss to the Cougars in Tuesdayâ€™s opener of the three-day tourney. Senior Danai Porter was the lone bright spot for Tolman, scoring more than two thirds of the offense with a game-best 23 points.
Lillian M. Jacques
ALBION - Lillian M. Jacques, formerly of School St., Albion, died Tuesday at The Holiday in Manville. She was the wife of the late Ernest Jacques and the late Armand Lamothe.
Born in Cumberland, she was a daughter of the late Phillip and Yvonne (Blanchette) Henault. She resided in Albion for most of her life.
Mrs. Jacques was employed as a cook by the Lincoln School Department before retiring in 1982.
Marie E. Custer
CRANSTON - Marie Elizabeth (O'Neill) Custer of Cranston, RI, passed away suddenly on December 23. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, she touched the lives of many, and is already sorely missed.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Eva LaPrade and John A. O'Neill, and lived in North Smithfield for many years. Active in her community, she played several roles including teacher, politician, parishioner, and counselor.
Charles C. Burns
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Charles C. Burns of Allen Ave. passed away peacefully Monday, December, 26, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI surrounded by his loving family. He died at the age of 70 after being stricken by an unexpected illness.
PAWTUCKET - Mary (Jardin) McCarthy, 87, of Cape Coral, Florida, died Sunday, November 20, 2011 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of the late William F. McCarthy, Sr. They were happily married for 65 years.
Born in Lowell, MA and raised in Pawtucket, RI, Mary was the daughter of Francisco and Adeline Jardin. Mary lived in Pawtucket while she and Bill raised their family of six children. They retired to Lee County, Florida in 1980 where she lived until the time of her death.