December 27th, 2011
PAWTUCKET - Mercedes Rodriguez, 77 of Prospect St. passed away on Friday at RI Hospital after an illness.
She was born in Mayaguez, PR, a daughter of the late Pelon and Emelia Lopez. She has lived in Rhode Island for the last 40 years. Mrs. Rodriguez was a home maker and enjoyed being with her family.
She leaves 4 daughters, Elba Lacroix and Norma Rosario both of NO. Providence and Millagros Rodriguez and Soccoro "Lisi" Perez both of Central Falls; 3 sons, Ramon Rodriguez, Reynaldo Santos and Hector Rosario all of Pawtucket, 14 Grandchildren and 36 Great Grandchildren.
Susan Dorothy Augenti
BROCKTON, MA - Susan Dorothy "Dolly" (Perrault) Augenti of Brockton, MA died unexpectedly at her home on December 23, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles F. Augenti for 50 years whom she missed dearly every day since his passing in June 2009.
William F. Tinkham
PAWTUCKET - William F. Tinkham, 54, of Pawtucket died December 26, 2011. He was the longtime companion of Joyce Audette.
Mr. Tinkham was born in Central Falls, the son of the late John J. Tinkham Jr. and Margaret (Lalime) Tinkham.
Besides his companion Mr. Tinkham leaves a son, William F. Tinkham Jr. He is also survived by his sister Gail Laroche, and his brothers James Tinkham, Robert Tinkham, and Edward Tinkham. He was the brother of the late John J. Tinkham III.
Funeral and burial will be private. www.manningheffern.com.
Irene T. Fagnant
S. ATTLEBORO - Irene T. Fagnant, 73 died on Monday in Attleboro, with her family by her side. She was the wife of Richard R. Fagnant and the daughter of the late Georges and Dorilla (Viau) Ledoux. She was a communicant of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in S. Attleboro, where she had been a resident since 1968.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Annette (Sirois) Lavergne, 86, of North Smithfield, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Monday, December 26, 2011. She was the wife of the late Armand D. Lavergne.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Mary Jane (St. Pierre) Sirois. Mrs. Lavergne lived most of her life in Pawtucket before moving to Cumberland in 2002 and then North Smithfield in 2008.
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.
Claire R. Rancourt
PAWTUCKET - Claire R. (Bebeau) Rancourt, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 25, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Antoine G. Rancourt,together they had celebrated 50 years of marriage. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Blanche E. (St. Germain) Bebeau.
Claire was an avid bowler and card player. She was also a volunteer at the Community Food Pantry, Benefit St., Pawtucket and was actively involved with the RIARC, Blackstone Valley Chapter.
Lucille T. Coutu
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucille T. Coutu, 85, passed December 26th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Central Falls Fire Chief Robert A. Coutu.
She was a daughter of the late Charles and Alphonsine (Levesque) Hall.
She had been employed by the Central Falls School Department before retiring.
Lucille was an avid gardener and enjoyed Tai Chi and spending time with her children.
CUMBERLAND - Roger Gamache, 77, of Mt. St. Rita's Health Care Centre, Cumberland, died Sunday at his residence where he lived for the past 5 years. Born October 13, 1934 in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Ralph and Marion (Plouffe) Martin Gamache.
He was a graduate of Pawtucket East High School. He had been employed by Greystone, Inc. for 10 years. He had previously been employed by Healthtex, Inc. for 29 years.
Cathy E. Alves
CUMBERLAND - Cathy E. Alves, 55 of Eddy Street, passed away Monday in R.I. Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Sebastiao M. Alves.
Born in Columbia, SC., she was the daughter of the late Luther and Mary (Frier) Drawdy Jr. Mrs. Alves resided in Cumberland most of her life.
She was employed as a CNA for Access Home Health Care of East Providence.
WARWICK â€“ Lincoln High is young this season with more than half of its roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores.
According to head coach James Riel, the one thing the Lions do have in their favor is depth.
While Lincoln may still struggle somewhat against the upper-echelon of teams in Division I, Riel envisions his squad being competitive against its other rivals.
The Lions gave evidence of that the past two games.
WARWICK â€“ It was another win for Cumberland High, its sixth straight without a defeat.
But after his Clippers blanked Division III foe Mount Hope, 2-0, in the second game of the Toll Gate Holiday Tournament at Thayer Arena, CHS head coach Mark Andreozzi wasnâ€™t exactly singing praise about his squad.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Reform of troubled city and town pension plans will be on the Senateâ€™s agenda in the coming year, President Teresa Paiva Weed acknowledges, but she will insist it be â€śsustainable, long-term structural changes, not simple quick fixes to the municipalitiesâ€™ budget problems.
â€śThatâ€™s what we are trying to avoid,â€ť she told The Call in an interview that looked back at the legislative year just past and ahead to the session that begins January 3.
Some RIIL history was made last March when the Johnston/North Providence team became the first co-op club to win a state championship, doing so when it swept defending champ Mount Hope in their best-of-three Division III title series.
While Johnston/North Providenceâ€™s championship didnâ€™t come as much as a surprise -- the team was 14-1-1 during the regular season and the top seed in the playoffs -- it was a bit shocking to see a boysâ€™ co-op squad capture a state crown before a girlsâ€™ team.
PAWTUCKET â€” For about 15 minutes in the first half of Friday nightâ€™s game, St. Raphael Academy looked every bit like the defending state championship team that it is, sprinting out to a 39-22 lead over a solid East Providence team that seemed troubled by the speed of the contest.
The Saints built their biggest lead of the night at 60-33, then watched a never-quit East Providence almost get back into the game with a 21-7 run.
At the final horn, the Saints walked off with a 72-56 victory that left head coach Tom Sorrentine shaking his head.
Paige Hardy, 5, of Pawtucket â€” decked out in her holiday attire â€” shares the three special things she wants for Christmas during a visit with Santa at a recent benefit for The Times Merry Christmas Fund. Donations are being accepted into January. Checks or money orders can be sent to: The Times Merry Christmas Fund, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
The Pawtucket Corps of the Salvation Army distributes the money to wherever the need is greatest.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's not like the glory days of the textiles industry, but manufacturing is still alive and well in Pawtucket. So many products â€” sold both nationally and internationally â€” are being made here that city officials have decided to showcase many of these companies in the lobby of City Hall on a rotating basis.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ask George Hey his reaction to having reached triple figures, and he smartly replies, â€śI donâ€™t know. Iâ€™d guess I feel the same as I did last week.â€ť
Fact is, Hey, who has been living at the Pawtucket Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, located at 70 Gill Ave. for the past seven months, turned 100 on Tuesday, and those who love him threw one heckuva birthday party inside the first-floor activities room. It included a few dozen residents, nurses and administrators as well as most of his four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary A. Sobral
PAWTUCKET - Mary A. Sobral, of Naples Florida and Pawtucket died December 16, 2011 in Florida. She was the wife of Daniel D. Sobral Sr.
Mrs. Sobral was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Jose Costa and Anna(Torres) Costa. She was an assembler for the Fram Corporation for many years.
Besides her husband she leaves a son, Daniel D. Sobral Jr, of Pawtucket and her brother Roy Costa of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Joaquim and Jose Costa.
Margaret M. Kelly
PAWTUCKET - Margaret "Margie" M. (Kaveny) Kelly, 94, of Pond Street, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold B. Kelly. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Julia (McCabe) Kaveny. Margie had worked as a nanny for the Douglas family for many years and more recently as a School Lunch Aid at both Jenks Jr. High School and Tolman High School in Pawtucket.