March 23rd, 2011
Joao F. DaRocha
PAWTUCKET - Joao F. DaRocha, 83, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. DaRocha was born in St. Miguel, Azores, the son of the late Joao and Maria Isabel (Machado) DaRocha and the husband of the late Olinda E. (Costa) DaRocha.
He was a press operator at Cass Jewelry in North Providence for many years.
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.
This is the time of year when short hops and drag bunts are tabled by mire and muck; shagging fly balls replaced by judging ricochets off a gym wall.
CUMBERLAND â€“ They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
â€śWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â€ť said first-year coach Matt Smalley. â€śWe are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Another one of the city's landmark historical buildings appears to be in trouble. The Pawtucket Armory Association, which operates the castle-like Pawtucket Armory that houses the award-winning Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and several other local companies, has been in receivership since the end of January.
CUMBERLAND - Manuel Correia, 80, of Curran Road, passed away Tuesday in the Home and Hospice Care of RI Inpatient Unit, Providence. He was the husband of the late Fernanda (DeSousa) Goncalves Correia.
Born in Darei, Mangualde, Portugal he was the son of the late Leonido and Maria Correia. He came to this country in 1969 settling in Cumberland.
He was employed by the former American Insulated Wire of South Attleboro for 20 years until his retirement.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Edward A. Parent
CUMBERLAND - Edward A. Parent, 76, from One Mendon Road, passed away Monday at home. He was the husband of Helen (Joly) Parent.
Born in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Tom and Ida (Jacques) Parent. He resided in Central Falls for the past 8 years, previously residing in Cumberland and Reno, Nevada.
Mr. Parent was a manager of Silver State Barricade and Sign for many years until retirement. After retirement he was employed as a School Bus Aid for Laidlaw and Durham Bus Services for over 10 years.
PAWTUCKET - Peter Orloff, 92 of Pawtucket died Monday at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center. He is the husband of Therese Orloff. Born in Pawtucket, Peter is the son of the late Fred and Julia (Borchov) Orloff.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving in Rome-Arno, North Apennines and PO Valley. He was the recipient of the American Theater Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, EAMET Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the Bronze Star Medal.
Newman A. Carr Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Newman A. Carr Jr., 66, formerly of Cumberland, passed away Sunday in the Hebert Nursing Center, Smithfield after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Newman and Dorothy (Mann) Carr.
He was a
Class of 1962, Cumberland High School graduate, and was a member of the state champion baseball team.
After high school, Mr. Carr served during Vietnam in the United States National Guard, serving in the 115th Military Police Unit from 1968 to 1969.
Robert J. Bessette
PAWTUCKET - Robert J. Bessette, 76, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Lea R. (Dame) Bessette.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Alphonse and Dora (Ranalli)Bessette. Bob served in the U.S. Army and was an owner of the Foxon Packaging Co., Providence until retiring. He was an Honorary Life member and former Trustee of the Tri-City Elks Lodge No. 14; Past-President of the Wampanoag Rod & Gun Club and a former member of the Attleboro Foreman's Club.
On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
â€śIt encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,â€ť was how Driscoll began. â€śI want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Investigating the crime of arson requires a lot of teamwork, specialized training, and a nose for rooting out suspicious substances. And sometimes, the team gets valuable help from a nose that's cold and wet.
One of the most high-profile arson cases in recent history is the one that took place on Feb. 16 at 35 Vale Street. Thanks to some quick investigative work by state and local fire and police officials, and a specially trained dog on loan from Massachusetts State Police, the suspects accused of setting the fire were arrested and charged just two days later with the crime.
Rita J. Fortin
PAWTUCKET - Rita J. Fortin, 78, of Pawtucket passed away peacefully Saturday, March 19, 2011. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Alphie and Blanche (Ethier) Descoteaux. Mrs. Fortin worked as a Seamstress for various companies for many years before retiring.
She is survived by her loving children, Joy Nardella of Seekonk, MA, Arthur K. Fortin of Coventry, Neil Fortin of Florida, Glenn Fortin of Florida, Brenda David of Harrisville, Kevin Fortin also of Florida and Lisa Marie Fortin of Plainville, MA; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Doris J. Goff
PAWTUCKET - - Doris Jane Goff, 85, of Prospect Street died Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Pawtucket Skilled Health & Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket. Born in Attleboro, MA, a daughter of the late Horace K. and Beatrice M. (Toon) Goff, she had lived in Pawtucket for all her life.
Luz G. Morales
PAWTUCKET. Luz G. Morales, Assistant Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Sinai of Walcott Street, passed into eternal life at home on Thursday surrounded by her living family. She was the beloved wife of Rev. Pastor Jose A. Morales.
Mrs. Morales was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, a daughter of the late Modesto and Maria Antonia Vargas Torres and moved to R.I. in 1980.
CUMBERLAND - Florence Martitz-Delisle, 86, of Cumberland and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011. She was the wife of the late Ernest Martitz and the late Philip Delisle.
Dorothy M. Potter
WOONSOCKET - Dorothy May Potter, 80, of Woonsocket, died March 19, 2011 at Woonsocket Health Center. She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Earl F. and Laura M. (Minchen) Potter. She was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.
She is survived by 1 sister Laura E. Harrison of East Providence, 2 nieces Rev.Patricia E. Harrison of Barrington and Deborah A. Harrison of Castleton, NY. Funeral and burial will be private.
Anzetta E. Moreau
CENTRAL FALLS - Anzetta E. Moreau 74, of 466 Hunt St, passed March 19th. She was the wife of the late Andrew R. Moreau.
Born in Lubec, Maine, a daughter of the late Paul A. and Gussie M. (Denbow) Leighton.
Anzetta had been employed by the former Health-tex Industries for 20 years and then the Broad St, McDonalds for 10 years retiring in 1999.
She was a member of the Wilfred Manor Association, the St Matthews Women's Club.
â€śI remember in seventh grade, at the beginning of the day, there was a boy named Roger standing in the hallway, and I adored him. He never gave up, even though he had a challenge, Down Syndrome â€¦ There was a girl named Nadia who would shake her hips and twirl her curls; she thought she was all that. I was walking to class, and I saw her and (others) throwing dirt (from a plant) in Roger's eyes, and he was smiling. He smiled because he thought these kids finally wanted to play with him, spend time with him.