February 9th, 2011
PAWTUCKET - Bobbie Thompson, 78 of Pawtucket died Sunday at the Memorial Hospital.Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Otto and Sonia (Bankosky) Stillwachs.
Bobbie attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Pawtucket before moving to New Jersey and graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1951. In 1958 she joined American Airlines as a flight attendant and retired in 2002. Bobbie lived in Carrollton, Texas until her retirement and moved back to Pawtucket where she has resided for the last 8 years.
Russell J. Levasseur
PAWTUCKET - Russell J. Levasseur, 87, passed away at home on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Lillian M. (Phaneuf) Levasseur for sixty-three years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Treffle Joseph and Nora (Roberge) Levasseur.
Mr. Levasseur was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was employed by the Band-Age Company, Central Falls for over thirty-five years before retiring in 1990.
M. Charlotte Balbaton
NO. ATLEBOROUGH, MA.- M. Charlotte Balbaton, 80, formerly of Lincoln, passed away February 1st after an illness. She was the wife of Richard J. Balbaton and had been married 38 years.
She was born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Donat and Yvonne (Dickey) Coutu and has lived in No. Attleboro since 1983. She was employed as a buyer for the former Outlet Co. and also for the former Peerless Co. and more recently was a partner with her husband in a coin and stamp dealership in No. Attleborough, MA.
William F. Johannis
ATTLEBORO - William F. Johannis, 80 died on Monday at the LifeCare Center of Attleboro. He was the beloved companion of Constance (Primeau) Doran.
Born in Providence, a son of the late Francis and Hedwige (Klein) Johannis, he graduated from Agricultural High School in Attleboro and was employed for many years as a lineman for AT&T. During the Korean War, he served in the US Navy as a member of the Destroyer Escort Service, Section A.
LINCOLN - Joan Beauchemin, 77, of Lincoln, died Tuesday at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. She was the wife of the late Raymond G. Beauchemin.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late James and Ann E. (Cassidy) Nelson.
Gladys V. Goff
CENTRAL FALLS: Gladys V. Goff, 97, formerly of Valley St, passed peacefully February 8th, with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Melvin W. Goff. They have been married for over 60 years.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Michael and Bridget (Kelly) Griffin.
She had been employed as a textile worker in the Blackstone Valley area for many years. Gladys was a member of the former Holy Trinity Mothers Club.
LINCOLN â€“ Twin River opened a new campaign to win full casino operations Tuesday night with a state-of-business address by the chairman of its Board of Directors, John E. Taylor, during the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerceâ€™s annual dinner at the redeveloped former greyhound park facility.
Taylor gave his pitch for a statewide referendum on Twin Riverâ€™s expansion to full casino gaming after Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke briefly to the gathering and said he was â€ślooking forwardâ€ť to working with Taylor in the future â€śto make sure this facility stays viable.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ In her freshman year of high school swimming last winter for Cumberland High, all Courtney Kent did was win a state title. Kent shocked the field by capturing the 500-yard freestyle with an impressive time of 5 minutes, 6.45 seconds at the Tootel Aquatic Center at URI.
What does the tenth-grader expect to do for the encore?
How about cop two individual titles at the Feb. 19 state championship and possibly break a state record by a certain U.S. Olympian, who makes Rhode Island her home.
Some things I think I think:
It was nice to see North Smithfieldâ€™s Corinne Coia gain some local recognition for her productive basketball career at Lincoln School. The 6-foot-4 senior, who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Rhode Island, scored 25 points on Monday night and now has 1,019 points in her career. She passed 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” By definition a turning point is a critical juncture marked by a very significant change.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Relay for Life of Cumberland Wednesday will hold its kick-off celebration to what event co-chairwoman Amy Moor likes to describe as â€śan 18-hour carnival.â€ť
Relay for Life is a nationwide effort in which teams of people spend an evening walking around a track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Wednesday's kick-off celebration, to be held at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Hill Ski Lodge, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, is the official start of Relay for Life 2011, which will culminate with the 3rd Annual Relay for Life of Cumberland event to be held June 10-11 at Tucker Field.
Charles A. Kazarian
PAWTUCKET - Charles A. Kazarian, 76, Korean War Veteran, of Pawtucket, died on Monday, February 07, 2011. He leaves his loyal companion, Margaret Almeida; his son, Alan Kazarian; his daughter, Sharon Morris and two grandsons, Tyler and Justin Morris. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements by COSTIGAN-O'NEILL Funeral Home, Pawtucket. For online condolences www.rifuneral.com
Frank A. Clemente
PAWTUCKET - Frank A. Clemente, 90, of 214 Roosevelt Avenue, Fogarty Housing, Pawtucket died Tuesday, February 7, 2011. He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Grimes) Clemente.
Mr. Clemente was born in North Providence the son of the late Gennara and Madeline(DePiro) Clemente. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII serving on the USS Cook Destroyer. He was a supervisor at the Ward Baking Company in Providence for many years.
George L. Fontaine
NORTH SMITHFIELD - George L. Fontaine, 81, of Smithfield Rd., died Monday, February 7, 2011 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Claudette M. (Methot) Fontaine whom were married April 11, 1953.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late George J. and Blanche (Bilodeau) Fontaine.
Mr. Fontaine worked as a General Contractor for E.R. Roy General Contractors, retiring in 1998. A WWII Navy Veteran, he was an avid woodworker and reader.
John S. Reid
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - John S. Reid, 90, of Colvin Street, South Attleboro, died on Monday, January 31, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence. He was the devoted husband of the late Evelyn Jessie (Richmond) Reid to whom he was married for 58 cherished years prior to her passing.
Born in Scotland on December 7, 1920, Mr. Reid was a son of the late Joseph and Martha (Stewart) Reid. He was a resident of Pawtucket prior to moving to South Attleboro in 1980.
JoAnn M. Lamontagne (NO PHOTO)
PAWTUCKET - JoAnn M. Lamontagne,of Cove Street, Pawtucket died February 5, 2011, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Roger H. Lamontagne. They had been married 49 years.
Mrs. Lamontagne was born in Pawtucket the daughter of the late Salvatore and Concetta(Vicari) Cappello.
She was a clerk for the former Rojacks Supermarket and then Stop and Shop.
Besides her husband JoAnne leaves her son Alan Lamontagne and his wife Kimberly Lamontagne. She is also survived by her granddaughter Rebecca Lynn.
Clarence R. Ouellette
CENTRAL FALLS - Clarence R. "Larry" Ouellette. 84, passed February 5, 2011. He was the husband of Bertha T. (Pakuc) Ouellette. They have been married for 56 years.
Born in Pawtucket, RI the son of the late Francis A. and Arline (Charron) Ouellette.
He was a printer for Universal Press, The Sun Chronicle, and The Providence Visitor. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Pawtucket, and was an avid fan of his children's sports programs. He served in the US Navy during WWII.
LINCOLN â€” The Police Department has a new friend to aid in their pursuit of service, integrity and justice, the qualities named on every officer's badge.
It's called a UTV, or utility terrain vehicle, and the department purchased it recently courtesy of a federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant â€” one available through the U.S. Department of Justice â€” worth $13,784. Chief Brian Sullivan indicated the all-electric side-by-side Transport Pro Police UTV would be used to trek to areas ordinary cruisers can't.
Some high school hoop-related tidbits to pass along â€¦
You could say the three divisional tournaments in boysâ€™ basketball are suffering from the same symptoms normally associated with middle child syndrome. Blame such thinking on our minds being somewhere else, the focus instead on the chaos and suspense hovering over the squeeze-everything-in gauntlet needed to complete the regular season. Thereâ€™s also a great deal of buzz in the air surrounding the open state tournament, the new frontier that will lead to the crowning of one champion.