February 23rd, 2011
Philippe W. LeBlanc, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Philippe W. "Phil" LeBlanc Sr., 87 of Pawtucket died on Saturday, (Feb. 19, 2011) while on a visit in Florida. He was the husband of Esther (Gervais) LeBlanc. Born in Southbridge, MA, a son of the late Philippe N. and Albina (Joyal) LeBlanc, he had been a resident of Pawtucket since 1955. He had a great affection for the city of Central Falls, especially Notre Dame Parish, where he was raised from early childhood and was educated by the Sisters of St. Anne and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
CUMBERLAND â The elite seedings for this weekendâs state wrestling championships bear out the dual-meet rankings for the regular season.
Unbeaten Cumberland, the defending state team champion, collected four No. 1 seeds. Cranston West earned three, as did Warwick Veterans. East Providence was honored with two top seeds â sophomore heavyweight Jonah Aurelio and senior 160-pounder Jared Burrows. Bishop Hendricken, also expected to contend for the team title, got one.
Helen Marie LeBlanc
PAWTUCKET - Helen Marie LeBlanc, 92 of Pawtucket died Friday at Epoch of Blackstone Boulevard. A private funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the LACHAPELLE FUNERAL HOME, 643 Main Street. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery.
Josephine A. Moore
PAWTUCKET - Josephine A. Moore, 87, of Mt. Vernon Boulevard, Pawtucket, passed away on Monday, February 21, 2011 at The Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.
She was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Leo and Margaret (Benn) Paine. Josephine graduated from the Memorial Nursing program in 1944 and was a WWII Army Nurse serving her country at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. She then worked as a Registered Nurse at first The Memorial Hospital and then the Miriam Hospital in Providence.
Luis Angel Santiago
CENTRALFALLS- Luis Angel Santiago, 40, of Pine Street, passed away on Friday after a long illness. He was the husband of Myrta Rivera-Santiago.
Born in Puerto Rico, he was the son of Mariano Santiago and the late Sylvia E. Ramos. He had been employed as a mechanic for Quality Cab of Central Falls.
Joseph M. Perrotta
LINCOLN - Joseph M. Perrotta, born in Pawtucket August 30, 1928, passed away at the Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Inpatient Center after a long illness on February 21, 2011. He was the son of the late Maria Salerno and Giuseppe Perrotta.
He spent over 50 years of his life working in the Horse Racing Industry throughout the New England Area.
Working many years at the Lincoln Downs Race Track and Narragansett Race track here in Rhode Island, as well as the Suffolk Downs Race Track in Massachusetts and Rockingham Park in New Hampshire.
Ida L. VanThuyne
PAWTUCKET - Ida L. VanThuyne, of Sanford Street, Pawtucket died Thursday, February 21, 2011. She was the wife of Victor VanThuyne.
Mrs. VanThuyne was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late William and Beatrice(LePalm) Durand.
She was employed at DB Mart for many years.
By TERRY NAU
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My father, Lewis Soares Sr., was born in Lisbon, Portugal and came to the United States when he was 3 years old. Because his father had died in Portugal, his mother remarried.
During his youth he worked with his stepdad who had a fruit and meat peddling business that was located in Pawtucket.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â The music played over the PA system to introduce the players from top-seeded North Providence High was the theme song from the movie âRockyâ â the fictional story of the Philadelphia southpaw who overcame all odds to eventually become the heavyweight champion.
While the music was appropriate for the Cougars, who showed plenty of heart in Mondayâs Division II quarterfinal matchup with No. 8 seed Tolman, it would be hard to not say the same for a gutsy Tiger squad.
NEWPORT â Shea High went down fighting in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday night, rallying from a 12-point halftime deficit to lead in the final minute, only to see second-seeded Rogers hit a crucial three-pointer with 12 seconds left that produced a dramatic 59-56 victory over the Raiders.
COVENTRY â It was with 10:27 to go in the game when Coventry head boys basketball coach Tom Campbell called a timeout with his Oakers in serious trouble against St. Raphael Academy that it was more than just them losing the game and having no momentum for the upcoming RIIL Open Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Oakersâ pride was in severe jeopardy since the Saints made C. Arthur Flori Gymnasium all their own for two-thirds of the Division I Quarterfinal game on Monday night.
After that timeout, Coventry gained back more than its pride and momentum.
PAWTUCKET â A plan born of common sense--that the downtown would thrive more if people could just get in to and around it more easilyâwas presented to about 60 people at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center last Thursday. While some called it âambitious,â the proposal received an enthusiastic round of applause.
Maia Small, an architect with Thurlow Small Architecture, served as the lead consultant on a Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan that was commissioned by the city's Planning Department and the Pawtucket Foundation.
PAWTUCKET --- When Lincoln and Cumberland were rivals in the old Met B league from the mid-1990s to 2004, the two neighbors hooked up in some entertaining, tightly-contested meetings that were true crowd pleasers.
Since then, they have played in different divisions, but they have still found a way to include each other on their non-league schedules.
On Monday afternoon, the two teams met again in the second annual Kyle J. McLaughlin Scholarship Fund benefit hockey game at Lynch Arena and gave the gathering on hand an excellent high school contest to watch.
Jacqueline L. Milos
SCARBOROUGH, MAINE-Jacqueline L. Milos, 80, died from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Born in Pawtucket to Everett and Ellen Laushway. Jackie graduated Pawtucket East High School and Boston University's Sargent College. In 1954, she married Fredrick C. Milos, making a home with him for many years in Wrentham, Massachusetts, before retiring together to her beloved Arizona in 1978. Fred passed away in 1994.
Gerard A. Heroux
CENTRAL FALLS - Gerard A. Heroux, 93, died Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at his home in Central Falls with the members of his loving family at his bedside. He was a prominent funeral director for more than 70 years and currently held the lowest embalmer's license in the state of Rhode Island. He had a great memory and deep knowledge of the genealogy of the families he served.
Irene C. Czech
ATTLEBORO - Irene C.Czech 85, of passed away Friday at the Golden Living Center in Attleboro.
Born in Pawtucket she was a beloved daughter of the late Martin and Agnes(Lesniak) Czech. She lived in the Attleboro's for 42 years.
Before retiring she was employed as a Nurses Aide at the Pawtucket Memorial Hospital for 40 years.
She leaves 2 loving sisters Josephine Tetreault of Pawtucket, Sophie Vecciarino and her husband Sam of Attleboro and several nieces and nephews.
Vincent M. Tilton
Vincent M. Tilton, 2, was taken from us early Friday morning, February 18, 2011. He was a beloved little boy who fit an entire life time into two years, leaving behind a world of friends and family who will love and miss him dearly.
James Russell Corbett
EAST PROVIDENCE - James Russell Corbett, 94, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011. He was the beloved husband of the late Vera (Mello) Corbett.
Born in Torrington, CT, a son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Leifert) Corbett, he resided in East Providence since 1994, previously residing in Pawtucket.