March 25th, 2011
Blanche M. Lacourse
SEEKONK - Blanche M. Lacourse, 91, formerly of Ricard St. Passed away Friday at Canterbury Woods Assisted Living in Attleboro after a short illness. She was the wife of Gerard J. Lacourse Sr. and was married for 69 years.
She was born in Central Falls a daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Reiniche) Lemay and had lived in Seekonk most of her life. She had been employed in the office at the Former Foxboro Company for several years.
LINCOLN - Germaine Marceau, 78, passed March 25th with her loving family by her side, she was the wife of Norman Marceau, they have been married for 57 years.
Born in Rouses Point, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lorette (Landry) Fournier.
She had been employed by RIARC in Human Services for many years.
Theodore H. Charron
ATTLEBORO - Theodore H. Charron, 84, of Morse Avenue, Attleboro, a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in the Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton. He was the beloved husband of Marie M.(Plante) Charron.
Jeanne C. Lizotte
CENTRAL FALLS - Jeanne C. Lizotte, 83 of the Wilfred Manor in Central Falls died on Thursday at Harris Home Care North. She was the wife of the late Roland H. Lizotte. Born in Central Falls and a lifelong resident of the city, she was the daughter of the late Phydime and Anna (Levesque) Hemond.
She was a communicant of St. Matthew Church (now Holy Spirit Catholic Community). Prior to retirement, she had been employed as a waitress at Stanley's Restaurant in Central Falls and previously as a quality inspector at Hasbro in Pawtucket.
Anna E. Choiniere
PAWTUCKET - Anna E. (Quinn) Choiniere, 83, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond N. Choiniere for 54 years.
PROVIDENCE â€” As he wrapped up his first press conference as Providence Collegeâ€™s new basketball coach, Ed Cooley was asked about his first order of business.
â€śRecruit, recruit, recruit,â€ť was Cooleyâ€™s quick-to-the-point response.
PROVIDENCE â€“ One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooleyâ€™s biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.
PAWTUCKET â€” A dozen or so angry business owners with property located in the construction and detour zone around the Pawtucket I-95 bridge replacement project vented their frustrations at a March 14 meeting with state and local officials at City Hall.
Genevieve H. Pupecki
WARWICK - Genevieve H. Pupecki 88, of Lemac Street passed away Monday March 21, 2011 at Kent Hospital.
Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Stanislaw and Helena (Buznacka) Pupecki. She lived in Warwick for the past 10 years and was formerly of Cranston.
She was a volunteer at Meals On Wheels of Cranston and was a member of the Johnston Senior Center.
She leaves 1 loving sister Sophie "Phyllis" Muro of Warwick and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Stanley, Joseph and Walter Pupecki.
Charlotte C. Ethier
LINCOLN - Charlotte C. Ethier, 85, of Lincoln, died Tuesday at The Holiday Retirement Center surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Raymond O. Ethier Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude (St. Louis) Alix.
Ernest J. Jacques
ALBION - Ernest J. "Ernie" Jacques, 78, of School St., Albion, died Tuesday evening at The Holiday in Manville. He was the loving husband of Lillian (Henault) Jacques.
A lifelong resident of Albion, he was a son of the late Henry and Rosilda Jacques.
Mr. Jacques served in the Rhode Island National Guard for over 30 years. He was employed by American Tourister, Madison Industries, and BJ's Wholesale Stores.
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.