June 18th, 2014
Russell R. Kaplan
PAWTUCKET - Russell R. Kaplan, 62, passed on June 17th surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Pauline Andreou and son of the late Harry and Claire (Keough) Kaplan. Russell was a longtime lumber yard attendant and a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by a son, Russell Andreou, a daughter, Rebecca Desautel, three sisters, Kathy Doucette, Florence Cantrell and Carleen Chalifoux, four grandchildren, Kelsey-Lynn and Russell Andreou, Bryana and Shyann Desautel. He was the brother of the late James Kaplan and William Kugler.
Edward J. McElroy Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Edward J. McElroy Jr., 86, of Pawtucket, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Doris I. (Moreau) McElroy. They had been married 62 years. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Edward J. and Catherine (Lanigan) McElroy.
Mr. McElroy was employed as a shipping supervisor for Priority Shipping prior to his retirement. He was an Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. McElroy was an avid Yankee fan.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s not unusual for the Pawtucket Red Sox organization to schedule a summertime event at McCoy Stadium while the primary tenants are off waging International League wars at another teamâ€™s ballpark. Through the years, McCoy has opened its doors to headline performers such as Bob Dylan and the Dropkick Murphys to welcoming Team USA Baseball.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A 16-year-old local girl who was last seen on June 3 remained missing Tuesday as police continued to seek information on her possible whereabouts in Florida or California.
Margaret Weece, 16, left town in a white Chevrolet Cobalt on a possible trip to see relatives in California or Florida, police said. The vehicle has since been recovered in Maryland, police confirmed.
It remains unclear whether Weece is travelling with friends or alone but police said she is not believed to be endangered at this time.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The City Council Monday approved Mayor James A. Diossaâ€™s $17.2 million budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
The city budget is composed of five separate city ordinances. The city ordinances that set the tax rate and levy, the classified employees wage schedule and the capital program and budget were passed unanimously by the six-member council.
Beatrice L. Davis
PAWTUCKET - Beatrice L. Davis, 81, passed on June 16th. She was the wife of the late Alfred Davis Sr.
Albert J. Smith
LINCOLN - Albert J. Smith, 84, of Cecile Street died Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Pauline M. (King) Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Smith were married 60 years last September 7.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Albert and Sarah A. (McMahon) Smith, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 51 years.
Mr. Smith was a sales representative for Valley Resources before retiring. He was a Korean War Navy veteran.
PAWTUCKET - Florence "Loreen" Webb, 85, born in Cummings, SC and wife to the late John C. Webb, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving children, on June 16, 2014. The daughter of the late Thomas and Florence Pope, from South Carolina. Sister of the late Willie Mae Hull, the late Thomas B. Pope, of South Carolina and the late Georgia Alger of Lincoln, RI. She lived in Pawtucket, RI for most of her life. She worked for Providence Braid Company for many years before retiring.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships arenâ€™t the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police today were stepping up enforcement of the cityâ€™s juvenile curfew ordinance in the wake of a spate of city stabbings over the weekend that left three Pawtucket men hospitalized.
Enforcement of the ordinance has been in effect since May and will continue until the end of the summer, but police are stepping up their presence this week and for the foreseeable future after a particularly violent weekend that began Saturday when a 17-year-old boy was stabbed during a fight on Dexter Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.
For full story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.
PAWTUCKET â€” Walking into McCoy Stadium didnâ€™t seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that heâ€™s a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brotherâ€™s footsteps.
Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.
Rita E. Casavant
REHOBOTH - Rita E. Casavant, 95, died peacefully on June 12, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Marcel Casavant who died in 1993. Rita was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Joseph and Clarinda (Desvoyaux) Lambert. She was a devoted homemaker that enjoyed the company of her family, and the comfort she found while working in her yard.
Donald H. Parker, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Donald H. Parker, Sr., 62, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 14, 2014. He was the longtime companion of Nancy A. Russell. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Frank W., Jr. and Elizabeth (Nixon) Parker.
Don was a longtime volunteer for the Darlington Braves, having served on the Executive Board and as the Equipment Manager. He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan. Don enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
Sarah J. Langlois
PAWTUCKET - Sarah J. Langlois, 74, affectionately known to all as "JANE" passed away peacefully early Sunday morning at the Phillip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted wife of 51 years to Gerald W. Langlois of East Providence, formerly of Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Francis & Sarah (McNulty) Cherry.
Donna Lee Mowry
CUMBERLAND - Donna Lee Mowry, 60, passed suddenly on June 14th. She was the wife of Clarence T. Mowry. They have been married for 41 years
Donna was the daughter of the late Lawrence P. and Barbara (Durkee) Daigneault.
She enjoyed the customer service she provided at the Ann Hope, Building 19 and the Burlington Coat factory for many years.
Besides, Clarence, she also leaves two daughters, Brenda and Christine Mowry, a son, Clarence T. Mowry Jr, two brothers, Paul and Donald Daigneault, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Robert E. Larence
CUMBERLAND - Robert E. Larence, 75, of Cumberland passed away Friday at the Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Beatrice (Salois) Larence.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Mozart and Jennie (Pandolfi) Larence. He was a life-long resident of Cumberland.
Mr. Larence was a Rhode Island National Guard Veteran.
He was a graduate of Cumberland High School, Class of 1957 and Salve Regina University, Class of 1971.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Despite an early lead and a dominating five-inning performance from Felix Doubront (see related story), the PawSox couldnâ€™t close out Charlotte on Fatherâ€™s Day.
Left-hander Drake Britton came on in the ninth with Pawtucket guarding a 1-0 lead they had held since their first turn at bat. Britton got the Knightsâ€™ Matt Davidson to foul out to first to start the inning, but yielded a ground single to left to Matt Tuiasosopo. The Sox then caught a break as Tyler Saladino botched a sacrifice bunt attempt and fouled out to catcher Christian Vazquez.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Professional baseball was a way of life for Kevin Boles and Travis Shaw long before they reached their respective posts with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Both have their fathers to thank for lighting the way, giving them a model for understanding the gameâ€™s finer points. Thereâ€™s no substitute for having a dad who understands the baseball culture because heâ€™s lived and experienced it.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Itâ€™s a word that no one expected to hear again so soon in this city, but the financially troubled Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is now in receivership.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein granted the temporary receivership and appointed Providence attorney Jonathan Savage as the receiver for the next 20 days. After that, Silverstein will appoint a long term receiver if necessary.
PAWTUCKET – At least Clay Buchholz’ trip to McCoy Stadium was not a complete washout – no pun intended, considering the deluge that blanketed the area all day Friday.