May 27th, 2014
Imelda R. St. Jean
CUMBERLAND - Imelda R. (Ledoux) St. Jean, 99, passed away Monday, May 26, in the Grandview Nursing Center, Cumberland RI she was the beloved wife of Adelard "Eddy" St. Jean.
Born in Woonsocket she was the daughter of the late Moise and Marie (Roussel) Ledoux. She resided in Cumberland for the past 5 years previously residing at Lincoln Manor for over 30 years and Central Falls and Pawtucket.
Beverly A. Bloomer
PAWTUCKET - Beverly A. (Clarke) Bloomer, 72, of Riley Street, died Friday, May 23 at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. She was the beloved wife of thirty years to Craig W. Bloomer.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Robert B. Clarke and Doris (Collette) Velletri, and step-daughter of Fred Velletri of Johnston, she had been a lifelong resident of the city.
Cecile A. Berard
PAWTUCKET - Cecile A. Berard, "Sis", 93, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice E. Berard. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (Bernard) Grenier. Cecile was a supervisor for Conrad Manufacturing for 25 years, retiring in 1986. She loved traveling, camping, and playing cards.
Arthur J. Fontaine Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Arthur J. Fontaine Jr. 78, entered into eternal life, Saturday, May 24, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of the late Elizabeth R. (Gelinas) Fontaine. Mr. Fontaine was born in Providence, a son of the late Arthur J. Fontaine Sr. and Rita R. (Rudduck) Fontaine. He lived most of his life in Pawtucket. He was a Merchant Marine for more than 30 years.
He leaves a daughter, Christine Elliott and her husband Thomas, with whom he resided. He also leaves 3 grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Jeannie Hall.
Albert A. Jackson, Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Albert A. Jackson, Jr., 81, of Mendon Road died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Bayberry Commons, Burrillville. He was the husband of the late Lois F. (Rainey) Jackson.
Born in Pawtucket a son of the late Albert A. and Florence (McCullough) Jackson, he had lived in Pawtucket for most of his life before moving to Cumberland in 1996.
Charles R. Leland, Jr.
SEEKONK - Charles R. Leland, Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 25, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Ellen A. (Petzold) Leland. Born in Randolph, VT, he was a son of the late Charles R. Leland, Sr. and Janet (Maxfield) Larkin.
Catherine F. Russell
LINCOLN - Catherine F. Russell of Lincoln passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Robert Russell.
Mrs. Russell was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late John and Mary (King) Ford.
Mrs. Ford is survived by her daughters; Kathleen R. Russell of Lincoln and Beth-Ann Trudeau of Lincoln. She is also survived by her sister Joan Furoli and her husband James of Providence and her grandchildren, Michael R. and David R. Trudeau.
Lawrence J. Godek
LINCOLN - Lawrence J. "Larry" Godek, 92, of Williams Street, died Saturday, May 24, at home. He was the beloved husband of sixty-five years of the late Josephine (Zaborski) Godek.
Born in Plymouth, PA, a son of the late Frank and Teophila (Mazurkiewicz) Godek, he grew up in Taunton, Mass., and later built his home in Lincoln, where he and his wife lived for more than sixty years.
Mr. Godek was a World War II Army veteran, earning a Bronze Star, and numerous medals, while serving in the European Theatre.
PAWTUCKET â The PawSox offense is abysmal this season, ranking as one of the most futile in the International League.
That is not exactly âstop the presses materialâ to anyone who has watched this team up close. Theyâve seen plenty of 3-2 victories and 4-1 defeats. The PawSox bused back to Rhode Island in the wee hours Monday morning possessors of a seven-game losing streak, a dubious mark that has seen them bat .212 over that span. The weekend in Syracuse saw the locals go 23 innings without scoring a single run.
PAWTUCKET â For Travis Shaw, the process of getting out of Double-A Portland began in earnest at last yearâs Arizona Fall League.
âLast year was a fluke, that wasnât me. I got so far away from my approach,â stated the 23-year-old Shaw prior to making his Triple-A debut with the PawSox Monday night.
The first baseman was referencing his 2013 numbers with the Sea Dogs, ones that consisted of a high strikeout total (117 whiffs in 444 at-bats), low batting average (.221 in 127 games) and a career low on-base percentage (.342).
CENTRAL FALLS â The city that is just one square mile in size is attracting some big thinkers.
This summer, 30 students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, as well as the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, will be embarking on a joint project to transform an empty lot on Dexter Street into an attractively landscaped plaza.
Two high-ranking members of the New York Yankeesâ minor-league branch believe that the offensive struggles that Mason Williams has endured for nearly two months are not cause for panic.
Williams, a 22-year-old who spent his formative years growing up in Pawtucket before moving to Winter Garden, Fla. following the completion of seventh grade at St. Teresa School, is in the midst of a deep slump. Thereâs no easy way to sugarcoat the .199 batting average and .295 on-base percentage he brought into Fridayâs game for Double-A Trenton (he stood at .191 prior to Thursdayâs two-hit performance).
PAWTUCKETâPolice say a disgruntled ex-boyfriend was arrested early Friday morning in a stabbing Thursday night that caused serious injuries to his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
John D. Sullivan Jr
PAWTUCKET - John D. Sullivan Jr, 61, passed on May 16, 2014.
He was the son of the late John D. Sullivan Sr. and Elmaira (Berard) Sullivan.
John was raised on Hendricks St, in Central Falls and joined the Navy during the Vietnam War, serving on a mine sweeper. After serving his country he worked for the Plainfield Dog Track. He has resided at the Bristol Veterans Home after suffering from a stroke 12 years ago.
Lugarde F. Baris
PAWTUCKET - Lugarde F. (Auclair) Baris, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 22, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Rene G. Baris. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Alphonsine (Verville) Auclair. Lugarde was a lifelong communicant of St. Cecilia Church and a longtime volunteer at LaSalette Shrine, Attleboro.
PAWTUCKETâSchool officials say George Grimes was a versatile English language arts teacher who had always received positive evaluations for his job performance. Therefore, the news of his arrest Thursday morning on child pornography charges rocked the Shea High School community as well as those on the administration side, said interim Schools Superintendent Patricia DiCenso.
âThis was not on our radar,â said DiCenso. âWe're sad and surprised. And the children are sad. But the children's safety comes first, and Mr. Grimes has been placed on leave while we investigate this,â she said.
Philip M. Bishop
WARWICK - Philip M. Bishop, 70, of Warwick passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon at Kent County Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Central Falls, RI. He was the husband of Shirley A. (DuFault) Bishop.
Mr. Bishop worked for Narragansett Wire for over ~20 years before moving into the Social Services field and later retiring. Phil enjoyed spending time with his family. Taking pictures of his family was one of his favorite hobbies. Some of his other passions were reading the Bible, sports, cars and computers.
PAWTUCKETâA proposed new LA Fitness Center to be built on a blighted stretch of North Main Street and Pawtucket Avenue was given conditional approval by the city's Planning Commission at a meeting Tuesday night.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, that is part of the Procaccanti Group, involves an expanse of property that runs roughly from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the former Sears department store at White Avenue in Providence.
Barbara Ann Courtemanche
GREENVILLE - Barbara Ann (Potrais) Courtemanche of Greenville, RI and formally of Pawtucket passed away Monday, May 19th, 2014.
She was the daughter of the late Louis R. Potrais and Anna B. (Swindells) Portrais. She was also married to Richard W. Courtemanche for 27 years.
She leaves behind her son, Richard W. Courtemanche Jr., and his wife Kimberly. Her daughter, Mary Ellen Courtemanche. Her four grandchildren, Kara, McKayla, Brandon , Nicole and her three great grandchildren.
Mary Czech ( Piegza )
PAWTUCKET - Mary Czech, 93, passed away Wednesday May 21, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Max A. Czech.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie ( Hul ) Piegza. She was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Mary was a self employed Seamstress for 45 years.