PAWTUCKET - Willis J. Leonard, 67, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 29, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Mary R. (Beausoleil) Leonard for twenty-seven years. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Edward A. and Loretta (McNally) Leonard.
Mary T. Horan
LINCOLN - Mary T. Horan, 94, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2012 at Epoch Assisted Living, Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI where she has resided for the past 6 years. She was the devoted wife of 48 years of the late Willard V. Horan.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of the late Mary (Conlon) Campbell and William F. "Leo" Campbell, she resided in Pawtucket util 1979 when she moved to Lincoln, RI where she lived for 27 years.
Jeannette Rose Marie Royer
EAST GREENWICH - Jeannette Rose Marie Royer, 90, of Royal Court, entered into eternal life Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Russell Leigh.
Jeannette was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maria (Dargie) Houle. She lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to East Greenwich, She had been employed at the former Balfour Co. as an inspector. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (St. Mary's) Seekonk.
Judge Robert J. Rahil
NORTH PROVIDENCE - District Court Judge Robert J. Rahill, of North Providence and formerly of South Kingstown passed on January 27, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
He was the husband of Mary Elaine (Leonard) Rahill for 56 years.
CENTRAL FALLS - Cynthia Duval, 52, passed January 27th.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of Everett Wilkinson and the late Cecilia (Dougdale) Adams.
She had been employed as a CNA for over 20 years at the former Jewish Home of the Age. She was a member of the American Legion Post 25, Pawtucket.
She is survived by a daughter, Candace Wilkinson, and a son Shawne Duval, 2 sisters, Michaela and Angela Wilkinson, a brother, Kenneth Wilkinson and 4 grandchildren. She was the sister of the late John Wilkinson.
WOONSOCKET â€” Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Maurice E. Berube has spent the better part of 11 years trying to promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. But it wasn't until last month, when he found himself the recipient of a simple act of kindness by an 11-year-old city girl, that he really understood what it meant to be an Elk.
Berube, Grand Exalted Ruler of Woonsocket Elks Lodge #850, says it happened in December when he was helping deliver 227 food baskets to needy families during the holiday season.
Why not Jose Iglesias?
More than a week has gone by since the Red Sox traded shortstop Marco Scutaro. The exchange with Colorado marked the second time this offseason that general manager/budget balancer Ben Cherington has shipped away a potential starting shortstop, last monthâ€™s Jed Lowrie-to-Houston swap officially re-catalogued as the first domino to fall.
PAWTUCKET â€” Brandon Speight popped in a pair of first-period goals on Sunday afternoon to lead Tolman past Scituate 4-0 in a makeup game played at Lynch Arena and the third contest in a 48-hour span for the Tigers.
Kody Casavant and Jared Pedro finished the scoring for Tolman with second-period goals, and goaltender Stephane Meunier stopped 19 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
Tolman improved to 7-4 in Division III with an overtime loss to unbeaten Johnston/North Providence on its ledger. Those 15 points place the Tigers second in the division behind JNP (10-0-0).
WOONSOCKET --- Tolman sure didnâ€™t look like a team that hadnâ€™t played a game in 21 days on Friday night.
The Tigers, who received three-goal games from Kody Casavant and Jared Pedro, scored five goals in the first 10 minutes of play and cruised to a 10-1 win over winless Woonsocket in their Division III matchup at Adelard Arena.
The Tigers, who improved to 6-3, also received a pair of assists from Kevin Tracey and Casavant, who currently leads the league in scoring with 19 goals and 10 assists.
PAWTUCKET --- At halftime, this has all the makings of an impressive blowout victory by Shea over a quality Division II-South opponent.
But when the Raidersâ€™ win over Westerly on Friday night was in the books, they found themselves holding on for a too-close-for-comfort triumph.
Ahead by a cool 20 points at the break, the visiting Bulldogs found a way to battle back and slice their deficit to five points with 5:06 to play and four on three occasions before busing home on the wrong end on a 77-74 verdict before a packed gym.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Living on the edge finally caught up with St. Raphael Academy on Friday night.
A deep and determined La Salle squad became the first Rhode Island-based squad to knock off SRA this season as the Rams grinded out a 74-69 double-overtime triumph before an enthusiastic throng of followers at Alumni Hall. Two of La Salleâ€™s primary catalysts were reserves Michael Clark and Dexter Thompson, the pair combining to score all but three of the 15 points the visitors managed between the two extra sessions.
WOONSOCKET â€“ On a night in which she was honored for scoring her 1,000 career point earlier this season, senior Kailey Fugere and the rest of her Woonsocket High teammates cooled off a resurging St. Raphael Academy program Friday night with a 41-36 decision at Savaria Gymnasium.
Fugere, who was recognized for her milestone during a halftime ceremony, finished with 17 points. The game was hardly the Villa Novans best effort, however, as St. Rayâ€™s overcame a 14-point deficit before the break and made their host sweat it out until the final buzzer.
PROVIDENCE â€” Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Friday signed into law legislation that allows Pawtucket to borrow $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANS) and pay them back from next yearâ€™s budget.
The House passed its bill on Wednesday and the Senate voted its version Thursday, when each chamber also passed the otherâ€™s bill. All the votes were unanimous.
The measure allows Pawtucket to avoid a payless payday that had been looming for employees on the second week in February.
Last year Pawtucket borrowed $11.5 million in TANS and paid them back this year.
PAWTUCKET â€” From an unassuming, fourth-floor office in downtown Pawtucket, plans are underway to begin a national campaign to promote research on mental illness.
John F. Boyle
PAWTUCKET - John F. Boyle, 69 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late John P. and Barbara E. (Collins) Boyle. John worked many years at Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan, and more recently as a Manager for Cumberland Farms. In his free time John was an avid fly fisherman, spending many hours fly fishing in various local streams and rivers.
Loretta A. Bessette
PAWTUCKET - Loretta A. Bessette, 80, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012 surrounded by her husband and six children. She was the beloved wife of Leo Bessette Jr. They were happily married for fifty six years.
Jeannette Rose Marie Royer
EAST GREENWICH - Jeannette Rose Marie Royer, 86, of Royal Court, entered into eternal rest Wednesday. She was the wife of the late Robert Royer.
Jeannette was born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Maria (Dargie) Houle. She lived in Pawtucket several years before moving to East Greenwich, She had been employed at the former Balfour Co. as an inspector. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs(St. Mary's) Seekonk.
If the shaky futures of the Tolman and Woonsocket hockey teams didnâ€™t need to receive any additional bad news, they indirectly got some at Monday nightâ€™s meeting of the R.I. Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics in Providence.
Among the developments that transpired during this session was the matter of extending the periods in Division III, as well as girlsâ€™ hockey, from 12 to 15 minutes. This was put to a vote and narrowly (and surprisingly) approved by a 6-to-5 vote.
LINCOLN â€“ Head coach Tom Diiorio doesnâ€™t care too much about dual-meet records. When it comes to his Lincoln High boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ teams, his main concern is that his athletes are swimming well with a fair share of them qualifying for next monthâ€™s state championships.
Both those objectives are being met this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.