December 27th, 2011
Charles C. Burns
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Charles C. Burns of Allen Ave. passed away peacefully Monday, December, 26, 2011 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI surrounded by his loving family. He died at the age of 70 after being stricken by an unexpected illness.
Claire R. Rancourt
PAWTUCKET - Claire R. (Bebeau) Rancourt, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 25, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Antoine G. Rancourt,together they had celebrated 50 years of marriage. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Blanche E. (St. Germain) Bebeau.
Claire was an avid bowler and card player. She was also a volunteer at the Community Food Pantry, Benefit St., Pawtucket and was actively involved with the RIARC, Blackstone Valley Chapter.
Lucille T. Coutu
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucille T. Coutu, 85, passed December 26th with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of the late Central Falls Fire Chief Robert A. Coutu.
She was a daughter of the late Charles and Alphonsine (Levesque) Hall.
She had been employed by the Central Falls School Department before retiring.
Lucille was an avid gardener and enjoyed Tai Chi and spending time with her children.
CUMBERLAND - Roger Gamache, 77, of Mt. St. Rita's Health Care Centre, Cumberland, died Sunday at his residence where he lived for the past 5 years. Born October 13, 1934 in Central Falls, he was a son of the late Ralph and Marion (Plouffe) Martin Gamache.
He was a graduate of Pawtucket East High School. He had been employed by Greystone, Inc. for 10 years. He had previously been employed by Healthtex, Inc. for 29 years.
Cathy E. Alves
CUMBERLAND - Cathy E. Alves, 55 of Eddy Street, passed away Monday in R.I. Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Sebastiao M. Alves.
Born in Columbia, SC., she was the daughter of the late Luther and Mary (Frier) Drawdy Jr. Mrs. Alves resided in Cumberland most of her life.
She was employed as a CNA for Access Home Health Care of East Providence.
WARWICK â€“ Lincoln High is young this season with more than half of its roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores.
According to head coach James Riel, the one thing the Lions do have in their favor is depth.
While Lincoln may still struggle somewhat against the upper-echelon of teams in Division I, Riel envisions his squad being competitive against its other rivals.
The Lions gave evidence of that the past two games.
WARWICK â€“ It was another win for Cumberland High, its sixth straight without a defeat.
But after his Clippers blanked Division III foe Mount Hope, 2-0, in the second game of the Toll Gate Holiday Tournament at Thayer Arena, CHS head coach Mark Andreozzi wasnâ€™t exactly singing praise about his squad.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Reform of troubled city and town pension plans will be on the Senateâ€™s agenda in the coming year, President Teresa Paiva Weed acknowledges, but she will insist it be â€śsustainable, long-term structural changes, not simple quick fixes to the municipalitiesâ€™ budget problems.
â€śThatâ€™s what we are trying to avoid,â€ť she told The Call in an interview that looked back at the legislative year just past and ahead to the session that begins January 3.
Some RIIL history was made last March when the Johnston/North Providence team became the first co-op club to win a state championship, doing so when it swept defending champ Mount Hope in their best-of-three Division III title series.
While Johnston/North Providenceâ€™s championship didnâ€™t come as much as a surprise -- the team was 14-1-1 during the regular season and the top seed in the playoffs -- it was a bit shocking to see a boysâ€™ co-op squad capture a state crown before a girlsâ€™ team.
PAWTUCKET â€” For about 15 minutes in the first half of Friday nightâ€™s game, St. Raphael Academy looked every bit like the defending state championship team that it is, sprinting out to a 39-22 lead over a solid East Providence team that seemed troubled by the speed of the contest.
The Saints built their biggest lead of the night at 60-33, then watched a never-quit East Providence almost get back into the game with a 21-7 run.
At the final horn, the Saints walked off with a 72-56 victory that left head coach Tom Sorrentine shaking his head.
Paige Hardy, 5, of Pawtucket â€” decked out in her holiday attire â€” shares the three special things she wants for Christmas during a visit with Santa at a recent benefit for The Times Merry Christmas Fund. Donations are being accepted into January. Checks or money orders can be sent to: The Times Merry Christmas Fund, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
The Pawtucket Corps of the Salvation Army distributes the money to wherever the need is greatest.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's not like the glory days of the textiles industry, but manufacturing is still alive and well in Pawtucket. So many products â€” sold both nationally and internationally â€” are being made here that city officials have decided to showcase many of these companies in the lobby of City Hall on a rotating basis.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ask George Hey his reaction to having reached triple figures, and he smartly replies, â€śI donâ€™t know. Iâ€™d guess I feel the same as I did last week.â€ť
Fact is, Hey, who has been living at the Pawtucket Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, located at 70 Gill Ave. for the past seven months, turned 100 on Tuesday, and those who love him threw one heckuva birthday party inside the first-floor activities room. It included a few dozen residents, nurses and administrators as well as most of his four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary A. Sobral
PAWTUCKET - Mary A. Sobral, of Naples Florida and Pawtucket died December 16, 2011 in Florida. She was the wife of Daniel D. Sobral Sr.
Mrs. Sobral was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Jose Costa and Anna(Torres) Costa. She was an assembler for the Fram Corporation for many years.
Besides her husband she leaves a son, Daniel D. Sobral Jr, of Pawtucket and her brother Roy Costa of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Joaquim and Jose Costa.
Margaret M. Kelly
PAWTUCKET - Margaret "Margie" M. (Kaveny) Kelly, 94, of Pond Street, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 22, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold B. Kelly. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Julia (McCabe) Kaveny. Margie had worked as a nanny for the Douglas family for many years and more recently as a School Lunch Aid at both Jenks Jr. High School and Tolman High School in Pawtucket.
Antonio L. DaSilva
CUMBRLAND - Antonio L. DaSilva, 92, died Tuesday in the Philip Hulitar Center,Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Emilia (DaNave) DaSilva.
Born in Meridia,Portugal he was the son of the late Manuel Lopes DaSilva and Maria (Ferreira) DaSilva. He resided in Cumberland for over 50 years.
He was a construction worker until his retirement having worked for various Rhode Island area firms.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church and a member of the Clube Juventude Lusitana, Cumberland.
Louis V. Pezzi
PAWTUCKET - Louis V. Pezzi, 74, longtime educator and sports coach, passed away Friday, December 23, 2011. The beloved husband of Jacqueline M. (Champoux) Pezzi, they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late Louis A. and Mary(Romano) Pezzi. Lou served in the United States Marine Corps. A graduate of Providence College, he was a teacher at Shea High School as well as a soccer and tennis coach for many years until retiring. Lou enjoyed golfing and was an avid Yankee fan.
PAWTUCKET â€” As 2011 winds down, more than a dozen municipal employees have decided to retire, including several who occupy key positions in Pawtucket City Hall.
Longtime Tax Assessor David Quinn just announced his retirement on Thursday, although he will be stepping into the same role in the city of Providence. He told the Times that he is leaving to take the Tax Assessor's job at Providence City Hall under Mayor Angel Taveras that recently became available. He added that it was â€śtoo good of an opportunity to turn down.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ As the saying goes, giving is its own reward. But at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, theyâ€™ve figured out a way to double the reward.
Itâ€™s called Blessings in a Backpack, a program that provides needy children from Woonsocket with food for the weekend â€“ when they canâ€™t get a meal in school.
Once a week, a group of volunteers at the nursing home and rehab facility stuff backpacks with cans of tuna, applesauce and other treats â€“ enough to bridge the gap between Fridays and Mondays. But itâ€™s no ordinary group of volunteers.
Lucille Dianna Smith
CUMBERLAND - Lucille Dianna (Gasse) Smith, 76, formerly of Canning Street, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011 in the Orchard View Nursing Home, East Providence. She was the wife of Gerald Dusablon.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Eva (Lepire) Gasse. She resided in Providence for the past five years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Mrs. Smith was employed as a Navy Line Worker for Texas Instruments for over 15 years until her retirement.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.