March 4th, 2011
PAWTUCKET - Rene Berthelette, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, March 04, 2011 after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Alice (Laramee) Berthelette.
SCITUATE â€” Hinting broadly that he may soon return to public life, perhaps as a political candidate, State Police Col. Brendan Doherty announced Thursday that he is retiring effective April 1.
Both Doherty and Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s office denied that friction between Doherty and Chafee â€” who were at odds over the Providence Police Departmentâ€™s decision to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program â€” led to Dohertyâ€™s seemingly abrupt decision to step down.
PAWTUCKET â€” Davies Tech baffled Shea High with its matchup zone defense on Wednesday evening en route to a 32-25 victory over the Raiders in a Division III quarterfinal-round playoff contest.
The Patriots trailed 16-10 at halftime, then went on a 15-2 run to take a 25-18 lead with 3:58 left in the game. Sheaâ€™s only two points during the first 12 minutes of the second half came on free throws.
Dominateur C. Bernier Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Dominateur C. Bernier Jr. of Pawtucket, RI died on February 28, 2011. He was the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Dominateur C. Bernier Sr.
He was born May 23, 1942 in Central Falls, RI. He worked as a printer for 15 years at Foxon Packaging in Providence, RI and was in the taxi business for 40 years.
He is survived by his children, Brian Bernier, Michele Gendron, Dominateur Bernier III, Tonya Peckham and Sean Bernier. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 3 sisters, Teresa Watts, Irene Bernier, and Marie Lomax.
Ronald M. Forshaw
PAWTUCKET: Ronald M. Forshaw, 52, of Lake St, passed February 25th with his loving wife Elaine (Beland) Forshaw by his side.
Born in Hollywood, FL, a son of late Richard and Patricia (McGee) Forshaw.
He had been employed as a shipping supervisor at Slater Dye Works, Pawtucket for over 20 years.
Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers, John Forshaw of Florida and Michael Forshaw of Manville and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com.
Luz Maria Sostre
CENTRAL FALLS - Luz Maria Sostre, formerly of Forand Manor. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 9 AM in the Charles Coelho Funeral Home, 151 Cross Street, Central Falls. Visitation Friday, 5-8 pm. Burial in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence Condolences, www.coelhofuneralhome.net
Catherine E. Mercer
PAWTUCKET - Catherine E. Mercer, 88, of Pawtucket died Thursday, March 3, 2011. She was the wife of John A. Mercer. They had been married 64 years. Catherine was born in Rumford, the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Waters) Smith.
Frank DiOrio Jr.
WARWICK - Frank DiOrio Jr., 58, of Warwick, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
Husband and best friend to Marjorie DiOrio; the beloved son of Juliette (Santagata) Cardogno, and the late, Frank DiOrio Sr. A loving father to his children, Jason, Michael and Christy DiOrio, and Brian Rector. An inspiring brother to his two sisters Donna Sieta and Valerie Cachiotto. Frank also leaves behind 2 beautiful grandchildren, Isabella and Ava.
A retired custom car builder, Frank was a master carpenter who enjoyed restoring and renovating old homes.
Agnes A. Cleveland
PAWTUCKET: Agnes A. Cleveland, 77, of Carnation St, passed at the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket after a long bout with cancer. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert N. Cleveland.
Born in Cumberland, daughter of the late Henri and Rosanna (Frechette) L'Heureux. Agnes lived in Pawtucket most of her life.
She was a supervisor at Interpak for 20 years before retiring.
She was a former treasurer of the Burns Manor Association and volunteered at Darlington Assisted Living Center in Pawtucket. Agnes liked going on trips and to concerts.
PAWTUCKET - Charlotte (Hosfeld) Tarpy, 89, of Pequot Road died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Martin L. Tarpy.
Born in Shippensburg, PA, a daughter of the late George and Marjorie (Boher)Hosfeld, she had lived in Pawtucket for most of her life.
CENTRAL FALLS:Therese Ducharme, 86, passed March 2, 2011 with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Rene Ducharme.
Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Clement and Edouilda (Moreau) Racicot.
She had been employed by Murdock Webbing for over 30 years before retiring.
Robert M. Thomas
EAST PROVIDENCE - Robert M. Thomas, 95, of East Providence died Tuesday at the Philip Hulitar Center. He was the husband of the late Jean (Gordon) Thomas. They were married for 60 years.
Born in St. Louis, MO, the son of the late Rev. Albert C. Thomas and Minnie(Mansfield) Thomas, he lived in Rumford for over 60 years. He graduated from Durfee High School in Fall River in 1933, Moses Brown School in 1934, and Brown University in 1938.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Wrestlers can get hot in much the same way a basketball player or golfer can get into â€śthe zoneâ€ť in their sports.
There is a mental element to this sport that can pay dividends when a wrestler acts decisively on the mat, confident in his execution of takedown attempts, instead of taking the mat in a tentative mood.
CUMBERLAND â€” The 66-year-old victim of last week's violent home invasion at 124 Overhill Road in Cumberland has been identified as Harvey O. Salvas, who also is a staff member of the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities.
Salvas is the commission's state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator specializing in accessibility and assistive technology. He is also a former building official in Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Three of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s nominees to the Board of Regents, including chairman-designate George Caruolo, won approval from the Senate Education Committee on split votes Tuesday.
After enduring extensive grilling from committee members on his opinion of Commissioner Deborah Gist and several of the reforms she has championed, on his potential conflict of interest in simultaneously being regents chairman and a lobbyist for the Twin River gambling casino and not losing the $75 million in federal Race to the Top funds Rhode Island was awarded last year.
PAWTUCKET â€” Late in its meeting on Wednesday night, the City Council gave first passage to some ordinances allowing for several City Hall job and salary changes that were proposed by the Grebien administration. However, two of the job changes, which resulted in substantial raises for these positions, drew some questions and criticism from several council members.
The march to Providence College is on!
Five boysâ€™ and two girlsâ€™ teams will begin their quests for championship glory this weekend when their best-of-three quarterfinal round series get under way at hockey rinks scattered throughout the state.
In Division I, Mount St. Charles Academy will pursue its fourth straight state title. The Mounties are the top seed and will face eighth-seeded Smithfield on Friday at 9 p.m. at Adelard Arena and again on Saturday at 8 at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Rest is always welcome â€“ just so as long as rust doesnâ€™t start to form.
Eleven days will have elapsed since St. Raphael Academyâ€™s last game â€“ a tough-to-swallow 77-75 loss to Coventry in the Division I quarterfinals on Feb. 21 â€“ and the next time the Saints participate in a meaningful affair. Their reintroduction to spirited competition, complete with three referees and a neutral setting, is set for Friday night against Westerly High in the new all-inclusive state tournament at the Providence Career & Technical Academy Fieldhouse.
For most of the elite athletes in the state, including several with local ties, Fridayâ€™s New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships signifies the end of the winter season.
For a select few like Central Falls senior Aleide Fernandes, itâ€™s just one more meet to prepare for the inaugural New Balance Nationals the following week.
Mary C. Ward
PAWTUCKET - Mary C. Ward died peacefully, at home, on Saturday. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late James and Jane (Burrell) Ward. She is survived by her companion David Bishop. Ms. Ward worked as a Telephone Operator for the Department of Human Services in Pawtucket for many years before retiring. Funeral and burial will be private. Arrangements by COSTIGAN-O'NEILL Funeral Home, Pawtucket. For online condolences www.rifuneral.com