November 8th, 2013
Agnes A. Pendergrass
LINCOLN - Agnes A. Pendergrass, 82, of Lincoln, died Thursday at Trinity Health Ctr. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Pendergrass and the daughter of the late Herman and Alice (Smith) Davy. Agnes was the oldest of their 7 daughters.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lonsdale for many years.
She is survived by her daughters Jean Costa of Lincoln, Carol Robillard of Woonsocket; her son Wayne Pendergrass of Lincoln and 2 sons of Central Falls; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren.
Normand Leo Lejeune
SUCCASUNNA, NJ - Normand Leo Lejeune, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Viviane (Joyal) Lejeune for 58 years, together they resided in Succasunna, NJ for 32 years after moving from Rehoboth, MA. Born in Central Falls, RI, he was a son of the late Alfred and Yvonne (Bessette) Lejeune.
PAWTUCKET â€“ General Treasurer Gina Raimondo still isnâ€™t making any commitments to run for governor next year, but she told the Pawtucket Rotary Club Thursday that, if she does run her top priority would be to create job opportunities for Rhode Island.
Noting that the statistic quoted for unemployment in Rhode Island is above 9 percent (9.1), Raimondo told the Rotarians that if you count people with part-time jobs who want full-time employment, the rate is actually closer to 17 percent.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Before looking ahead to what could result in an unusual five-way tie for first place in the Division II-B ranks once the regular season ends this weekend, itâ€™s time to take a history lesson and look back to the last (and only other) time this happened in the state.
In 2008, Tolman, Woonsocket, West Warwick, Warwick Vets, and Westerly found themselves tied for first place in the Division II-A standings with 5-2 records and scratching their heads over which were going to be the four that would play in the following weekendâ€™s opening round of the playoffs.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In his wildest dreams, Ed Cooley could probably not have imagined that he would have to deal with several criseis regarding player personnel on the eve of a new season for the Providence College Friars.
Antonio L. Marcelino
CUMBERLAND - Antonio L. Marcelino, 48, passed away Sunday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Celorico da Beira, Portugal he was the son of Maria C. (Lopes) Marcelino of Cumberland and the late Frederico M. Marcelino. He resided in Cumberland for the past 39 years previously living in Pawtucket.
He was employed by the Info Global Solutions Corp. of East Greenwich for the past 11 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” The charred remains of the three-family house at 420-422 Mineral Spring Ave., where Tuesday's explosion occurred, was abuzz all day Wednesday with police and fire officials, National Grid workers, and various bulldozers and dump trucks. However, as the day drew to a close, there was no word on the cause of the devastating blast and fire that left at least seven people homeless and sent two to the hospital.
CRANSTON â€” After a scoreless initial half, Lincoln High head coach John D'Aloisio assembled his troops in front of a cage at Cranston Stadium on Wednesday night and informed them he wanted to employ a simplistic switch.
Because Providence Country Day's defense would sag around the net whenever the Lions possessed the ball â€“ that in an effort to squelch any up-close attempts at Knights' sophomore keeper Justin LaRose, he wanted one of his forwards to hold back.
PAWTUCKET - Ernest Savastano, 88, passed away on November 4, 2013. He was the husband of the late Mary (Conway) Savastano.
Ernest was in the Army during WWII.
He is survived by his children Ernest Savastano and Maryann Duggan and two sisters, Dina Phaneuf and Dorothy Nimmo. He was the brother of the late Albino Savastano, Leno Savastano, Louis Savastano, Pearl Romano, Nella D'Agnetica, Blanche Nero, and Lynn Simmons.
Elizabeth B. Drezek
PAWTUCKET - Elizabeth "Betty" (Bailey) Drezek, 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Drezek, Jr. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Bertha (Maloney) Bailey. Elizabeth enjoyed playing Bingo and writing poetry. She was a member of the former Poetry Writers Guild, which would meet at the Pawtucket Public Library. Elizabeth was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Manuel Gaspar Dos Santos
PAWTUCKET - Manuel Gaspar Dos Santos, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
He was the beloved husband of Maria Luis (Da Piedade) Dos Santos. Born in Cortico Da Serra, Portugal, he was a son of the late Jose Saraiva and Maria Augusta (Gaspar) Dos Santos.
Besides his wife, Manuel leaves four children, Jorge Gaspar, Maria Cabral, Albertino Gaspar all of Pawtucket and Mario Gaspar in Switzerland; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Manuel was one of nine siblings.
Louis M. Drozd Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Louis M. Drozd Jr., 75, passed away Monday November 4, 2013.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Ludwik M. and Antonina (Siwy) Drozd. He was a life long resident of Pawtucket.
Before retiring Mr. Drozd was employed as a Science Teacher for 30 years at Tolman High School.
He leaves his three loving children, Alyssa T. Dube of NY, Laura J. Hauser of NH, and Louis M. Drozd III of Austria. He also leaves two devoted sisters Helene Brooks, of MA and Barbara Slomin of FL. along with five cherished grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man was severely burned and a baby injured in a house explosion in a triple-decker at 422 Mineral Spring Ave. on Tuesday morning.
Police and fire officials are looking at natural gas as the cause, although the incident remains under investigation. A large crew of National Grid officials, along with investigators from the state Fire Marshalâ€™s Office, were in and around the scene by the afternoon.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ â€śThe darkest days of Central Falls are over,â€ť Mayor James Diossa declared as he coasted in to a full term at City Hall without opposition on Tuesday.
Not only did Diossa win handily, capturing 96 percent of the vote with 23 voters casting write-in ballots, the entire slate of candidates he endorsed for City Council seats also won, although only one of them had an opponent.
In Ward 3, the only contested race, Hugo Figueroa bested Douglas Pendergrass by a margin of 92-61.
PAWTUCKET â€” In the eyes of Gary DiSarcinaâ€™s now-former baseball employer, thereâ€™s no question that his deft and guiding hand that was omnipresent during his first and what turned out his only season managing the Pawtucket Red Sox played a crucial role in the parent clubâ€™s march to a World Series championship.
WEST GREENWICH â€” A little bit more of this, a little bit less of that, and the situation could've been vastly different inside the Exeter/West Greenwich High gymnasium on Tuesday night.
So said Cumberland High head coach Ruth Plante after she watched the Scarlet Knights capture a not-as-easy-as-it-seemed 3-0 triumph over her Clippers in a R.I. Division II Tournament quarterfinal.
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PAWTUCKET â€” Tolman High coach Roger Tow didnâ€™t want to hear about how poorly his team played Tuesday night during a 3-0 loss to East Greenwich in the Division II quarterfinals.
â€śEast Greenwich made us play poorly,â€ť he told his athletic director, John Scanlan, following the 69-minute contest. â€śThey had a good game plan coming in and they executed it. Our offense was missing. I think our team lost some confidence, too, as the match went along.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Less than 72 hours removed from Shea High's most impressive win of the season, head coach Pierre Ridore and his boys were back at work at Max Read Field on Tuesday afternoon, re-polishing their skills.
The seventh-seeded Raiders had manufactured perhaps the upset of the R.I. Interscholastic League's Division I tourney on Saturday night, outlasting No. 2 Barrington, 1-0, in a quarterfinal shootout at Victory Field.
Henry A. Bourgette
ATTLEBORO - Henry A. Bourgette, 89, of Adamsdale Ave, passed away on November 4, 2013 in the Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pawtucket, RI on Oct. 4, 1924, he was a son of the late Oscar and Elizabeth Bourgette.
Henry was raised and educated in Central Falls, RI and South Attleboro. He entered the United States Navy and was a WWII Veteran who participated in the D-Day landing at Normandy.
Robert A. Messier
PAWTUCKET - Robert A. Messier of Pawtucket passed away at home on Sunday, November 3, 2013. He was the husband of Lisa A. (Flanagan) Messier.
Mr. Messier was born in Pawtucket the son of Ernest A. Messier and Esther (Malloy) Delaney.
He was employed by Henderson Electric for many years.
Besides his wife and parents Mr. Messier is survived by his sister Patricia Messier, his stepson Paul Flynn Jr. and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral and burial will be private. For online condolences please visit www.manningheffern.com