Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.
Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.
PAWTUCKET — Parents, family members and friends hailed the conquering heroines in style at the Darlington Braves' bingo hall last Thursday night.
As the announcer introduced each member of the Braves' 15-and-under competitive cheerleading squad, those in the crowd hooted and hollered loudly, and for good reason: The previous Saturday afternoon at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., head coach Nicole Dupont's contingent landed itself the grand championship at the American Youth Cheer National Championships.
CUMBERLAND — In his 48th year of involvement with the Cumberland High wrestling squad, 47 of them as the head coach, Steve Gordon has seen his fair share of ebbs and flows -- that is, outstanding seniors moving on to college, as a result having to rely on newcomers to fill those empty slots.
In others, the loss was minimal, and that plentiful experience led his crew to four state titles and other solid team placements.
Ernest V. Beaulieu
CENTRAL FALLS - Ernest V. Beaulieu, 54, passed on unexpectedly on December 14th.
He was the son of
Heliane (Brodeur) Beaulieu and the late Albert Beaulieu.
Ernie is survived by his siblings, Albert Beaulieu, Diane Corneau, Denise Lavoie, Jeanine Bascom, several nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was the brother of the late Paul Beaulieu.
Diane J. Standring
PAWTUCKET - Diane J. Standring, 65, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Norman E. and Cora T. (Benoit) Standring.
Rita E. Bedard
PAWTUCKET - Rita E. "Rit" (Bergeron) Bedard, 77, passed on December 22nd. Born in Pawtucket, she was the wife of the late Donald A. Bedard to whom she was married for 48 years. Rita was the daughter of the late Laurence Bergeron-Malloney.
Helen M. Keegan
PAWTUCKET - Helen M. Keegan, 84, of Hillside Avenue, died Wednesday evening, December 17, 2014, at Summit Commons Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Frederick T. Keegan, Sr.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Annie (Lipay) Boick.
Helen worked in the office of A & Z Chain Company for several years before retiring.
She leaves a daughter, Karen J. Dunbar, of Pawtucket, and four loving grandchildren. She was also predeceased by her son, Frederick T. Keegan, Jr.
Carole A. Kelley (Rutkowski)
PAWTUCKET - Carole A. Kelley, 73, passed away Friday December 19, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter E. Kelley Jr.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Alexander J. and Stella H. (Szaldak) Rutkowski.
Before retiring Carole owned and operated the former Jewel Box of Pawtucket.
Carole leaves her caregiver Jessica F. Goncalves of Cumberland and also leaves her best friend, her dog Yogi. She was the mother of the late Keith P. Kelley and the sister of the late Richard A. Rutkowski.
Alice Irene Issa
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Alice Irene (Dion) Issa, 94 of North Providence, RI, loving wife of 71 years to Alphonse Issa, passed away on Monday, December 22 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital with her loving family by her side. Alice was born on August 24, 1920 in Springfield, MA the daughter of Samuel and Lottie Dion.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A guinea pig got loose and couldnâ€™t be found after a man broke apart the animalâ€™s cage by kicking it in the midst of a heated domestic quarrel Sunday, police said.
Barry Joseph Cartin, 40, of 92 Bates St., is facing charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal, domestic disorderly conduct, and domestic assault and battery, according to Major Arthur Martins.
The episode came to the attention of the police shortly before noon, when a 42-year-old woman came to police headquarters saying her boyfriend had roughed her up.
Rocco Baldelli wasn’t seeking a switch in assignments with the Tampa Bay Rays. In his own words, the Woonsocket native and Bishop Hendricken alumnus “was very much into the work he was doing” as a key and trusted figurehead in the front office.
LOVELAND, CO - Twila Stevens was born June 9, 1927 in Great Bend, KS to Frank and Nola (Dixon) Stoss, and entered into rest on December 9, 2014 at the Green House at Mirasol in Loveland, CO at the age of 87.
CUMBERLAND - Helen Borozny, 97, of Cumberland died Monday morning at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Philip Hulitar Center in Providence. She was the loving wife of the late Michael Borozny, Sr. who died in 1971.
Mrs. Borozny was born and raised in Providence and upon her marriage moved to Cumberland where she resided for over 75 years.
Helen was a dedicated homemaker when raising her family and later worked for Health-Tex in Cumberland. She was a talented cook and enjoyed gardening and keeping up her skills through word-find and crossword puzzles.
Willard L. Menconi
ST. CLOUD, FL. - Willard "Will" Lewis Menconi (83 years) of St Cloud, Florida died peacefully in his home on December 10, 2014. He was born on December 3, 1931 in Central Falls, Rhode Island to William Lee Menconi and Leona Le Beau Menconi. Will's brother, 2Lt Lee William Menconi, US Army, sacrificed his life during the VietNam War. Will served in the Korean War with the US Army for two years.
Will is survived by his wife, Donna Mae Jenkins, daughter; Jeanette Girdner and her husband Troy, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
PAWTUCKET - Eugenia "Jean" (Stenovitch) Donato, 73, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014. She was the former wife of Basil Donato. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Amelia (Kogut) Stenovitch.
Jean was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her two granddaughters, Nicole and Julie Donato. She loved reading; cooking and going to dinner with family and friends. Jean was an avid sports fan, she especially enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
Frank E. McDonald
SOUTH ATTLEBORO - Frank "Red" E. McDonald, 90, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Collinson) McDonald for sixty-six years.
Born in Burrillville, a son of the late Mary (Locklin) McDonald, he resided in Pawtucket before moving to South Attleboro over forty years ago.
Robert J. Mikula
CUMBERLAND - Robert J. Mikula 58, of Lenox Street, passed away Saturday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Edwin and Eleanor M. (Obuchon) Mikula. He was lifelong resident of Cumberland.
He is survived by his brother Anthony E. Mikula of Blackstone, MA., and his sister Elaine George of Cumberland. Three nephews Michael, Matthew and Peter Mikula, two nieces Crystal and Shannon George and one great niece Alana Riendeau.
CENTRAL FALLS - Eileen Keenan, 88, passed on December 20th. She was the wife of the late Joseph E. Keenan.
She is survived by 4 daughters, Barbara Laramee, Sheila Keenan, Donna Petrin and Pamela LaPlante, 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Edward Keenan.