Archive - 2013
William L. Bourgault Jr.
SMITHFIELD - William L. Bourgault Jr, "Bill" 66, passed on November 1st at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer. He was the husband of Lucille (Tremblay) Bourgault.
He was the son of the late William L. Bourgault Sr. and Annette (Ouellette) Bourgault.
Bill was the proprietor of Rycourt Metal Fabricators for 20 years. He was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War serving aboard the USS Intrepid.
Marion L. Pothier
PAWTUCKET - Marion L. Pothier, age 88, died Saturday November 2nd 2013 after a brief illness. She had been a resident of Pawtucket for 55 years.
Born in Providence to Joseph E. and Katherine A. (Duffy) Pothier.
She attended Hope High School, was a graduate of Bryant College and earned two Master Degrees from Bentley College and Boston University. She taught business at Natick, MA High School for most of her career. She later worked for Cyborg Systems, Inc. as a software programmer.
Mary E. Goodwin
RUMFORD - Mary E. Goodwin of Rumford died on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Emerald Bay Manor in Cumberland, RI. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Peter Goodwin and Elizabeth (Curley) Goodwin. Mary was a graduate of Bryant University and taught in the Business Department of the William E. Tolman High School for nearly three decades. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Pawtucket Country Club for more than fifty years. Mary was also a member of the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance as well as the RIAFT Retired Teachers Association.
PAWTUCKETâA row of mill windows...for someone looking in to glimpse bustling industry and for someone looking out to dream big dreams. This is the image that will soon greet motorists heading into Rhode Island on Interstate 95 near exits 29 and 30 in Pawtucket.
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PAWTUCKET â The wide-open Division II-B playoff race got a bit more interesting on Saturday afternoon when St. Raphael Academy beat high-scoring North Kingstown at its own game.
The Saints raced to a 54-34 victory over the Skippers, who came in averaging 30 points per league game with their hurry-up offense. This was a football game that turned into a track meet in the third quarter when the two teams combined for 48 points.
FOSTER â All season long, Amy Laverty carried Cumberland High on her slender shoulders. Sunday at the Rhode Island High School Cross Country Championships that took place at Ponaganset High, the sophomore was the recipient of a little help from her Clipper teammates.
The Cumberland girls ended up placing five runners inside the top 50, such a strong showing resulting in a fourth-place finish in the team standings and a coveted spot in next weekendâs New England Championships in Manchester, N.H. As usual, Laverty was the Clippersâ top point getter, finishing eighth with a time of 19:05.
LINCOLN â Like most coaches, Lincoln High chief John DâAloisio admitted being more relieved than thrilled after his club celebrated an incredibly well-played, physical but nonetheless thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over East Greenwich in a R.I. Division Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday night.
âYou really canât enjoy it until the whole thing is finished,â he confessed with a smile, referring to the fact his Lions still need to furnish two triumphs to capture the state title in which theyâve all been longing.
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PAWTUCKET â Cumberland High took advantage of a crucial pass interference call with three minutes left in Friday nightâs game and scored the winning touchdown with 79 seconds left in what became a perilous 14-7 victory over a gallant Shea team that deserved a better fate.
PROVIDENCE â Earlier this week, Bob Walsh took in a Providence College practice at Alumni Hall.
What did the Rhode Island College head coach glean in advance of Saturdayâs 5:30 p.m. exhibition tilt between the Friars and the Anchormen at the Dunkinâ Donuts Center?
âTheyâre much deeper as far as talent goes, and they have a lot of offensive weapons,â said Walsh when reached Friday. âThe guys that the Friars have added â Brandon Austin, Carson Desrosiers, Tyler Harris â theyâre all long.
Manuel S. Gomes, Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Manuel S. Gomes, Jr., 39 of Pawtucket died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was the loving husband of Michelle Gomes they were high school sweethearts and had been married for 18 years. Born in Cape Verde he was the son of Manuel Gomes, Sr. and Justa Depina (Rodrigues) Gomes.
Prior to his death Manuel was working as the lead supervisor for food and beverage at Brown University.
Besides his wife and his parents, Manuel is survived by his brothers, Jack Gomes of Cape Verde, Calou Gomes of Providence, Nick Gomes of Cape Verde and Michael Gomes of Pawtucket.
LINCOLN â A fast moving six-alarm fire destroyed a significant portion of the historic Lonsdale Bleachery Mill complex Thursday night as scores of firefighters from Lincoln and surrounding northern Rhode Island communities did their best to contain it.
The fire came in as a box alarm from the mill complex at 5:12 p.m., according to Police Capt. Phillip Gould, and could be seen erupting from windows of a largely vacant mill building along the Blackstone River as fire companies arrived on scene.
PAWTUCKET -- St. Raphael Academy veteran chief Mike Sassi, his assistants and his gridders have spent hours in front of game films this week in preparation of what could be their most difficult foe thus far in North Kingstown.
When the Saints meet the Skippers in a critical Division II-B bash at 2 p.m., Saturday at Pariseau Field, Sassiâs defense will be trying to halt an uptempo, no-huddle offense that has registered 245 points while compiling a 6-1 overall record and 202 while going 4-1 mark in league action.
Sassiâs crew will enter at 3-3 overall and 3-2 in II-B.
LINCOLN - Firefighters from Woonsocket, Cumberland, Central Falls, Pawtucket and other communities assisted Lincoln Fire Department in battling a fast moving blaze at the vacant Lonsdale Bleachery that broke out about 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Fire crews doused the flames for several hours. The building partially collapsed. There was no word Thursday night on a cause. Read the full story, view additional photos in Friday's Call.
LINCOLN - A five-alarm fire ripped through the Lonsdale Mills early this evening.
Mutual aid was called from surrounding communities as flames were visible from well beyond the vacant mill, which early reports say has caused a partial collapse of the structure.
A reporter and photographer are at the scene, with more details coming as they are available.
BOSTON â Wherever Arnie Beyeler goes, championships seem to follow.
One year after piloting the Pawtucket Red Sox to their first Governorsâ Cup championship in 28 years, Beyeler received a promotion as the longtime minor-league manager joined the Boston Red Sox as the teamâs first-base coach.
Just like that memorable September night when the PawSox celebrated the night away in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Beyeler found himself smack dab in the middle of another champagne-drenched celebration, this one taking place on a much brighter stage.
BOSTON â A year ago, they were dead last. Before the season, not many people around baseball believed they had enough talent to escape the American League East basement.
The 2013 Boston Red Sox made the free world stand up and take notice Wednesday night, capping off an incredible worst-to-first turnaround with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series. The championship is the eighth in Boston franchise history and the third since 2004.
BOSTON â Whenever a season winds down, the inclination is to stare into a crystal ball, hoping that it will reveal answers regarding the future.
BOSTON â In the eyes of Frank Thomas, David Ortiz didnât become the top designated hitter on the planet purely by accident.
âTo have success at that position, youâve got to work on a lot of things during the game that people donât see,â explained Thomas while watching the Red Sox take batting practice prior to Game 6 of the World Series. âYouâve got to stay mentally focused and youâve got to stay loose to get up there and jump into a ballgame like youâre 100 percent ready to go.â
EAST GREENWICH â When one of her players asked Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello how her baby was surviving the early moments of a battle between the Clippers and Smithfield on Wednesday night, the elder replied, âPretty good, I think.â
Immediately after the second-ranked Sentinels had roared to an incredible 3-2 victory in this R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal at Nick Carcieri Field, Capone-Bello kept the same sense of humor, though looked sad doing so.
Maria A. Branco
CUMBERLAND - Maria Alice Branco, 75, of England St. passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of Joaquim Branco.
Born in Pisao, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Jose and Maria A. (DaSilva) Rosa. She came to this country in 1967 settling in Cumberland.
Mrs. Branco was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland and a member of the Uniao Benificente Portuguese, Pawtucket.