Archive - 2014
Things have a tendency to move pretty quickly around here – almost too quickly to catch up and fully appreciate what has transpired. On a day-to-day basis, we concern ourselves with concrete items such as wins or losses, how many points a team puts up, or whether the season culminates in championship glory.
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the small, but significant individual moments. Rest assured that it’s not our intent to paint with broad strokes.
Theresa I. LaPalme
PAWTUCKET - Theresa I. (Dupuis) LaPalme, 89, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Roland G. LaPalme for 65 years before he passed away on March 13, 2014. A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph T. C. and Eva R. (Doullard) Dupuis.
CUMBERLAND – For a sport like wrestling that prides itself on physicality and toughness, there sure were a lot of softer emotions like love, honor and respect on display Tuesday night at The Wellness Center when Cumberland High recorded the 500th dual-meet victory in program history, all under one man, head coach Steve Gordon.
PAWTUCKET - Maria Pires, 28, passed on December 27th.
She was the daughter of Isabel Vaz and Antonio Pires. She is survived by three sisters, Maria R. Pires, Eugenia Alves and Stephanie Vaz, and a brother, Olavo Pires.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held THIS MORNING at 11am in St. Mary Church, 103 Pine St, Pawtucket. Burial will be in Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit at the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, WEDNESDAY morning, December 31st starting at 8am.
Maria E. Rita
PAWTUCKET - Maria E. Rita, 75, passed on December 30th surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Norberto M. Rita. They have been married for 52 years.
She had been employed by Hasbro Inc. for almost 25 years. Maria was an active volunteer at Sacred Heart Parish.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Norberto S. Rita and Rui Rita, two daughters, Maria Ledoux and Jenny Green, seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Justin, Catrina, Stephanie, Devon, Andrew and Makenzie, a great granddaughter, Eva, nieces, Fatima Amado, Gil Avila and Lucy.
Ida A. Langlois
PAWTUCKET - Ida A. (Lech) Langlois, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Gerard A. Langlois, Sr. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Belengo) Lech.
Ida loved sewing and was an avid Bingo player. She enjoyed going to Foxwoods and Twin River. Ida was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Barbara A. Oliveira
ATTLEBORO - Barbara A. Oliveira, 89, of Princess Avenue and formerly Brown Street South Attleboro and Clarke Street Cumberland, passed away on Monday surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Jack Oliveira.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Waters) Smith.
She resided in Cumberland for 23 years and previously in South Attleboro for 42 years.
She was an inspector for the FRAM Corporation, Pawtucket for 30 years.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Investigators have concluded that careless smoking caused a fire that heavily damaged a duplex at 7 Boyle Ave. early Sunday, leaving four people homeless.
Michael Sweeney, chief of investigations for the state fire marshalâ€™s office, said someone left a lit cigarette on a bed in one of the units.
â€śThey put it there and just forgot it was there,â€ť said Sweeney.
Luckily, said Sweeney, everyone was able to escape from the dwelling without injury.
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.
LINCOLN — Head coach Mike Tuorto would be more assured of what to expect from his Lincoln High matmen this season if he had All-State phenom Alex D'Aloisio back for another go-around.
He, however, graduated last June, and is now beginning his academic/athletic career at Arizona State University.
SMITHFIELD — A trio of sophomores led Cumberland High to a 70-40 victory over Burrillville – not to mention a divisional title within the annual Rhode Island Board of Girls Basketball Officials/Smithfield Boosters Holiday Tournament – at Smithfield High’s gym on Monday night.
Julianne Ross manufactured 18 points, seven assists, five steals, while Mary Lynch contributed eight points and nine boards and Allison Ladetto seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Pauline A. (LeBlanc) Laliberte
1938 - 2014
Raymond E. Robitaille
PAWTUCKET - Raymond E. Robitaille, 87, died at home on Friday, December 26, 2014. He was the husband of the late Marie (Ferland) Robitaille and the late Marguerite (Dumas) Robitaille. Raymond was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Henry and Cyprienne (Paquin) Robitaille. He was a machine operator at Collyer Wire, Pawtucket for many years until his retirement. He was an avid lawn bowler and golfer and a fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy.
PAWTUCKET - Normand Hebert, 84, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Marcelle (Beaulieu) Hebert. They were happily married for 59 years. Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late Henry and Eva (Houle) Hebert. Normand was an electronic technician for Raytheon for 25 years, retiring in 1995.
Besides his wife he is survived by his children, John Hebert, Susan Dewitt, and Donna Barron; a brother, Rene Hebert; 8 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Josephine V. Terrien
PAWTUCKET - Josephine V. Terrien, 83, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, December 26, 2014 at home. She was the wife of the late Louis M. Terrien. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Marie (St. Germaine) Horne.
CUMBERLAND - John Hull 89, passed away Saturday December 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Stella (Koziol) Hull. They were married for 65 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Francis and Apolonia (Robak) Hull. He lived in Cumberland for the past 65 years and was formerly of Pawtucket.
Before retiring John was employed for 25 years as a Correctional Officer by the Rhode Island Dept. of Corrections.
Mr. Hull server proudly as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Gladys A. DeRosier
CUMBERLAND - Gladys A. (Zyons) DeRosier, 91, of Pollett St., passed away Saturday in Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. DeRosier.
A lifelong Cumberland resident she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Victoria Zyons.
James A. Hodgson
LINCOLN - James A. Hodgson, 87, of Arlington Drive, died Saturday, December 27, at the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Elaine M. (Dickie) Hodgson.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Deborah Dogul of Cumberland, and Beth Hodgson-Wright of Ponchatoula, La.; one sister, Lois Cooke of Greenville, and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late David Hodgson, and the brother of the late Dorothy Murphy.
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J. Albert Newton, Jr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - J. Albert Newton, Jr., 102, passed away on December 24, 2014 at Hallworth House, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Rodger) Newton. They would have celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary on March 20th. Born on February 6, 1912, he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Ruth (Brown) Newton. He and Elizabeth were residents of Rumford for over 60 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” A local man was charged with assault of police officers after a fracas in a parking lot outside of The Met early Friday morning left one officer hospitalized, authorities said.
Around 1 a.m. Friday, Pawtucket Police Officer Zachary Day was on patrol in the area of The Met, at 1005 Main St. He observed there was a large group of people â€“ estimated to be over 100 â€“ leaving the music club and disrupting the flow of traffic, police said. Approximately 15 vehicles were stopped in the roadway.
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