April 8th, 2011
Joseph I. Thurber Jr.
CUMBERLAND - Joseph I. Thurber Jr., 84, of Day Rd. died Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the beloved husband of Mildred (Sword) Thurber. They were preparing to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary this month.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph I. and Jeanette (Bourassa) Thurber Sr. He resided in Cumberland for the past 61 years.
He was employed as the Service Manager by the former Mandeville Chevrolet, North Attleboro for over 30 years until his retirement.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Ararad "BUZZ" Buzdigian 86, passed Sunday April 3, 2011 At Hospice House Woodside in Florida. He was the beloved husband Laura E. (Majka) Buzdigian. They were married for 60 years.
Born in Pawtucket he was a son of the late Elias and Eva (Phelie) Buzdigian.
Before retiring he was employed for over 40 years at the Entwistle Company, where he worked his way up from Machinist to Sales Product Manager, retiring to Florida in 1988.
He was a WWII Army Veteran serving both in the European and Pacific Theaters.
Therese M. St. Pierre
ATTLEBORO - Therese M. St. Pierre, 82, a longtime resident of North Attleboro died early Friday morning, April 8, 2011 in Golden Living Center, Attleboro where she has resided since 2008. She was the wife of the late Maurice Gerard St. Pierre who passed away in 1976.
Born January 30, 1929 in Pawtucket, RI, she was a daughter of the late Josephat and Donalda (Benoit) Kirouac.
Therese grew up in Pawtucket and was a graduate of St. Cecelia's Elementary School in Pawtucket and later received a diploma from Bristol Community College.
PAWTUCKET - Valentino Billeri, 90 of Pawtucket died Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. He is survived by his wife Frances Billeri. Born in Norton, Massachusetts Valentino was the son of the late Frank and Rose (DiSanto) Billeri. He was a Pawtucket resident for most of his life.
Rae G. Murdock
North Providence - Rae G. Murdock, 77, of Jane Street died Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of Arthur Murdock.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Malcolm K. and Doris (Aitken) Barker, she had lived in North Providence for the past 23 years.
Mrs. Murdock was the parish secretary at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pawtucket for 35 years, retiring in 2008.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Lori Bedame of North Providence and Donna Kwiatkowski of Pascoag; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
PAWTUCKET â€“ All appeared to be fine in Alfredo Acevesâ€™ universe when he walked into the home clubhouse shortly after 4 oâ€™clock on Thursday afternoon. The righthander chatted briefly with a reporter before going through the necessary preparations for that nightâ€™s start against Rochester.
Those plans were officially scrapped 15 minutes prior to first pitch, as Scott Atchison took Acevesâ€™ spot. Itâ€™s believed that the Red Sox will place reliever Matt Albers on the disabled list on Friday and call up Aceves in time for Bostonâ€™s home opener against the New York Yankees.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Red Sox have certainly provided plenty of grist for the mill. Thatâ€™s what happens when you begin the season with unprecedented expectations (World Series or bust) only to stumble out of the gate with six straight losses. Agony doesnâ€™t even begin to describe the early-season travails with your Boston baseball club.
Weâ€™re not about to declare that hope is lost, especially when you subtract six from 162 and end up with 156, which is how many games the Red Sox have left. Time is on their side.
PAWTUCKET --- Lincoln High made good on its first splendid day of the spring to play baseball.
The Lions scored four times in their opening swings and tacked on three runs in the third inning before settling on a 10-5 victory over St. Raphael Academy on Thursday afternoon in the Division I-North opener for both teams at sun-drenched Vets Park.
University of Rhode Island-bound Ryan Oâ€™Dell went 3-for-4 to propel the Lionsâ€™ 11-hit assault, and Kyle Jacksonâ€™s two-run double in the first inning and Matt Sorkinâ€™s two-run single in the third were the key hits for the visitors.
PAWTUCKET â€” Concern about the future of the Pawtucket Armory building now that it is in receivership has prompted city officials to call for an emergency meeting with the Pawtucket Armory Association, the receiver, and other pertinent parties.
Councilor Albert Vitali had asked the city's legal department to look into whether or not the city could take back the historic property through some type of â€śreverter clauseâ€ť now that it is in receivership.
Richard L. Sifers
PAWTUCKET: Richard L. "Pop" Sifers, 62, passed April 6th at home with his loving family by his side. He was the longtime companion of the late Catie Greene.
He had been employed as a Steeplejack for over 30 years.
Pop was a past president of the former Brother's East Motorcycle Club.
He is survived by 4 daughters, 3 sons, 12 grandchildren a great granddaughter, a brother and a sister.
Sandra, R. Williams
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Sandra, R. (Verduchi) Williams, 50, passed unexpectedly on April 4th.
She was the daughter of the late Louis and Carol (Amitrano) Verduchi.
She was employed by Woodlawn Auto Service of Pawtucket.
She is survived by her daughter Melissa L. Williams of North Providence, a brother, Gary J. Verduchi and Julie Solan of Lincoln, a sister Corrine P. O'Donnell and her husband John of Chepachet, 3 nieces, Garra, Randi and Kristina, and a nephew, John John. She was the sister of the late Ralph, Louis and Randy Verduchi.
LINCOLN â€” A 20-year-old Pawtucket man was hurt Wednesday evening when the ambulance he was driving on Route 146 North went off the road and struck a utility pole, according to State Police.
Michael Bergeron of 6 Hatfield St., Pawtucket, was alone in the Med Tech ambulance van when it struck the pole in front of Cox Communications on Route 146 North just past the Route 99 onramp, according to State Police Lt. Michael J. Gill of State Police Headquarters in Scituate.
The 2011 season for the PawSox is finally upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? Answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with tonightâ€™s opener against Rochester.
Here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going until the picture becomes clearer:
1. Good gloves will always travel, but be patient with the hitting.
LINCOLN â€” As Bill Lee and Bob Montgomery swapped stories and shared laughs Wednesday afternoon at Kirkbrae Country Club, the former Red Sox pitcher-catcher battery took time to address some of baseballâ€™s hidden truths that todayâ€™s coaches and players like to put a different spin on.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland High coach Marty Crowley believes he has a strong enough team to contend for a state title come mid-June.
But in his eyes, and perhaps most in Division I, the squad that everyone in the league should be concerned about is last yearâ€™s state runner-up Mount St. Charles Academy.
â€śAbsolutely,â€ť he said. â€śThey went to the finals last year. They (basically) got everybody back. They should be the favorites to win the whole thing. Theyâ€™re good.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS- Krystyna Bubis 62, formerly of High Street passed away Sunday April 3, 2011 at the Miriam Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Edward Bubis.
Born in Poland she was a daughter of the Late Czeslaw and Helena (Krawczyk) Minota.
Mrs. Bubis was employed as a Cook at Darlington Assisted Living in Pawtucket.
Linda L. Camire
LINCOLN - Linda L. Camire, 63, of Lincoln, died Friday. She was the companion of James D. Coyle, Jr. Born in Attleboro, MA, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Laura (Roy) Badorek. Linda was employed as a sales associate for Totes & Isotoner at Wrentham Village. She is also survived by her daughters Darlene M. Jutras of Pawtucket and Dale A. Camire of Attleboro, MA, her brother John Badorek of Coventry and her grandson Tyler Jutras.
LINCOLN â€“ At the core of Bill Leeâ€™s multi-faceted personality is a baseball pitcher who remains fascinated -- even at the age of 64 -- by the process of getting batters out.
Lee came here on Wednesday to serve as keynote speaker at the annual â€śWelcome Home, PawSoxâ€ť luncheon hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. He walked into Kirkbrae Country Clubâ€™s dining area a few minutes before noon, dressed like a cowboy, his still-athletic frame topped off by a wide-brimmed hat that identified the former Red Sox pitcher as a man of great presence.