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 â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox organization hit a home run for the community and The Times' annual Merry Christmas Fund, donating $1,000 to benefit the efforts of The Salvation Army of Pawtucket this holiday season.
Jeff Bradley, director of community relations with the Pawtucket Red Sox, said that for over 30 years, the organization has been happy to support the fund, â€śwhich supports the community that we feel proud to be a part of, and it's just a small way to give back to help those less fortunate enjoy the holidays.â€ť
PAWTUCKET – Joseph Sekator is a coach’s dream, an early Christmas present for the Coventry High basketball program.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local 18-year-old and a juvenile male were charged in connection with a robbery on John Street Tuesday afternoon, in which they allegedly brandished a weapon resembling a shotgun and stole a video game system from a victim's car, authorities said.
Candace M. DiIorio
PAWTUCKET - Candace M. DiIorio, 34, passed unexpectedly on December 14th. She was the wife of Tobey Malmberg.
Candace was the daughter of John and Pamela S. (Custer) DiIorio of Central Falls.
She is also survived by her children, Tiffany, Jordan, Alexis and Joshua Malmberg, a brother, Adam DiIorio, two sisters Jessica and Stephanie DiIorio.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, December 20th from 5 to 7pm in the Keefe Funeral Home, Five Higginson Ave, Lincoln. Burial will be held Monday at 9am at Newell Burying Ground, Attleboro, MA. For online condolences visit
Georgette T. Mitchell
ATTLEBORO - Georgette T. Mitchell, 90, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Golden Living Center of Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of the late Ovila Mitchell. Georgette was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Charles and Lena (Doucette) Perry. She was a lace winder for local textile manufacturers in Pawtucket until her retirement.
She was a Gold Star Mother of the V. F. W. and a former treasurer of the Birchwood Village Mobile Home Park Association, Attleboro.
Gary R. Graham
PAWTUCKET - Gary R. Graham, 80, of Pawtucket died Thursday, December 18, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Bisset) Graham. Born in Dayton, KY, a son of the late Frank and Mary (Trester) Graham, he had lived in Pawtucket for the past 55 years.
Mr. Graham was a supply clerk at Amica Insurance Company, Lincoln for 18 years retiring in 1996.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran during peacetime.
He was a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Cumberland and Mount Moriah Lodge #8, F. & A.M., Lincoln.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday announced that 157 teachers in five statewide communities would share nearly $148,000 in grants through a program that encourages classroom innovation in urban school districts.
Claire M. Belisle
CUMBERLAND - Claire M. Belisle, 91, of Cumberland, died Tuesday at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre. She was the wife of the late Henry E. Belisle who died in August. Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Domina and Theophita (Therrien) Dupre.
Maria de Jesus Cortes
PAWTUCKET - Maria de Jesus Cortes, 97 of Gill Street passed away Tuesday in the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Pawtucket. She was the beloved wife of the late Gaspar Cortes daSilva.
Born in Celorico da Beira, Portugal, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Virginia (Elias) daCruz. She resided in Pawtucket for the past 3 years previously residing in Portugal for most of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Aidan Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET - Benedict Wrzesniak, 71, of Parkview Drive passed away Tuesday December 16, 2014 at hisresidence. He was the beloved husband of Carol A. (Ise)
Born in Frankfurt, Germany he was a son of of the late Benedykt and Weronika (Czalik) Wrzesniak. He lived in Pawtucket for the past 20 years and was formerly of Cumberland.
Before retiring he owned and operated toe former Cumberland Pub for many years.
CUMBERLAND - Arthur Bernardo, 80, of Rhode Island Ave., passed away Tuesday in the Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Hilda (Brito) Bernardo. They had been married for the past 57 years.
Born in Cumberland he was the son of the late Francisco and Felisbela (Duarte) Bernardo. He was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
Joseph M. Fournier
PAWTUCKET - Joseph M. Fournier, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Doris E. (Fontaine) Fournier for sixty-six years. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Raoul and Laura (Riendeau) Fournier, he resided in Pawtucket most of his life.
John E. Croke, III
OLYMPIA, WA - John E. Croke, III, 71, a long time resident of Rhode Island, died December 10, 2014 in Olympia, WA, after a brief illness.
Son of the late John E. Jr., and Gertrude (Grimes) Croke, he was born in Providence and raised in Pawtucket. A graduate of Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Rhode Island College, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving aboard the USS Tecumseh SSBN-628. He retired from the Army Reserve after 16 years as a Sergeant First Class.
CUMBERLAND â€” Junior tri-captain Kayleigh Canavan expected to swim rather well in Cumberland Highâ€™s Division I season opener against Smithfield on Tuesday afternoon, but what she accomplished, frankly, threw her for a loop.
Canavan not only manufactured two of her best times ever while capturing the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke, but she also mustered a superb 50 breaststroke leg in the 200 medley relay to pace her Clippers to an easier-than-expected 55-38 triumph over the Sentinels at the Aquatic Center.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A loud disturbance between several people was allegedly punctuated with gunfire, police told The Times.
A Central Falls man was charged after police say he pulled a gun and fired a shot into the air during a disturbance on John Street Sunday afternoon.
At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, police officers were dispatched to the area of 48 John St. for a call of a fight possibly involving a discharged firearm, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
The altercation involved different factions of groups that dislike each other, however, the major did not say it was gang-related.
Frank A. Reddington
PAWTUCKET - Frank A. Reddington, 90, of Pawtucket died Monday, December 15, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ann R. (Burns) Reddington. Mr. and Mrs. Reddington celebrated their 63rd anniversary this past June 16.
A lifelong resident of Pawtucket, he was a son of the late John and Daisy (Palmer) Reddington.
CENTRAL FALLS - Joan "Scotty" Belanger, 83, passed on December 14th. She was the wife of the late Roger Belanger.
Born in Scotland, Joan was the daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes (Murdoch) Craig.
She had retired from Texas Instruments, and was very active at several area senior centers, enjoyed travel, swimming, playing cards, bowling and camping.