November 23rd, 2012
Ernest J. Champagne
BLACKSTONE- Ernest J. Champagne, 91 of Blackstone formerly of Woonsocket, died November 21 in the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham. He was the husband of the late Cecile (Lefebvre) Champagne for 54 years until her death in 2000.
Born in St. Norbert Canada, May 26, 1921, the son of the late, Adelard and Melina (Berneche) Champagne.
Mr. Champagne came to Woonsocket in 1925 where he lived until moving to Blackstone in 1992.
Mr. Champagne had been the chief warehouse supervisor for Owens Corning Fiberglass for several years before retiring.
BURRILLVILLE - F. Michael "Homey" Davis, 63, of Pascoag, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Patricia (Rainone) Davis.
Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph and Evelyn (Moore) Davis.
Michael worked at Hostess of Providence for 32 years before retiring in 2005. He was also worked for Moe's Towing.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael R. Davis of Pascoag, a daughter, Carrie Ann Pariseau of Harrisville, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Isabelle D. Turner
BURRILLVILLE - Isabelle D. (Bishop) Turner, 81, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 in the Friendly Nursing Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Joseph Turner.
Born in Pascoag, she was the daughter of the late Edgar L. and Ella J. (Prouty) Bishop Sr. She was the lifelong companion of George Sederback
Isabelle worked for Normandin Chevrolet in Woonsocket as Office Manager for 17 years until retiring. Since retiring she had worked part-time for A & M Compressed Air Products in Uxbridge, MA.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After running a local soup kitchen for 25 years, Pat Dempster knows there are always a few bumps that come up in the road.
Dempsterâ€™s Because He Lives Ministries experienced more than a few of those on her way to a smooth ride after losing its longtime home in the basement of the First Baptist Church on Blackstone Street and going without a home for a time.
LINCOLN â€” It was mission accomplished at the Senior Center on Wednesday as the town's Thanksgiving Basket Drive wrapped up with the final baskets going out to local families.
Dave Sale, town facilities manager, reported that a total of 325 baskets were delivered to families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, about 75 more than were prepared last year.
"It was the bad economy, absolutely, no question about it," Sale said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Pawtucket and Cumberland are two of the six Rhode Island communities who missed the deadline to submit a plan to the state for shoring up their underfunded pension plans.
CUMBERLAND â€” A Big Blue tidal wave washed ashore Thanksgiving morning, a powerful force that proved to swallow Woonsocket High whole.
Cumberland High put on a holiday clinic in how to lick the plate clean, as the Clippers took it to the Novans, 32-0, in the 49th installment of this Turkey Day series. The two teams will now look toward next Tuesday and the Division II semifinals. Cumberland returns to Tucker Field against West Warwick while Woonsocket welcomes Central to Barry Field.
Take a good look at that bird youâ€™re about to slice today.
Maybe not. But it should.
In the race for top billing among Americaâ€™s most-consumed meat and poultry products, the venerable turkey still trots far behind chicken, beef and pork. But turkeyâ€™s made some great strides in recent years, and itâ€™s no thanks to Thanksgiving Day.
Marjorie R. Esten
NO. SMITHFIELD- Marjorie R. (Rose) Esten, 89, of Village Way, No. Smithfield, RI, died November 14, 2012 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late E. Winsor Esten, Jr.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late William and Maybelle (Strickland) Rose.
Mrs. Esten was a faithful communicant and a very active member of St. James Episcopal Church. She was always willing to dedicate her time to her local food bank.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When Tina Perkins answered the pounding on the rectory door, the pastorâ€™s wife from St. Michaelâ€™s Ukrainian Orthodox Church couldnâ€™t believe what she was seeing.
Flames had broken through the roof of the iconic granite church located at 74 Harris Ave., just 20 yards or so from the side door of the rectory.
â€śThe firefighters were banging on the door, telling us to get the kids out of the house,â€ť she said. â€śThe back of the church was engulfed in flames. It got up into the roof and was coming through the rafters.â€ť