WOONSOCKET â YWCA Northern Rhode Island, located at 514 Blackstone St., will merge with the faltering Central Falls-based YWCA of Greater Rhode Island in a deal expected to be finalized by March 1.
âThis is not a hostile take-over,â said Deborah Perry, president and CEO of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. âWeâre both in favor,â and the news is in the ambitious plans she has for the new YWCA Rhode Island.
WOONSOCKET- Florence Francoeur 79, of 300 Privilege St. died Sunday at Landmark Medical Center.
Born in Walpole, MA, she was a daughter of the late Adelard and Florida (Godin) Garneau.
Mrs. Francoeur worked for several area manufacturing companies including the former Colby Glass and Rosecraft for many years before retiring over ten years ago. Florence was very active at Waterview Apartments and served as the Sunshine Lady for many years, she also loved spending time with her family.
Joseph E. Provost
WOONSOCKET- Joseph E. Provost, 80, of Lilac Ave., Woonsocket, died Monday at home surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband of Laverne Faye (Mills) Provost. They were married on March 21, 1956.
Born in Manville, he was a son of the late Elie P. and Marie A. (Jolly) Provost. He was a resident of Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Provost was a graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy and also earned his degree from Roger Williams College.
Mr. Provost was a veteran of the Untied States Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict.
Delia R. Richard
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Delia R. Richard, 90, formerly of Ethier Way, Cumberland, died Saturday evening at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of Charles F. L. Richard of North Smithfield.
Born in Brunswick, Maine she was a daughter of the late Albert and Yvonne (DeHetre) Fournier.
She lived in Woonsocket and Cumberland for many years before moving to St. Antoine.
Mrs. Richard was employed by Robes Inc. in Woonsocket before retiring.
Delia was a longtime member of L'Union de St. Jean Baptiste d'Amerique.
Wayne G. Cousineau
BLACKSTONE- Wayne G. "Chief" Cousineau, 56, of Blackstone, MA passed away peacefully in his sleep unexpectedly at home on Monday, January 30, 2012.
He was the beloved husband of the late Claudette S. (Riel) Cousineau and the late Michelle A. (Roy) Cousineau.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on October 12, 1955, he was the son of Gerard "Chick" Cousineau of Portland, ME and the late Lorraine C. (Stoeklin) Harrington.
Gabriel M. Fortin
LINCOLN- Gabriel M. "Gabe" Fortin, 77, died Saturday, January 28, at home. He was the husband of the late Lois B. (Vivier) Fortin.
Born in the Albion village of Lincoln, a son of the late Wilfred and DiNora (Metivier) Fortin, he was a lifelong resident of the village.
Mr. Fortin was a schoolteacher for the Central Falls School Dept. for over thirty-five years, and was a graduate of St. Michael's College, Vermont.
Ernest T. Stefanick
WOONSOCKET Ernest T. "Pinky" Stefanick, 83, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 30, 2012 at the St. Antoine Residence in No. Smithfield, RI.
Born on April 12, 1928, he was the loving husband of Phyllis J. (Nordberg) Stefanick, and son of the late John & Mary (Skalak) Stefanik.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was employed by the Mark Stevens/CVS, Corporation for 39 years. He enjoyed coaching, playing and watching sports. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Former Rhode Island Gov. Joseph Garrahy has been remembered as a man who lived humbly and set an example for others.
The Rev. Marcel Taillon remembered Garrahy at a funeral Mass on Tuesday morning as a man of faith who rose from humble beginnings.
Taillon, the pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Narragansett, delivered the homily at a service at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence.
Garrahy died last week at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 81.
CUMBERLAND â After surviving a staph infection scare that shut down the Cumberland High wrestling program for a week, the Clippers return to the mat this week for a pair of tough matches with La Salle Academy and Cranston West.
âEvery match we have from here on out is going to be tough,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon admitted on Monday. âNext week, we host unbeaten Hendricken and the week after that we visit Warwick Veterans. Both of those teams are state title contenders.â
Gordon is just happy to have his team wrestling again.
PROVIDENCE â There was no doubt in Lindsay Rachlowâs mind that her team would be competitive in Division II this winter.
In her first season as head coach of Burrillville High last year, Rachlow watched her Broncos struggle during the adjustment stage with an 0-9 start. But they then ran off eight straight victories to eventually make the playoffs. From that squad, only two seniors graduated.