February 7th, 2012
Raymond Joseph Leoncavallo
BURRILLVILLE- Raymond Joseph Leoncavallo, 61, died Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012 at home on Town Farm Rd, Pascoag. He was the husband of Cynthia A. (Buturlia) Leoncavallo, whom he married Mar. 17, 1972.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Louis and Olive (Gagne) Leoncavallo.
Raymond worked for Carol Cable Company of Lincoln as a Reeler for many years. Ray loved camping in Maine with his wife and son.
Robert E. Steere Jr.
PARSIPPANY, NJ- Robert E. Steere Jr., Age 79, passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at St. Clares Hospital in Denville.
Robert was born and raised in Chepachet, Rhode Island. He lived in Connecticut before moving to Parsippany in 1966.
He served in the United States Air Force, active duty and reserves, from 1953 until 1966 having been honorably discharged at the rank of Captain.
Robert graduated from Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island and then went onto to receive his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Walter S. Eastman
PALM COAST, FLORIDA- Walter S. Eastman, age 101, formerly of Franklin, MA and Lincoln, RI, passed away February 2, in Palm Coast, Florida. He was the husband of the late Theodora DeAmicis Eastman and the late Aleta Cornelius Eastman.
Born in Temple, NH, he was the son of the late Rev. Harvey M. and Mary Eastman of Slatersville.
WOONSOCKET- Yolanda Willems, 47, of Cato St. passed away January 30th at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket RI after a long bout with pancreatitis.
Born January 6th, 1965 in Alkmaar, Netherlands to Klassina Kel and Jan Willems.
She was last employed at Milford Regional Hospital. Willems had enjoyed many years in the medical field serving in a variety of emergency response roles. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, skiing and being by the ocean.
She is survived by one daughter; Ashley Willems-Phaneuf of South Portland, Maine.
BLACKSTONE- Edward "Chico" Ciccone, 86, died Monday, February 6, in the Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge. His wife, Juliette (Robidoux) Ciccone, died in 1991.
He is survived by a half brother, Jimmie Ciccone, of Woonsocket, RI; two half sisters, Mary Ellen Mercure, of Blackstone, and Linda Orlando, of Woonsocket; a cousin, Thomas Ciccone, of Whitinsville, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ciccone was born in Boston, May 21, 1925, the son of Louis and Hilda (Hiltz) Ciccone, and lived in Blackstone until moving to Uxbridge in 2009.
SLATERSVILLE- Joseph Alphonse St. Hilaire, 95, of School Street, Slatersville, died Monday February 6, 2012 in Oakland Grove Health Care Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Marie Louise (Pacheco) St. Hilaire, whom he married, May 13, 1973.
Born in Manchester, NH, he was the son of the late Omer and Florida (Berger) St. Hilaire.
Mr. St. Hilaire was a night supervisor for the former Imperial Knife in Providence for 17 years, retiring in 1981. He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church, Slatersville.
Steve Gordon has been coaching Cumberland Highâs wrestling program since time began. Well, not quite. Just since he got the program started back in 1969. Thatâs 43 years, if youâre counting.
The 70-year-old coach spent many of those early years trying to build his program from the ground floor up, creating a wrestling community in Cumberland, one or two parents at a time, that formed the foundation for his program.
Gordon learned a lot from the Coventry High School wrestling program, a dynasty that produced 17 straight state championship teams between 1982-98.
WOONSOCKET â Bullied at school, erroneously diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with a correspondingly wrongheaded cocktail of prescription drugs, Adam Brunetti arrived at a harrowing crossroads by the time he was in the sixth grade at Woonsocket Middle School in 2006.
No wonder he doesnât remember much of it.
âI pretty much blacked the whole thing out,â he says matter-of-factly.
FOSTER- Mildred Cynthia (Mowry) Auclair, 95, died peacefully at Alpine Nursing Home, Coventry on Saturday February 4, 2012.
She was born in Woonsocket to Alpheus and Susan (Ballou) Mowry. Mildred will now be joined in heaven with her beloved late husband, Edward Omer Auclair.
PROVIDENCE- Gertrude Halpern died Saturday, February 4, 2012 in Providence. She would have been 100 years old on March 8, 2012.
She is survived by her nephews, Stanley and Jason Goldstein and Robert Halpern, nieces, Marjorie Bean and Beverly Goldberg, great-nephews, Gene, Larry and Mark Goldstein, great-niece, Nancy Dunn and her devoted caregiver, Peggy Comforti.