April 1st, 2014
Hundreds of firefighters representing fire departments throughout the Blackstone Valley will be traveling today and tomorrow to attend the funerals of fallen Boston Firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who were killed one week ago in a nine-alarm fire in Bostonâ€™s Back Bay.
The Blackstone Valleyâ€™s Massachusetts contingent is being coordinated by Northbridge Fire Chief Gary Nestor, who invited several valley fire departments, including Uxbridge, Blackstone and Millville, to travel to Boston on a 55-seat bus donated by Donald Menard of Foxy Travel in Whitinsville.
Velma E. Holt
BURRILLVILLE- Holt, Velma E. (Young), 89, died March 27, 2014 at Overlook Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Harry Holt for 61 years. She was a daughter of the late Willoughby and Emily (Chadwick) Young.
Patricia E. Gilbert
CUMBERLAND- Patricia E. (Morley) Gilbert, 82, of Wysteria Lane died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Elmhurst Extended Care Facility, Providence. She was the wife of the late William H. Gilbert.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late James P. and Cybil M. (Letendre) Morley, she had lived in Cumberland for the past 51 years.
Mrs. Gilbert was a dental hygienist for Dr. Raymond Roberge, Dr. George Picard, and Dr. Archie Touchette before retiring in 2009.
She was a communicant of St. John Vianney Church, Cumberland.
Leona M. Nowak
NO. SMITHFIELD- Leona M. (Pariseau) Nowak, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday at the St. Antoine Residence, surrounded by her loving grandchildren. She was the loving wife of the late Walter M. Nowak who died in 2011 for 63 years.
Born Sept. 7, 1920 in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late John & Sara (Hetu) Pariseau.
In her younger years she worked at the former Glenark Mill, then later staying home to take care of her children and grand children. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, playing bingo and going to Foxwoods.
WARWICK- Fontenault, Marcel E., Sr., 82, died April 1, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Linda R. (Paolino) Fontenault and son of the late Aldor and Cecil (Gerard) Fontenault.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The real estate entity that held the mortgage on Walnut Hill Plaza has repurchased the ailing Diamond Hill Road shopping center in a foreclosure auction for $13 million.
The group of investors known as ML-CFC Commercial Mortgage Trust reclaimed the struggling strip mall from a subsidiary of New York-based Acadia Realty Trust, which had purchased it for $23.5 million in 2006.
There were no other offers on the sprawling shopping center during a public foreclosure auction on the grounds Friday, said lawyer Armando Batastini, representing the lenders.
Paul A. Simard Sr.
BLACKSTONE- Paul A. Simard Sr., 90, of Diana St., died Monday surrounded by his family in the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester, MA. He was the husband of Rose B. (Parenteau) Simard.
Born in Canada he was a son of the late Joseph and Yvonne (Tremblay) Simard and was predeceased by six siblings.
Mr. Simard owned and operated Simard Custom Upholstery in Blackstone for more than twenty five years. He was a member of the Woonsocket Lodge of Elks and a life member of the Blackstone Lions Club. Mr. Simard served two years during WWII in the Canadian Army.
CUMBERLAND- Camille Dusseault, 83, of Cumberland, lovingly known to all as "Duke", passed away surrounded by his family Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Florence (Comtois) Dusseault, who he adored. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last September.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Onesime and Delia (Tessier) Dusseault. Mr. Dusseault lived most of his life in the Cumberland area. He was communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church of Cumberland Hill. He loved Father Bourdon's sermons because they were brief.
Philip J. Hoyle
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Philip J. "P.J." Hoyle, 74, of Railroad St., died March 30, 2014 at home. He was the husband of Bethany A. (Nazzaro) Hoyle whom he married January 22, 1966.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Philip H. and Rose L. (Hubert) Hoyle.
CUMBERLAND- Ann (Tripodi) Morel 70, resident of Cumberland RI, and formerly of Woonsocket RI, passed away March 29, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence RI.
She was the loving wife of 51 years to Norman Morel.
She was born in Woonsocket RI, daughter of the late Bruno & Tommasina (Solitro) Tripodi.
Besides her husband she is survived by a son, Jeffrey Morel of CA, and her two daughters, Sharon Archambault of Wrentham MA, and Lisa Chase of Cumberland RI, and nine grandchildren.