Roger P. Lafontaine
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Roger P. Lafontaine, 53, of Harkness Rd., passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, Saturday, December 17, 2011 in Miriam Hospital, Providence.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Roger E. Lafontaine of North Smithfield and the late Lorraine (Gerlache) Lafontaine.
Roger was a motorcycle enthusiast, loved NASCAR and was a huge fan of the New England Patriots. He also recently received an honorary lifetime membership to the Sayles Hill Rod and Gun Club in North Smithfield.
James R. Nichols
WOONSOCKET- James R. Nichols, 67, of Knollwood Drive, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Irene M. (Morrissette) Nichols whom he married August 31, 1968.
Born in Augusta, GA, he was the son of the late Emile and Aurore (Rondeau) Nichols.
LINCOLN- Mildred J. Lavimodiere 83, died Friday at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Roland V. Lavimodiere.
Born in Lawton, OK, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Gladys (Simmons) Brillon.
Mrs. Lavimodiere worked at the former Hanora Spinning Co. for many years. She was a member of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary.
Walter C. Tyks
BLACKSTONE- Walter C. Tyks, 86, of Blackstone, passed away peacefully on Wednesday at the Oakland Grove Health Ctr. In Woonsocket with his family by his side. He was the loving husband to Frances (Laczka) Tyks. Mr. & Mrs. Tyks celebrated their 63rd wedding aniversary on September 11th.
Born Dec. 25, 1924, in Blackstone, he was the son of the late Joseph & Katherine (Didto) Tyks. he resided in Blackstone all his life.
Rita B. Mathieu
WOONSOCKET- Rita B. (Plouffe) Mathieu, 88, of Woonsocket, died Friday, December 16, 2011 in Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. Her husband of 65 years, Kenneth A. Mathieu, Sr., predeceased her.
Born in North Smithfield, RI, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Menard) Plouffe.
Thomas J. Furno
DOUGLAS- Thomas J. "Louie" Furno, 81, of Riddlebrook Apts., formerly of Depot St. died Fri. Dec. 16 after an illness. His beloved wife of 51 years Clarassia (Farrar) Furno died May 10, 2011.
Jeannette M. Benoit
LINCOLN- Jeannette M. Benoit, 65, of Lincoln, died Wednesday at Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston after a courageous battle. She was the wife of Norman P. Benoit. They had been married 43 years.
Born in Montreal, Canada, she was a daughter of Marguerite (Bourbonniere) Blier of Smithfield and the late Albert D. Blier.
She is also survived by her sons Michael Benoit and his wife Laurie of N. Smithfield and Christopher Benoit and his wife Lisa of Cumberland, her sister Debra Blier of Morgan, VT and her grandchildren Kyle and Emily Benoit.
Edmund P. Sarnosky
WOONSOCKET- Edmund P. Sarnosky, of Fourth Ave., died Friday, December 16, 2011 in St. Antoine Residence, No. Smithfield. He was the husband of Arlene M. (Rivard) Sarnosky whom he married June 28, 1952.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late John C. and Lena (Slatkavitz) Sarnosky.
WILLIMANTIC, Ct. â€“ Cumberland High walked away with the team championship at Saturdayâ€™s Lancer Invitational, crowning two individual champions and seeing a third wrestler, Erik Travers, have victory stolen away from him by some sloppy officiating.
Jon Maccini (138) and Tom Lacroix (195) claimed individual titles for the Clippers, who accumulated 220 team points to run away with the title over runnerup Southington (Ct.), which took second place with 166 points.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mike Kinch must consider Lynch Arena his home ice.
The Cumberland High senior, whose family has strong ties to Pawtucket, led the Clippers to a 5-2 victory over the SRA-PCD-Wheeler Co-Op team on Saturday night by scoring two goals and assisting on another.
â€śMikeâ€™s a strong player who skates well and has a good shot,â€ť Cumberland coach Mark Andreozzi said after the game. Kinch now has six goals and nine assists on the season, putting him near the top of the state in points scored.