March 29th, 2011
FORT WORTH, TX - Romeo H. Charron, age 85, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Manor Care Nursing Home, Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, a son of the late Herve and Alma (Martel) Charron. Romeo was a US Navy veteran and retired from Albertsons.
He leaves two sons, Richard and Donald Charron and a daughter, Jeannine Fleury, two brothers, Gerard and Roger Charron, nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was the father of the late Joann Goodrow and brother of the late Roland Charron and Constance Lemay.
WOONSOCKET - Stasia E. Fagan, 95, of Woonsocket, passed away on Friday March 25th at the Friendly Home.
She was the daughter of late Jan and Karolina (Frodyma) Jarosz and wife of the late William J. Fagan. She is survived by her daughter Karolyn Baril, and sons William of Woonsocket Brian of Birch Bay, WA. and Jack of Elmhurst IL., nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A life-long resident of Woonsocket she was employed at various times during her life at the American Wringer Company, The Woonsocket Brush Company and the Department of Employment Security.
WOONSOCKKET - Simonne H. (Tanguay) Touchette, 93, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Elmhurst Extended Care, Providence. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Touchette.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Raphael and Rose (Ayotte) Tanguay. She had lived nearly fifty years in Woonsocket.
She worked as a salesperson at the former Social Department Store and Lillie Baram's, both in Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET --- Khamvene (Khongsouvankham) Tardiff, 47 of Louis St. died Friday, March 25, 2011, in University of Massachusetts Medical Center, with her family by her side.
Born in Vientane, Laos, daughter of Thene Khongsovankham, and Sombath Thammakhod, both of Woonsocket. She is also survived by her Stepmother Bounthom Khongsouvankham.
Khamvene enjoyed, listening to music and dancing.
UXBRIDGE - Eleanor (Podles) Laffey formerly of Uxbridge, Ma. and Woonsocket, R.I. passed of natural causes at the age of 95, on March 24 in Santa Monica, Ca., Born in Uxbridge on Nov. 18, 1915 she was the daughter of Joseph and Stella (Holda) Podles and has lived the last 22 years in CA.
MILLVILLE - John C. Kraus, 87, of West St. died Sat. March 26, at Milford Regional Medical Center. His wife of 57 years Josephine C. (Sitnik) Kraus died Sept. 9, 2005.
He is survived by his daughter Marlene A. Kraus-Uhde and her husband Thomas W. Uhde M.D. of Charleston, S. Carolina; a grandson Miles A. Uhde of Narragansett, R.I. and a granddaughter Katherine K. Uhde of Charleston, S. Carolina. He was predeceased by his sisters Ann, Shirley and Frances.
WOONSOCKET - Doris Desplechin Dalpe 96, of 30 Sayles Hill Rd. Lincoln, died Friday at the Holiday. She was the wife of the late Fulgence Desplechin and Rene Dalpe. Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Anatole and Mariange (Simard) Debigare. Mrs. Dalpe was a homemaker. An avid bingo player she was affectionately known to her grandchildren as "Memere Bingo".
CUMBERLAND â€“ Dan Oâ€™Brien has several memories of retired Cumberland High swim coach Bruce Calvert.
His first three years for the Clippers, Oâ€™Brien recalled a person that was not only dedicated to his craft, but a person that knew how to motivate with his unique style of dealing with student-athletes.
â€śYou could go out and drop ten seconds and he would still have something to tell you that would improve it,â€ť he said. â€śI guess some people would say that he had a negative outlook on your swim, but in a way it motivated us to try harder and drop our times more.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local firefighters have had their say on Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâ€™s recent efforts to cut fire department spending, taking a vote of no confidence in Fire Chief Gary Lataille at regular meeting of Local #732 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Local President Christopher J. Oakland announced the vote on Monday, a week after the City Council approved the Fontaine administrationâ€™s proposed rescheduling of the firefighter work shifts to eliminate $1.2 million in department overtime costs.
His father was Italian-American, his mother African-American. And even if he was the best catcher in baseball that was enough to keep Roy Campanella out of the major leagues.
But in 1956, things were changing fast. A savvy general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers named Branch Rickey had the audacity to challenge the gentlemen's agreement among big league powerbrokers that had kept black talent relegated to the Negro Leagues.
Within three years, Rickey would make Campanella part of a seminal group of African-American pioneers in major league baseball, changing the game forever.