March 23rd, 2011
WOONSOCKET- Robert E. Provencal Sr. of Grandview Ave. passed away on March 21, 2011 at Landmark Medical Ctr., he was the loving husband of Bonnie (Marshall) Provencal.
Born Jan. 22, 1948 in Woonsocket he was the son of Rita (Landry) Provencal of Woonsocket and the late Ernest Provencal.
Ernest A. Bouley
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Ernest A. Bouley, 65, of Sharon Parkway, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Claire I. (Lafleur) Bouley. They were married for almost 44 years.
Born in Woonsocket on June 11, 1945, he was the son of the late Eugene E. Bouley Sr. and the late Rita (Tavernier) Bouley.
Ernest was employed as a bus driver for RIPTA for 36 years and operated the Fairmount /Walnut Hill route for many years.
WOONSOCKET â€” Since it opened in 1997, the Museum of Work and Culture has related the story of the immigration of workers to the cityâ€™s thriving textile industry in the 1800s and early 1900s.
But like any good museum, the local historical resource has had to grow and change from time to time to keep drawing visitors through its doors.
Such an improvement was celebrated on Tuesday by one of the local groups playing a major role in the cityâ€™s textile manufacturing heyday, French Canadians.
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
â€śWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â€ť said first-year coach Matt Smalley. â€śWe are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.
Rita D. Simonini
WOONSOCKET- Rita D. Simonini, 80, of Kennedy St., Woonsocket, died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Mario A. Simonini. They were married on November 24, 1950.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Lionel and Mirza (Beaudoin) Laferriere. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for over 50 years.
Mrs. Simonini worked for AT Cross in North Smithfield for many years and previously worked as the Falls Yarn Mill.
Doris M. Holcomb
CUMBERLAND- Doris M. Holcomb, 86, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, died Monday at Fatima Hospital in North Providence. She was the wife of the late Bertrand H. Holcomb.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Valmore and Adeline (Bousquet) Dumont. She was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
Mrs. Holcomb was employed by Texans Instruments, General Instruments, and AT Cross before retiring in 1986.
She was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Parish and a member of the St. Agatha Sr. Citizens Club.
WOONSOCKET- Helen F. "Fran" Eagan, 78, resident of Woonsocket, passed away March 22, 2011 at the Friendly Home.
Loving wife of fifty years to Edward Eagan.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Andrew & Helen (O' Gara) Kennedy.
Fran worked in area textiles. She was a lifelong Woonsocket resident.
Rochelle T. Gaulin
WOONSOCKET- Rochelle T. (Tellier) Gaulin, 84, of Pond Street, died Sunday March 20, 2011,at the Holiday Retirement Home, with her family by her side. She was the wife of Roland A. Gaulin.
Born in Pawtucket, daughter of the late Emmanuel and Rhea E. ( Vandel) Tellier.
Mrs. Gaulin worked for Brisbane Mill and Woonsocket Spinning Co. for several years and as an Assistant Cook for the Woonsocket School Lunch Program.
She was active in St. Joseph Church and volunteered for St. Joseph Bingo for 45 years. Rochelle spent her retirement years enjoying her family.