WOONSOCKET â€“ After losing several valuable starters from last yearâ€™s state championship squad, Woonsocket High coach George Coderre considers this season a rebuilding year for his Division I squad and heâ€™s not quite sure how his Villa Novans will respond against the upper-echelon of teams.
In terms of league-openers, Coderre couldnâ€™t have asked for a better way to determine the makeup of his players when they take to the courts tonight. Facing the Villa Novans at Savaria Gymasium will be perennial power Bay View Academy.
Armand J. Landini, 93, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 6, 2010 at Oakland Grove Health Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Sylvia (Troiani) Landini. Born in Woonsocket on October 16, 1917, he was the son of the late Jovanni and Carmela (Pierpaoli) Landini.
He was the loving father of Marie A. Paulhus of Yarmouth, MA and Nancy L. Landini and her husband, Gil Leclerc of Woonsocket; and his cherished three grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his brothers Leno, Edelio, and Antonio Landini, and his son-in-law Lawrence R. Paulhus.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lillian Riel, 88, formerly of Flat St. Cumberland, died Monday at The Friendly Home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Henry Riel.
Born in Bellingham, she was a daughter of the late Percy and Lumina (Champagne) Hall. She was raised in Cumberland and resided in Manville for over 50 years. She lived at Riverview Apartments in Cumberland for over 20 years.
Mrs. Riel was employed at several mills in the area and at Tupperware. She then worked as a nurseâ€™s aide at the Cumberland Sanatorium before retiring. She dedicated much of her life to being a homemaker.
Gerald G. Archambault, 85, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Greenville Skilled Nursing & Health Care with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 48 years of Lorraine (Picard) Archambault. Born in Woonsocket on March 8, 1925, he was the son of the late Louis and Justina (Guilbeault) Archambault. He was the loving father to Dennis C. Arsenault and his wife, Sandra, of Woonsocket, RI, Debra J.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Elizabeth L. Bagshaw, 89, of Woonsocket, died November 28, 2010 at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late James H. Bagshaw who died 1971.
Born in Burrillville, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Marie (Berube) Keable.
Mrs. Bagshaw was a homemaker.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Dunn of FL, two grandsons, Dylan and James. She was the sister of the late Nelson Keable, Ora Rattie, Cecile Paulhus, Beatrice and Mildred Keable.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Peter Klara, 94, a resident of the St. Antoine Residence, passed away peacefully on Sunday at the Residence.
Born August 5, 1916, in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Martin & Stefania (Wawszkiewicz) Klara. He resided in Woonsocket and also in Blackstone, MA before entering the St. Antoine Residence.
Peter was a steward for the former Woonsocket Tanks Football Club on River St. for many years retiring in 1990. He was a WWII Navy veteran, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was an avid New England & New York Yankee sports fan.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Doris P. (Gosselin) Lefevre, 94, of Rock Ave., and formerly of Wells St., Woonsocket, died Dec. 4, 2010 at Overlook Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Lefevre, Sr.
Born May 25, 1916 in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Fred and Clara (Edmonds) Gosselin.
Doris worked for the former Health Tex in Pawtucket for 25 years before retiring in 1980.
She was a member of the Royal Travelers and St. Agathaâ€™s Seniors.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph A. Lefevre, Jr of Foster and Robert Lefevre of Conway, SC and two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Central Falls dedicated its latest Navigant Tip-Off Tournament championship to former coach Joe Handy.
â€śWe wanted to get this one for Joe,â€ť said new C.F. coach Nick Lafreniere on Tuesday evening after his Warriors rolled to a 38-24 victory over Davies Tech in the tournament final. â€śJoe was a mentor and a friend to me and a great coach. I talked to him on the phone today and told him we wanted to win for him.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The ushering in of a new boysâ€™ basketball season means the arrival of two high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Woonsocket Police Department shut down what they called a â€śa factoryâ€ť for packaging and distributing heroin Friday, arresting three men and seizing about 200 grams of the drug, police said.
Carmelo Rojas, 35, Rafael Gonzalez, 22, and Melvin Sanchez-Santana, 21, are all charged with delivery of heroin, possession of heroin between 10 ounces and a kilogram and conspiracy, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
All are held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a review hearing in District Court on Dec. 17, said Jalette.