April 17th, 2012
FORESTDALE- Lois (Roberts) North, 90, of Wildwood Road, Forestdale, died April 13, 2012. She was the wife of the late Joseph B. North. Born in Pawtucket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Edmund C. and Emily (Whetstone) Roberts. Lois was a North Smithfield resident for over 60 years.
WOONSOCKET- Patricia Bombardier, 73, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late John McKinley and Rita (Oldfield) McKinley-Duffy, and step-daughter of the late Eugene Duffy. She had lived most of her life in Woonsocket.
Francoise M. Carrier
WOONSOCKET- Francoise M. "Fran" (Rheaume) Carrier, 74 of Woonsocket passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Lucien A. "Lou" Carrier.
Born in Woonsocket on August 5, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Ephrem and Marie Ange (Gagne) Rheaume.
BOSTON â€” Hilary Dionne, a former cross-country and track & field standout from Cumberland High School, finished 15th among women at the Boston Marathon Monday, crossing the finish line in 2:51.56. Her time was third-best among American winners. Dionne, who now works in Boston, graduated from Cumberland in 2003.
The 26-year-old Dionne averaged six minutes, 19 seconds during the first 6.2 miles of the race before shaving off five seconds over the next three-plus miles of the grueling 26.2-mile test of endurance and stamina. She ended up placing 256th overall and 11th in her age group (18-39).
PAWTUCKET â€” Minutes after Cumberland Highâ€™s respectable but not outstanding 5-3 triumph over St. Raphael Academy on Monday afternoon, Clippersâ€™ skipper Paul Murphy reacted to the pure facts â€“ that the last four hitters in his lineup had assembled a collective 4-for-11 outing, good for a .364 average, four RBI and a run scored.
WOONSOCKET â€” The former Supreme Court justice who has been presiding over Central Falls as receiver will be the guest speaker during a general membership meeting of the Woonsocket Taxpayer Coalition next week.
Lawyer Robert G. Flanders Jr. will speak on the subject of municipal receivership and bankruptcy, said Acting WTC President Sharon Geving. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held April 26 at the Elks Club, 380 Social St., at 6:30 p.m.
BURRILLVILLE- Brissette, Paul, "Quinn" of Mapleville, died Saturday at his home. He was the husband of Charlene A. (Lohnes) Brissette.
Besides his wife survived by sons: Marc and Robert Brissette, eight grandchildren and a brother, Joseph Brissette.
Funeral service Thursday at 7pm in the ANDERSON- WINFIELD Funeral Home, Route 44 at Greenville Common, Greenville.
Burial Private. Visitation Thursday 4-7pm. For full obituary and directions visit
Gerard L. Blais
MANVILLE- Gerard L. Blais, 98, formerly of Church St., Manville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at The Holiday in Manville where he resided for the past eight years. He was the husband of the late Lauretta (Cournoyer) Blais who died in 1983.
Since birth Mr. Blais remained a lifelong resident of Manville.
Mr. Blais served in the Army during WWII.
Mr. Blais spent his career working in the local textile industry, particularly with the Rochambeau Worsted Company until his retirement in 1978.
Linda M. Lee
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Linda Lee, 55, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 11, 2012 in the Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, in Providence, surrounded by her friends.
Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Rose Lee.
Aside from many accomplishments in life, such as her employment at the ARC Industry and a member of the Arc Bowling League; Linda will be mostly and dearly missed by her courageous strength and her loving, kind nature, which she shared with all. L
PROVIDENCE â€” After months of hinting that he would reprise his 2010 Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline, Lincoln businessman Anthony Gemma made it official Sunday evening: he is in the hunt for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District.