February 24th, 2012
Valeda D. St. Amand
WOONSOCKET- Valeda D. (Guilbert) St. Amand 98, Formerly of Cumberland and a long time resident of died Wednesday in the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Centre. She was the wife of the late William Baillargeon and the late Oscar St. Amand.
She was born in St. Hyacinthe, PQ, Canada, a daughter of the late Louis and Orise ( Lambert) Guilbert.
BURRILLVILLE- PALMIERI, Alberta L., 84, of Wallum Lake Road, died Wednesday, February 22, 2012. She was the wife of Ralph E. Palmieri. They were married for 56 years.
Born in Burrillville, daughter of the late Albert W. and Elsie L. (Congdon) Wilcox.
Alberta was a past president of the VFW Post 1023 Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by daughters, Rose Shaw of Pascoag and Alberta Hips of Bennetsville, SC, 4 grandsons and 1 great granddaughter; siblings, Lester Wilcox of Green Valley, AZ & Grace Brey of Eastern, MD. She was the sister of the late Carolyn Sherman.
HUDSON, FL- Loretta (Lori) Champeau, 70, of Hudson, FL, formerly of Mapleville, RI died January 30, 2012 at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson, FL.
She was the beloved wife of Lionel Champeau for the past 53 years.
Born in Woonsocket, the daughter of the late Pearl and Frederick Archambault.
Loretta worked at General Motors in Framingham, MA for many years, retiring in 1991 when the plant closed.
WOONSOCKET â€” Speaking at a business development forum Thursday, Gov. Lincoln Chafee hinted that he might withdraw his proposed hike in the meals and beverage tax if new revenue forecasts due in May are high enough.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping with those new revenue estimates we can work on the meals and beverage tax,â€ť Chafee said. â€śLetâ€™s hope those May numbers continue the positive trend theyâ€™re on.â€ť
John S. Gomes Jr.
UXBRIDGE- John S. Gomes Jr., 88, of 115 King St. died Thurs. Feb. 23 at home after an illness.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years Donna J. (St. Denis) Gomes; his 2 children Marion L. Graves and her husband Jeffrey of Harrisville, RI and Steven J. and his wife Kelly Gomes of Uxbridge; 2 grandchildren Allyson Graves and Joshua Graves with another baby Gomes on the way in August; cousins Laura Burgo and Joey Cravino; and several nephews and nieces.
The unknown variable pertaining to the 30-team boysâ€™ basketball open state tournament is a mystery no more.
On Thursday the Interscholastic League released where the corresponding regions will be heading for the Round of 16 should they safely navigate out of this weekendâ€™s first-round slate of games. The North region will dock at CCRI-Warwick next Tuesday; the South region will play out at Bryant University next Tuesday; the East region heads to Bryant University next Wednesday; the West region is set for next Wednesday at CCRI-Warwick.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As players and members of the St. Raphael basketball family sat in the film room of Alumni Hall, enjoying pizza and soda while viewing Cox Sportsâ€™ presentation of the unveiling of the brackets of the 30-team open state tournament, a feeling of uneasiness engulfed head coach Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine.
WOONSOCKET â€” Continuing concern over pension reform and the cityâ€™s shaky financial condition are helping fuel one of the biggest retirement waves among police and firefighters since 2009.
Fourteen workers have tendered retirement papers since December â€” six police officers and eight firefighters, according to figures supplied by the cityâ€™s personnel department.
Nearly 50 additional public safety employees, including 18 police officers and 26 firefighters, are currently eligible to retire with at least minimum basic pension benefits.
PALM BAY, FL- Philip W. McMullin, Jr., 79, of Palm Bay, FL, Whitinsville, MA and formerly of Bellingham, MA, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 20, 2012 at Washburn House in Worcester, MA with his family by his side. He was the husband of Beverly A. (Dunham) McMullin and the late Audrey A. (Willhauck) McMullin.
Born in Newton, MA on November 3, 1932, he was the son of the late Philip W. and Barbara (Connolly) McMullin.
Celeste I. Cardin
UXBRIDGE- Celeste I. (Filion) Cardin, 47, died Tues. Feb. 21, 2012 in Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of David M. Cardin.
Mrs. Cardin was a Para Professional for 11 years in the Uxbridge Public School System working with special needs students and young adults at both Whitin Middle School and the Independence Project. Celeste had previously worked at Fr. Marot CYO Center in Woonsocket, RI.