October 21st, 2011
WOONSOCKET- Blanchet, Eugene R. Jr, age 89, passed away on October 20, 2011 at Hebert Nursing Home with his family by his side.
He was the beloved husband of Clemence (Paquin) Blanchet
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Eugene and Marie (Blais) Blanchet.
Before retirement, Mr. Blanchet was employed as a watch maker, and was a self employed Realtor. He was a WWII army veteran, a member of Knights of Columbus and an active supporter of Collings Foundation of Stow, MA. He was also a loving and caring person who was devoted to his family.
SCITUATE - Paul J. Coutu, 59, of Scituate, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 in Kent County Hospital, Warwick. Born in Pascoag, he was the son of the late Paul A. and Eleanor (O'Neill) Coutu.
Paul was a licensed surveyor and was the owner and operator of Lunar Mapping of RI. He was also a licensed pilot.
He is survived by his son, Paul J. Coutu Jr. of Scituate, two brothers, Joseph Coutu of Smithfield and Michael Coutu of Panama City Beach, FL, and two sisters, Carol Coutu-Ethier of Glocester and Ellen Hennessey of Slatersville.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Tom Kenwood gave a promise to his Cumberland High squad before competing at the annual Bronco Invitational. If four of his runners could crack 17 minutes on the eventâ€™s five-kilometer course at Burrillville Middle School, he would shave off his beard.
Kenwood didnâ€™t have to get out his razor after Thursdayâ€™s meet, but he almost did.
When Bruce and Sheri Foster said â€śI doâ€ť eight years ago, they probably never thought they would one day decide to do something as wild and crazy as the competition they entered two weekends ago.
The Lincoln couple was one of 47 that participated in the Sunday River Ski Resortâ€™s 12th annual North American Wife Carrying Championships in Newry, Maine. They toured the challenging 283-yard obstacle course in a 1:27.37 time that placed them 27th and just eight seconds shy of a top-20 finish.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As St. Raphael Academy discovered on Thursday night, thereâ€™s a reason why Burrillville has surrendered a division-low seven goals this season.
Defense is the name of the Broncosâ€™ game, which was made plenty clear as the Saints were grounded, 4-0, at the McKinnon-Alves Complex. The shutout is No. 11 for Burrillville, which hasnâ€™t allowed a goal in seven straight games dating back to Sept. 23.
At the end of November, these could be potential semifinal-round playoff contests, but this weekend, they are merely two regular-season games that highlight the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s high school schedule.
In what may arguably be the game of the weekend in the entire state, East Providence heads to Warwick on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown of 3-1 squads with defending Division I champ Bishop Hendricken at the Hawksâ€™ Hayden Field. Both teams are in a three-way tie for second place with Cranston West (3-1) and right behind La Salle (4-0).
Pawtucket native Gerry Philbin developed a case of laryngitis earlier this week during the hectic two days that preceded his induction into the New York Jetsâ€™ Ring of Honor on Monday night.
WOONSOCKET â€” Hereâ€™s the $6 million question: Does the pension reform proposal now in the hands of the General Assembly pull the city back from the brink of impending financial calamity?
Hereâ€™s the answer: Too soon to tell.
James B. Burns
NO. SMITHFIELD- James B. Burns, age 82, of No. Smithfield, a former district sales manager for the General Electric Company, died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of Kathleen (Toomey) Burns.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Matthew J. and Alice (Kilcline) Burns and had lived in RI for most of his life.
He also lived in Simsbury, Ct for a period of time while working for General Electric. After retiring from General Electric, he worked for the former Electric Maintenance Works, Woonsocket.
Cora B. Roberts
N. SMITHFIELD- Cora B. Roberts 101, of 10 Rhodes Ave. died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Leo T. Roberts with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Born in Woonsocket the daughter of the late Alfred and Regina (Beauregard) Bergeron, she was formerly of Buell Ave, and had lived most of her life in North Smithfield.
Mrs. Roberts was a bookkeeper for several area businesses including the former Grants Department Store. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening.