December 20th, 2011
Muriel C. Laplume
WOONSOCKET- Muriel C. Laplume 86, of 230 Dulude Ave. died Monday at St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Roland H. Laplume.
A lifelong city resident, she was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Maurice and Rena (Bouchard) Blain.
Lester T. Hoard Jr.
WOONSOCKET- Lester T. Hoard Jr. 84, of Cass Ave. died Sunday at the Philip Hulitar Center. He was the husband of the late Rita (Demers) Hoard.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Lester T. and Laura (Dartt) Hoard Sr.
Lester worked as a clerk for the former Almac's Supermarket for forty six years before retiring in 1989. He was a WWII Army Veteran. Lester enjoyed his trips to Twin Rivers, scratching lottery tickets, and having breakfast in the cafeteria at Landmark Medical Center.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Due to last-minute debate on the middle class tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) is postponing the opening of the Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office, the Small Business Tour and the Neighborhood Supper for First District constituents from the Woonsocket area that were originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011.
LINCOLN â€“ Joe Handy has been coaching long enough to know that when you take over a program for the first time the transition period isnâ€™t always going to be easy. With a new coach and a new system, itâ€™s not always going to be smooth.
In his first year at Davies Tech after two decades at Central Falls, including 10 as the head coach, Handy experienced one of those lumps on Monday.
WOONSOCKET â€” Tracy Caisse doesnâ€™t even remember writing the letter.
After all, it was in the third grade. Her teacher at the former East Woonsocket Elementary School had told her to write a letter to a soldier in the Gulf War as a class assignment.
When the phone rang two weeks ago, Caisse didnâ€™t recognize the callerâ€™s name or voice. He said his name was Robert Diaz and he wanted to thank her for not forgetting him while he was digging bunkers and dodging Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia.
After 21 years, the ex-Marine had answered the letter Caisse wrote to him when she was eight years old.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the second time this year, the police broke up an after-hours party involving booze, pot and a horde of minors inside the Bonin Spinning complex Sunday.
It was a chaotic scene as police arrived at the 1265 Mendon Road mill about 12:50 a.m. and many of the revelers began scattering on foot or racing through the bumpy parking lot in motor vehicles to escape.
Gerald E. Thiebault
DANIELSON, CT- Gerald E. Thiebault, 61, of Danielson, died Monday, December 12, 2011 at home after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 17 years, Shirley A. (Rousseau) Thiebault; and four stepchildren, Robert, James, Melissa and Kelly Abram.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, a son of Edward and Gertrude (Durand) Thiebault.
He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1968 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant College in North Smithfield, RI.
Maurice W. Jobin
WOONSOCKET- Maurice W. Jobin, 92, formerly of Mitris Blvd., Woonsocket, died Saturday at Trinity Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the loving husband of Therese (Carmel) Jobin. Mr. & Mrs. Jobin were married on December 11, 1944 and celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last week.
Born in Blackstone, he was a son of the late Henri and Lillian (Dalpe) Jobin.
Mr. Jobin graduated from Blackstone High School and Hill College. He also received part of his education at the seminary in St. Victorie P.Q. Canada.
CUMBERLAND- Charles W. Godlewski 67, passed away Monday December 19, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Central Falls he was the beloved son of the late Charles F. and Helen A. (Bobola) Godlewski.
Charlie's greatest joy in life was his yearly overnight stay at Foxwoods for his birthday. He also enjoyed taking part in the Special Olympics and bowling. But most of all he loved going to his workshop at Homestead (now Seven Hills). He was also a member of Northern RI ARC of Pawtucket before moving to Cumberland.
Roger P. Lafontaine
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Roger P. Lafontaine, 53, of Harkness Rd., passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side, Saturday, December 17, 2011 in Miriam Hospital, Providence.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Roger E. Lafontaine of North Smithfield and the late Lorraine (Gerlache) Lafontaine.
Roger was a motorcycle enthusiast, loved NASCAR and was a huge fan of the New England Patriots. He also recently received an honorary lifetime membership to the Sayles Hill Rod and Gun Club in North Smithfield.