March 22nd, 2011
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ They'll have a new head coach and they'll be participating in a new league.
But as far as the outlook for the upcoming season for Cumberland High, it will still be the same old goals.
â€śWe just want to win as many games as possible and have some fun,â€ť said first-year coach Matt Smalley. â€śWe are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully at the end of the season we'll be playing on championship day.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.
Rita D. Simonini
WOONSOCKET- Rita D. Simonini, 80, of Kennedy St., Woonsocket, died Monday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Mario A. Simonini. They were married on November 24, 1950.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Lionel and Mirza (Beaudoin) Laferriere. She was raised in Manville and resided in Woonsocket for over 50 years.
Mrs. Simonini worked for AT Cross in North Smithfield for many years and previously worked as the Falls Yarn Mill.
Doris M. Holcomb
CUMBERLAND- Doris M. Holcomb, 86, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, died Monday at Fatima Hospital in North Providence. She was the wife of the late Bertrand H. Holcomb.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Valmore and Adeline (Bousquet) Dumont. She was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
Mrs. Holcomb was employed by Texans Instruments, General Instruments, and AT Cross before retiring in 1986.
She was a communicant of St. Joan of Arc Parish and a member of the St. Agatha Sr. Citizens Club.
WOONSOCKET- Helen F. "Fran" Eagan, 78, resident of Woonsocket, passed away March 22, 2011 at the Friendly Home.
Loving wife of fifty years to Edward Eagan.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Andrew & Helen (O' Gara) Kennedy.
Fran worked in area textiles. She was a lifelong Woonsocket resident.
Rochelle T. Gaulin
WOONSOCKET- Rochelle T. (Tellier) Gaulin, 84, of Pond Street, died Sunday March 20, 2011,at the Holiday Retirement Home, with her family by her side. She was the wife of Roland A. Gaulin.
Born in Pawtucket, daughter of the late Emmanuel and Rhea E. ( Vandel) Tellier.
Mrs. Gaulin worked for Brisbane Mill and Woonsocket Spinning Co. for several years and as an Assistant Cook for the Woonsocket School Lunch Program.
She was active in St. Joseph Church and volunteered for St. Joseph Bingo for 45 years. Rochelle spent her retirement years enjoying her family.
Paul E. Blanchette
WOONSOCKET- Paul E. Blanchette, 71, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 18, 2011 with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband for 41 years of Claudette M. (Menard) Blanchette.
Born in Woonsocket on January 21, 1940, he was the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Leduc) Blanchette.
BELLINGHAM- Joseph E. "Ed" Thibodeau, 76, of Bellingham, passed away at home on Sunday, March 20, 2011. He was the beloved husband for 54 years of Mary J. "Joan" (Imough) Thibodeau.
Born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada on April 16, 1934, he was the son of the late Arthur and Sarah (Hachey) Thibodeau.
On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
â€śIt encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,â€ť was how Driscoll began. â€śI want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.â€ť