Our Obituaries

Richard A. Benoit

January 29, 1942 - September 28, 2016

Richard Armand Benoit, age 74, retired Chief of Police of New Bedford, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth J. (Nobrega) Benoit with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.A lifelong New Bedford resident, he was the son of the late Oliver and Delina (Barie) Benoit.Mr. Benoit was a graduate of New Bedford High School, and...
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Daniel J. Brennan

January 8, 1962 - September 27, 2016

Daniel J. Brennan, age 54, of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital.Born in New Bedford, a son of Joan I. (Anderson) Brennan of Bradenton, Florida and the late John G. Brennan, he was a lifelong resident of the city.Daniel was a graduate of New Bedford High School and attended Syracuse University.He served in the United States Coast Guard...
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Theresa M.J. LeBlanc

January 7, 1925 - September 25, 2016

Theresa M.J. (Johnson) LeBlanc, age 90, of Fairfax, VA, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks. She was the wife of the late Paul C. LeBlanc with whom she shared 49 years of marriage. Theresa and Paul lived in New Bedford (Sassaquin area) for over 40 years. Born in Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John and Alice (Despres) Johnson.Mrs....
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Marcelino C. daSilva

July 3, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Marcelino C. DaSilva, age 82, of Fairhaven passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Southeastern Mass Health and Rehab Center. He was the husband of the late Maria T. (Ferreira) DaSilva.Born in Horta, Faial, Acores, the son of the late Francisco and Lucia (Carmenda) DaSilva, he immigrated to New Bedford in 1959 and has been a resident of Fairhaven for over 25 years.He was educated in the...
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Steven Antone Aguiar

September 1, 1950 - September 22, 2016

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Charles A. Nolan

February 10, 1929 - September 21, 2016

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Daniel A. Ferreira

October 25, 1972 - September 21, 2016

Daniel A. Ferreira, Jr., 43, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Daniel A. Ferreira and Pauline (Snell) Mello of New Bedford he was a lifelong area resident.Daniel worked as a floor tiler.In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Allen Ferreira of New Bedford; a sister, Kathy Pacheco and her husband Steven of...
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Kenneth L. Graveson

January 13, 1952 - September 21, 2016

Kenneth L. Graveson, age 64, of Acushnet, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital unexpectedly. He was the husband of Virginia A. (Pleau) Graveson with whom he shared 32 years of marriage.Born in Milford, a son of the late Edward L. and Cecilia P. (Daige) Graveson, he had resided in Acushnet since 1988 and previously lived in Bellingham. He was a graduate of Blackstone...
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Fern Breault

April 6, 1943 - September 21, 2016

Fern (DeRossett) Breault, 73, of New Bedford passed away on September 21, 2016 after a year -long battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of George J.P. Breault.Born in Prestonsburg, KY, the daughter of LulaMae (Lafferty) DeRossett and the late Ashland P. DeRossett, she lived in New Bedford most of her life.Fern was a 1959 graduate of Prestonsburg High School and began her career in banking...
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Alice Joan Ventura

August 13, 1933 - September 19, 2016

Alice Joan (Halliwell) Ventura, age 83, of New Bedford passed away Monday, September 19,2016 at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home. She was the daughter of the late Eric and Evelyn (Omerod) Halliwell. Mrs. Ventura was a 1951 graduate of New Bedford High School and a 1953 graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. Alice worked as a legal secretary in the New Bedford area and enjoyed...
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Jeffrey Raymond Laberge

December 28, 1981 - September 15, 2016

Jeffrey Raymond Laberge, age 34, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016. He was the son of Mark Laberge of New Bedford and Michelle Randall of Fall River. Jeffrey was the grandson of the late Raymond and Gladys Laberge and Barbara Furtado and the late Luis Racine. Jeffrey was born in Washington, DC and he lived most of his life in the south coast area. As a child he loved to write short stories...
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Diane Rego

April 2, 1941 - September 14, 2016

Diane (Belliveau) Rego, 75, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of Manuel B. Rego, Jr.Born in Acushnet, a daughter of the late Joseph Raymond and Irene (Ferreira) Belliveau she was a lifelong area resident and a communicant of the former St. Kilian Church where she was very involved with the church community and in 1999...
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John Araujo

September 22, 1939 - September 14, 2016

John Araujo, Jr., 76, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in his residence. He was the husband of Maria (Ortiz) Araujo.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late John and Inez (Cortez) Araujo he lived all over the world but came back to the area years ago to be closer to family. John worked as a field engineer for Raytheon. He was a car enthusiast and he like to...
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Dora A. Sherman

September 10, 1925 - September 10, 2016

Dora A. (Samson) Sherman, of New Bedford, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016 on her 91st birthday in Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven. She was the wife of the late Kenneth B. Sherman.Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ida (Allaire) Samson, she was a lifelong resident of the city. Mrs. Sherman was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, where she was a member of the...
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Brandy Lynn Fortin

January 21, 1977 - September 9, 2016

Brandy Lynn (Mello) Fortin, 39, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 9, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Troy Fortin.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of Karin Mello and Glenn Lagasse both of the city she was a lifelong resident. Brandy attended New Bedford Schools as well as New Bedford Vocational High School.Brandy enjoyed motorcycles and football. ...
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Pauline E. Renaud

March 20, 1931 - September 7, 2016

Pauline Edna (Prud'homme) Renaud, age 85, of New Bedford passed away, Wednesday September 7, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Roger G. Renaud with whom she shared 58 years of marriage.A lifelong New Bedford resident, she was the daughter of the late Emmanuel and Anna Rose (Anctil) Prud'homme. Pauline attended New Bedford Vocational High School and...
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Pauline A. Almeida

June 7, 1927 - September 3, 2016

Pauline Ann (Steele) Almeida, age 89, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Hope Hospice in Providence, RI surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Joseph Almeida and the companion of the late Arthur Boudreau.Pauline was the daughter of the late James and Sabina (Ryan) Steele. She was born in Fall River and lived most of her life in the south coast area. Pauline was a...
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David Tylor Tolley

February 13, 1984 - September 1, 2016

David Tylor Tolley, age 32, of New Bedford passed away suddenly Thursday, September 1, 2016. He was the son of Wendy Tolley of New Bedford and the late David LaFrance. David was born in New Bedford, grew up in Freetown and built a family of his own in Northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire before settling back in the New Bedford area. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his dad David...
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Eric Gerard Bourgeois

January 11, 1953 - September 1, 2016

Eric Gerard Bourgeois, Ph.D., age 63, passed away on September 1, 2016, at his residence in New Bedford, Mass. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Ernest Gerard and Allmeda (Keennan) Bourgeois. He is survived by four sisters: Gail Bourgeois of Quebec, Ann Bourgeois of West Virginia, June Bourgeois of Maine and Cheryl Ruth of West Virginia, by two nephews: Thomas M....
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Clayton B. Auman

January 15, 1959 - August 29, 2016

Clayton B. Auman, 57 of Dartmouth, passed away on August 29, 2016, at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 15, 1959 in Jasper, FL to William B. Auman and the late Barbara "Babs" (Burnham) Auman. He was raised in Yorktown, VA. His family includes his loving wife and soul mate of twenty seven years, Gina DiGiacomo; one daughter, his pride and...
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Jose B. Faria

October 21, 1938 - August 28, 2016

Jose B. Faria, age 77, of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Maria C. (Soares) Faria with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.Born in Maia, Sao Miguel, Azores, a son of the late Jacinto C. and Maria C. (Bettencourt) Faria, he came to the United States in 1965 and settled in New Bedford.Most recently he had worked at St....
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Mary Winifred Westgate

September 19, 1931 - August 27, 2016

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Darleen Hall

February 6, 1950 - August 23, 2016

Darleen S. (Allemao) Hall, 66, of Rochester passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by her loving family.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late John and Lillian (Lima) Allemao she grew up in New Bedford and lived most her life in Wareham before moving to Rochester 12 years ago.Ms. Hall graduated from the Greater New Bedford Vocational High School in...
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Eugene J. Zuber

September 1, 1931 - August 21, 2016

Private Services being handled by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745.
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Raymond C. Bodeau

December 30, 1938 - August 21, 2016

Raymond C. Bodeau, age 77, of Fairhaven, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Jo-Ann (Sherman) Bodeau.Born in Somersworth, NH, a son of Beatrice (Bachand) and the late Francis H. Bodeau, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life before residing in Fairhaven.A US Air Force Veteran, Raymond worked as a machinist for the Borg Warner Company for...
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Armand Paul Dugal

July 11, 1941 - August 21, 2016

Armand P. Dugal, age 75, of New Bedford, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Brenda (Arruda) Dugal with whom he shared 51 years of marriage.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Thomas and Germaine (Pincince) Dugal, he was a lifelong resident of the city. A graduate of New Bedford High School, Armand worked as a loom operator for various textile...
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Raymond W. Munroe

April 3, 1950 - August 20, 2016

Raymond W. Munroe, age 66, of New Bedford, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Tufts Medical Center. He was the husband of Madeleine (Steiblin) Munroe with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Norman and Marion (Hodson) Munroe, he was a lifelong area resident. A graduate of Apponequet Regional High School, class of 1970, Raymond was a jack of all trades...
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Walter Gregory

September 8, 1927 - August 19, 2016

Walter Gregory, 88, of New Bedford passed away Friday, August 19, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Betty (Pollitt) Gregory.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Ernest and Mary (Lees) Gregory, he graduated from New Bedford High School and the former Kinyon Campbell School of Business. Much of his career was spent as an accountant at the former Hemingway Transport Co....
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Lillian Soule

March 18, 1929 - August 19, 2016

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Gilberte Bombardier

December 30, 1919 - August 16, 2016

Gilberte (Dube) Bombardier, age 96, of New Bedford, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Our Lady's Haven with her daughter by her side. She was the wife of the late Stephen A. Bombardier whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Arthur and Eugenia (Levasseur) Dube, she was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven.Gilberte worked as a stitcher for garment...
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Ida Beaulac

February 7, 1924 - August 14, 2016

Ida (Torres) Beaulac, 92, of New Bedford passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 in Sippican Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Wilfred R. Beaulac.Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Manuel and Amelia (Mendes) Torres she lived most of her life in New Bedford.Ida graduated from New Bedford High School and Kinyon Campbell Business School. She worked as a key punch operator for...
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Hollie Marie Panagos

January 13, 1945 - August 9, 2016

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Daniel Mello Bizarro

December 28, 1935 - August 6, 2016

Daniel Mello Bizarro, age 80, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Rhode Island Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Lucille (Davignon) Bizarro with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford he was the son of the late John Mello Bizarro and Georgianna (Ferreira) Bizarro.Mr. Bizarro graduated from New Bedford High School and attended Fisher Junior...
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Alfred Cunha

January 29, 1927 - August 3, 2016

Alfred Cunha, Jr., 89, of Acushnet passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Frances E. Cunha.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Alfred and Mary (Correia) Cunha he lived most of his life in the area.Alfred worked as a foreman in the fishing industry and was well known on the waterfront. He loved...
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Maria Cordeiro

August 1, 1946 - August 2, 2016

Maria (Barreira) Cordeiro, age 70, of New Bedford, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of the late Joao C. Cordeiro.Born in St. Michael, Azores, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Camara) Barreira. Maria was employed as a Baker in Portugal for over 25 years and later worked as a Stitcher at Cliftex for 2 years until her retirement. She...
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Doris Richard

May 27, 1927 - August 2, 2016

Doris (Clermont) Richard, age 89, formerly of New Bedford, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Brookdale Dartmouth Village. She was the wife of the late Ernest O. Richard with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.Born in New Bedford, Doris was the daughter of the late Edmont and Aurelie (Berube) Clermont. She grew up on Tobey Street in New Bedford and loved to swim in nearby Sassaquin Pond....
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Elizabeth Monahan

July 8, 1993 - August 1, 2016

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Monahan, age 23, of East Freetown, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of Karen (Seney) Monahan and James Monahan and his wife Loretta , she was a lifelong area resident. Lizzie was a graduate of the West Bridgewater High School, class of 2011. Lizzie was both witty and a deep thinker and could express her thoughts cleverly in her writing. She...
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Manuel M. Macedo

February 14, 1934 - August 1, 2016

Manuel M. Macedo, age 82, of Acushnet, passed away Monday, August 01, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Maria Ernestina (Pimentel) Macedo to whom he has been married for the past 56 years.Born in Fenais da Ajuda, Sao Miguel, Acores, he was the son of the late Jeremias and Idalina (Pacheco) Macedo. Mr. Macedo was educated in Portugal and worked in the boating industry with his...
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Wayne R. Young

June 22, 1942 - July 31, 2016

Wayne R. Young, age 74, of North Dartmouth, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital following a long illness. He was the husband of Gloria J. (Stavropoulos) Young with whom he shared 20 years of marriage.Born in Boston, the biological son of the late Betty Dehart and the adopted son of the late Curtis and Mabel (Reed) Young, he had resided in New Bedford for most of his life...
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Joanne O. Flaherty

August 22, 1955 - July 31, 2016

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Donald Lee Souza

May 29, 1955 - July 30, 2016

Donald L. Souza, age 61, of New Bedford, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital unexpectedly. He was the husband of Michelle (Collard) Souza to whom he has been married for 28 years.Born in Acushnet, a son of the late Manuel Souza and Candida (Silveira) Boucher, he had been a lifelong resident of New Bedford.Donald worked as a Truck Driver for Sid Wainer and Son...
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Celina F. Nunes

December 20, 1926 - July 28, 2016

Celina F. (Faria) Nunes, 89, of New Bedford passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 in the Southeast Mass Health and Rehabilitation. She was the wife of the late Manuel Nunes.Celina was born in Madeira, a daughter of Americo and Ester (Vieira) Faria.Mrs. Nunes worked as a stitcher in various factories in the area. She is survived by her children, Jose A. "Tony" Nunes and his wife Dulce of New...
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Nancy McKenna

September 8, 1970 - July 27, 2016

Nancy (Deresendes) McKenna, 45, of New Bedford passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of Paul McKenna.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of Larry and Germaine (Cabral) Deresendes of New Bedford she was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. McKenna graduated from New Bedford High School. She later went on to work for Corner Sports...
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Leonard Cabral

May 26, 1933 - July 23, 2016

Leonard Cabral, age 83, of New Bedford, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Care One, New Bedford. He was the husband of the late Emily (Sameiro) Cabral.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Alfred and Emma (Vivaros) Cabral, he was a lifelong resident of the city.A veteran of the United States Army, he served during the Korean War. He worked as a machine operator for Revere Copper and Brass,...
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Richard Mello

February 15, 1937 - July 21, 2016

Richard Mello, Sr., 79, of Acushnet passed away surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma. He was the husband of the late Shirley Ann (O'Brien) Mello and the companion of Beverly Pontbriand of Rochester.Born in Newark, NJ, a son of the late Francis and Mary (Carvallo) Mello he lived most of his life in Acushnet. Mr. Mello graduated from New Bedford Vocational...
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Wayne Richard Houghton

March 14, 1947 - July 19, 2016

Wayne R. Houghton, age 69 of West Wareham, passed away Tuesday July 19, 2016 at Tobey Hospital. He was the husband of Nancy (Pinto) Houghton with whom he shared 42 years of marriage. Born in Acushnet, he was the son of the late Alton and Bertha (Teves) Houghton. Wayne retired from the VA Hospital (engineering department) in West Roxbury.Wayne was an Army Vietnam Veteran where he received three...
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Richard Roland Vanasse

April 8, 1946 - July 18, 2016

Richard R. Vanasse, 70, of New Bedford passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 in Tobey Hospital after a long illness. Born in Acushnet, a son of the late Raymond and Viola (Cadorette) Vanasse he was a lifelong area resident. He attended New Bedford Area Schools and Swaine School of Design.Richard enjoyed painting, spending time with friends and visiting his sister, Claire.He is survived by his...
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Claudette P. Quintin

March 14, 1952 - July 17, 2016

Claudette P. (Picard) Quintin, age 64, of New Bedford, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 17, 2016 at The Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Gerard and Claire (Aube) Picard, she was a lifelong resident of the city. She was preceded in death by her two sons: Stephen Quintin, Jr. and Robert Barboza, Jr.Claudette enjoyed her coffee time with...
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Kenneth Machado

October 8, 1941 - July 9, 2016

Kenneth Machado, 74, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Rhode Island Hospital. He was the best friend and beloved husband of 29 years of Judith E. Ball.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Frank and Doris (Lasnier) Machado, he was a lifelong area resident. He was extremely proud of the accomplishments of his children, grand son and favorite niece, Deb. He enjoyed...
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James Edward Cronin

May 6, 1940 - July 8, 2016

James E. Cronin, 76, of Acushnet passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 surrounded by his family after a long illness. Born in New York, a son of the late James and Julia (McMullin) Cronin he grew up there and lived most of his life in the New Bedford area. Mr. Cronin served in the National Guard for many years. He was employed at Woolworth's for over thirty years and later worked in maintenance...
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Shirley E. Lima

November 6, 1935 - July 6, 2016

Shirley E. (Vieira) Lima, age 81, of New Bedford, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Home. She was the wife of the late Albert Lima. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Manuel and Virginia Vieira she was a lifelong resident of the city.Shirley worked as a packer for Atlantic Coast Seafood, and enjoyed knitting, and watching movies. She is survived by two daughters:...
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Jennifer Anne Jefferson

September 28, 1976 - July 5, 2016

Jennifer A. (Cloutier) Jefferson, age 39, of New Bedford, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 in Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Michael E. Jefferson.Born in New Bedford, the daughter of Anne (Medeiros) Cloutier of New Bedford and Richard Cloutier and his wife Laura of Acushnet, she was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational Technical High School and attended Bristol Community College...
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Richard A. MacLeod

June 9, 1923 - July 4, 2016

Richard A. MacLeod, 93, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 4, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of the late Marguerite (Rafuse) MacLeod.Born in Boston, a son of the late William and Marguerite (Bowers) MacLeod he lived in New Bedford most of his life. He enjoyed attending Grace Episcopal Church.Mr. MacLeod served in the United States Army during World War II. He...
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Gilbert Howland Brightman

January 30, 1925 - July 4, 2016

Gilbert H. Brightman, age 91 ,beloved father, grandfather, and friend, of Acushnet, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at his residence with family at his side. He was the husband of the late Jacqueline (Sumner) Brightman.Born in New Bedford the son of the late William and Grace Brightman, he was a World War II Army Veteran. He served in General Patton's 3rd Army in the 168th Combat Engineers,...
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Donald Thomas

March 12, 1931 - July 3, 2016

Donald Thomas, age 85, of Westport, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River. He was the husband of the late Claire L. (Bergeron) Thomas.Born in Acushnet, the son of the late Joseph and Stella (Smola) Thomas, he was a resident of Westport for many years.Thomas was a graduate of New Bedford Vocation High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, he served as a...
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Roger William Alves

March 19, 1942 - July 2, 2016

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Theresa Marie Deneault

March 9, 1928 - July 1, 2016

Theresa Marie (Lebeau) Deneault, age 88, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Roger Deneault. A lifelong New Bedford resident, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Denesha) Lebeau. A graduate of Holy Family High School and Campbell Secretarial School she worked as a self-employed music teacher and church...
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Raymond Richard Picard

May 6, 1941 - June 30, 2016

Raymond R. Picard, 75, of New Bedford passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Joyce (Holmstrom) Picard.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Romeo and Blanche (Poisson) Picard he was a lifelong city resident. Mr. Picard was an 8th Grade English Teacher at Normandin Junior High School for 38 years. He also...
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Albert Soares

March 11, 1926 - June 29, 2016

Albert Soares, age 90, of New Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital following a period of declining health. He was the husband of the late Mary S. (Sabina) Soares.Mr. Soares had worked for the former New Bedford Institution for Savings Bank as the head of maintenance and security for many years. Albert had an amazing sense of humor and was happiest when...
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Raul Carrasquillo

April 4, 1982 - June 25, 2016

Raul Carrasquillo, age 34, passed away at St Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, MA. He was the son of Richard Carrasquillo and Lourdes (Martinez) Carrasquillo. Raul attended New Bedford High School and worked as a laborer in the landscaping industry.He enjoyed riding motorcycles, driving or working on engines.Survivors include his two daughters, Nayalie and Isabella of New Bedford, a brother...
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Amanda S. Stefanik

June 4, 1920 - June 25, 2016

Amanda S. (Kacprzyk) Stefanik, age 96, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital.A lifelong New Bedford resident, she was the wife of the late Joseph Paul Stefanik. She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Salomeia (Gierlasinski) Kacprzyk.Mrs. Stefanik was a graduate of New Bedford High School and worked as a Claims Clerk for the Division of employment security. She also...
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Jacqueline Irene Ponte

July 12, 1938 - June 23, 2016

New Bedford. Jacqueline Irene (Gaudette) Ponte, age 77, of East Freetown passed away Thursday, June 23,2016 at St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Arnold R. Ponte. They were married 42 years. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Eudore and Irene (Fredette) Gaudette. Jackie was a 1956 graduate of St. Anthony High School.She worked in...
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Luke Leonard Luscomb Gurney

March 12, 1968 - June 20, 2016

Luke Leonard Luscomb Gurney passed away on June 20, 20116. He lived life to the fullest and was the "best'' husband, father, son and friend that anyone would want. Since 2009 he has fished commercially for whelk (conch), sea bass and scup in waters surrounding the Vineyard and Nantucket. Prior to that date and in the off season, he worked as skilled carpenter with many builders as well as for...
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Alfred J. Lefrancois,

October 6, 1934 - June 19, 2016

Alfred J. Lefrancois Jr., age 82, of Dartmouth, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 in St. St. Luke's Hospital.Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Alfred J. Lefrancois Sr., and the late Clementine (St. Onge) L'Homme, he was a lifelong area resident. Alfred was employed as a Lineman for over 40 years with IBEW Local 104. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and a communicant of St. Julie...
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Laurette F. Forgue

February 11, 1922 - June 18, 2016

Laurette F. (Brousseau) Forgue, 94, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 18, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph R. Arthur Forgue. They were married in 1945.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Oscar and Leah (Lajoie) Brousseau she graduated from New Bedford High School in 1940. She lived in New Bedford most of her life and most recently in...
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Graciano DeJesus Pereira

April 25, 1928 - June 17, 2016

Cascais, Portugal - Graciano De Jesus Pereira, 88 died June 17, 2016 after losing a courageous battle with leukemia in his wife's arms. He is survived by his wife Halima Pereira of Portugal. Born in Almada, Portugal, the son of the late Antero and Leonor Pereira of Portugal, he lived in Cascais, Portugal for the last 30 years. In his younger years he worked as a merchant marine travelling to many...
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Herman Obidzinski

February 5, 1922 - June 15, 2016

Herman "Obie" Obidzinski, 94, of Acushnet passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 after a brief illness in St. Luke's Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Deolinda "Linda" (Mello) Obidzinski.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Waclaw and Stanislawa (Stankiewicz) Obidzinski he was a lifelong area resident and a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church.Mr. Obidzinski was a retired...
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Helen M. Vigeant

October 22, 1923 - June 14, 2016

Helen (Bastarache) Vigeant, age 92, of New Bedford, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in the Sacred Heart Home. She was the wife of the late Romeo Vigeant.Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Lydia Bastarache and she was also predeceased by her brother Frederick and Ida Bastarache, sisters Mary Alves and Eva Bastarache.Helen worked at Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven for 28...
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Homer E. Bergeron

July 19, 1925 - June 14, 2016

Homer E. Bergeron, 90, of Acushnet passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the McCarthy Care Center of Sandwich. He was the beloved husband of Flora (Tavares) Bergeron. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Edward and Premilia (Bastarache) Bergeron. He was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Bergeron was a WWII Veteran having joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 17. He served on the...
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John DeTerra

August 1, 1924 - June 14, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford, MA.
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Barbara L. Rock

February 7, 1934 - June 13, 2016

Barbara L. (Oliveira) Rock, age 82, of New Bedford, passed away on June 13, 2016 at Brandon Woods. She was the former wife of the late Eugene H. Rock and the late James E. DeCosta.Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Moises and Marie (Ventura) Oliveira, she lived the majority of her life in New Bedford. At the age of 70, Mrs. Rock received a Bachelor of Science degree from U-Mass...
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Arsene J. DaSilva

September 11, 1999 - June 12, 2016

Arsene "AJ" J. DaSilva, age 16, of Dartmouth, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Hasbro Children's Hospital.Born in New Bedford, a son of Kelly Vieira and Scott DaSilva, he was a lifelong area resident.AJ was a sophomore at the Greater New Bedford Vocational High School where he was studying carpentry. He enjoyed playing baseball, being on the computer, and spending time with his friends and...
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Stephen A. Chmiel

July 5, 1923 - June 12, 2016

Stephen A. Chmiel, age 92, of New Bedford, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at his home. He was the husband of the late Emily V. (Venceslau) Chmiel. Born in Fairhaven, a son of the late John and Mary (Kurgan) Chmiel, he was a lifelong area resident. He earned his teaching certificate from Fitchburg State and taught automotive mechanics at Diman Regional Vocational High School and was the...
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Roger A. Allain

December 2, 1922 - June 12, 2016

Roger A."Pepere" Allain passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Valma (Gonneville) Allain, who were married in June of 1946. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Alcidas and Sylvie (Girouard) Allain, he was a lifelong resident of Acushnet. A graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School, class of 1941, he worked for NSTAR Electric Station in New...
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Lydia V. Jesus

March 2, 1923 - June 11, 2016

Lydia Virginia (Rapoza) Jesus passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her home at Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven. Born and raised in New Bedford, she was the eldest daughter of the late Michael and Mary Rapoza. She was the wife of the late Manuel J. Jesus, Jr. and enjoyed many years of love and laughter with him. She was a wonderful mother, beloved...
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Lucille Rose Caron

March 31, 1928 - June 10, 2016

Lucille R. "Tatante" (Benjamin) Caron, age 88, of Marion, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Sippican Health Care Center, Marion. She was the loving and devoted wife of the late Albert F. Caron for 51 years.Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Theodore and Marie (LaPierre) Benjamin, she lived most of her life in New Bedford prior to moving to Marion.Lucille was a graduate of...
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Marta Oliveira

April 23, 1936 - June 10, 2016

Marta (Furtado) Oliveira, 80, of Acushnet, died peacefully on June 10, surrounded by her loving family following a brief period of declining health. She was the devoted wife of the late Olimpio Oliveira.Born in Achadinha, Nordeste, Sao Miguel, Acores, she was a daughter of the late Jose Furtado Matias and Mariana (Pacheco) Medeiros. Marta immigrated to this country in 1968 and was a resident of...
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Raymond N. Martin

November 27, 1937 - June 9, 2016

Raymond N. Martin, age 78, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Flora (Desrosiers) Martin. Ray spent many summers at the Highfield Theatre in Falmouth, and winter months at the Trinity Playhouse in Providence, RI with his friends Gene Deslandes, Gene Athaide, Kay Alden and Francis Caravana. He...
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Loretta A. Stawasz

November 22, 1930 - June 5, 2016

Loretta A. (Janiak) Stawasz, 85, of Acushnet passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016 at SE Massachusetts Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of the late William T. Stawasz. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Andrew and Aniela (Nowak) Janiak, she grew up in New Bedford and went on to graduate from the New Bedford Vocational High School. Loretta...
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Donald Thompson

July 31, 1924 - June 5, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford, MA.
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Roland G. Lewis

April 25, 1935 - June 3, 2016

Roland "Humphrey" George Lewis, age 81, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at Brandon Woods of Dartmouth, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Barbara M. (St. Amand) Lewis, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel May (Ridgeway) Lewis. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School in the Class of 1953. Roland...
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Randy Heys

November 15, 1956 - May 30, 2016

Randy Heys, 59, of East Bradenton, Florida, formerly of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 30, 2016.Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Eva (Lucas) Heys, he had resided in New Bedford for most of his life before moving to Florida 2 years ago. He served in the United States Navy.Mr. Heys had worked as a Fireman Engineer at Precix Inc. in New Bedford for several years.Randy...
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Michael Dewey Heath

April 25, 1962 - May 30, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford, MA.
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Roxanne Christine Gaudette

October 26, 1973 - May 29, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford, MA.
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Robert D. Vertente

October 16, 1933 - May 28, 2016

Robert D. Vertente, 82, of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 28, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of the late Brenda M. (Rego) Vertente.Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Dr. John Vertente Jr. and Emily (Furtado) Vertente, he lived most of his life in the city.Mr. Vertente had worked in the maintenance department for the City of New Bedford for 26 years.He...
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Richard F. Fernandes

November 11, 1944 - May 27, 2016

Richard F. Fernandes, Sr., age 71, of Fairhaven, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Linda C. (Dubay) Fernandes to whom he has been married for the past 30 years. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Jose and Mary (Rebello) Fernandes, he was a lifelong area resident.A graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School, class of 1964, he worked at Revere...
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Filippo Montalto

September 20, 1921 - May 25, 2016

Filippo Montalto, 94, of New Bedford passed away on Wednesday May 25, 2016. He was the husband of Josephine Montalto; they celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary on May 24th.Born in Agira, in the province of Catania, Sicily, he was the son of the late Bartolomeo and Giuseppina (Giacini) Montalto.Mr. Montalto was a German POW during World War II and served in the Italian Air Force. ...
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Antonio Pacheco Costa

July 23, 1937 - May 20, 2016

Antonio Pacheco Costa, 78, of New Bedford passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Leontina (Melo) da Costa. He was the son of the late Jamie Francisco Da Costa and the late Maria Espirito Santo Costa.Born in Povoaçao Saõ Miguel, Açores. Antonio came to the United States in 1972 with his family. He...
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Bernadette A. Robitaille

February 26, 1917 - May 18, 2016

Bernadette A. (Verrier) Robitaille, age 99, of Acushnet, formerly of New Bedford, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Lionel H. Robitaille.Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Darius and Illumina (Roy) Verrier, she attended St. Anthony's School in New Bedford and Campbell Business School, where she met her late husband Lionel. Mrs....
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Barbara E. DeTerra

September 23, 1931 - May 18, 2016

Barbara Edna DeTerra, 84 of Rochester, MA passed away peacefully at her home on May 18, 2016 after a long illness. She leaves behind her husband of 49 years Raymond DeTerra of Rochester, MA; her daughter, Cynthia Eugenio of Leesburg, FL; her son, Raymond F. DeTerra and his wife Jennifer DeTerra of New Bedford, MA; her son, Robert Cobb of Key West, FL; two grandchildren; Adam Cobb of Brooklyn,...
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Laura Souza

July 11, 1936 - May 17, 2016

Laura "Lollie" (Rodriques) Souza, 79, of Acushnet passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the beloved wife of George Souza with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Picanso) Rodriques she lived most her life in Acushnet. Mrs. Souza worked as a stitcher in the local garment industry. She enjoyed going on...
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Garry R. Rodrigues

December 7, 1959 - May 15, 2016

Garry R. Rodrigues, 56, of West Wareham, formerly of Fairhaven, passed away May 15, 2016 at Forestview Transitional Care and Rehabilitation after a 3 year long courageous battle with cancer. He was the former husband of Cynthia A. Rodrigues.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Raymond and Theodora "Tillie" (Quirk) Rodrigues, he was a graduate of Fairhaven High School.He had worked at Morse...
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Adelia Odelia Tetreault

February 27, 1938 - May 13, 2016

Adelia O. (St. Pierre) Tetreault, age 78, of New Bedford, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of Lucien Tetreault to whom she had been married for 58 years.Born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Alfred and Rose (Talbot) St. Pierre, she was employed as a Seamstress with various mills throughout the area and retired from Tremblay Bus as...
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Luis Cabral

December 28, 1975 - May 12, 2016

Luis Cabral, 40, of Acushnet passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 12, 2016 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was the beloved husband of Melissa (Costa) Cabral.Born and raised in New Bedford, a son of the late Joao Cabral and Maria (Carvalho) Cabral of New Bedford.Luis graduated from New Bedford High School. He worked for Cape Cod Distribution as a truck driver, while...
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Dorothy Eberle

October 29, 1923 - May 11, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford, MA.
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Constance Juliette Carr

September 19, 1943 - May 10, 2016

Constance J. (Gonneville) Carr, age 72, of Acushnet, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at her residence. She was the wife of Thomas D. Carr, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage.Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Raymond H. and Aurore A. (Milette) Gonneville, she was a lifelong Acushnet resident. A graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School, she went on to earn her associates...
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Muriel L. Le Blanc

July 7, 1925 - May 8, 2016

Muriel L. (Gaudette) Le Blanc passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was the beloved widow of George E. Le Blanc. She retired from the Titleist Company, enjoyed sitting outside by the pool reading, playing bingo, working outdoors, traveling and playing cards, especially with her dear friend Loretta.She was born in New Bedford and recently lived in East Freetown. In past years she lived...
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Celestina T. Depina

May 27, 1927 - May 4, 2016

Celestina "Titina" Tavares Depina, age 88, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Daniel Depina.Born in Brava, Cape Verde, Mrs. Depina was the daughter of the late Francisco and Ludovina (Silva) Tavares. After living in Cape Verde, she moved to Senegal, West Africa for 15 years and then immigrated to the United States in 1978. She worked as a presser...
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Mary Gouveia

December 14, 1924 - May 4, 2016

Mary (Freitas) Gouveia, age 91, of Fairhaven formerly of New Bedford, passed away, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 in St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late James G. Gouveia.Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia (Alves) Freitas, she had been a lifelong resident of the city. Mrs. Gouveia was employed as an Assembler with US Ringbinder in New...
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Robert P. Florent

April 9, 1935 - May 3, 2016

Robert "Bob" P. Florent, 81, of New Bedford passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Lauretta (Caron) Florent of New Bedford.Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Wilfred and Blanche (St. Pierre) Florent he grew up in the area and lived in Germany while serving in the United States Army for 20 years. Bob was a member of the...
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