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DEATH
Paul F. Keane
Nov 23, 2014

Paul F. Keane, 92, of Mattapoisett died Sunday November 23, 2014 at home. He was the husband of the late Mary H. (Bauer) Keane. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Paul and Julia (Long) Keane, he lived in Mattapoisett for many years. He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Mr. Keane served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years until his retirement in 1963. He later served in the Fleet Reserve for ten years. Following his naval service, he was employed as a custodian at Old Rochester Regional High School for twenty years. He was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Kate Souza who was his caregiver. He was the brother of the late Brother William Keane, ss.cc. His Funeral was held on Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Burial with military honors was in Center Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday November 25, 2014. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Humane Society and Shelter - SouthCoast, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth, MA 02747. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Marc A. Rouillier
Nov 23, 2014

Marc A. Rouillier, 54, of Rochester passed away November 23,2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of Cindy L. (Wamboldt) Rouillier. Mr. Rouillier was born in New Bedford, son of the late Roland and Claire (Levesque) Rouillier, and resided in Rochester for the past 20 years. He was a member of the Long Plain United Methodist Church, Acushnet. He was employed as a customer service representative by KVH Industries, RI. He loved his dogs, motorcycle, pizza at Pa Raffa’s, salt-water fishing and his wood stove. He had many friends who he referred to as “brothers” and was very proud of his children. In addition to his widow, he is survived by his son: Jordan M. Rouillier; his daughter: Jae R. Rouillier; his sister: Cecile Fiano and her husband, Robert; his brother: Denis Rouillier; his aunt: Irene Morse; his dear friends: Esther and Ted Turbak; and several nieces & nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and will be announced when the date is set.

DEATH
Douglas G. Bowman, Sr.
Nov 20, 2014

Douglas G. Bowman, Sr., 64, of New Bedford passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 20, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the longtime companion of Rebekah Pimental of New Bedford. Born in Acushnet, the son of the late Walter Bowman, Sr. and Florence (Morse) Bowman, he grew up in Mattapoisett and lived in Fairhaven for many years before moving to New Bedford 20 years ago. Mr. Bowman was the owner/operator of Doug’s Prop Shop in Fairhaven. He enjoyed fishing and being with his dogs on walks. Doug was a member of the Fairhaven Varsity Club. He is also survived by his three sons, Douglas G. Bowman, Jr. of New Bedford, Gary A. Bowman and his wife Kelly of Sunderland, MA and Matthew M. Bowman and his wife Crystal of New Bedford; his former wife, Anne T. (Gallant) Bowman of New Bedford; five grandchildren, Shawn, Christian, Paige, Brenden, and Jorja; seven brothers, Walter, Robert, Neil and Mark Bowman all of New Bedford, Stanley Bowman of Acushnet, Carlton Bowman of Florida and George Bowman of Taunton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of his deceased brother William. Calling hours were Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. Cremation will follow and interment will be private.

DEATH
Eleanor T. Burr
Nov 17, 2014

Eleanor T. Burr, 61, of New Bedford died November 17, 2014 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford in New Bedford. She was the daughter of Gertrude T. Burr of Mattapoisett and the late Carleton Burr. Survivors include her mother; 3 siblings, Toby Burr and his wife Barbara D. Burr and Cornelia Burr-Tarrant and her husband Thomas A. Tarrant, III, all of Marion and Walter T. Burr of New York City; nieces and nephews, Tucker Burr, Alaska Burr, Thomas A. Tarrant, IV and Elizabeth B. Tarrant; and her extended family at LifeStream. Her Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In Lieu of flowers, donations in her memory maybe made to LifeStream, Inc, Attn: John Latawiec, P.O. Box 50487, New Bedford, MA 02745 with memo for the Sandra M. Cabral Scholoarship Fund For Nursing. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Christine L. (Tavares) Hulland
Nov 15, 2014

Christine L. (Tavares) Hulland, 62, of Wareham, died peacefully on November 15, 2014 in Tremont Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center while surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Thomas W. Hulland. She was born in Pittsfield and lived in Wareham for many years. Mrs. Hulland worked as the office manager at Skyline Marble in Middleboro. She enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to the Outer Banks with her husband, sitting on her deck watching wildlife and reading. An avid Facebook enthusiast, she also enjoyed ancestry research. She was the Massachusetts Representative for the Coast 2 Coast Dachshund Rescue Program. She loved her dogs, Abbey, Jazz and the late Heidi and Georgie. Mrs. Hulland was a member of the Community Baptist Church in Marion. Survivors include her husband, Thomas W. Hulland of Wareham; her mother, Shirley H. Tavares of New Lebanon, NY; 2 daughters, Jennifer Darrow of Ft. Meyers, FL (formerly of Dalton), Charlene Lopez of Pittsfield; a step daughter, Michelle Hulland of Port St. Lucie, FL; 3 brothers, John, William and Mark Tavares all of New Lebanon, NY; a sister, Beverly Grochan and her husband Mark of East Nassau, NY; 3 nieces, Abigail Jensky of East Nassau, NY, Ashley Tavares of New Lebanon, NY and Sena of New London, NY; 2 nephews, William Tavares and Benjamin Tavares both of New Lebanon, NY; 7 grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Dylan, Sammy, Lauren, Laura, and Christian. Her memorial and worship service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2014 in the Community Baptist Church, 441 Front St., Marion. Another memorial service in New Lebanon, NY will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Coast 2 Coast Dachshund, P.O. Box 147, Jacobus, PA 17407.

DEATH
Albert Mello, Jr.
Nov 13, 2014

Albert Mello, Jr., 68, of Fairhaven passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Beth Israel Hospital, in Boston. He was the husband of 38 years, of Pauline (Bettencourt) Mello. Born and raised in New Bedford, the son of the late Albert and Maria (Brum) Mello, he lived in Mattapoisett prior to settling in Fairhaven 40 years ago. Albert served in the Army during the Vietnam War and had been a salesman at Joe’s Auto Mall in New Bedford for many years. He is survived by his wife; his mother in law, Loretta (Pauline) Bettencourt of Fairhaven; two daughters, Lori Ann Mello and Kimberly Palmer Harne and her husband Eric of Fairhaven; a sister, Bernice McLoughlin of East Freetown; a brother, Elliot Mello and his wife Theresa of South Dartmouth; two brothers in law, Jerald Bettencourt, Jr. and his wife Lori of Fairhaven and Raymond Bettencourt and his wife Maria Fe of Colorado and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Mello was the father of the late infant Chris Dwane Mello and brother of the late Stanley Mello of New Bedford. Calling hours were held on Monday, November 17, 2014 in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. Cremation will follow and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

DEATH
Ruth (Perry) Bates
Nov 12, 2014

Ruth (Perry) Bates, wife, mother, teacher and lifelong student, completed her life’s journey on Wednesday, November 12 at home, surrounded by family and held in the Light by all who loved her. She was the loving wife and soulmate of Richard R. Bates for 44 years. Born in New Bedford, the first day of spring, March 21, 1947, and prophetically given the name Ruth (compassionate one), she was the daughter of the late Alyce (Fraga) and Anthony Perry. She was a graduate and class officer of New Bedford High School, class of 1965, earned her BA in English from Westfield State College in 1969 and completed graduate work at Southern Illinois University the following year. Ruth served as a beloved short and long-term substitute teacher who cared deeply for her students at both Mattapoisett Center and Old Hammondtown schools. Students there knew they were not about to experience just another ordinary day when she'd walk into their classroom often wearing her signature red high top Converse All Star sneakers. Ruth also dedicated ten energy filled years as Language Arts teacher at Friends Academy before retiring in 1994. Inside and outside the classroom, Ruth devoted numerous hours developing learning tools uniquely geared to challenge each student's aptitude and ability. While at Center School, she helped organize a "Santa's Workshop" as an after school activity providing students with the opportunity to tap into their own creativity to design and make holiday gifts for parents and siblings. The Workshops subsequently became an annual event. Always a lover of the written word, Ruth hosted Writers' Workshops in her home for both experienced and aspiring writers for several years. She welcomed all writers and styles. Many participants in these workshops are today published novelists and/or journalists. Knowing children also have much to express, she encouraged her students to let loose their imaginations in journals and stories. In addition, she organized and led a workshop for ORR students for a time. Ruth was an accomplished gardener, writer, cook, painter, sculptor, carver and sailor. If she loved something, she wanted to try it. And there wasn’t much she could not learn to do. Her much anticipated snow sculptures graced Ned’s Point, The New Bedford Whaling Museum (Great White Whale), or were often serendipitously created on neighbors' lawns (usually with assistance from several youthful volunteer apprentices). Inspired by a book given to her by her husband (The Breads of France by Bernard Clayton, Jr.), she learned to bake bread like the Parisians; warm, soft, crusty bread that was comfort and love in loaf form. Eventually she was able to visit Poilane, the famous bakery in Paris, and compare her creations against those of the baker she had long admired. Ruth didn’t stop with bread though; she could cook anything and make it delicious Her desserts were divine. For a time she even produced them for the Bijou theatre in Fairhaven under names such as “fat fudgies” and “poopsie’s peanut butter cups”. Ruth was excited by and custodian of the natural world. A fearless hiker and explorer, she got outside every chance she could and encouraged her friends and family to accompany her. She could often be found blazing new trails, cycling, swimming, kayaking and identifying birds. She served as volunteer Bay Watcher for The Coalition For Buzzards Bay for several years and was an original member of the Mattapoisett Tree Committee. In 2004, as Trustee of The Mattapoisett Land Trust, she helped organize an Arbor Day event at the newly acquired Dexter Mill Pond property at which time a sapling American elm was planted and dedicated. The event included a tree sale fundraiser of saplings furnished by the Plymouth County Extension. At the conclusion of the event, Ruth realized many of the sapling white pines had remained unsold. An unabashed "tree hugger", she wouldn't consider the thought that these saplings might be denied their potential. So, she packed them into the back of her yellow VW bug, drove to The newly opened Nasketucket Reserve and individually planted nearly 100 saplings along both sides of the main pathway. Nearly all of these trees thrived and today form a beautiful allée visible upon entering the Reserve. Ruth also loved Mattapoisett and its history. While serving as Trustee of the Mattapoisett Historical Society, she spent several weeks designing and herb and flower gardens on the museum grounds. She also helped organize historical tours for the town's 150th birthday celebration and ensured recognition of the Native American presence and importance in the town’s history. Despite being afflicted with a decade long illness, Ruth refused to allow it to dominate her life. “Take joy in each breath - each and every moment you still have life. Get outside and notice all that is Good and Beautiful in the world - sunsets, the moon and stars, animals, flowers, birds, bees, trees, wind, rain, snow, and most of all, the people who put up with you. Cherish them, tell them how much you love them and hold them close.” Ruth was mother of the late Forest R. Bates. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by a daughter Rachel Bates and her companion, Dylan Berner of Pawtucket, RI, her mother-in-law, Florence Bates of Mattapoisett, sisters Marie Perry, of New Bedford, Elizabeth Lestage and husband Paul of New Bedford, Angela Hague and husband Ronald of Creede, CO, Karen Perry Rose and husband Barry of New Bedford, brothers Larry and wife Debbie of Stratford, Ct., Tony and wife Susan of West Boylston, MA, Robert and wife Johanna of Dennis, MA, Martin and wife Jennifer, of Brewster, MA. and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Sunday, November 16th, between the hours of 3 PM and 5 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. A Quaker Memorial Meeting was graciously hosted by the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St. Mattapoisett on Tuesday, November 18th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to one of the following organizations dearly loved by Ruth: Mattapoisett Friends Meeting (Quakers) PO Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, The Mattapoisett Land Trust, PO Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or The Mattapoisett Historical Society, PO Box 535, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Charles (Chuck) Leon Gonneville
Nov 12, 2014

Charles (Chuck) Leon Gonneville passed away on November 12, 2014 after a brief illness. Chuck lived his entire life in Rochester, MA. He was a graduate of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann (Ouellette) Gonneville and devoted father of Karen Elizabeth Gonneville. He was employed by the Town of Rochester as a custodian and served as a member of the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years. He also worked for the Hiller Family of Rochester since high school and served as custodian at Saint Rose of Lima Church. Chuck could be characterized as a "Gentle Giant". He would go out of his way to help anyone in need. Other than his wife (Beth) and daughter (Karen), Chuck is survived by his mother Barbara Jane (Sylvia) Gonneville of Rochester, his brother Robert Gonneville and wife Margaret of Rochester as well as three nephews (John & James Gonneville of Rochester and Nathan Cast of Morris, CT) and one niece (Kayla Cast of Morris, CT). He is predeceased by his father Paul L. Gonneville. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Rochester Firefighters Association scholarship fund. Donations may be sent to the attention of Scott Weigel, Rochester Volunteer Fire Department Chief, 10 Neck Road, Rochester, MA 02770. Calling hours to which both relatives and friends were invited to attend, was held on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at mfcs llc South Coast Chapel, 158 Middleboro Road, East Freetown. Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester with burial that followed in Center Cemetery, Rochester.

DEATH
Lauraine (Ouimet) Laverdiere
Nov 05, 2014

Lauraine (Ouimet) Laverdiere, age 89, of Marion and formerly of New Bedford, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion. She was the wife of the late Gaston "Gus" Laverdiere, with whom she had shared 57 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Eugene and Antonia (Trudeau) Ouimet, she was a life-long resident of the area. Lauraine was a member of the first graduating class of St. Anthony High School and attended SMU. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the New Bedford School System, working at the Lincoln School for over twenty years before retiring. She was a Lector at St. Anthony of Padua Church for many years, a member of the American Canado Association, a board member of St. Anthony Credit Union, a member of the Panthers Athletic Club, St. Anthony Society Child of Mary and St. Anthony's Seniors. In her leisure she enjoyed going dancing with her husband every Saturday night and took great pride in volunteering at the St. Anthony Bazaar every year. She was known for making her famous Crab Meat Dip. She always remembered everyone's birthday, and moreover believed family was the greatest gift of all! Survivors include: her daughter, Denise Laverdiere Wilkinson and her husband Lester of Marion; her son Marc Laverdiere and his wife Laura of Virginia; six grandchildren, Drew, Laurenne, Aaron, Caitlin, Andrew and Marie; two sisters, Therese Gendron and Blanche Walton both of Connecticut; several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Roger Ouimet. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Sippican Healthcare Center and Fidelis Hospice for the tender loving care they provided to their mother Lauraine. Relatives and friends were invited to her funeral mass on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday at the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Flowers welcome or donations to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA 02745 would be greatly appreciated. For tributes/condolences, www.rock-funeralhome.com

DEATH
Elinor May (Jackson) Akins
Nov 04, 2014

Elinor May (Jackson) Akins, 79, of Wareham died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham after a brief illness. Born in Wareham, she was the daughter of the late Robert M. & Helen G. (Ames) Jackson. Mrs. Akins worked as a housekeeper for Tabor Academy in Marion for several years. Mrs. Akins loved spending time at the Cape Cod Canal and going on towing and recovery trips with her son. She is survived by her son, Robert Akins and wife Renee Nevitt Akins of Wareham; her daughters, Barbara Hunter of W. Wareham and Terrie Cole of Cotuit; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, the late Lawrence M. Akins, Jr., her brother, the late Lawrence Jackson and her sisters, the late Betty Hackett and the late Virginia Garcia. Relatives and friends were invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Thursday, Nov. 6. A funeral service was held following the visitation. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. For on-line guestbook visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com

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