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Robert I. Wing
Nov 22, 2015

Robert I. Wing, 86, of Marion, died Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. He was the husband of Joan C. (Dougall) Wing. They had been married for 60 years. Born in Arlington, he was the son of the late Irving & Julia (Goss) Wing. A previous resident of Bourne, he moved to Marion in 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served from 1953 to 1955. After his military service, Mr. Wing started his career as a truck driver and quickly worked to own and operate his own trucking company, eventually becoming a consultant in the bulk transportation field. Mr. Wing was a member and 4 time Past Master of Pythagorean Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Marion, a member of Union Lodge, Nantucket and Independence Lodge, Malden. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master of Nantucket 31st Masonic District and was Grand Lodge representative of Massachusetts to Brazil. Mr. Wing was also awarded the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, Lodge Ambassador, 50 year Past Master certificate, Veterans Medal and was a member of the Shriners. He also was advisor for DeMolay and received the DeMolay Legion of Honor award. Mr. Wing was also a member of the Marion V.F.W. Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425. He was also Past President of Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club and was an Eagle Scout. He travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe on ski vacations, enjoyed gardening, Patriots football and reading. Mr. Wing was also a model train enthusiast and collected “N” scale model trains. The Wing family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Bob’s Masonic friends for their support during this difficult time. Survivors include his wife; his children, Bonnie LaMotange of Beverly, Linda J. Ward of Wareham; Robert D. Wing, Deborah J. Thompson and Patricia R. Rowley all of Marion; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, the late Phyllis Wing and his brother, the late Alvin Harvey Wing. He will be remembered as a loving husband and family man. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd., Marion at 2 PM. Visiting hours have been omitted. Donations in his memory may be made to Pythagorean Lodge Angel Fund, P.O. Box 947, Marion, MA 02738. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Ellen A. (Blythe) Basse Dietz
Nov 18, 2015

Ellen A. (Blythe) Basse Dietz, 78, of Marion died November 18, 2015 at her home after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Albert Basse, Jr. and the late Col. Arthur H. Dietz. Born in Leighton, AL, the daughter of the late Eugene V. and Shirley (Preuit) Blythe, she lived in Easton and Marion for many years. After the death of her late husband Albert in 1976, she successfully managed and ran the family business, Albert Basse Associates in Stoughton, MA, later joined by her sons. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, the beach and reading. Survivors include her 5 children, Deborah Basse Ewing and her husband Michael Meachen of Marion, Lynda Basse D'Amico and her husband Pat of North Attleboro, Albert "Chip" Basse, III and his wife Deborah, Edwin E. Basse and his wife Angela, and Christopher J. Basse and his wife Pamela, all of North Easton; 4 step-children, Nonie Garvey and her husband Mark and Arthur T. Dietz and his partner Rhonda, all of Idaho, Peggy Pietig and her husband John of Laguna Beach, CA and Eric Dietz and his wife Renée of Washington; 4 siblings, Emily Lidikay of Birmingham, Gregg P. Blythe of Decatur, AL, Robert Blythe of Birmingham, AL and Richard Blythe of Hartselle, AL; a brother-in-law, David Merchant of Dallas, TX; 24 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Eugene "Sonny" Blythe and the sister-in-law of the late Nancy Merchant and Barbara Coffee. Her Funeral Service was held on Monday at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel. Burial followed in Old Landing Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Sunday in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Community Nurse and Hospice Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For guestbook, please visit

Mary F. (Hathaway) Cruz
Nov 17, 2015

Mary F. (Hathaway) Cruz, 83, of Marion died Nov. 17, 2015 at Care One of New Bedford. She was the widow of the late Manuel J. Cruz and the daughter of the late Richard D. and Alice J. (Mitchell) Hathaway. She was born in New Bedford and lived in Marion all of her life. Mrs. Cruz worked at Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Company in New Bedford for many years before retiring. She enjoyed word puzzles and square dancing. Survivors include her brother, Winfred Hathaway of New Bedford and many nephews and nieces. She was the step sister of the late Burton E. Cloyd. Her funeral service was held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours were held on Friday at the funeral home.

Donald Braman Wing
Nov 14, 2015

Donald Braman Wing of Marion, MA, passed away on November 14, 2015 from cancer after a short hospital stay. He was 72. Born on September 24, 1943 in Greenfield MA, to Henry C. Wing, Jr. and his wife Janice (Knapp) Wing, he attended Greenfield schools and graduated from Deerfield Academy, class of 1962. He majored in mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He married Anne Colton of West Springfield MA, in 1967 and began his career at Tabor Academy in that year, teaching geology and geometry and coaching sailing and crew. When the trustees of the school determined to build a new academic center in 1970, Don with his engineering background oversaw construction of the building. He became director of the physical plant, a position he created and expanded during his 48-year career at Tabor, retiring in July 2015. He was noted for his vast knowledge and organizational skills. Today’s Tabor campus reflects Don’s vision, skill and determination to do a job right and see it to completion. In addition to his more than full-time job, he had a wide range of other interests such as horology, antique woodworking tools, scientific instruments and early technology. He contributed to the knowledge of the history and makers of these objects, researching and writing a book with Anne on the early planemakers of London and contributing articles to many scholarly journals. He was described by a friend at Colonial Williamsburg as a true Renaissance man. In his “spare” time he restored and rebuilt Jaguar cars. He also continued the operation of the family business, Chauncey Wing’s Sons, Inc., which was begun by his great-grandfather in the 1880’s, manufacturing a device to apply address labels to newspapers and magazines. Don was a man to whom people would come when they needed an answer or advice on any subject, whether related to buildings and grounds, early American and English tools, architecture, history, or cars. He was always willing to share his knowledge and learn from others. In addition to his wife Anne, he leaves their son Braman of Ithaca, NY and his wife Maureen and their three children, Larsson, Nora and Linus. Details of a service will be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Marion EMS Donation Account or the Marion Fire Department Donation Account, P.O. Box 1021, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Martha A. (Coates) Burbank
Nov 13, 2015

Martha A. (Coates) Burbank, 80, of Mattapoisett died November 13, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of Robert G. Burbank, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Carlton and Mary Jane (Hilton) Coates, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 1966. She attended the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Mrs. Burbank was a Cub Scout Den Mother and volunteered at Center School. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School class of 1953. Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert E. Burbank and his partner Denise Horne of North Conway, NH; a sister, Edna LeBlanc of Mattapoisett; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Carlton "Lefty" Coates. Her Graveside Service will be held at a later date in Cushing Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mattapoisett Fire Rescue, P.O. Box 219, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 101 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 107, Middletown, CT 06457. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Leona M. (Bellotti) Freitas
Nov 09, 2015

Leona M. (Bellotti) Freitas, 95, of Mattapoisett passed away Monday November 9, 2015 at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home. She was the beloved wife of Manuel C. Freitas; they had been married for 42 years. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late John E. and Evelyn (Desmarais) Bellotti, she lived in New Bedford and Mattapoisett for many years. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett, where she was active in many parish functions and activities. Mrs. Freitas worked along side her husband at Adrian Advertising in New Bedford. She was a member of the Mattapoisett Senior Citizens. Survivors include her loving husband; a daughter, Elaine Lambert and her husband Terry of New Hampshire; a granddaughter, Lisa Hurley and her husband Joe; her sisters-in-law, Mary C. Bellotti of New Bedford and Laura Pimenta of Taunton; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late John and Louis Bellotti. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday November 13, 2015 at 10 AM at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford. Visitation will be on Friday from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Mable (Wakeman) Vaitses
Nov 06, 2015

Mable (Wakeman) Vaitses, 98, of Mattapoisett died at home November 6, 2015. She was the wife of the late Allan Holmes Vaitses, decorated World War II veteran and renowned boat builder and author, with whom she shared 67 years of marriage. Born November 15, 1916, and raised on Wakeman Farm in Westport, CT, Mrs. Vaitses was the daughter of the late John Staples Wakeman and Mary (Gould) Wakeman. She was the ninth and last surviving of their ten children. Mrs. Vaitses also lived with and assisted her sister the late Charlotte Wood and her family at Stonegate Farm in Sherbon, MA and summered in Mattapoisett where she met her husband. Mrs. Vaitses married at Seamen’s Bethel in 1938 and the couple spent their honeymoon with Cpt. Small and his wife at New Bedford Lighthouse. Mr. and Mrs. Vaitses built their first home in Mattapoisett with remnants from the 1938 hurricane, where they raised their two children, including during a period of time while her husband was deployed with the army in World War II prior to and during the occupation of Japan. Mrs. Vaitses subsequently lived on the shores of Mattapoisett until her death, and along with her husband assisted in raising three of their grandchildren. Mrs. Vaitses was a member of Mattapoisett Congregational Church. She was a graduate of N.E. Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Phoenix Chapter. Mrs. Vaitses was formerly self-employed as a photographer, and along with her many subjects photographed many local weddings and children. She also enjoyed ceramics, painting and art of every kind. Mrs. Vaitses enjoyed spending time with her family. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening and created a secret garden with her husband for the great-grandchildren. Survivors include a daughter, Gail V. Elen of Fairhaven, a son, Stephen P. Vaitses and his wife Carol Jane of Clinton, CT; 5 grandchildren, Stephen E. Vaitses of Mattapoisett, Allayne Boruch Esq. and her husband John of Portsmouth, RI, Allan H. Vaitses, II and his wife Lora of Marion, Meagan E. Vaitses of Clinton, CT, and Peter M. Elen of Fairhaven; 9 great-grandchildren, Ross, Brandy, Catherine and Haley Vaitses, Avery and John W. Boruch, Elizabeth, Jenna and Grace Vaitses; and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother-in-law of the late Peter Elen and the sister of the late Wilbur, John, Isaac, George and Robert Wakeman, Charlotte Wood, Ruth Kay, Dorothy Shaw and Margaret Sargent. Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 14th at 3 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Her family will receive guests from 1 - 3 PM prior to her service. For directions guestbook, please visit

Thomas E. Jaillet
Nov 01, 2015

Thomas E. Jaillet, “Tom” 77, of Marion passed away Sunday November 1, at Saint Lukes Hospital, New Bedford after a brief illness. Tom was the husband of Christina (Precourt) Jaillet of Marion. He was born in Gardner, MA, the son of the late Edgar and Tyyne (Maatala) Jaillet. He attended Gardner public schools and was a graduate of Fitchburg State College and Boston College with a Masters in Math. Tom taught for 55 years in the South Coast Region, retiring from Tabor Academy this past June. He cherished his grandchildren and enjoyed golfing and the Boston Red Sox. He was also a former Fenway Park tour guide. In addition to his wife he is survived by their children: Heidi Jaillet Katz and her Husband Jeff of Swampscott, Amy Jaillet and Ron Willert of Waltham, Peter Jaillet of Marion and Andrew Jaillet and his wife Andrea of Foxboro. He was the grandfather of Harry, Julia and Joe Katz and Emily and Elizabeth Jaillet. He was the brother of Richard Jaillet of CA. Relatives and friends were cordially invited to attend his funeral Mass that was held on Saturday November 7, in the Wickenden Chapel, Spring Street, Marion on the Campus of Tabor Academy. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Tom’s granddaughter’s school (the Kevin O’Grady School), checks payable to: Friends of Northshore Education Consortium in memory of Thomas Jaillet on the memo line and mailed to 112 Sohier Rd. Beverly, MA 01915 or on the web at

James J. Giammalvo
Oct 30, 2015

James J. Giammalvo, 89, of New Bedford died October 30, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital after a period of declining health. He was the husband of Alice G. (Muir) Giammalvo. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Salvatore J. and Luigia (Costa) Giammalvo, he lived in New Bedford all of his life summering in Mattapoisett. Mr. Giammalvo was a communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home from the service, he joined his father and brother Pete at Giammalvo's Market. Mr. Giammalvo continued to work and grow the store with his sons until his death. His greatest joy was entertaining family and friends at his summer home in Mattapoisett. Survivors include his wife; 4 sons, Richard Giammalvo and his wife Lynette of Hawaii, Paul Giammalvo and his wife Susan of Dartmouth, Dennis Giammalvo and his wife Shirley of New Bedford and David Giammalvo of Mattapoisett; 2 sisters, Rosaria "Sadie" Martin and Vita Carr, both of New Bedford; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Giammalvo of New Bedford; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late James A. Giammalvo and the brother of the late Peter Giammalvo, Salvatore "Sam" Giammalvo, Joseph Giammalvo, Frank Giammalvo and Josephine Morra. His Funeral was held on Tuesday, November 3rd from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by his Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Monday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the James A. Giammalvo Scholarship Fund.

Edna A. Mandeville
Oct 30, 2015

Edna A. Mandeville, 92, of North Conway, NH died October 30, 2015 at Merriman House in North Conway, NH. She was the wife of the late Roger A. Mandeville. Born in Gardner, MA, the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary (Rod) Aziz, she lived most of her life in Mattapoisett. Mrs. Mandeville was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. She was formerly employed by Wamsutta Mills for several years until her retirement. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Augustine and her husband Bruce of Farmington, NH; 2 grandchildren, Craig Augustine and his wife Danielle of Farmington, NH and Crystal Augustine of Florida, 3 great-grandchildren, Desere, Dacotah and Caiden. She was the sister of the late Mary Rose and Rose Debasitis. Her Graveside Service will be held on Friday, November 6th at 11 AM in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

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