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Marlene A. (Sylvia) Hirst, 76, of Fairhaven, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Sippican Healthcare Center, in Marion, after a period of declining health. She was the wife of the late David M. Hirst.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Manuel B. and Lucille (DeTerra) Sylvia, she lived most of her life in Mattapoisett prior to settling in Fairhaven 25 years ago.
Marlene had worked as a secretary for Frank Sylvia Relator for many years. She loved doing crafts, especially crocheting and knitting and was active in the operation of her daughter's craft shop on Spring Street, in Fairhaven, the former Linda's Country Collection.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Ryan of New Bedford; a son, Gerald Brecken, Jr. of Fairhaven; three grandchildren, Jeremy and Kristopher Borges and Jessica Brecken; two step sons, Michael Hirst and his wife Judy of Hudson and Matthew Hirst and his wife Tracy of Freetown; a step daughter, Suzanne Bancroft and her husband David of Fairhaven; an aunt, Ruth Sylvia of Marion; several great grandchildren, step grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hirst was the mother of the late Shawn Brecken, mother in law of the late Michael Ryan and she was the last of four children.
Private arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven.

Catherine "Nonie" Perry, 62, of New Bedford, passed away, Friday, June 24, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Catherine was born in Newport, RI and was a daughter of the late James D. and Vera R. (Costa) Hunt.
Catherine was a lifelong area resident and worked as a receptionist at James Hairstylist, in Fairhaven, for many years. She was an avid reader and loved long phone conversations. She enjoyed trips to the family summer home at Mattapoisett Beach and cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Marcy E. Cruz; brother, James S. Hunt and sister,, Madeline Perry and her husband John, all of New Bedford, five grandchildren, Alyceia, Roberta, Phillip, La'Mia and Ma'kai; two great grandchildren, Azyah and Sy'el, many nieces and nephews; and her former husband and good friend Barry Perry.
Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 177 Main St., Fairhaven. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be private.
Calling Hours will precede the service from 4-7pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

Edward Martin Cooney, 82, died at home in Marion, MA on June 24, 2016 surrounded by the love of family. He was born to the late Edward and Mary (Sullivan) Cooney on October 22, 1933 in Framingham, MA. After high school and a year of electronics trade school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he repaired radar, served on weather patrol and lived out stories he would tell (and re-tell) for a lifetime.
He married Elizabeth "Betty" (Donlan) Cooney in 1958 and upon graduating from Boston University he and Betty moved to Newport to begin a full life. Ed worked in the defense industry as a contracts administrator and executive, most memorably at Sippican Corporation in Marion, MA. Marion became the family's center and Ed lived there for 48 years. A perfect work day for Ed would be driving to Boston for meetings while Carly Simon sang "You're so Vain" to him personally in his Peugeot, followed by watching one of his children's games, family dinner and a gin and tonic.
He was known for his quick wit, intellectual curiosity, marine electronics prowess, writing clever songs and poems for friends and his big blue eyes. He loved his family, friends, colleagues, Elmore Leonard, John le Carre and chocolate chip ice cream. He also loved his boats, especially the White Whale - a wooden 42' Classic Grand Banks Hull #16 which he maintained himself. While he suffered from poor health for decades, he remained incredibly upbeat. He was well loved by his family and lovingly cared for by his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; his four children, Beth Cooney and her husband Rob Sargent and their children Michaela and Rory, Ted Cooney and his wife Claire and their daughter Elle, Dan Cooney and his wife Kate and their children Henry and Owen and Sarah Garabedian and her husband Mike; and his three sisters, Sylvia Stickney and her husband Bill, Nancy Mahoney and her husband John, and Mary Harvey.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at 2 PM at Tabor Academy's Wickenden Chapel in Marion, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Ed's memory to (the amazing) Community Nurse Home Care at 62 Center Street, PO Box 751, Fairhaven, 02719. www.communitynurse.com. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattaposiett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

John D. Langlois, a lifelong resident of Mattapoisett, MA, died unexpectedly on his way to work Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was 56-years old. He was the beloved son of Barbara L. (Warburton) Langlois and the late John A. "Chick" Langlois. He was married to his high-school sweetheart, Anne (Fistori) Langlois. They would have celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on July 7, 2016.
John is survived by his sons Andrew D. Langlois and his companion, Holly Duncan of Fairhaven, MA, William S. Langlois and his fiancee, Erin McGrath and his daughter, Avery M. Langlois, all of Mattapoisett, MA. He is also survived by his mother-in law Nancy Fistori, brothers and sisters-in law Peter and Amy Trow, Randy and Meg Spence, Paul and Erin Fistori and John and Christine Fistori. He was the loving uncle of Grace, Annie, Josh, Nick, Nate, Johnny, Cameron, Sophie and Cole.
He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Cape Cod Community College. His entrepreneurial endeavors began in 1985 with the opening of J's Citgo in Mattapoisett. He then went on to own and operate a very successful Interstate Batteries Distributorship. He followed his love of boats and started Ned's Point Marine at the Mattapoisett Boat Yard. He joined his son Andrew's landscape business in 2010, and together they formed the thriving Langlois Landscapes, LLC. In 2014 John and Andrew expanded the business with Langlois Landscapes Truck Equipment Rental.
John was an avid boater and happiest when cruising Buzzards Bay on the family Black Watch with his children and friends. His devotion to Andrew, William and Avery never wavered, and he was incredibly proud of their individual accomplishments. His family and friends' hearts are broken. His death has left a void so great and deep, but he would expect us to be strong and carry on.
As John would want, we will have a "wicked-informal" celebration of his life at Ned's Point at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, John would be honored to have donations made to the Hollandstrong Scholarship in memory of William's college roommate, Michael Holland, who perished on the El Faro in October 2015. Checks can be mailed to Deborah Roberts, 90 Shea St., Wilton, ME 04294. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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