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Thomas B. Hughes, 30 of Rochester died March 10, 2017 unexpectedly at home.
Born on Camp LeJeune, Jacksonville, NC the son of LtCol Paul D. Hughes USMC (ret) and Lisa A. (Corbitt) Hughes, he has lived in Rochester since 1998 and graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 2004 before attending UMASS Dartmouth.
After completing Infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Thomas served two combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the Massachusetts National Guard. His first tour, 2010 -11, was with Charlie Company 1st BN 181 Infantry, Forward Operating Base Chapman, Khost, Afghanistan, then from 2012-13, with the 182 Engineer (sapper) CO, Kandahar, Afghanistan performing route clearance. Thomas' awards during deployment include Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal W/ three campaign stars, NATO Afghanistan Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Thomas was also the Honor Graduate from the PUMA unmanned areal vehicle course in Sarkari Karez, Afghanistan.
Survivors include his parents; a brother Sgt Jeffrey Hughes, Mass National Guard, of Rochester; a sister, Lindsay Tallman and her husband Alden of Rochester; his fiance, Jessica Stojak of Fairhaven, MA; his maternal grandparents, Elizabeth Corbitt of Marion, MA and Samuel Corbitt of Worcester, MA; his paternal grandmother, Anita Hughes of North Reading, MA; a niece, Braelyn Hughes; and 3 nephews, Gus Tallman, Jack Tallman and Elias Hughes.
His funeral service was held on Monday, March 20th from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rout 6, Mattapoisett, followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetary. Visiting hours were held on Sunday, March 19th. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Fisher House Foundation @donate.fisherhouse.org.

Dennis G. Medeiros, age 72, of New Bedford, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Nemasket Healthcare Center in Middleboro. He was the former husband of Yvette (Bourgeois) Medeiros.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Manuel and Dolores (Amaral) Medeiros, he had resided in Rochester for over 30 years before returning to New Bedford.
He was a graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1962 and Johnson and Wales.
He served in the United States Army as a Sergeant and was stationed in Korea.
Mr. Medeiros had worked as a salesman for RJR Nabisco Brands for 22 years, retiring in 1988. Following retirement, he worked at A&P and Stop & Shop.
Dennis was the Director of Rochester Youth Hockey for 25 years and a member of the New Bedford and Freetown VFW. He was an avid sports fan.
His family includes his children, Tara Medeiros of Rochester, Jason Medeiros and his wife Kimberly of Attleboro and Kami Medeiros of Rochester; a grandson, Wyatt Smith of Rochester; one uncle and several cousins.
His Funeral was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Funeral Mass at 9am in St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Rd., E. Freetown. Burial in North Rochester Cemetery. Visiting hours were held Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Rd. #200, Framingham, MA 01701.
For tributes and online registration: www.rock-funeralhome.com

John,"jack" Kilgour 75, of Marion died on St. Patrick's Day at home. The day was most appropriate since Jack loved taking part in all things Irish, even though years later he learned his heritage was more Scottish and less Irish. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maryann, his father John J Kilgour, his loving daughter Holly Rae Nadeau, two sisters, Denise Hubert and Noreen Lusco, two brothers Lawrence Kilgour and Thomas Till, his aunt Marie Molongoski, and 4 grandchildren.
Jack served the New Bedford Public Schools for 41 years, first as a teacher, then vice principal, principal, and finally as Director of Adult Education. He retired in 2000.
He was passionate about cooking and created Italian dishes with tips from friends and by watching cooking shows on TV. He developed a red pasta sauce that could rival anything that Martha Stewart could make.
He loved to golf and was a member of Fall River Country Club and Reservation Golf Club. He was a very competitive player and was proud of his sandtrap skills.
A martini was not a martini unless it was ..."A Chopin martini, extra dry, ice cold, shaken, straight up, rocks on the side with 3 blue cheese stuffed olives."
Jack had a wonderful voice and always had music in his heart. It was not unusual for him to break out in a song to entertain a group. Amazingly, he knew all the words to many old songs.
He loved traveling with his wife especially to Maine and Bermuda.
His family and friends would describe him as a sincere, passionate, man with strong convictions. If you wanted an honest opinion you would ask Jack.
He was deeply loved and will be missed by his siblings. He brought a tremendous amount of joy and laughter into their lives.
In accordance to his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be mixed with his beloved cats, Scotch and Soda, and spread over his favorite places.
To give the family time to grieve privately, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Special thanks to Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven who thoroughly supported and anticipated the family's every need.

Peggy A. (Bowen) Cote, 85, of Marion passed away on Saturday March 18, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.
Born in New York, New York, the daughter of the late Edwin and Irene V. (Bedard) Bowen, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life before moving to Marion 22 years ago.
Peggy was formerly employed at the Holy Cross Fathers Mission House in Dartmouth until her retirement.
She was a devout Catholic, who was a Eucharistic Minister and Catechism teacher for 30 years.
She is survived by eight children, Michael Cote, Susan DeChaves, Annette Cote, James Cote, Joseph Cote, John Cote, Francis Cote, and Jeannine Cote; her siblings, Richard Bowen and Laura Worsham; 26 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Raymond Cote and Robert Cote.
Her Funeral will be held on Thursday at 9am from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by her Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at 10am. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 4-7pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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