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Gerald "Butch" F. Silva, age 70, of Rochester, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Susan (Bellotti) Silva, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage.
Born in Acushnet, the son of the late Frank and Irene (Longtin) Silva, he was a life-long resident of the area.
Mr. Silva served in the United States Coast Guard Reserves in the Coastal Forces Unit, which was the only combat unit ever in the Coast Guard. He was the owner and operator of Bay State Window and Door, where he had started working with his dad when he was only 14 years old. Butch was a communicant of St. John Neumann Church, where he was a greeter and collector. He also served as President and Treasurer of the Couples Club at the church. He was very involved with the Lakeside Family Festival, where he organized the motorcycle run each year. Butch enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking and recently wood turning with his wife.
In addition to his wife survivors include: two daughters, Michelle Alves and her husband Gregory of Acushnet and Angela English and her husband David of Dartmouth; four grandchildren, Cameron Alves and his girlfriend Amanda Eldridge, Hannah Alves, Alex English and Zachary English; mother-in-law, Mary Bellotti; sister-in-law, Marie Crompton; niece, Kim Heydt and nephew, Craig Crompton. He is also survived by his sister, Janet Rapoza; several other nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his extended family at church and the V (VFW Post #6643) in East Freetown.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to his doctors, Dr. Gary Grosart, Dr. Kathryn Chen, Dr. Richard Demopoulos, as well as the staff at the SIC-U at St. Luke's Hospital for their care and compassion.
Relatives and friends were invited to his funeral mass on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Rd., East Freetown. Burial was private. Visiting hours were held on Monday in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Butch may be made to, St. John Neumann Building Fund (Parish Center), 157 Middleboro Rd., P.O. Box 717, East Freetown, MA 02717.
For tributes/directions, www.rock-funeralhome.com

Philip John Tully made a peaceful transition from this mortal life to the eternal hereafter on Wednesday December 10, 2014 surrounded by the tender care of family and friends in the home in Mattapoisett that he loved. He was born May 24, 1953 in New Britain, CT. He was the son of the late George F. and Marie F. Tully and brother of the late Jeffrey A. Tully. He leaves behind his lifetime love and wife of 32 years, Barbara A. Tully who he referred to with great affection as "B". He also leaves behind his dear sons Brendan G. Tully of Mattapoisett, and Colin J. Tully of Atlanta GA, in whom his fortitude, compassion and generosity are beautifully reflected. He will be dearly missed by his loving mother-in-law, admiring sisters and brothers-in-law, adoring nieces and nephews, appreciative cousins, respecting colleagues, and a grateful community.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Philip received his Masters degree in counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He was a licensed social worker employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where his entire adult work life was committed to the support of individuals with intellectual disabilities. During nearly 40 years of service he was blessed to bear witness to magnificent changes in how individuals with disabilities were able to see themselves and to many acts of personal courage as individuals sought and realized a better life for themselves.
Philip was an avid reader whose passion for history, love for his country, sharp wit, and facility with language, was appreciated by all who knew him and enjoyed good conversation and debate. He was an adventurous outdoorsman who saw God at work everywhere in nature. His stewardship of God's creation was evident in his outdoor work at home and on the land he loved in the woods of Maine.
Throughout his journey with cancer Philip demonstrated unwavering strength, gratitude for exceptional care, tireless commitment to his work, selfless devotion to his family, and despite a desire to continue his journey on earth, an unshakable faith and acceptance of God's will. May he rest in peace.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday December 15, 2014 at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours were held on Sunday December 14, 2014 at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Neediest Families Fund, 25 Elm St., New Bedford, MA 02740. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Rev. Leonard M. Mullaney, age 78, of Fall River, passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River.
Father Mullaney is a native of Fall River and son of the late Joseph E. Mullaney and the late retired Judge Beatrice Hancock Mullaney. An alumnus of the former Msgr. James Coyle High School, Taunton, he prepared for the priesthood at Cardinal O'Connell Minor Seminary and at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. He was ordained a priest on February 2, 1962 by Bishop James L. Connolly.
Following his ordination, he was assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish, Wareham, and later while still in that post, was also priest-in-charge for several months at St. Rita's in Marion. From 1972 to 1974 he was parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima Church, New Bedford, and served in that capacity at Immaculate Conception Parish, Taunton, from 1974 to 1978.
Father Mullaney was then named pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Assonet, remaining there until 1986, when he became pastor of St. Anthony Parish in East Falmouth. In 1999, he began his pastorate in Mattapoisett, until his retirement in 2009.
He was also director of Cathedral Camp from 1972 to 1983 and served as an advocate and a judge in the diocesan Tribunal.
He is survived by his brother Atty. Joseph E. Mullaney, Jr., of Orchid, FL; a sister Arline M. Angell and her husband William of Naples, FL and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Vincent S. Mullaney and Margaret Mullaney Panos.
Father Mullaney's funeral will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:45AM from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at cherry place 178 Winter St., Fall River followed by his funeral Mass at 11:45AM in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St., Fall River. Visiting hours were held Wednesday from 5 to 7PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Catholic Memorial Home, 2446 Highland Ave., Fall River, MA 02720.
Burial will take place in St. Anthony's Cemetery, E. Falmouth. To send a tribute or for directions please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

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