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DEATH
Thomas E. Bigham
Aug 21, 2016

Thomas E. Bigham, 58, of Fairhaven, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016, at home after a period of declining health. Born in Orange, NJ, son of Esther F. (Chiasson) Bigham and the late Harvey G. Bigham, he lived in Mattapoisett prior to settling in Fairhaven 26 years ago. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Fairhaven. Thomas enjoyed reading, collecting comic books, walks to Fort Phoenix and visits to the Millicent Library. He is survived by his mother; two brothers, his twin, Timothy P. Bigham and his wife Frances of Swansea and Terrance J. Bigham of Fairhaven; two sisters, Tracey A. Travers and her husband Frank and Trina M. Bigham and her husband Teerachai Srisirikul all of Fairhaven; five nieces and nephews, Kai Srisirikul and his wife Stephanie, Elle and Brennan Srisirikul, and Joanna and Ross Travers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 10:00am, in St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven, followed by interment in River-Side Cemetery, Fairhaven. Visitation will be in church from 9:30-10:00am prior to Mass. Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Thomas' name to the Millicent Library, 45 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

DEATH
Maurice A. Fuller, Jr.
Aug 19, 2016

Maurice A. Fuller, Jr., 91, of Rochester died August 19, 2016 at Tobey Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Arlene M. (DeMoranville) Fuller. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Maurice A. and Ruth (Barrows) Fuller, he lived in Rochester all of his life. Mr. Fuller was formerly employed as highway surveyor with the Town of Rochester for many years until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Survivors include his daughter, Nancy J. Fuller of Bradford, VT; a sister; 6 grandchildren, Rebecca Guaraldo, Jared Fuller, Gregory Hookway, Kate Stallmann, Abby Hookway and Rachel Hookway; 4 great-grandchildren, Megan Guaraldo, Ethan Fuller, Cole Fuller and Lucas Fuller; and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late David A. Fuller. His Graveside Service will be held on Thursday at 11:30 AM in North Rochester Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Roy A. Kainu
Aug 18, 2016

Roy A. Kainu, 56, of Marion, died August 18, 2016. He was the son of Ellen (Peltola) Kainu and the late Urho Kainu. He was born in Weymouth and lived in South Middleboro before moving to Marion. Mr. Kainu worked as a Finish Carpenter. He had also worked for Cape Dory Yachts. He graduated from Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School. Survivors include his daughter, Anita Kainu of Assonet; his mother, Ellen (Peltola) Kainu of Plymouth; and a grandson. He was the brother of the late Marie E. Dixon. His funeral service and burial will be private.

DEATH
Audrey B. (Brito) Andrews
Aug 06, 2016

Audrey B. (Brito) Andrews, 78, of Mattapoisett died August 6, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. Born in Wareham, the daughter of the late Miguel L. and Hilda A. (Andrews) Brito, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Mrs. Andrews was formerly employed as a social worker with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she took great pride in protecting children and families in need. Upon retirement she enjoyed travelling, yoga and gardening. Survivors include 2 sons, Peter Andrews and his wife Lauren of Winchester, MA and David Andrews of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Paula Andrews of South Easton; a brother, Miguel "Buster" Brito and his wife Amy Ziebarth of South Orange, NJ; 2 grandchildren, Isaiah Phoenix and Trey Andrews; 2 nephews, Jonathan and Elliott; and a niece, Ana. Visiting hours were held on Saturday in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Carol M. (Rothwell) Smith
Aug 05, 2016

Carol M. (Rothwell) Smith, 77, of Rochester passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital on August 5, 2016. She was the wife of George J. Smith. Mrs. Smith was born in Acushnet, daughter of the late Henry and Gertrude (Sherman) Rothwell, and was a lifelong resident of Rochester. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester. She attended the Waterman School in Rochester, Wareham High School and New Bedford High School where she graduated. She went on to graduate from the Kinyon-Campbell Business School and was a secretary at Abramson, Titus & Levinson Law Firm in New Bedford before becoming a mother and homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, playing cards each night with her husband and loved to read and do puzzles. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Sandra T. and Ernest G. Michaud; and 2 grandchildren: Eric D. and Amanda M. Michaud. She was mother of the late Karen M. and David G. Smith. Relatives and friends were invited to attend a graveside service at the Rochester Center Cemetery on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Rochester, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester, MA 02770.

DEATH
Cynthia M. (McMahon) Clancy
Aug 05, 2016

Cynthia M. (McMahon) Clancy, 70, of Marion, died Aug. 5, 2016 at home after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was the wife of Robert P. Clancy. She was born in Boston and lived in Arlington, Boston and Wayland before moving to Marion in 2011. She graduated from Tufts University, Northeastern University and Lesley University. She is survived by her husband, Robert P. Clancy; her son, Steven J. Clancy of Chappaqua, NY; her daughter, Christine Clancy of Copenhagen, Denmark; her brother, Thomas McMahon of Lynn; her sister, Jill McMahon of Centennial, CO; her grandchildren, Liam and Bryn Clancy. Her funeral was held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Southcoast VNA, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719 or Clearity Foundation, 4365 Executive Dr., Suite 1500, San Diego, CA 92121. For directions and online guestbook, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com.

DEATH
Timothy S. McGrath
Aug 05, 2016

Timothy S. McGrath, 33, of Tiverton, RI, formerly of Mattapoisett, passed away unexpectedly August 5, 2016. Born in Wareham, the son of Kelly M. Johnson and her husband James of Mattapoisett and Russell Marot of Coral Springs, FL, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life. Tim was an accomplished and award winning chef employed at several RI area restaurants, most recently at Stone Acre Pantry in Newport. He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, class of 2001, where he played hockey and baseball. Tim also attended Johnson & Whales University and studied Culinary Arts. Tim was also an avid New England area sports fan, noteably the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins. Survivors include his parents; his daughter, Rylee Shea McGrath and son Colin T. McGrath and their mother Jaime Peninne, all of North Providence; his close friend, Monica Lozano of Rocky Hill, CT; a brother, Ryan McGrath of Mattapoisett; a sister, Jillian McGrath of Mattapoisett; 3 aunts, Tracy McGrath of Tiverton, Laurie Buler and her husband George of Rochester and Karen Kilroy of Portsmouth, RI; his uncle, John McGrath of Rochester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the grandson of the late Colin "Terry" McGrath with whom he shared a life long passion for fishing. Tim was most passionate about his children, extended family and friends, fishing and cooking. Tim will be surely missed by all who where blessed to know him. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. A reception will follow at an undetermined location following the visiting hours. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Joseph Christopher Higgins Jr.
Aug 01, 2016

Joseph Christopher Higgins Jr., of Marion and Vero Beach, FL, passed away August 1, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Catharine (Reagan) Higgins and father of Joseph C. Higgins III and his wife Kim of Danvers, Molly C. Mahn of Pennington, NJ, Catharine M. Higgins of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Robert R. Higgins and his wife Michelle of Chatham, NJ, Michael P. Higgins and his wife Maria of Rochester, Timothy J. Higgins and his wife Kristen of Pennington, NJ and Philip C. and his husband Matthew Smith of Salem. Joe is also survived by 23 grandchildren. He was the brother of Eleanor Rodgers of Portland, ME, Alice Slattery of Framingham, Evelyn Beveridge of Scituate, James F. Higgins of Jupiter, FL, John Higgins of Jamaica Plain and the late Mary Nash. Joe was the retired President and Chairman of J.C. Higgins Mechanical Contractors. His funeral will be held on Friday August 5th at 10:45 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at Saint Anthony's Church, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett at 12 Noon. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday August 4th from 3-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929. For online condolence, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com

DEATH
Thelma L. (Leahey) Storer
Jul 28, 2016

Thelma L. (Leahey) Storer, 86, of Mattapoisett passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016 surrounded by her beloved family after a courageous fight with a brief illness. She was the loving wife of the late William J. Storer. Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Frank E. and Sarah C. (Farnham) Leahey she was a lifelong area resident and a long time communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Thelma was a graduate of Bryant College who enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She is survived by her four sons, Daniel E. Storer and his wife Rebecca of Lakeville, Brian F. Storer and his wife Lisa of E. Sandwich, Christopher J. Storer of Mattapoisett, and William J. Storer and his wife Elsa of Oceanside, CA; nieces, Kim Goncalo of Tiverton, RI and Sharon Coffman of San Antonio, TX; nephews, George Leahey, Jr. of New Bedford, Dennis Leahey of Fairhaven, and Timothy Leahey of New Bedford; grandchildren, Melissa, Chris, Ryan, Nicholas, Sarah, Thomas, Shane, Jessica, and Jillian and sister-in-law, Jean Pelletier of New Bedford. She was the sister of the late George F. Leahey and June E. Laubach and aunt of the late Kenneth Olsen. Her funeral was held on Monday, August 1, 2016 from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a funeral mass in Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. Burial was private. Visitation was held on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to Alzheimer's Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. www.waring-sullivan.com for directions/online tribute.

DEATH
Michael L. O’Brien
Jul 28, 2016

Michael L. O’Brien, age 66, passed away July 28, 2016 after a period of declining health. He was the son of the late John and Alice (Norton) O’Brien. He was the beloved father of Oliver, Molly, and Katherine and grandfather of Sophia and Lola. He is also survived by his brothers Kevin, Sean and Peter; his sister Jane; and his former wife Nancy L. O'Brien. Born in New Bedford on May 10, 1950, he graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and UMass Dartmouth. He taught at Rochester Memorial while earning a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. He worked at SRPRED for several years and then earned his J.D. from New England School of Law. He served as an assistant district attorney in both New Bedford and Fall River before entering private practice. Michael spent most of his life in Mattapoisett, a town that he loved and the place he felt most happy. He served for many years on the Finance Committee and as an assessor. He took pleasure in coaching his children’s MYAA basketball teams. A lifelong Democrat he worked on many area political campaigns and served on the Town Democratic Committee for years. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, August 2nd in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mattapoisett Recreation, P.O.Box 435, 16 Main St. Town Hall, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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