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Sally L. Sleeper Cottrill
Dec 04, 2023

Sally L. Sleeper Cottrill passed away on Monday December 4, 2023. She was 77 years old.

Born in New Bedford, MA on December 3, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Donald H. and Esther V. (Sohlman) Sleeper. She was a longtime resident of both Fairhaven, MA and Marion, MA.

She was a tremendous mother who loved her three sons and their extended families dearly. Leading by example, she instilled a strong sense of family values in her children. She gained a strong love for music from her mother and a sharp wit from her father. She was always thinking about and trying to help other people.

Sally was an extremely dedicated employee of the New Bedford Housing Authority, serving as the administrative assistant to the executive director from 1982 until her retirement in 2018. She was also an active congregant of the First Congregational Church of Marion for over 40 years, contributing to the church in several meaningful ways. Other notable community contributions include her service as a Marion Boy Scout Troop 32 committee member for well over a decade, serving in various formal positions along the way. If any person or organization asked her for help, she had a hard time saying "no."

She is survived by three sons, Donald and his wife of Guilford, CT, Eric and his wife, Caryn of Cary, NC, and Andrew and his wife, Andrea of Swansea, MA; four beloved granddaughters, and other extended family.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Friday December 8th at 10 am at the First Congregational Church in Marion. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. For online condolence book, please visit

Patricia D. (Davis) Figueiredo
Dec 01, 2023

Patricia D. (Davis) Figueiredo, 87, of Marion passed away at home on December 1, 2023. She was the former wife of Edward J. Figueiredo and the daughter of the late Ferman C. and Dorothy R. (Robertson) Davis.

She was born in New Bedford and lived in Marion for all of her life. She graduated from Wareham High School and raised four children with her husband and was a Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother and a Softball Coach. She also enjoyed having holidays and cookouts at her home for family and friends.

Mrs. Figueiredo worked as a town clerk administrator for the Town of Marion for several years and loved working as a Crossing Guard for Sippican School in her retirement.

Pat was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Marion and sung in the Choir and presided over many Christenings in her role as a Deacon and was on many committees. Pat also sung in the Sippican Choral Society for many years.

Pat could always be seen walking in the Village of Marion with friends and her dogs, Yogi and Maggie, respectively as well as playing tennis and riding her bike. Pat was an avid Volunteer having worked storms as a Red Cross Volunteer. She was a member of Penny Pinchers for many years as well as a member of the Tobey Guild where she volunteered at the Gift Shop at Tobey Hospital. Pat also enjoyed traveling to locations such as England, Scotland, Ireland, the Caribbean, Italy, Greece and Egypt to name a few with friends through her retirement.

Pat was known for her sense of fun and was always a good sport. She had many friends with whom she stayed in touch with, whether it be from years ago or more recently. She had an open door policy and was never more happy as having someone stop by for an unexpected visit.

Her Grandchildren were always welcome at her house and enjoyed many a "Sundae" after school at Grammy's house and many, many sleepovers. The yearly summer vacation with her children and grandchildren in New Hampshire and Maine was always her highlight for the summer. Pat could also be seen relaxing at her beloved Silver Shell or Planting Island Beach.

Survivors include her children, Steven E. Figueiredo and his wife Tania of Wareham, Stephanie (Figueiredo) Harding and her husband Richard of Marion, Thomas J. Figueiredo of Marion and Linda L. (Figueiredo) Dronet and her husband Mark of Biloxi, MS; 10 grandchildren, Steven, Jr., Brandon, Kelsey and Shelby Figueiredo, Timothy Harding, Rebecca Andresen, Sophie Harding, Ruby and Nina Figueiredo and Dakota Dronet; a step granddaughter, Ava Reise and several Great Grandchildren.

Pat was predeceased by her brother, Charles R. Davis and his wife, Lucia of Marion and survived by her sister, Barbara D. Hiller and her husband, Ira R. Hiller, III. of Mattapoisett.

Her graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Evergreen Cemetery, Rte. 6 & Converse Rd., Marion.

The Family would like to thank her Caregivers, Sandra and Teresa for their great care and compassion.

Arrangements are by Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

Catherine J. "Kay" (Cousey) Levine
Nov 30, 2023

Catherine J. "Kay" (Cousey) Levine, 90, of Mattapoisett died November 30, 2023, peacefully in her sleep at Nemasket Healthcare Center.

She was the wife of the late Paul I. Levine, and they recently celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary.

Born in Waterbury, CT. She was the daughter of the late Vincent J. and Catherine Cousey. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Marion McGrath, and Patricia Fusco.

She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, CT, where she met the love of her life, Paul Irving Levine.

After high school she worked at the Timex Corporation in Waterbury, CT, for several years before marrying Paul and moving to Boston, MA, where she worked at the John Hancock Company. She then relocated to Brooklyn, NY where Paul was stationed in the U.S. Army. While in New York she worked at Otis Elevator's Brooklyn office, until she and Paul found themselves in Indianapolis, IN, for Paul's final Army duty station. Next stop was Dorchester, then Needham, and finally her beloved Mattapoisett in 1969.

Kay was a long time, active communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. She served as a Eucharistic Minister, Lecture and Altar Server.

She was also active with St. Vincent De Paul, Nativity Preparatory School, and supported her beloved parish in numerous other ways. In recognition of her devoted service to the Diocese of Fall River, she was awarded the Marian Medal.

She was the proprietor of Fashion Corner Uniforms in Dartmouth for many years until retirement.

She was a voracious reader, marvelous storyteller, and prolific letter writer. She enjoyed staying fit and participated in all sorts of activities including ice skating, tennis, bowling, yoga, aerobics, and tai chi. She was also a long time Boston Celtics fan.

She enjoyed travel and together, she and Paul formed the Mattapoisett Touring Company which allowed them to travel the world together with a wonderful group of friends.

She was a long-time member and past president of both the Mattapoisett Women's Club and the Mattapoisett Council on Aging. She was also a Den Mother for Cub Scout Pack 53 and was a regular parent volunteer with the local Brownie Girl Scout Troop.

Survivors include her 2 sons, Paul Levine and his wife Charlotte of Los Angeles and Brian Levine of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Karen Jermstad and her husband David of Washington; 8 grandchildren, Brittany Levine, Tyler Levine. Paul R. Levine, Colin Levine, Jessica Livolsi, Katie Livolsi, Kevin Levine and Patrick Levine; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Last and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends.

The Levine Family would like to thank all of their Friends and Family who kept Kay in their thoughts, prayers, and hearts. A special thanks to the wonderful Folks at Nemasket Healthcare for their devotion to the care of our most loved ones.

Her Funeral will be held on Thursday, December 21st at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, December 20th from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, visit

William O. Simpson, III
Nov 28, 2023

William O. Simpson, III, 69, of Mattapoisett passed away November 28, 2023 unexpectedly at Tufts Medical Center.

Born in Quincy, son of the late Bertha T. (Southerland) Simpson and William O. Simpson, Jr., he lived in Mattapoisett all of his life. He was the proprietor of Seven Seas Marine and subcontractor for Triad Boatworks, of Mattapoisett for 25 years.

More than anything Bill enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He will be best remembered for smuggling them cookies.

Survivors include his son, William O. Simpson, IV and his wife Quinn of East Sandwich; 2 brothers, Jamie Simpson and his husband Bob Dumas of Eustis, FL and Thomas Simpson of Mattapoisett; a sister, Priscilla McDonald and her husband Kenneth of Braintree; 4 grandchildren, Brayden, Emilia, William V, and Jackson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was the brother of the late Evelyn Ellis.

His visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 15th from 4-7 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 16th 11:30 am at funeral home, followed by a celebration of life. Details will be announced at the service.

Robert A. Grome
Nov 27, 2023

Robert A. Grome, 84, of Mattapoisett, formerly of Wellesley passed away peacefully on Monday, November 27, 2023, surrounded by the love of his family.

Born in Newton on February 11, 1939, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mabel Grome.

Bob grew up in Wellesley and graduated from Wellesley High School. He was a member of the Air National Guard. Throughout the years he worked as a maintenance machinist for many different companies including Carlings Brewery, Corning, Balzers, and Contravis.

Bob was married for 31 years to the late Dorothy E. Grome and is survived by his sons Robert W. Grome and his wife Sarah, of Franklin, Allen L. Grome and his wife Laura, of Framingham, his daughter, Brenda L. Swartzel and her husband John, of Holliston and seven grandchildren, Andrew and Melissa Swartzel, Christopher and Nicole Grome, and Katherine, Rebecca, and Rachel Grome. He also leaves his sister Carol Passarello and her husband Al and several nieces and nephews. Bob is also survived by his dear friend, Jo Ann Giovanella.

Visiting hours will take place on Thursday, November 30th from 4 to 7 pm at Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave in Needham, Massachusetts. The funeral service will take place on Friday, December 1st at 1 pm at Carter Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Highland Avenue in Needham.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.

Polly-Ann (Cotter) Mort
Nov 23, 2023

Polly-Ann (Cotter) Mort, 89, died peacefully at the Mattapoisett home she loved on Thanksgiving morning.

Polly-Ann was an amazing person whose love for her family and thoughtfulness towards others were central to her life. She loved having the family together. She hosted holiday dinners with a house full of people until she was 81 years old and notably, the last holiday dinner she cooked may have been the most delicious one ever. She truly was the backbone and guiding light of our family.

Polly-Ann was active in Mattapoisett having served as the Guidance Secretary & Registrar at Old Rochester and worked at Town Hall. She is a past board member of the Council on Aging and the TriCounty Music Association. She and her husband were previous co-owners of the Harbor Beach Club. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she previously served on several committees. Polly-Ann graduated from Lasalle University.

Polly-Ann is survived by her daughters Joanna Robbins and her husband Tom and Polly Mac Donald and her partner, Bruce Farrington as well as her beloved six grandchildren and great granddaughter. She is sadly pre-deceased by her husband, John, and her two sons, Jonathan and David. She is survived by her siblings, Suzanne Gulbranson and her husband Gary and her brother, Charles Cotter and his partner, Marilyn Saint Aubin. She was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Anne Cotter and her siblings, Mary-Lou McNair, James and Peter Cotter.

Prior to passing, Polly-Ann left written thoughts, something for us to consider. "I want you all to remember, life is not about living forever. It's about making the journey count. I hope you all have a great journey."

A wake will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett 50 County Rd. Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:00 am in Grace Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Polly-Ann, the family asks that you perform a simple act of kindness for someone else. For directions and guestbook, visit

Ralph E. Parsons
Nov 18, 2023

Ralph E. Parsons, 75, aka "Rocky", aka "Ralphy", aka "Dad", aka "Papa Ralph", finally allowed his big, generous, fun loving heart to retire peacefully yesterday at his home at Dexter Beach in Marion. Ralph's heart had quite the amazing history. It took its first marvelous thumps in New Haven, CT. His mother Rita, his father Ralph, his brother Gary and his sister Barbara were the first to experience the joy in Ralphy's heart. It was then stolen early on by his beautiful wife of 57 years, Diana (Hedin) Parsons, in the classrooms and hallways of Natick High School. It entertained and delighted friends and family everywhere he took it. Ralph's heart loved to beat on the dance floor, and pumped laughs and frivolity from him at every party, gathering, cookout or dart night he ever attended. Ralph's heart had no boundaries, and allowed him to make friends wherever he went. As a Purveyor of Pickles, a Package Store Proprietor, a Video Vendor, and an Ice Cream Creator, Ralph never let his heart get bored, as new adventures lay around every corner.

Ralph's heart was broken more than once, especially with the passing of his two beautiful daughters, Lisa and Tracy. But it swelled with pride often, over his son Ken and his wife Darla, Tracy's husband Doug, and Ralph and Diana's 6 wonderful grandchildren - Desera, Travis, Kassidy, Holden, Skyler and Kirsten. Most recently, it nearly burst with love for his 4 great-grandchildren - Ryker, Emry, Everly and Mazen.

Ralph was the man who taught other men how to be friends, husbands and fathers. Suffice to say, if you were lucky enough to love or be loved by this man, then you know the world would be a much better placed if everyone was like him. He (and his beautiful heart) will be missed, but never forgotten...

Services will be private. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

Guy Wayne Asker
Nov 17, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Guy Wayne Asker on November 17, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was determined to reach his 90th birthday, which he did! on July 18, 2023!

Wayne was born in the Campello neighborhood of Brockton MA, and his journey through life was marked by accomplishments, integrity, and a profound love for family, faith, and community. His early years were shaped by his passion for sports, excelling in both football and basketball, which paved the way for his graduation from Brockton High School in 1951. After high school, he continued his education at Storm King Prep School in New York. In 1955, Wayne married his high school sweetheart, Joan Walsh, a Brockton High School cheerleader, forming a partnership that would endure for decades.

For over twenty years, Wayne worked diligently at Asker Bakery in Brockton until 1973 when he transitioned his career to become a real estate broker, establishing Realty by Asker. His commitment to the real estate industry led him to become the President of Brockton Board of Realtors in 1977 and President of Brockton MLS in 1985 serving as a longstanding board member. In the 1980s, Wayne furthered his expertise by obtaining a General Certified Real Estate Appraiser license, founding GWA Appraisal Service, where he continued his work as an appraiser until the age of 75.

Wayne's devotion to his faith was evident throughout his life. He served at Trinity Baptist Church in Brockton and later at Church in the Pines in Wareham. He led numerous Bible studies, leaving a lasting impact on the spiritual lives of many.

Beyond his professional and spiritual pursuits, Wayne generously contributed to his community. He served as a basketball coach for Brockton Christian School and various church basketball leagues. In the 1980s, he moved to Marion, becoming an active member of the Sippican Tennis Club and dedicating his time to the town's Conservation Committee.

Wayne's love for travel was evident in the many adventures he shared with his wife, Joan. They explored the beauty of many parts of the world, including Ireland, Italy, France, and England, with a standout memory being their cherished trip to Israel in 1974 with dear friends.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joan, their four children, Joanne, Amy, Jonathan (Pippa), and Sarah (Andy), and their grandchildren Michelle (Russell), Dan, Samantha (Samuel), Oliver, Dean, and Maxwell. Wayne was preceded in death by parents, Guy and Hazel Asker, and his two sisters, Carol and Beverly. His grandchildren and many nieces and nephews will remember Wayne with affection.

Guy Wayne Asker will be remembered for his kindness, his unique sense of humor, unwavering devotion to his Christian faith, his devotion to integrity and honesty, and his profound love for family and friends. His legacy lives on in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to know him, and his impact will continue to resonate in the hearts of all who were touched by his warmth and generosity. He is resting in peace, and his family finds solace in the enduring legacy he leaves behind.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, Dec. 2nd at the First Congregational Church of Marion. A luncheon reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, Wayne's desire was to have any gifts go to South Coast VNA Hospice, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719. He so appreciated the loving care of each caregiver. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Baron H Martin
Nov 16, 2023

Judge Baron H Martin, loving husband, dedicated father and former Chief Justice of the 4th District Court in Wareham passed away peacefully on November 16 with his beloved wife Joan by his side. He was 97 years old.

Born in Boston, son of the late Baron H. and Margaret Jones Elliot Martin, he lived in Boston until 1972 moving to Wareham. Before becoming ill, he was living at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett.

Survivors include his wife, Joan (Kapolchok) Martin; his daughter Lauren B Martin of New York; his cousin who was like a son to him, Atty. Ralph Martin and his wife Dr. Deborah Martin of Jamaica Plain and their sons Scott and Sam, and daughter Christine (husband Michael Moverman and daughter Simona.)

There is no question that Judge Martin was a brilliant lawyer and Judge. He would have young lawyers, trying a case before him, scurrying back to the law library looking up cases because the ones they were using were no longer applicable.

Judge Martin never forgot his mentors who shaped his life from working as a baggage handler at South Station to becoming the esteemed Chief Justice of the Wareham District Court. They gave him the opportunity to attend Suffolk University Law School while working at the MTA (MBTA) as a clerk. He later became the General Counsel and years later was appointed to the Board of Directors.

He was personal friends with Martin Luther King, while attending Boston University. They belonged to the same fraternity, Boston University's Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. In 1952, he introduced Martin to Coretta.

Baron was very active in politics in the 60's being chair of Ward 12 in Roxbury. He was invited by President Kennedy to participate in the National Conference on Constitutional Rights in New York in 1960. He was greatly influenced by Robert F Kennedy while working on his campaign in 1968. He often quoted Robert F Kennedy as saying that those of us who have something have an obligation to help others. Judge Martin was with Robert Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968 when he was shot. He lived by this motto until the day he died.

He was inducted as Special Justice of the Roxbury Court in 1974 by Governor Francis Sargent and to the Wareham District Court in 1977 by Governor Edward King. He was named Associate Justice of the Appellate Division by Chief Justice Samuel Zoll in 1990.

There are countless stories of people that he helped when their lives were falling apart and they were standing before him in the court. He would help them see their value and a better way but they had to put in the work. He was a mentor to young law students, new judges, administrators and court personnel. And even after he retired, he continued, working on a team to bring the University of Massachusetts Law School (Southern New England Law School) to Dartmouth. Giving back is what Judge Martin did be it law students, the kid next door, or a caregiver.

This is his Legacy. His mentors would be proud.

His visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, November 28th from 4-8pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt.6), Mattapoisett. His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at 11:00 am in the funeral Home. For directions and guest book, visit

Eleanor (Ellie) Haines
Nov 16, 2023

Eleanor (Ellie) Haines passed away on Friday November 16 in North Smithfield RI at the age of 91. All of her children were present the week of her passing. She was born on April 28, 1932 in Brookline NY to Ingaborg and Josef Isaksen. She grew up in South Dartmouth, MA. Marrying Gunnar Haines in 1952 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairhaven MA. They moved to California returning to Massachusetts in 1975. A long time resident of Antassawamock her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren loved spending time with her and Papo at their beach house in Mattapoisett, MA. She loved her Lord. Her Bible was always open on the dining room table. She loved music, played the piano, taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, sister and one great grandson. Survived by children Susan (Craig) of North Smithfield, RI, Michael (JoAnn) of Mattapoisett, MA, Heidi (Rob) of Sanborton, NH and John (Melissa) of Elmira, NY, ten grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren with two more on the way.

Ellie's celebration of life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fairhaven MA on December 9th at 11:00 am with luncheon to follow. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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