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Peter B. Hodges
Aug 14, 2017

Peter B. Hodges, 76, of Mattapoisett, died in peace on August 14, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Peter was born in Taunton, MA on March 9, 1941 to the late Sheldon B. & Jessie A. (Tillson) Hodges.
Educated in Taunton Schools, he graduated from Taunton High School in 1958. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1962 (BBA) and Northeastern University in 1975 (MBA). He was a member of the Winthrop Street Baptist Church. Mr. Hodges served in the US Army from 1962 - 1965.
Following his time in the military, he spent the next 13 years in finance, most notably at Revere Copper & Brass in New Bedford, MA and Halliday Lithograph Corp in Hanover, MA.
In 1978, he began his teaching career at Bristol Community College and Southeastern Massachusetts University. At the same time starting an accounting and tax practice in Mattapoisett, MA which he continued for 27 years. In 1982, he was appointed to a full-time faculty position at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, teaching Strategic Management and Small Business Administration.
He also served the Town of Mattapoisett on various boards. In 1989, he was elected to the Mattapoisett Elementary School Committee on which he served 3 terms until 1998.
He was appointed Treasurer of the Mattapoisett Lions Club, a position he served for 7 years. He received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 2010 for his dedication to Humanitarian Services.
He was a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church since 1973. He served on the Finance Committee for 12 years, 8 years as Chairman. He also, served on the Parsonage Committee and was Treasurer of the 2016 Capitol Campaign Committee.
Mr. Hodges also volunteered at the Council On Aging preparing tax returns for the benefit of many.
In addition to his wife, Beth F. (Foresman) Hodges of 52 years, he leaves a son, David B. Hodges, and his partner, Robin Perry of Acushnet, MA, a daughter Caryn H. Coulombe, and her husband, Michael of Acushnet, MA, 4 grandchildren, Jessie Hodges, Hannah Hodges, Collin Hodges and Bryan Coulombe, a sister Dianne Keating, and her husband, J. Andrew Keating and 2 nephews, Robert & Peter Dykeman.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, P.O. Box 284, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, visit

Richard J. Scarpellino
Aug 12, 2017

Richard J. Scarpellino, 85, of Marion, formerly of Ramsey, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 12, 2017. His loving companion, Josefa Simon, was at his side. Mr. Scarpellino was the husband of the late Rebecca Ann (Wilmington) Scarpellino. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Salvatore and Margaret (Savastano) Scarpellino. Mr. Scarpellino lived in Marion, MA for 21 years. A jazz enthusiast, "Bebop" excelled at the trumpet and piano, writing songs and a novel, sailing, and watching basketball and baseball. He was Director of Basic Sciences and Chief Scientist of the General Foods Corporation, consulted for Givaudan, and held numerous patents dealing with food and flavor chemistry. He received his BA from Brooklyn College and a PhD in Food Science from Cornell University. He served for three years in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War. He is survived by his daughter Susan (Scarpellino) Saidenberg of Rexford, NY, his brother Ralph Scarpellino, Sr. of Manalapan, N.J., and his four grandchildren: Lucia Saidenberg, Emma Saidenberg, Julia Arp and Ryan Arp. He was the father of the late Rebecca (Scarpellino) Arp and Richard Scarpellino Jr., and the brother of the late Elizabeth (Scarpellino) Nawracaj.
Funeral services and burial will be private. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

Patricia A. Fleurent
Aug 10, 2017

Patricia A. Fleurent, 75, of Mattapoisett passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 in St. Anne's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Leo H. Fleurent, Sr. and the Late Sophie (Wypych) Fleurent Pitta she lived most of her early and later years in the area, while also living in New Jersey for 30 years.
Miss Fleurent loved her cats. They were like her children. She also loved the beach.
She is survived by two brothers, Leo H. Fleurent, Jr. and his wife Rochelle of Fairhaven and Robert "Pete" Fleurent of Wareham; nieces and nephews, Lynne Sylva, Michael Fleurent, Randall Fleurent and Nicole Fleurent. She was the aunt of the late Bruce Fleurent.
Her Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 9 am in St. Mary's Church, Main Street, Fairhaven, MA. Burial will be private. For online tribute,

Dorothy F. (DeMello) Anselmo
Aug 08, 2017

Dorothy F. (DeMello) Anselmo, 91, of New Bedford died Tuesday, August 8, 2017. She was the wife of the late Alexander B. Anselmo.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late John F. and Angelina F. (Mendez) DeMello, she lived in New Bedford and Mattapoisett for most of her life.
She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Agawam Chapter.
Dorothy was well known as the owner of Fragozo Linguica in New Bedford.
She is survived by three children, Sheila Davidson and her husband Jim, Alison Anselmo, and Bradford Anselmo; three grandsons, Jimmy Davidson and his wife Kaera, Joseph Moceri, III, and Alexander Moceri; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late John F. DeMello.
Her funeral service and burial were held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: It's All About The Animals, Inc., 103 Marion Rd., Rochester, MA 02770. For online condolence book, visit

Alice Seifert
Aug 08, 2017

Alice Seifert, 95, of Marion passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness.
Alice was the daughter of the late John J. and Martha (Geier) Seifert. She was a lifelong area resident and she worked as a bookkeeper.
She is survived by a brother, Arthur Seifert and his wife Rose of Marion; and a nephew, Kurt Seifert of Marion.
Her services are private and under the direction of Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. For online tribute

Neale Birdsall
Aug 03, 2017

Neale Birdsall of Duxbury, MA passed away in his home on August 3rd of complications from Parkinson's Disease, surrounded by his family. Neale was 86 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Janice (Kealey) and their three children, Anne Kellogg of Holliston, MA, Gregg Birdsall and his wife Amy of Mt. Airy, MD and Polly Martinson and her husband G. Thomas of Milton, MA. He leaves behind eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Marie Birdsall of Boxford, MA and Isabelle Schweitzer of Ithaca, NY.
Neale graduated from Tabor Academy in 1951 and Lehigh University in 1955. Prior to moving to The Village at Duxbury in 2014, Neale and Janice lived in Marion, MA for 43 years where Neale was Director of Alumni and Development at Tabor Academy until his retirement in 1992. Neale had a great passion for the sea. During his years living in Marion, Neale enjoyed spending much of his time boating in Buzzards Bay with his wife and family. He was an accomplished builder and restorer of ship models. The town of Marion commissioned him to create a replica of the "The Ghost Ship", Mary Celeste, which he then donated to the Sippican Historical Society.
Since moving to the Village, Neale joined an art class where he soon mastered the art of water color painting. He created many beautiful works of art and was soon featured as the "Artist of the Month".
A Memorial Service to celebrate Neale's life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Marion on September 12, 2017 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Neale's memory to either Tabor Academy, 66 Spring St., Marion, MA 02738, or Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Cr., Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Wayne Oliviera
Jul 31, 2017

Wayne Oliviera, 71 years, passed peacefully on his own terms at home in Mattapoisett on Monday July 31, 2017, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. For 46 years he was the beloved husband of Ainse C. (Shuler) Oliviera and a devoted father to his children.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1945 in New Bedford, MA to the late Dorothy E. (DaCosta) Oliviera and Manuel C. Oliviera. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Burdett College in Boston with an Associates Degree in Business and Marketing. He joined the National Guard and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged.
Wayne and the late Charles Briggs founded the hockey program at Old Rochester Regional. Wayne played hockey at Burdett College and tried out for the Rhode Island Reds.
Wayne taught physical education in the Tri-Town area. He then began his career in marine sales. He later became a marine representative with Carswell Associates. When William Carswell retired, Wayne became the owner and worked independently until 1991 when CGW was established. Wayne enjoyed all aspects of the marine industry.
He served his community as a member and Past President of the Mattapoisett Lions Club.
Wayne loved living near the water and especially being on the water on his boat Eggzactly. He was loved by many in all aspects of his life.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife Ainse, his children Bethany A. Oliviera and James W. Oliviera, his favorite daughter-in-law Samantha (Sylvia) Oliviera, his sister Carol A. Regan, several aunts and uncles, several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews in Massachusetts and Minnesota.
"This is a celebration." - Wayne Oliviera
Visiting hours will be held on Friday August 11, 2017 from 4-8 pm at Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 10 am at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be sent to Dana Farber Institute/ Pancreatic Cancer Research - 110 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02245. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Edwin Thomas "Ted" Harrison
Jul 25, 2017

Edwin Thomas "Ted" Harrison, 87, of Marion, formerly of Plymouth, and originally of Roehampton, London, UK passed away on Tuesday July 25, 2017.
Born in 1930 in the UK, Ted served in the RAF in the late 1940's. He immigrated to the US in 1968. Ted enjoyed organic gardening and photography in his younger years. A mechanical draftsman by trade, he also mastered and taught computer aided design. He was happiest when teaching young adults, at ITT Technical Institute in Boston (in the early 1970's); and later as an instructor to inmates in the Georgia and Massachusetts State Prison Systems. He enjoyed deeply contemplating the meaning of life, Buddhism, and the teachings of Jesus.
Ted was the caring husband to Diane, loving father to Nicola "Nicky" Moulton of Tallahassee, FL and Sarah Harrison Smongeski and her husband Joseph G. of Shrewsbury, MA, and grandfather to Jeremy Moulton of Havana, FL and his wife Rachael and daughter Lillian; Adam Moulton of West Palm Beach, FL and his wife Marri, and his son Khani Moulton of Tallahassee; and Edward Joseph "Teddy" Smongeski of Cambridge, MA and his partner Mary Rocheleau.
He is also survived by his brother Stanley of Hertfordshire, UK and his wife Margaret; and sisters Marian Rickard-Worth of New Zealand; and Eileen Philipoo of Cyprus; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved cats Lucy and Malcolm.
He was predeceased by his sister Mary Saiche of Surrey, UK and brother Robert Harrison of Roehampton, London, UK.
His Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion, MA on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11 am. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Matthew Craig Sherman
Jul 24, 2017

On Monday July 24th 2017, Matthew Craig Sherman, 39, departed this world for the next. Matthew was a much loved son, brother, and friend.
Matthew grew up in Rochester, MA and was an excellent student and talented athlete, going on to play football at UNH, where he studied groundwater hydrology.
He later pursued building as a vocation and was truly a craftsman, who tried to balance being a successful contractor with "being able to sleep at night", as he often said. Selflessness and kindness were integral parts of who Matthew was; he was guided by a strong sense of what was right and an ever- deepening sensitivity and empathy for others. He quietly gave monthly to St. Jude's and UNICEF, bought for several under-privileged families at Christmas through his church's giving tree, and always over-tipped. His generosity showed itself at holidays and birthdays as well, displaying a child-like glee in giving his loved ones the perfect gift. He was a voracious reader, ardent animal lover, and overall renaissance man, whose interests and talents were widespread. Matt crafted furniture by hand, practiced yoga and jujitsu, and gave excellent advice. He was more introspective than most; spiritual and thoughtful. Matthew was part of a tight-knit family, who loved him deeply, and he in kind.
He leaves behind his parents, Craig and Christina Sherman of Wareham, his brother Adam Sherman of Wareham, his sister Ali Sherman Donovan of Rochester, and brother in-law Timothy Donovan of Rochester, as well as a large extended family, and many friends.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, August 1st at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Spondylitis Association of America, 16360 Roscoe Blvd #100 Van Nuys, CA 91406.

Michael R. Horsley
Jul 24, 2017

Michael R. Horsley, 62, of Mattapoisett passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 in St. Luke's Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Linda Nunes.
Born in Fairhaven, son of Lillian (Fleurent) Horsley and the late Robert E. Horsley of Fairhaven he was a lifelong area resident.
Mike was a tuna fisherman but took pleasure in all types of shellfishing. He was also a skilled woodworker and enjoyed gardening.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a loving and devoted son, Corey Horsley and his wife Alexis of Mattapoisett; a sister, Susan Morris and her husband Daniel; a brother, Steven Horsley and his wife Wendy all of Fairhaven; and several nieces and nephews.
His private services are under the care of Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford. for online tribute.

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