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DEATH
David J. Olney
Jul 29, 2015

David J. Olney, 80, of Mattapoisett passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. He was the husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Leask) Olney. David was born and raised in Waltham, MA, the youngest child of Charles E. and Loraine (Caul) Olney. A life-long summer resident of Mattapoisett, he moved there year-round upon retirement in 1996. David graduated from Bates College in 1956 and earned Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins Univ. and Cornell Univ. He taught high school chemistry and physics for 38 years, including 15 years at New Rochelle, NY, H.S. and 23 years at Lexington, MA, H.S. During his teaching career, David received several regional and national awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, the highlight being selected in 1985 as one of two Presidential Award recipients for Massachusetts. For several years he was a volunteer tutor at the Hayden-McFadden School in New Bedford. David was a member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and sang in the church choir. He also sang with the Sippican Choral Society and volunteered at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Mattapoisett Land Trust and Mattapoisett Historical Society. He loved playing folk music on his guitar, entertaining family and friends. David called himself a “puzzle nut” and liked all kinds of word, number and logic puzzles. He constructed puzzles for students and various publications. He especially enjoyed family card games and playing bridge with his friends at the Mattapoisett and Wareham COA. When the breezes were fair, David sailed his beloved “Sea Jay” on Buzzards Bay. David is survived by his children, Douglas of Brooklyn, NY, Jonathan of Bel Air, MD, and Katherine and her husband David Kleinschmidt of Acton, MA; four grandchildren, Maggie, Caroline and T.J. Olney and Nathan Kleinschmidt; his sister Dorothy Davies and her husband Julian of Vancouver, BC; several in-laws, cousins and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles Jr. and Robert and his sister Loraine McConnell. His memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m. at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Donations in his name may be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church or the Mattapoisett Land Trust. Funeral arrangements are provided by Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals in Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Henry R. Briggs
Jul 26, 2015

Henry R. Briggs, 76, of Marion died July 26, 2015 at the Oaks Nursing Home after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Russell) Briggs. Born in Marion, the son of the late Edwin L. and Marilda (Willett) Briggs, he lived in Marion all of his life. Mr. Briggs was formerly employed as a heavy equipment operator with several local construction companies for many years. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Briggs enjoyed Marion harbor, shell fishing and the company of his friends. Survivors include his brother, Raymond M. Briggs and his wife Kathleen of Mattapoisett; several in-laws, Beatrice Briggs, George and Mary Lou Blair, James and Ella Russell and Jack Russell; and several nieces, nephews and Godchildren. He was the brother of the late Shirley Briggs Guess and Edwin L. Briggs, Jr. His Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 10 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in the North Marion Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. For directions and guestbook, please www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Patrick John “Patch” Cooper
Jul 21, 2015

Patrick John “Patch” Cooper, 22, of Mattapoisett, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2015. He was born in Providence, a son of Timothy J. Cooper of Mattapoisett and Donna Jeanne (Monty) Ramos of New Bedford. He grew up in New Bedford. He graduated from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. He had worked as an Assistant Retail Manager at Kyler’s Catch Seafood Market until his illness. Patrick was admired by his many friends; many when in need of a friend could always count on his support. He will be remembered by them for the amazing person he was and how he could brighten up any room. He was an athlete, working out almost daily. He enjoyed Lacrosse, fishing and the Detroit Lions. And most of all, he loved spending time with his daughter Lacey. Survivors include his parents; the joy of his life, his 18 month old daughter, Lacey Erielle Garman-Cooper and her mother Lindsay Garman of Wareham; his twin sister, Bridgette Cooper of New Bedford, his brother, Darreau Ramos of New Bedford; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Cooper of Mattapoisett, and his many aunts, uncles and cousins. All services are private. Donations in his memory may be made to SSTAR, 386 Stanley Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or to Lacey Garman-Cooper, c/o Bridgette Cooper, 15 Sowle Street, New Bedford, MA 02745. Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For directions and online guestbook, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com.

DEATH
Rose Cutler
Jul 18, 2015

Rose Cutler, 90, of Marion, MA died peacefully at home on July 18, 2015. The daughter of Rose G. and George P. Gardner she was born in Brookline. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after which she became a registered nurse at Children's Hospital School of Nursing. In 1948, she married Philip Cutler who died in 2001. She played an integral part in assisting him as he became founding Headmaster of Brookwood School in Manchester, MA where she taught art appreciation. Her summers were spent in her beloved Roque Island, ME and Marion, MA. Friends and family remember her compassion and empathy but a wry and feisty humor was her hallmark. She leaves behind her four children, Rose Dana and her husband Charles Dana of Newport, RI, Evelyn Goodhue and her husband, Francis Goodhue of Marion, MA, David Cutler of Lexington MA. and Christopher Cutler and his wife Mary Cutler of Harvard, MA, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, John Gardner of South Hamilton, MA. The family thanks her caregivers of many years who gave her great pleasure and comfort. There will be a service at 11:30 a.m. on August 22, 2015 at her home in Marion. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in her name to the Sippican Lands Trust, 354 Front St., Marion, MA 02738 or to the Eastern Maine Coast Initiative (EMCI) C/O Atlantic Financial Services. 111 Commercial St (#302) Portland, ME 01401. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com

DEATH
Amelia M. (Denesha) Murphy
Jul 15, 2015

Amelia M. (Denesha) Murphy, 90, of Marion died July 15, 2015 at Tobey Hospital. She was the wife of the late Chesley Thomas Murphy. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Theodore and Victoria (Fredette) Denesha, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester in 1969. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. She enjoyed cooking and bingo. Survivors include her 2 daughters, Victoria Brier and her husband Victor of Marion and Diane Harrington and her husband Timothy of West Wareham; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Gene Denesha, Richard Denesha, Wally Denesha and Bertha Bessette. Her family received guests on Tuesday in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett followed by her Graveside Service in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Domingo Paul Mello
Jul 14, 2015

Domingo Paul Mello, 73, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 unexpectedly in Hyannis. He was the longtime companion of Cynthia Gonsalves of Dennis Port. Born in Marion, he was the son of the late Louise (Corey) & Peter V. Mello and moved to Dennis in 1990. Domingo worked in the construction industry for many years. He enjoyed golf. Domingo is also survived by his children, Jason Paul Mello of Dennis Port, Jeffrey Mendes and Nadine Kent both of New Bedford, Domingo P. Mello, Jr. of Wareham, Shirley Mello of Taunton and Christopher Gonsalves and Drea Gonsalves both of Yarmouth; his brothers and sisters, Frances Mello of Marion, Estelle Sequeira of Milford, CT, Leroy Mello of Waynesville, MO, Peter Mello, Jr. of New Bedford and Antone Mello of Rochester Hills, MI; 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, the late Joseph Mello. His funeral was from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Mon., July 20th followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rita’s Church, Front St., Marion. Interment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours were Sunday at the funeral home.

DEATH
Elsie (Teixeira) Rego
Jul 14, 2015

Elsie (Teixeira) Rego, 81, of Mattapoisett died July 14, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of Mario V. Rego, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joaquim and Aurora (Gomes) Teixeira, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Mrs. Rego was formerly employed by Mass Shirt, Center School and Old Hammondtown School for many years until her retirement. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Seniors Club. Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Deborah Silva and her husband Thomas of Mattapoisett and Kristine Fisher and her husband David of Eatontown, NJ; a sister, Laura Rusinoski of Mattapoisett; a brother, Armand Teixeira of Mattapoisett; 6 grandchildren, Alison Dzerkacz, Adam Silva, Benjamin Fisher, Samuel Fisher, Theodore Fisher and Wendie Fisher; 2 great-grandchildren, Ava Dzerkacz and Zoey Dzerkacz; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mario Teixeira, Ida Gomez and Antone Teixeira. Her Funeral was held on Saturday from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church. Burial followed in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Friday. Flowers are acceptable or remembrances may be made to the Fall River Diabetes Association, 4 South Main St., Fall River, MA 02721. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Gilbert F. “Gilly” Leonardo
Jul 14, 2015

Gilbert F. “Gilly” Leonardo, 61, of Marion, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. He was the husband of Donna M. (Albert) Leonardo. Born in New Bedford, Gilly was the son of Bessie R. (Baker) Leonardo of New Bedford and the late Gilbert F. Leonardo, Sr. and has lived in Marion for over 30 years. Gilly was a foreman for the Town of Marion Department of Public Works where he worked for 34 years. He also was the animal control officer and was a call firefighter for the Marion Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Donna; his son, Gilbert F. Leonardo, III of Mattapoisett; his brothers and sisters, Sandra Buckles of Marion, Patricia Pereira of Enoree, SC, Debra Ward, Michael Leonardo, Steven Leonardo, Cheryl Sampson and Robert Leonardo all of New Bedford. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd., Marion at 10 a.m. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.

DEATH
Gilbert F. “Gilly” Leonardo
Jul 14, 2015

Gilbert F. “Gilly” Leonardo, 61, of Marion, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. He was the husband of Donna M. (Albert) Leonardo. Born in New Bedford, Gilly was the son of Bessie R. (Baker) Leonardo of New Bedford and the late Gilbert F. Leonardo, Sr. and has lived in Marion for over 30 years. Gilly was a foreman for the Town of Marion Department of Public Works where he worked for 34 years. He also was the animal control officer and was a call firefighter for the Marion Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Donna; his son, Gilbert F. Leonardo, III of Mattapoisett; his brothers and sisters, Sandra Buckles of Marion, Patricia Pereira of Enoree, SC, Debra Ward, Michael Leonardo, Steven Leonardo, Cheryl Sampson and Robert Leonardo all of New Bedford. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd., Marion at 10 a.m. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.

DEATH
Gilbert F. “Gilly” Leonardo
Jul 14, 2015

Gilbert F. “Gilly” Leonardo, 61, of Marion, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich. He was the husband of Donna M. (Albert) Leonardo. Born in New Bedford, Gilly was the son of Bessie R. (Baker) Leonardo of New Bedford and the late Gilbert F. Leonardo, Sr. and has lived in Marion for over 30 years. Gilly was a foreman for the Town of Marion Department of Public Works where he worked for 34 years. He also was the animal control officer and was a call firefighter for the Marion Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Donna; his son, Gilbert F. Leonardo, III of Mattapoisett; his brothers and sisters, Sandra Buckles of Marion, Patricia Pereira of Enoree, SC, Debra Ward, Michael Leonardo, Steven Leonardo, Cheryl Sampson and Robert Leonardo all of New Bedford. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Rd., Marion at 10 a.m. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.

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