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William J. Purtell
Apr 20, 2016

William J. Purtell, 51, of Marion passed away Wednesday April 20, 2016 due to complications from a spinal cord injury. Born in Sumter, South Carolina, he lived in Mattapoisett and Marion for most of his life. Bill was a fishing boat captain and boat owner in the New Bedford commercial fishing fleet, and the owner of M.E. Fisheries. He formerly managed Ketcham Traps in New Bedford. He enjoyed motorcycles, motorsports, hockey, and NASCAR. He is survived by his children, Emma Bea Purtell and Louis Maxwell Purtell and their mother Ruah Mendes of Marion; his mother, Patricia A. (Burton) Purtell and her companion Dennis Costa of New Bedford; his father, William B. Purtell of Bristol, RI; his brothers, Scott Purtell of Mansfield, Timothy Purtell and his wife Kristin of Melbourne, FL, and James Purtell and his wife Colleen of Somerset; his companion, Elizabeth Haskell; and seven nieces and nephews. His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 30, 2016 at 10 AM at the Wickenden Chapel at Tabor Academy, Spring St., Marion. Visiting hours are omitted. Memorial donations may be made to the Travis Roy Foundation, c/o Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, 75 State St. 16th Floor, Boston, MA 02109. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Winifred Gibbs Blethen
Apr 12, 2016

Winifred Gibbs Blethen, 95, of Marion, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 after a brief illness. She was the widow of the late H. Tyler Blethen, Jr. Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Victor W. and Kathryn (Moriarty) Gibbs. A graduate of Wheaton College in Norton and Bridgewater State University, where she received her Master’s in Education, Mrs. Blethen was a teacher at the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett for many years. A resident of Marion for most of her life, she was a member of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. H. Tyler Blethen III of Clemmons, NC and Thomas W. Blethen of Norwood; her daughter in-law, Deborah E. Blethen; her grandson, Andrew T. Blethen and his wife Robin L. of Sparta, NC; a niece, Johanna Cote of Columbia, Maryland; one great and four step great grandchildren; and her personal assistant Hollie Danhauser. She was the sister of Kathryn E. Rounsville and Paul M. Gibbs. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church Chapel, 124 Front St., Marion at 2 PM. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Dr. Edward L. Jawor
Apr 11, 2016

Dr. Edward L. Jawor, 68, of Raynham, MA formerly of Rochester, MA died Monday, April 11, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Brockton, MA after struggling for months with various health problems; his wife at his side. Born in Astoria, NY, he was the son of Edward T. Jawor and Mary Frances Fitzsimmons, both deceased. He graduated from Mater Christi High School in Astoria, NY. He then attended Manhattan College on academic and athletic scholarships, where he competed in the shot put and discus. He later earned his doctorate of education from Nova University. He was a lifelong educator and formerly the assistant principal at ORR and principal at Bristol-Warren Regional High School. In semi-retirement, he worked at Hiller Co. Inc. He was a loving and supportive husband to Clementine T. Jawor and they recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. His children and grandchildren were his entire life; they simply could not have had a better father. He was always at their athletic and school activities and coached them in softball, baseball and track. His attendance and support meant the world to them. He loved his property in Rochester, MA, enjoyed fishing at Snippatuit pond, and watching wildlife from his deck. He was happiest when he was with his family and pets. He found great joy in having family dinners, especially with Chinese food and shrimp. When he took any time for himself, it was spent reading science fiction and fishing. He was a humble, compassionate, and charitable man. He is survived by his wife and three children; Edward and his wife Jane, John and his wife Sarah, and Tiffany and her husband Todd. He also leaves six grandchildren; Madelynne, Zachary, Isaac, Conrad, Jack and Josephine. His children will proudly keep his memory alive by sharing with the younger generation his humor, values and wisdom. He is also survived by his five siblings; Geraldine Lynch, Dennis Jawor, and John Jawor, all of the Villages in FL, Frances Moroney of MD, and Mary Steinberg of Long Island, NY. His impact on the lives of his family and all who knew him is beyond measure. His Funeral was held on Friday, April 15th from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church in W Wareham. Burial followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Thursday, April 14th.

Mildred Perkins Cummings
Apr 10, 2016

Mildred Perkins Cummings, 84, of South Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2016 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard Hudner Cummings in June, 2015. Mrs. Cummings is survived by her children, Sean X. Cummings of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Katherine Cummings of Walpole, Massachusetts, Michael Cummings and his wife Suzanne of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, and Shawn Cummings and his wife Jenny of Burlington, North Carolina. Her four grandchildren, Katelyn, Patrick, Claire and John Cummings, will miss her dearly. Millie, born in Fall River, Massachusetts, was the daughter of the late Francis J. Perkins and Mary Lannigan Perkins, and sister of the late Michael Perkins and Dorothy Sisson. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and Bryant University. Millie devoted her life to her family and the service of others. Millie especially loved children and volunteered and worked at Schwartz Rehabilitation Center touching the lives of hundreds of youngsters for more than thirty years. She volunteered with her husband in organizing the local community to serve at the Market Ministry Shelter in New Bedford where her efforts to cook and serve blessed the lives of those in need. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in South Dartmouth since 1966. In her younger years, she enjoyed singing and playing guitar at St. Mary’s with her friends. Millie eagerly shared her knowledge, talent and skills during her years volunteering as a docent at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford. She enjoyed antiques, decorating and gardening. She was a selfless person who was happiest when helping others. She was an avid gardener who shared her designs and implementations of beautiful gardens with friends and family. “Millie’s lilies” will forever live in the hearts and gardens of many. Family and friends are invited to call at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park Street, New Bedford, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and may attend her Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth on April 15, 2016. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery, 2233 Robeson Street, Fall River. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Schwartz Center for Children, One Posa Place, Dartmouth, MA, 02747. For directions and guestbook, please visit CummingsObit.jpg

George A. Jennings
Apr 10, 2016

George A. Jennings, 87, of Marion, died peacefully on April 10th at St. Luke’s Hospital. The son of Hollis & Ruth Jennings, he was born in Norton, MA on Dec. 6, 1928 and moved to North Falmouth in 1936. George attended Falmouth schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1946. In 1954 he married his high school classmate, Josephine Chase of West Falmouth. They built their home in Marion where they happily spent their lives. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and later served in the Mass. Army National Guard. George went to work for AT&T in 1951 and retired after 32 years with the company. He was a Sales Manager in the New Bedford and Boston area. While employed with AT&T George became a member of the Pioneers Club. In 1984, he participated in the “Olympic Torch Relay” sponsored by the club and drove the pace car in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. He was an avid boater/fisherman; always happy to be on the water. He became harbormaster in Marion where he worked from 1986 to 1999. The boat he used for his job received “number 4 decal” from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He received it for “maintaining a ship-shape ship.” George leaves 3 sisters, Priscilla “Tillie” Ruud, Gladys Allen, Edith Doyle and a brother, Bill Jennings; his nieces and nephews, Debra Palmer, Lori Aviles, Steven Doyle, Diane Popovich, Debra, Tina and Janice Jennings and Bruce Allen. His funeral service was held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. For on-line guestbook visit:

Lena (Ferreira) Nunes
Apr 08, 2016

Lena (Ferreira) Nunes, 89, of Raynham, formerly of Rochester, died at the Life Care Center, Raynham, April 8, 2016. She was the wife of the late James B. Nunes, who predeceased her in July of 2012. She was daughter of the late Fermino and Margarita (Santos) Ferreira. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Rochester. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching movies and listening to country music. Survivors include a brother, Joseph Nunes; a sister, Mary Tavares; two grand-daughters, Nicole Smith, of Taunton, and her husband Jeremy Smith, and their children Kylie, Deacon, and Maya; Tia Leonardo and her husband Ricky Leonardo, and their children Taisha Lopes, and Elle Dodd. Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Ashley Funeral Home, Middleboro.

Raymond David Mott
Apr 01, 2016

Raymond David Mott, 81, of New Bedford, died April 1, 2016 with his 2 daughters and immediate family by his side. He was the son of the late Frank John and Mary (Baptiste) Mott. He was born in Marion and lived in Wareham and New Bedford. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Mott worked as a construction laborer for local 385 for many years before retiring. He enjoyed collecting cars, gardening, carpentry and fishing. Survivors include his children, Raymond West of Worcester, Richard West of Rehoboth, Judy West of Philadelphia, Margaret Mott of Culver City, CA, John Mott of VA, Angel Gibbs and Robert Gibbs both of Worcester; his brothers and sisters, Frank John Mott, Jr. of Wareham, Laura M. Zompa of Mattapoisett, Janet Gross of Washington, D.C., Robert Mott of New Mexico; 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; his significant other, Carol Slander. His funeral will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 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. Patrick’s Church, 82 High St. Wareham. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Gerard F. Cusick Jr.
Mar 31, 2016

Gerard F. Cusick Jr. of Rochester passed away on Thursday, March 31st 2016 surrounded by his family. He was married to the love of his life, Susan Cusick for 43 years. He had two daughters, Meagan Bennett of Rochester and Rebecca Cusick of Acushnet. He taught them to cook, drive and tried on many occasions to teach them to golf. His life was complete when presented with his son-in-law, Emmit Bennett. Finally he was joined by someone who could respectfully drive and golf. In life, he most enjoyed preparing a meal for his family, grilling on the back porch, playing golf, drinking a glass of red wine, being on time, reading, and heckling. His sense of humor was quite unique. He found what the rest of the family referred to as “Cusick jokes” uproariously hilarious; while laughing out loud the rest of the room would most times wonder what they missed. He took tremendous pride in his two grandsons Cameron and Evan Bennett. He was an amazing grandfather, father and supportive husband. As eldest brother he leaves behind 6 siblings: Jacqueline Avery (Kennesaw, GA), Judith Neimi (Wareham), Phillip Cusick (South Dartmouth), Peter Cusick (North Dartmouth), Michael Cusick (Fairhaven) and Regina Halpern (Kennesaw, GA). Born in Brookline to parents Gerard F. Cusick and Jacqueline Adair (both deceased). He was proud to belong to the first graduating class of Bishop Stang High School in 1963. He later worked to complete his BS from Bridgewater State University in 1999. He worked for Polaroid Corporation in New Bedford, MA for 36 years. In death, he joins his Aunt Kay, whom he considered a second mother, his close friend, Jack Pedro and the many fellow soldiers with whom he proudly served our Country in the Vietnam War. Visiting hours will be Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 3 - 6:00 p.m. at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham. A graveside service with military honors will be Monday, April 18, 2016 at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue, Bourne at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Fisher House Foundation, which provides military families housing, close to a loved one, during hospitalization.

Madeline A. (Daly) Arruda
Mar 26, 2016

Madeline A. (Daly) Arruda, 86, of Rochester died March 26, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital peacefully after a long illness. She was the wife of Edmund F. Arruda. Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Edward and Rose (Renault) Daly-Bouley, she lived in Rochester most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester. Survivors include her husband; a son, Edmund Arruda, Jr. and his wife Jeanne of Rochester; 2 daughters, Sandra Kamins and her companion Bob Shaughnessey of Clinton, MA and Deborah Norris and her husband Jeff of Essex, VT; 6 grandchildren, Heather Kamins and her husband Dimitri Labarge, Andrea Kamins, Kyle Norris, Lindsay Norris, Ryan Briggs and Alex Arruda; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Lillian Niles. Her Funeral was held on Wednesday from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church at 10 AM. Burial followed in Center Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday. For guestbook, please visit

Daniel Anthony Calderone
Mar 23, 2016

Daniel Anthony Calderone, 35, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Newnan, Georgia, where he had lived with his two sons since January. Originally born on Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, Daniel had lived in Fairhaven, MA and in Trabuco Canyon, CA. He graduated from Trabuca Hills High School in 1999 and also earned two Associates Degrees from Folsom Lake College in CA. In May of 2015, Daniel graduated from UMass-Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems. He most recently worked as a contract web developer at both the Center of Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Department of Transportation in Atlanta, Georgia. Daniel is survived by two sons, Anthony and Ryan Calderone; his mother, Diane Fortin-Curtin and stepfather, James Curtin of Mattapoisett; his father, Robert Calderone and stepmother, Mona Calderone of Valley Center, CA; and his siblings, Melanie Calderone of Dartmouth, Christopher Calderone of the US Marine Corps., Anthony, Angie and Amy Calderone of California. Daniel enjoyed time spent with his sons and was an avid fan of the UFC fights. He most recently lived in Newnan, GA with his girlfriend, Teresa, and her two children, Daniel and Haley. Calling hours are Friday, April 1, 2016, from 4-8pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. His funeral service will be Saturday, April 2, 1016, with a procession from the funeral home at 9:30am followed by a graveside service at 10:00am in Rural Cemetery, New Bedford. A Celebration of Daniel's Life will then be held at 11:00am in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church, in Fairhaven, entrance on William Street.

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