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Susan A. McGowan
Mar 16, 2018

Susan A. McGowan of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully Friday March 16, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital. She endured her illness privately and bravely. Born in New Bedford to Charles J. and Anna (Smith) McGowan, Susan graduated from Holy Family High School in New Bedford and Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where she graduated with a B.S. in Nursing.
Predeceased by her parents and her brother Paul E. McGowan, Susan leaves behind two sons, Brian Scott McGowan and Christopher John Bible McGowan, both of Mattapoisett, and a beautiful granddaughter, Kaydence. In addition, Susan leaves her siblings, Anne Boucher of Chelmsford, Charles J. McGowan of Mattapoisett and Venice, FL, Robert J. McGowan of Mattapoisett and Venice, FL, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and several sailboats.
Susan's nursing career included work at the Brockton VA and St. Luke's Hospital. She was a Psychiatric Nursing Instructor in the St. Luke's School of Nursing; she was also a staff nurse in their Emergency Department and other medical units.
Susan loved Mattapoisett, especially Pico Beach, where she spent summers as a child. She was an avid, skilled, and accomplished sailor, having raced sailboats in the region for about 70 years. She was active in area regattas, a long time member of the Mattapoisett Yacht Club, and a stickler for the rules of racing.
Also a gifted craft artist, Susan made both Nantucket and Mattapoisett baskets; she crafted needlepoint, created amazing quilts, hand-sewed humorous and elaborate dolls, and refinished furniture.
Blessed with the gift of faith, Susan was deeply involved in her parish, St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett, where she was a Eucharistic minister and active in the Cursillo movement.
Quirky, witty, unpretentious, and unconventional, Susan will be deeply missed by those fortunate enough to know her well. Generous with her time and expertise, Susan was always willing to help a person in need.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 9 am at St. Anthony's Church, followed by burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday March 23, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Those who wish to donate in her memory may do so to Saint Anthony's Church of Mattapoisett or Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Richard J. Galvin
Mar 13, 2018

Richard J. Galvin, 81, of Marion, died March 13, 2018 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion. He was the husband of Randi J. (Clemishaw) Galvin.
Rich was the first born to Josephine and Frank Galvin in Boston, MA. He grew up in Arlington and moved to Marion when he was 16. After graduating from Fairhaven High School, Rich accepted a full scholarship to Boston University for theater/acting. With his fellow acting classmates in The Actors Company, Rich left BU to act full time and helped to form the Charles Street Playhouse on Charles St. in Boston. In his 20's Rich moved to New York City where he kept acting, owned a bar, and lived his life out loud for 17 years.
Rich traveled, acted, and lived in California and Florida and eventually came home to Marion. After earning his certification for counseling in clinical social work, Rich dedicated the next 30 years of his life to helping the men and women struggling with addiction. Many of those years were at Gosnold Treatment Center in Falmouth. Rich generously helped many, many souls with his gift for healing the heart.
He is survived by his wife Randi of Marion; his daughter Marci Galvin Cosgrove; his son-in-law Martin Cosgrove, and his grandson Cole Cosgrove all of Cape Cod. His sisters, Sheila Chaberek, and Susan Renee of New Hampshire. Rich was predeceased by his brother the late Donald Galvin.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Mon., March 19, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm. A celebration of life service will follow at 4 pm at the funeral home.

Joseph McGhan Nettles
Mar 13, 2018

On March 13, 2018, the world lost a wonderful soul. Joseph McGhan Nettles (Poppie), passed away at home with his family by his side. He was a kind, gentle, loving man who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Those who got to know him personally found a quiet, modest man full of generosity with a great sense of humor.
Originally from Scranton, South Carolina, he made his way north to Long Island, NY where he spent the majority of his life with the love of his life, Deadra (Weisse) Nettles. In 2007, they moved to Wareham, MA to be closer to their only child, Debra and her husband, Rick Cantwell who reside in Mattapoisett. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and an especially doting grandfather to Bennett, Emilia and Wyatt Cantwell.
Joseph proudly served in the Army Reserves and then the regular Army in Alaska during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military he went to work in security for Grumman Aerospace on Long Island until retiring in 1995. He enjoyed taking long walks especially around the cranberry bogs in Wareham, gardening, tinkering at his work bench and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Deadra, his best friend, Ronald Weisse and his wife Dorothy (New York), their children and families, his daughter, Debra, her family and three of his seven siblings, Charlie Nettles and his wife Diane (Florida), Irene Nettles Gaymon and James Nettles (South Carolina), their children and families.
He will be remembered lovingly and missed immensely.
His visitation will be held on Sunday March 18, 2018 from 2-5 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. A private family burial service will take place in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Robert John Ball
Mar 08, 2018

Robert John Ball, age 62, of Mattapoisett MA passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home on March 8, 2018.
He was husband of 26 years to Faith (Jenney) Ball, and loved father to Catherine and Samantha Ball. Bob was also a beloved son of Washington family, Marilyn Ball and the late DuWayne Ball, and brother to Susan Webster. He also leaves his brothers Dave Ball of Arizona, and Michael Ball of California. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews along with countless friends.
Bob was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana but moved around the world due to his father being in the Air Force. This constituted his adventurous side, that he carried with him throughout his life. He resided in all corners of the world, such as, California, Washington, Iran, Alaska, and Germany before finally settling down with his love, Faith, in her favorite town of Mattapoisett for the last fifteen years of his life. He had finally found his forever home in Mattapoisett. Bob appreciated both the warm summers under the tent at the beach house, contrasted by the quiet, peaceful winters. No matter the season, he loved life in Mattapoisett.
Bob enjoyed a successful career as a manufacturing engineer working on numerous airplanes for Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Once his two girls were born, he willingly gave up his career in order to be home with them. There was no job Bob loved more than being a stay at home dad for his girls and cherished that time tremendously. Bob excelled at golf, skiing and playing with his dogs, but above all he enjoyed being with his family. Bob was a tremendous father and husband who loved and supported his wife and girls unconditionally. His whole world revolved around his girls being happy, and would do anything for the good of his family. Bob will be remembered by his kind smile, amazing sense of humor that could make anyone laugh, and an adventurous spirit that lives on through his wife and girls. His proudest achievement was his daughters and his family.
Bob believed in focusing his precious down time on things that matter most. This philosophy was summed up by the quote "Make a memory" which the family used repeatedly when making weekend decisions. He would want those he loves to live by those simple words as we go forward through life because tomorrow is never promised...
His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 12 noon at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, with visitation prior from 10 am - 12 noon. Burial will be in Cushing Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to the Air Force Aid Society ( or St. Jude Children's Hospital ( 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Phyllis J. Davis
Mar 08, 2018

Phyllis J. Davis, 84, of Nokomis, FL, formerly of Marion, MA died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Venice Bayfront Regional Health Center in Venice. She was the beloved wife of Everett M. Davis.
Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Xenia (Lapata) Gretchenuk. A graduate of Katherine Gibbs School, she worked for many years with her husband in his accounting practice.
She was active in community affairs, particularly Cub Scouts, Little League, and was a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Sippican Historical Society, Sippican Women's Club, and was a founding member and director of the cancer support group, Strength for Tomorrow. Mrs. Davis was also a charter member of the Mass. CPA wives club and founded the U.S. Flag Company. She took great joy in decorating various cities and towns in cooperation with veteran's group with patriotic flags and banners. She particularly enjoyed flying the largest U.S. flag in her collection at Island Wharf in Marion during the start of the biennial Marion to Bermuda race.
She is survived by her husband, Everett M. Davis; two sons, Scott B. Davis and his wife Lynn of Charlotte, NC, and Douglas A. Davis and his wife Florence Levine of Bowen Island, British Columbia; her grandchildren, Robert and Lila of Brooklyn, NY and Sarah and Grant of Mint Hill, NC, and Fineen and Maitheas of Bowen Island, British Columbia, her great-grandchildren, Riley and Everett along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Sonia, Peter, Andrew, John, Patricia, Helen, Michael, Bob, and Mary.
Relatives and friends were invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Tues., Mar. 13, 2018. Graveside services at Old Landing Cemetery in Marion were private.
Donations in her memory may be made to First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738.

Fletcher Clark III
Mar 06, 2018

Fletcher Clark III died on March 6, 2018, at UMSMC at Dorchester, in Cambridge, Maryland. He was born in Middleboro, MA on July 5,1923 and was the son of the late Marguerite and Fletcher Clark, Jr.
He was the valedictorian from Middleboro High School class of 1941 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering. Between his two degrees he served in the US Navy, Seabees, in the Pacific Theater.
In 1946 he married Frederica Whetton and moved to several locations for his work with Turner Construction Co., N.Y.C. In 1966 he moved with his family to Hong Kong for eight years as Superintendent with Mei Foo Sun Chuen. The company built an enormous complex for 80,000 people in Hong Kong involving apartments, schools, subways, and markets all of which filled a void for middle class residents of the city.
After the death of his first wife he married Helen Blair Stevens and lived in Cincinnati, OH.
He is survived by daughter, Elisabeth (Lissa) and Brian Barnes of Cambridge, MD, and grandchildren, James Barnes ( Sarah ) of Dallas, TX, Dr. Nicholas Barnes ( Dr. Heather ), daughter, Hannah of Sheboygan,WI, and Matthew Barnes ( Kelly ) children Alaina and William Alden of Wilmington, DE.
He leaves siblings Margaret (Harold) Atkins of Middleboro, MA , Edward E. Clark ( Alicia ) of Pasadena, CA, and Charles B. Clark ( Alice ) of Jacksonville, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 3 pm at the Nemasket Hill Cemetery, Middleboro, MA. Fletcher was 11th generation from John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower in 1620. Fletcher spent the last eight years in Cambridge, MD near his son-in-law and daughter.

Ellen Christian Keogh
Mar 06, 2018

Ellen Christian Keogh, 73, of Marion passed away on Tuesday, March 6 of a cardiac event in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI.
Ellen was born in Falmouth, MA in 1945. She married her husband, Joseph Patrick Keogh, in 1974 and moved to Marion, MA in 1979 where they raised two boys, Sean and Timothy.
Ellen graduated from Mass General School of Nursing and taught nursing at Children's Hospital in Boston. She went on to get her Masters Degree in Nursing at University of Colorado in Denver. She joined UMass Dartmouth's College of Nursing faculty in 1975, teaching a course on nursing care of children and provided clinical supervision in pediatrics at St. Luke's. She served as department chair before being appointed director of the University's Academic Advising Center. She was awarded the Yvonne Sandstone Award for her commitment to the success and retention of first year students.
In her retirement, Ellen continued to support the community, volunteering at the SMILE program, the Memory Cafe, Marion Visiting Nurses Association and Marion's Council on Aging. She also served as unofficial health care proxy for her family and many friends.
In her free time, Ellen also kept busy, traveling and sailing with her husband and playing tennis with friends. She had recently taken up pickleball - a game she boldly declared to be "the sport of the future." She enjoyed gardening both at home and in her children's yards. In her quieter moments, Ellen loved watching the hummingbirds in her garden, reading her book club books, and texting with her granddaughter.
Ellen is survived by her husband, Joseph; her children, Sean and Tim; her grandchildren, Cecelia, Martin, and Olive; her brother, John Christian; her beloved cousins; and the countless friends that she considered family.
Services will be held at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, MA at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 16th. Light refreshments will be served in the parish hall following. In lieu of flowers, it was Ellen's wish that donations be sent to the Woods Hole Library.

Eunice C. (Mullen) Manduca
Mar 04, 2018

Eunice C. (Mullen) 'Rosie the Riveter' Manduca: January 22, 1924 - March 4, 2018. The following is an excerpt from a piece Eunice wrote on her 80th birthday for the 'Rosie the Riveter' exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
"As a graduate of Boston Girl's High in 1942, I planned to enter Nursing School at Boston's Mass General Hospital, but when a recruiter addressed our class and emphasized the urgent need for defense workers to help in the war effort my plan changed. Instead I took the Civil Service Exam and was assigned to the Watertown Arsenal as a machine operator and then to the Navy Yard in Charlestown.
I had never seen an overhead crane before I arrived at the Arsenal and quickly became fascinated by the monsters which were used to move enormous gun barrels from one huge lathe to another or to trucks for transport to other buildings. The crane was a doubled steel beam that spanned the entire shop area and ran on railroad tracks at a height of 40 feet for the entire length of the building (about 2000 feet). To get to the cab I had to climb a straight steel ladder on the side of one of the support beams and then climb over a couple of steel girders to get to the ladder that went down into the cab. At the age of 18 years it was exciting! At my present age of 80, it would be terrifying!
As with any job that may involve life-threatening decisions, it's very important that the crane operator and rigger work well together. The rigger is the worker on the floor who connects with cables and ropes, any heavy pieces so they can be safely moved. Because of the noise level at the Navy Yard my rigger and I developed a system of hand signals and became an outstanding team. After working together for six months, my favorite rigger, Salvatore Manduca, was called into the Navy. We waited until the war was over to get married on August 30, 1945.
As servicemen returned from the war, women were happy to return to their traditional jobs of raising children, but were always proud of their 'Rosie the Riveter" days. My nursing career kept getting postponed as seven babies arrived.
All who took part in the 'Rosie the Riveter' jobs in the 1940's certainly demonstrated the ability of females to successfully step into positions that were previously thought to require male brawn. I like to think that the dedication and enthusiasm that we brought to the work at that time was the beginning of female emancipation. Today, 65 years later, no one is surprised that many women are capable of handling a full time job - from a factory worker to a major business executive, to a nurse, and still be a capable and loving mother, cook and housekeeper."
Eunice was an avid sailor and horsewoman. Some of her activities included: School committee/Upper Cape Tech, League of Women Voters, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Habitat for Humanity, Sippican Women's Club and Tobey Hospital Volunteers. In 2002 she was "Marion Woman of the Year."
In lieu of flowers, may we suggest donations to the Rosie the Riveter Trust or Alzheimer's Association at 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
Her visiting hours will be held on Saturday April 7th from 9-11:30 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Charles V. Forbes DeMailly III
Mar 02, 2018

Charles V. Forbes DeMailly III passed away from his life on earth, after a long illness, on March 2, 2018 at his home in Mattapoisett.
Chad, as he was known, was born in New Bedford, the son of Charles V. Forbes DeMailly Jr. and Judith (Russell) DeMailly. Besides his parents, Chad leaves behind a brother, Russell, and his life partner, Natalie Harris; a daughter Myranda of Chattanooga, TN; a son James of Mattapoisett, and aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.
He was a 1984 graduate of Bishop Stang High School and a 1985 graduate of New Hampton Prep. He attended Northeastern University.
In his early working life he worked in the restaurant business. Later, he discovered his love of commercial fishing because of his love of the ocean. No matter the weather, he found peace in being on the ocean. It was his church.
If you so choose, remembrances may be made to The Mattapoisett Police Brotherhood, 64 County Road, Mattapoisett 02739 in Chad's name. This organization gives back to the Town in many ways that are not known by the general population.
Arrangements were private and were handled by The Wilson Chapel.

Michael Jolliffe
Mar 01, 2018

Michael Jolliffe died peacefully March 1. He was 81. Born in Scotland, June 19, 1936, he grew up in England and graduated with honors in engineering from Imperial College, London.
Early in his career when he worked for Ove Arup on the engineering design for the Sydney Opera House, he invented the single span pre-stressed concrete beams that allowed long open expanses with no need for support columns.
Michael moved to the USA in 1957. He joined Zaldastani Associates, Consulting Engineers, in Boston, later becoming President. Through the years Michael worked both in the Middle East and nationally. In the 1960s he was the structural engineer for the control tower and central parking at Logan Airport, and the renovation of Harvard Stadium. Notable other work included air rights projects at Copley Place, the Hancock Garage over the turnpike, and Back Bay station, allowing for the creation of a park over the Orange Line that knits together the Back Bay and the South End.
In retirement, Michael served on the board of Wheelock College and the New Bedford Art Museum. Michael and his wife Ruth designed and built an innovative and energy-efficient titanium-clad house, including the gardens surrounding it, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Together they wrote a book Bluefish, How to Build a Wonderful House.
In addition to his wife Ruth, Michael is survived by his three sons; Hylton, his wife Mimi, and their children, Zoe and Rye, of Jamaica Plain, MA; Oliver, his wife Camilla, of Los Angeles, CA; and Reeve; his step-children, Jeremy Evans, his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Bennett and Fitch of Hampstead, NH, and Amanda Bircher, her husband Jeremy, of Wyoming. He is also survived by first wife Sarah, his sister Destine, of Woodbridge, England, and his brother Terence, his wife Nora, of Loupiac, France and their two children, and a niece and nephew and two great-nephews.
A funeral service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 County Street, New Bedford, Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Church Restoration Fund, 133 School Street, New Bedford, 02742 and The Alzheimer's Association, Attn: Team Brave Hearts, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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