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Frank J. Tomkiewicz
Jun 12, 2018

Frank J. Tomkiewicz, 88, of Rochester, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Viola (Raymond) Tomkiewicz with whom he shared 63 years of marriage.
Born in Dartmouth, he was the son of the late Michael Tomkiewicz and Angelina (Koshiba) Tomkiewicz. He graduated from Bristol Agricultural High School and was the owner of the Tom Cat Fishing Vessel. Frank served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children; Louann Jenkinson of Rochester, Frank Tomkiewicz and his wife Wendy of East Freetown, Cheryl Mills and her husband Loring of New Bedford, Robin Perry of Acushnet, John Tomkiewicz of Rochester, Brenda Aranjo of East Freetown, Thomas Tomkiewicz and his wife Amy of Rochester, two brothers; Frederick and Stanley Tomkiewicz, 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter; Deborah Tomkiewicz, a son-in-law; William Jenkinson, three siblings; Dorothy Souza, Michael Tomkiewicz, Jr. and Walter Tomkiewicz.
Services are private.

Hilda B. (Braz) Harrop
Jun 11, 2018

Hilda B. (Braz) Harrop, 87, of Mattapoisett passed away Monday June 11, 2018 after a brief illness. She was the wife of William M. Harrop, the love of her life. They had been married for 51 years.
Born in Dartmouth, the daughter of the late John and Emilia (Dias) Braz, she lived in Glastonbury, CT for many years before moving to Mattapoisett in 2000.
Mrs. Harrop was formerly employed as the human resources director for Day, Berry, and Howard Law Firm in Hartford, CT until her retirement.
She was devoted to her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband William; her daughter, Lynn A. Motta of Fairhaven; her grandson, Tyler M. Curtis of Fairhaven; and her great-grandson, Colin D. Curtis.
She was the sister of the late Armindo Braz.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Thursday June 14, 2018 at 10 AM at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday June 13, 2018 from 5-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

William J. Johnson
Jun 10, 2018

William J. Johnson, 68, of Mattapoisett died June 10, 2018 unexpectedly at home.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Owen L. and Lillian (Normandin) Johnson, he grew up in Fairhaven, but lived in Mattapoisett most of his life.
Although he spent time as a photographer in Detroit, the majority of his life was spent as a commercial fisherman. Working mostly as a dragger, he spent over 30 years sailing from New Bedford harbor. He loved being at sea from his days as a child on the waters off Sconticut Neck, his years serving the Navy during Vietnam, to being on any one of his own boats from Buzzards Bay to Key West. Sailing last on his cutter ketch "The Rights of Man," he truly loved being on the ocean. He loved having fun. He loved his friends, but mostly he loved his family. He was a truly unique man and will be terribly missed.
Survivors include his son Nils Johnson and his wife Jennifer Johnson, his step sons Mark Kroninger and his wife Erin Kroninger, Kurt Kroninger and his wife Wendy Kroninger. Five grandsons Kai Johnson, Jax Johnson, Wes Kroninger, Cole Kroninger, Kurt Kroninger Jr., granddaughter Katelyn Kroninger and his companion Connie Root.
His Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 29th at 4 pm at the Seamen's Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. A reception will immediately follow at Reservation golf course, 10 Reservation Road, Mattapoisett. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares
Jun 09, 2018

Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Care One healthcare facility in New Bedford. Mudgie was the son of the late Alfred Tavares and the late Minnie Fermino, and the step-son of the late Charles A. Fermino, Sr.
Born in Mattapoisett on April 13, 1931, Mudgie was given his nickname by his aunt, after a Native American spirit, meaning "first-born son" and "caring giver." He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School in 1949, where he ran track, a sport for which he developed a lifelong passion.
Mudgie was a communicant of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Mattapoisett, where, starting as an altar boy, his lifelong commitment to serving his community began.
Mudgie dedicated his entire life to helping people, especially the children of the Old Rochester School District. Working for 36 years as head custodian of Center School in Mattapoisett, Mudgie became a father figure to the countless children to whom he gave selflessly. From anonymously purchasing new sneakers and athletic equipment for children of families in need, to listening to and encouraging kids in times of angst, Mudgie was always there, as a positive influence on generations of Mattapoisett youths.
Mudgie's iconic station wagon was more a "chariot of charity," delivering kids to sports practices; taking them to games; bringing them home safely; and carting gifts of groceries and Christmas presents to the underprivileged. As founder of the Mattapoisett Track Club, Mudgie established the town's Wharf Dances in the early 1970s, to raise funds to support the track club and to give young people a safe place to enjoy Thursday nights in the summertime.
Mudgie also initiated and organized two summer women's basketball leagues and a field hockey league. He was also an active member of the Mattapoisett Lions Club and was given their prestigious Citizen of the Year Award in 1983.
Mudgie was the recipient of countless awards and honors recognizing his service to the community, not the least of which were the naming of the Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares Playground at Center School in Mattapoisett; the Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares Track and Field at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett; and the Marian Medal Award, given by the Catholic Diocese of Fall River.
Mudgie was an enthusiastic basketball fan and devoted jazz aficionado, and he took great enjoyment in listening to the music Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Mudgie is survived by his sister, Caroline Sylvia, and her husband, John B. Sylvia, Jr., of Marion; two brothers: Peter Fermino and David Fermino, and David's wife, Victoria Fermino, of Mattapoisett; a niece, Karen Ramos, of Mattapoisett; a nephew, Charles Sylvia, of Providence; a great-niece, Brittany Fevrier, and her husband, Lawens Fevrier, of Smithfield, RI; a great-nephew, Graham Tuxworth, of Newton; and two great-great-nephews, Lawsen and Greysen Fevrier, of Smithfield, RI. Mudgie was the brother of the late Charles A. Fermino, Jr.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. His Funeral Mass will be held Friday June 15, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony's Church, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Richard Mello, Jr.
Jun 07, 2018

Richard Mello, Jr., age 56, passed away, Thursday June 7, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the son of the late Richard Mello, Sr. and Shirley Ann (O'Brien) Mello. Born in New Bedford, he graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, class of 1979. He worked as a Machinist and Construction worker for several years.
He loved motorcycles, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include a sister, Pamela Phaneuf and her husband Mike of Acushnet, a brother Kevin Mello of Orlando, FL, six nieces and nephews; Chad, Katelyn, Nikkole, Tyler, Aiden and Anthony.
His visitation will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 5-8 pm at the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA. His funeral service will be held Thursday at 10:30 am in the funeral home. Burial in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or For tributes/directions:

Joanna "Jenny" DeLuz
Jun 06, 2018

Joanna "Jenny" DeLuz, 85, of Mattapoisett died June 6, 2018 at Sippican Health Care Center.
Born in Mattapoisett, the daughter of the late Candidio and Mary J. (Lima) DeLuz, she lived in Mattapoisett all of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
Jenny was formerly employed by Aerovox before retiring from Acushnet Company.
She enjoyed knitting and sewing.
Survivors include her sister, Dominga Pina of Fairhaven; her nieces and nephews, Joseph Alves, Daniel Alves, Beverly Alexander, Dianne Luz, Mary Lisbon, Barbara Lisbon and John Lisbon; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was the sister of the late Maria Alves, Manuel Luz and Elizabeth Lisbon and the aunt of the late Robert Alves, James Pina, William Pina and Patricia Pina.
Her Funeral will be held on Monday 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 Sunday from 2-4 pm. For guestbook, please visit

Lois Martin
Jun 04, 2018

Lois Martin, 90, passed away on June 4, 2018 in Dover, New Hampshire. Lois spent her childhood in Mattapoisett, attending Center School and graduating from Fairhaven High School in 1947. After graduating from Dean Academy and Katherine Gibbs School, she moved with her mother, Martha M. Martin, to Dover, New Hampshire to join her brother H. Lynwood Martin and work at General Electric. Lois became the first salaried female employee in her GE department and worked there for over 35 years.
In the late 1960s, Lois bought a summer cottage in Mattapoisett and she began a tradition of spending summers here with a circle of cherished childhood friends. Her days we're filled with golf, swimming, long walks to the lighthouse with her dog Fritz, and relaxing on the beach.
Survivors include her goddaughter Sharon Thompson, many other Thompson family members from Durham, North Carolina, and devoted friends in Mattapoisett and Dover. Funeral services were held on June 9th in Dover at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with arranged by Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home,

Beatrice W. Taber
Jun 04, 2018

Beatrice W. Taber, 98, of Rochester died Monday, June 4, 2018 at Country Gardens Health & Rehabilitation, Swansea. Born in Acushnet, daughter of the late Carl E. and Edith E. (Carey) Taber. She lived many years in New Bedford before settling in Rochester in 1951. Miss Taber served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, stationed in Arlington, VA. She was a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, a charter member of the WWII Memorial Society in Washington, DC and a campaign member of the Marine Corps National Museum in Quantico, VA. She retired from NBG&EL Company (now Eversource) after 33 years of employment. She was a member of the Acushnet-Wesley United Methodist Church. She thanks the Rochester Senior Center Director and Staff for many helpful services and friendships.
She was sister of the late Evalyn Muggleton and Richard Taber.
In accordance with her wishes, all arrangements and burial at Acushnet Cemetery were private.

Bernadette (Bernie) Borelli
Jun 01, 2018

Bernadette (Bernie) Borelli of Mattapoisett formerly of Newton, passed peacefully at home on June 1st after a long illness. Beloved wife of Robert, devoted mother of Michelle Chrisafideis, Christopher Borelli, John Borelli and Noelle Borelli, Loving Grammy of Danielle and Anthony Borelli of Walpole, MA, Isabella, Sofia and Alexandra Chrisafideis of Ashland, MA. Private burial to be held at Newton Cemetery.

Paul Francis Devine
May 28, 2018

Paul Francis Devine, 75, of Mattapoisett, MA, and Englewood, FL, and formerly of Norwood, MA, passed away peacefully, with loving family by his side, on May 28, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the son of the late Patrick J. and Loretta (Coakley) Devine. He was the beloved husband of Charlene (Tobin) Devine, loving father of daughters, Elizabeth and Kimberly Devine of Dennis, MA, and Lauren and her husband, Darren Rillovick of Lowell, and devoted brother of Robert and his late wife Margie (Corcoran) of Stoughton, Jack and his wife Maureen of West Roxbury, Peter and his wife Cindy of Walpole. Paul is also survived by five grandchildren, John, Sara and Aidan Choukri, and Abigail and Michael Rillovick and many nephews and nieces.
Paul worked for Polaroid Corp. in Waltham and New Bedford, retiring after 37 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially holidays, fishing, hunting, and the beaches of Englewood.
A memorial donation may be made to Myelofibrosis @ MPN Research Foundation at
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

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