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Charles A. Mead
Dec 21, 2017

Charles A. Mead, 86, of Marion, died Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI.
Born in Lancaster, NH, he was the son of the late Alden and Emma Mae (Hessenthaler) Mead. A previous resident of Norwell, Mr. Mead moved to Marion in 1953.
During the Korean war, he served in the U.S. Air Force 3320th Technical Training Group.
Mr. Mead worked as a box maker for Marian Heath Greeting Cards in Wareham. He also worked for Continental Screw, Cape Cod Shipbuilding, and was the owner of Sippican River Wheel Shop. Enjoying a good adventure, Mr. Mead road his bicycle across the country, as well as to the top of Mt. Washington. He was also known for importing the first VW Type 1 "Beetle" automobile to the area.
He is survived by his nephew, Steven A. Briggs of Marion, and his niece, Rita St. Germaine also of Marion.
Funeral services and burial will be private.
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, visit:

John A. Lees, Sr.
Dec 18, 2017

John A. Lees, Sr., 85, of Mattapoisett died December 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. There are no words to express how much he will be missed.
He was the husband of the late Jane E. (Donaghy) Lees.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Albert and Katherine (O'Brien) lees, he lived with his family in Mattapoisett and Naples, FL.
Mr. Lees was formerly employed as a commercial fisherman on several vessels in the New Bedford fleet for many years until his retirement.
He was happiest when spending time with his family, boating, winters in Florida, fishing with his late wife, playing cards at Fox Woods, enjoying big family dinners and eating candy.
Survivors include his 7 children, Richard Reilly and his wife Melanie and Donna Reilly all of Mattapoisett, Andrew Reilly and his wife Meg of South Carolina, Karen Lees of New Bedford, John Lees, Jr. and his wife Pamela and Jane Lees, all of Mattapoisett, and Kathy Cruz of Centerville; a brother, Robert Lees and his wife Linda of Coral Springs, FL; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was the father of the late Timothy Reilly, Paul Reilly and Joy Reilly.
His visiting hours were held on Friday, December 22nd from 10-12 am in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. A Memorial Clam Boil for family and friends will be held this summer to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. For guestbook, please visit

Donald Nelson Molander
Dec 18, 2017

Donald Nelson Molander, 92, passed away on December 18, 2017 at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Baltimore, MD. Ethelyn (Smith), his devoted wife of 67 years, survives him.
Born in Brockton, MA on July 18, 1925, Donald was the son of John and Olga (Nelson) Molander of North Easton, MA. He was a graduate of Oliver Ames High School, class of 1943. He attended Tufts College in Medford, MA, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and a became a pilot.
On June 10, 1950, Donald and Ethelyn were married. Donald completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts College, graduating the day after they were wed. He worked for the U.S. Navy as a civil engineer and was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He was named the First Naval District "Engineer of the Year" in 1965. He later became a construction project manager in the private sector, and then a resident engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, retiring in 1990.
He and Ethelyn began raising their five children in North Easton, MA. The family spent summers at their "camp" at Bates Pond Shores in Carver, MA. Later, the Molander family moved to Carol Stream, IL, and then to Millersville, MD, where Donald and Ethelyn lived for thirty years. In 2007, they became residents of Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village in Baltimore, MD.
Donald loved his family; his daughter the late Donalyn Spada and her husband James, of New Milford, CT, his son John "Moe Molander" and his wife Carol of Marion, MA, his daughter Laurie Faklis and her husband Nicholas of Palos Park, IL, his son William and his wife Lori of Medina, OH and his daughter Mia Karen Burch and her husband Greg of New Milford, CT. He was proud of his seventeen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Always active in the Lutheran church, Donald was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Easton, MA, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in West Chicago, IL, and Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millersville, MD. After retirement, he enjoyed volunteering at church events, reading, traveling around the country with his wife, and painting in acrylic and watercolor.
A memorial service to honor Donald will be held at 2pm on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in the Worship and Community Life Center at Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village, 6811 Campfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21207. His final resting place will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald's memory can be made to Augsburg Lutheran Home and Village, 6811 Campfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21207.

James A. Gast
Dec 11, 2017

James A. Gast, 88, of Arcata, CA, died December 11, 2017. He was the son of Alois and Ruth Gast, grew up in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, and graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1947.
Jimmy graduated from Amherst College in 1951, and after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of Washington. In 1960, he began a career of teaching and research at Humbolt State College in Arcata.
He is survived by his wife Thea, three sons, two grandchildren, brothers Richard and Peter of Mattapoisett, sister Barbara Keohane of N.J., two nephews and a niece.

Joseph H. Harrison
Dec 06, 2017

Joseph H. Harrison, 95, of Mattapoisett died Wednesday December 6, 2017. He was the husband of Edna M. (Meehan) Harrison.
Born in Mattapoisett, the son of the late Edward and Frances (Oakes) Harrison, he lived in Mattapoisett all of his life.
Mr. Harrison for many years worked as a cement mixer driver and heavy equipment operator and was formerly employed by the Town of Mattapoisett Highway Department until his retirement. He later worked for the Mattapoisett Council on Aging as a bus driver.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy SeaBees.
He loved being outdoors doing yard work and gardening. Throughout the years he enjoyed the companionship of his dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Edna; his children, Jill Law and her husband Fred of Dartmouth and Edwin Comstock of Mattapoisett; nieces Betty Pickford of Clearwater, FL, Carol Zaslona of Fairhaven, Polly Ann Donnelly of Beverly and nephews Ronald Harrison and William Harrison, both of Brewster.
He was the brother of the late Gladys Haskell, Nancy Gross, James, Herbert, Beatrice and Thomas Harrison.
His Memorial Service will be held on Thursday December 14th at 10 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Burial with military honors will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Humane Society and Shelter - South Coast, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth, MA 02747. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Joan Caroline (Henry) Walsh
Dec 05, 2017

Joan Caroline (Henry) Walsh, at the age of 94, December 5, 2017 at her home in Mattapoisett, MA, surrounded by all her children: Devoted wife of the late Edward J. Walsh for 65 years, they met at Columbia University's US Navy Midshipman School and waited to marry until Lieutenant Walsh returned from combat duty as Executive Officer of USS Cockrell in the North Atlantic and South Pacific. Married at St. Barnabas Church in 1946, the couple moved to the Boston area where they raised their family of four sons and a daughter. Mother of Edward, Jr. and his wife Christine of Cocoa Beach, FL; M. Jane and her husband John McEvoy of Belmont; Philip and his wife Maureen Roberts of Sutton; John and his wife Maura of Southborough; and Thomas of Mattapoisett. Grandmother of 12: Edward III of Duxbury, Dr. Erin Leonard of New Jersey, Megan Walsh-Shaoul and Courtney Jagannath of New York, Matthew McEvoy of Sudbury, Michael McEvoy of Boston, Elizabeth McEvoy of Natick, Katherine Giles of Westford, Patrick of Sutton, Joseph, James and Matthew of Southborough.Great Grandmother of 16: Bridget, James, Jack, Declan, Molly, Ryan, Annie, Stella, Piper, Henry, Mayer, Luna, Goldie, Mila, Ellie and Eva. Sister of Ann Mahony and Judith Keegan of Connecticut and of the late Mary Elizabeth Kramer of New York. Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Harold J. and Katherine A. (Rooney) Henry, she was a graduate of The Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and The Berkeley Llewelyn School of Manhattan and worked for Time Magazine, editing for publication letters to the editor and worked at Young and Rubicam, the Madison Avenue advertising firm. After her marriage at the end of World War II, she dedicated herself to family, friends and community. A long time resident of Natick and Wellesley, where she was on the board of directors of the Wellesley Hills Garden Club, and was active in St. James The Great parish for the half century before it was closed by the Archdiocese, the Cub Scouts, PTA and was a volunteer at Newton Wellesley Hospital. She and her husband retired to a life of sailing from their Mattapoisett home, visiting ports across the South and Bahamas every winter and New England in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Sr. Barbara Walsh, SUSC, O.P.E.N. ESOL Program, 60 Liberty St., New Bedford, MA, 02740.
Visiting hours were held on Saturday, December 9th in Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. For guestbook, please visit

Jerome R. Deane
Dec 05, 2017

Jerome R. Deane, 86, also known as "Dick, Benny or Jerry", of W. Wareham, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at his home.
Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Jerome W. and Frances (Long) Deane. Mr. Deane was a Korean War veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
Mr. Deane was the former owner of The Flower Cart in Middleboro. He then was Supervisor of Housekeeping at Tabor Academy in Marion for 20 years, then served as chapel attendant until his retirement in June 2017.
He was a member of the Marion Grange Hall, and member of the former North Marion United Methodist Church. Mr. Deane enjoyed gardening and flowers, and was proud to have his home in Wareham included in the Marion Garden Club house tour.
He is survived by his daughter, Jerolyn Deslauriers of Shrewsbury; his sister, Jane Ladner of Marion; his grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, and Amy Deslauriers; and his great grandchildren, Haley and Jack Deslauriers.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion at 11 AM.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Mass. Humane Society, 445 North Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA 02343. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Raymond A. Lemieux, Sr.
Dec 03, 2017

Raymond A. Lemieux, Sr., 88, of Mattapoisett passed away unexpectedly at home Sunday, December 3, 2017. He was the husband of the late Claire (Fleurent) Lemieux.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Olivier and Cecile (Doucette) Lemieux, he lived in Mattapoisett for most of his life.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War period.
Mr. Lemieux was a man of routine and enjoyed 7 AM coffee with the boys, cycling and attending activities at local senior centers. He could often be found sitting at his favorite picnic table at Ned's Point.
He is survived by five children, Diane Kinney and her husband Sam of Mattapoisett, Pauline Parker and her husband Barry of Fairhaven, Cecile Callahan and her husband Walter of Mattapoisett, Raymond Lemieux, Jr. and his wife Jeannie of Eagle, CO, and Doris McCarthy of North Myrtle Beach, SC; his loving companion of 18 years, Jean Szyndler of Mattapoisett; seven grandchildren, Louis Ouellette, Jamie Oliveira, Michael Parker, Jillian Leech, Kelsey Callahan, Lucas McCarthy, and Lauren McCarthy; two great-grandchildren, Scarlett Parker and Jared Turchetta; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the great-grandfather of the late Kara Parker and the brother of the late Rolande Begin, Theresa Savoie, Rita Silva, Cecile Charest, and Leona Daniel.
His Graveside Service will be held on Friday, December 15th at 12:30 PM at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Ave., Bourne, MA 02532. A reception will follow from 2-5 PM at the Reservation Golf Club, 10 Reservation Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Friends of the Mattapoisett Bicycle & Recreational Path, P.O. Box 1336, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 or online at or to the Fairhaven Council on Aging, 229 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Thomas S. Yotides
Dec 01, 2017

Thomas S. Yotides, 95, of Dartmouth, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Friday December 1, 2017. He was the husband of Demetra (Chagaruly) Yotides; they had been married for 65 years.
Born in Libohovo, Northern Epirus, Greece, the son of the late James and Olga (Boodry) Yotides, he and his family came to the United States in 1927 and settled in Waterville, Maine. He moved to the New Bedford area in the 1970s.
Mr. Yotides was formerly employed as a supervisor at Chamberlain Manufacturing until his retirement. He had previously owned and operated a pool hall and restaurant in Waterville.
He was a parishioner of St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater.
An avid poker player, he enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas. In his younger days, he played semi-professional football in Maine.
He is survived by his wife, Demetra; two children, Dino T. Yotides and his wife Vicky of Purchase, NY, and Tina Marie LePage of Dartmouth; his siblings, Spiro Yotides and his wife Geraldine of Waterville and Maria Yotides of Augusta, Maine; four grandchildren, Christopher LePage and his wife Elena, Tara LePage and her husband Sam Forgue, Catherine Yotides, and Christina Yotides; a great-grandson, Aiden Bradley LePage; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Bradley LePage, and his siblings, Kostandina, George, and Antonio Yotides.
His Funeral Service was held on Tuesday Dec. 5th at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Cross Rd., Dartmouth. His family received visitors at the church prior to the service. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Holy Trinity Church Soup Run (a program to help feed and clothe the homeless), c/o Holy Trinity Church, 10 Mill Rd. New Rochelle, NY 10804. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For guestbook, please visit

Mary Ellen (Garey) Cooper
Nov 30, 2017

Mary Ellen (Garey) Cooper, 86, of Mattapoisett, died November 30 at Brandon Woods Nursing Home in New Bedford. She was the wife of Frank E. Cooper, Sr.
Born in Flushing, NY, on June 15, 1931, Mary later moved with her parents, the late Mary (Malek) Garey and George Garey, to Somerville, MA, where she graduated from Somerville High School. Mary worked at John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston prior to marrying in 1951, having six children, and living all over the United States in her 23 years as a Marine Corps wife. She especially loved living in Hawaii, saying the saddest day of her life was when they had to leave that paradise. She moved to Mattapoisett village with her family in 1964 and fell in love with the town beach, the band concerts, and Center School playground, which served as her family's front yard. She was a talented figure skater and taught her children and grandchildren how to skate on frozen cranberry bogs and local ice rinks.
Mary retired from the financial division at Compass Bank in New Bedford in 1993 after 18 years. She enjoyed an active retirement with her husband on trips to Europe, long cycling trips, attending Broadway musicals, picnicking at PawSox games, cooking with her grandchildren, and being inseparable from her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Molly.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Frank E. Cooper, Sr., and her sons Frank E. Cooper, Jr. and his companion, Sue Brownell, of Mattapoisett, Timothy J. Cooper of Mattapoisett, Thomas M. Cooper, Sr. of Mattapoisett, Michael J. Cooper and his companion, Kim Faria, of New Bedford, and daughter, Christine A. Cooper, of Mattapoisett. She leaves behind three grandchildren: Christopher Cooper of FL, Thomas M. Cooper, Jr. of Mattapoisett, and Bridgette Cooper and her fiance Allen Ferreira of New Bedford. She also leaves two step-grandchildren, Jennifer Gill of Fairhaven and Robert Gill of New Hampshire. She was also great-grandmother to Lacey E. Cooper of Minot, N. Dakota and step-great grandmother to Chandra Perez-Gill and Mischa Tomasia , both of Fairhaven. Mary was predeceased by her son, Robert. G. Cooper of Tampa, FL, her daughter-in-law, Linda E. Cooper of Marion, and her grandson, Patrick J. Cooper of New Bedford.
Her visiting hours were held on Tuesday Dec. 5th at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday Dec. 6th at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Burial followed in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation, in Mary's name, to the Alzheimer's Association at For guestbook, please visit

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