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DEATH
Rev. Lisabeth Brimm
May 02, 2024

Rev. Lisabeth Brimm passed away peacefully at McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich, MA on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

Liz was the devoted life partner of 31 years to Carol M. Wester of Mattapoisett, MA.

Liz was born in Shawnee, OK to Preston and Lou Brimm, and had two beloved brothers, Patrick, and Michael, all of whom pre-deceased her. She is also pre-deceased by her much beloved Service Dog, and loving canine companion of 12 years, Ava.

Liz was a scholar, an accomplished woman, a self-made person, and always saw the best in everyone, and in every situation.

She graduated from Colorado College, having attended on a full academic Boettcher scholarship, where she was very active in social and women's rights causes. She also graduated from Andover Newton Yale Theological School, and took great pride in this, fulfilling a life-long dream of serving God, and helping others to enjoy God's presence and blessings.

Liz also had long and distinguished careers in software and hardware computer sales for major national companies, insurance sales, and served as a financial advisor for Edward Jones. She was the Protestant Chaplain for the Wrentham Developmental Center for several years, and proudly served people with intellectual disabilities. She most recently served as a Pulpit Supply minister at many area churches, and temporary pastor at the West Congregational Church in Taunton, which she enjoyed tremendously. She was also an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, and North Congregational Church in Middleborough.

Liz leaves behind her beloved companion Carol, as well as many dear friends, including Rev. Dale Thackery of Marion, Rev. Aimee Dion of Pocasset, and Havens Levitt of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also leaves her extended family members, Barbara and Douglas Bingham of Raynham, Janice Wester and Grace Trivers of Chelmsford, Andrew, Molly, and Colby Januse of Fall River, Martha Januse and Zelia Costa of Taunton, Treesie Allen of Dallas, Texas, Michael Martin and Amy Peterson of Fairhaven, and Grace Resendes of New Bedford.

In honor of Liz, please perform an act of kindness, say a prayer, treasure the people you love, pet a dog, and see the miracle in every day. Donations may be kindly made to the any animal protective agency of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held for Liz on Saturday, May 11th at 2PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. Friends are invited to arrive at the funeral home at 1:30 PM. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com

DEATH
Cornelia Harrop Middleton
May 01, 2024

Cornelia Harrop Middleton, June 19, 1962 - May 1, 2024

Nina was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Jane Shearer Harrop and William Henry Harrop III and grew up in Padanaram, MA. She attended grade school and early high school in Dartmouth, MA and spent the rest of her high school years at Suffield Academy in Connecticut. She earned her BA summa cum laude at Providence College and her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She was a crisis navigator in the emergency department of Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton, MA the final ten years of her career. She lived her life to the fullest, including during her final four years with breast cancer.

Nina was an athlete - a runner, sailor, and excellent skier - who relished the outdoors. She was a champion of women's rights. Together with her husband John she raised their daughter Cency in their Mattapoisett home. Nina loved travelling and spending time at the family cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan.

In addition to John and Cency, Nina leaves behind her son-in-law Anders Fogel and grandson Magnus, her brother William Henry Harrop IV, his wife Cathy, her nephew Will, and nieces Jen and Delaney, as well as a wealth of wonderful friends. She leaves a hole in a lot of hearts, or better to say she finds a lasting place in them.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Jimmy Fund or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com

DEATH
Donna L. Hubbard
Apr 30, 2024

Donna L. Hubbard, 77, of Marion died Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness.

She was raised in Mattapoisett and lived in town for most of her life.

Donna spent much of her time lovingly caring for her son, Paul, until his passing in 2009. She enjoyed having a good time with family and friends, shopping, and having her glass of sangria when she went out.

She is survived by loving family members and friends and was predeceased by her only child, Paul M. Hubbard.

Her Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 10 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. For directions and guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
William (Bill, Wild Bill) D. Titcomb
Apr 30, 2024

William (Bill, Wild Bill) D. Titcomb of Marion, MA, passed away at the age of 83 on April 30, 2024. William was born in Keene, NH, graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1958, and graduated from the New Bedford Institute of Technology in 1962. William served in the United States Marine Corps as a 1st Lieutenant, was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, and a proud member of the VFW, Post 2425. After serving his country, he became known as Mr. Titcomb (Mr. T) and was an elementary school teacher for the Town of Wareham for 37 years. In addition, he coached several sports at the high school level for both the boys and girls teams. Mr. Titcomb was the first coach ever of the Wareham hockey team and the Wareham tennis team. He also coached girls basketball, and girls soccer. Bill was also a local cable television celebrity. His channel 8 television shows included: The Knowledge Bowl, Let's Play Tennis, Let's Play Golf, Wild Bill's Woodworking, and Wild Bill's Wildflower Painting.

In his spare time, Wild Bill enjoyed playing tennis, golf, fishing, sailing, skiing, ice skating, playing hockey, painting, carpentry, eating breakfast with his high school buddies, and riding around in his pickup truck. He was a tennis champion at the Sippican Tennis Club (STC) in Men's Doubles, Men's Singles, and Mixed Doubles. He also ran Sunday Morning Men's Doubles at the STC for approximately 25 years. He was a member of Little Marion Golf Course for almost 4 decades and hit 6 Hole-in-Ones. He caught thousands of fish, and sailed the southwest winds in Buzzards Bay from May to October for 30 years. When the seasons changed, he would primarily transition to hockey. He played on Saturday mornings in Hockey Unlimited, and achieved one of his many goals in life by playing a shift at the age of 80 at the Gallo Ice Arena in Bourne, MA.

William was predeceased by his father Millard, his mother Carolyn, his Aunt Jane and her husband Donald Welch, and his cousins David and Kenny Welch. He is survived by his wife Sharon (Marion, MA), his brother Peter (Supply, NC), sister-in-law Nancy Surpenant (Little Compton, RI) and her husband Gerald, his two sons Timothy (Cary, NC) and his wife Nancy, Joshua (Cambridge, MA) and his wife Cathey, his 5 grandchildren: Anna, Jack, Rory, Axel, and Ellis. He is also survived by four nieces (Sarah, Kim, Julie, and Jessica), and nephew Little Pete. He is also remembered by his cousin David's partner Margo Melnicove of Wayland, MA.

In honor of Wild Bill's wishes, due to his zest for life, there will be no funeral services. Instead, the family will hold a Celebration of Life party in the summer of 2024, where there will be plenty of champagne and cheap beer to drink for all.

To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.warehamvillagefuneralhome.com

DEATH
Richard R. Langhoff
Apr 25, 2024

Richard R. Langhoff, 88, of Mattapoisett died April 25, 2024 unexpectedly at Tobey Hospital.

He was the husband of Ilona B. (Gorun) Langhoff.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, son of the late Florence V. (Smiechowski) Krauterbluth, step-son of the late Paul J. Krauterbluth and son of the late Rudolph Langhoff, he lived briefly in Chula Vista, CA and Acushnet before moving to Mattapoisett in 1970.

He was a 1953 graduate of Langley High School in Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh, School of Engineering, class of 1964.

Mr. Langhoff was a Vietnam Era veteran, and trained primarily as a U.S. Air Force pilot through the Aviation Cadet program in class 58-C/D. He held a commercial pilot's license with an instrument rating at the time of his death. He was a very close friend and served in flight crew with the late David E. Frawley, Jr. of Mattapoisett.

He began his work career as a technician at Westinghouse Electric's Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. At Bettis, he worked his way through college, but interrupted his education and joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon graduation with a BS in Metallurgical Engineering, he worked as a metallurgist for a number of companies in Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He retired from Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, RI as a Principal Systems Engineer in 2002. He also was a Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. In retirement, he was a licensed school bus driver, and driver for the Mattapoisett Council on Aging.

Mr. Langhoff was a member of (ASM), and later the (ASMINT) at Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

He was an accomplished author of over 800 company proprietary technical reports, seven technical publications, and one U.S. Patent including two disclosures.

He was a former Vice-President, President of the St. Anthony's Church Couple's Club in Mattapoisett, and served as a Lector for 39 years and infrequent Usher since building the "New" St. Anthony's Church in 1974.

He was a Lifetime Volunteer Flight Crew member of the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation. Mattapoisett Machacam Club, and an over 35 year member of the American Legion, Florence Eastman Post 280 where he served as Chaplain.

He had an extreme love for sports cars with the owning of a prize winning 1958 Triumph TR3-A roadster.. He loved to exercise and was very active in bicycling until 2024 when his health declined. He had a lifelong passion for amateur astronomy and combined that passion with his interest in photography for the capture of many deep sky astrographs. He was the owner of an eight inch diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope at his passing. He also was a passionate football fan, and particularly enjoyed his beloved "Pittsburgh Steelers" and his alma mater "Pitt Panthers."

Survivors include his wife; a son, David Langhoff and his wife Trudy of Maynard, MA; a daughter, Kristen Henriques and her husband Scott of Fairhaven; a step-brother, Joel Langhoff of Lake Jackson, TX; a half-sister, Janet Hitz and her husband John of Graysville, PA; 4 grandchildren, Gretchen, Caleb, Ingrid and Katherine; 4 nieces and nephews, Bradley Langhoff, Robert Langhoff and Kendyl Warren; and Jonathan Hitz and his wife Caroline.

He was the brother of the late Ronnie Langhoff and the step-brother-in-law of the late Elaine Langhoff.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 30th at 10 am at St. Joseph's Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. Burial will follow in Cushing Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
William "Bill" do Carmo
Apr 20, 2024

William "Bill" do Carmo, 94, of Marion, formerly of New Bedford died peacefully at home on Saturday, April 20, 2024. He was the husband of Doris Carmo for many years.

Born in New Bedford, the son of the late John and Alice (Lopes) Carmo, he lived in New Bedford most of his life.

Bill was a lifelong entrepreneur and community activist. As president of Carmo & Associates, Consultants, Real Estate, and Construction, he worked as the project manager for the construction of the Roosevelt, Normandin, and Keith Middle Schools. From 1984 to 1991 Bill was the Senior Project Representative for over 4,000 units of affordable housing in Massachusetts through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As president of the New Bedford chapter of the NAACP he was responsible for the construction of the NAACP Community Building. With the assistance of local banks and philanthropists such as Richard Young of Titleist and Jim Ottaway of the Standard-Times, Bill worked to resolve discrimination in employment, education, and housing. Bill was a founder of the former United Front, now Temple Landing; a Trustee and Board Member of the Whaling Museum; an Election Commissioner for the City of New Bedford; a member of the New Bedford Port Society; Housing Chairman for the NAACP; involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Bedford; and Chairman of the New Bedford Regional Airport.

Bill served proudly in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force for six years during the Korean War. During his service he was denied the opportunity to become a military pilot due to segregation in the military. Bill took it upon himself to earn his private pilot's license which he held for the rest of his life.

He is survived by his children, Carla Roderick and husband Wayne of New Bedford, Robyn Carmo of Los Angeles, Andrea Carmo of New Bedford, Victoria Gonsalves of New Bedford, William S. Carmo of New York; his siblings Dolores Spencer of Fairhaven, Catherine Cabral of Dartmouth, and George Carmo of New Bedford; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, his former wives, Vivian Lindo and Beverly do Carmo; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings Louis Carmo, Robert Carmo, Charles Carmo, Michael Carmo, John Carmo, and Ethel Fox.

Bill's visitation will be held Thursday, April 25th from 4-8 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St, New Bedford. Burial will take place in Rural Cemetery privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

DEATH
Robert W. Sylvia
Apr 17, 2024

Robert W. Sylvia, 86, a fixture on Fairhaven's working waterfront for decades and a preeminent diesel mechanic servicing thousands of commercial marine vessels over many years, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in Lady Lake, Florida, after a period of declining health.

Born and raised in Mattapoisett, Bob was the son of the late Albert and Anna (Morgado) Sylvia. Bob was a graduate of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and several specialized schools related to the diesel industry. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the 1960s.

Bob settled in Fairhaven where he lived most of his life. He began his lengthy career in the marine industry in 1961 as a diesel mechanic. Bob became well known to hundreds of captains and boat owners as the head mechanic and shop leader at D.N. Kelley & Son Inc. (Now Fairhaven Shipyard Co. Inc.) in Fairhaven. In 1992, Bob opened his own GM marine engine repair business, Fairhaven Diesel, which he ran until his retirement in 2003.

When not keeping the area fleet's fishing and working vessels running safe and trustworthy, Bob enjoyed driving the 1923 Ford Model-T "T-bucket" hot rod he built himself. He also loved woodworking, fishing, ballroom dancing, and playing cards with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie (Rose) Sylvia, a brother, Raymond Sylvia of Everest, Kansas, a son Robert W. Sylvia Jr. and his wife Tracie of New Orleans, Louisiana, his grandchildren Cameron Sylvia and Maghan Landi, a great-grandchild, Ezekiel M. Sylvia, and several nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his brother, Albert Sylvia Jr.

A memorial service is being planned for later this summer in Lady Lake with arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society of Wildwood, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), to help fund lifesaving research, advocate for healthier communities, improve patient care and work for equitable health for all people.

DEATH
Barbara A. (Kubik) Bowman
Apr 06, 2024

Barbara A. (Kubik) Bowman, 82, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully on Saturday April 6, 2024 at Tobey Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Wesley N. Bowman.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late John and Beatrice (Moore) Kubik, she spent most of her life in Mattapoisett.

Barbara worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Wesley Bowman & Sons, where she was a whiz at numbers and was very well organized. She had also been a bookkeeper for the Mattapoisett Highway Department from 1988-2006 while her husband was the Town Highway Surveyor. It was a job she was proud to undertake.

Known for her great sense of humor and quick wit, she had a soft spot for animals, loved reading history books, and decorating her home for the holidays. She adored her grandchildren and in her earlier years spent a lot of time being the coolest Gram. She cherished her time spent with them and was a very proud grandmother.

The family would like to thank her caregiver, Sarah Mello for the loving care and attention shown to Barbara.

She is survived by her four children, Wesley Bowman, Jr., Nancy Duff, Susan Henshaw and her husband Todd, and Gary Bowman and his wife Kim; ten grandchildren, Mitchell Duff, Wesley Bowman III, Timothy Bowman, Marissa Donovan, Rachael Sweet, Mary-Louise Hansen, T.J. Henshaw, Matthew "Joe" Duff, Mason Henshaw, and John Kubik Bowman; six great-grandchildren, Colin Sweet, Travis Sweet, Chase Bowman, Caleb Bowman, Daisy Louise Donovan, and William George Henshaw; and her sister, Nancy M. Kubik. She also had many special nieces and nephews, including Robert Bessette, Dennis Bessette, and Lisa Cardoza and her daughter Holly Cardoza.

She was predeceased by her brother John Kubik.

At her request, her funeral services and burial in Pine Island Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the Mattapoisett Police Department, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Donna McAuley Kelly
Apr 06, 2024

Donna McAuley Kelly, age 87, of Weston and Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, died peacefully on April 6, 2024, after a valiant three-year battle with several cancers. She was surrounded by her husband of 65 years, Hugh J. Kelly, and her loving family.

Born on September 4, 1936, and raised in the Bronx by the late Mary (Dolly) Buckley and Harold J. McAuley, Donna was the eldest of eight children, and had the benefit of an Ursuline Education from elementary school through her graduation from The College of New Rochelle in New York. She later attended Boston College working towards her Master's Degree in Speech and Language Therapy, which enabled her to pursue her passion for working with children as a Speech and Language Pathologist for the Natick Massachusetts School System.

Donna had a radiant spirit with an insatiable appetite for learning. She was often found investing in the stock market by day and diving into a good book at night. She was a prolific artist who loved nothing more than sculpting in clay and stone or translating a beautiful view to her canvas using oil and watercolor. She enjoyed deep conversations where she shared her vast knowledge and wisdom with others but loved nothing more than enriching the development of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Donna was predeceased by her parents and siblings David McAuley, Paula Hollis, Brenda Victoria, and Laura Samuelson; and survived by her siblings Barbara Kelly, Brian McAuley, and Martha Keller. She is survived by her devoted husband, Hugh J. Kelly, their five children Chris (Shirley), Hugh (Shannon), Brian, Katie Hay (David), Donna Ruhanen (Troy); and 22 grandchildren, Erin Banta, Megan Cochran, Joe, Cat, Clare, and Emma Kelly; Nicho, Aggie, Theo and Temi Kelly; Patrick, Michael, Faith, Julia, Koko and Aedan Kelly; Grace & Keira Hay; Jack, Finn, Elle and Tom Ruhanen. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Hudson, and Belle Banta; Georgia, James, and Charlie Cochran; and Alice Kelly.

The Kelly Family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the tireless professional caregivers and nurses who tended to Donna over the last two years as well as the devoted staff of Good Shepherd Hospice Services of Massachusetts.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 20th at St. John The Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Rd, Wellesley Hills, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Donna McAuley Kelly Scholarship Fund at the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, 330 Bedford Park Boulevard, Bronx, New York, 10458.

Online guestbook at gfdoherty.com. Arrangements by George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley.

DEATH
Christopher Preston Throop
Apr 03, 2024

Christopher Preston Throop, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Mattapoisett, MA died peacefully in Hospice care at the age of 79 on April 3, 2024.

Chris entered this world on Oct. 28, 1944, as the war wound down. His parents met in London where they both served the war effort - Monty as a combat pilot and Joan as an officers' driver. They moved their young son to a small family farm near Poughkeepsie, NY.

The farm was paradise for a hands-on lad like Chris. He had his own horse at age 5, built his first boat at 15. And so began the life of a builder.

Chris served his country in the Navy, then graduated from SUNY at Albany where he studied History and Philosophy. Fresh from college, IBM hired him as a technical writer and he remained there until a life-long love of boats compelled him to the shores of Southeastern MA where he refined boatbuilding and woodworking skills. No matter the project, his work reflected a passion for fine craftsmanship and an exquisite attention to detail.

In 1993, Chris and his wife launched their restored Atkin Cutter and set sail for a decade of life at sea, ultimately sailing 30,000 miles together, exploring the waters from Maine to Trinidad. Chris could fix, improve, or design a solution to every challenge the ocean hurled their way. And through it all, his careful seamanship kept them fearless and free from harm.

Chris is survived by his wife, Wendi Hayes; his step-children; Darby Valentini, Emily Ford- Hinds, and Andrew Ford; his brother, Montgomery Throop; and his niece, Kristen Throop Boucher.

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