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Robert C. Gardner
Apr 05, 2018

Robert C. Gardner, 84, of Mattapoisett, passed away at Alden Court on Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was the husband of Doris S. (Shulkey) Gardner, they were high school sweethearts.
Mr. Gardner was born in Melrose, MA, son of the late Louis R. and Louise (Montgomery) Gardner and had been a longtime resident of Mattapoisett. He was a graduate of Boston University and attained his Master's Degree at the University of New Hampshire. He went on to be the principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High school where he worked for over 30 years. There, under his leadership, programs such as Survival and Turkey Day were created and considered a rite of passage. Mr. Gardner was Massachusetts Principal of the Year and the Past President of New England Middle School Principal Association, the founding father of the Mattapoisett Road Race and a member of the Harpoon Harmonizers.
Survivors along with his wife include his 2 sons: Glenn Gardner and his wife Paula of Fairhaven, Peter L. Gardner and his wife Fabiane of W. Yarmouth and his daughter: Karen L. Gardner-Ogg and her husband Willy of Wareham; 4 grandchildren: Blake, Marissa, Andrew and Noah; 4 great grandchildren: Madison, Mila, Lainey and Gwendolyn; along with many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service to which relatives and friends are invited, will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 at 1:30 pm.
Calling hours will be from 11:00 am- 1:30 pm, prior to the service.
Interment in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mattapoisett Road Race Community, c/o Bill Tilden, 135 Marion Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Charles T. Kelly
Mar 31, 2018

Charles T. Kelly, 72, of Mattapoisett passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at home surrounded by his family after a four year battle with brain cancer. He was the husband of Maureen E. (Craig) Kelly.

Born in Boston, son of the late Charles J. and Elizabeth (Cefelo) Kelly, he lived in Easton and Mattapoisett for most of his life.

He was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.

Mr. Kelly attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned his Bachelor's Degree.

He was the owner of R.A.C. Services for over 30 years until his retirement.

Mr. Kelly enjoyed boating, skiing, family vacations and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Kimberly A. DeLeo, Maureen K. Mullen, Michael C. Kelly and his wife Jessica, and Kevin C. Kelly and his wife Heather; ten grandchildren, Talia and Gianna DeLeo, Luke, Emma, and Caillaigh Mullen, Isabelle, Tyler, and Hazel Kelly, and Tanner and Declan Kelly; four siblings, Joseph Kelly and his wife Stephanie, William Kelly, Robert Kelly and his wife Patricia, and Jean Canty and her husband Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 4-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 6th at 9 AM at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toward Kim and Maureen's ride in the Pan Mass Challenge, with checks being made out to P.M.C. and mailed to The Kelly Family, One Brant Beach Avenue, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Ramon L. Lopez
Mar 31, 2018

Ramon L. Lopez, 70, of Mattapoisett, died Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
Born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Isabel (Torres) and Ramon L. Lopes. Mr. Lopez came to New Bedford as a young child and graduated from New Bedford High School. He was a consumer relations manager for Eversource Energy.
Mr. Lopez was a member of UWUA Local 369. He enjoyed hunting and cooking.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Andrea Rose of Mattapoisett; his children, Ramon L. Lopez and Eric Rose of Florida, and Roxanne Lopez-Barros of Maryland; 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; and his siblings, Ana Castro, Jose Lopez and Janita Rose all of New Bedford.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 from 4 - 6 pm. A prayer service will follow at 6 pm.

Sarah Adeline (Johnson) Gulecas
Mar 29, 2018

Sarah Adeline (Johnson) Gulecas of Marion, our sweetest mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Thursday March 29, 2018 after a brief illness at the age of 87. She was the wife of the late Lazarus H. Gulecas.

Born in Viola, Kansas, the daughter of the late Robert O. Johnson and Adeline Katherine (Kraus) Johnson Werner, she lived in Marion for most of her life.

Mrs. Gulecas was formerly employed by Christy's Market in Marion for many years until her retirement.

She was an avid line dancer and enjoyed walking and attending exercise classes with her friends.

She is survived by three children, James F. Gulecas and his wife Grace of New Port Richey, FL, Timothy J. Gulecas and Anne D. Urquhart and her husband Greg, all of Marion; and two grandchildren, Colin M. Urquhart and Mason A. Urquhart, both of Marion.

She was predeceased by her stepfather, Frederick Werner and her siblings, Bernard Johnson, Bonnie Johnson, and Charles Johnson.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday April 7, 2018 at 10 AM at Evergreen Cemetery in Marion. Visiting hours will be on Friday April 6th from 5-8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Beryl M. (DeCosta) Sullivan
Mar 26, 2018

Beryl M. (DeCosta) Sullivan, 89, of Mattapoisett died March 26, 2018 at Tobey Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Joseph J. Sullivan.
Born in Mattapoisett, daughter of the late Anthony and Grace (Napier) DeCosta, she lived in Mattapoisett all of her life.
She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett where she was a former president of the Women's Guild and sang in the choir.
Mrs. Sullivan was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished her time with her family.
She enjoyed reading and was involved in Scouting.
Survivors include her 3 sons, Timothy J. Sullivan and his wife Kelle, of Fort Meade, FL, Daniel A. Sullivan and his wife Maryann of Rochester, and Joseph J. Sullivan, Jr., of New Bedford; a daughter, Mary Ellen Stanley of Peterboro, NH; 2 sisters, Barbara Smith of Louisville, KY and Virginia Burrell of Leland, NC; a sister-in-law, Geraldine DeCosta of Mattapoisett; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late John N. "Jackie" DeCosta, Joseph DeCosta, Anthony DeCosta, II and Jean Ellis.
Her Funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd at 9 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 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 Monday, April 2nd from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Charles "Charlie" Prefontaine
Mar 25, 2018

Charles "Charlie" Prefontaine of Mattapoisett died on Sunday March 25, 2018 at home. He was born in New Bedford and was the son of the late Louis "Fred" and Natalie (Park) Prefontaine. He resided in Mattapoisett for forty years.
Charlie became a registered pharmacist in 1974 after completing five years at the University of Rhode Island and an internship at Guy's Pharmacy in Fairhaven. Shortly after graduation, he took a position working for Fairhaven Pharmacies at their newly acquired Mattapoisett location, Seaport Pharmacy. He was a staff pharmacist for one year and then was made manager of the store. After eight years he purchased Seaport Pharmacy with the "Wind Tunnel" soda fountain. He sold the business to Shaw's Supermarkets in 1996 and became a pharmacist for them at their Fairhaven store. He worked there for five years and then transferred to Hyannis where he worked for nine years.
As a child he spent many enjoyable and exciting summers at Camp Cachalot. He enjoyed swimming in the pond and had a fast time for the mile swim. He started as a camper and later, after the forest fire of 1964, as a helper to his dad, who was a ranger, cleaning up. In addition to doing general repairs, they built a new trading post. He became the trading post manager for two summers when the camp reopened.
He was an avid surfer only missing one year since 1967. He was a member of the U.R.I. surf team.
When he was in his late 20's he took up running and ran with the Greater New Bedford Track Club for several years. He completed several half marathons and two marathons. When he owned Seaport Pharmacy, he became involved with the Mattapoisett Fourth of July Road Race a five mile race. He was a participant, sponsor and a committee member.
After a stint with motorcycles (six years at Laconia), he decided sailing would be a lot safer and bought a boat. He earned his Master 100 Ton License from the U.S. Coast Guard and ran Helios Yacht Charters for many years. Being an avid racer, he and his loyal crew participated in many area races, most notably the Mattapoisett Yacht Club Wednesday night series for twenty five years, and winning the Whalen Trophy for being the top boat in Class A six times. Starting in 1988 Helios and crew started a streak of thirty years participating in the annual Figawi race weekend. The race is held on Memorial Day weekend racing from Hyannis to Nantucket. Helios and crew placed first in class fourteen times, placed in class every year but one and was first overall in the cruising fleet (135 boats) twice. In 2017 he won his class and received the Howard K. Penn Spirit of Figawi award.
Charlie and his wife Nancy enjoyed cruising around New England relaxing and having adventures on Helios. Their favorite spots were Hadley's Harbor and Cuttyhunk.
He is survived by his wife and first mate Nancy (Victorino) Prefontaine, a brother Dennis and his wife Kathy of Holliston, his former wife Linda of New Hampshire and their four children Douglas of Gilford, New Hampshire, Timothy and his wife Almy of Fort Worth, Texas, Christopher of Mattapoisett and Nicole O'Leary and her husband Pat of Mattapoisett, ten grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
His visitation will be held on Sunday April 8, 2018 from 2-6 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute and/or Figawi Charities. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Rex Tracy McGraw, Jr.
Mar 23, 2018

Rex Tracy McGraw, Jr., 87, of Wareham passed away on March 23, 2018, at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
Born in Hornell, NY in 1930, he was the son of the late Rex T. and Marie A. (Berg) McGraw.
Rex was raised in Arkport, NY and graduated from Arkport Central High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.
Following his service in the Army, Rex attended Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees at Bowling Green State University. He earned his Doctorate in Theatre Arts at the University of Indiana. He taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While there he established an "MFA in Directing Degree." He later taught at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was Head of Acting and Directing in the graduate school. He held this position until his retirement.
Upon retirement, Rex moved to Wareham, MA, to be near his family. He was a member of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Zeiterion Theater, and the Marion Art Center. At the Marion Art Center he enjoyed directing plays, especially the works of Chekhov.
Rex is survived by his brother, Jack (Jaquie) McGraw of Mattapoisett, MA; his nephews, J. William (Jean) McGraw of Fort Mill, SC, their children, Stephanie (Arnas) Bendoriatas, and Christopher McGraw, Mark (Paula) McGraw of Mattapoisett, and their children, Michael, Patrick, Kate and Andrew, Matthew (Sharon) McGraw of Fairhaven, and their children, Luke and Roy; his niece, Marie-Elizabeth McGraw Lemire and her children, Jack and Claire.
Rex's visiting hours will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 3-4:30 pm followed by a Celebration of his Life from 4:30-5 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Kenneth H. Briggs
Mar 20, 2018

Kenneth H. Briggs, 85, of Wareham, formerly of Marion died Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Sippican Healthcare Center in Marion after a long illness. He was the husband of Mary E. (Potter) Briggs.
Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Martha (Erickson) Briggs. A journeyman electrician, Mr. Briggs worked for Mass. General Hospital, Algonquin Gas Company, and Tabor Academy.
Mr. Briggs was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1955. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Briggs; his daughter, Amy Shaw and her husband Mark of Rochester; three sons, Eric Briggs of Marion, Scott Briggs and his wife Linda of Denmark, ME, and Chris Briggs and his wife Tina of Toland, CT; his sister, Sandra Reinhold and her husband Richard of Franconia, NH; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
A funeral service will be held on Sat., March 24, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham at 12 pm. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 11 am to 12 pm prior to the service. Interment will be in Old Landing Cemetery, Marion.
Donations in his memory may be made to Sippican Healthcare Center, (specify resident's fund in the memo field), 15 Mill St., Marion, MA 02738.

Calvin Everett Ross
Mar 18, 2018

Calvin Everett Ross, 87, of Mattapoisett passed away Sunday March 18, 2018. He and his wife Dorothy A. (Spear) Ross met in junior high school and were married for 68 years.
Born in Dedham, the son of the late Ernest L. and Irene (Scannell) Ross, he grew up in Hyde Park and lived in Quincy and Braintree before moving to Mattapoisett 25 years ago. He was a graduate of Hyde Park High School and Northeastern University.
Mr. Ross was the President of Carbalon, Inc. in Sterling, MA, a division of High Voltage Engineering, until his retirement.
Throughout his life Mr. Ross believed in giving back and service to others. Mr. Ross was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Wollaston in Quincy and the First Congregational Church of Braintree where he taught Sunday School and ran the Youth Fellowship, and the Mattapoisett Congregational Church where he served as a deacon. He had been a volunteer for the Mattapoisett Council on Aging and a driver for F.I.S.H, the Mattapoisett Friends in Service Helping Medical Transportation Services. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years in Quincy and Braintree.
He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and loved working on his home and garden. Over the years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the world, visiting China, Egypt, and Scotland.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons, David Calvin Ross and his wife Emily of Quincy, Donald Mark Ross and his wife Ellen of Mattapoisett, Richard Edwin Ross and his wife Kim of Mission Viejo, CA, and Bradford Ernest Ross and his wife Lisa of Mansfield; seven grandchildren, Melissa Ross, Kristin Ross, Alise Ross, Thomas Ross, Julianne Ross, Krista Rodrigues, and Nathaniel Fucile; two great-granddaughters, Mikayla and Kaelynn; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Phyllis Peterson and Jeanne Wilkins.
Visitation will be held on Friday March 23, 2018, from 5-8 p.m. at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday March 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

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