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Emily C. McLaughlin
Sep 22, 2018

Emily C. McLaughlin, 85, of Acushnet, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the wife of the late William M. McLaughlin.
Born in Wakefield, MA, a daughter of the late John E. and Emily (Burke) Classen, she had resided in Marion for 17 years before moving to Acushnet.
She earned an Associate's degree in Dental Hygiene from Forsythe Dental School at Tufts University. Mrs. McLaughlin was the owner of Perry Farm Patchworks in Acushnet, until retiring nearly three years ago.
Emily had a passion for quilting and reading. She also had a strong interest in politics. She loved the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she adored. She is survived by her children, Michele M. Thomas of Acushnet, John W. McLaughlin and his wife Mary Ellen of Sagamore Beach, Laura (Dawicki) McLaughlin of Fairhaven and Julie M. McLaughlin of Fairhaven; a sister, Mildred Beebe of Salisbury; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Craig McLaughlin, Sarah Thomas, Erin Dawicki, Sean McLaughlin, Colleen and Josh Dawicki; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Charles Classen.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 4-8 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 10 am in St. Rose of Lima Parish, 282 Vaughan Hill Rd., Rochester. Burial is private. For online tributes please visit:

Carol A. Wolfe
Sep 22, 2018

Carol A. Wolfe, of Marion and Englewood, FL, died Sept. 22, 2018 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
She was the wife of Gerald F. Wolfe of Marion and Englewood, FL; mother of Cathi Possick of Bridgewater and the late Jeffrey Wolfe, and sister of Judith Denny of Toronto, Canada.
Services will be held at a later date.
Donations in her memory may be made to Southcoast Hospice VNA, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719.
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence visit:

John W. Jepson, Ph.D.
Sep 19, 2018

John W. Jepson, Ph.D., 86, of Marion, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, with his family at his side at the Sippican Healthcare Center. He was the husband of Joan (Lavalley) Jepson of Marion. John was born in Queens Village in New York on November 7, 1931 the son of the late Milton and Flora (Bennett) Jepson.
John graduated from Jamaica High School in New York in 1949 and earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1954 from North Eastern University. John received his Master's in 1955 from Yale and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1958. From 1958-1968 he worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories in the research and development of underwater sound development for submarine warfare. In 1968 John became the Director of Corporate Research and Development for Titleist Golf Division. In 1974 the company made him the Vice President of Corporate R & D and from 1979 - 1984 he was the Vice President of Operations for Titleist Golf Divisions. He managed over 1,000 employees that produced golf balls, clubs, putters and carts. He implemented automation into the golf ball plant and developed the Pinnacle golf ball. The Pinnacle golf ball was the 2 piece solid ball for Titleist. From 1982 to 1984 John became the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Titleist Golf Division. He increased sales in all product categories and increased operating income. He also started a joint venture in Japan and other Southeast Asian countries. From 1984 to 1990 he was the executive Vice President and General Manager of the Rubber Division. John again increased sales and operating income and created a joint venture manufacturing plant in Bangkok, Thailand. He developed a self-sufficient computer hardware / software system, revamped costing system and introduced business resource planning. His work in golf ball design patents lead to his affectionate industry nick name "Dr. Dimples".
In 1990 John became the Executive Vice President of the Ben Hogan Company, FT. Worth, TX. He was responsible for ball and club development, operations, patents, trademarks and assisted with general management issues. In 1993 to the present John founded Naples Golf Co., Noble Golf Company and was a consultant for On Mark Consulting. John served on the Board of Directors of the National Golf Foundation from 1979-1989 and was the Chairman from 1987 -1988. He holds 29 U.S. patents and 75 foreign patents. John was a life member of Descendants of Whaling Masters, Inc. He was a direct descendant of Capt. John Maxfield Tinkham, of the Whaleship Bark Charles W. Morgan.
John is also survived by his daughter Nancy Ellen Thompson and her husband John of Clinton, MA, his grandson: Jason R. Ryan, his great grandchildren: Benjamin, Jonah, Megan and Gabrielle. He was the father of the late Robert Evan Jepson and brother of the late Ellen McLeod. He was also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
John's funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 29, at 10:30 am in Saint Rita's Church 113 Front Street Marion. Interment will be private. Visiting hours have been omitted. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Sippican Healthcare, C/O Ann Bishop Activities Dir. 15 Mill Street, Marion, MA 02538. Arrangements by Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Wareham.

Robert H. Atkinson, Sr.
Sep 18, 2018

Robert H. Atkinson, Sr., of Mattapoisett, passed away peacefully early Tuesday, 18 September 2018, at Brookdale Dartmouth Village in Dartmouth, MA. He was 88 years old.
Mr. Atkinson is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Elizabeth, and their two children, Robert (Jr) and his wife, Christine, of Charleston, SC and Sarah (Cammiso) and her husband, Marty, of Vienna, VA.
Bob also leaves behind seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his younger brother, John, of Orrs Island, Maine and Ft Lauderdale, FL. He was predeceased by his older brother Theodore (Jr).
Born in Boston, he was the middle son of Theodore and Jane Atkinson of Winchester, MA.
After attending Winchester High School, Phillips Academy Andover and graduating from Hebron Academy, Bob graduated from Harvard University ('52) and was commissioned as an ensign in the US Navy where he was an officer aboard the USS Chewaucan (AOG 50). He subsequently graduated Harvard Business School ('56). For the next 35 years he enjoyed a very successful career with IBM.
After retirement from IBM, he dedicated the next 20 years of his life to civic affairs in the town of Mattapoisett. Two of his proudest contributions, where his efforts can be seen today, were his involvement with the construction of the seawall around Munro Park (Mattapoisett Land Trust) and the complete renovation and expansion of the Mattapoisett Public Library.
Although physically limited in his later years, Bob continued giving to his community with the donation of his treasured 30 foot sailboat Caithness to Veterans on Deck and the Tall Ship Tabor Boy's old Captain's launch, "Buccaroo", to a group of Tabor Academy students for renovation to her former glory.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 11:00 am at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion, MA. A reception will follow in the parish hall, all are welcome. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name to the Mattapoisett Public Library (, the Mattapoisett Land Trust ( or Veterans on Deck ( Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Jeremiah James "Jay" Froh
Sep 18, 2018

Jeremiah James "Jay" Froh, 38, of Cape Coral, Florida passed away Tuesday September 18, 2018.
Born in New Bedford, the son of Harlyn "Butch" and Kimberly (White) Froh, he lived in Rochester for most of his life. He had also resided in Boston and California, before moving to Florida three years ago.
Jay was a shop consultant for Market America - He was an avid networker in the Cape Coral area.
He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and Northeastern University.
Jay enjoyed motorcycles, fast cars, hot rods and everything automotive. He loved kayaking, snowboarding, boating and was up for just about anything. He loved being in the sunshine surrounded by family, enjoying life to its fullest always with smile on his face.
He is survived by his parents, Butch and Kim; his siblings, Melissa Douglas and her husband Craig, and Gregory Froh; his nephew, Logan; his grandmother, Betty (Dawson) White; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was the grandson of the late Lucille (Mayer) Froh, Harlyn Froh, and Walter White.
His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday September 29, 2018 at 10 am at the First Congregational Church of Rochester. Burial will follow in White Cemetery, East Freetown. Visiting hours will be held on Friday September 28, 2018 from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Thomas A. Dutra
Sep 14, 2018

Thomas A. Dutra, 67, of Wareham, died Sept. 14, 2018 at home. He was the husband of the late Pamela R. (Ponte) Dutra and the son of the late Leonard F. Dutra Sr. and Margery M. (Kenyon) Dutra.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in Acushnet then in Mattapoisett for many years before moving to Wareham 5 years ago. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1974.
Mr. Dutra worked as a maintenance mechanic for Crystal Ice for many years before retiring.
Thomas was a man who cared deeply for those around him. He always put others first, and would do anything to help someone he felt was struggling. He worked tirelessly to ensure that family, friends and neighbors had everything that they needed. He was known for fixing things, and would fix anything for anybody.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Kathryn L. Davis and her husband Scott of Westport, Jennifer Brooks and her husband Peter of Norton and Bethany Kaplan and her husband Nathan of Waltham; a sister, Diana Dean of New Bedford; a sister-in-law, Martha Dutra of Fairhaven; 3 grandchildren; many nephews, nieces, and close friends in his neighborhood. He was the brother of the late Michael Dutra and Leonard Dutra, Jr.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. His funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19th at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Mass National Cemetery, Bourne.

Patricia A. Hotte
Sep 13, 2018

Patricia A. Hotte, 73, of Rochester, died Sept. 13, 2018 at home after a long illness. She was the wife of Lawrence J. Ferreira and the daughter of Edna L. (Loring) Hotte and the late Ernest G. Hotte.
She was born in Casper, Wyoming and grew up in New Bedford. She lived in Rochester for the last 48 years.
Ms. Hotte worked as an office manager for Guido's Plate Glass Co. in New Bedford for many years.
She was a past member of the Intertribal Indian Council.
She enjoyed genealogy, crafts and reading. She was a Reiki Master.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence J. Ferreira; her mother, Edna L. (Loring) Hotte of Jackson, GA; 2 sons, Daniel J. Ferreira and his wife Linda of Rochester and Robert G. Ferreira and his wife Alice of Rochester; a daughter, Kathryn F. Rocha and her husband Joe of Wareham; a sister, Lenora Hotte of New Bedford; a brother, Garrett Hotte of Jackson, GA; 6 grandchildren, Benjamin Ferreira and Nicholas Ferreira both of Rochester, Alex Rocha and Desiree Larson and her husband PJ all of Dartmouth, Abigail Ferreira and Jillian Ferreira both of Rochester; several nephews and nieces and her dog, Mindy. She was the sister of the late Raymond Hotte.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 in St. John Neumann Church, 157 Middleboro Road, East Freetown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Miami, FL 33134.
Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For directions and online guestbook, visit:

Hormidas R. "Butch" Boucher
Sep 04, 2018

Hormidas R. "Butch" Boucher, age 99 of Rochester, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in Nemasket Healthcare Center in Middleboro, MA, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Doris (Barrett) Boucher to whom he had been happily married for 71 years.
Born in New Bedford, youngest child of the late Victor and Laura (Cote) Boucher, he was a longtime resident of Rochester. He was a graduate of New Bedford Textile School class of 1938. Butch was a pioneer of UMass Dartmouth, as New Bedford Textile School's merger with SMU, later becoming UMass Dartmouth. After graduation he worked for 5 years at the Torpedo Station in Newport, RI as a First Class Machinist. In 1944, during WWII, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class in the Submarine Service, Pacific Fleet serving aboard the NTC Sampson and later the USS Thresher. He was employed at the Acushnet Co. as a foreman in the Machine Shop, where he retired from after 31 years of dedicated service.
Butch loved his family dearly; both he and his loving wife gave generously their whole lives. They instilled high moral values in all of their children and a strong sense of charity to others. He was a life member of the Rochester Lions Club, serving as treasurer and King Lion, receiving the Melvin Jones Award from Lions International for dedicated humanitarian services in 1995; he was a member and past President of the US Submarine Vets, WWII, Baystate East Chapter, and a member of the Improved Order of Redmen of Massachusetts, Cromesett Tribe 156 in Wareham, MA. Mr. Boucher was an avid sportsman. Loved fishing and hunting in his free time. He and Doris loved Square dancing and Ballroom dancing and went dancing every week.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by one son, Ronald H. Boucher and his wife Lucille of Rochester; three daughters, Dorine L. Westgate and her husband Arthur of Middleboro, Sharon L. McDuffy-Garbetti and her husband Paul of Wareham and Susan M. Daniel and her husband Roy of Rochester; 11 grandchildren, Laurie Hesketh, Lynelle Smith, Keith Boucher, Danielle Baldwin, Christopher and Daniel Savary, Jennifer Jensen, Jarred Boucher, Sarah Coucci, Matthew and Sean Daniel; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Paul V. Boucher and brother of the late Donat, Leo, Gerald Boucher and Laurette Thivierge.
His funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00 am in St. Rose of Lima Church, 282 Vaughan Hill Road, Rochester. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial is Private. Visitation, Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven. To leave a note of condolence:

Lorraine (Vasconcelles) Rodrigues
Aug 29, 2018

Lorraine (Vasconcelles) Rodrigues, 85, of Mattapoisett died August 29, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late Charles Rodrigues.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Antone and Clara (Sousa) Vasconcelles, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 1969.
Mrs. Rodrigues was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church where she was a former CCD teacher and a member of the Ladies Guild.
Lorraine loved living in Mattapoisett and volunteered with many local organizations including the Mattapoisett Council on Aging and at the Casa da Saudade Library in New Bedford. She was a former member of the Mattapoisett Women's Club and the Mattapoisett Garden Club.
Survivors include her 2 daughters, Judith Robertson of Dartmouth and Ann Bowen and her husband Timothy of Medfield; 3 grandchildren, Connor Bowen, Madeline Bowen and William Bowen; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; her extended family, the Bowen family; and many friends.
She was the sister of the late Evelyn Bowers, Antonio Vasconcelles, Mary Vasconcelles and Louis Vasconcelles.
The family would like to thank the Ball family for their many acts of kindness.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 am in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Richard Edward Cole
Aug 29, 2018

Richard Edward Cole, 68, of Mattapoisett, passed away on Wednesday morning, August 29, after a period of failing health. Rick was born in Brockton, MA on May 14, 1950 (Mother's Day that year) and grew up in Bridgewater, graduating from Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School in 1968. After graduation, he served 4 years in the US Coast Guard. In 1973 he began working in the maintenance department at Maritime Terminal (currently Maritime International Inc.) in New Bedford. He rose through the ranks, becoming Vice President of Engineering, the position he held at the time of his retirement in 2005. From 2007-2015 he was the owner of Rick's Tavern in Mattapoisett.
Rick's lifelong love of the ocean, boating and fishing brought great joy to his life. He was happiest when he could share this with his family and friends. We all loved to get the call to meet him at the dock. The sword from the 525lb swordfish he harpooned off the Dumping Grounds still has a place of honor over the fireplace. Rick was also a skilled woodworker. His desire for perfection is evident in each piece he made. They will be treasured heirlooms.
Rick was a loving husband, father, brother, son and loyal friend who will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Edward and Marie Sonia Cole, and his brother, William Paul Cole.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Jean M. Cole; two sons, Richard and Thomas; one daughter, Sandra Dzialo (Jerry); his grandson, Andrew Berberian; his sister, Catherine Reed; and nieces and nephews, Matthew Reed, Caroline Schulz, Emily Gould and William Cole.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 8th at 11 am in St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online please visit

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