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Geraldine "Gerry" (Francis) DeCosta
May 01, 2018

Geraldine "Gerry" (Francis) DeCosta, 89, of Mattapoisett died May 1, 2018 at Sippican Healthcare Center after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late John N. "Jackie" DeCosta.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Antone and Mary (Paes) Francis, she was raised in Acushnet and lived in Mattapoisett since 1949.
Mrs. DeCosta was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.
She was formerly employed by Acushnet Company for 18 years until her retirement.
Mrs. DeCosta was a member of the Florence Eastman American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Mattapoisett Council on Aging.
Survivors include her son, John DeCosta, Jr., and his wife Marianne, of Mattapoisett; 2 daughters, Carolyn Lopes and her husband Clifton, of Mattapoisett, and Jacqueline Barrett and her husband Bruce Lemieux of Bath, Maine; 5 grandchildren, Brae Barrett of Bath, and Kelly Lopes-Bell, Tiffany Lopes, Clifton Lopes and John DeCosta, III, all of Mattapoisett; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the grandmother of the late William DeCosta and the sister of the late Edith Davis and William Francis.
Her Funeral will be held on Friday, May 4th 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 Thursday, May 3rd from 3-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please visit

James M. Collins
May 01, 2018

James M. Collins, 56, of Marion died May 1, 2018 unexpectedly at Tobey Hospital.
He was the husband of Holly D. (Robbins) Collins.
Born in Boston, the son of Jeanne F. (Walsh) Collins of St. Petersburg, FL and the late James L. Collins, he lived in Dexter Beach of Marion all of his life.
He was most proud of all his children's accomplishments and enjoyed boating, music, spending time with his friends and most of all, he enjoyed life.
Survivors include his wife; his mother; 3 daughters, Courtney, Catherine and Jennifer; a step-son, Brandon; a brother, David Collins; a sister; Denise Gabriel; a granddaughter, Claire; 2 best friends, Richard Casoni and Bradford Silva; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
He was the brother of the late Jeannie Collins.
His visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 1-4 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Raymond L. Gamache, III
Apr 30, 2018

Raymond L. Gamache, III, 41, of Rochester passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 30, 2018.
He was the born in New Bedford, son of Raymond Gamache, Jr. of Dartmouth and Patricia A. (King) Cullen and her husband Thomas of Rochester, Ray lived most of his life, in Wareham, where he graduated from high school.
He had worked as a commercial fisherman and a self employed carpenter. Ray loved the outdoors and was very athletic. He enjoyed surfing and snowboarding, played semi pro football for the Middleboro Cobra's and enjoyed cooking.
He is survived by his parents; his maternal grandfather, Milton King of Falmouth; paternal grandmother, Florence Gamache of Fairhaven; a son, Raymond L. Gamache, IV of NC; three brothers, Mark Arone and his wife Meagan of Lakeville, Bradford Arone and his wife Danae of Marion and Julian Gamache of New Bedford; three sisters, Amy Gamache-Blood of Marion, Erin Bishop and her husband Robert of Rochester and Victoria Gamache of Dartmouth; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Calling hours are Friday, from 4-7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.
His funeral will be Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 9:00am, from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at 10:00am, in St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven. Interment will be in Centre Cemetery, Rochester.

John L. Santos
Apr 28, 2018

John L. Santos, 77, of Marion died April 28, 2018 unexpectedly at home.
He was the husband of Karen J. (Andrews) Santos and the late Linda (Lopes) Santos.
Born in Whitman, MA, the son of the late Marion A. (Pina) Santos and raised by the late Raymond and Laura Pina, he lived in Marion most of his life.
Mr. Santos was a communicant of St. Rita's Church in Marion.
He was formerly employed by Yellow Pages as an advertising salesman and later aided and assisted the needs of the behaviorally impaired at the Chamberlain School and Community Connections.
Mr. Santos enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. He coached youth soccer, enjoyed going to the beach, swimming and watching New England sports teams.
Survivors include his wife; a son, John J. Santos and his wife Keri of Bedford, NH; 2 daughters, Tara Perez and her husband Michael of Norwalk, CT and Elise Bryant and her husband Robert of West Palm Beach, FL; 2 brothers, Raymond Pina of Taunton and Ronald Pina of Reseda, CA; a sister, Brenda DePina of Whitman; 3 beautiful grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Carl Pina.
His Funeral will be held on Thursday at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10 AM. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 3-8 PM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Rita J. (Fernandes) Bretto
Apr 26, 2018

Rita J. (Fernandes) Bretto, 72, of Rochester, died April 26, 2018 in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. She was the wife of Thomas J. Bretto, they were married for 51 years. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Rose (Thomas) Fernandes.
She was born in Wareham, raised in Marion, and lived in Rochester for most of her life. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master's Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University where she was a member of the National Honor Society. Rita also received the Career Achievement award from the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Mrs. Bretto was a School Administrator at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester for over 37 years before retiring in 2012.
She was an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Lambda Chapter, volunteered for the American Cancer Society and The Onset Cape Verdean Festival. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, shopping, vacationing, and trips on the with her husband on the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Bretto; 2 daughters, Kimberly Bretto of Rochester and Kendall Smiley of Rochester; Son-in-law Kurt Smiley of Rochester; 8 sisters, Bernadine Sacchetti of Wareham, Marie Pina of Wareham, Marlene "Judy" Mason of Wareham, Alice Fernandes of Marion, Pamela Rose of Wareham, Rose Renee Fernandes of New Bedford, Margo Fernandes of CA and Wanda Harrington of RI; 5 grandchildren, Kiera Smith, Elijah Smith, Max Smiley, Wyatt Smiley and Zion Smiley; many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her sister, Marion "Yahee" Fernandes-Baxter.
Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
Her funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in the Wickenden Chapel at Tabor Academy, 86 Spring St., Marion. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.
Donations in her memory may be made to Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, 476 North Ave., Rochester, MA 02770 to the Rita J. Bretto scholarship fund.

Dorothy Desroches Perry
Apr 24, 2018

Dorothy Desroches Perry, age 92, of Dartmouth, MA passed on April 24, 2018 at Charlton Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was the wife of the late Raymond O. Desroches and the late Justin Perry, Jr. Born in Acushnet, MA she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mabel (Whitaker) Beaumont.
Dorothy was a longtime resident of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. Later in life, she moved to Port Charlotte, FL with her husband Justin. She returned to the area in 2016 living in Dartmouth with her daughter Renee and two granddaughters. In her youth, Dorothy worked at Frem's Jewelers in New Bedford. She always worked part time in retail and upon the sudden and early death of her husband Raymond and with three young children at home she went to work fulltime for Mars Bargain Land as a jewelry buyer, later successfully working for other businesses in a similar capacity.
Dorothy was an independent, fun-loving woman who loved her family and times spent with them. She knew the names and ages of all 18 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, but occasionally she mixed up the names of her six children, especially if she was try to call one in a hurry. Dorothy loved her family, friends, dancing, travelling and playing cards. She especially loved her family. She was a woman of unlimited forgiveness, compassion, and love. She was not judgmental, however if asked she was more than willing to give free advice.
Dorothy is survived by her sons, Dr. Stephen R. Desroches and wife Gail, Randall R. Desroches and wife Jody, Gregory N. Desroches and wife Linda, Ronald Perry and husband David Sisson; her daughters, Cynthia A. Levesque and husband Roger and Renee Desroches; sisters, Barbara Davis and Annice Smith; eighteen grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was the sister of the late William Beaumont, Walter Beaumont, Edwin Beaumont, Jr. and Ada Coleman.
A celebration of her life will be Monday, May 7, 2018 starting at 9:45 am in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a funeral service at 10:15 am. Burial will be in River-Side Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institution in memory of Dorothy Perry, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or For online tribute/directions

Alfred Gregg Morse
Apr 23, 2018

Alfred Gregg Morse, 94, died peacefully at home on Monday, April 23, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Raised in Easton, MA, he graduated from Oliver Ames High School in 1941, was a Sgt. in the US Army during World War II, then returned to Easton where he married Rosemary J. Bradford, raised 5 children and became president of the Crofoot Gear Corp.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the North Easton Savings Bank for most of his adult life. He also served as President of the Unity Church in North Easton, Treasurer of the Inc. Proprietors of Nonquitt and was a longtime member of the New Bedford Yacht Club.
A devoted husband, father and employer, he took great pride in the care he bestowed upon his family, his employees and his home.
He loved being outdoors. Raking in the fall, skating, skiing, iceboating in winter, canoeing, tending the yard and gardening in the spring, but sailing was his lifelong passion. He and his wife moved to South Dartmouth in 1982.
Alfred is survived by his five children, Ann Morse, Beth Hikade and her husband, John, Peggy Morse, Sarah Morse and Tad Morse and his wife, Mary Beth. Along with 9 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the New Bedford Yacht Club, 208 Elm St. Dartmouth on April 30, 2018 at noon. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Easton Historical Society; 80 Mechanic St., N. Easton, MA 02356, Humane Society Southcoast; 31 Ventura Dr., N. Dartmouth, MA 02747 or Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust; P.O. Box 70567, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford. For online guestbook, please visit

John J. Lopes
Apr 16, 2018

John J. Lopes, 83, of Marion, died April 16, 2018 in St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford. He was the husband of Joanne A. (Rezendes) Lopes and the son of the late George and Minnie (Lopes) Lopes.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in Marion for many years.
Mr. Lopes worked as a Machine Operator in the area before retiring.
He was an amateur boxer.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne A. (Rezendes) Lopes of Marion; his son, John Lopes of Dartmouth; his granddaughter, Ashley M. Melita of Acushnet; his former daughter-in-law, Sandra Lopes of Westport. He was the grandfather of the late John Lopes.
His graveside service was held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery, Converse Road & Rte. 6, Marion.

Edward F. Taylor
Apr 14, 2018

Edward F. Taylor, 74, of Rochester, died April 14, 2018 in Care One at New Bedford after an illness. He was the husband of Helen A. (Pina) Taylor and the son of the late Frances (Taylor) Anderson.
He was born in Brockton and lived in Onset before moving to Rochester.
Mr. Taylor worked as a maintenance man for the McIntire family for many years before retiring.
Survivors include his wife, Helen A. (Pina) Taylor; 2 sons, John Taylor of Acushnet and Aaron Taylor of Mattapoisett; a brother, Fred Anderson of Onset; 3 sisters, Shirley Anderson of Pocasset, Joyce Anderson of WY and Marjorie Anderson of Brockton; 2 grandsons, Brendan and Jackson Taylor; many nephews and nieces.
His services will be private.

Arthur Harold Blackburn, Jr.
Apr 13, 2018

Arthur Harold Blackburn, Jr., born February 27, 1937, passed away from complications related to a stroke on April 13, 2018. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Elfriede M. Blackburn; their two sons Arthur H. Blackburn, III and Dean A. Blackburn and his wife Stephanie Blackburn; his granddaughter, Madeline J. Blackburn, daughter of Dean and Stephanie Blackburn; and a great-granddaughter, Aria Bell of Madeline.
He was employed as an executive pharmaceutical salesman for Merck for twenty eight years traveling over a million miles and several cars; retiring at 58 years old. Prior to his career, he served in the United States Army from 1956-1959, serving in Germany where he met his wife. Upon returning stateside he then attended and graduated from Northeastern University. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He maintained his home in Mattapoisett and participated and served in his community in many ways. As a volunteer he drove for FISH and cared for the Mattapoisett Congregational Church grounds. Over several years at the same church he served as a Deacon, a trustee and sat on the finance committee and most recently a member of the choir. He was an active member of the Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Award as King Lion (1982-1983) during which time he founded Harbor Days and introduced many activities (including the triathlon, road race and other water based activities). Because of his efforts it became the annual event it is today. He participated in the Bristol County German Club and served as its president from 1990-1991 receiving the Achievement Award from the German Consulate. The sea was his passion starting when he was a young boy with his father in Scituate, MA. He achieved the rating of Advanced Piloting from the U.S. Coast Guard Power Squadron and went on to own two power boats and sail six sailboats. His most notable sail was from Mattapoisett, through the Intercoastal Waterway, to Bermuda and home. He made the trip with a crew from Mattapoisett to Norfolk, VA where he and his wife continued for three weeks to finish the trip alone without crew. His interests included sailing, skiing, cycling, poker, tennis player, building models, photography, chess, lobstering, fishing and carpentry; he created several ornate archways, a gazebo and forty-foot suspension bridge platform. All of his projects were made of handmade parts; carefully, piece by piece. These projects graced the landscape of his Mattapoisett home and stand today as memorials to him. High upon a hand carved column sits a hand carved birdhouse; a replica of Gaudi Cathedral in Barcelona Spain. His last known well time was spent playing with his great-granddaughter, Aria on January, 21, 2018.
His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 10 am in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. His visiting hours will be held on Friday, April 20th from 3-7 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Please no flowers, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, P.O. Box 284 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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