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Raymond Mello
Sep 16, 2017

Raymond Mello, 67, of Barefoot Bay, FL, formerly of Rochester, MA passed away suddenly on Saturday September 16, 2017 at Tobey Hospital. He was the husband of Kathleen A. (Moniz) Mello.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Carlos and Deolinda (Soares) Mello, he was raised in Dartmouth and lived in Rochester for most of his life before retiring to Florida.
Mr. Mello was a cranberry grower for many years until his retirement.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen; two sisters, Lorraine Oliver of Colorado Springs, CO and Diane Mello of New Bedford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Donald Mello and Eileen Nelson.
His Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 24, 2017 at 11 am at the Seamen's Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Veterans Transition House, 20 Willis St., New Bedford, MA 02740. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Ellen M. Fitzgerald
Sep 16, 2017

Ellen M. Fitzgerald, 89, (nee O'Connor) of Fairhaven, MA, formerly of Greenville, SC died, September 16, 2017 of complications from Alzheimer's. Ellen grew up in Blakely, PA, the daughter of Sadie (nee Furey) and Frank M. O'Connor. Following graduation from Marywood College, she worked as registrar for Georgetown Preparatory School. While living in D.C., she met, Gene Fitzgerald, her husband of 63 years with whom she raised seven children.
In 1975, she and Gene settled in Greenville, SC, making lifelong friends and serving the community. Ellen worked at Greenville Memorial Hospital, and volunteered at Meals on Wheels and The Greenville Free Medical Clinic.
In their yearbook, her Marywood College classmates described her as "lovely to look at, delightful to know...gentle of speech...beneficent mind...refined gaiety, Ellen.
And she never changed.
Through her Greenville parishes, Prince of Peace, and later, St. Anthony of Padua, she found friendship and communities focused on aiding those in need.
Ellen found a true partner in Gene, their closeness and trust grounding the family.
Though the family moved frequently, one thing remained constant: Ellen's steady, nurturing presence. Her soft voice comforted, but could deliver disappointment as effectively as love. Tender, but strong. She shared her appreciation for the arts with her children and surrounded the family with books and books and more books. Ellen's door was always open and she welcomed everyone to join the table. Her large extended Irish clan taught her the value of family, which she passed down to her children and grandchildren.
Ellen's place was in the garden. She found peace in soil, roots, leaves and blossoms. She cared for her plants in much the same way she raised her children. Get them started, give plenty of room to spread, and adore them as they grow.
Giving you 'the loves' Mom, and one final tuck.
Survivors include her brothers, Rev. Frank O'Connor, S.J.; Jack O'Connor; and Tim O'Connor; children Tim, Gene (Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald), Maura (Craig Andrews), John, Ann (Michael Smarr), and Kate (Michael Sudofsky); grandchildren Meaghan Pieper, Ryan (Jamie) and Ellie Fitzgerald, Colleen, Patrick, and Brendan Andrews, and Alexei, Julian, Sofia, Natasha, and Mariana Sudofsky; and great-granddaughter Nella Fitzgerald.
She was predeceased by her husband Gene, and daughter, Ellen.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 6 at 10 am in St. Rita's Church, Marion, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Greenville Free Clinic may be made. PO Box 8993, Greenville, SC 29604
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Dr. Joseph W. Pelczar
Sep 15, 2017

Dr. Joseph W. Pelczar, 74, of Mattapoisett, died September 15, 2017 peacefully at home.
He was the husband of Laura (Grant) Anderson.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Joseph H. and Josephine (Pejko) Pelczar, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life and wintered on Amelia Island in Florida.
Dr. Pelczar was a graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1960 where he also played baseball and later graduated from Tufts University Dental School. He then served in the U.S. Navy and later founded Sassaquin Dental Associates in New Bedford. He was a member of Buzzard's Bay Rowing Club. Dr. Pelczar enjoyed gourmet cooking, gardening, golfing, traveling and sport fishing.
He frequently visited his second home in northern Maine where he enjoyed fishing on the lake.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Joseph J. Pelczar of Fairhaven; a daughter, Stefanie B. Mansfield and her fiancee Nicholas Palmerino of Hingham; and a grandson, Ty P. Mansfield.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Ernest H. Chace
Sep 14, 2017

Ernest H. Chace, 93, of Dartmouth passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Mary A. (Machiel) Chace.
Born in Dartmouth, the son of the late Allen and Jessie (Pettey) Chace, he lived in New Bedford and Dartmouth for most of his life.
Mr. Chace was formerly employed as a boat builder for O'Day Boats until his retirement.
He enjoyed sailing, gardening, fishing, quahoging, and spending time with his brother-in-law, Danny.
He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie L. Medeiros and her husband William of Mattapoisett; his granddaughter, Heidi Correia and her husband Craig of Mattpoisett; two great-grandchildren, William and Elizabeth Correia; his niece, Janet Chace of Dartmouth; his sister-in-law, Ann Matson of Grafton; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Marion Wesolowski, Helen Entwistle, Milton, Walter, Harold, and Nelson Chace.
Funeral Services will be private. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Kindred Hospice, 275 Martine St., Fall River, MA 02723. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Rev. Carl A. Krueger
Sep 11, 2017

Rev. Carl A. Krueger, age 70, of Mattapoisett, MA died in peace on September 11, 2017 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy of 48 years and their two children, Amy Krueger and Aaron Krueger, and his daughter-in-law Jennifer Krueger. He was the loving "Gramps" of two grandchildren, Annabelle and Henry.
He graduated from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, IN in 1969. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 1973. He served Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Fulton, NY from 1973-1981, Lutheran Church of the South Shore, Hanover and Hingham, MA from 1981-1983, Hope Lutheran Church, Upper St. Clair, PA from 1983-1987, Zion Lutheran Church, Schenectady, NY from 1988-1995 and St. John Lutheran Church, Meriden, CT from 1995-1999.
A memorial service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Meriden, CT on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 11 AM. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Meriden, CT 06450. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

James E. Welch
Sep 09, 2017

James E. Welch, 90, of Lakeville passed away peacefully on Saturday September 9, 2017 after a period of declining health. He was the husband of Mary M. (Saunders) Welch; they had been married for 65 years.
Born in Fall River, the son of the late Dr. Edward J. and Catherine (Connerton) Welch, he lived in New Bedford for many years before moving to Lakeville 35 years ago.
A lifelong educator, Mr. Welch taught at various schools in Mattapoisett and New Bedford, served as assistant principal at the John A. Parker School and as principal of the Phillips Avenue School until his retirement in 1988.
He was a graduate of Holy Family High School, Providence College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, and Bridgewater State College where he received his Master's Degree in Education.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 121 in Berkley and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He was a former member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
He was an avid reader who was always interested in the activities of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend special thanks to his good friend, Gerry McGrath, for his constant friendship throughout the years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; five children, Edward J. Welch and his wife Janis, Thomas J. Welch and his wife Andrea, Marilou Allen and her husband Joseph, Catherine Rego and her husband Ronald, and James E. Welch, Jr.; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Kathleen Sheerin, Edward Welch, and Thomas Welch.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at 11 am at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New Bedford High School Library Fund, Attn: Headmaster, 230 Hathaway Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02740. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Alexander Byron
Sep 05, 2017

Acclaimed maritime artist and larger-than-life local activist, Alexander Byron, 87, died September 5th in Plymouth. Born in New Bedford, Alex was a lifelong local, residing in Wareham, Bourne, and Scituate before settling in Marion with his wife Suzanne over 50 years ago.
A self-taught oil painter, Alex spent the last decades of his life interpreting and preserving the maritime history he knew and loved so well. He created incredibly detailed and vivid recreations of historic ships and events, using blueprints and endless research to build his paintings like ships, in layers. His love of New Bedford whaling history took him all the way to the Arctic Circle, where he led several expeditions in the 70's to recover the sunken whaler Ansel Gibbs. After surviving a blizzard for several days alone on Marble Island, he was named "Mad Dog" by the local Inuit, a name he carried proudly -- and was always careful to live up to -- for the rest of his life.
Byron graduated from Bourne High School and Duke University and earned a master's degree in economics from George Washington University. He spent his early career in PR and politics in Washington D.C., working for two U.S. presidents and going on diplomatic missions to Russia and Greece. By the mid-sixties, Alex and his wife had settled into family life, owning and operating Byron's Landing restaurant, a waterfront landmark on Route 6 in Buzzard's Bay until its close in 1986. If you ate at Byron's Landing, there's a good chance you met and were charmed by Alex. He probably showed you some of his early paintings, hung (or painted) on walls he personally lined with wood from historic buildings he tried to save.
Alex served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Honor and tradition were important to him. He was a family man, a self-described "love slave" for his wife of 52 years and a devoted father and grandfather, always striving to inspire and enrich those around him. He gave freely of his time and love. He believed all things were possible. He was adventurous, wildly intelligent, and fun to be around; an indomitable spirit who will forever loom large to all who loved and knew him.
Alex is preceded in death by his parents, James and Evelyn Byron of Wareham, and his brother, the Honorable Chris Byron of Rochester.
Alex is survived by his wife Suzanne of Marion; sons James Allen and Christopher Charles of Marion; daughters Florence Marie of Marion and Suzanne Elizabeth of Wareham; granddaughter Anthea Tripanier and her husband David of Fairhaven; brother Charles of Wareham; and sisters Florence and Joanne Byron of Wareham.
Graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Marion Thursday, September 14 at 1:30 pm, with a reception to follow nearby.
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

George B. Mock, Jr.
Sep 04, 2017

George B. Mock, Jr. died September 4, 2017 following a stroke. He was 87. A native of Albany, Georgia, he had resided in Mattapoisett since 1965.
Before coming to the New Bedford area, he worked in the international petroleum industry with Esso Standard, Standard-Vacuum Oil, and Arthur D. Little, Inc. A graduate of Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School, he joined William F. Nye, Inc. (now Nye Lubricants, Inc.) in 1963 as Technical Director. Later he would become President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board.
He spent two years from 1954 to 1956 in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, including six months in the South Pacific for Operation Redwing.
Mr. Mock's community involvement included 20 years as a trustee of Tobey Hospital in Wareham and the successor Southcoast Health System. He served as a director of the Buzzards Bay Coalition and as treasurer of the Association of Field Ornithologists. He was on the board of directors of the Inter-Church Council, serving as its treasurer for six years. He was a communicant of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion and served on its Vestry.
He is survived by his wife, Elise; two sons, George B. Mock III (Caroline) of Mattapoisett and Frederic C. Mock (Cindy) of Marion; five grandchildren, Anne Mock of New York City, James Mock of San Francisco; Phoebe, Tessa, and Gwyneth Mock of Marion; two sisters, Anita Hudgens of Leesburg, GA and Marianne Wallace of Sarasota, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, James Donald Mock and Thomas Whaley Mock, both of Albany, GA.
His Memorial Service was held on Saturday September 9, 2017 at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion. Visiting hours were omitted. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 545, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Virginia (Humphrey) Hathaway
Aug 30, 2017

Virginia (Humphrey) Hathaway passed away on August 30th. She was 99 and in 2015 was the recipient of the Boston Post Cane as Marion's oldest living resident. Virginia was born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of Bethia (Hammond) and Albert Humphrey. When she was 7, her mother passed away, and she moved with her brother Edward and father to the Humphrey family homestead in Rochester, MA.
She was a graduate of Wareham High School and the Swain School of Design. Briefly she taught art at Friends Academy. Throughout her life, she displayed an artist's flair for decorating and design.
She was the wife of the late Alonzo Hathaway of Marion and could often be seen helping her husband in the running of The Marion General Store. When he passed away in 1973, she ran the store for a year before selling it.
Virginia is survived by her daughter Ann of Marion, a nephew Allan Humphrey and his wife Judy of Hyde Park, NY, a great-nephew and many loving cousins. She was predeceased by her brother Edward Humphrey.
Her daughter is grateful for the love, support and care her mother received over the years from her family and close friends and from her nurses at Community Nurse Home Care, Stephanie and Chris, and all the Home Health Aides, especially Maria and Rose.
A private graveside service will be held later this month.
If you would like to make a donation in Virginia's memory, please consider donating to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

Sandra Lee (Kidston) Tollison
Aug 27, 2017

Sandra Lee (Kidston) Tollison, age 68, of Mattapoisett, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital following a long illness. She was the wife of Terry Tollison with whom she shared 30 years of marriage.
She was born in Danvers, MA, a daughter of the late Theodore and Gertrude (Durrigan) Kidston.
She loved the comforts of her home and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and dog Freddie. She enjoyed many trips to Disneyworld where she renewed her vows with Terry.
In addition to her husband, her family includes three daughters, Tracy Spangler, Tammy Everett, Kara Standish and her husband Keith; her siblings, Patricia Clark and her husband George, David Pryor, Daniel Pryor and his wife Donna, Karen Cardoza and her husband David; seven grandchildren, David Cabeceiras Jr., Jessica Spangler, Cory Cabeceiras, Scott Spangler Jr., Bethany, Meghan and Madison Spangler; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Daniel Querido.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay respects to her family on Saturday, September 9, 2017 beginning at 1pm at 121 Marion Rd., Mattapoisett, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
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