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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

Aug 27, 2018

It is with great sadness and broken hearts, that the Beatriz and Perkins' families suddenly lost their treasured Francis "Frank" Charles Beatriz, 56, of Mattapoisett, on Monday, August 27, 2018. His beloved wife of 24 years, Betsey Winslow (Perkins) Beatriz, 55, passed unexpectedly later that day.
Frank was born and raised in New Bedford, the son of the late Francis L. and Barbara A. (Mello) Beatriz, of New Bedford.
Betsey was born in Wareham, the daughter of Calvin F. Perkins, Jr. and Donnetta J. (Young) Perkins, of Mattapoisett.
Frank was employed as head chef at Whaler's Cove Assisted Living and had worked and made close friends in many local restaurants and nursing homes.
He was a member of the Machacum Club and the Mattapoisett Lions Club. Frank loved his Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots. He spent many valuable days, drinking craft beers with his father in law watching the games, enjoying every minute, even when they lost. He loved to spend quality time kayaking and fishing with his son, Andrew. He was the most reliable first mate to his father in law, often embarking on adventurous catboat sails together. At night, Frank would hang out in his man cave, listening to his vast collection of classic vinyl records.
Betsey was formerly employed as a C.N.A. at St. Luke's Hospital, Sippican Nursing Home, and as a P.C.A. lovingly caring for multiple elderly women in their homes. Most recently, she worked as a receptionist at the Women's Center in New Bedford helping women in need. She was a board member for the Mattapoisett Council on Aging. Betsey enjoyed spending time with her husband, son, and large family. She was extremely devoted to her two dogs; her pug Buster, and her lab Molly. Betsey loved all animals with her whole heart, especially pugs. She was so passionate about helping pugs that she would foster animals that no one else would take on. Betsey also loved going to the casino and dancing at Zumba class.
Both Betsey and Frank were volunteers for the Fairhaven Community Nurse's Hospice, and were also volunteers for F.I.S.H. of Mattapoisett. They loved going on vacations together, especially cruises and trips to her mother's native country of South Africa.
Frank is survived by his son, Andrew Perkins of Mattapoisett; his brother, Daniel Beatriz and his wife Joanne of New Bedford; his sister, Donna Curcio and her husband Michael of Fort Myers, FL; his uncle Carl Mello of Dartmouth, MA.
Frank was predeceased by his cherished niece, Susanne McGowan.
Betsey is survived by her parents; her son, Andrew Perkins and his partner Miguel Moreno; her 4 sisters, Sarah Couto-Lagasse and her husband Robert of Warwick, RI; Jennifer Klein and her husband Gilbert of Casco, ME; Hope Perkins and her companion Paul Neves of Mattapoisett; Amy Henry and her husband Jonathan of Marion. They have an extensive extended family in the United States and South Africa.
Betsey and Frank were the beloved aunt and uncle to Michael, Jeffrey and Jessica Beatriz, Elizabeth and Keith Goudreau, Kyle, Hannah and Grace Henry, Zebediah Perkins, Peyton, Justis and Averey Klein; and the great-aunt and great-uncle to Ajax Goudreau. They also have many uncles, aunts, and cousins who will miss them dearly.
Their visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 7th, from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Their Funeral Service and burial will be private. For directions and guestbook, please visit
In honor of his parents, Andrew requests that the funeral parlor be filled with beautiful flowers.

Laura Eva "Smith" Lebeau
Aug 27, 2018

Laura Eva "Smith" Lebeau, age 66, passed on August 27, 2018 at home in Fall River after a lengthy illness. She was born and raised in Rochester, MA.
Laura was proceeded in death by her parents Alexander J. Smith and Marjorie M. Smith, her daughter Laura Ann Lebeau, and her brother Joseph A. Smith.
She is survived by her companion of 22 years Cliff Niles, her daughters Sherry Thomas (husband James), Sue Ann Lebeau, and son Frank Lebeau; sisters Cecelia Hall (husband Rick), Eleanor Galligan, Marjorie Higginbotham.; grandchildren Courtney Agrella, Chelsey Agrella, Joshua Lebeau, Alyssa Krebs, Laura Viera, Brittney Lebeau, Brandy Lebeau, Kayla Thibault, Kyle Thibault and Kilee Thibault; six great-grandchildren; aunt Eileen Perini (husband Frank); several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Per her request, a private graveside service will be held in October at the Acushnet Cemetery.

Robert A. "Bob" Connelly
Aug 23, 2018

Robert A. "Bob" Connelly, 80, of Rochester, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Vibra Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in Boston and raised in Milton, he was the son of the late Thomas G. Connelly, M.D., and Alice (Molzon) Connelly. Bob is survived by his dedicated companion, Mary Keating of Rochester; his brothers, Thomas G. Connelly and his wife Barbara of Braintree and Peter J. Connelly and his wife Clare of Watertown; and his sister Susan (Connelly) Finn and Richard Fahey of Braintree.
He is also survived by a niece; Moya Connelly of Manhattan; a nephew, Peter Connelly and his wife Ann of Winchester and their two children Neive and Liam Connelly.
After graduation from Boston College, Bob entered the United States Navy and worked on Church Street in New York City in the 1960's in the Navy's fledgling computer operations.
Upon discharge, he founded Connelly Computer Services, and counted as his clients several Fortune 500 companies. His successful technology career spanned over thirty years after which he retired to Princeton, New Jersey and later settled in Rochester, Massachusetts in 1998.
Bob had many diverse passions. He enjoyed boating, and Cuttyhunk Island and Martha's Vineyard were his favorite destinations. He collected antique Bentley automobiles and acquired an array of Chinese porcelain pieces over the years. He was a student of history and enjoyed foreign travel, especially to South America and the Middle East. He followed the stock market closely and stayed current on world events and politics. Whenever guests gathered to play Trivial Pursuit, everyone wanted Bob on their team.
The family wishes to thank all of his caregivers and friends for their thoughts and prayers during his recent illness. A private burial ceremony will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne.

Valentyna E. Bindas ("Val")
Aug 15, 2018

Valentyna E. Bindas ("Val") passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her daughter Lisa Bindas and her "daughter" Jacilyn Barnett on Wednesday morning, August 15, 2018.
Valentyna was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1932 to Apolonia "Polly" Hodziewich (Wojtaszek) and Adolph Hodziewich.
Growing up in the South End of New Bedford Val was very involved in the Polish Community and enjoyed dancing the polka in her traditional Polish costume. She spent many happy times dancing at the Woodrow Wilson Hall.
Val loved her parents very much and grew up as a single child. Her only brother passed at a very young age. Her father, Adolph, taught her to drive and bought her first car - a Buick! He also instilled in her a strong work ethic. She learned how to "Do it yourself." Val loved to shop for antiques with her "Pa" and later enjoyed furniture refinishing. Val was "Daddy's Little Girl."
Val's mother, Polly, was a bit more traditional and protective of her daughter. As an avid gardener herself, Polly taught Val how to work in the garden - this became one of Val's greatest passions!
Val graduated from Roosevelt Junior High School and New Bedford High School. Another of Val's great accomplishments was attending and graduating from Framingham State College. Truly an accomplishment for women back then.
Upon graduation Val's next accomplishment was getting married to John S. Bindas right after graduation! She even made her bridesmaids' dresses as well as her own wedding dress.
Val began her professional career as the Home Economics teacher at New Bedford Vocational High School in the late 50's. She then taught sewing and cooking at Dartmouth High School for MANY years before moving to the Dartmouth Middle School from which she retired in the mid 90's to care for her first-born grandchild.
Val loved teaching and especially loved her students many of whom still share very fond memories of her. "Strain or Drain a Dishpan" and "Use some elbow grease" are sayings that her students still recall readily when they think of Val.
Val loved to sew and made many outfits including many for her daughter, Lisa. She also enjoyed needlepoint, furniture upholstery and floral design.
Starting a family found Val working alongside her husband John renovating their first home on Cottage Street in New Bedford. Val worked right beside her husband and her children painting the house up to the second floor on staging and ladders and painting ceilings and walls. She instilled in her own children a strong work ethic. She also had "eyes in the back of her head" so learning to be honest, well-behaved children was a must!
Val and John were able to take the children on many vacations and camping was a family favorite! Val and her husband looked forward to building a new home on land they had purchased in Dartmouth, but unfortunately the family lost their Dad in 1977.
Val continued to work hard and was the sole provider for her family. Due to her efforts she was able to pay for all three of her children to attend and graduate from college and begin successful careers for themselves
With coercing, Val eventually managed to have her "dream home" built on the land in Dartmouth. Her gardens were again her passion and keeping her home meticulously maintained was her "favorite job."
Val was also able to enjoy her life and travel to places such as Hawaii, Spain, Africa, Poland, Bermuda, the Bahamas and more. She loved to shop! She loved to drive and especially loved going for rides with her daughters, Lisa and Jaci.
Val had a strong love of music. She took piano lessons as a child and would often sit and play alongside her daughter. Val would start tapping her feet and be up dancing every chance she got. Val was a great dancer and her secret dream was to become a "Ballerina."
Val was a very strong and active woman. She would put many young people to shame. She even helped her daughter deliver furniture, in a pinch, at her business, Gotta Have It, while she was in her 80's.
What eventually slowed Val down was her diagnosis of Alzheimer's. With the help of Lisa and Jaci, Val was able to enjoy many of her favorite things: Going dancing, working in the yard, visiting the animal shelter, shopping, hiking, going for rides, going on adventures and going out to eat.
Unfortunately Val succumbed to her illness, but she still tapped her feet and moved her hands to the sound of her daughter playing the piano for her in bed. The sound of music still meant the world to her.
Val was an intelligent, hard-working, talented, energetic, dedicated mother, friend, relative, co-worker and teacher who touched the lives of many. She will truly be missed.
Val was a member of the Polish Women's Business and Professional Club, the Polish National Alliance, Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma ETA Chapter. She was predeceased by her husband John S. Bindas. Val had three children: Son Jan Bindas, Son Randy Bindas and his wife Kate, daughter Lisa Bindas and "daughter" Jacilyn Barnett (Jaci). Her grandchildren: Bradford Bindas, Mary Kate Bindas, Deirdre Bindas and Anya Bindas. Val will be missed by her cat "Sweetie" and her cat grandchildren "Pogo", "Piper", "Stella" and "Pepina."
Val's family is very grateful to the people at Fairhaven Social Day for providing Val with music, dancing and entertainment that kept her moving and happy for several years.
Although Lisa and Jaci were Val's loving caretakers until the end, the Staff at Community Nurse made the last few days a loving, compassionate and memorable experience that meant the world to her family.
An extra big hug goes out to Val's caretakers who helped allow Val to stay in her own home until the last day. Special thanks to Barbara and Linda - you will be "FAMILY" forever.
Visitation will be at the Saunders Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park Street, New Bedford on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm with a Memorial Service starting at 6:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Val's Memory to Fairhaven Social Day, 229 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Herman R. "Joe" Morse, Jr
Aug 12, 2018

The family of Herman R. "Joe" Morse, Jr. and Lillian A. "Tuddie" Morse announce their cremation interment at Rochester Center Cemetery. "Joe" passed away peacefully on July 26, 2018 and "Tuddie" passed away peacefully on August 12, 2012.
"Joe" was well-known for his wonderful furniture restoration, repair, and chair caning. Before his retirement, he was a local machinist. A veteran of the Korean War, "Joe" was stationed in the state of Washington for two years, 1950 through 1952 and held the rank of Sargent with an honorable discharge. Prior to her retirement, "Tuddie" worked at Baldwin Brothers, Inc. and American Research & Management Company, both of Marion. She was an excellent homemaker, secretary, and an avid reader. Together they enjoyed working on their property and dancing to country music.
They are both missed for their love, generosity and kindness. A private grave-side interment will be held in early September.
Children include: Donna Lee Tufts and her husband Peter of Marion; Michael G. Thompson of Mattapoisett; Deborah Olival and her husband Thomas of Fairhaven; and Nancy Morse and her partner James Savaria of Fairhaven. Grandchildren include: Bruce A. Faulkner, III of Enfield, New Hampshire; Heidi A. Faulkner of E. Freetown; and Christopher Leduc of Fairhaven. One Great-Grandson, Gavin L. Machado, of E. Freetown. "Joe" leaves a sister, Althea Lawrence of Rochester. "Tuddie" leaves a brother, Joseph "Duffy" Clapp, of Rochester.
Anyone wishing to donate in remembrance of "Tuddie" and "Joe", may make a donation to any of the following: The Plumb Library of Rochester, The Rochester Police, or the Rochester Fire Department.

Cranston Clarke "Whitey" Lynch
Aug 09, 2018

Cranston Clarke "Whitey" Lynch, 89, of New Bedford died Thursday August 9, 2018.
He was born February 26, 1929 as Edward Russell Hearson, Jr. to Edward Russell and Lois Mae (Minkler) Hearson in Newport, RI, and adopted and raised by Ms. Frances Lynch in North Kingstown, RI where he attended public school. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1947 stationed at Cuttyhunk Island, MA where he met and married Joan Grant Jenkins of Cuttyhunk and Rochester, MA.
He settled in Rochester after his Coast Guard service, where he built a home, raised his family and resided for over 40 years. He was a surveyor, employed by Samuel H. Coarse, now Tibbets Engineering. He was a drilling technician, environmental sampler and heavy equipment operator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for over thirty years working from Maine to West Virginia on several flood control, dams, missile sites, dredging projects and other capital infrastructure improvements. He had worked in almost every river and harbor along the New England coastline involved in environmental sampling long before it was fashionable.
After retirement he was more known locally as Whitey Lynch for his firewood, logging, and various equipment businesses. He was a true outdoorsman. In his early years he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and in his later years tinkering with old farm tractors, small engines and horse-trading. He loved animals and particularly his many dogs.
His is survived by his wife, Lauren Winslow Lynch of New Bedford; a brother, Brenton Lynch of Palm Harbor, FL; his four children from his first marriage, Donald C. Lynch of Cuttyhunk, Pamela G. Tripp of Acushnet, Dale C. Lynch of Cuttyhunk and South Dartmouth, and Dennis W. Lynch of Fairhaven and Marion; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are private. He will be interred at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For online condolence book, please visit

Ziedonis Skobe
Aug 05, 2018

Ziedonis Skobe, 77, of Mattapoisett, peacefully passed away at his home on August 5, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Penny Aymie, and his adored children: Andrew and his wife Catherine of New York, Kristen and her husband Joseph Ribeiro of Georgetown, Matthew Skobe of Lynn, and Rebecca Skobe of Hamilton, as well as nine grandchildren and extended family.
Dr. Skobe came here to the U.S. as a refugee from Latvia during World War II and went on to earn his Ph.D. and work as a research scientist at Forsyth Institute for over 40 years, most recently as Head, Biostructure Core Facility.
Donations can be made in memory of Ziedonis Skobe to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via
Private services will be held at a later date.

Daniel H. Ross
Aug 04, 2018

Daniel H. Ross, 67, of Rochester, died August 4, 2018 unexpectedly. He was the husband of Susan I. (McAloney) Ross and the son of the late Edwin J. Ross, Sr. and Evelyn M. (Sleightholm) Ross.
He was born in Wareham and lived in Rochester for most of his life. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School.
Mr. Ross worked for Lockheed Martin in Marion for over 25 years.
He was a member of Wankinquoah Rod and Gun Club. He enjoyed carpentry, playing and coaching softball, spending time with his family especially his grandson, family trips, fishing and old cars.
Survivors include his wife, Susan I. (McAloney) Ross; 2 daughters, Melanie Zacamy and her husband Todd of Rochester and Heather Ross of Rochester; a grandson, Liam Zacamy; a brother, Edwin J. Ross, Jr. and his wife Terry of Wareham; a sister, Maryanne Tissari and her husband Al of VA; several nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late Alan Ross, Sr.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
His funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Rochester Center Cemetery.
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