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DEATH
Wayne Oliviera
Jul 31, 2017

Wayne Oliviera, 71 years, passed peacefully on his own terms at home in Mattapoisett on Monday July 31, 2017, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. For 46 years he was the beloved husband of Ainse C. (Shuler) Oliviera and a devoted father to his children.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1945 in New Bedford, MA to the late Dorothy E. (DaCosta) Oliviera and Manuel C. Oliviera. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Burdett College in Boston with an Associates Degree in Business and Marketing. He joined the National Guard and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged.
Wayne and the late Charles Briggs founded the hockey program at Old Rochester Regional. Wayne played hockey at Burdett College and tried out for the Rhode Island Reds.
Wayne taught physical education in the Tri-Town area. He then began his career in marine sales. He later became a marine representative with Carswell Associates. When William Carswell retired, Wayne became the owner and worked independently until 1991 when CGW was established. Wayne enjoyed all aspects of the marine industry.
He served his community as a member and Past President of the Mattapoisett Lions Club.
Wayne loved living near the water and especially being on the water on his boat Eggzactly. He was loved by many in all aspects of his life.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife Ainse, his children Bethany A. Oliviera and James W. Oliviera, his favorite daughter-in-law Samantha (Sylvia) Oliviera, his sister Carol A. Regan, several aunts and uncles, several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews in Massachusetts and Minnesota.
"This is a celebration." - Wayne Oliviera
Visiting hours will be held on Friday August 11, 2017 from 4-8 pm at Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 10 am at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be sent to Dana Farber Institute/ Pancreatic Cancer Research - 110 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02245. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Edwin Thomas "Ted" Harrison
Jul 25, 2017

Edwin Thomas "Ted" Harrison, 87, of Marion, formerly of Plymouth, and originally of Roehampton, London, UK passed away on Tuesday July 25, 2017.
Born in 1930 in the UK, Ted served in the RAF in the late 1940's. He immigrated to the US in 1968. Ted enjoyed organic gardening and photography in his younger years. A mechanical draftsman by trade, he also mastered and taught computer aided design. He was happiest when teaching young adults, at ITT Technical Institute in Boston (in the early 1970's); and later as an instructor to inmates in the Georgia and Massachusetts State Prison Systems. He enjoyed deeply contemplating the meaning of life, Buddhism, and the teachings of Jesus.
Ted was the caring husband to Diane, loving father to Nicola "Nicky" Moulton of Tallahassee, FL and Sarah Harrison Smongeski and her husband Joseph G. of Shrewsbury, MA, and grandfather to Jeremy Moulton of Havana, FL and his wife Rachael and daughter Lillian; Adam Moulton of West Palm Beach, FL and his wife Marri, and his son Khani Moulton of Tallahassee; and Edward Joseph "Teddy" Smongeski of Cambridge, MA and his partner Mary Rocheleau.
He is also survived by his brother Stanley of Hertfordshire, UK and his wife Margaret; and sisters Marian Rickard-Worth of New Zealand; and Eileen Philipoo of Cyprus; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved cats Lucy and Malcolm.
He was predeceased by his sister Mary Saiche of Surrey, UK and brother Robert Harrison of Roehampton, London, UK.
His Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front St., Marion, MA on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11 am. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Matthew Craig Sherman
Jul 24, 2017

On Monday July 24th 2017, Matthew Craig Sherman, 39, departed this world for the next. Matthew was a much loved son, brother, and friend.
Matthew grew up in Rochester, MA and was an excellent student and talented athlete, going on to play football at UNH, where he studied groundwater hydrology.
He later pursued building as a vocation and was truly a craftsman, who tried to balance being a successful contractor with "being able to sleep at night", as he often said. Selflessness and kindness were integral parts of who Matthew was; he was guided by a strong sense of what was right and an ever- deepening sensitivity and empathy for others. He quietly gave monthly to St. Jude's and UNICEF, bought for several under-privileged families at Christmas through his church's giving tree, and always over-tipped. His generosity showed itself at holidays and birthdays as well, displaying a child-like glee in giving his loved ones the perfect gift. He was a voracious reader, ardent animal lover, and overall renaissance man, whose interests and talents were widespread. Matt crafted furniture by hand, practiced yoga and jujitsu, and gave excellent advice. He was more introspective than most; spiritual and thoughtful. Matthew was part of a tight-knit family, who loved him deeply, and he in kind.
He leaves behind his parents, Craig and Christina Sherman of Wareham, his brother Adam Sherman of Wareham, his sister Ali Sherman Donovan of Rochester, and brother in-law Timothy Donovan of Rochester, as well as a large extended family, and many friends.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, August 1st at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Spondylitis Association of America, 16360 Roscoe Blvd #100 Van Nuys, CA 91406.

DEATH
Michael R. Horsley
Jul 24, 2017

Michael R. Horsley, 62, of Mattapoisett passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 in St. Luke's Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Linda Nunes.
Born in Fairhaven, son of Lillian (Fleurent) Horsley and the late Robert E. Horsley of Fairhaven he was a lifelong area resident.
Mike was a tuna fisherman but took pleasure in all types of shellfishing. He was also a skilled woodworker and enjoyed gardening.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a loving and devoted son, Corey Horsley and his wife Alexis of Mattapoisett; a sister, Susan Morris and her husband Daniel; a brother, Steven Horsley and his wife Wendy all of Fairhaven; and several nieces and nephews.
His private services are under the care of Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd. New Bedford. www.rock-funeralhome.com for online tribute.

DEATH
Donald Dickerson
Jul 24, 2017

Donald Dickerson, 92, of Marion died July 24, 2017 peacefully at Hathaway Manor Extended Care Facility.
He was the husband of the late Helen N. (Norberg) Dickerson with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.
Born in Cranston, RI, he was raised in Warren, RI before moving to Marion in 1954.
Mr. Dickerson was formerly employed by Beech Nut Baby Foods, as a police officer for the Town of Marion before working 26 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Marion until his retirement.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Marion where he served as a deacon for over 50 years.
Mr. Dickerson was a decorated World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was an infantry scout serving in the 43rd infantry, 169th Division also known as the "Winged Division." He spent 33 months in the service with 17 of those months in actual combat in the Pacific Campaign, most notably New Guinea, the invasion of the Philippines and occupancy of Japan. As a result of his valiant effort and contribution to his country while serving as an infantry scout he was awarded with numerous decorations and citations, including; Combat Infantryman Badge, 2 Bronze Stars, The Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Victory Medal, Sharpshooter and Marksman recognition among other acknowledgments. Despite all that he had witnessed, he seldom spoke of his time served and when asked he would simply respond "war is the most terrible thing created by man and that somethings in life are meant not to be shared."
He was a member and the longest serving member of the Washington Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Warren, RI for nearly 70 years and a lifetime member of the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 in Marion for over 50 years. Mr. Dickerson served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He served as Athletic Director in the Town of Marion and was a huge advocate for downplaying parental over-involvement and instead allow all kids to play, learn and above all enjoy. Mr. Dickerson coached many Little League and Babe Ruth teams in Marion and did so even when he did not have any children of his own participating. He played competitive hardball himself, well into his 40's.
Survivors include his daughter, Bette-Jean Black and her husband Allen of Wakefield, RI; his 2 sons, Jeffrey Dickerson and Jonathan "Jody" Dickerson, both of Marion; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
He was the father of the late Eric Dickerson.
His Graveside Service was held on Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery. Visiting hours were omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Eric Dickerson, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Carol A. (Burke) Connolly
Jul 23, 2017

Carol A. (Burke) Connolly, 78, of Mattapoisett died July 23, 2017 at Sippican Health Care Center after a long illness.
She was the wife of Paul J. Connolly.
Born in Arlington, MA, the daughter of the late Wallace H. and Helen (McQuiggan) Burke, she was raised in Belmont and lived in Mattapoisett for over 35 years.
She was formerly employed as a physical therapist for many years until retirement.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Sean Connolly of Wareham; a daughter, Robin Connolly and her husband Kevin Kearns of Natick, MA; a sister, Patricia Baker of Scituate, MA; and a niece, Lauren Baker of Scituate.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Carol A. (Burke) Connolly
Jul 23, 2017

Carol A. (Burke) Connolly, 78, of Mattapoisett died July 23, 2017 at Sippican Health Care Center after a long illness.
She was the wife of Paul J. Connolly.
Born in Arlington, MA, the daughter of the late Wallace H. and Helen (McQuiggan) Burke, she was raised in Belmont and lived in Mattapoisett for over 35 years. She wintered in Venice, FL.
She was formerly employed as a physical therapist for many years until retirement.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Sean Connolly of Wareham; a daughter, Robin Connolly and her husband Kevin Kearns of Natick, MA; a sister, Patricia Baker of Scituate, MA; and a niece, Lauren Baker of Scituate; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Connolly of Waltham; a niece, Sharon Connolly and 3 nephews, Bill Connolly, John Connolly and James Connolly.
She was the grandmother of the late Adam C. Connolly.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Leo A. Surprenant
Jul 22, 2017

Leo A. Surprenant, age 93, of Fairhaven, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the husband of Theresa (Durand) Surprenant with whom he shared 67 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Jean and Irene (Roy) Surprenant, he had resided in California for several years before moving back to Fairhaven.
Mr. Surprenant served in the United States Army during World War II.
He had worked as a shipper for the Campbell Chain Company while in California.
Leo was a member of Damien Council #4190 Knights of Columbus in Mattapoisett and the Bishop Cassidy General Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a brother, Rene Surprenant of New Bedford and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Theresa Ponte, Lillian Turner and Raymond Surprenant.
Private services are in the care of Waring-Sullivan at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. For online tributes: www.waring-sullivan.com

DEATH
Robert L. Parker
Jul 21, 2017

Robert L. Parker, 76, of Fairhaven died July 21, 2017 peacefully at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving and devoted family.
He was the beloved husband of Donna R. (Pedro) Parker.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Milton N. and Yvonne J. (Jaillet) Parker, he was raised in Acushnet and lived in New Bedford, Mattapoisett and Dartmouth before moving to Fairhaven.
Mr. Parker began his teaching career at Ashley Elementary School in New Bedford and later taught 8th grade math at Keith Junior High School for 37 years until retirement. In retirement, he was passionate about New Bedford's SeaLab where he taught for the past 12 summers.
He coached JV baseball and varsity boy's soccer at New Bedford High School and he was instrumental in the formation of the girls soccer program. He was an active member of the New Bedford High School Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Mr. Parker was a commercial lobsterman during the summers from 1974 to 1991.
He enjoyed teaching, travel and watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Mr. Parker was a devoted family man who enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed the music of the fifties and sixties, particularly his idol Elvis Presley.
Survivors include his wife; 2 sons, Daniel Parker and his wife Karin and Christopher Parker, all of Mattapoisett; a step-daughter, Lindsey Pickering and her husband Aaron of Stoughton; a brother, Donald Parker of Middletown, RI; 4 grandchildren, Marisa Parker, Hunter Parker, Alexis Parker and Noah Pickering; and several nieces and nephews.
His visiting hours were held on Monday with a prayer service following in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Robert L. Parker Scholarship c/o New Bedford Sea Lab Program, c/o Erin Finnegan 71 Portland St., New Bedford, MA 02744. For guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Donald J. Torres
Jul 21, 2017

Donald J. Torres, 80 passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 in the home he loved on the Weweantic River, with his wife at his side, Ora Mae Torres.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Sofia and Jacinto Torres, he was the first in his family to attain a college education.
He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree. He continued his education and graduated with a Master's Degree in Education from Bridgewater State College and then went on to Carnegie Mellon to receive a Masters of Arts in History.
Mr. Torres became an educator in New Bedford and Freetown school system where he taught at both the Middle and High School level. Mr. Torres then went on to become the State Director of Title III which dealt with innovative programming in the school systems.
Ever passionate about education, Mr. Torres was not only a student and teacher, but also an advocate. Mr. Torres became an activist for education at a national level where he was appointed the Federal Liaison at the Council of Chief State School Offices. He campaigned tirelessly on behalf of gender equality in schools and was an integral part of the passing of Title IX, a portion of the United States Education Amendments in 1972. The Amendment mandated schools receiving federally funded programs could not discriminate or exclude a person based on their sex. Title IX is best known for ensuring equality in sports, but also applies to any federally funded activities in school. The passage of that legislation is Mr. Torres proudest achievement.
Upon his return to Massachusetts, Mr. Torres directed his energies as a Program Director of various grant projects throughout the Commonwealth. Mr. Torres was also very active on several local committees in Marion, including the Sewer Expansion Committee. He was most gratified with his work as Chairman of The Mattapoisett River Valley Water District Commission where he served as Chairman and dedicated many years of service to both the MRV Planning Committee and the MRV Water District Commission.
Mr. Torres is survived by his wife, Ora Mae Torres, daughter, Donna M. Torres, brother-in-laws, Henry and Mark DeJesus, nieces Joan DeJesus, Sarah DeJesus, Karen Medeiros, and great nieces, Olivia and Ruby Medeiros and several cousins in the local community. He is also survived by his best friend of 50 years, Charles "Chuck" Hostetler of Pennsylvania.
"Don" will be missed for his acerbic wit and dramatic personality. If one were to ever meet Don, they would never forget him, thus was the impression he would make.
A Celebration of Life reception will be held on September 30, 2017 from 2-4 pm at his home, 21 Dexter Rd. in Marion. We welcome your presence in remembering Don.

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