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Elizabeth Louise "Betty" Cooney
Jul 09, 2018

Elizabeth Louise "Betty" Cooney, 84, died at home in Marion, MA surrounded by the love of family and friends on July 9, 2018. She was born to the late John and Wilhelmena Donlan on June 13, 1934. Betty's generosity of spirit was powerfully felt by the people and communities she touched. She had a genius for friendship and an incandescent smile that lit up the journey of her well-lived life.
Betty grew up in Framingham and graduated from Lesley University. In 1958 she married blue-eyed Ed Cooney, the love of her life and partner in countless adventures for 58 years. Betty and Ed knew they had found a very special place when they moved to Marion in 1968. With their four children in tow, they explored every corner of Buzzards Bay with whatever sailboat Ed brought home that year until the WHITE WHALE, a 42-foot wooden Grand Banks, joined the family.
In 1973, sitting at Silvershell Beach, Betty informed her friends that she was "just going to see about a teaching job in Mattapoisett". It was a visit that defined her life as much as anything else and two generations of Center School first-graders were wrapped in her warmth, laughter and teaching guidance for 28 years.
She loved her students and all her colleagues, including fellow teachers, administrators, cafeteria and janitorial staff. At the end of each summer, she produced epicly welcoming bulletin boards designed to calm and delight anxious kids, new to school. In the winter, students learned to read while sipping hot chocolate. Her family often wondered where all the mugs had gone. Betty gave more than just her heart to teaching and she earned a Masters in Education from Lesley when she was 61.
Betty, also known as "Nana", was the world's greatest grandmother to five grandchildren she adored. Hallmark would blush at her enthusiasm for holidays and grandchildren would receive cards and presents on Flag Day. Betty never said "no" to a grandchild's request that would result in soap suds covering her kitchen floor or a project that might leave a glitter and glue legacy for months.
Betty was an active volunteer, often powerfully, in the background, in many civic organizations including the Marion Garden Club, Sippican School, Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven, Alma Del Mar Charter School, The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Beverly Yacht Club, No Dow Chow, Buzzards Bay Musicfest and Marion-Bermuda Race. It gave her great joy to sing with the Sippican Choral Society for many years.
All of these activities accomplished good for others and provided a delivery system for constant engagement and shared laughter with friends she loved. Her empathetic ear, actress-like facial expressions, sense of humor and boundless generosity and kindness combined to create the ideal friend. It was her gift and she gave it away with joy. Those same qualities created a special and enduring bond with her siblings.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ed. She is survived by her four children, Beth Cooney and her husband Rob Sargent and their children Michaela and Rory, Ted Cooney and his wife Claire and their daughter Elle, Dan Cooney and his wife Kate and their children Henry and Owen and Sarah Garabedian and her husband Mike; and her three siblings Jack, Kathy and Carol and many great nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, August 20 at 10 am at Tabor Academy's Wickenden Chapel in Marion, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Betty's memory to (the amazing) Community Nurse Home Care at 62 Center Street, PO Box 751, Fairhaven, 02719. Arrangements are with Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Peter A. Cusick
Jul 08, 2018

Peter A. Cusick, 68, of Dartmouth, died Sunday, July 8, 2018 at his home unexpectedly. He was the husband of the late Sandra (Freienbergs) Cusick.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Gerard F. and Jacqueline (Saunders) Cusick. A graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School in 1969, he previously lived in Marion and Rochester before moving to Dartmouth. He was a U.S. Army veteran and honorably discharged in 1972.
Mr. Cusick worked as a chemical processor for The Polaroid Corp. in New Bedford.
Survivors include his daughter, Laura Harris and her husband David of E. Providence, RI; his siblings, Philip P. Cusick of S. Dartmouth, Michael J. Cusick of Fairhaven, Jacqueline A. Avery, and Regina Halpern both of Kennesaw, GA, and Judith Niemi of Wareham; and his grandchildren, Josh, and Kayla Harris. He was predeceased by his daughter, the late Bonnie Lee Cusick, and his brother the late Gerard F. Cusick, Jr.
Funeral services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center of Hyannis, MA.

John Gilbride McManus
Jul 06, 2018

John Gilbride McManus, 83, of Marion, MA and Vero Beach, FL, died unexpectedly during surgery on July 6, 2018 at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. The son of the late John Francis and Helen Rose Gilbride. Gil is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Rohrbach McManus; his son, John Gilbride McManus, Jr., and his wife Melissa of Walpole; his daughter, Anne Hurlbut, and her husband Matthew of Marion; 5 grandchildren, Barbara, William, Lila, Natalie, and Teddy. Gil was born in Boston and lived in Milton, MA before moving to Marion, MA and Vero Beach, FL.
Mr. McManus graduated from Portsmouth Priory School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1952, and from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1956. While at Harvard he was a member of the A.D. Club, and he had many fond memories of his time playing freshman football and hockey there as well. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. Beginning in 1959, Gil worked for R.M. Bradley and Company, specializing in industrial and commercial real estate, land development, brokerage, and real estate counseling, and was promoted to president in 1983. He was a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and the National Association of Real Estate Boards. While at R.M. Bradley, he consulted with United Fruit, United Brands, Prudential, Gillette, and First National Bank of Boston. He was also a member of the Urban Land Institute.
A man who was well known for his dogged work ethic, Gil also knew how to have fun; he found joy in every nook and cranny of life. He had a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and he enjoyed many a round of golf at the clubs that were near and dear to his heart, especially at The Country Club, Brookline, MA, The Kittansett Club, Marion, MA, The Ekwanok Country Club, Manchester, VT, The Dorset Field Club, Dorset, VT, and The Riomar Country Club and The Moorings Club, Vero Beach, FL. Gil shared many laughs with dear friends on those greens, and he also enjoyed many years of sailing at The Beverly Yacht Club.
Gil served on the Board of Trustees at Faulkner Hospital, R.M. Bradley and Company, Inc., Noble and Greenough School, The United States Senior Golf Association, and the Board of Investment at The Merchants Cooperative Bank. At The Kittansett Club and The Riomar Country Club, Gil also served on the Board of Governors. Gil also organized the Harvard Club of Vero Beach in 2004.
Gil always enjoyed skiing, golfing, sailing, a good game of backgammon, Haribo gummy bears, and iced decaf coffee. He had a keen eye for genuine people, befriending them immediately and with great joy. Gil's booming and welcoming voice was unmistakable, and heads always turned with a smile to know that he was in a room. He was fiercely devoted to his family and friends, and was endlessly selfless in his relations with them; he thought never of himself, and always of others. Above all, Gil is remembered for his fantastic sense of humor and for his uncanny ability to make each person around him feel uniquely and undeniably special. Gil was charming, affable, funny, and ceaselessly kind; he lived his life to give to others, whether he was supporting his own mother in old age, providing a loving home and a wonderful education for his children, showering his "bride Barbara" with love, or sharing a laugh with his loyal, one-of-a-kind friends. Gil was as full of life as they come, and to say that he will be missed is one heck of an understatement.
In life and now in death, Gil was the gentlest of men, and the model of a gentleman. That sentiment has been echoed time and again by all of those who knew him in the days since his passing. The world is a little less bright without him in it, but he would encourage us all to keep smiling and to compensate for the darkness. Keep a twinkle in your eye in his honor, and make the world a better place with kindness, positivity, and oh so much laughter. To borrow one of his common phrases about others, Gil McManus was "one of the great ones."
There will be a memorial service for Gil on Monday, August 13th at 11:00 am at Saint Gabriel's Church in Marion, MA with a reception to follow at The Kittansett Club in Marion.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation, if you desire, to St. Gabriel's Church, P.O. Box 545, Marion, MA 02738 or to Brigham and Women's Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.
Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For more info and online guestbook, visit:

George B. Bassett, Sr.
Jun 30, 2018

George B. Bassett, Sr., 73, of Marion, died Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham unexpectedly. He was the husband of Janice L. (Valle) Bassett. They were married for 54 years.
Born in Acushnet, he was the son of the late Arthur E. and Florence H. (Bumpus) Bassett. George worked as a driver and installer for Sea Gas of Mattapoisett for 45 years.
He loved his family, gambling at Foxwoods, working in his yard, and listening to music of all types.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Bassett of Marion; his children, George Bassett and his wife Joann of Lakeville, and Mary Melanson and her husband Scott of W. Wareham; his brother, Arthur Bassett of W. Wareham; his grandchildren, Glenn Bassett, Dean Bassett, and Kassandra Noble; his great grandchildren, Mason Noble, Logan Lovasco, Gavin Bassett, Jayden Bassett, and Kalianna Lovasco. He was predeceased by his brother, the late Robert Bassett
A celebration of his life will be held on Sat., Sept. 22, 2018 at The Century House, 107 S. Main St., Acushnet from 11:30 AM to 4 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Alice G. (Markey) Callaghan
Jun 29, 2018

Alice G. (Markey) Callaghan, 74, of Middleboro died June 29, 2018 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness.
She was the wife of the late John "Pat" Callaghan.
Born and raised in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Stephen A. and Elizabeth M. (Allen) Markey, she lived in Mattapoisett and Lakeville before moving to Middleboro in 2017.
As the seventh of eight children, Alice cherished the memories of growing up on Bullock Street with her siblings and cousins.
At Holy Family High School, she met and eventually married her sweetheart, Pat Callaghan.
Their daughter, Erin, was the light of their lives, and their house was a second home to many of Erin's friends. When Erin married John, she happily gained a handsome son, and with grandchildren, Alice soon became everyone's "Nini". Kara, Libby and Declan brought Alice more joy than she had ever thought possible, and made the sparkle in her eye all the brighter.
Alice was a devoted educator in the New Bedford Schools, caring for the students' basic needs, but always with an emphasis on making each child feel special.
Alice was very close to her family and enjoyed many dear friendships in her life. She will be sorely missed by many.
Survivors include her daughter, Erin Cronin and her husband John of Raynham; 3 grandchildren, Kara, Elizabeth and Declan; her brother John "Jack" Markey and his wife Carol of Dartmouth; 4 sisters, Ann Barlow, Ellen Kelly, Elizabeth Shaughnessy and her husband Bill, and Mary Longo and her husband Mike, all of New Bedford, her sister-in-law Mary Markey of Laurel, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Kara Callaghan, the sister of the late Stephen Markey, Jr. and Winifred Winslow, and sister in-law of the late Raymond Barlow and Edward Kelly.
Her Funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd at 8:45 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday, July 2nd from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Women & Infants Neonatal Unit 101 Dudley St. Providence, RI 02905 in memory of their late daughter Kara Callaghan or to Hasbro Children's Hospital, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903 in memory of Dominic Longo.

Florence R. (Dexter) Vossahlik
Jun 28, 2018

Florence R. (Dexter) Vossahlik, 78, of Mattapoisett died June 28, 2018 peacefully at Forestview Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Mattapoisett, the daughter of the late Chester and Beatrice (Vossahlik) Dexter, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
She was formerly employed as a hairdresser.
Ms. Vossahlik was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, Kinyon-Campbell Business School, IBM School and LaBaron Hair Academy.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, drawing and playing cribbage.
Survivors include 3 sons, David Rogers of Onset, Robert Rogers of Mattapoisett and Michael Rogers and his wife Pamela of Plymouth; a daughter, Diane Merlo of Mattapoisett; a brother, John Dexter of Marstons Mills; 3 sisters, Janice Southworth and Diane Baron, both of Fairhaven and Janet Raymond of Marion; 11 grandchildren, Jeffrey Rogers, Christopher Rogers, Zachary Rogers, Victoria Rogers, Nathan Rogers, Katherine Rogers, Allison Rogers, Megan Merlo, Kelly Merlo, Matthew Merlo and Kristopher Merlo; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Patricia Tapper, Calvin Dexter, Shirley Houck, Daniel Dexter, Susan Fink and Chester Dexter, Jr.
Her visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 10th from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of one's choice. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Yvonne Margarite (Beadsworth) Jackson
Jun 28, 2018

Yvonne Margarite (Beadsworth) Jackson, 83, of Marion, Massachusetts, passed away on June 28th in Glastonbury, Connecticut surrounded by family after a difficult battle with cancer. Yvonne was married to Richard Hills Jackson for 61 years. Yvonne was born August 10, 1934 in Calcutta India during the British Raj. Her parents, also born in India. Her father was a Captain in the British Army and her mother was a schoolteacher. Yvonne and her sisters Anita, Jean and Pat moved often in India through her father's army assignments and had exciting adventures including tiger hunting, Indian monsoons, owning a pet monkey and other escapades. Yvonne was very close with her sisters. One of Yvonne's most favorite parts of her history was her teacher and later principal at Saint Mary's High School for Girls, Sister Teresa (later known as Mother Teresa). She grew up in Calcutta and became a stewardess with India Airlines where she met Richard Jackson through a blind date while he was in the Navy. Yvonne and Richard corresponded for two years until Richard proposed marriage via letter. Yvonne and Richard were married in 1957 on the US Navy Base in Yokosuka, Japan. They briefly lived on the Navy base in Sacramento, California before moving to Marion Massachusetts. Yvonne (and Richard) was a prominent member of the community, actively involved in many charities and clubs. She was one of the founding members of Marion's first consignment store, Penny Pincher's Exchange, which donated over $500,000 to the First Congregational Church of Marion. Yvonne was active with the Tobey Hospital Guild, Marion Women's Club, Marion Mothers' Club, Wareham Garden Club, Marion's Council for Aging and First Congregational Church of Marion (holding the longest chair position of the White Elephant Table).
Yvonne and Richard's passion for travel brought them to all corners of the world including Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Europe and Antarctica. Yvonne was always looking forward to the next trip. Yvonne is survived by her three sisters Anita (Beadsworth) Gifford of Alicante, Spain, Jean (Beadsworth) Osborne of Barry, Wales and Patricia (Beadsworth) Bean of Bath, England, her daughters Jo Ann Watson and her husband Douglas Watson of Marion, Karen Jackson Milne and her husband Robert Milne of Sudbury, Massachusetts and Amy Jackson-Grove and her husband Wesley (Chopper) Grove of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Also surviving are her five loving grandchildren Alex Boonstra, Jackson Boonstra, Sonia Boonstra, Lucas Grove, Sarah Grove and a Brazilian Exchange student/son Cesar Zimmer.
A service to celebrate Yvonne's life will be on August 10, 2018 at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion, MA at 10am, reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Penny Pinchers Exchange, Inc. 3 Wells Rd, Marion, MA 02738.

Loide E. (Franco) Souza
Jun 27, 2018

Loide E. (Franco) Souza, 86, of Rochester died June 27, 2018 peacefully at Brookdale Dartmouth Village.
She was the wife of the late George Souza.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Manuel and Cecilia (Tavares) Franco, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester.
Mrs. Souza was formerly employed as a bookkeeper at the Country Club of New Bedford for many years until her retirement.
She spent her early years playing golf and traveling with her husband and lifelong friends. Her most treasured trip was her visit to Madeira to see her families village. She was also an avid crafter who enjoyed sewing outfits for her children and grandchildren, especially for the holidays. She crafted dolls, stuffed animals, ornaments and spent many hours quilting and needlepointing special projects she would gift to her family.
Survivors include her 2 daughters, Ruth Aubertine and her husband John of New Bedford and Loide Wotton and her husband Melvin of Rochester; a sister-in-law, Sarah Epley of Colorado; 6 grandchildren, Kelly Horan, Jillian Silva, Justin Wotton, Jenelle Wotton, Jaime Wotton and Melissa Wotton; 9 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Sydney and Sarah Horan, Cayden and Cole Silva, Lillian Wotton, Jonathan Farina, Kayleigh and Zackary Wotton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late George Tavares Franco.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 30th at 10:30 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Her family will receive guests from 9:30 - 10:30 AM prior to her service. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Peter F. Rose
Jun 25, 2018

Peter F. Rose, 78, of Marion, died June 25, 2018 at home. He was the husband of Judith "Judy" (Barros) Rose. He was born in Wareham and lived in Marion for the rest of his life. He was the son of the late Frank and Matilda (Pires) Rose.
He attended the Sippican School.
Mr. Rose worked for the Laborer's Union, Local 385 for 23 years and later for Local 4 for 26 years before retiring.
He was a member of the Marion Social Club since 1981.
He loved Foxwoods, golf, swimming, scratch tickets, being with family and friends and watching the NE Patriot's games.
Survivors include his widow, Judith "Judy" (Barros) Rose; 3 sons, Peter Rose and his wife Sherry of New Bedford, Brian Rose and his girlfriend, Judith Rosa of RI and Bruce Rose and his wife Shannon of Wareham; a brother, Robert Rose, and his wife Melody of New Bedford; 5 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by 3 sisters, Marcia Monteiro, Patricia Gomes and Elizabeth Gilbert and 3 brothers, Wayne Rose, David Rose and Ronald Rose.
His funeral will be held at 9:00 am on Friday, June 29, 2018 from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.
Visiting hours are from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

Rodman E. Taylor Sr.
Jun 24, 2018

Rodman E. Taylor Sr., 87, of Marion, MA. died peacefully on June 24, 2018. "Rod" was the husband of the late Marguerite Theresa Taylor. Born in New Bedford on April 17, 1931, he was the son of the late Clayton and Florence Taylor.
Rod served in the U.S. Army as a Master Sargent after graduating high school. By trade, Rod was a professional meat cutter from 1949-1997 and was employed at A&P and then the Marion General store. He then started a new career in shellfish aquaculture and became General Manager at Taylor Cultured Seafood in Fairhaven from 1997-2016. During the 1960's he served proudly as a volunteer fireman at the Dartmouth Fire Department, District 3. Rod was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Marion where he served on many boards and committees including the Board of Deacons. He was the former Church President and Treasurer of the original Penny Pinchers associated with the church.
Rod was a Master Mason and Brother of the Abraham H Howland Jr. Lodge in New Bedford and served on the New Bedford Council of Royal and Select Master Masons, and the Sutton Commandry #16.
Rod was a unique man, known for his sense of humor and positive presence in the lives he touched and will be missed immensely by all, especially his loving family.
He was predeceased by his beloved first daughter, Valerie A. Taylor, and is survived by his children; Rodman E. Taylor Jr, Clayton Taylor, Deborah McCann, Susan Taylor and his stepchildren Stephen Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Ellen LaChance, Patricia Taylor; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; his brother Alden Taylor and his sister Lois Ainsley.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 7th at the First Congregational Church of Marion, MA. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering with refreshments immediately after the service in the Church Community Center behind the Marion General Store. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter, 685 Canton St., Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062.

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