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Robert John Ball
Mar 08, 2018

Robert John Ball, age 62, of Mattapoisett MA passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home on March 8, 2018.
He was husband of 26 years to Faith (Jenney) Ball, and loved father to Catherine and Samantha Ball. Bob was also a beloved son of Washington family, Marilyn Ball and the late DuWayne Ball, and brother to Susan Webster. He also leaves his brothers Dave Ball of Arizona, and Michael Ball of California. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews along with countless friends.
Bob was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana but moved around the world due to his father being in the Air Force. This constituted his adventurous side, that he carried with him throughout his life. He resided in all corners of the world, such as, California, Washington, Iran, Alaska, and Germany before finally settling down with his love, Faith, in her favorite town of Mattapoisett for the last fifteen years of his life. He had finally found his forever home in Mattapoisett. Bob appreciated both the warm summers under the tent at the beach house, contrasted by the quiet, peaceful winters. No matter the season, he loved life in Mattapoisett.
Bob enjoyed a successful career as a manufacturing engineer working on numerous airplanes for Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Once his two girls were born, he willingly gave up his career in order to be home with them. There was no job Bob loved more than being a stay at home dad for his girls and cherished that time tremendously. Bob excelled at golf, skiing and playing with his dogs, but above all he enjoyed being with his family. Bob was a tremendous father and husband who loved and supported his wife and girls unconditionally. His whole world revolved around his girls being happy, and would do anything for the good of his family. Bob will be remembered by his kind smile, amazing sense of humor that could make anyone laugh, and an adventurous spirit that lives on through his wife and girls. His proudest achievement was his daughters and his family.
Bob believed in focusing his precious down time on things that matter most. This philosophy was summed up by the quote "Make a memory" which the family used repeatedly when making weekend decisions. He would want those he loves to live by those simple words as we go forward through life because tomorrow is never promised...
His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at 12 noon at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, with visitation prior from 10 am - 12 noon. Burial will be in Cushing Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to the Air Force Aid Society ( or St. Jude Children's Hospital ( 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Phyllis J. Davis
Mar 08, 2018

Phyllis J. Davis, 84, of Nokomis, FL, formerly of Marion, MA died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Venice Bayfront Regional Health Center in Venice. She was the beloved wife of Everett M. Davis.
Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Xenia (Lapata) Gretchenuk. A graduate of Katherine Gibbs School, she worked for many years with her husband in his accounting practice.
She was active in community affairs, particularly Cub Scouts, Little League, and was a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Sippican Historical Society, Sippican Women's Club, and was a founding member and director of the cancer support group, Strength for Tomorrow. Mrs. Davis was also a charter member of the Mass. CPA wives club and founded the U.S. Flag Company. She took great joy in decorating various cities and towns in cooperation with veteran's group with patriotic flags and banners. She particularly enjoyed flying the largest U.S. flag in her collection at Island Wharf in Marion during the start of the biennial Marion to Bermuda race.
She is survived by her husband, Everett M. Davis; two sons, Scott B. Davis and his wife Lynn of Charlotte, NC, and Douglas A. Davis and his wife Florence Levine of Bowen Island, British Columbia; her grandchildren, Robert and Lila of Brooklyn, NY and Sarah and Grant of Mint Hill, NC, and Fineen and Maitheas of Bowen Island, British Columbia, her great-grandchildren, Riley and Everett along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Sonia, Peter, Andrew, John, Patricia, Helen, Michael, Bob, and Mary.
Relatives and friends were invited to visit at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham on Tues., Mar. 13, 2018. Graveside services at Old Landing Cemetery in Marion were private.
Donations in her memory may be made to First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738.

Fletcher Clark III
Mar 06, 2018

Fletcher Clark III died on March 6, 2018, at UMSMC at Dorchester, in Cambridge, Maryland. He was born in Middleboro, MA on July 5,1923 and was the son of the late Marguerite and Fletcher Clark, Jr.
He was the valedictorian from Middleboro High School class of 1941 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering. Between his two degrees he served in the US Navy, Seabees, in the Pacific Theater.
In 1946 he married Frederica Whetton and moved to several locations for his work with Turner Construction Co., N.Y.C. In 1966 he moved with his family to Hong Kong for eight years as Superintendent with Mei Foo Sun Chuen. The company built an enormous complex for 80,000 people in Hong Kong involving apartments, schools, subways, and markets all of which filled a void for middle class residents of the city.
After the death of his first wife he married Helen Blair Stevens and lived in Cincinnati, OH.
He is survived by daughter, Elisabeth (Lissa) and Brian Barnes of Cambridge, MD, and grandchildren, James Barnes ( Sarah ) of Dallas, TX, Dr. Nicholas Barnes ( Dr. Heather ), daughter, Hannah of Sheboygan,WI, and Matthew Barnes ( Kelly ) children Alaina and William Alden of Wilmington, DE.
He leaves siblings Margaret (Harold) Atkins of Middleboro, MA , Edward E. Clark ( Alicia ) of Pasadena, CA, and Charles B. Clark ( Alice ) of Jacksonville, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 3 pm at the Nemasket Hill Cemetery, Middleboro, MA. Fletcher was 11th generation from John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower in 1620. Fletcher spent the last eight years in Cambridge, MD near his son-in-law and daughter.

Ellen Christian Keogh
Mar 06, 2018

Ellen Christian Keogh, 73, of Marion passed away on Tuesday, March 6 of a cardiac event in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI.
Ellen was born in Falmouth, MA in 1945. She married her husband, Joseph Patrick Keogh, in 1974 and moved to Marion, MA in 1979 where they raised two boys, Sean and Timothy.
Ellen graduated from Mass General School of Nursing and taught nursing at Children's Hospital in Boston. She went on to get her Masters Degree in Nursing at University of Colorado in Denver. She joined UMass Dartmouth's College of Nursing faculty in 1975, teaching a course on nursing care of children and provided clinical supervision in pediatrics at St. Luke's. She served as department chair before being appointed director of the University's Academic Advising Center. She was awarded the Yvonne Sandstone Award for her commitment to the success and retention of first year students.
In her retirement, Ellen continued to support the community, volunteering at the SMILE program, the Memory Cafe, Marion Visiting Nurses Association and Marion's Council on Aging. She also served as unofficial health care proxy for her family and many friends.
In her free time, Ellen also kept busy, traveling and sailing with her husband and playing tennis with friends. She had recently taken up pickleball - a game she boldly declared to be "the sport of the future." She enjoyed gardening both at home and in her children's yards. In her quieter moments, Ellen loved watching the hummingbirds in her garden, reading her book club books, and texting with her granddaughter.
Ellen is survived by her husband, Joseph; her children, Sean and Tim; her grandchildren, Cecelia, Martin, and Olive; her brother, John Christian; her beloved cousins; and the countless friends that she considered family.
Services will be held at St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, MA at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 16th. Light refreshments will be served in the parish hall following. In lieu of flowers, it was Ellen's wish that donations be sent to the Woods Hole Library.

Eunice C. (Mullen) Manduca
Mar 04, 2018

Eunice C. (Mullen) 'Rosie the Riveter' Manduca: January 22, 1924 - March 4, 2018. The following is an excerpt from a piece Eunice wrote on her 80th birthday for the 'Rosie the Riveter' exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
"As a graduate of Boston Girl's High in 1942, I planned to enter Nursing School at Boston's Mass General Hospital, but when a recruiter addressed our class and emphasized the urgent need for defense workers to help in the war effort my plan changed. Instead I took the Civil Service Exam and was assigned to the Watertown Arsenal as a machine operator and then to the Navy Yard in Charlestown.
I had never seen an overhead crane before I arrived at the Arsenal and quickly became fascinated by the monsters which were used to move enormous gun barrels from one huge lathe to another or to trucks for transport to other buildings. The crane was a doubled steel beam that spanned the entire shop area and ran on railroad tracks at a height of 40 feet for the entire length of the building (about 2000 feet). To get to the cab I had to climb a straight steel ladder on the side of one of the support beams and then climb over a couple of steel girders to get to the ladder that went down into the cab. At the age of 18 years it was exciting! At my present age of 80, it would be terrifying!
As with any job that may involve life-threatening decisions, it's very important that the crane operator and rigger work well together. The rigger is the worker on the floor who connects with cables and ropes, any heavy pieces so they can be safely moved. Because of the noise level at the Navy Yard my rigger and I developed a system of hand signals and became an outstanding team. After working together for six months, my favorite rigger, Salvatore Manduca, was called into the Navy. We waited until the war was over to get married on August 30, 1945.
As servicemen returned from the war, women were happy to return to their traditional jobs of raising children, but were always proud of their 'Rosie the Riveter" days. My nursing career kept getting postponed as seven babies arrived.
All who took part in the 'Rosie the Riveter' jobs in the 1940's certainly demonstrated the ability of females to successfully step into positions that were previously thought to require male brawn. I like to think that the dedication and enthusiasm that we brought to the work at that time was the beginning of female emancipation. Today, 65 years later, no one is surprised that many women are capable of handling a full time job - from a factory worker to a major business executive, to a nurse, and still be a capable and loving mother, cook and housekeeper."
Eunice was an avid sailor and horsewoman. Some of her activities included: School committee/Upper Cape Tech, League of Women Voters, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Habitat for Humanity, Sippican Women's Club and Tobey Hospital Volunteers. In 2002 she was "Marion Woman of the Year."
In lieu of flowers, may we suggest donations to the Rosie the Riveter Trust or Alzheimer's Association at 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.
Her visiting hours will be held on Saturday April 7th from 9-11:30 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Charles V. Forbes DeMailly III
Mar 02, 2018

Charles V. Forbes DeMailly III passed away from his life on earth, after a long illness, on March 2, 2018 at his home in Mattapoisett.
Chad, as he was known, was born in New Bedford, the son of Charles V. Forbes DeMailly Jr. and Judith (Russell) DeMailly. Besides his parents, Chad leaves behind a brother, Russell, and his life partner, Natalie Harris; a daughter Myranda of Chattanooga, TN; a son James of Mattapoisett, and aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.
He was a 1984 graduate of Bishop Stang High School and a 1985 graduate of New Hampton Prep. He attended Northeastern University.
In his early working life he worked in the restaurant business. Later, he discovered his love of commercial fishing because of his love of the ocean. No matter the weather, he found peace in being on the ocean. It was his church.
If you so choose, remembrances may be made to The Mattapoisett Police Brotherhood, 64 County Road, Mattapoisett 02739 in Chad's name. This organization gives back to the Town in many ways that are not known by the general population.
Arrangements were private and were handled by The Wilson Chapel.

Michael Jolliffe
Mar 01, 2018

Michael Jolliffe died peacefully March 1. He was 81. Born in Scotland, June 19, 1936, he grew up in England and graduated with honors in engineering from Imperial College, London.
Early in his career when he worked for Ove Arup on the engineering design for the Sydney Opera House, he invented the single span pre-stressed concrete beams that allowed long open expanses with no need for support columns.
Michael moved to the USA in 1957. He joined Zaldastani Associates, Consulting Engineers, in Boston, later becoming President. Through the years Michael worked both in the Middle East and nationally. In the 1960s he was the structural engineer for the control tower and central parking at Logan Airport, and the renovation of Harvard Stadium. Notable other work included air rights projects at Copley Place, the Hancock Garage over the turnpike, and Back Bay station, allowing for the creation of a park over the Orange Line that knits together the Back Bay and the South End.
In retirement, Michael served on the board of Wheelock College and the New Bedford Art Museum. Michael and his wife Ruth designed and built an innovative and energy-efficient titanium-clad house, including the gardens surrounding it, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Together they wrote a book Bluefish, How to Build a Wonderful House.
In addition to his wife Ruth, Michael is survived by his three sons; Hylton, his wife Mimi, and their children, Zoe and Rye, of Jamaica Plain, MA; Oliver, his wife Camilla, of Los Angeles, CA; and Reeve; his step-children, Jeremy Evans, his wife Jennifer and their two sons, Bennett and Fitch of Hampstead, NH, and Amanda Bircher, her husband Jeremy, of Wyoming. He is also survived by first wife Sarah, his sister Destine, of Woodbridge, England, and his brother Terence, his wife Nora, of Loupiac, France and their two children, and a niece and nephew and two great-nephews.
A funeral service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 County Street, New Bedford, Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Church Restoration Fund, 133 School Street, New Bedford, 02742 and The Alzheimer's Association, Attn: Team Brave Hearts, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Mary Ellen Rickard
Feb 27, 2018

Mary Ellen Rickard, age 72, of Rochester, MA died February 27, 2018 at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescence home after a lengthy battle with early onset dementia. She was the wife of Peter H. Rickard.
Born and raised in Brockton, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary C. (Brennan) Joyce, she lived in North Attleboro, MA for 28 years, raising her two daughters there. She is survived by her daughter Nicole C. Rickard, DVM and her husband David Lempert of Marion, MA and Bridget A. Foley and her husband Thomas P. Foley IV of Braintree MA. She was a proud Nana to her 3 grandchildren, Shanley Lempert, Callum Lempert and Patricia Foley. She was the sister of the late Michael Joyce, Thomas Joyce and Neil Joyce. Mary Ellen was also close with her extended family including her cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary Ellen was a caring and kind person. She loved her family and her beloved pets. She loved to golf and garden. She was an adept crafter, creating beautiful jewelry and sewing and knitting. Mary Ellen taught Physical Education at Southeastern Regional Vocational School, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Vocational School, and spent many years as an elementary PE teacher at the Roosevelt Avenue School in North Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dr. Dickerson's Dementia Research Program in the Massachusetts General Hospital Frontotemporal Disorders Unit. Your generous gifts support the clinical care and research efforts for individuals living with early onset dementias.
Donations may be made online at They may also be sent by mail to the MGH Frontotemporal Disorders Unit. Attn: Raseeka Premchander, 149 13th Street, Suite 2691, Charlestown, MA 02129. Checks payable to "MGH Dr. Dickerson Lab" and in the memo line, please put "Dementia Research".
Visiting hours were celebrated on Friday March 2nd at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Her Memorial Mass was celebrated on Saturday March 3rd in St. Anthony's Church. A family celebration of her life followed. For guestbook, please visit

Rodney L. Draffen
Feb 25, 2018

Rodney L. Draffen, 73, of New Bedford, died February 25, 2018 at home. He was the husband of Cheryl A. (Texiera) Draffen and the son of the late Lewis I. and Elizabeth M. (Moore) Draffen.
He was born in Boston and grew up in Roxbury. He then lived in Marion before moving to New Bedford 30 years ago.
Mr. Draffen was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the United States Army as a Green Beret.
Mr. Draffen worked as a Carpenter in the area for many years.
He enjoyed going to Military Reunions and the Airborne Reunion in Onset. He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl A. (Texiera) Draffen of Fall River; 2 sons, Corey Draffen of Stoughton and Michael Patterson of Boston; 3 daughters, Nicole Patterson, Kim Paterson and Denitra Patterson all of Boston; a sister, Georgianna Bittle of Brockton; a granddaughter, Mariah Draffen. He was the brother of the late Ballin Draffen.
Visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham, followed by a funeral service at 12:30 pm at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver Springs, MD 20910.

Maureen (Albernaz) Kennedy
Feb 24, 2018

Maureen (Albernaz) Kennedy, 68, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018, at St. Anne's Hospital, in Fall River, after a long courageous battle with Machado Joseph Disease. She was the wife of 43 years, of Daniel J. Kennedy.
Born and raised in Fall River, daughter of the late Louis and Rita (Pelletier) Albernaz, she lived in New Bedford prior to settling in Rochester, in 1997. She was a graduate of the Dominican Academy, in Fall River, and was Valedictorian of her class at BCC. She and her husband were the proprietors of Dan Kennedy General Contracting.
Maureen was very talented with her hands and made numerous needlepoint, paintings, dolls, clothing and quilted items.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Sean Kennedy and his companion Barbara Moco and their daughter Zoey of Fairhaven; a daughter, Sarah Kennedy and her husband Jesse Cannon and their daughter Sadie of Bristol, RI; a sister, Lorraine Camara of Fall River; three brothers, Louis Albernaz, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Fall River, Raymond Albernaz and his wife Lori of Tiverton, RI and Norman Albernaz and his wife Elizabeth of Somerset; and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her wishes she was cremated and a celebration of Maureen's life will be held at a later date.

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