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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

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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Helen M. (Roberts) Eldridge
Aug 02, 2018

Helen M. (Roberts) Eldridge, 99, of Mattapoisett passed away on August 2, 2018 at the Atria Assisted Living in Fairhaven. She was the wife of the late E. Everett Eldridge and Kenneth W. Hirons.
Born in Chelsea, MA, she was the daughter of the late Andrew C. and Helen M. (Gohler) Roberts. Helen grew up in West Medford, lived in Ashland for several years and moved to Mattapoisett in 1955.
Helen graduated from Medford High School in 1937 and Katherine Gibbs in Boston, in 1939. Upon graduation from Katherine Gibbs, she worked as a secretary for an insurance business in Boston. During this same time period she also served as a nurse's aide in the maternity ward of a hospital in West Medford. She married Kenneth W. Hirons in 1943. After moving to Mattapoisett, she was employed by the Peter P. Briggs Insurance Agency for many years until she retired.
Helen was an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church for many years. She served as a Deacon and on many committees. She was a member of the Women's Guild and the Couples Club and enjoyed singing in the church choir for over fifty years.
Helen married Everett Eldridge in 1976. They enjoyed traveling together, visiting Canada, Mexico, Europe, Bermuda, the islands of the Caribbean, Hawaii and many other areas of this country. She was an avid reader and loved reading non-fiction. She frequently worked on the crossword puzzle that came with the Boston Globe on Sundays. She spent many hours watching the news and kept up to date on events all around the world. She belonged to a senior bowling league in Mattapoisett, volunteered with the Mattapoisett Historical Commission and served as a docent at their museum.
The family would like to thank the residents and staff of Atria for their wonderful care and friendship. They would also like to thank Kindred Hospice, Home Instead Senior Care and MasterPeace for their compassion and support.
Helen is survived by her three daughters, Jean Hirons and her husband John Hansman of Rockville, MD, Carol Matthews and her husband Thomas of East Freetown and Marcia Cheever and her husband Paul of Mashpee; three step-children, Carolyn Price, Clifford Eldridge and Paul Eldridge; two grandsons, Andrew Matthews of Las Vegas, and Eric Matthews and his fiance Jenny of San Diego. Helen also leaves behind her faithful feline companion Gracie.
She was the sister of the late Jean Roberts and mother of the late Kristin Hirons.
Her Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 25th at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Burial will be private and there will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Franklin Ernest Robbins "Red"
Jul 29, 2018

Franklin Ernest Robbins "Red", 66 of New Bedford passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Franklin E. Robbins, Sr. and Marjorie (Leddy) Robbins.
He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Lakeville Hospital until his retirement. He loved sports especially the Red Sox and Patriots.
Survivors include his sister Barbara Medeiros and her husband Thomas of Rochester, a nephew Thomas Medeiros, Jr of Rochester, a niece Barbara Lee Medeiros of Wareham, two great nieces and a great nephew.
Private funeral services are in the care of the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. For tributes:

Edwin Warner Allard
Jul 27, 2018

Edwin Warner Allard, 86, of Mattapoisett died July 27, 2018 peacefully at Brookdale Dartmouth Village.
He was the husband of the late Patricia L. (Govoni) Allard.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Edwin B. and Artimesa (Mauzerall) Allard, he was raised in Fairhaven and lived in Mattapoisett most of his life.
Mr. Allard was formerly employed by the Standard-Times for many years until his retirement.
He enjoyed to travel.
Mr. Allard served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:30 am in St. Joseph's Church in Fairhaven. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. His family will receive guests on Tuesday morning from 10 - 11 am at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Judy S. Golten
Jul 26, 2018

Judy S. Golten peacefully passed away on the evening of July 26, 2018 surrounded by loved ones.
Born in 1944 in Burbank, CA, Judy was the daughter of Earl and Rebecca (nee Maderia) Scott and sister to Gary and Craig. She put herself through Seton Hall University and graduated with the class of 1968. She was an accomplished accountant with a long career, and after nearly twenty years with the company, recently retired from her role as the Controller of the New Bedford Yacht Club. She was an active industry professional, church community member, and beloved matriarch of her family. Her strength through overcoming three battles with cancer inspired those around her. She was a rock who grounded her family and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her partner, Per Golten, and their four loving children Britt Zartman, Ian Golten, Sonja Golten, and Borg Golten; Britt's husband Mike Zartman, Ian's wife Avnit Golten, and Sonja's partner Jennifer O'Connell; her grandchildren Abbey and Katie Zartman, and Tara and Sophie Golten; Craig's wife Evelyn, nieces Laura, Dana, and Brenna Scott; and late brother Gary's daughter Heather Scott.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 11 AM at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, a community that gave her happiness and support for many years. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Paul J. Connolly
Jul 26, 2018

Paul J. Connolly, 79, of Mattapoisett died July 26, 2018 at Tobey Hospital after a long illness.
He was the husband of the late Carol A. (Burke) Connolly.
Born and raised in Waltham, the son of the late Joseph J. and Marie E. (Belliveau) Connolly, he lived in Mattapoisett for over 35 years. He wintered in Venice, FL.
Mr. Connolly was formerly employed as a chemical engineer at Poloraid for many years until retirement.
He was an artist. He enjoyed oil painting and golf.
Mr. Connolly played football for Boston College.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his son, Sean Connolly of Wareham; and a daughter, Robin Connolly and her husband Kevin Kearns of Natick, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Walter Connolly, Joseph Connolly, Jr. and Marie Connolly and the grandson of the late Adam Chase Connolly.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Alice G. (Muir) Giammalvo
Jul 25, 2018

Alice G. (Muir) Giammalvo, 91, of New Bedford died July 25, 2018 peacefully at Sippican Healthcare Center.
She was the wife of the late James J. Giammalvo.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Philippe and Marianne (Boucher) Muir, she lived in New Bedford all of her life summering in Mattapoisett.
Mrs. Giammalvo was a communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.
She helped her late husband and her sons at the family business, Giammalvo's Market.
Mrs. Giammalvo enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her summer home in Mattapoisett, crocheting, music and she had a wonderful sense of humor.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Sippican Healthcare Center for the wonderful care that Alice received.
Survivors include her 4 sons, Richard Giammalvo and his wife Lynette of Hawaii, Paul Giammalvo and his wife Susan of Dartmouth, Dennis Giammalvo and his wife Shirley of New Bedford and David Giammalvo of Mattapoisett; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Giammalvo of New Bedford; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late James A. Giammalvo and the sister of the late Renee Muir, Henri Muir, Omer Muir, Armand Muir, Albert Muir, George Muir and Yvonne Audette.
Her Funeral was held on Monday from the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford, followed by her Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visiting hours were held on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the James A. Giammalvo Scholarship Fund. For guestbook, please visit

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