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DEATH
Eugene T. "Sam" Smith
Sep 12, 2021

Eugene T. "Sam" Smith, 74, of East Wareham, passed away on Sunday September 12, 2021 at Tobey Hospital. Sam was the husband of Michelle ( Charette) Smith also of East Wareham. He was born in Acushnet the son of the late Eugene and Lydia (Bowman) Smith.
He attended the ORR School District. Family first was most important to Sam then hunting and fishing. He worked many commercial jobs; Asplundh Tree Service, a commercial Quahogger, marine outboard motor mechanic and he was self-employed working as a Property Manager.
He is survived by his son: Eugene T. Smith Jr. and his wife Christine of Westport. A daughter Hope Vary and her husband Phillip of Wareham. His grandchildren; Brandon and his girlfriend Amanda, Sarah and her fiancee Jordan, Rebecca, Matthew, Julius, Ava, Elias and Makenna. His great granddaughter Halle and his sister Annie Nye and her husband Harry of Marion. His loyal companion Charlie and he was the father of the late Shannon Smith.
Memorial visiting hours will be held on Wednesday September 22, from 5 - 7 pm only in the Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Street Wareham, MA Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. A graveside service will be held on Thursday Sept. 23, at 10 am in Centre Cemetery Tihonet Road Wareham.
To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.warehamvillagefuneralhome.com

DEATH
Matilda J. "Missy" (Hall) Letourneau
Sep 12, 2021

Matilda J. "Missy" (Hall) Letourneau, 83, of Fairhaven passed away Sunday September 12, 2021 after a brief illness. She was the loving wife of the late Attorney Raymond A. Letourneau.
Born in Waltham and raised in Belmont, the daughter of the late Charles J. and Alice J. (deCoste) Hall, she lived in New Bedford for many years before moving to Fairhaven. She was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and Bryant & Stratton Business School.
Missy was the owner and operator of LeTour Jewelers in New Bedford for 10 years. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and good friend to many.
She is survived by her loving children, Mark P. Letourneau and his wife Michele of Fairhaven and Nicole A. Traubel and her husband William of Dartmouth; and many devoted nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Ann O'Daniel, and her cousin and lifelong friend, Margot Deslongchamps.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday October 16, 2021 at 11 am at St. Anthony's Church, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Graham Douglas Mills
Sep 10, 2021

Graham Douglas Mills, 31, of Mattapoisett died September 10th, 2021 unexpectedly at Tobey Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, son of Claudia Lynn (Morgado) Mills and Everett Douglas Mills, Jr., he lived in Fairhaven before moving to Mattapoisett in 2004.
Through the years, he had a variety of jobs as a landscaper, boat builder, painter and plumber.
Graham enjoyed gardening, skiing, fishing, bicycling, working out and playing guitar. He enjoyed comedy and was always ready to share his witty sense of humor with family and friends. His infectious smile and laughter will forever be missed.
Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Laura Mills of New Bedford and Gretta Mills of Mattapoisett; his grandmother, Marilyn Morgado of New Bedford; Godfather Paul J. Morgado; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was the grandson of the late Claude Morgado, Marylin (Wood) Mills and Everett Mills, Sr.
His Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday September 21, at 10 am in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery. His visiting hours will be held on Monday September 20, from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Graham Mills to the Herren Project, P.O. Box 131, Portsmouth, RI 02871.
For directions and guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
George F. Demers
Sep 08, 2021

George F. Demers, 83, of Rochester died September 8, 2021 at home, in the arms of his loving wife of 65 years, Jacqueline A. (Moreau) Demers. He fought a 17 year-long and courageous battle with cancer, until it finally took his body, but never his fighting spirit.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, son of the late Milton L. and Florence (Fowler) Demers, he was raised in Lincoln, RI and lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester 30 years ago.
He was formerly employed as a physical education teacher at Fairhaven Junior High School for 37 years until his retirement in 1990. George was first and foremost a devoted husband and father. As his kids grew, he and Jackie retired to care for his triplet grandkids and his beloved Brayden. He was an avid, organic gardener and loved to provide healthful food to those around him. He tackled building projects, large and small, including building his current home, creating a hot water solar heating system, putting an addition on his daughter's home, and building a motor home from the chassis up, which carried his family on many adventures, including a summer-long trip out west. He loved scuba diving, and finding many gifts of the sea to feed family and friends. May you find that elusive anchor now that you are free.
Loving survivors include the one and only love of his life, his beloved wife Jackie; his daughter, Donna Demers of Agawam, MA; his 2 sons Michael Demers and his wife Karen of New Bedford and Christopher Demers and his wife Natalie of Deltona, FL; 3 brothers, Milton Demers and Kenneth Demers, both of Lincoln, RI and Paul Demers of CT; his sister, Joan Shaw of Ashaway, RI; 7 grandchildren, Zachary, Daniel, Cheyenne, Cierra, Christopher, Cameron and Sydney; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his eldest sister Florence Banning of PA.
The family would like to give special thanks George's doctors, Dr. Amy Wiegant and Dr. Othman and their staffs, and the special angels of the Southcoast Visiting Nurses Hospice Care, who provided him and the entire family with such loving and compassionate care.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, please share your love and be extra kind to one another. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Robert Barker Brack
Sep 08, 2021

Robert Barker Brack, 83, of Concord, formerly of Natick, died suddenly on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
Bob was born in Newton on July 11, 1938 as the son of the late Robert and Evelyn (Barker) Brack. After graduating from Natick High School in 1956, Bob continued his education at UMass Amherst where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1960 and later completed his Master of Education at Northeastern University. He married his high school sweetheart, the late Joan Haskell Brack, in June of 1960. Bob and Joan lived in Natick and had three children Virginia, Kenneth, and William. Tragically, Joan died in 1999 from ovarian cancer. Bob married his second wife, Janet Bailey in 2001.
Bob leaves behind his three children: his daughter, Virginia Brack, her husband Clay Block, and their children, Maxwell Block and his wife Nicole Dayhoff and Samuel Block; and his two sons, Kenneth Brack, his wife Denise, their children, the late Michael Brack, Christopher Brack and his wife Megan, and Amanda Brack and her husband Andrew Lowrey; and William Brack, his wife Jessica Ladd, and their children, Benjamin and Isabel Brack. He was the adopted father of Eric Cooper and his daughter Kiara Mundy. Bob also leaves behind his second wife, Janet, and her two children; David Rossini, his wife Molly Chafetz, their children Eliza and Gabriel; and Katherine Dennis, her husband Joshua, and their children Thomas and Miles Dennis. He leaves his brother, Harold "Skip" Brack and his wife Judith Bradshaw-Brown, and his sister, Beverly Droz and her husband Thomas, as well as several nieces and nephews. Bob was also the brother-in law of Steve Haskell, step-brother-in law of William Thompson and step-sister-in law Lisa Pearson.
In 1960, Bob joined the family business, Barker Steel Company, as the third generation following his father Robert and his grandfather, Harold Barker, who founded the company in 1920. Bob left the steel business briefly in 1963 to teach material science for one year at Wentworth Institute of Technology, before returning to Barker Steel in 1964 to stay. Bob became CEO of the company in 1976 and under his leadership Barker Steel grew from a small one-shop company in Watertown, Massachusetts to having 17 locations in 11 states and more than 600 employees at its peak. Bob was shocked, but very proud when his son Bill joined Barker Steel in 1995 representing the fourth generation of family in the business. Under Bob's leadership, Barker Steel became one of the largest independent reinforcing steel fabricators in the United States and furnished reinforcing steel for concrete construction throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Barker Steel fabricated reinforcing steel for thousands of projects large and small, both public and private. Barker Steel fabricated the majority of the reinforcing steel for the "Big Dig" - the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel (CA/T) project and helped rebuild New York City after 9/11, including furnishing the reinforcing steel for several of the World Trade projects and the Freedom Tower. Bob sold Barker Steel to Nucor/Harris Rebar in 2007 and he "formally" retired in 2012, never letting go of his life-long passion for the rebar business. Through his compassionate leadership and caring ethos, Bob touched the lives of thousands of families over his 50-year career at Barker Steel.
Bob was a "life-long member" of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) serving as treasurer, executive board member and president of both the CRSI and the CRSI Education & Research Foundation. In 2012, Bob was awarded the first ever CRSI Distinguished Service Award which was prompted by Bob's career-long dedication to both the reinforced concrete industry and the CRSI. Bob also remained engaged with his alma mater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, serving on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Committee and supporting the establishment of the Robert Brack Structural Testing Facility at Tilson, among other roles and activities.
Bob was passionate about actively engaging in and supporting the communities he lived in. While residing in Natick, Bob was member of Eliot Church (including serving as church moderator), and actively served on the board of several local charities, including the Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick Service Council, and Foundation for MetroWest. Bob coached his sons in farm league baseball and later coached them in spring soccer and helped start the Natick Soccer Club in the mid-1970s. He enjoyed singing in the Eliot Church choir with his late wife Joan.
Bob also had an enduring love for and connection with Machiasport, Maine, where he and Joan bought property fronting Machias Bay. "Little Respite," a cottage built in 1981, became a treasured place of renewal for themselves and their family. In later years Bob worked closely with Maine Coast Heritage Trust in establishing a contiguous preserve to help protect the area's natural and archaeological resources.
After the tragic loss of his first wife Joan in 1999, Bob and his children Jinny, Ken, and Bill created the Joan H. Brack Charitable Foundation, with a focus to support ovarian cancer research and local community charities. Over the ensuing twenty years, Bob and the foundation provided support for numerous charities including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute; the Jimmy Fund Golf Program via the Joan H. Brack Charitable Golf Tournament; the Joan H. Brack Learning Center, a component of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) in Framingham; MetroWest Legal Services; Jewish Family Services of MetroWest; and Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center, founded and run by his daughter-in-law Denise and his son Ken.
After moving to Concord in 2000 and marrying Janet in 2001, he joined First Parish with Janet and actively participated in many of the social justice and governance committees of that community as well as supporting additional local charities, including Family Promise MetroWest and Open Table. Bob was passionate about Open Table because it was started by The Women's Parish Association at First Parish and addressed the critical problem of hunger in the MetroWest region. Janet was President of the Women's Parish Association. Most recently Bob was a resident at Newbury Court in Concord where he had already made many friends and dinner companions.
Bob was always most at home on the sea, especially on Buzzard's Bay. He was an avid sailor, sailing his 19-foot Corinthian, Embarker, for 54 years with his family and friends and participating in the Marion to Bermuda sailboat race several times. Bob loved swimming in Wareham (Parkwood Beach) and later Mattapoisett and was known for his world class freestyle backstroke. He enjoyed puzzles of all types, especially jigsaw and Sudoku. Perhaps most of all, Bob loved his grandchildren. He was their number one cheerleader, particularly in soccer, and was known for driving hours to see a game. He was very fond of having ice cream with them in the summer -in fact he was very fond of ice cream in general. Bob loved music of all genres, especially dramatic classical music such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and Wagner. Bob was an avid runner and regularly participated in the annual Mattapoisett Road Race together with his children and grandchildren until 2013 when his grandchildren started beating his time and he retired his bib with a grin.
Due to safety protocols for COVID, family and friends will gather to celebrate Bob's life during a private memorial service by invitation only at First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord Center, on October 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. The service will be available to the public via live stream zoom link which will be posted on Bob's obituary page at www.DeeFuneralHome.com when available. Bob will be laid to rest during a private burial service at Glenwood Cemetery in South Natick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Bob's memory may be made to Hope Floats Healing and Wellness Center, P.O. Box 345, Kingston, MA 02364 (www.hopefloatswellness.org), The Joan H. Brack Charitable Foundation C/O Citizens Wealth Management Operations, One Citizens Bank Way JCB115 (please feel free to indicate the contribution is earmarked for cancer research), Johnston, RI - 02919, or Open Table (www.opentable.org/donate/).
Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord.

DEATH
Raymond Francis Morris
Sep 06, 2021

Raymond Francis Morris, 86, of Rochester, died Sept. 6, 2021 at home. He was the son of the late Antone F. and Irene S. (Rivard) Morris and stepson of the late Jean Plaud Morris.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in Rochester for over 54 years. He served in the U. S. Navy Reserves for 8 years.
Mr. Morris worked as a Truck Driver for New England Teamsters Union, Local 59 for many years before retiring. He also worked for D. W. White Construction Co. and Gilmore Cranberry Co.
He enjoyed classic cars, fishing, and tinkering with clocks. He was a longtime Yankees fan and his favorite pitcher was Catfish Hunter.
Survivors include a son, Darren M. Morris and his wife Melanie of Rochester; 3 daughters, Cheryl A. Burrell and her husband Brent of Acushnet, Lynn M. Morris and her husband William Revoir of Falmouth and Doreen A. Belliveau of Hinsdale, NH; 4 sisters, Vivian Daffinee of Spring Hill, FL, Jeanette Gump of Acushnet, Carol Souza of Largo, FL and Sandra Sorrell of Dartmouth; his former wife, Muriel (Bourbeau) Bishop of Hinsdale, NH; 11 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his longtime companion, Lillian Tomkiewicz.
His services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.
Arrangements are by Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, visit: www.chapmanfuneral.com.

DEATH
Marsha A. (Marlow) Mitcheson
Sep 03, 2021

Marsha A. (Marlow) Mitcheson, 71, of Mattapoisett, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was a passionate teacher and rejoiced in sharing her love of literature with her grandchildren and students alike. She was the wife of James A. Mitcheson with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late William N. and Evelyn (DeMonbrun) Marlow, she had resided in Fairhaven for 24 years before moving to Mattapoisett 26 year ago.
A graduate of Dartmouth High School, Marsha went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in English from Southeastern Massachusetts University and earned her Master's degree from Bridgewater State University.
Mrs. Mitcheson began her teaching career in Fairhaven where she spent 10 years as a paraprofessional and a reading specialist. She continued her journey as an educator in Taunton lending her talents in both the classroom and as Vice Principal of Maxim School in Taunton. After fifteen years of service, she retired from the Mulcahey Elementary School in 2013.
Marsha was also an active member of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church and Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church in Dartmouth, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Massachusetts Reading Association and was truly a lifelong learner. Marsha was a woman of grace who would talk calmly and carry a big heart. She never seemed to wear the same outfit twice and would always relish in a shopping bargain. The only thing sharper than her wardrobe was her wit. She knew how to hold your attention, even when words were not at her disposal. Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, James W. Mitcheson and wife Laurie of W. Bridgewater, Ryan Mitcheson and wife Tori of Fort Mill, SC, Nicholas Mitcheson and wife Amy of Marion and Whitney Gaspar and Marc of Mattapoisett; eight grandchildren, Morgan, Lauren, James, Gavin, Broden and Phineas Mitcheson, and Drew and Carson Gaspar; a sister Darlene Wheeler of New Bedford; a brother William N. Marlow Jr of Palm Harbor, FL and nieces and nephews, Jennifer DaCosta and Gerald B. Wheeler III of Rochester, Marissa and Christian Marlow of Palm Harbor, FL.
The family would like to recognize the Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven for the exceptional hospice care Marsha received by Erin and Sandy. A special thanks to Marsha's CNA's, Camille, Grisselle, Isabel and Melissa who cared for her daily with love and compassion. The ability to trust those who are caring for your loved one is an invaluable gift and our family is eternally grateful.
Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10 am in the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Mattapoisett. Her visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. At the request of the family, please wear a mask when attending the visitation and church service. Her burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her honor may be made to: Walk to End Alzheimer's Team Mind Over Matter. https://tiny.one/MindOverMatter. To place an online tribute or for directions, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

DEATH
Barbara Marie (Hanrahan) DeLoid
Sep 03, 2021

Barbara Marie (Hanrahan) DeLoid, 95, of Providence, RI, formerly of Marion died Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Elmwood Nursing Center in Providence. She was the wife of the late Albert R. Deloid.
Born in Worcester, the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Katherine (Critin) Hanrahan, she graduated from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse in many states. She was also senior instructor at Old Iron Gym in E. Wareham & volunteered as a Senior Aerobics Instructor at the Buzzards Bay Community Center for many years.
She is survived by her daughter, Audrey DeLoid of Warwick, RI; 10 grandchildren, 7 great-granchildren, and 7 great great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons, the late Charles "CJ" DeLoid, the late Randall DeLoid., the late Miles DeLoid, her daughter late Gale Leary as well as her granddaughter, the late Danielle Nault Penolosa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at St. Margaret's Church, 141 Main St., Buzzards Bay on at 11 am. Interment will follow in Agawam Cemetery, Wareham.

DEATH
Ethel Griffith
Sep 02, 2021

Ethel Griffith, 92, passed away peacefully in bed on September 2, 2021, after a long fight with Alzheimer's. Ethel Griffith (ne Marcelino) was born on April 1, 1929, in New Bedford, Massachusetts and was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Alwyn (Al) Griffith, Jr.
Al was also born and raised in New Bedford. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was the principal of Roosevelt Junior High School from 1968 until his retirement in 1983.
Ethel was an insightful, intelligent, and poised "lioness" who supported her family as a dedicated housewife and mother, all while working numerous jobs to contribute to the support of her family. She rarely rested. Ethel loved her work as a secretary at St. Paul's Methodist Church and the New Bedford Public School system. Both Al and Ethel were long time active members of St. Paul's Methodist Church and were well respected by their peers.
Ethel had a flair for baking, sewing, quilting, and knitting and a healthy fidelity to cleanliness, organization, and productivity. She loved her role as "Nana." She had a strong and caring, but reserved personality. She made friends easily, and more significantly retained them - everywhere she went. Ethel was always coming up with ways to help others in need. She thought nothing of having her sons perform errands and tasks for neighbors, and today they realize the benefit of such kindly mandated charitable acts. "It will help your neighbors and its good for you" - we can hear Mom now and she was right! Ethel and Al also knew the value of the word "no" and were strong hierophants of education. Thankfully they passed on that passion.
Ethel had strong ties to her extended family and loved to reminisce about her grandfather's farm in Dartmouth, the times with her sister and cousins, and all the strawberries she got to pick. Ethel and Al spent their last ten years together relishing "snowbird" trips to Florida to escape the New England winters.
Ethel is survived by her two sons, Robert, and Steven; her daughter-in-law, Suzanna; three grandchildren, Noah, Aaron, and Sarah; and three great grandchildren, Preston, Estelle, and Landon.
Services will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 884 Kempton St New Bedford, MA 02740 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 10:00 am. A short reception will follow. The internment will take place later that day at 2:30 pm at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts where Ethel will join Al forever. Additional information concerning services and commemorations is available at www.oneillfuneral.com

DEATH
James R. Gurney
Aug 30, 2021

James R. Gurney, 91, of Marion died August 30, 2021 at Tobey Hospital. He was the husband of the late Judith J. (Jenney) Gurney.
Born in New Bedford, Jim was the son of the late Ralph and Annie L. (Hartley) Gurney. As a young man, during the Korean War, he served in the Coast Guard at a remote radio outpost in Labrador. He was fond of saying that there was "a beautiful woman behind every tree" at his station. This was true only in that there were no trees.
Jim lived in Rochester and Marion. For his entire working life, he was employed as an electrical engineer for New England Telephone. Mr. Gurney later volunteered as a herring inspector in Rochester and Mattapoisett.
He was a handyman extraordinaire who could fix or improve almost anything. When he decided that the root cellar under his Rochester house was unacceptable, he borrowed his brother's excavator, and simply built himself a "right proper" basement.
For a time, Jim helped run the Metacomet Sports Car Club, and even ran some races on his spacious property. Especially memorable were the ice races held on Snow's Pond. Jim tended to win these, as his Citroens had front wheel drive, a rarity back then. Jim also enjoyed sailing, and kept his sailboat in Marion. He was a member, and teacher with the Power Squadron.
Survivors include his son, Spencer Gurney and his wife Lisa of Onancock, VA; two daughters, Lisa Walbridge of Marion and Heather Addison of Washington, DC; a sister, Joyce Cannon of Wareham, and many nieces and nephews.
His private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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