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Peter F. Coville
Jul 19, 2021

Peter F. Coville, 83, of Mattapoisett died July 19, 2021 at Milford Medical Center.
He was the husband of the late Nancy D. (Dunham) Coville, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.
Born in Wareham, Peter was the son of the late Lawrence and Stella (Ryder) Coville. He lived in Wareham before moving to Mattapoisett in 1972.
Peter earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bridgewater State College, and his doctorate from Boston College. He spent his career in the Wareham Public Schools first as a high school English teacher and then as principal of the Minot Forest School. Peter volunteered at Tobey Hospital in Wareham and was a member of the Tobey Guild.
Peter and Nancy loved to travel and entertain. In his later years, Peter enjoyed a quiet life at Golden Pond Assisted Living where he was a beloved resident. An avid reader, you could always find him buried in the latest bestseller!
Peter is survived by his two spectacular children, son Christopher Coville and his wife Susan of Williston, Florida, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, and daughter Joannah Sampson and her husband Gerard of Daniel Island, South Carolina.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Funeral and burial at a later date will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Rd., Wareham, MA 02571. For directions and online guestbook and directions, please visit

Roland R. Menard
Jul 12, 2021

Roland R. Menard, 61, of Mattapoisett died July 12, 2021 unexpectedly at home.
Born in New Bedford, son of Roland and Janet (Major) Menard, he was raised in Fairhaven, traveled around the country when young, but lived in Mattapoisett most of his life.
He was a self-employed carpenter for many years. A hard worker, who loved to daydream.
Mr. Menard enjoyed being near the water, fishing, and gardening. He was artistic, creative, and generous of heart. Sensitive and kind, with a feisty fighting spirit. He never stopped trying, he always said "we will always find a way." He Loved all kinds of animals, each of the seasons, and a prevailing southwest wind. He loved his children most of all.
Survivors include his parents; his 2 sons, Lucas Menard and his wife Nicole Menard of Plymouth and Ross Menard and his wife Lee Menard of Mattapoisett; his former spouse, Lynne Menard; 3 sisters, Kim Menard of New Bedford, Kathy Bergeron of Rochester and Christine Koczera of Fairhaven; his brother, David Menard of Acushnet; 5 grandchildren, Landen, Avah, Lance, Alexandria and Laynah; many nieces and nephews; and his soul-buddy, Syd Lewis of Rochester.
His visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 15th from 2-4 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit

Bertha S. (Miethe) Perrault
Jul 10, 2021

Bertha S. (Miethe) Perrault, 102, of Mattapoisett died peacefully in her home on July 10, 2021, where she was under the care of her loving daughters.
She was the wife of the late Edward A. Perrault and daughter of the late Bernard and Bertha (Ochs) Miethe.
Bertha was a city girl, born and raised in Boston. She travelled the country by train as a young woman and worked in the Insurance industry until her marriage. She and Ed moved to Mattapoisett in the early 1960s, where they happily raised their four children. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loving and supportive, and active in the community and the church. She led a Cub Scout group for years, and volunteered for many school and church activities. Her family, pets included, was her focus and her world.
She was retired from the ORR School Superintendant's Office and was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church. Born before women had the right to vote, she was tuned in to politics until her death and was proud and happy to cast her ballot for the first woman to run for President.
Survivors include her two daughters, Christine Rosperich, and Kathleen Guilherme and her husband John, all of Mattapoisett; two sons, Edward Perrault and his wife Laurie Goldberg of Westport, CT, and Stephen Perrault and his wife Madeline Novak of Agawam, MA; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Guilherme and his wife Jeana Conley, Dana Guilherme, Gregory Rosperich and his wife Florencia Rago, and Jonathan Rosperich; and a great-grandson, Chase Guilherme.
She was the mother-in-law of the late William Rosperich and was pre-deceased by her siblings Bernard Miethe, Joseph Miethe, Francis Miethe and Marie Roy.
The family wishes to thank the Southcoast VNA Hospice Group for their caring support during Bertha's final journey.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 13th at 11 AM in St. Anthony's Church. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Florence L. (Dubois) Bates
Jul 10, 2021

Florence L. (Dubois) Bates, 96, completed her life's journey on July 10, 2021 at Sippican Healthcare Center.
Loving mother to Richard Bates of Mattapoisett, Eric Bates and his wife Maureen of Vallejo, CA; grandmother to Rachel Bates and partner Dylan of Seekonk, MA; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her siblings, Blanche Constant, Dora Blanchette, Roland Dubois, daughter-in-law Ruth Bates and grandson Forest Bates.
If "Life Is A Beach" then Brandt Beach was THE BEACH in Florence Bates's life. Born in New Bedford on October 22, 1924, Florence and her husband, Bob, purchased land at Brandt Beach in 1954 and began the three year adventure of building their future home. Florence was at Bob's side for every step of construction, from land clearing to shingling the roof, while simultaneously caring for two small children. Finally, in February of 1957, she took residence in what was to be her home for the next 64 years.
In the lifetime that followed, Florence provided swimming instruction first to her own children and then to dozens of other children and sometimes their children's children! Her children could often determine her location by standing outside the house and waiting to hear her inimitable laugh usually emanating from the direction of the beach. Being in or near water and surrounded by children was her heaven. Her granddaughter put it best. "Did I visit in winter? In my memories it is always summer at Meme's house."
Yet, winter did come, as it must in New England, and with Buzzards Bay no longer hospitable for swimming, Florence could be still be found doing laps or performing water aerobics in the pool at the New Bedford Y with a close group of friends. When Florence was not swimming or boating with her husband, she would walk - and walk she did - daily, to the Pillars and back, well into her 90s. She was also an avid card player, a graceful dancer, a seamstress, and an unabashed crooner of tunes from her heyday. While she won't exactly be remembered as a cook, she did make some delicious chow mien candy and a mean French-Canadian meat pie!
There is no way to sum up nearly 97 years of existence, no litany of accomplishments or experiences that will convey the essence of a person. Florence had plenty of stories from her long life, but mostly she was content to live simply and was happiest when the weather was fine and she could hear you laugh.
If "It takes a village to raise a child" the same must be said for elderly care. Florence was beneficiary of visits from countless neighbors who often arrived with home cooked meals and sweets while quietly checking in to ensure she was "OK". Her niece, Jane, was a joyful and "constant" presence in her later life and a great source of comfort. During the last five years of her life, Florence also welcomed aides into her home and these wonderful women became her new best friends. Special thanks to Lucy, Valerie, Grace, Lora and Kelly who were key in allowing mom to fulfill her desire to remain at home.
A celebration of Florence's life will take place at her Brandt Beach homestead in August. Date and details will be forthcoming.
In keeping with Florence's desire to keep children safe and comfortable while in the water, please consider a memorial contribution to your local YMCA swimming program.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals. For full obituary go to

James "Jimbo" Huntoon
Jul 09, 2021

Mattapoisett lost one of our public servants on July 9, 2021. James "Jimbo" Huntoon passed away after a brief illness at Tobey Hospital, Wareham.
Jim was born on August 31, 1935 in Worcester MA. His public service has included being a Selectman, member of the Board of Appeals, and Water and Sewer Commissioner in Mattapoisett. In Rochester, he was the Town Administrator for many years.
He enjoyed politics, gardening, spirited debates and his beloved dog Charo. He is survived by longtime companion Linda Lavigne.
His parents were Florence and William Huntoon. His sisters are Shirley Lemarbre and Diane Visbaras. He is predeceased by his brother Louis. He is survived by sons Keith and Lynn (Dalton), Gregory and Susan (Goldberg), and daughter Kristine and husband Samuel Hussey, granddaughter Meghan Hussey, and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be private at a later date.

Rene Arthur Depot
Jul 08, 2021

Rene Arthur Depot, 78, of Rochester, died Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham unexpectedly. He was the long-time partner of Sandra L. Hardy.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late Eudore H. & Cecile A. (Lavallee) Depot. He previously lived in Rehoboth, Portsmouth, RI and Florida before moving to Rochester.
Mr. Depot was a musician and keyboard player in The Rene Depot Duo and The Snowbirds. He was also enjoyed playing tennis and racquetball and won several tournaments.
Survivors include his long-time partner, Sandra L. Hardy of Rochester; his children, Cheryl Arenburg of Woonsocket, RI and Rene M. Depot of N. Attleboro; and his granddaughter, Renee Arenburg of Providence, RI. He was predeceased by his siblings, the late Richard Depot and Rita Cripple; also, his best friend "Honey Boy", a green parrot whom he loved dearly.
Funeral services and interment will be private.
Arrangements by Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham. To leave a message of condolence please visit:

Lawrence Otto "Larry" Bidstrup, Jr.
Jul 04, 2021

Lawrence Otto "Larry" Bidstrup, Jr., age 86 of Marion, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Wendy (Todd) Bidstrup with whom he shared 59 years of marriage.
Born in Cambridge, MA, Larry was the son of the late Lawrence Otto Bidstrup and Ida Mae (Beecher) Bidstrup. He was a 1954 graduate of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Upon his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and held the rank of sergeant during the Korean War until his honorable discharge. Larry went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Cornell University in 1962. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in History from Boston University.
Larry taught history, coached wrestling and crew, and ran a dormitory at Tabor Academy for 43 years until his retirement in 2006. During his tenure, he mentored and inspired scores of students. His wrestling teams captured many Class A and New England championships and produced several Prep National champs. An avid fisherman and boater, Larry loved plugging the shorelines in search of bluefish and striped bass or touring the harbor with family and friends. He loved reading, road trips and reunions. His loyal dogs brought him joy. A sports enthusiast, he followed the New England Patriots and college football and wrestling, and he supported his children and grandchildren at their respective sporting events. He was passionate about education and fitness throughout his life. Known for his sense of humor, commitment to his profession and his family, Larry prided himself on helping others while connecting with people from all walks of life. He loved to drive and clearly enjoyed the ride. With a witty quote and a glass at the ready, he enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends, colleagues and former students. His life enriched us all.
In addition to his loving wife, Larry is survived by his three children, Lauren Knight and her husband James of Marion, Peter Bidstrup of Marion, and Robin DePaolis and her husband Derek of Severn, MD; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Knight Lang and her husband Elliot, Brett Bidstrup, Kristen Knight, Larsen Bidstrup, William Knight, Michael DePaolis and Anthony DePaolis; and his great-grandson, Henry Lang, and a niece and several nephews.
Larry was the father in-law of the late Molly Bidstrup, and brother of the late Joan Campbell.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the fall and details will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Tabor Academy in support of the Lawrence O. Bidstrup Summer Sabbatical Fund or to the Salvation Army. For updated service information or to place an online tribute, please visit:

Laura M. (LaBree) Badger
Jun 28, 2021

Laura M. (LaBree) Badger, 79, of Marion, died peacefully Monday, June 28, 2021 at her home. She was the wife of Floyd H. Badger.
Born in Old Town, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Doris M. (Michaud) and Leon L. LaBree. She was a previous resident of Hanover, Hanson and West Wareham before moving to Marion.
Mrs. Badger was a seamstress and altered wedding dresses in the Wareham area and the South Shore.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd; her children, William E. Royle, III and his wife Lisa of Halifax, Robert L. Royle and his wife Jeanne of Kingston, Julie-Ann Royle of Whitman, Amy D. Kinsley and her husband John of Fall River; her step-children, Jennifer A. Marsocci of Warwick, RI and Jason H. Badger of Plymouth. She was predeceased by her stepdaughter, the late Melissa A. Badger.
Also surviving are her grandchildren, Lindsay M. Royle, Erica M. Royle, Abigail A. Royle, Katelyn E. Kinsley, Hannah M. Kinsley, Daniella N. Kinsley, Heather N. Badger, Chelsey L. Adams and her spouse Ashley Adams, Jacob M. Marsocci, and Joshua G. Marsocci; and her great grandson, Landon T. Adams.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., (Rt. 28), Wareham from 8:30 to 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Church, 82 High St., Wareham at 10 am. Burial will be private.

David L. Keighley
Jun 23, 2021

David L. Keighley of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 as a result of complications that developed following a double lung transplant in October 2019.
Born in 1954 in New Bedford and raised on Spring Street in Fairhaven a short block away from St. Joseph Church and School, David was the fifth of six children born to the late Vincent J. Keighley and Lillian A. Keighley.
Following his 1972 graduation from Holy Family High School, David worked at various outdoor occupations including working at A.D. Makepeace cranberries with his brother Kevin and working in a painting business with his brother Mark. Later he returned to school and earned his B.A. from UMass Dartmouth in 1990, graduating as the top student in his Political Science class. He enrolled in the Southern New England School of Law (now UMass School of Law) in 1992 and received his law degree in 1996.
In his role as an attorney, David specialized in appellate work. Initially that was at the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. Later, in his own practice he worked through the MA Committee for Public Counsel Services until his retirement in 2018 following his diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
David was a well-read individual. Besides law he was chiefly interested in history and political biographies such as Shelby Foote's massive three volume set on the American civil war and Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of President Lyndon Johnson. As for fiction, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain were his favorites.
In his twenties he took up running and later he became an avid cyclist and participant in yoga and Pilates classes. David was a longtime friend of both Bill W. and Lois W.
He is survived by his former wife Doris Guerette of Mattapoisett; his brothers, Kevin Keighley of Acushnet and Mark Keighley and his wife Nancy Gentile of Mattapoisett; his sisters, Kathleen Keighley of Wichita Falls, TX, Carole Andre of Raleigh, NC and Rosemary Keighley of Hull, MA., nephews Ryan Keighley and his wife Brigid of S. Burlington, Vt and William Andre and his wife Alexa of Clayton, NC; niece Martha Andre of Selma, NC; great nieces and nephews Coleen, Connor, Michael and Lola. In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law Douglas Andre.
Thank you from his family to Community Nurse & Home Care and his friends who supported him through his illness and helped ease his transition to the afterlife.
He will be cremated and his cremains interred with his parents at Riverside Cemetery in Fairhaven. Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery on Friday July 2, 2021 at 10 AM. Donations in David's memory may be made to Community Nurse and Home Care, 62 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Joe Beauregard
Jun 18, 2021

Joe Beauregard of Marion passed away peacefully at home on June 18, 2021, after a long illness.
Joe was born in Boston and raised in Foxboro. He was the son of the late Joseph Beauregard and Edna (Carey).
Joe was a long-time, valued employee of FMGlobal, from which he was retired for many years. His work took him to all parts of North America and allowed him to make many loyal and loving friends who were a nationwide family to him.
Joe was a talented and energetic man, a skilled builder, gardener, cook, fisherman, and nurturer of all living things. His life experiences spanned logging with horse teams while helping his beloved grandparents on their farm in Maine, serving in the US Navy, renovating and managing a farmhouse in Vermont as a bed and breakfast, visiting Mayan ruins in Mexico, solo camping and fishing in outback Alaska, founding a fly tying association, and leading a Boy Scout troop for many years in North Attleboro. He was a great fan of Boston teams, and faithfully followed the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics his entire life. Joe loved the outdoors, especially boating and fishing in southern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. He was a loyal and caring friend. He enjoyed cooking for others and would often say "food is love" and he would lavish his love on his friends and family.
Joe is survived by his wife Ann Ritchey, his sister Joan Parker of Plainville, MA, his brother John Beauregard of Alabama and his step sons Nathan Knowles and his wife, Michele Corey and Brad Knowles and his wife Marli and his grandchildren Jonathan, Joshua, Elsa, Audrey, and Walter, as well as numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and friends who were as dear as family to him.
There will be a private ceremony at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

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