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DEATH
Lucille B. (Marchessault) Sobral
May 24, 2020

Lucille B. (Marchessault) Sobral, 95 of Acushnet died May 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Home.
She was the wife of the late Fernando Sobral.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Aldei and Rosilda (Dumaine) Marchessault, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Acushnet 40 years ago.
Mrs. Sobral was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church.
She was formerly employed as a stitcher with several local textile mills for many years until her retirement.
She was a member of the Red Hat Society and she enjoyed Bingo.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Jane Parsons and her husband David of Marion and Cynthia Aguiar and her companion Bill Lopes of New Bedford; a granddaughter, Jennifer Aguiar of Swansea.
Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, her services and burial will be private for immediate family. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For full obituary and online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Janice E. (Long) Bolton
May 22, 2020

Janice E. (Long) Bolton, 74, of Fall River, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Catholic Memorial Home. She was the wife of the late Daniel Bolton.
Mrs. Bolton was born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Elsie M. Long and had been a longtime resident of Westport before relocating to Fall River. Prior to her retirement, she worked as librarian of the Mattapoisett Public Library for many years. She was a member of the Unitarian Universal Church, Fairhaven. A lover of everything outdoors, she enjoyed jogging, kayaking, cross-country skiing and her favorite, quahogging on the Westport River.
Survivors include her son: Ronald E. Besse, Jr. of Fall River; her daughter: Christine M. Besse of Fall River; 3 grandchildren: Danielle, Alyson and Samantha; and 2 great grandchildren: Ajay and Aidyn.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

DEATH
Josephine Mary Pannell
May 21, 2020

Josephine Mary Pannell, of Mattapoisett, died peacefully in her home on May 21, 2020 in the company of her family at the age of 92. Jo was born in London, England on December 10, 1927, the daughter of Ann Margaret and John Lyons. Raised in Essex with her siblings Maureen, Michael and Patrick, she grew up during WW II and shared many stories told through childhood eyes of bombings, air raid shelters, shortages and soldiers, all of which were exciting to a young teen age girl. Jo married Peter Pannell in 1949 and they emigrated to Port Washington, Long Island, NY and began their own family. She was the beloved mother of Mary, John, Elizabeth, Victoria and Alexandra. She was the beloved mother-in-law to John, Marjorie, James, Albert and Stephen. In 1974 Jo relocated to Mattapoisett, MA and embraced the town with the same sense of community and volunteerism that had always been a part of her life. She was a long time advocate of Girl Scouting, Friends of the Library, Mattapoisett Historical Commission, Brick Memorial Park and the Council on Aging along with her dear friend Bette Roberts. Jo was honored as The Standard Times 2016 Mattapoisett Woman of the Year. She was an active member and lector at St. Anthony's RC Church and sang with abundant enthusiasm in the church choir and Sippican Coral Society. Jo worked for 15 years at Endeco in Marion, MA. Her greatest delight was her extensive family in England which she visited often and the large network of grandchildren in America. She was the beloved grandmother to Michaela, Patrick, Kathleen, Peter, James, John Robert, Emily, Miles, Shawn, Graham, Daniel, Charlotte and Simon and great grandmother to nine great grandchildren. She never forgot a birthday card or gift and was willing to create a sweater, scarf, pecan pie or "grandpa's stew" for any occasion. She was loved and will be heartfully missed by all that knew and enjoyed her warmth and company.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, Donations in Josephine's name can be made to The Friends of the Mattapoisett Free Library, P.O Box 1146 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online guestbook. please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Mary O. (Ornellas) Ferreira
May 20, 2020

Mary O. (Ornellas) Ferreira, 102 of New Bedford died May 20, 2020 peacefully at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Manuel B. Ferreira.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Souza) Ornellas, she lived in New Bedford all of her life.
Mrs. Ferreira was formerly employed as a stitcher at Eastern Sportswear for many years until her retirement.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Ferreira and his wife Margaret of Mattapoisett; 2 brothers, Antone Ornellas of Idaho and Joseph Ornellas of Acushnet; a sister, Celia Bennett of California; 4 grandchildren, Mark Ferreira of Winthrop, Jane Connolly of East Sandwich, Kristen Ferreira of Mattapoisett, Matthew Ferreira of Henrico, VA; 7 great-grandchildren, Benjamin Ferreira, Beau Ferreira and Brooke Ferreira, all of Henrico, VA, Meghan Seguin of Mattapoisett, Patrick Connolly, Sean Connolly and Jack Connolly, all of East Sandwich.
She was the sister of the late Manuel Ornellas, Jr., John Ornellas and Norma Martin.
Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, her services and burial will be private for immediate family. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online guestbook. please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Shirley J. (Parker) Hughes
May 17, 2020

Shirley J. (Parker) Hughes, 90, of Marion, died May 17, 2020 at home. She was the wife of the late John H. Hughes who died in 1985 and the daughter of the late Henry W. and Elizabeth E. (Davie) Parker.
She was born in Arlington and graduated from Concord High School.
After high school, Mrs. Hughes worked as a Professional Personnel Clerk at MIT and Harvard University.
She was a member of the Appalachian Hiking Club and Beverly Yacht Club. She loved skiing, hiking, and sailing. Following their marriage, Shirley and John purchased a 44 ft. Mercer and set off on a 3-year sailing adventure to the Caribbean, Europe, and around the world. Upon returning in 1969, they purchased their home in Marion where Shirley lived until her passing.
Survivors include a sister, Claire Creelman of FL and several nieces and nephews. Her sister, Norma Nickerson died in February.
At Shirley's request, there will be no services. Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.
For online guestbook, visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com.

DEATH
Thomas H. Buffinton
May 16, 2020

Thomas H. Buffinton, age 99, of Plymouth, MA, formerly of Marion, died peacefully on Saturday, May 16. He was the husband of the late Sally (Waring) Buffinton for 69 years.
Born November 8, 1920 in Williamstown, MA to the late Professor Arthur H. Buffinton and Mary (Edwards) Buffinton. As a young student at Williamstown High School he was a class officer, Student Council member and Captain of the football team. He graduated from Williams College in the Class of 1944 and earned his Master's degree from Trinity College in 1955. He served in the Pacific in the Navy, as a Lt (jg) Combat Information Officer. His destroyer, the USS Sutherland, was the first US war ship to enter Tokyo Bay at the conclusion of World War II.
Proud to be an educator, his first assignment was at Suffield Academy in CT. In 1952 he moved to Marion and taught at Tabor Academy where he spent the remainder of his career as a History Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, Dean of the Tabor Summer Camp and Chairman of the History Department. He received the Trustee's Award for Distinguished Service and was inducted into the first class of the Tabor Athletic Hall of Fame. He also received a Fellow at the John Hay Summer Institute at Williams College; served as the Assistant Director of the John Hay Summer Institute at the University of Oregon; served as President of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC); was awarded the Rudolf Weyerhaeuser Driscoll Chair for History at Tabor and received the NEPSAC Distinguished Service Award.
What was most important to him throughout his career, was his time teaching. He taught English, Math, European, Medieval & Ancient History and finally, his true passion, American History. He didn't teach dates and places, he taught "what, when, how and why." In the context of an historical event, he taught what happened, how it occurred and why it impacted life and history. Additionally, he taught his students how to write and to think critically. During retirement, his days continued to be full and he was happiest when spending time with his beloved family, sailing on Buzzards Bay, consuming history books, gardening and cheering for his favorite sports teams.
He is survived by his son Thomas H. Buffinton, III and his wife Wendy of Plymouth, MA and his daughter Holly Buffinton Bove and her husband Vic of Essex, MA. Additionally, he leaves 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.
Due to current restrictions, a private service will be held and a celebration to honor his memory will be planned at a later date. To acknowledge the incredible care he received, the family has asked that contributions be made in his memory to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360.
Arrangements have been made by the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, Fairhaven, MA.

DEATH
Joseph E. Doubrava
May 16, 2020

Joseph E. Doubrava, 92, of Mattapoisett, MA, died on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Saint Luke's Hospital following a brief period of declining health initiated by a fall and complicated by infection with COVID-19.
Joe was born in Bayside, New York and as a young man enjoyed swimming, sailing and golfing. As a 17 year-old he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during the last months of World War II. He later reenlisted in the Marines, serving during the Korean War.
Following the war, Joe met and married Dora Kate Vollgraff of Lake Grove, NY. The couple shared almost 67 years of marriage, living in Bellport, Lake Grove and Mattituck, NY before moving to Mattapoisett, MA in 2013. Together they raised four children and witnessed the birth and growth of five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. As an adult Joe had many interests: he was a licensed amateur radio operator, restored wooden boats, enjoyed fishing, building wooden models, vegetable gardening, walking and visiting the ever expanding array of licensed gaming facilities. Much of his career was devoted to sales, operating his own business during the 1970s. In retirement Joe began a second career delivering meals to the elderly and was known for his kindness throughout Southold Township.
Joe is survived by his wife Dora Kate of Mattapoisett, MA; children Tim and his wife Christine Doubrava of Riverhead, NY, Jeff and his wife Beth Doubrava of Marion, MA, Derrick and his wife Debbie Doubrava of Highland, NY and Tracey Doubrava of Hingham, MA; granchildren Andrew Doubrava and fiance Tiffani Ortiz, Alex and his wife Renata Doubrava, Erin and her husband Billy Buboltz, USMC 2nd Lt. Matthew Doubrava and Emma Finnerty; and great grandchildren Isabella and Alexander.
He was predeceased by his sister, Geraldine, who died in April 2020 at age 97.
A memorial service will be planned when conditions allow. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
Christopher John LaRochelle
May 15, 2020

Christopher John LaRochelle, 53, passed away on May 15, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a sudden, brief illness. Chris was the beloved son of Ronald and Cecile (Guimond) LaRochelle of Marion. Born on April 1, 1967 in New Bedford, he was a '85 graduate of ORRHS and a talented carpenter by trade.
Chris was an accomplished home cook and particularly enjoyed preparing complicated recipes for family gatherings, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. More recently, he cultivated an organic garden to support his cooking passion. He enjoyed researching best practices for cooking and gardening and never tired of teaching anyone what he had learned. He will be greatly missed and always remembered for his delicious food, his quick wit, his ability to teach his old dog new tricks, his long and detailed memory and the funny stories with which he loved entertaining his family.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister Christine Payette and her husband Matthew of Dartmouth, his much-loved nephews and niece, Lucas, Simone and Eric Payette and extended family around the country.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, a memorial Mass is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Christopher LaRochelle to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Palliative Care Service Fund, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett

DEATH
Ruth E. (Pacheco) Costa
May 14, 2020

Ruth E. (Pacheco) Costa, 89 of Mattapoisett died May 14, 2020 peacefully at Sippican Healthcare Center.
She was the wife of the late John F. Costa.
Born in Fairhaven, daughter of the late Theane and Elsie (McMullen) Pacheco, she lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
Mrs. Costa was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church.
She was formerly employed by Plymouth Savings Bank for many years until her retirement.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Carole Fetela and her husband James of The Villages, FL and Nancy Tippins and her husband Michael of Mattapoisett; 4 grandchildren, James R. Fetela and his wife Faith, Bryan M. Fetela, Christopher M. Tippins and Eric M. Tippins; several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Sarah Alves and Theane Pacheco, Jr.
The family of Ruth Costa would like to say thank you to the wonderful staff at Sippican Healthcare Center for their care and compassion of Ruth.
Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, her visitation, Funeral Service, and burial will be private for immediate family. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

DEATH
George A. Reade
May 13, 2020

George A. Reade, 87, of Mattapoisett died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Our Lady's Haven after a period of declining health. He was the husband of Louanda J. (Mach) Reade.
Born in Paterson, NJ, son of the late George and Agatha (Smith) Reade, he had lived in Mattapoisett for many years.
George was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and Babson College.
He was formerly employed in executive positions for several companies in Massachusetts and Oregon for many years until his retirement.
George enjoyed bridge, golf, tennis, and was a loyal Red Sox and Patriots fan.
He is survived by his wife, Louanda of Mattapoisett; his daughter, Victoria Reade of Stowe, MA; his grandson, Timothy Chagnon and his wife Katie of Concord; two great-grandchildren; his brother, Donald Reade of Glen Rock, NJ; his sister, Ruth Wilson of Budd Lake, NJ; and several other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his son, Charles Reade and his siblings, Jack Reade and Alice McLean.
His family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to all the staff at Our Lady's Haven for their excellent care and compassion.
Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, his Funeral Service and burial were held privately. Contributions in George's memory may be made to Our Lady's Haven, 71 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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