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Carol A. Rego
Jan 17, 2021

Carol A. Rego, 80, of Mattapoisett died January 17, 2021 at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Manuel and Angelina (Tavares) Rego, she was raised in Fairhaven and lived in Mattapoisett most of her life.
She was employed as office manager at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett.
Carol enjoyed her two cats Luvee and Sweetee, trips to the casino, camping and arts and crafts.
Survivors include her godchild, Lisa Faria from Dartmouth, Ma, and several cousins.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 23rd at 12 Noon at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. For online guestbook, visit

Robert R. Dion
Jan 16, 2021

Robert R. Dion, age 87, died on Saturday January 16, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at his residence in Scarborough, Maine. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Drolet) Dion.
Mr. Dion was born in Worcester, MA. He graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. He served in the Navy on active duty from 1957 to 1962 and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Mr. Dion opened his Architectural firm in Sudbury MA in 1965 and continued his business until he retired in 2013. During his career he designed many places of worship, private residences, condominiums, restaurants, professional offices, and commercial buildings. Architecture was his passion. He especially enjoyed meeting with parish council members to discuss their needs and preferences for the design of their parish hall or church. Later in his career he enjoyed the newly flourishing development of green design concepts in architecture. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects. He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and on many town boards and Historical Commissions.
Mr. Dion loved sailing and sailboat maintenance. He spent many memorable summers cruising New England waters with his wife and children. He also loved fishing in Buzzards Bay and the peacefulness of quahogging with friends and family in Sippican Harbor. He could be found during many winter weekends doing personal woodworking projects at home.
Mr. Dion was the son of the late Dr. Alfred J. and Yvonne B. (Roberts) Dion of Worcester, MA. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth A. (Drolet) Dion, a son, David R. Dion and his wife Ellen O. Dion of Marion, MA, and two daughters, Dr. Carol A. Dean and her husband Dr. Bill Swartz of Cumberland Foreside, ME, and Martha E. Plumb and her husband J. Hudson Plumb IV of Medfield and Marion MA. He had seven wonderful grandchildren and one set of twin great grandchildren all of whom he loved and enjoyed beyond measure. He will be dearly missed.
A private funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Mattapoisett. Memorial contributions may be made to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Rita's Church, P.O. Box 902, Marion, MA, 02738. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Kenneth J. "Kenny" Rea
Jan 15, 2021

Kenneth J. "Kenny" Rea, age 45 of Rochester, passed away, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Born in Fall River, a son of Judy Simpson and her husband John of Rochester and Kenneth Rea and his wife Julie of Florida, Kenny was a lifelong resident of Rochester. He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and later received his Associates degree from Bristol Community College. He was formerly employed by P&J Rental.
Kenny loved his family dearly; he enjoyed his early morning calls with his childhood and lifelong best friend Greg Weigel. Kenny was an avid NASCAR enthusiast; he enjoyed fishing, playing the Guitar, collecting baseball cards. He was also an avid Eagles fan. Kenny was a proud Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister Melissa Longuemaire of New Bedford; a brother, Jonathan Simpson of Rochester; his grandmother, Irene Champagne of Tiverton; his uncle, Jimmy Champagne of Maryland; his cousin Amy Baker of FL; uncle Jimmy and Dot Pires; cousin Sharon Pires and his best friend Greg Weigel of Rochester. He was the grandson of the late Kenneth and Yvette Rea and Marcel and Jeanne Champagne and his aunt Darlene Rea.
Kenny's visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. Relatives and friends are invited. A funeral service will be held at 6:00 pm. Burial is private. Due to the current restriction regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic, face masking and social distancing will be required. To leave a note of condolence:

Curtis S. Hardy, III
Jan 12, 2021

Curtis S. Hardy, III, of Rochester, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Tobey Hospital. He was the husband of Lynne Rushton-Hardy.
Mr. Hardy was born in New Bedford, son of the late Curtis S. Hardy, Jr. and the late Anita (Dupre) Hardy and had been a longtime resident of Rochester. He was a 1961 graduate of New Bedford High School. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a bricklayer and was a proud member of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen for over 50 years. He loved horses and later became a horse trainer and consultant, a field in which he won many awards and was well respected. Mr. Hardy was a member of both the First Congregational Church, Rochester and the Rochester Senior Center.
Survivors along with his wife include his son: Curtis S. Hardy IV of Rochester; his daughter: Kim Hudak and her husband Cornell of CT; 4 step-sons: Robert Souza and his wife Jill of MA, Paul Souza and his wife Katherine of Carver, James Roy and his significant other Christine of RI and Neil Roy and his wife Meghan of RI; 2 step-daughters: Lynda Caton and her husband Joseph of Mattapoisett and Andrea Lowder and her husband Richard of VA; and a blended family of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Bruce Hardy.
Private arrangements are under the direction of the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford, MA 02745.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Rochester, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester, MA 02770,
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Franklin A. Caswell, Jr.
Jan 12, 2021

Franklin A. Caswell, Jr., 92, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home on Tuesday, January 12, 2020.
He was the husband of the late Loretta M. (Uppstrom) Caswell.
Born in Mattapoisett on Mahoney's Lane, son of the late Franklin and Gertrude (Bradley) Caswell he lived in Mattapoisett all of his life.
Franklin served proudly in the U.S. Navy during WWII and in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict.
He was well known in the town of Mattapoisett, working for 35 years in the public school system. He loved sports, being with his family, summer nights at the wharf and coffee with the boys.
Survivors include his children, Wayne F. Caswell and his wife Lori of Mattapoisett, and Deborah Mae Bailey and her husband Donald of Mattapoisett; two grandchildren, Lynne Mae Pelland and her husband Jason, Kimberly Anne Clough and her husband Simon; four great-grandchildren, Bailey Mae Pelland, Owen Pelland, Liam Clough and Shane Clough.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Frances Wordell, Eileen Cole, and Jean Benjamin.
His visitation will be held Friday, January 15 from 4-8 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. His funeral will be private.
Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are strict guidelines that must be adhered to for the safety of everyone. You MUST wear a mask to be allowed entry to the services. Please practice social distancing and avoid any close contact. Guests will be permitted to pay their respects and depart to allow the next guests to enter. Capacity at the funeral home will be limited so there could be wait times outside the funeral home. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Theodore (Ted) E. Kirchner
Jan 12, 2021

Theodore (Ted) E. Kirchner (88 from Weston, MA) set sail for brighter horizons on January 12, 2021 after a period of declining health. Ted was born to immigrant parents: Henry W. Kirchner and Margaret (Hollborn) Kirchner, in New York City. Raised in Queens speaking German, Ted commuted to Brooklyn Technical High School, then to Steven's Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ while living at home. Each evening when he completed his schoolwork he enjoyed a beer with his mom, to whom he was totally dedicated, as they reflected on the day. He would continue this tradition; smuggling a beer into her nursing home nightly 80+ years later. After college Ted served as a C-124 maintenance officer in the Air Force during the Korean War. After his military service, Ted settled in Long Island where he learned to sail and also joined the Center Ski Club. It was through the club that he not only taught himself to ski, but also made lifetime friendships and met the love of his life, Kathleen O'Hara, with whom he shared 59+ years of marriage. They eloped to Stowe, VT on Christmas Eve of 1961. After their first child, Peggy, was born, Ted was recruited to The Sippican Corporation in Marion, MA. Once in Marion they joined the Beverly Yacht Club and invested in a Pearson Triton 28, called Kathleen, on which Ted took his family on many adventures along the east coast; even up into Canada. Career opportunities took Ted to American Science & Engineering where he met his dearest friend, Paul Burstein. The two of them developed innovative x-ray technologies and space telescopes blasted into the heavens on Skylab and Einstein X-ray Observatory. The career shift also meant a move to Weston, MA where Ted and Kathy built their ski-lodge like home and moved with Peggy and now Eric to a wonderful neighborhood. Ted would eventually move to Foster Miller in Waltham to which he hiked, biked, or cross country skied depending on the conditions. In the mid-80s Kathleen was replaced by Catspaw, a Wauquiez 35', on which he cruised extensively with Kathy and enjoyed many a Figawi race. Their shared love of skiing brought them to mountains all over North America and Europe. Ted is very much missed by his wife: Kathleen, daughter: Peggy Cavanaugh and her husband Tony Kramer of Ventnor, NJ, son: Eric of Portland, OR, daughter: Bonnie Kirchner and her husband Craig Rowe of Marion, MA, grandchildren: Katie and Sean Cavanaugh, the Kramer, Bleidt, and Rowe step-grandchildren, and so many wonderful friends and colleagues. His family is forever grateful for the wonderful staff who cared for him at Sippican Healthcare especially during such an unprecedented time; as well as the incredible Brookhaven Hospice healthcare professionals. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to: CHA Foundation, c/o Brookhaven Hospice, 114 Turnpike Rd, Suite 206, Westborough, MA 01581 or or Stevens Institute of Technology, 1 Castle Point Terrace, Office of Development, Hoboken, NJ 07030, and indicating the Class of 1953 Endowed Scholarship Fund. Gifts can also be made by using this link and choosing the Class of 1953 Endowed Scholarship Fund from the dropdown list indicating the gift is a tribute at the bottom of the online form. In either case please note that the contribution is in memory of Ted Kirchner. A Celebration of Ted's life will be held when it is safe to gather.

Clifford A. Bodge
Jan 11, 2021

Clifford A. Bodge, 85, of Mattapoisett died January 11, 2021 at home after a lengthy illness surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Ann H. (Brady) Bodge and the late Barbara J. (Brady) Bodge.
Born in Quincy, MA he was the son of the late John A. and Mildred E. (Lovejoy) Bodge, living in Taunton, MA until moving to Attleboro, MA to raise his family.
Clifford was the President and Treasurer and second generation of the family business, Taunton Stove Company, Inc. for nearly 40 years until his retirement in 2008. He served as Chairman until his passing and was proud to have his son and two of his grandchildren succeed him as the third and fourth generation to join the Company. He was employed as a Mechanical Engineer and later a Program Manager from 1958 - 1969 at Texas Instruments in Attleboro.
Clifford was a graduate of Taunton High School, class of 1953, Northeastern University, class of 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and received his MBA from the University of Rhode Island in 1968. He trained in the US Army ROTC Program while at Northeastern University and was a US Army Reserve through 1962.
He was a member of the Rotary Club International of Taunton and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Clifford was devoted to his family and shared his passion for sailing the waters of Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay with them. Cliff also enjoyed fishing and any project that he could do in 5 minutes, in particular those done on the local waters. He loved Bay racing and was a past member of the Twenty Hundred Club Bay Racing Organization and the Tiverton Yacht Club.
Clifford spent his winters at his residence in Fort Myers, FL and traveled extensively to Europe and Ireland as well as the Caribbean Islands, often chartering a sailboat during his stay.
He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, often seen wearing a team jersey.
Survivors include his children, Lisa A. (Bodge) Hopkins and her husband Stephen of Westport, MA, Bruce M. Bodge and his wife Lori Ann of Taunton, MA, Linda L. (Bodge) Haslehurst and her husband Bruce of Fairhaven, MA, J. Thomas Bodge of Swansea, MA, Lynne M. (Bodge) Zankman and her husband Daniel of Greenville, South Carolina and Leslie J. Bodge of Attleboro, MA.
Other survivors are his step-children, John E. Cornish and his wife Debra of Mattapoisett, Joan E. (Cornish) Gould and her husband Mark of Ipswich, MA, James M. Cornish of Wareham, MA, and his brother-in-law and lifetime friend, Mr. John F. Brady of Portsmouth, RI.
Clifford proudly leaves 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 4 nieces. His beloved mini-poodle Ella was his constant companion.
Clifford was pre-deceased by Irene A. (Tougas) Bodge, late wife of J. Thomas Bodge and Margaret H. (Lane) Brady, late wife of John F. Brady, and Richard Gould, late son of Joan E. (Cornish) and Mark Gould.
Clifford's Family expresses their deepest appreciation and gratitude for the loving, supportive and compassionate care provided by the entire Staff of Tender Hearts Home Health Care during his illness.
His visiting hours will be held Thursday, January 14th, 2021 from 3-7 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, his funeral and burial will be private. Memorial Donations to Benefit MattSail, PO Box 947, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 may be made in memory of Clifford A. Bodge. For online guestbook, visit

Peter R. Prewitt
Jan 09, 2021

Peter R. Prewitt passed to eternal rest on Saturday, January 9, 2021. During his struggle with dementia, his family and friends want to thank the staff of Hartford Health Care for their outstanding help as well as the staff of Caleb Hitchcock.
Peter was born May 23, 1942 to Elisabeth Sterling Rockafellow and William Howard Prewitt in Morristown, NJ. He grew up in Marion, MA attending Wareham High School. Later he attended and played football for Boston University. In his younger years, he was a New England Champion in tennis.
He was married for 48 years to Kathleen Prewitt, living in West Simsbury, CT. He is also survived by his son, Timothy Prewitt, his wife Elaine, and grandson Charlie, who was the light of his life. He also leaves a sister, Suzanne Peterson of Marion, MA and many nieces and nephews.
He spent his working career with Golden Press, a division of Western Publishing Company. Through many corporate mergers, this division was eventually purchased by Random House. He won Salesman of the Year three times. In addition, he was granted several honorary awards for outstanding sales performance. Once retired, he became an avid golfer playing with his golf groups when time allowed. He enjoyed many years of skiing and enjoying winter sports in Vermont. He became a fund raiser for Ohio Wesleyan, the university his son Timothy attended. He was also very active in the Simsbury ABC House for several years, serving as head of maintenance.
A private Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church followed by burial in Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Simsbury A Better Chance Program (ABC House) P.O. Box 542, Simsbury, CT 06070.
The Vincent Funeral Home of Simsbury, CT is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Peter's "Book of Memories" at for online tributes.

Frank J. Weckesser
Jan 08, 2021

Frank J. Weckesser, 83, of Rochester, died Friday, January 8, 2021 at Mass. General Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was the husband of Carol A. (Godsoe) Weckesser.
Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Curran) Weckesser.
Frank or "Grumpy," as most called him was far from the endearing name bestowed on one of his grandchildren. As the patriarch of his large family, he gave generously, supported endlessly and cared immensely for those that stood by his side. He was a stoic man, who endured many physically traumatic challenges that most would have cowered down to. Frank served his country in United States Air Force, and after serving several years he was discharged as a Korean War veteran, a title which he wore with pride. Once back on U.S soil he swapped out his military uniform, while he served his city for many years as a Boston Police Officer. After retirement he found his next passion, the fishing industry. He built his sea fearing legacy on the Fairhaven/New Bedford waterfront and beyond. His name and work ethic will carry on as a legend of his time there. Many knew him as a quiet, smart, and driven businessman that built an empire, not for himself, but to continuously provide for and help others be their best selves. He has selflessly touched more lives than one could ever recall.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; his children, Tracy Eldridge, and her husband Jeff, and Donna Almeida, and her husband Bucky, both of Rochester, Paul Weckesser, and his wife Leslie of Acushnet, Daniel Durant and his wife Lisa of Dunbarton, NH, Steven Durant and his wife Rachel of Woonsocket, RI, and Janet Pace and her husband Michael of New Port Richey, FL; his siblings, Ann Peterson of Melrose, Robert Weckesser of Walpole, John Weckesser of MS, Stephen Weckesser and Elizabeth Campbell both of TX; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, the late Peter Weckesser.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy. (Rt. 28), Wareham from 4 - 6 pm. (Appropriate COVID-19 protocol will be observed including the use of face masks, social distancing and wait times in line due to temporary limited capacity.) Funeral service and interment in Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 or on-line at:

Eric Worthington O'Brien
Jan 07, 2021

Eric Worthington O'Brien of Medfield, MA., Mattapoisett, MA and Norfolk, MA died on January 7, 2021, peacefully with family by his side, after complications with pneumonia. He was 81.
Eric is survived by his wife of almost 54 years, Claudette Prefontaine O'Brien; his five children, Erin M. O'Brien, Kerry A. Durkin, Colleen L. O'Brien, Meghan A. Taylor and Peter T.C. O'Brien; his brother, Kevin Bryan and nine grandchildren: Ryan, Alison, Mikayla, Mara, Julia, Will, Ella, Dylan and Warren.
Eric was the son of Maurice O'Brien and Laura Cunningham O'Brien. He attended Newton High School, then went on to Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Upon graduation in 1961, Eric entered the United States Navy where he was a Lieutenant, serving on the USS Hank, USS Roberts and USS Huse. Upon exiting the Navy in 1965, Eric began his career as a sales representative for M.E. O'Brien and Sons, Inc., a family business. In 1983 he became the company's owner and President working tirelessly to grow the business. M.E. O'Brien and Sons is dedicated to assisting municipalities, developers and private corporations to design and build public spaces and urban landscapes. Eric's vision was to offer clients everything they needed to complete their recreation space.
Not only did he continue to build a thriving family business, but also worked toward the advancement of public parks. Eric passionately volunteered countless hours promoting and developing parks and recreation at local, regional and national levels starting with his involvement with the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts' Parks and Recreation Department (1973-1978, 1990-1991), the Downtown Study Commission and Open Space and Recreation Planning Committee (2013-2014). He also served as Medfield's Cemetery Commissioner where his priority was to plant trees all over Vinelake Cemetery to create a park-like setting. At the statewide (Massachusetts) level he served on the Governor's Blue-Ribbon Panel on Land Protection (1998) and the Olmsted Parks State Advisory Board (1980-1990).
Eric started his involvement with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in 1985. His various roles were member of the board of trustees (1985-1994), chair of the board of trustees (1995-1999), member of the national forum (2003-2008), and member of the strategic planning committee (2004). Eric was on the board of governors for the National Recreation and Park Foundation (NRPF) to support research, public policy, and public awareness efforts to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation (2006-2012). He served on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation created in 2012 and later served as the foundation's chair until 2017.
Eric served as trustee on the board of advisors for the National Association of Olmsted Parks (1984-1990), on the City Park Alliance Board of Directors (2006-2009), and as a world judge and corporate director for Nations in Bloom, Ltd. (1996-2003). Eric also served as a steering committee member for Clemson University's U.S. Play Coalition (2007-2015) and was on the board of directors for the Sajai Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children about healthy lifestyle and nutrition decisions (2007-2010).
His activism led to many awards and recognitions including the 1992 New England Regional Council Award, 1998 New England Park and Recreation Association John F. Howard Award, 1998 Rhode Island Recreation and Park Association John Cronin Award, 2005 American Park and Recreation Society Citizen's Award, 2007 New England Park Association Award, 2009 Rhode Island Recreation and Park Association Hall of Fame, 2012 Connecticut Park and Recreation Association Distinguished Service Award, 2013 Connecticut Park and Recreation Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014 National Recreation and Park Association Cornelius Amory Pugsley Award, and the 2015 New England Park Association President's Award.
He also served as editor of the New England Park Association's quarterly newsletter, The Exchange, for many years.
Eric was a true gentleman who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved playing golf, boating and reading. He was a faithful member of the Medfield Lions Club and for many years was a member of the MEMO business organization in Medfield.
At this time, the family will have private services. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the U.S. Play Coalition's Fran P. Mainella Play Conference Scholarship Fund. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at or send checks payable to "US Play Coalition" to Stephanie Garst, US Play Coalition, 263 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0735

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