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James Scott Vicino
Jan 12, 2020

James Scott Vicino, 55, of Mattapoisett, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 12, 2020.
Born and raised in Wareham, Scott was a 1982 graduate of Wareham High School, and later earned a degree in Computer Science from New England Institute of Technology. He worked as a Customer Service Engineer for NCR for over 20 years, where he was well respected by his peers for his unmatched technical knowledge, leadership skills, and his willingness to provide assistance wherever needed.
Scott was one of a kind, known for his quiet gentle spirit, his genuine nature and his ability to fix just about anything. He treasured time spent with his family, being outdoors, and creating delicious homemade meals from scratch. He was loved beyond words and will be missed dearly by his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Carol (Cammarata) Vicino, with whom he shared 31 beautiful years of marriage; his daughter Alyssa Kim Vicino of Mattapoisett; two sons, Stephen James Vicino and his wife Kathryn of Marion and Matthew John Vicino of Fairhaven; and his beloved grandson, Jacob Owen Vicino, who was his pride and joy; his siblings, Paul Vicino and his wife Yoko of Halifax, Theresa O'Mahoney and her husband John of Wareham, Michael Vicino and his wife Lori of Mattapoisett, David Vicino and his wife Heather of Victor, NY, and John Vicino and his wife Janet of Bourne; and several nieces and nephews.
Scott was predeceased by his parents James and Frances Vicino.
All who knew and loved Scott are invited to join his family for a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, January 25th from 12 Noon - 3 pm at the Rosebrook Event Center, 50 Rosebrook Place, Wareham. Scott was laid to rest at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Mattapoisett during a private burial service with his family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Scott's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals. For online guestbook, visit

Lenine M. Gonsalves
Jan 11, 2020

Lenine M. Gonsalves, 92, of Rochester passed away on Saturday January 11, 2020. He was the loving husband of Beatrice (Rogers) Gonsalves; they had been married for 67 years.
Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Manuel and Maria Augusta (Mendes) Gonsalves. Following his graduation from New Bedford High School in 1946, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force where he was a GCA technician. During this period, he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland from which he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1952. He later received his Master's degree from Northeastern University. He also completed post-graduate work at Brown University, Boston University, MIT, and City College of New York.
Len had been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He began his long and distinguished teaching career in 1953 at the New Bedford Textile School. Throughout the years he helped to build the electrical engineering department into a world class educational operation. At the time of his retirement in 1991, he had taught for close to forty years, half of those as the chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
In 1969 Len went to Saudi Arabia for two years where he helped establish an electrical engineering program and outfit the electrical engineering laboratories at the Saudi Arabia College of Petroleum and Minerals. He later spent the 1979-1980 academic year at the Institute for Electronics and Electricity in Boumerdes, Algeria, again helping to establish a new program.
He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Society of Engineering Education. He had also been a registered Professional Engineer in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
He is survived by the love of his life, Beatrice; two sons, Jerrold Gonsalves and his wife Opal of Florida, and Mark Gonsalves and his wife Donna of Georgia; his daughter, Jan Marie Aarsheim and her husband Knute of Marion; nine grandchildren, Eric Aarsheim and his wife Courtney, Kirby Apjohn and her husband Andrew, Keith Aarsheim, Stephanie Fritts and her husband Seth, Jeremy Gonsalves and his wife Monica, Taylor Gonsalves, and Sarah, Tyler, and Tobin Blatchford; and five great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Rylan, Gavin, Cameron, and Olivia.
He was predeceased by his son, Dennis Gonsalves and his brother, Tony Gonsalves.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday January 13, 2020 from 4-7 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. His funeral service and burial in St. John's Cemetery in New Bedford will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Edward Wright Sylvia
Jan 09, 2020

Surrounded by his family, Edward Wright Sylvia, 83, of Mattapoisett, passed away on January 9, 2020 from complications of Alpha One Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Born in New Bedford to Joseph E. and Helen Wright Sylvia, Ed is survived by his wife and best friend Sandra (LaStaiti) Sylvia.
Ed received his Bachelor of Science degree from NBITT (now the University of Massachusetts) where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Phi fraternity. He was inducted into the UMass Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007. He served for seven years in the Army National Guard.
Ed had a long and successful career in the wholesale beverage industry in both management and sales and was a prior owner of Trio Liquors and Ocean Vending.
Ed was a man of tremendous energy and enthusiasm. When he got his first rowboat at age 7, boating became his passion and continued throughout his life. Nothing made him happier than being on his boat Moonstruck cruising Buzzards Bay and the Islands with his family and Cuttyhunk Cruising Club friends.
A member of the Bay Club of Mattapoisett and the Country Club of New Bedford, he was an avid tennis player and in his later years a so-so golfer. He was also a prior member of the Prince Henry Society and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Most importantly, Ed was a husband, father, friend and adored "Poppy" to his grandchildren. He loved people and will best be remembered for his tremendous loyalty to his family and friends.
In addition to his wife Sandy, Ed is survived by his children Pam Callanan and Barry Sylvia and a large extended family including Lisa and Harry Segalas, Laurie and Nick Bolintiam, Duncan and Gretchen MacDonald and Brendan and Maite MacDonald. Poppy had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Meaghan Olejarz, husband Andrew, and children Lila and Teddy, Alyssa Irvine and husband Brian, Matthew Sylvia, Chris Sylvia, Kyle MacDonald and Jonathan Knoll, Haley Sheets, husband Cody and daughters Kimberly and Olivia, DJ MacDonald, Brendan, Zane, Annie and Mack Segalas and Nelson MacDonald.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday morning June 6th at the Bay Club of Mattapoisett. A private family service was held on Saturday Jan. 11th at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals. Burial with military honors followed in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. Donations in his memory can be sent to Alpha-1 Foundation, ATTN: Development Office, 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134 or via the website at or to The Center for Regenerative Medicine (CREM) and the Alpha-1 Center of Boston University and Boston Medical Center, c/o Dr. Andrew Wilson, 670 Albany St. 2nd Floor, Boston, MA. 02118. For online condolence book, please visit

Shirley G. (Blasenak) Cronan
Jan 09, 2020

Shirley G. (Blasenak) Cronan, 81 of North Easton died January 9, 2020 peacefully at home.
She was the wife of the late Paul H. Cronan.
Born in Norwood, MA the daughter of the late Werner H. and Lillian M. (Garland) Blasenak, she lived in Walpole and Mattapoisett most of her life before moving to North Easton.
She was a communicant of Holy Cross Church in South Easton.
She enjoyed knitting, gardening and crafts.
Survivors include her 2 sons, Michael Cronan of Bellgrade, MT and Daniel Cronan of Marion; and several cousins.
Her Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 10 am at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Mattapoisett. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Robert Niemi
Jan 01, 2020

Robert Niemi, 78, of Rochester, died peacefully Wednesday, January 1, 2020 surrounded by his family at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Judith E. (Cusick) Niemi.
Born in Wareham, he was the son of the late Everett E. and Theresa L. (Mestieri) Niemi. Mr. Niemi received his Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University, now UMass Dartmouth and owned and operated Niemi Electric for over 40 years. He was also a third-generation cranberry grower.
Mr. Niemi was a member of the Redmen Cromesett Tribe # 156 and the Wareham / New Bedford Lodge of Elks # 73. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed golf, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Judith of Rochester; his children, Sally Niemi-Farhoody and her wife Nassrine of Auburn, Stephen Niemi and his fiance Trisha Osborne of Wareham, Jeffrey Niemi and his wife Lisa of Rochester, and Jennifer Proffit and her husband Steven of Rochester; his sisters, Elizabeth Galavotti of Cheyenne, WY, and Catherine Doris of Westport. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Michael and Mary Niemi, Zachary and Jake Proffit, Cameron and Courtney Osborne, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
His funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., (Rt. 28), Wareham on Fri., Jan. 10, 2020 at 9 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, High St., Wareham at 10 am. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours will be Thurs. from 4 - 7 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. of MA/NH, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

Richard J. Barrett
Dec 30, 2019

Richard J. Barrett, 73 of Mattapoisett died December 30, 2019 at Brigham & Women's Hospital after a period of declining health.
He was the husband of Patricia Nicholson.
Born and raised in New Bedford, son of the late Edward and Yvonne (Masse) Barrett, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life.
He was formerly employed as an instructor in the automotive department at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School for many years until his retirement.
"Dickie", when not helping others or out and about socializing with his large network of friends, could usually be found in his work shop, affectionately known as the "Sawdust Cafe". He was a true perfectionist when working or helping others with projects. He had a lifelong interest and knowledge of all things mechanical and structural. He always was willing to help his friends with anything at anytime, anywhere if they had an emergency. Those who knew him could count on him and he was always at the ready and available to provide advice, tools, or with anything related to all aspects of construction, word working, or home projects regardless of the magnitude of the job. He took pride in his ability to remain true to his Northern New Bedford roots and stayed close with his very large family. Dick was most proud of his professional accomplishments and the students whose lives he positively affected while working and retiring as an automotive instructor at the Greater New Bedford Vocational High School. Dick loved participating in all outdoor and athletic activities that were available to him, including, skiing, boating, riding his Indian motorcycle, tennis, softball and working out at the "Club". In his later years, he participated regularly in yoga and pickle ball. Dick had a unique ability to meet a stranger while out socializing and shortly thereafter become good friends with them because he possessed the ability to connect with others either with his sense of humor, or easy way of communication. His smile is legendary, and exemplified the good natured man that he was. Needless to say, Dick will be sorely missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Survivors include his wife; 5 brothers, Roland Barrett and his wife Patti of Milford, James Barrett and his wife Nancy of Mattapoisett, Rene Barrett and his wife Dawne of Easton, Edward Barrett and his wife Evelyn of Lakeville and Charles Barrett and his wife Cheryl and Godson CJ of Dartmouth; 3 sisters, Jeanine Sasseville and her husband Gene and Goddaughter Susan of New Bedford, Claire Tellier and her husband John of Norwich, CT and Celeste Paleologos and her husband Phil of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Marc Barrett.
His Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 11th at 11 AM at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. Visiting hours will be Friday, January 10th from 3-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association Inc., P.O. Box 947 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Mary E. (Molloy) Tapper
Dec 24, 2019

Mary E. (Molloy) Tapper, 91, of Mattapoisett, formerly of New Bedford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 24, 2019 at Sippican Heathcare Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Robert F. Tapper.
Born in Torbay, Newfoundland, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Manning) Molloy, she lived in New Bedford for most of her life, before moving to Mattapoisett.
Mrs. Tapper was an active communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, where she had been a member of the Ladies Guild, the church choir, and the Parish Council.
She is survived by three sons, James Tapper, Robert Tapper, Jr., and Francis Tapper and his wife Patricia; three daughters, Angela Natho, Patricia Saunders and her husband Stephen, and Mary Quinn and her husband Charles; her siblings, John Molloy and his wife Kathleen, Catherine Coady, Theresa Parsons and her husband John, Sister Frances Molloy, Shirley Thorne, Joseph Molloy and his wife Sandy; her sisters-in-law, Pauline Molloy and Peachy Molloy; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Patsy Tapper; her son-in-law, Carl Natho; her siblings, Robert Molloy and his wife Mary, William Molloy, James Molloy, Patricia Grace and her husband John; and her brothers-in-law, Francis Thorne and James Coady.
Her family would like to thank Dr. Matthew Messina and the Staff of Sippican for the care received by their mother.
Her Funeral will be held on Saturday Dec. 28th at 8:45 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant St., New Bedford at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday Dec. 27th from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Ray Edwin Pickles
Dec 20, 2019

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Ray Edwin Pickles, 86, of Marion, MA. Ray passed away on December 20, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Providence, Rhode Island December 18, 1933, son of the late Frank Pickles and Mildred Ray.
Ray is survived by his loving wife, Diane Bondi-Pickles, loving children Christopher (Margaret) Pickles; Justine (Nick Vardaro) Pickles; Leah Pickles, and granddaughter, Danika Vardaro. As well as his sister Lucille of St. Johnsbury, VT and late son Charles Arnold Ray Pickles.
During the Korean War Ray served in the US Army. He then graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a degree in Civil Engineering. Ray went on to have a long career in public service including 28 years as the Town Administrator for the Town of Marion, MA.
Ray had a passion for life and he embraced it fully. Ray was an avid skier, enjoyed the thrill and speed of car racing, and loved open water diving. Ray enjoyed many years of competitive sailboat racing including five Marion to Bermuda races. He also loved ocean cruising with his family along the Atlantic Coast. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father and friend.
Family and Friends are invited to attend Ray's Memorial Service at St. Gabriel's Church on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM.

David W. Barclay
Dec 17, 2019

David W. Barclay, 71, of Mattapoisett died Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at home after a brief illness surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Callaghan) Barclay.
Born and raised in New Bedford, son of the late George and Gladys (Hall) Barclay, he lived in Fairhaven most of his life before moving to Mattapoisett. He enjoyed wintering in Naples, FL.
He was formerly employed as a firefighter with the New Bedford Fire Department for 13 years while working as a real estate agent with Hughes & Carey Century 21. He was later employed as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley for 28 years until his retirement.
Dave enjoyed golfing, sailing and skiing.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Betsy; his son, Christopher D. Barclay and his wife Laura of Mattapoisett; his daughter, Meghan C. Barclay of Fairhaven; two brothers, Kenneth Barclay and his wife Pamela of Ft. Pierce, FL and Rev. George Barclay and his wife Kathleen of Warwick, RI; his sister, Linda Visco and her husband Louis of Yarmouth; his grandson, Jackson Barclay; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-8 PM. Donations in Dave's memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support brain cancer research and mailed to P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or online at For directions and guestbook, please visit

Roseanne Pittsley
Dec 16, 2019

Roseanne Pittsley, 57 of Bourne formerly of Marion passed away on Monday December 16, 2019. Roseanne was born in Wareham the daughter of the late Robert and Rose Marie (Masterson), Pittsley, Sr. She was the loving companion of Stephen Lussier of Bourne.
She attended the Old Rochester Regional School District. She also enjoyed music, cats, birds and gaming. Rosanne was never afraid to get her hands dirty and was always ready to help repair any car.
She was the mother of Kevin Pittsley of East Wareham, Timothy Pittsley of Wareham and Travis Pittsley of Bourne. She was the sister of Robert Pittsley, Jr. of Maine, Russell Pittsley of Marion, Raymond Pittsley of Marion and Ramona Pittsley. She was the grandmother of Riley Pittsley and she was also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held at later date to be announced. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit Arrangements by Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Street Wareham, MA 02571.

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