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Michael R. Bowers
Apr 05, 2021

Michael R. Bowers, 55, a lifelong resident of Fairhaven, passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 5, 2021. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Joseph T. Bowers of Fairhaven and the late Cecile M. (Gauvin) Bowers.
Michael attended New Bedford Vocational Technical High School and is a Veteran of the US Navy, serving in the submarine service on the USS Phoenix during the 1980's. He worked as a Journeyman Electrician and was a member of the IBEW Local #223.
He loved spending time with his family, his many close friends, and especially his two granddaughters who brought him so much joy.
Michael is survived by his father; a son, Michael R. Bowers, Jr. of Fairhaven; his two granddaughters, Mackenzie and Abigail; two sisters, Catherine Francazio and her husband David of Tiverton, RI and Theresa Bowers of Fairhaven; two brothers, Steven Bowers and his wife Hollis of St. Croix and Joseph T. Bowers, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Ft. Meyers, FL; and many nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated and memorial calling hours will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 from 4-7pm in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10am in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven. For memorial register or facility directions please visit,
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Michael's name to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

Patrick S. O'Neale
Apr 02, 2021

Patrick S. O'Neale, 62, of Fairhaven, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the husband of Dolores E. (Sylvia) O'Neale with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.
Born in Washington, D.C., son of the late Hugh W. and Germaine M. (Lesieur) O'Neale, he had resided in Fairhaven for the past 34 years.
He was a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1981.
Mr. O'Neale was the Senior Vice President at Tata & Howard, Inc.
Patrick was a very active member of several water works organizations in Massachusetts and was well regarded among his peers. He served on Mass Water Works Associations' Board of Directors, having been elected in 2015 and advancing to President in 2019; he was currently serving as Past President for the association. Patrick was also involved on the Program Committee for Mass Water Works, serving as co-chair for a number of years. He was chair of the Vendor Relations Committee for Plymouth County Waterworks Association and was a frequent presenter on water-related topics at association meetings. He was a recipient of Plymouth County Waterworks Associations' David L. Regan Associate Member Award in 2006 for his outstanding service to the water works profession. Professionally, he was instrumental in helping the Town of Falmouth with their Long Pond Water Treatment Plant, which went online in 2017 and is capable of producing 8.4 million gallons per day. For the work done by Patrick and the team at Tata & Howard, Inc. the plant was recognized with a 2018 Silver Engineering Excellence Award for engineering services by The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA). Patrick was also instrumental in the formation of the Mattapoisett River Valley Water District which includes water supply sources operated by the towns of Fairhaven, Marion and Mattapoisett, and also serves the Town of Rochester. Rather than constructing several treatment facilities for the eight wells, the towns teamed to construct a single advanced water treatment facility saving the towns approximately $5 million by building the plant jointly.
Known as Grandad, Patrick loved his family, especially his three grandsons who were the love of his life.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Shannon Anderson and husband Christopher, Brittney O'Neale, Morgan O'Neale and Sean O'Neale; three grandsons, Gavin, Brody and Wyatt; his siblings, Donna Tipton and husband Dave, Hugh John O'Neale, Mary Roth and husband Mark, Kathy Church and husband Buddy, Daniel O'Neale and wife Sharon, Helen Norris and Rick O'Neale; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William O'Neale.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Patrick's memory can be made to Water For People at
Private services are in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven.
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Charles J. Vosseler
Apr 01, 2021

Charles J. Vosseler, 83, of Mattapoisett passed away Thursday April 1, 2021 at home after a long illness.
Born in Dartmouth, the son of the late Charles and Helen M. (Simpson) Vosseler, he lived in Mattapoisett for most of his life. He was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School, Class of 1956.
Charles was formerly employed as a carpenter for Fisher and Rocha for over 25 years.
In his younger years, he was an avid car enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being with his friends at "the barn." His favorite hobby was woodworking, specializing in building birdhouses.
He is survived by his daughter, Diane R. Correia and her significant other John Duffy of Carver; his longtime companion and caregiver, Judy Anthony of Mattapoisett; his sister, Margaret Jicha of Bremen, Maine; his granddaughter, Stephanie R. Correia and her significant other David Kirk; and two nephews, John and Robert Jicha.
His funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. For online condolence book, please visit

Manny Del Lima, Jr.
Apr 01, 2021

Manny Del Lima, Jr., 78, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, April 1st, 2021.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late Manuel and Irene (Goulart) Del Lima, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life before retiring to Rochester. He was the husband of Barbara Blanchard.
Manny was a classically trained, talented trumpet player. He played with many bands including the UMass Dartmouth Jazz Band, Bay State Band, John Solerno Band, and Blues Alley.
His favorite past time was working on his wooden boats and building a scale model of the Mayflower.
He received his Master's Degree in Engineering from Northeastern University and worked for Brewer Engineering in Marion, Instron Corporation in Canton, New Bedford Vocational High School, and UMass Dartmouth.
He leaves behind his loving wife Barbara and his children, Christine Kerans and her husband Martin of Stoneham, MA, and Steven Del Lima and his wife Jennifer of Levittown, NY; his siblings, Lenny Del Lima and Bernice DeChaves; his grandchildren, Owen Kerans and Hailey Del Lima; and many nieces and nephews.
His visitation will be held Wednesday, April 7, from 4 to 8 pm with a service held at 7 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook and directions please visit
In lieu of flowers donations in his honor can be made to Office of Advancement Services, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you must wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid any close contact. 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.

Jocelyne M. Tapper
Mar 29, 2021

Jocelyne M. Tapper, 83. Jocelyne used to say that she "opened and closed" a great many eyes in her career as both a maternity nurse and a nursing home supervisor. She cared, lovingly, for those on both ends of the spectrum of life, from birth to death.
After receiving her nursing degree from St. Anne's Nursing School in Fall River, MA, Jocelyne began her career by helping birth countless babies at Wesson Women's Hospital in Springfield. She also worked for many years in the maternity ward of St. Luke's in New Bedford, comforting laboring Moms and welcoming beautiful new babies into the world.
Later working at Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven and Sippican Healthcare in Marion, Jocelyne was particularly devoted to maintaining the dignity of the elderly residents in her care.
Returning to Our Lady's Haven as a resident several years ago, Jocelyne was cared for by many of the nurses and aides with whom she had worked for almost 30 years. They attended her lovingly and compassionately---especially in her final days, returning the gift of end-of-life care that Jocelyne had so generously and graciously bestowed on so many in her nursing career.
Passing on March 30, 2021 at the age of 83, Jocelyne will, from her joy-filled heavenly vantage, now watch over those who remain, including her twin "boys" Mark and John Tapper of Vermont and their wives Susannah and Sarah; her daughters Michele Tapper-Racine and her husband Richard of Fairhaven and Evelyn Davilla of Waterford, Connecticut. Jocelyne is predeceased by her son, Matthew Tapper. Jocelyne's sister, Suzanne Walter and her husband Robert of Virginia will miss the frequent visits to the Southcoast to spend time with Jocelyne in her beloved village of Mattapoisett.
Jocelyne is now guardian angel to her nine grandchildren, their spouses, and partners and her eight great-grandchildren.
Proud of her family ties to the Letendre and Payette clans, Jocelyne leaves behind many cousins with whom she shared some amazing adventures, numerous nieces, and nephews, and so many beloved friends.
In remembrance of Jocelyne's spirit, be sure to spend that extra time rocking and singing to those babies, be sure to hold an elderly hand, and offer peace and comfort to those who may be alone.
The Liturgy of the Word and Final Commendation will be held on Thursday April 1, 2021 at 10 AM at Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. The service will also be live-streamed at for those unable to attend in person. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday March 31, 2021 from 5-7 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Due to the current pandemic, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing. For online condolence book, please visit

Karen M. (Goulart) Canastra
Mar 29, 2021

Karen M. (Goulart) Canastra, 57, of Fairhaven died March 29, 2021 of ovarian cancer at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was the beloved wife of Kyle T. Canastra, with whom she shared 25 years of marriage.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of Manuel A. and Dolores (Fernandes) Goulart, she was raised in Acushnet before moving to Fairhaven. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School and Johnson & Wales University.
She was an owner of Century House in Acushnet, known for her warm presence and devotion to the family business. She left a legacy for truly caring for every customer that walked through the doors.
Karen had a passion for spending time with her family and was always so proud of her two daughters. She loved to attend all their school and sporting events and would always talk about their accomplishments. Her kindness and compassion will forever be remembered by those who crossed her path. An infectious smile that would light up a room and a hug that would warm your heart, Karen was a very humble soul that made sure she put others needs in front of her own.
She will be forever loved and missed by so many people.
Survivors include her husband; her parents; 2 daughters, Taylor Marie Canastra of Westbrook, ME and Sierra Rose Canastra of Fairhaven; 2 brothers, Michael Goulart of Fairhaven and Jeffrey Goulart and his wife Debbie of Marion; a sister, Sherri Goulart of Dartmouth; a niece, Kaleigh Goulart; 2 nephews, Chandler Goulart and Maxwell Kane; and several cousins.
She was the aunt of the late Cameron Goulart.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 6th at 11 am in Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 5th from 3-8 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cameron's Kids, c/o 71 Bullivant Farm Road, Marion, MA 02738 or to BIDMC (in memo section of check, please note gift for Dr. Meagan Shea's Research Fund) mailed to Catherine Stephens, BIDMC, Office of Development, (OV) 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215. For directions and guestbook, visit
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.

Donald J. DuBois
Mar 28, 2021

Donald J. DuBois, 86, of Rochester, formerly of Newton, died Sunday, March 28, 2021 peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was the husband of Frances B. (Bucelwicz) DuBois.
Born in Watertown, he was the son of the late Eugene and Anna (Kidik) DuBois. Raised in Newton, Don worked with his brothers at DuBois Corporation in Newton. A longtime summer resident of Briarwood in Wareham, he moved to Rochester 17 years ago.
Mr. DuBois also a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed fishing, lobstering and scalloping.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; his children, Donald J. DuBois, Jr. and his fiance Linda Koliscz of Fairhaven, Douglas DuBois and his wife Kamryn of Millis, and Donna DuBois of Newton; his brothers, Eugene DuBois of FL, and Frederick DuBois of Norfolk; six grandchildren, Brielle Chase, Addison DuBois, Sheridan DuBois, Olivia DuBois, Maxwell DuBois and Jordyn Turin; and 2 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, the late Lorraine Howard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Mon., April 5, 2021 at St. Patrick's Church, High St., Wareham at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours have been omitted.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Ln., Rochester, MA 02770. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Richard Lewis Prouty
Mar 24, 2021

Richard Lewis Prouty died peacefully on March 24, 2021 following a brief illness lovingly surrounded by his family and his wife, Kim. Richard was born in Springfield, MA on February 2, 1976 and moved to Mattapoisett with his family in 1981. He attended Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Old Rochester Regional High School, Castleton University in Castleton, VT graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Music. He attended Berklee School of Music before graduating from the Institute of Health Professions, Boston, with a Master of Science in Nursing. He worked for several years as a Nurse Practitioner giving specialized care working with neurosurgeons and orthopedic hand surgeons. His work with his patients was personal and deeply caring. He also was a partial owner of The Speedwell Tavern in Plymouth, MA. Richard was a gifted musician and held a lifelong passion for music in many forms. A member of the local Loose Cannon Orchestra, he excelled in jazz organ and piano and was always willing to create and share his music with others. He was an avid adventurer whether it was traveling cross country from skate park to skate park while also exploring the wilderness, or captaining the mighty "Beagle" offshore in search of tuna and mahi-mahi. He also won the North Atlantic Shark Tournament in 2014 with a group of great friends. Richard was a lover of all animals great and small throughout his life. A skateboarder, a remote car racer, an artist and framer, a photographer. He selflessly built a skateboard park for all to enjoy in New Bedford. His kindness and joy in life was never ending. We are all the richer for knowing and loving him. As a dear friend says, "The world will never recover from his loss". Richard is survived by his wife, Kim, his parents, Lewis and Jennifer Prouty; his sister Hilary Vineyard and her husband Sam and their son, Oliver; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Caroline and Justin Manzone, and their children, Pepper and Tucker; and many cousins, aunts and uncles, and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Fairhaven Animal Shelter or the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. His memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, April 6th from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. 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.

Dale C. Dakin
Mar 16, 2021

Dale C. Dakin, 80, of Rochester passed away Tuesday March 16, 2021 after a brief illness. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Bishop) Dakin; they had been married for 56 years.
Born in Lynn, the son of the late James and Laura (Vera) Dakin, he lived in Rochester for most of his life. He was a graduate of the Waterman School in Rochester and New Bedford High School.
Dale was formerly employed as a warehouseman for Goodhue Lumber Company and later worked for Louis M. Gerson Company in Middleboro until his retirement.
He enjoyed going to the Rochester Council on Aging for activities and exercise. An avid sports fan, he especially like watching baseball. He loved history and travel, having visited all 50 U.S. states as well as England, Scotland, and Wales. He had a vast collection of hats. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Adriana Amaral and her husband Victor; his grandson, Cameron Amaral; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard, Randolph, and Douglas Dakin.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett Sunday March 21, 2021 from 2-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Rochester Council on Aging, 67 Dexter Lane, Rochester, MA 02770. For online condolence book, please visit

Donald R. LaBrode
Mar 14, 2021

Donald R. LaBrode, 66, of Acushnet passed away at home on March 14, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife Donna (Mayer) LaBrode. Last year they celebrated their 47th year of tireless and dedicated love. Donald was born on January 7, 1955 in New Bedford to the late Myles Louis LaBrode and the late Deolinda (Amaral) LaBrode. He was a resident of Acushnet for his entire life residing in the family home originally built by his grandparents. Donald's source of ceaseless joy was his family, which consists of three children, Julie Bosworth along with her husband Thomas of Dartmouth, Eric LaBrode along with his wife Rebecca of Westport, and Elizabeth Leifheit along with her husband Gareth of Avon, MA. As "Puppa", he adored his six grandchildren: Logan and Hadley Bosworth, Taylor and Eleanor LaBrode, and Emin and Alder Leifheit. Donald was the youngest of four siblings and is survived by his sister Margaret (LaBrode) Rapoza along with her husband John of Sarasota, FL, his brother Myles LaBrode along with his wife Elizabeth of Taunton, MA, and his brother Paul LaBrode along with his wife Claire of Leland, NC as well as his brother-in-law Donald Mayer and with his wife Janet of Mattapoisett.
Donald was an avid sailor, captaining his beloved Dove and later Honeybee, out of Padanaram harbor on the waters of Buzzard's Bay and beyond. The friendships he made through boating were true and enduring. Donald was a long-standing member of the New Bedford Yacht Club. Brodie, as he was affectionately known, worked as a Pepperidge Farm distributor for forty-one years until his retirement in 2017. He traded driving the bread truck for long rides in his 1967 Mercedes coupe. Donald had a knack for making people feel welcome and comfortable; that was never more true than on Sundays by the pool when family and friends would gather for fantastic food, conversation, and music. He always enjoyed relaxing with a book and looked forward to a new selection arriving from his cousin Michael.
His life will be celebrated this summer by family and friends in true Donald fashion under a tent in the field he so proudly tended at 188.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Southcoast Visiting Nurses Association, 200 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719. For guestbook, please visit

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