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Suzanne Keith Dixon
Mar 03, 2024

Suzanne Keith Dixon, 73, of Rochester, MA, peacefully passed away on March 3, 2024 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham after a decades-long battle with cancer. She was born July 8, 1950, in Wareham, MA, the daughter of the late Wendell T. and Ruth W. (Taber) Keith.

Suzanne graduated from Fairhaven High School, class of '68 and UMass Dartmouth. For most of her life, Suzanne resided in Rochester with her husband of 51 years, Walter H. Dixon, in a home they built together. Early in their marriage, much to their parents' dismay, Suzanne and Walter purchased their property "way out in the country" and spent years making it an incredibly beautiful and special place. Suzanne loved her home and could be found most days reading, knitting, or lost in her vast gardens of flowers. She was creative and clever beyond measure and most who met her were in awe of her resourcefulness and imagination.

For many years, Suzanne could be found at local craft fairs, selling her dried flower arrangements, procured from her garden, or as a first mate on her husband's commercial fishing vessel, the Pedlar. Later in life, she was known by many for her beautiful fresh bouquets that she sold on her home's farm stand.

Suzanne is survived by her husband Walter H. Dixon of Rochester; son, Jacob H. Dixon of Attleboro; daughter, Molly K. (Dixon) and spouse Christopher T. Fournier, and their children, whom she loved fiercely, Winslow, Felix, and Ashby of Rochester. Suzanne is also survived by her half-brother Donald I. Pierce of Reading, MA and was predeceased by her brother Thomas Keith formerly of Fairhaven, MA.

Per Suzanne's wishes, a private Celebration of Life will be held later in the year when her gardens are in bloom. In lieu of flowers, keep those you care for close and tell them you love them every day.

Arrangements are by Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

Margaret M. (Innis) McGowan
Mar 02, 2024

Margaret M. (Innis) McGowan, 80, of Grand Junction, Colorado peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at HopeWest Hospice Center in Grand Junction. Margaret was born on April 19, 1943, in Milford, MA, to the late Charles S. Innis and Angelina M. (Macini) Innis. She attended Milford High School and Worcester State College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in teaching. Margaret began her career as a special education teacher for elementary school children in Milford before marrying her husband, John P. McGowan II. They were happily married for 53 years until his passing. Margaret was a dedicated mother who prioritized her children's education and well-being.

She later returned to teaching as a reading specialist, retiring from Sippican Elementary School in Marion, MA.

In her retirement, Margaret cherished spending time at the beach and hosting the annual family clam bake to spend time with close family. She loved going out to breakfast with friends, shopping at the local shops and was an avid reader. She relocated to Grand Junction to be closer to her Colorado family in her later years. She is survived by her daughter Mary (McGowan) Brahms and her husband Eric of Centerville, her son Michael McGowan and his wife Marie of Colorado, and her six beloved granddaughters. Margaret was preceded in death by her son John Patrick "Pat" McGowan III in 2019. She is also survived by her brother Paul Innis of Florida, numerous nieces, and nephews. She was the sister of the late Charles and Richard Innis.

Services were held in Medway, Mass .on March 11 and 12 followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne .

Margaret will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, and her memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched. Memorial donations may be made in Margaret's name for a tribute to be placed at Sippican School in Marion, Mass.

Please mail or deliver to : Margaret McGowan Memorial Account c/o Abington Bank 350 Front Street Marion , Mass. 02738

Eleanor L. (Smith) Galligan
Feb 29, 2024

Eleanor L. (Smith) Galligan 82, Of New Bedford, Ma, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home on Feb 29, 2024 after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of Alexander J and Marjorie M (Alexander) Smith, whom she lovingly cared for. She was raised in Rochester, Ma. Ellie was the owner of Elvira J's in Fairhaven for several years. She retired from Acushnet Company, was a 1955 graduate of Waterman School and a 1959 graduate of New Bedford Vocational.

Ellie was especially proud of her 6 beautiful girls whom she raised to be strong and independent women. Donna Jacques (Norman), Betty Walker (Kenny), Leona Andre (Tony), Christine Galligan, Debra Garabedian, Tracie Martin (David), 15 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren and her Godchild Sherry Thomas (James).

She was extremely talented at many things, a wonderful cook, seamstress, and loved to crochet. She was known for making many matching clothes for the girls and for donating many of her handmade items to the VA and other organizations. She totally remodeled an Old Farmhouse as her home. She made and sold Shabby Chic Furniture, upcycling before it became popular.

She leaves her siblings Cecelia Hall (Rick) and Marjorie Higgenbotham, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her siblings Joseph A. Smith and Laura E. Lebeau

Arrangements by Rock Funeral Home. Private burial at Acushnet Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Friends of The Rochester Council on Aging.

Donald C. Smith
Feb 28, 2024

Donald C. Smith, "Smitty", "Rammie", 100, of Wareham passed away at home on Wednesday February 28, 2024. He was the husband of 68 years to the late Lydia (Hinckley) Smith. He was born in Marion the son of the late Herbert and Edith (Potter) Smith.

A graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School and a WWII Navy Veteran and was one of the oldest WWII veterans in the State and in the Town of Wareham. From 1945-1964 he was the Parts Manager at Suddard Ford in Wareham. He was the Town of Rochester Tow Truck operator and ran the Junk Yard on the corner of Vaughn Hill Road and 105. He was also the owner and operator of Smitty's Excavation Services. He loved a good western and collected antique automobiles and model cars.

He is survived by his children Alan D. Smith and Rebecca A. Tetrault both of Wareham and Donna E. Voss of West Wareham. Grandfather of 8, great grandfather of 24, great-great grandfather of 14. He was also survived by many relatives, friends and his faithful companion "Sammy". Brother of the late Alton, Theo, Robert, Morris Smith and Idella Smith Tabor.

Visiting hours Friday March 8, from 5-7pm in the Wareham Village Funeral Home 5 Center Street Wareham. Funeral service Saturday March 9, at 10 O'clock in the Tabernacle of Praise 187 Hathaway Street, Wareham. Burial will follow in Centre Cemetery, Tihonet Road Wareham. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Memorial gifts may be made to the Tabernacle of Praise. To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit

Joseph S. Betts
Feb 20, 2024

Joseph S. Betts, M.D. passed away on February 20, 2024, at the age of 88. The youngest child of Frances and Carroll Betts, he was born in Alma, Michigan, spending his childhood years in Gaylord, Michigan.

Always a student, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14, becoming the third member of his family to do so. From a young age, Joe aspired to be a physician, and went on to attend the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, where he spent his entire academic career.

He was a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Prior to going into private practice, Joe held the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. The bulk of his career was spent at Healthcare for Women in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he practiced OBGYN for nearly 35 years, and delivered an estimated 9,000 babies.

In his later years, Joe took up golf, playing at both The Kittansett Club in Marion, Massachusetts, where his love of the sea combined with his new passion, and at Naples Lakes Country Club in Naples, Florida, where he made his home.

He is survived by his wife Jane-Lee, son Michael (Diana), daughter Jennifer Fisher (Scott) and father to Susannah Quirion (Michael). In addition, he leaves four grandchildren, Alex Fisher, Gray Betts, Owen Quirion and Samantha Quirion as well as Chloe kitty, who never left his side.

Donations may be made in his name to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, Massachusetts 02719.

Private arrangements are being overseen by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.

Mary Anne Lucas
Feb 17, 2024

Mary Anne Lucas passed away at her daughter’s home in Orlando, Florida on February 17th at the age of 90. Mary was born in Rhode Island and worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company after high school. She married Robert Lucas in 1959, and they moved to Martha’s Vineyard where he served as a state trooper. Together, they raised 3 children and owned and operated the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs from 1969 to 1984. During that time, the family relocated to Sandwich, selling the carousel in the process. Mary owned and operated an antique store and metaphysical bookstore while living in Sandwich. She was a skilled gardener and was passionate about holistic health. In retirement Mary resurrected her love for painting, which she enjoyed well into her 80’s. Her door was always open to friends who often enjoyed a meal or a slice of her homemade apple pie. Mary is predeceased by her husband, Robert P. Lucas, Sr. and her son, Robert P. Lucas, Jr and her beloved 20-year-old cat. She is survived by her daughter, Betsy (who lives in Orlando with her family), her son, Daniel (who lives in Mattapoisett with his family), and her dear lifelong friends, Carol Rhoads and Madelyn Medeiros, both of Marion. A celebration of life is planned for Mary, Robert, and Bobby, this summer.

William J. Loughman
Feb 16, 2024

William J. Loughman, known to many as Bill or Billy, passed away Friday, February 16th, 2024 with his family by his side. Born and raised in West Roxbury, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Burke) Loughman. He is survived by his siblings, Susan Cabe of Cramerton, NC, Nancy Giovannucci and husband John of Norwood and Lisa Gillis and husband Jimmy of West Roxbury, one niece and three nephews, as well as several great nieces and nephews. Billy also leaves many loving and caring friends.

Bill was gifted with a special quality to brighten other people's days wherever he went. He went about life with a smile on his face and a passion to help others. His love and passion for his work in the community was something to be admired. For those who knew Bill, his love for gardening and making flower arrangements was like no other. It's no wonder his home was on the Marion Garden Club House Tour, for which he was very proud. Billy loved being by the ocean, going out on the boat, swimming in his pool, and even just hanging out on the beach collecting shells. He was a beloved employee and friend to numerous tri-town families who will miss him very much. Whether it was volunteering at the cat shelter, the senior center, the Sippican Historical Society, or even just giving up his time to those that needed him, Billy was a giving person and our community will miss him very much. A celebration of his life will be held sometime in the upcoming months.

Carol F. Doherty
Feb 15, 2024

Mrs. Carol F. Doherty, RN, age 96, of Cumberland, RI, formerly of Attleboro, MA passed away at the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home in Riverside, RI on February 15, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Edward J. Doherty, DDS who had a dental practice in Attleboro for many years.

Born in Taunton, she was the daughter of the late Taunton Police Detective John P. Flynn and the late Margaret (Brady) Flynn. Mrs. Doherty was the sister of the late John J. Flynn, a Washington DC lobbyist of Falmouth, MA. Mrs. Doherty is survived by her sons, retired Wrentham District Court Clerk-Magistrate Edward J. Doherty and his wife Joanne of Mattapoisett & Colonel Brendan P. Doherty, retired Rhode Island State Police Superintendent and his wife Michele of Narragansett, RI.

She was predeceased by her youngest son Christopher J. Doherty of West Yarmouth, co-owner of the 19th Hole Tavern in Hyannis. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Matthew J. Doherty and his wife Kristin of Wayland, Christine E. Ehlers, RN and her husband Dan of Lakeville, Shelby E. Matzell and her husband Evan of East Greenwich, RI and Kaitlin M. Wirth and her husband Jonathan of Marion. Mrs. Doherty leaves ten great-grandchildren - Brayden, Jack, & Quinn Doherty, Adalyn, Lucy, & Rose Ehlers, Ryan & Cavan Matzell, and Joseph & Molly Wirth.

Mrs. Doherty was a Registered Nurse, a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Morton Hospital School of Nursing in Taunton. She studied at the graduate level at Boston University, Simmons College and McGill University. She worked at Boston City Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital and others in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and beyond. Mrs. Doherty was a contributing member of the World Health Organization and had been trained in the use of the Iron Lung which she ran to save many lives during the polio epidemic. Her resilience and strength were evident when, after contracting COVID, she survived the dreaded virus shortly before her 93rd birthday and then again later!

Mrs. Doherty will always be remembered as a strong, yet kind and generous lady who lived for her family and talked about them to anyone who would listen. The Doherty family is abundantly grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff at Hattie Ide Chaffee Home and Hope Health Hospice for their unwavering care, devotion and kindness.

At the family's request all services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shamrock Fund at Bishop Feehan High School 70 Holcott Drive, Attleboro, MA 02703 in her memory would be appreciated. For online condolences, visit

Bernard "Bernie" J. Flattery
Feb 14, 2024

Bernard "Bernie" J. Flattery, 78, of Rochester, MA passed away peacefully at home on Valentines' Day, February 14, 2024, after a period of declining health due to Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy (PSP), a rare neurodegenerative disorder.

Born in Buffalo, NY, to the late George R. and Florence M. (Hackett) Flattery, Bernie was the youngest of nine children.

Bernie was the beloved husband and best friend for over 32 years of Sandra (Gillpatrick) Flattery.

Bernie also leaves one devoted son, Brian Flattery and his wife Susan, as well as two wonderful grandchildren, Grace and Devin Flattery, of Swansea, MA.

Bernie graduated from Bishop Turner High School in Buffalo, NY. He earned a B.S. in Management from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI, and he was a proud Veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, stationed in Korea. He was employed by Shaw's Supermarkets in Massachusetts for 37 years, retiring at age 60. He also helped many people over the years by preparing their income tax returns, offering advice and service to anyone in need.

Bernie and Sandra moved from Massachusetts to Leesburg, FL in 2008, still spending each summer in Plymouth, MA. During his years in Florida, Bernie loved serving as an umpire for the 'The Lake Senior Men's Softball League.' Although generally, a soft-spoken soul, when it came to umpiring, there was no doubt when he made a call, loudly shouting, "Strike, Out or Safe!"

Bernie loved playing sports when he was younger, and was a lifelong fan of his beloved New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills. Living most of his life in "Red Sox and Patriots Nations" never deterred him from proudly wearing his N.Y. teams' hats and jackets, which often sparked interesting conversations.

In 2020, Bernie and Sandra moved back to Massachusetts full-time, settling in the beautiful town of Rochester. Bernie greatly enjoyed watching Grace and Devin as they excelled at their respective sports.

Bernie will be greatly missed by his brother Walter (late Joy) Flattery, his sisters Joan (late Jack) Connors and Joyce (late Chuck) Bastian, sisters-in-law Ann Bauman, Betsy (Fred) Cunningham, Ellen (Michael) Anderson and Gail Gillpatrick, brothers-in-law Jeffrey Gillpatrick (Rosemary Dalton-Gillpatrick) and Bradford Gillpatrick, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

He also is survived by his former wife, Carolyn (Dias) Flattery.

Bernie was also predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russell and Phyllis Gillpatrick, and his siblings: Jean (late Bob) Bauman, Jane (late Tom) Johnston, George (late Jean) Flattery, William (late Joan) Flattery, and Janet (late Gary Bastian), (late John) Bullock.

Bernie donated his body to The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Per his wishes, a 'Celebration of Life' will be held privately.

The Family thanks Bernie's Caregivers: Stephanie, Doug, Amy and the trio of sisters, Paula, Nesia and Raquel for their kind and compassionate care. Also, we greatly appreciate the wonderful assistance provided by the Southcoast Hospice Team, with a special thanks to Fatima.

If so inclined, donations in memory of Bernard J. Flattery may be sent to 'CURE PSP' at 325 Hudson St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10013 (

Richard Louis "Dick" Chaplain
Feb 12, 2024

Richard Louis "Dick" Chaplain, 95, passed away on February 12, 2024, in Lakeland, Florida. He was the husband of the late Patricia M. (Charbonneau) Chaplain, with whom he was married for 68 years.

Born on June 21, 1928, in Avon, Massachusetts, the son of the late Wilfred and Alice (McCarthy) Chaplain, Dick grew up in Middleborough, graduating from Middleborough High School in 1946. Immediately after graduation, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1946-1948 - a WWII Veteran. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Dick furthered his education at Champlain College in Plattsburgh, NY, graduating in 1953.

Dick worked for many years as an engineer for Hercules Corporation, both at the Taunton, Massachusetts facility (Havig/Hascon) and at the Cumberland, Maryland facility (Allegheny Ballistics Lab), where his innate ability to perceive complex engineering designs and translate those designs into production models earned him great respect and recognition. In his spare time, he was an avid golfer and a gifted woodworker and carpenter. Many of his creations now reside in the homes of family members. He even built a family vacation cabin in New Hampshire!

Dick and Pat are survived by their four children: Michael (Mary) of Mattapoisett, MA; Sarah (Peter) Whelley of Moultonborough, NH; Gregory (Nikki) of Norfolk, VA; and David of North Conway, NH. He was blessed with 9 grandchildren: Aimee Boothe, Kathleen McCabe, Brenna Chaplain, Patrick Whelley, Michaela Kohler, Collin Whelley, Andrew Chaplain, Brooke Conigliaro and Abigail Chaplain; and 9 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Carol Mitchell.

A combined memorial service for Dick and Pat will be held at St. Anthony Church, Mattapoisett, on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 am. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Middleborough.

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