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BRADFORD J. COLLINS ’50 , of Medford and Jupiter, FL, a retired business owner, died Sunday at the Jupiter Medical Center. He was 78.
Born in Malden, he was a 1941 graduate of Medford High School and a 1950 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Collins resided in Medford for more than 70 years and wintered in Florida.
Mr. Collins was an Army veteran of World War II.
He owned and operated the Brad Collins Agency in Medford for more than 50 years. Mr. Collins also co-owned Collins Rezendes Real Estate Appraisal Co.
Mr. Collins was active in many organizations within the community including past president of Council G of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, former director of the Board of Investment for the Medford Savings Bank, Rotary Club, former chairman of the Medford Housing Authority, former director and member of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Salem Street Business Association and a 55-years member of the American Legion Post 45.
He was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Mr. Collins was a gifted musician and played trombone with the Big Band of Medford Inc. and several big bands in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Marie (Larkin); three daughters, Nancy of Medford, Susan Rezendes of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Sally DiChiara of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews. . .

(Boston Herald3/14/02)

ARTHUR L. GAINES ’51 , 73, of Richmond, NH, died Tuesday (3/12/02) in Cheshire Hospital, Keene.
Born in Greenfield, MA, October 5, 1928, he was the son of Francis and Hester (Millington) Gaines. He attended Greenfield schools and was a graduate of Deerfield (Mass.) Academy.
Upon graduation, he joined the Army Air Force. After leaving the service, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He then served as captain in the Marine Corps.
Gaines owned and operated his own landscaping business in Marietta, Ga. He then moved to Rhode Island, where he worked for a turf grass company. Upon his retirement, he moved to Richmond.
Survivors incldue a brother, William of Gill, MA, and nieces and nephews. . .

( Recorder3/14/02)

RICHARD W. DRURY ’52 , 73, retired Civil Engineer of the Mass Highway Department, died Sunday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Mr. Drury retired in 1990 after 40 years with the Mass Hwy. Dept.
Born in Stamford, CT, he graduated from Newton High School, Mewton, MA and received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was an Army veteran of WW II. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Hatfield. He served as chairman of the Hatfield Sewer Commission, Conservation Commission, and Ambulance Committee. He was a member of the Hatfield Disaster Preparedness Committee and the Hatfield Historical Society. He leaves his wife, Ruth (Barrett) Druryu; two daughters, Anne M. Drury of Hatfield and Sarah D. Jordan of Oakham, MA; a sister, Jane D. McLeod of Claremont, CA and nieces and nephews. . .


FRANCIS A. PODLESNEY ’54 , 69, of Riva, MD, died Tuesday (2/5/02) at Anne Arundel General Hospital.
Born in South Deerfield, MA, Sept. 8, 1932, he was the son of Anthony and Helen (Stobierski) Podlesney. He graduated from the former Deerfield High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956, and earned his law degree in 1965 from Western New England College, Springfield, MA>
Podlesney spent most of his career in the Washington, DC, area. He retired in 1997 from USLICO Financial Group.

He was a sports fan and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Ann "Nancy" Varilly; two sons, Michael of Crofton and Jared of Springfield, VA, two brothers, Vincent of South Deerfield and Anthony of South Dennis, MA; two sisters, Marie Lucas of Ormond Beach, FL, and Ann Ghidoni of Agawam, MA; two grandchildren; two aunts and several nieces and nephews.
A son, Mark, died in 1992. . .


HARRISON F. ALDRICH ’55, founder of a college osteopathic medicine in Biddeford and a well-known physician in central Maine, died Friday in Bangor.

Aldrich, 70, was the founder of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he maintained a practice in Unity until his death. He died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bangor after becoming ill at a University of Maine hockey game.

Aldrich was an institution in Unity. After moving to Waterville to help staff the fledgling Osteopathic Hospital- now Inland Hospital- in 1964, he took over Dr. Frank Hascomb’s practice in Unity.

Aldrich then helped found Unity College, which named him its "Man of the Year" in 1969. Friends and co-workers remember Aldrich as an energetic man, and one of the few remaining doctors who still made house calls.
He also was founder and past president of the Maine Osteopathic General Practitioners Association.

"He had a large group of patients that he still made house calls to," said Dr. Albert Amalfitano of Waterville. "He would do anything for his patients, and that’s the way he presented himself."

Amalfitano described Aldrich as an energetic man. He loved sports- he was named Athlete of the Year at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1954- and was an avid pilot.

"He was always on the run," Amalfitano said. "I knew nurses who said, ‘I just can’t keep up with this guy.’ He was always in a hurry. And at meetings, he made himself heard."

Born in Worcester, MA, Aldrich was an only child. After high school, he continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Springfield College, Tufts University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

WILLIAM B. ROSE ‘56S, 72, of Richmond, NH, a former Northampton resident, died Dec. 8 at home following a period of failing health.
Born Sept. 10, 1929, in Amesbury, he was the son of the late William and Ruth (Mercer) Rose.

He was a 1948 graduate of Amesbury High School and later graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He had lived in Northampton for many years before moving, first to New York State and then to Richmond seven years ago.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Rose worked as an inspector with the United States Department of Agriculture for 27 years, retiring in 1983.
After moving to New Hampshire, he became a state legislator for the town of Enfield, serving two terms. He also served one term each for the towns of Richmond, Swanzey, Fitzwilliam and Rindge.

He was a member of Richmond United Methodist Church.

Mr. Rose was also a member of the American Legion Post in Canaan, NH, the Richmond volunteer fire department and was active in the Republican Party.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, Janet (Moon) Rose; his stepmother, Nathalie Rose of Amesbury; five sons, D. Rose of Belchertown, Richard B. Schupack of Belvedere, Idaho, Craig W. Rose of Housatonic, and Brian S. Rose and Eric J. Rose, both of Northampton; a brother, David M. Rose of Amesbury; two sisters, Gertrude Papoulias of Salisbury and Laura Djerf of Amesbury; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. . .


LESLIE (WILLIAMS) GIFFEN ’63 , 60, died recently (August 8, 2001) after a long bout with cancer. She had a Masters Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University and worked at several libraries, including Springfield and Hadley Village. She also published an environmental newsletter, belonged to the Audubon Society and was a volunteer at Arcadia Nature Center.
She leaves a son, Malcolm, of Gahanna, Ohio; her mother, Norma Williams, and sister, Lynette Williams, of Springfield; and brothers, Don Williams of Agawam and Dale Williams ’71 of Northborough. . .

(submitted by Norma Young)

EVA MAE OMASTA ’65 , 74, of Northampton, died February 6 in Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds.

Born November 22, 1927, in Northampton, she was the daughter of the late Carroll and Josephine (Wilson) Cranson.

She attended local schools and was a graduate of Northampton High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1965 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mrs. Omasta taught home economics from 1965 to 1985 at Northampton High School.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in West Hatfield and of its Ladies Aide Society. She loved to travel, exploring New Zealand, Greece, Europe, and Hawaii.

She leaves her husband, John Omasta; two sons, John P. Omasta of Northampton and Robert P. Omasta of Anchorage, Alaska; a daughter, Linda L. Omasta of Easthampton; two sisters, Carolyn Blauvelt and Ann Muise, both of Northampton; and a grandson. . .

( Gazette2/8/02)

JANICE C. KWAPIEN ’66 , of Old Lyme, CT, formerly of Westfield, died Friday at her sister’s home in Norwell after a short illness. Ms. Kwapien was employed by Soundings Publishing. She taught English and was a guidance counselor at Westfield Junior High School for many years before retiring. Ms. Kwapien was born and raised in Westfield and lived in Old Lyme, CT for the last five years. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She received a Masters Degree in Psychology from Columbia University, NYC, Graduate Degrees froM New York University, Westfield State College, Anna Maria College and the University of New England. She was a member of The Mass Board of Realtors and received "Agent of The Year Award" in 1989. She was a member of The Westfield Education Assoc., Massachusetts Teachers Assoc., and National Education Assoc. Ms. Kwapien is survived by her mother, Joann Kwapien of Westfield; a sister, Joyce Benoit of Norwell; a brother, Jeffrey Kwapien of Upton; two nephews, Brett Benoit of Norwell and Andrew Kwapien of Upton; and two nieces, Audra Benoit of London, England and Laurel Kwapien of Upton. Ms. Kwapien loved life. . . .

(Sunday Republican2/3/02)

ANDREA L. WARREN ’66, ‘90G , 57, of West Springfield, died Friday, Feb. 8 in Riverdale Gardens Nursing Home, West Springfield. She was born in Springfield Feb. 19, 1944, the daughter of Marion C. (Putney) Doty and the late Edwin A> (Ted) Doty. She attended West Springfield schools graduating from West Springfield High School class of 1962. She was a 1966 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the graduate school at the university with a degree in education. She received a Class A Commercial driver’s license from the Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. She taught English in West Springfield High School from 1967 to 1997 when she moved back to West Springfield. She taught English and history from 1977 until the present at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. She had been a member of the Southampton First Congreagtinoal Church, a deaconess of the church and a Sunday School teacher. She was active in scouting with Boy Scout Troop 201 of Southampton. She was active in the Save Our School program in Southampton. She had been clerk of the Lake Damon Association of Chesterfield, and a member of the Western MA Model T Ford Club. She was a member of the Mittineague Congregational Church of West Springfield and a deaconess. She was also known for her hobby of quilting. Besides her mother in Southampton, she is survived by her husband, Edward H. Fillion; 3 sons, Matthew D. Warren of Westfield, Nathaniel D. Warren of Lee and Benjamin A. Warren of Northamtpon; two stepsons, Andrew Fillion and Anthony Fillion both of West Springfield, 2 stepdaughters, Charlene T. Urban of Richmond Heights, Ohio and Jennifer Fillion of Agawam; one brother, Edwin A. Doty, Jr. of Washington, NC; 2 grandchildren. . . .

(Union News2/11/02)

SAMUEL "RICK" GORDON ’67 , 56, a longtime public defender in Northampton, was scheduled to work his last day in court on Friday before taking early retirement to move to Florida. He was found dead in his Hadley home no Sunday. The northwestern district attorney’s office declined to discuss the details of his death as is its policy when there is no criminal activity involved.

The courthouse in both Northampton and Greenfield, where Gordon cut a unique figure since helping to open the Committee for Public Council Services in 1988, were hushed yesterday as word of Gordon’s passing spread.

In Hampshire Superior Court, Judge Lawrence Wernick announced his death to a group of lawyers assembled to schedule next month’s cases, saying that he was saddened by the news.

Rarely seen without his cowboy boots, Gordon was known for defending his mostly indigent clients with a blend of passion and creativity.
"Everybody loved Rick," said colleague Alan Rubin, who founded the local public defender’s office with Gordon. "Every case he took, he threw his body and soul into it."
Rubin described Gordon as a rare lawyer who had success with an unconventional style.
"He has a disorganized persona in some ways, but he obviously knew what he was doing when it mattered," he said.

In a 1995 case, Gordon convinced a Hampshire Superior Court jury that his client was too near-sighted to carry out a robbery. In 2000, he defended an Easthampton photographer accused of taking lascivious pictures of teenage girls.

"Let me make it short and sweet," Gordon said in his closing argument. "If he wanted to take a photo that was lascivious, he could have taken a huge cleavage shot."

The jury failed to reach a verdict on this charge.

According to Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel, prosecutors would come back to the office after facing off with Gordon and say, "You wouldn’t believe what Rick came up with today." However, Scheibel, who trained under Gordon in the Hampden district attorney’s office 22 years ago, said he never missed a trick as a prosecutor.

"I can’t tell you how organized he was when he was an assistant DA and trying cases," she said.

Even in their sadness, lawyers were trading their favorite Rick Gordon stories yesterday in the halls of justice. First Assistant District Attorney David Angier, who attended school with Gordon at Western New England School of Law, said virtually every prosecutor in his office was planning to attend the going-away party for Gordon on Friday.

"We butt heads ever day, and for our whole office to go to his party speaks volumes for Rick," Angier said. "He was just a good guy."

Born in Longmeadow, Gordon attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before earning his law degree at Western New England School of Law. He leaves his wife, Sheryl E. (Vann) Gordon; a stepson, Sean Bryan of New Hampshire; a step-daughter, Courtney Bryan of Virginia Beach; a sister, Barbara Gordon of Longmeadow, and four grandchildren. . .

(Union News3/12/02)

CLARINDA W. HANKINSON ‘67G, 85, of Leverett, died Tuesday (12/18/01) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton of heart failure.

Born in Morrice, Mich., July 3, 1916, she was the daughter of George F. and Hazel (Robinson) Winegar. She graduated in 1934 from Morrice High School, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1938 from Michigan State University and her Master of Science degree in home economics in 1967 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Hankinson served as a consulting dietitian in the Amherst and Greenfield areas.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Leverett and was the first woman deacon to serve in that church. She also was a member of the Leverett School Committee.

She enjoyed her family, birds, and flowers.

Survivors include her husband, Denzel J. Hankinson; four sons, Denzel G. and Richard E., both of Leverett, James A. of North Scituate, RI, and Thomas R. of Framingham; two daughters, Judith H. Ricker and Nancy H. Paulin, both of Leverett; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. . .


ZYLPHA MAPP-ROBINSON ‘67G, a prominent Baha’i, educator and human rights champion, died in New York at 87. Her life was distinguished by tireless endeavors in the arenas of race unity, empowerment of women, youth and children and social justice.

She was the widow of Robert Robinson, author of Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union, a book which she edited and transcribed. She authored Rural Development Health Workers Course/Training Manual, Guidelines for Guidance Practitioners in Schools of Botswana and Guidance & Counseling Program Implementation in Botswana Schools.

She was born on August 25, 1914, in Cambridge, MA to Zylpha Mapp Gray and Alexander Mapp. Her mother was the first African American woman to embrace the Baha’i Faith in the U.S.

A devoted Baha’i, Dr. Mapp-Robinson served in many leadership positions within the Baha’i community and other community service organizations. In 1976, she was elected to the national governing body of the Baha’i community and other community service organizations. In 1976 she was elected to the national governing body of the Baha’is of Uganda where she lived for nine years.

Her humanitarian service took her around the globe to Barbados, The Grand Turks Caicos Islands and Jamaica, West Indies; England, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Botswana and India. She attended the First Sino-American Conference on Women’s Issues in Beijing, in 1990 and the UN World Conference on Women in Hairou, China with her daughter in 1995.
She was a Professor at Makerere University in Uganda, and other African institutions. She was also a teacher and guidance counselor for many years in the Springfield, Mass. Schools and was a senior psychiatric social worker at Claybury Hospital in England.

She graduated from Bridgewater State Teachers College with a degree in Education; received a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; a Certificate in Nutrition from University of Maryland in College Park at age 78 received her Ph.D. from Kensington University in Education and Curriculum Planning. She utilized these skills in her work throughout the world, including her visit to Uganda at age 86 to create an Institution for the advancement of Women in Kampala, Uganda.
Dr. Mapp-Robinson was one of the few people, including world leaders, who was invited to Haifa, Israel where she was to have attended the Opening Celebration of the new landscaped gardens and terraces at the Baha’i Temple in May.

The Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel, advised the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is in Uganda, East Africa to hold a memorial service for her in the Baha’i Temple in Uganda. This honor is only bestowed upon a Baha’i who is The Hand of the Cause- which is comparable to the pope. . .

She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Torrence-Thompson; grandson Derek; sister Janice of New York, and sister Josephine of Springfield, MA. . .

(The New York Carib News6/13-19/01)

WILLIAM F. WILLIAMS ‘67S , President and co-founder of Glory Foods, Inc, died suddenly of a heart attack on December 27 at the age of 57.

Williams was a highly respected businessman, community leader and restaurateur in the Columbus, Ohio, are who parlayed his love and passion for Southern foods to develop Glory Foods, Inc., a company that markets and distributes conveniently prepared canned and fresh vegetables and frozen family meals inspired by Southern recipes. In 1989, seasoned collard greens in a can seemed unimaginable to many, but for co-founders Williams, Dan Charna and Iris Cooper, it was an idea whose time had come. Today, Glory Foods distributes a full-line of seasoned canned vegetables, frozen entrees and side dishes to over 140 supermarket chains throughout the country. In the past year, Williams and his staff were busy developing and introducing an in-house Fresh Produce Division to market premium selections of Fresh-Cut, Washed and Ready-to-Cook Packaged Greens and Fresh Cut, Washed and Ready-to-Cook Packaged Sweet Potatoes.

Williams had the foresight to build a company that would withstand time, and as Glory Foods approaches its 10-year anniversary in July 2002, the company is strategically positioned to go forth with his vision. Williams leaves Glory Foods well capitalized, financially stable and strategically positioned for continued growth. "We are a company built on excellence and constant attention to detail and perfection," said Dan Charna, co-founder. . . .
Williams was a well-known and sought after expert on Southern Cooking who learned his trade early working at a local Columbus restaurant. The owner, impressed by his interest in recipes and food preparation, became his mentor and encouraged him to apply for admission to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he joined a group of African-Americans admitted to the school. When he graduated, he was a certified Chef. He later obtained a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked for a number of hotel chains as a Food and Beverage Manager.

In 1982, Williams and his wife Elizabeth opened the Marble Gang Restaurant in Columbus and nurtured it into the premiere soul food eatery on the East Side of Columbus. Williams sold the restaurant in 1997. Williams was an entrepreneur who understood the importance of reaching back so that others may move forward, and he leaves a legacy of outstanding community service and educational achievement. Glory Foods’ excellence in fostering community and corporate partnerships earned the company the prestigious Council on Economic Priorities,. . .

Williams’ support of educational programs was largely attributed to enhancing minority representation in the food and beverage industry. He was a tireless advocate whose personal commitment manifested into scholarship awards and partnerships with organizations and universities to encourage participation and exposure. As co-chair of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science he was committed to raising $7 million in endowments for minority students seeking degrees in Agri-business. He also helped to develop a Minority Produce Business Development Program in tandem with the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association to provide development support and training for minority farmers. His ongoing support of the black farming community opened up avenues for groundbreaking discussions and programs that helped to strengthen the farmers’ presence and value in the food industry. Bill Williams’ legacy is one that will endure and continue to enhance the quality of life for many. . .

(PR Newswire1/8/02)

VIRGINIA B. LOW ‘68G, 80, of Greenfield, died Tuesday (12-11-01) at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility.

Born in Alamosa, Colo., Dec. 1, 1921, she was the daughter of David A. and Ima (Hardgrave) Barr. As an infant, her family moved to Corning, NY, where she attended public schools. She graduated in 1943 from William Smith College.

In that same year, she was married to William S. Keith Jr.
She taught English at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield until her husband returned from overseas at the end of World War II. She taught at Bemont School in Deerfield for 12 years, where her three children were enrolled.
In 1962, she was divorced and married Dr. Merritt B. Low. In 1968, she received a master’s degree in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and that same year began teaching at Greenfield Community College.
Low co-authored a textbook for freshman composition published by Houghton-Mifflin. She designed and taught the first Women’s Studies course at the college and helped to develop that program. After retiring, she was named professor emeritus in 1989, and continued to teach occasionally. In 1999, GCC established the Virginia Low Women’s Studies Scholarship Award in her honor.

She was elected for several years as a member of the Greenfield Town Council. In 1988, she was an administrator of All Souls Church, Unitarian Universalist while there was a search for a minister. She was named Woman of the Year by the New England Learning Center for Women In Transition in 1992. She was president and member of the board of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.

After her divorce from Low in 1983, she and her first husband were companions until his death in 1996.

Survivors include a son, David B.G. Keith of Deerfield; a daughter, Barbara Keith Tibbles of Greenfield, and five grandchildren.
A son, William S. Keith III, died in 1968. . .


BARBARA HANCHETT CONANT ‘69G, ‘88G, 75, of South Hadley, passed away Monday, March 18, at home. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of the late James H. Hanchett and Gertrude (Aby) Hanchett, she grew up in Fayetteveille, New York and graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnam, MA in 1943. She received her Bachelor of Music in 1947 from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY; her Master of Music from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1969; and her Doctorate of Education in Music from UMass in 1988. Barbara began her professional career in 1948 as choral director at Bement School, Deerfield, MA until 1951, and then became Interim Superintendent of Music for the Holyoke Public Schools that year. From 1953-1966 and 1967-1996, she was the Organist/Choir Director of the First Congregational Church in South Hadley. She was the Interim Minister of Music at Old First Church in Springfield, MA from 1966-67.

Barbara was also the Director of Music at American International College in Springfield from 1969-1996, when she retired. That same year, upon her retirement, she was appointed Minister of Music Emeritus at First Congregational Church in South Hadley. Barbara’s community and volunteer service included assisting in the organizations of the Springfield Symphony’s Children’s Concerts in area public schools, as well as the establishment of the Speech and Hearing Center, Skinner Clinic, Holyoke Hospital. She wrote a federal grant application to the OEO for the first Headstart program in Holyoke and organized the center, and in 1965, she was voted Outstanding Young Woman of the Year by the Holyoke Junior Chamber of Commerce. Barbara was a member and past president of. . .

Barbara leaves her dear husband, John Harrison Conant Fr., whom she married on April 8, 1950; two daughters and their loving families, Susan Conant Greenlee and Robert Greenlee, MD of City Island, NY , and Elizabeth Conant Comer and Michael Comer of Barrington, RI; six beloved grandchildren, Travis, Cameron, and Hanna Greenlee, and Brett, Toby and Elyse Comer; and her sister, Virginia Bumford of Epsom, NH. . .

(Union News3/21/02)

TIMOTHY CLIFFORD ROCHE ’69, of Atlantis, Florida, formerly of Marblehead, died suddenly on December 18 from complications of cancer treatment. He was 52. He was the marketing director for Vista Center in West Palm Beach and taught several courses at Nova University. A graduate of Marblehead High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Stockbridge School of Agriculture, he received his bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Miami, and his MBA from the University of Miami.
He was a member of the board of directors of the West Palm Beach Easter Seals Society, an active member of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, and an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Cecilia, and two daughters, Alaina and Desiree. He was predeceased by his father, Thomas J. Roche St., and a brother, Thomas J. Roche, Jr. He leaves behind his mother, Frances Roche of Falmouth, MA, and four sisters, Sandy Roche of Upland, CA; Heidi Roche Peckham of Orlando, FL; B.J. Roche of Rowe; and Aurelia Roche Nelson of Beverly. He also leaves 16 nieces and nephews. . .

(Submitted by B. J. Roche)

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