Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Brodrick Haldane, 83, stylish photographer
LONDON -- Brodrick Haldane, a witty and stylish photographer who used his impeccable social credentials to gain access to the rich, famous, and well-connected, died in Edinburgh on Saturday. He was 83 and died of cancer.
Hailed by Cecil Beaton as the "founder of modern society photography," Mr. Haldane used his connections and self-deprecating charm to photograph celebrities and socialites from John F. Kennedy and Marlene Dietrich to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. A generation of society photographers, including the Earls of Snowdon and Lichfield, came of age under his influence.
Brodrick Vernon Chinnery Haldane was born in Edinburgh in 1912, the son of the 26th Laird of Gleneagles, a scion of one of Scotland's oldest landed families. His relatives included Viscount Haldane, the lord chancellor, and the scientist J.B.S. Haldane.
He grew up in a world of privilege, spending his early years in Alltshellach, the Haldane mansion near Inverness, where, he later recalled, "the grander you were, the more shabby you looked." Later, the family moved to Gleneagles, the family's 7,000-acre estate in Perthshire.
Mr. Haldane had a lifelong love of society gossip, and began his career by telephoning reports of debutante parties to society columnists. On an editor's suggestion, he began taking pictures, too.
He scored an early photographic coup when he persuaded the reclusive George Bernard Shaw to pose for a portrait. By his own account, Mr. Haldane was so nervous that he could barely take a light reading, spurring Mr. Shaw to rise from his chair and come to his aid.
Mr. Haldane loved to tell such tales on himself, saying once that he "found difficulty in getting my subjects into focus." At one point, he showered the Aga Khan with shards from an exploding flashbulb.
Early in his career, when it was still considered shocking for a photographer to take pictures at a party he had been invited to socially, Mr. Haldane was doused with champagne by the Duke of Westminster. Later, less well-connected photographers who were forced to wait outside showered him with mud and stones.
As his reputation grew, Mr. Haldane became friends with and photographed a number of artists, actors, and writers, like Marlene Dietrich, whom he photographed swimming in the south of France; Somerset Maugham, Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish, Vladimir Nabokov, and Noel Coward, to name a few.
He had great admirers in the Duchess of Windsor and in the Queen Mother, who, the story goes, once chastised her bodyguard for blocking Mr. Haldane's view of her. "Mr. Haldane is a friend of mine," she is said to have remarked. "Now, Brodrick, where would you like me to stand?"
Mr. Haldane served as a private in World War II but did not enjoy his military service. One account of his war record holds that he planted a small garden around his gun emplacement at Chatham and reclined peacefully between bomb attacks, reading Tatler and Vogue.
Mr. Haldane, who reportedly stood on his head for five minutes every morning in an effort to help his hair grow, also had a love of the stage, much to his family's dismay. He appeared in several West End productions. He had small roles in a number of films, including "Murder at Monte Carlo," starring Errol Flynn, and "Get Your Man," with Rex Harrison. At the age of 79, he appeared as a judge's clerk in the Scottish television series "The Advocate."
In the 1960s, Mr. Haldane, who never married, set up house in an ornate Georgian apartment in Edinburgh that his brother, the 27th Laird of Gleneagles, bought for him. He furnished it with family heirlooms and opened it to the public, which was treated by the master of the house to personal tours of such objects as the wheelchair used by Sir Walter Scott, a Haldane ancestor.
When he died, Mr. Haldane had just completed his autobiography. In January, he told an interviewer: "I don't care what you say about me, as long as you make it amusing."

James A. Posgay
NEW BEDFORD -- James A. Posgay, 41, of 66 Ward St., died at home Saturday, Feb. 3, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Lydia L. (Johnson) Van Hine Posgay and son of the late J. Arthur and Marjorie (Farnan) Posgay.
Born in Wareham, he lived in Falmouth, western Massachusetts and Boston before moving to New Bedford 15 years ago. He was a 1973 graduate of Lawrence High School, Falmouth and attended the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and Amherst.
Mr. Posgay was a film projectionist for several area theaters. He was also a volunteer and community advocate in the Mayor's Drug Free Community Partnership, Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction, and many other state and local organizations.
Survivors include his widow; two brothers, John H. Posgay of Plantation, Fla., and William F. Posgay of West Palm Beach, Fla., and a sister, Ann F. Mihaiu of Coral Gables, Fla.
Arrangements are by the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, North Attleboro.

Rose Theresa Lorenco
ACUSHNET -- Rose Theresa (Sarro) Lorenco, 78, died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 5, 1996. She was the wife of Eugene Lorenco of Acushnet and daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Kraftchick) Sarro.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in Acushnet since 1967. She was formerly employed by Acushnet-Company Rubber Division as a machine operator until her retirement.
She was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church.
Mrs. Lorenco and her husband have been married 55 years. In her leisure time she enjoyed cooking and making ceramics. In her younger days she enjoyed playing sports and dancing.
Survivors include her widower; two sons, Eugene P. Lorenco of Acushnet and Peter K. Lorenco of Mattapoisett; two brothers, Albert Sarro of Waltham and John Sarro of New Bedford; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Rita M. Payton
WAREHAM -- Rita M. (Brady) Payton, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Edwin F. Payton and the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Keenan) Brady.
She died at Tobey Hospital.
Born in Bridgewater, she was a long time resident of Onset and was a homemaker.
She was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Onset and was active in various church activities. She was also a member and past president of the Wareham Emblem Club.
Mrs. Payton attended the Chandler School in Boston.
Survivors include a son, Edwin J. Payton of Onset; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home.

Emily H. Leeper
FAIRHAVEN -- Emily H. (Carvalho) Leeper, 77, died Monday, Feb. 5, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Denzel Leeper and the daughter of the late Manuel J. and Amelia (Tavares) Carvalho.
She was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven and a parishioner of St. Joseph's Church.
She was formerly employed by Calvin Clothing Co. of New Bedford as a stitcher for 40 years until her retirement 12 years ago.
She was an avid bingo player.
Survivors include a sister, Eugenia Ferro of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Manuel Carvalho and the late Mary D. Costa.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Oliverio E. Rosa, Jr.
DARTMOUTH -- Oliverio E. Rosa, Jr., 36 of South Dartmouth, died Monday, Feb. 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Oliverio E. and Maria E. (Botelho) Rosa of South Dartmouth.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in Sao Miguel, Azores and lived in New Bedford for the past 18 years.
He was formerly employed by Calvin Klein Mfg. as a packer.
Mr. Rosa was an avid skier and painter.
Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Joanne Santos of South Dartmouth and Ana Rosa of New Bedford; three brothers, Joao Rosa and Jose Rosa, both of New Bedford and Eddie Rosa of North Dartmouth; several aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and a great-nephew.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

Brenda L. Soares
HYANNIS -- Brenda L. (Brooks) Soares, 39, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 1996, after a long illness. She was the wife of Francisco Soares of Providence, R.I. and the daughter of Dorothy (Williams) Brooks of Hyannis and the late Robert O. Brooks.
She died at Greenery Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center.
She was born in Pittsburg, Pa. and was raised and educated in Onset.
She attended Wilfred Academy in Boston for hair design in the early 1980's.
Mrs. Soares gave a lot of herself to others. She was loved by everyone, had a great sense of humor, and was known for her personality. She loved to enter fashion shows, talent shows, and dance contests. She loved to dance, dressing to the hilt and wearing sculptured nails.
Survivors include her widower; her mother; two sons, Francisco Soares, Jr. and Kye Soares, both of Hyannis; a sister, Rhonda Brooks of Onset; a grandchild; a godchild and only niece; three nephews; and three great-nieces.
She was also the sister of the late Robert O. Brooks Jr.
Arrangements are by the Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 West Main St.

Janet Forbes Frothingham
DARTMOUTH -- Janet Forbes Frothingham, 79, of South Dartmouth died Monday, Feb. 5, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Charlotte (Grinnell) Forbes.
She died at the Island Nursing Home on Deer Isle, Maine.
She was born in Milton and lived in South Dartmouth for 50 years
She attended the Brush Hill School in Milton, graduated from Milton Academy in 1934, studied in Paris, France and attended Wheelock College and the Nursery Training School of Boston.
She taught pre-school at the Brush Hill School before moving to South Dartmouth.
She enjoyed music, sailing, gardening, walking, and particularly loved small children.
A great-granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, she was actively involved in the Sol-E-Mar Children's Hospital in South Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, the Greater New Bedford Choral Society, and the Garden Club of Buzzards Bay.
Survivors include a son, Joseph R. Frothingham Jr. of Palisade, Colo.; three daughters, Martha F. Bryan of St. George, New Brunswick, Canada, Natalie F. Garfield of South Dartmouth and Ann F. Brayton of Brooklin, Maine; a sister, Florence F. Locke of Milton; a brother, A. Irving Forbes of Blue Hill, Maine; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Healey Funeral Home, South Street, Blue Hill, Maine.

John Testrake
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- John Testrake, the pilot hailed as a hero of the 17-day hijacking of a TWA jet in 1985, died yesterday at a hospice. He was 68 and had battled cancer since 1994.
He gained worldwide fame in 1985 as he sat in the cockpit of a Trans World Airlines jet parked for more than two weeks on the tarmac at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon.
The Boeing 727, with 145 passengers and eight crew members, was hijacked on June 14, 1985, by Shiite militiamen while en route from Athens to Rome. The hijackers, demanding the release of hundreds of Lebanese from Israeli jails, often kept a cocked pistol at the nape of Capt. Testrake's neck.
One passenger -- a Navy diver -- was killed, but the rest of the passengers and crew were eventually released unharmed after 17 days.
The most enduring image of the ordeal was Capt. Testrake being interviewed in the cockpit with a terrorist's pistol held at his temple.
He credited his strong religious faith for helping him withstand that ordeal, as well as the cancer that was discovered in 1994.
"The thought I get is that I was held hostage there on an airplane. Now I feel like I'm being held hostage in this body," Capt. Testrake told The Kansas City Star in a recent interview.
After age restrictions forced him to retire from TWA in 1987, he flew relief missions for several years for a ministry, Mission Aviation Fellowship.
He also had been urged to become active in politics and in 1992 was the Republican nominee for a Missouri House seat from the Gallatin area. He lost in the general election to the incumbent Democrat.
Capt. Testrake and his wife, Phyllis, had moved last year from their home on Lake Viking to St. Joseph, about 40 miles west, to be near medical treatment.

Lillian J. Mondou
NEW BEDFORD -- Lillian J. Mondou, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of Eugene and Elsie (Bouley) Mondou of New Bedford.
She died at Rose Hawthorn Lathrop Home in Fall River.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was a communicant of St. Theresa Church.
Survivors include her parents; two brothers, Eugene Mondou of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Ernest Mondou of Milford; a sister, Loretta Sasseville of Greensboro, N.C., and 11 nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Frank A. Gosselin, 91
NEW BEDFORD -- Private funeral services were held for Frank A. Gosselin, 91, who died Sunday, Feb. 4, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Rolande (Desaulniers) Gosselin and son of the late August P. and Josephine (Lemlin) Gosselin.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Canada, he moved to New Bedford at the age of 6 and lived here most of his life. He was a communicant of St. Anthony Church and was formerly employed by the Morning Mercury and The Standard-Times as a compositor for 46 years until his retirement in 1973.
Survivors include a son, Paul A. Gosselin of New Bedford; three sisters, Simonne Breault of Falmouth, Martha Bertrand of Springfield and Pauline Mulak of Chicopee; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gosselin was also the brother of the late John Gosselin and Fernand Gosselin.
Arrangements were by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Amanda A. Fortes
PLYMOUTH -- Amanda Ashley Fortes, 10, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 1996 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was the daughter of Ayres Antone "Tony" and Sheila Ann (Martin) Fortes of Plymouth.
A lifelong resident of Plymouth, she was a fifth-grade student at the Federal Furnace Elementary School.
Amanda's hobbies included playing the piano, horseback riding, basketball, softball and soccer. She was a Girl Scout and served as an altar server at the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church in West Plymouth.
Survivors include her parents; two brothers, Dwayne Fortes of Manomet and Trey Fortes of Plymouth, and her grandmother, Dorothea Fortes of Taunton.
Arrangements are by Cartmell Funeral Service Inc., 150 Court St.

COLEMAN -- In Hyannis, Jan. 30, 1996 William L. Coleman, husband of Tomiko (Yamada) Coleman of Kimberly, CT, brother of Jean Brown of Philadelphia, PA. A Memorial Service will be held at the VA National Cemetery Bourne, MA on Thursday, Feb. 8, 1996 at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends may meet at the STOTT, CHAPMAN, COLE & GLEASON FUNERAL HOME, 2599 Cranberry Hwy (Rt28) Wareham, MA at 10:15 AM.

FORTES -- In Plymouth, Amanda Ashley, age 10, died Feb. 4, 1996, accidentally. She was the loving daughter of Ayres Antone "Tony" Fortes and Sheila Ann (Martin) Fortes of Plymouth, beloved sister of Dwayne Fortes of Manomet and Trey Fortes of Plymouth, cherished granddaughter of Dorothea Fortes of Taunton. The funeral will take place on Thursday morning at 9:15 from the CARTMELL FUNERAL HOME, 150 Court St., Plymouth, followed by a Funeral Mass at the Church of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in West Plymouth at 10:00 a.m. Friends may call at he Cartmell Funeral Home on Wednes. From 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment will be in the Vine Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.

GOMES -- In Boston, Jan. 16, 1996, Donald J. Gomes, beloved husband of Nadeen M. Correia-Gomes of Hyde Park, aged 42 years. Beloved father of Andre Justino Gomes and Marcus Anthony Gomes. A Memorial Celebration will be held on February 9 at 3 p.m. on the Northeastern University Campus at the Lell Student Center Ballroom. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following services at the MacCloud Suite on campus. A month Minder Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 47 So. Sixth St., on March 8 at 7 p.m.

LEEPER -- Emily H. (Carvalho) of Fairhaven, February 5, 1996. Wife of the late Denzel Leeper. Sister of Eugenia Ferro of New Bedford. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the FAIRHAVEN FUNERAL HOME, 117 Main St. Fairhaven Thursday at 8:00 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Joseph's Church, Fairhaven at 9:00 a.m. Interment Rural Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9. Lighted handicapped entrance at rear of funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 208 Washington St., Fairhaven, MA 02719.

LORENCO -- In this city, Feb. 5, 1996 Rose T. (Sarro), 78, of Acushnet, wife of Eugene Lorenco. Funeral from ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd. on Thursday at 10:30 AM followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church at 11:30 AM. Interment National Cemetery, Bourne. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours Wednesday evening only 7-9 PM.

MONDOU -- In Fall River, Feb. 6, Lillian J. Mondou, 60, of New Bedford, daughter of Eugene & Elsie (Bouley) Mondou. Funeral from THE ROCK FUNERAL HOME,1285 Ashley Blvd., Friday at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Theresa Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours, Thursday, 2-4 & 7-9. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery.

PAYTON -- of Wareham, Feb. 4, 1996. Rita M. (Brady) Payton. Wife of the late Edwin F. Payton. Mother of Edwin J. Payton of Onset. Mother-in-law of Mary Lou (Buckley) Payton of Onset. Also survived by 3 grandchildren. Funeral will be Thursday from the STOTT, CHAPMAN, COLE & GLEASON FUNERAL HOME, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28) Wareham at 8 AM followed by a funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church, Onset at 9 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Donations in her memory may be made to Lighthouse Hospice Assoc., P.O. Box 448, Wareham, MA 02571.

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