Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Margaret M. Xavier, 91
DARTMOUTH -- Margaret M. (Snell) Xavier, 91, of South Dartmouth died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Anthony C. Xavier and daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Molloy) Snell.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
A lifelong resident of South Dartmouth, she was a communicant of St. Mary Church.
Survivors include her friends, Rufus and Theresa Winsor of South Strafford, Vt.
Arrangements are by the Aubertine Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford.

Francisco Sousa
NEW BEDFORD -- Francisco Sousa, 73, died at home, Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996. He was the husband of Genoveva Pacheco (Medeiros) Sousa and son of the late Francisco and Ernestina (Rebelo) Sousa.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, he lived in the New Bedford area for 29 years. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church and was employed by the Theodore Armond Company in Osterville as a painter until his retirement.
Mr. Sousa was a member of Senhor da Pedra Club and the Whaling City Club.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Victor Sousa of New Bedford and Joseph Sousa of Rochester; two daughters, Venilia Sousa and Maria Mota, both of New Bedford; a brother, Jose Sousa of Canada; three sisters, Urania Pimental and Maria Jose Rebelo Sousa, both of Canada, and Hilda Pereira of Sao Miguel; six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Eugene E. Adam, former Wareham EDIC member
WAREHAM -- Eugene E. "Gene" Adam, 82, of Morse Avenue, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996. He was the husband of Alice F. (Frenette) Adam and son of the late Joseph M. and Sylvia (Menard) Adam.
He died at the Sippican Health Care Center in Marion.
Born in Swansea he lived in Swansea until 1934 when he moved to New York.
When he retired in 1973, he moved to Wareham, where he volunteered his services and expertise for 17 years on the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Wareham.
Mr. Adam was president of the first graduating class of the Joseph Case High School in Swansea in 1930, after which he attended Brown University graduating in 1934.
After moving to New York City in 1934, he obtained work as a purchasing agent for Duff & Conger, a real estate firm that merged with Albert B. Ashforth, where Mr. Adam remained for his entire career, rising to vice president in charge of the building maintenance department in 1963.
In 1947, he moved to Bellmore, Long Island, where he became active in the school system. He was elected to the Board of Education and was much involved in the expansion and construction of new schools in the rapidly growing regional district.
Mr. Adam was an honorary member of the Real Estate Board of New York. He was also an active member in the First Presbyterian Church of Bellmore, serving as deacon during the years that Rev. William Rambo was pastor.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Constance Adam Roustom of Monument Beach; a son, Dr. Eugene A. Adam of Hong Kong, China; two brothers, Lincoln L. Adam of Portland, Maine, and Albert A. Adam of Palmdale, Calif.; a sister, Christyn Riendeau of Swansea; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the 'Birchcrest Countryside' Home of Waring-Ashton & Coughlin-D.D. Sullivan-Driscoll, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea.

Jamie Allen Burke
MIDDLEBORO -- Jamie Allen Burke, 20, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996 in Wareham as a result of an automobile accident on Route 495. He was the son of Joseph A. and Cynthia (LeBert) Burke of Middleboro.
He was born in Brockton and lived most of his life in Middleboro.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro.
He was a graduate of Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School of Taunton.
He was employed as a carpenter, remodeling the former Nemasket Grange Hall in Middleboro that is destined to become the Black and White Theater.
His hobbies were archery and fishing. He also was an artist and enjoyed writing poetry.
Survivors include his parents; a daughter, Alice C. Burke of Middleboro; a brother, Joseph A. Burke of Middleboro; a sister, Nicole A. Burke of Middleboro; and his paternal grandmother, Anna Burke of Middleboro.
He was the grandson of the late Camille Burke and Richard and Glenda LeBert.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St.

Karima L. Crooker
MIDDLEBORO -- Karima L. Crooker, 18, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996, in Wareham as a result of an automobile accident on Interstate 495. She was the daughter of Sarah Crooker of Middleboro.
She was born in Boston and lived in Middleboro for five years.
She was a graduate of Middleboro High School and was a cheerleader. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.
She was employed by Huckleberry Chicken House Restaurant as a bus girl and Friendly Restaurant as a waitress.
Her hobbies included sewing, animals, including dogs and bunnies, and her car. She was very friendly and outgoing.
Survivors include her mother; a brother, Timothy Crooker of Middleboro; two sisters, Sarah Crooker and Marissa Crooker, both of Middleboro; two aunts, an uncle; and five cousins.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St.

Mary V. Dumont, 101
NEW BEDFORD -- A funeral Mass will be held at 10 this morning at St. Lawrence Church for Mary V. (Fredette) Dumont, 101, who died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Louis Dumont and daughter of the late Hormidas and Melvina (Robert) Fredette.
She died at Sacred Heart Home.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church.
Survivors include a son, Louis Dumont of New Bedford; three daughters, Norma McKenna and Laura Lawless, both of Lake Worth, Fla., and Estelle Bryant of New Bedford; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Austin-Carney Funeral Home, 549 County St. Visiting hours will be one hour prior to Funeral Mass. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Jeannette Valois, 93
NEW BEDFORD -- Jeannette (Lepage) Valois, 93, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Henry J. Valois and daughter of the late Emile and Marie (Michaud) Le- page.
She died at Mediplex of New Bedford.
She was born in Fall River and lived in New Bedford most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Theresa Church.
She was formerly employed by area textile mills as a weaver until her retirement. Mrs. Valois enjoyed knitting and quilting in her leisure time.
Survivors include two sons, Maurice H. Valois of Gulf Port, Fla., and Henri L. Valois of New Bedford; a daughter, Pauline Lamothe of New Bedford; two brothers, Roger Lepage of Royal Oaks, Mich., and Edgar Lepage of Acushnet; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Donald C. Hittle
MIDDLEBORO -- Donald C. Hittle, 72, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Evelyn (Matrisciano) Hittle and the son of the late Cecil D. and Gertrude (Borden) Hittle.
He died at Morton Hospital in Taunton.
Born in Onawa, Iowa, he lived in Middleboro for more than 40 years.
He was employed by a machine shop in Brockton as a machinist until his retirement.
He was a World War II and Korean War navy veteran, having served for a total of 20 years.
He was a member of the Middleboro Lodge of Elks, Mitchell Memorial Club and Hare and Rabbit Club, both of Middleboro, and the Glass Post #2188 Veteran of Foreign Wars of Middleboro.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Wayne D. Hittle of Raynham and Richard Hittle of Taunton; a daughter, Donna Harriman of Carver; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St.

Frederick J. Danis, 92
FALL RIVER -- Frederick J. Danis, 92, of 2634 N. Main St., died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996. He was the widower of Winifred (Ollis) Danis and son of the late Henry G. and Catherine (McGuire) Danis.
He died at the Clifton Rehabilitation Nursing Center.
Born in Fall River, he spent his early life in Somerset before returning to Fall River 70 years ago. A graduate of Durfee High School, he attended the former Thibodeau's Business School and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church. He was formerly employed in New York and Washington, D.C., in the construction industry for about 10 years and then by E. Turgeon Construction Company in Providence as the superintendant of labor until his retirement.
Mr. Danis was a member of the Local 271 Providence Labor Union for 55 years.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Costa of Fall River, Nancy Gagnon of Wareham and Judith Evans of Swansea; a brother, Joseph Robert Danis of Somerset; two sisters, Margaret Hitchen of Fall River and Dora Cote of Florida; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Grace Benevides, Henry Danis, Edmond Danis, Bernard Danis and Theodore Joseph Danis.
Arrangements are by the Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St.

John J. Duggan
FRAMINGHAM -- John J. Duggan, 84, of 1812 Windsor Green Condominiums, formerly of Little Compton, R.I., and Fall River, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996. He was the husband of Ruth C. (Malvey) Duggan and son of the late Patrick and Alice M. (Geary) Duggan.
He died at Framingham Union Campus of Metro-West Hospital.
Born in Fall River, he was a 1928 graduate of Durfee High School and was formerly employed as a photo-engraver by the former American Print Works in Fall River and New York, where he lived for a short time.
He returned to Fall River and was employed by the Postal Service as a letter-carrier from 1941 until his retirement in 1966, working mainly out of the Fall River Post Office. He moved to Little Compton in 1978, where he was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church.
He and his wife had lived in Framingham since June of 1995 and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last November.
Mr. Duggan was a member of the Retired Federal Employees Assocation and was the last president of the former Young Mens' Irish American Temporence Society.
Survivors include his widow; four sons, John J. Duggan Jr. of Little Compton, Paul Duggan of Lincoln, Neb., Gerald B. Duggan and Joseph B. Duggan, both of Framingham; two sisters, Alice M. Duggan and Rita Burgmyer, both of Fall River; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Thomas Duggan.
Arrangements are by the Jeffrey E. Sullivan Funeral Home, 550 Locust St., Fall River.

Edward T. Estrella
BROCKTON -- Edward T. Estrella, 76, died Friday, Feb. 23, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Frances (Dias) Estrella and son of the late Thomas M. and Anna (Miranda) Estrella.
He died at the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived there most of his life and was a communicant of Our Lady of Assumption Church. He was employed by Morse Twist Drill as a machinist until his retirement.
Mr. Estrella was a member of the Cape Verdean-American Veterans Association.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Douglas Estrella and Ricky Dias, both of New Bedford, and Ronald Estrella of Mattapan; two daughters, Carol Andrade of New Bedford and Carlotta Porter of Boston; a brother, Frank M. Estrella of Randolph; two sisters, Carlotta Bee and Maria Sessoms, both of Dorchester; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Thomas Estrella and brother of the late Justina Estrella.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Curtis W. Gomes
FAIRHAVEN -- Curtis Wayne Gomes, 37, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of Sharon (Silva) Moura of New Bedford and the late Robert Gomes Sr.
He died at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he was a lifelong resident of the area and a communicant of St. Joseph Church in Fairhaven.
Mr. Gomes was a graduate of Fairhaven High School.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Brian Still of New Bedford; two daughters, Andrea Gomes and Brianne Still, both of New Bedford; three brothers, Robert Gomes Jr. of New Bedford, Kevin Gomes and Richard Gomes, both of Fairhaven; a sister, Cynthia Gomes of New Bedford; his stepfather, Robert Moura of New Bedford; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangement are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

Mary A. Gonsalves
NEW BEDFORD -- Mary A. Gonsalves, 70, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996. She was the widow of John Gonsalves and daughter of the late Mary Zimbra (Medeiros) and Joseph Rego Pinheiro.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church. She was employed by Cliftex Corporation as a stitcher until her retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan P. Brown of New Bedford; two sisters, Nora Louro and Laura Lima, both of New Bedford; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Michael Gonsalves and sister of the late Joseph Pinheiro Jr.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Mary Lou McConnell
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mary Lou (Redditt) McConnell, 44, of 1800 Northumberland Ave., formerly of Portsmouth, R.I., died Monday, Feb. 19, 1996. She was the widow of Edward McConnell III and daughter of Mary (Oakes) Redditt of Orlando and the late Thomas Redditt.
She died at Lakeside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Born in Lorain, Ohio, she lived in Portsmouth for a few years before moving to Orlando in 1968. She was an LPN doing private duty nursing in Fall River, and in Orlando. While in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts area, she attended the Middletown Baptist Church, and in Orlando she attended Lakeside Road Baptist Church.
Survivors include her mother; her mother-in-law Irene (Pilkington) McConnell of Fall River; two daughters, Mary Ann Muro of Orlando and Amanda Lee Nolin of Colorado; four brothers, Jim, Bill, Ed and Frank, all of Central Florida; two sisters, Patti and Sarah, both of Central Florida; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Harrington-Sullivan Funeral Home, 986 Plymouth Ave., Fall River.

Jean Sylvia
NEW BEDFORD -- Jean "Little Jean" (DeAndrade) Sylvia, 62, died at home Friday, Feb. 23, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late John and Minnie (Dandan) DeAndrade.
Born in East Freetown, she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph "Joe'e" Sylvia Jr., Gerard Sylvia and Barry Sylvia, all of New Bedford; a daughter, Karen M. Sylvia of Accokeek, Md.; a brother, Sylvester DeAndrade of New Bedford; two sisters, Doris Rego of Lincoln, N.H., and Marie Martins of New Bedford; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her long time companion, Benjamin Rodrigues; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Cindy Ann Sylvia and sister of the late Joseph DeAndrade.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St.

Edward D. Tyrrell
FALL RIVER -- Edward D. Tyrrell, 73, of 257 Tecumseh St., died at home Friday, Feb. 23, 1996, after a short illness. He was the widower of Rita M. (Sullivan) Tyrrell and son of the late Nicholas J. and Louisa M. (Diskin) Tyrrell.
He was a lifelong resident of Fall River and a 1940 graduate of Durfee High School and the former Allen's Business School. A lifelong communicant of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, he was a lector, Eucharistic Minister, and a charter member of the church's bingo volunteers. He had received the Marian Medal in 1983 from Bishop Daniel A. Cronin.
A World War II Army veteran serving as tech sergeant in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theater of War. He later was employed by the government in Charlestown transferring to the Naval Underwater Systems Center in Newport until his retirement in 1974. After retirement he was employed by Harrington-Sullivan Funeral home as a funeral assistant for many years.
Mr. Tyrrell was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Fall River Clover Club and the Fall River Ski Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Louise Tyrrell of New Haven, Conn.; two brothers, John J. Tyrrell and Nicholas T. Tyrrell, both of Fall River; two sisters, Mary L. Tyrrell and Louise A. Tyrrell, both of Fall River; three nieces and a nephew.
Arrangements are by Harrington-Sullivan Funeral Home, 986 Plymouth Ave.

John Vieira
DARTMOUTH -- John Vieira, 84, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Herminia (Viegas) Vieira and son of the late Abigail (Machado) and Julio Vieira.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in this area all his life and was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Padanaram. He was employed by the Army as an administrator until his retirement.
Mr. Vieira was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Executive Office of Elders in 1985 by Governor Michael S. Dukakis. He was the former president of the Greater New Bedford Chapter No. 297 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and along with his wife was awarded the first lifetime membership in the National Association by the Massachusetts State Federation in 1988. He served on the State Board of Directors for 14 years.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, George Viegas Vieira of San Diego, and John Vieira Jr. of Los Angeles; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

Irene D. Polston-Pepin
ROCHESTER -- Irene D. (Davignon) Polston-Pepin, 73, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996. She was the wife of Omer J. Pepin, widow of Vergil N. Polston and daughter of the late Silva and Angelina (Valley) Davignon.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Rochester for the last seven years and was a communicant of St. John Neuman Church.
Mrs. Pepin was a member of St. Anne's Sodality of St. Francis Xavier Church and the Jolly Seniors of Acushnet. She was an avid bowler.
Survivors include her widower; a son, Vergil A. Polston of Salem, N.H.; two daughters, Julia Wilkinson of New Bedford and Nancy Charbonneau of Somers, Conn.; four brothers, Leo Davignon of Arizona, Rene Davignon of New Bedford; Raymond Davignon and Roger Davignon, both of Acushnet; five sisters, Evelyn St. Amand, Doris St. Amand, both of Acushnet, Yvonne Davignon, Angelina Robillard and Laurette Beals, all of New Bedford; four stepsons, Louis Pepin of Rochester, N.Y., Dennis Pepin of Acushnet, Donald Pepin of North Dartmouth and Charles Pepin of New Bedford.
Other survivors include: five stepdaughters, Annette Copeland of Georgia, Simone Carvalho of Ohio, Maggie Moniz of Westport, Jocelyn White of Acushnet and Germaine Vigers of Lakeville, 11 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Alfred Davignon.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Edward Rose
NEW BEDFORD -- Private funeral services were held this morning for Edward Rose, 70, who died at home Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Aldina (Leite) Rose and son of the late John and Mary (Pedro) Rose.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church and employed by the Garment Workers Federal Credit Union as a manager until his retirement.
Mr. Rose was a World War II Navy veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Diane D. Ferreira of Wareham; a son, Ronald E. Rose of North Dartmouth; a brother, John Rose of New Bedford; a sister, Carrie Naia of New York and two great-grandchildren.
He was the grandfather of the late Scott Jardin.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Anna Larina, widow of Bolshevik leader
MOSCOW - Anna Larina, widow of purged Bolshevik leader Nikolai Bukharin and herself a survivor of Soviet labor camps, died Saturday at age 82.
Mr. Bukharin, one of the leaders of the 1917 Russian Revolution, was arrested in 1937 and shot after a show trial staged by dictator Josef Stalin.
For being Mr. Bukharin's wife, Ms. Larina also was arrested and separated from their 1-year-old son. She spent nearly two decades in the gulag, the vast Soviet prison-camp system.
Her memoirs, "This I Cannot Forget," was published in English in 1993.

Gertrude Anne Reale
NEW BEDFORD -- Gertrude Anne (Harrigan) Gadbois Reale, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Pete Gadbois and Jasper Reale and daughter of the late Daniel and Marie Laure (Desjardins) Harrigan.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Lemeieux, Ontario, Canada, she had lived in New Bedford since 1937.
She was employed by Continental Screw Company as a machinist for many years until her retirement.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen G. Unwin of Brookfield, Conn., and Joan G. Shuttleworth of Valhalla, N.Y.; a brother, George Harrigan of Mountain Home, Ark.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Perry Funeral Home, 495 Park St.

Isabel Alves, 92
NEW BEDFORD -- Isabel (Vieira) Alves, 92, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996. She was the widow of Antonio "Jose" R. Alves and daughter of the late Domingos and Joaquina (Nasciemento) Vieira.
She was hospitalized at St. Luke's Hospital for the past two months before passing away at Sacred Heart Nursing Home.
Born in Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, she came to the United States in 1919 and became an American citizen. She lived in New Bedford for most of her adult life with the exception of several years in Mineola, Long Island, N.Y.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church and was employed in the local textile industry until her retirement.
Mrs. Alves was one of 10 children, all born in Santa Cruz, some of whom became permanent residents of Madeira, Brazil, Coracao and the United States.
She was a former member of Moose Lodge.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Alves of New Bedford and Abel Alves of Hampton, Va.; two daughters, Hazel Motta and Ida Martin, both of New Bedford; two sisters, Filomena and Lourdes, both of Santa Cruz; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews.
She was the mother of the late Mary Alves and Augusta Alves.
Arrangements are by Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Constance Eddy
FALMOUTH -- Constance Eddy, 57, of East Falmouth, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Helen (Bogan) Miller.
She died at the Hospice House.
Born in Portsmouth, R.I., she was raised in Assonet and graduated from Dighton High School in 1956.
After graduating, she then moved to Falmouth and was formerly employed by the Town Clerk and Treasurer Office as a clerk for 10 years. She later was an assessor for the Town of Falmouth for two years
A member of St. Barnabas Memorial Episcopal Church in Falmouth, she was a Girl Scout leader trainer and service unit administrator for the Girl Scouts of Falmouth.
She also served on the board of drectors for Plymouth Bay Council of Girl Scouts and as secretary for Boy Scout Troop No. 38 Committee in Falmouth.
Survivors include two sons, Douglas R. Eddy of Melbourne, Fla., and Jeffery L. Eddy of East Falmouth; a daughter, Kristine A. Eddy of East Falmouth; and three brothers, Karl Miller of Rochester, N.H., David Miller of Assonet and Donald Miller of Idaho.
Arrangements are by Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Homes, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne.

Peter F. Noles
DARTMOUTH -- Peter F. Noles, 81, of South Dartmouth, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 1996. He was the husband of Anna (Slik) Noles and son of the late Peter and Eva (Laucius) Noles.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in Worcester, he had lived in Dartmouth since 1951 and was a graduate of the former Herricks Institute in Worcester, specializing in government and law.
Formerly employed by the federal government in procurement, he helped set up the Lend Lease Program and a Welding Inspection Lab for government trainees at the Watertown Arsenal.
He was instrumental in beginning the OSHA program in Massachusetts and had been a foreman at American Optical in Southbridge. He was an inspector for the Department of Labor and Industrial Safety for 30 years until his retirement.
A World War II Army veteran beginning as a training sergeant, he was later assigned to the Raritan Arsenal and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, working in the classified development of coated optics. Upon his discharge from the Army, he worked as a development engineer at the Metavac Company in New York.
Mr. Noles was a communicant of St. Mary Church in South Dartmouth.
He was a past commander of the American Legion Post 307 in Dartmouth and past judge advocate of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7.
Legislation chairman of the American Legion District 9 and the Dartmouth American Association of Retired Persons, he had been healthcare chairman of the Massachusetts Senior Action, where he helped write the present Balanced Billing Bill.
He was a member of the Massachusetts State Retirees, the Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club, the Dartmouth Friends of the Elderly and the Moose Lodge in New Bedford.
Survivors include his widow; three sisters, Marion Noles, Anne Bonnette and Nellie Mattson, all of Worcester; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home, 230 Russells Mills Road, South Dartmouth.


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