Miscellaneous Bristol County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Manuel Andrews Jr.
WAREHAM -- Manuel Andrews Jr., 61, of Cranberry Highway, died at home Saturday, April 13, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Nancy (Monteiro) Andrews and the late Manuel and Catherine (Gomes) Andrews.
Born in Scituate, he was a lifelong resident of Wareham and attended Wareham schools.
He was employed for the Regional Land Fill in Wareham as a custodian for 25 years.
Mr. Andrews was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Gerald Andrews of Wareham, Manuel Andrews III and Bradford Andrews, both of New Bedford; two daughters, Linda Leighton of West Wareham and Catherine Medeiros of New Bedford; two sisters, Rosalie Stewart and Mary Perry, both of Boston; two brothers, Domingo Andrews of Wareham and John Andrews of Carver; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Susan Andrews and brother of the late Dean Andrews.
Arrangements are by Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway.
Due to information received by the funeral home, Mr. Andrews' grandchildren were omitted in Sunday's obituary.

Dorothy M. Suffern
NEW BEDFORD -- Dorothy M. Suffern, 80, of Harwich Street, died unexpectedly at home Saturday, April 13, 1996. She was the wife of the late George H. Suffern Jr. and daughter of the late William Furtado and Mary Tiernan.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she was employed by various textile mills in the area including the former Harold Bishian Textile Co., where she worked for more than 10 years until her retirement in 1980.
Mrs. Suffern was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union of America. She was an avid supporter of the Disabled American Veterans and had worked part time for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Porier Post for several years.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan J. Ponte of South Dartmouth; two sons, Michael J. Suffern and Thomas E. Suffern, both of New Bedford; four brothers, Charles Furtado of New Bedford, Joseph Furtado of Fairhaven, Sylvester Furtado of Williamsport, Md., and Richard Furtado of Vineyard Haven; two grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Catherine M. Suffern and sister of the late Marjorie Mallory.
Arrangements are by Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven.

Oscar J. Breault
EL CAJON, Calif. -- Funeral services were held yesterday for Oscar J. Breault, 79, who died at home Thursday, April 11, 1996 after a brief illness. He was the widower of Glayds (Marks) Breault and son of the late John and Henriette (Poirier) Breault.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Hartford and Chicago before moving to El Cajon, Calif. after his retirement in 1982.
He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church, and he worked as a repairman at Addressograph Machines in Chicago.
Mr. Breault was a World War II Navy Veteran.
He is survived by two sisters, Dora Breault and Lucie Breault, both of New Bedford.
Arrangements are by El Cajon Mortuary, 684 So. Molison Ave.

Georgiana Mendonca
DARTMOUTH -- Georgiana (Ventura) Mendonca, 82, of North Dartmouth, died Saturday, April 13, 1996, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Jeremias F. Mendonca and daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Mattos) Ventura.
She died at Sacred Heart Nursing Home.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in New York prior to returning to the area in 1967.
She has lived in Dartmouth since 1980 and worked as a sales clerk at Saltmarsh, Sadows and the Star Store until her retirement.
Mrs. Mendonca was a member of the Munroe Seniors and served as their sunshine lady.
Survivors include a daughter, Pauline Roderiques of New Bedford; two sons, Jeremias D. Mendonca of Oregon and Peter J. Mendonca of Florida; a brother, Merlin Ventura of New Bedford; three sisters, Mary Charves and Irene Oliveira, both of New Bedford, and Alice Rego of North Dartmouth; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Phoebe Chaplin.
Arrangements are by Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Scott D. Mickelson
BROCKTON -- Scott Derek Mickelson, 24, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 14, 1996. He was the son of Stanley Mickelson of North Dartmouth and Judith (Crock) Mickelson of New Bedford.
He died at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
Born in Boston, he was a graduate of Nichols College and Winchendon Prep School.
He lived in Brockton and was employed as a salesman in the garment industry.
Survivors include his parents, a sister, Jill Mickelson of New Bedford; a paternal grandmother, Lillian Mickelson of New Bedford, and maternal grandparents, Jerry and Lillian Crock of Florida.
Arrangements are by Max Sugarman Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope St., Providence, R.I.

John R. Soares Sr.
NORTON -- John R. Soares Sr., 60, formerly of Brockton, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 13, 1996. He was the former husband of Maria (Santos) Soares.
He died at Boston University Hospital in Boston.
Born in Brava, Cape Verde, he lived in Brockton for more than 15 years and recently moved to Norton. He immigrated to the United States after serving in the Portuguese Army. He was a carpenter from 1960 to 1976. During this time he invested in and maintained several pieces of real estate in the Boston area.
After 1976, Mr. Soares was employed by General Dynamics Shipyard in Quincy for 13 years, and up until his death he worked for the Hazeltine Corporation of Braintree.
Survivors include seven sons, Virgelio Soares and Joseph R. Soares, both of Brockton, Anthony R. Soares of Randolph, John R. Soares Jr. of Nashua, N.H., Abraham Soares of Norton, Jose Fernandes of Pawtucket, R.I., and Orlando Ribeiro of Stoughton; six daughters, Elizabeth Teixeira and Regina Soares, both of Brockton, Vannessa Soares and Fatima Soares, both of Norton, Anna Soares of New Bedford and Orlanda Dalomba of Braintree; 15 grandchildren; and Linda Lopes of Norton, a close companion and mother of three of his children.
Arrangements are by Russell Funeral Home, 165 Belmont St., Brockton.

Ferdinanda Souto
NEW BEDFORD -- Ferdinanda "Ferdy" (Teles) Souto, 67, died at home unexpectedly, Saturday, April 13, 1996. She was the widow of Joseph S. Souto and daughter of the late Manuel J. and Felecidade (Freitas) Teles.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a parishioner of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Survivors include four sons, Mark Souto of Acushnet, Daniel Souto, Shawn Souto and Michael Souto, all of New Bedford; three daughters, Patricia Brown of Fairhaven, Dawn Coons of Mechanicsville, Md. and Michelle Souto of Greenville, R.I.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Souto was the mother of the late Joseph Souto and sister of the late Manuel J. Teles II, Daniel Teles and Alice Bromstead.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.
Due to an editing error, Mrs. Souto's name was incorrect in portions of the Sunday obituary.

Joan C. Shaw
MARION -- Joan (Sullivan) Cooke Shaw, 71, died Saturday, April 13, 1996 after a long illness. She was the widow of Naval Comm. Lemuel Doty Cooke and Howard S. Shaw and was the daughter of the late Martin H. and Clare V. (Donahue) Sullivan.
She died at the Boca Raton Community Hospital in Florida.
Born in New Bedford she married Howard S. Shaw of Wareham in 1966 after which she divided her time between Florida, Jamaica and Marion, where she had lived for the last 10 years. She was associated with the family business, Marty Sullivan, Inc., a retail clothing store located in Falmouth, Marion and South Dartmouth.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Beverly Yacht Club and the Piney Point Beach Club, both of Marion.
Survivors include two daughters, Carole C. Parrish of Delray, Fla., and Clare C. Plowright of Newport, R.I., and a son, Christopher Cooke of West Hartford, Conn.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28) Wareham.

Ruth Haskell
DARTMOUTH -- Ruth Haskell, 73, formerly of Anderson Way, North Dartmouth and Westport, died Monday, April 15, 1996 after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Alden and Loretta A. (McCartey) Haskell.
She died at Harborview Nursing Home.
Born in Acushnet she lived in the Dartmouth and Westport area all of her life. She was a member of the Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church, North Dartmouth and was employed with various offices in New Bedford as an office clerk until her retirement in 1978.
Miss Haskell was a member of the Smith Mills Grange of Dartmouth.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Marshall of Dixon, Ill., three brothers, Donald S. Haskell of Long Beach, Calif., Clifford W. Haskell of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Richard W. Haskell of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Doris H. Lawson of North Attleboro and Bina J. Monger of Silver City, N.M.; a granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport.

Oscar J. Breault
EL CAJON, Calif. -- A funeral was held yesterday for Oscar J. Breault, 79, who died at home Thursday, April 11, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Glayds (Marks) Breault and son of the late John and Henrietta (Poirier) Breault.
He died at home.
Born in New Bedford, he lived in Hartford, Conn., and Chicago, Ill., before retiring to El Cajon. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in El Cajon and was employed by Addressograph Machines in Chicago as a repairer of equipment until his retirement in 1982.
Mr. Breault was a World War II Navy Veteran.
He is survived by two sisters, Dora Breault and Lucie Breault, both of New Bedford.
He was also the brother of the late J. Omer Breault.
Arrangements are by El Cajon Mortuary, 684 So. Mollison Ave., El Cajon.
Due to an editing error, the day of Mr. Breault's funeral was incorrect and due to a clerical error, his deceased brother was omitted in Sunday's paper.

Milton C. Gardiner, 92
TIVERTON, R.I. -- Milton Crowther Gardiner, 92, of Old Bulgar Marsh Road, died at home Sunday, April 14, 1996. He was the widower of Helen E. (Gray) Gardiner and son of the late Stephen and Grace (Crowther) Gardiner.
Born in Swansea, he lived in Tiverton for more than 50 years and was formerly employed by the New England Transportation Co. in Hartford, Conn., as a bus driver and by Gray's Ice Cream in Tiverton for several years. He was the owner and operator of the Oak Manor Restaurant in Tiverton.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth Kerrigan of Somerset; and several nieces and nephews in Westport.
Arrangements are by the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport.

Pauline Parker
NEW BEDFORD -- Pauline (Langevin) Parker, 69, of Bedford Towers, died unexpectedly at home Sunday, April 14, 1996. She was the widow of Howard Parker and daughter of Georgianna (Dussault) Langevin of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and the late Charles A. Langevin.
A lifelong resident of New Bedford, she attended New Bedford High School and was employed by Augat Inc. in Attleboro, as an inspector until her illness.
Mrs. Parker was a member of the Greater New Bedford Host Lioness Club and the Catholic Guild for the Blind. Her interest in life was the enjoyment of belonging to various organizations.
Survivors include her mother; a daughter, Paulette M. Irwin of New Bedford; a sister, Adrienne Fauteux of Florida; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Charles A. Langevin Jr.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Mona Whalley, 92
NEW BEDFORD -- Mona (Simcoe) Whalley, 92, died Saturday, April 13, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Harold A. Whalley Sr. and daughter of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Wilding) Simcoe.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Blackburn, England, she lived in New Bedford most of her life and was formerly employed by the former Community Rest Home, New Bedford, as a nurse's aide and then as a housekeeper in various local private homes.
Mrs. Whalley was an avid gardener.
Survivors include a son, Harold A. Whalley Jr. of Pittsfield; two daughters, Irene A. McCoy of South Easton and Doris E. Girouard of East Freetown; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Harriet Wright, Ethel Rejsek and Hilda Morris.
Arrangements are by Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford.

Ernestine C. Batalha
NEW BEDFORD -- Ernestine Correira Batalha, 89, died Sunday, April 14, 1996, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Antonio M. and Rosa (Correira) Batalha.
She died at The Oaks.
Born in Setubol, Portugal, she lived in this area for most of her life and was a communicant of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. She was formerly employed by Aerovox Corp. as a packer.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Hilda Felix, Rose Mendonca, Mary Batalha and Bertha Batalha.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Georgina P. Cummings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Georgina Pearl Cummings, 82, formerly of New Bedford, died Sunday, March 24, 1996.
She died at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.
Born in Middleton, Nova Scotia, she moved to New Bedford in 1946 and was employed by Lloyds Dress Shop as the manager of the alteration department. In 1972 she moved to Florida.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Cummings of St. Petersburg; a brother, Willard Parker of Ireland; two sisters, Geraline Wood of New Brunswick and Dorothy Whitman of Nova Scotia; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Beach Memorial Funeral Home, 301 Corey Ave., St. Petersburg.

Paul J. Sirois
FAIRHAVEN -- Paul Joseph Sirois, 72, died at home Sunday, April 14, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Ethel (Sylvia) Sirois and son of the late John and Beatrice (Demers) Sirois.
Born in Nashua, N.H., he lived in this area for most of his life and was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Fairhaven.
He attended Suffolk University and Kenyon School and was employed by Revere Copper and Brass as an inventory clerk until his retirement.
Mr. Sirois was a World War II Navy veteran.
Mr. Sirois also was a member of the Rochester Golf Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Corinne Casavanet of South Dartmouth; three brothers, Arthur Sirois of Tennessee, and Eugene Sirois and Louis Sirois of New Bedford; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.

Msgr. Alfred Gendreau
FALL RIVER -- Funeral services were held Monday for the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alfred J. Gendreau, 85, retired pastor of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and a priest for more than 60 years, who died Friday, April 12, 1996, at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River.
The Most Rev. Sean Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap. Bishop of the Fall River Diocese, was scheduled to be principal celebrant for the funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Swansea.
Msgr. Gendreau, a former member of the Sulpician Order who served as an Army chaplain during World War II, was born Jan. 11, 1911, in Fall River, son of the late Napoleon A. and Marguerite (Cote) Gendreau.
He was educated at St. Anne Parochial School in Fall River, and then at the Sulpician Fathers of Montreal College, where he completed high school in 1927 followed by two years of college studies. He then completed his studies in philosophy at the Seminary of Philosophy in Montreal and his theological preparation at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He received a doctor of theology degree through the Baltimore seminary and the University of Baltimore in 1938.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1935 at St. Mary Cathedral in Fall River by the then diocesan ordinary, the late Most Rev. James E. Cassidy, D.D.
Msgr. Gendreau served with the Sulpicians from 1935 to 1954, teaching at seminaries in Baltimore, Seattle and Detroit as well as serving as an Army chaplain between June 1943 and April 1946. While a military chaplain, he served for six months with artillery units in the European Theater.
In June 1954, the then Father Gendreau returned to service in the Fall River Diocese, where he initially was assigned as a curate at St. Mary Cathedral until 1959. He then served as administrator of St. Peter Church in Dighton from 1959 to 1961 and pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Fall River from 1961 to 1966.
Elevated to the rank of domestic prelate with the courtesy title of right reverend monsignor, Msgr. Gendreau was transferred to the pastorate of St. Jacques Church in Taunton in 1966. He remained in Taunton until 1971, when he became pastor of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Fall River. There he served until his retirement in 1980.
He served as co-chaplain of Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven in the years following his retirement.
While in the active priesthood, Msgr. Gendreau served the diocese as Episcopal vicar for the Fall River-New Bedford areas, vicar for religious, pro-synodal judges, secretary of the clergy board of examiners and member of the Divine Word Commission.
Survivors include a sister, Louise Cochrane of Swansea, and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Blanche, Romeo, Armand, Arthur, Raymond, Albert and Edward Gendreau.

James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke
NEW YORK -- James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, a mobster depicted in "Goodfellas" and the suspected mastermind of the 1978 Lufthansa heist that netted a record $5.8 million in cash, is dead at 64.
Mr. Burke died of cancer in a Buffalo hospital on Saturday, according to his attorney, Judd Burstein. Mr. Burke was serving 20 years to life for murdering a drug dealer when he became ill in February at the Wende Correctional Facility at Alden.
Although an Irish-American, Mr. Burke was closely associated with top members of the Lucchese crime family, and partook of a criminal menu that included loansharking, extortion, gambling, drug trafficking, murder and other mob-style activities.
His career, including the Lufthansa affair, was detailed in "Wiseguy," by crime writer Nicholas Pileggi. In "Goodfellas," the film based on that book, Mr. Burke's character -- called Jimmy Conway -- was played by Robert De Niro.
In the book, Mr. Pileggi quoted turncoat mobster Henry Hill -- whose testimony eventually helped convict Mr. Burke of murder -- as saying Mr. Burke loved stealing so much so that "If you ever offered Jimmy a billion dollars, he'd turn you down and then try to figure out how to steal it from you."
Known as "Jimmy the Gent" for his dapper appearance, Mr. Burke had an arrest record from age 18 and, according to law enforcement officials, ran his illegal operations from Robert's Lounge, a bar in his native Queens.
It was there, federal authorities believed, that he planned the Lufthansa heist on Dec. 11, 1978. A team of hooded gunmen invaded the airline's cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport and stole nearly $6 million in untraceable U.S. currency being returned to the United States from Germany.
Mr. Pileggi told how Mr. Burke, recently out of prison, commuted daily from a Manhattan halfway house to the Queens hangout where he planned the heist.
The cash -- still a record cash haul for a U.S. robbery -- was never found, and for lack of evidence, Mr. Burke was never prosecuted for the theft or for the bloodletting that followed: Several of the alleged participants were murdered.
Arrested on a parole violation in 1982, Mr. Burke never saw the outside of prison again. He was convicted in a basketball point-shaving scam involving Boston College, and while serving a 12-year term was indicted again for the murder of the drug dealer, Richard Eaton.
Mr. Eaton, who purportedly owed Mr. Burke $250,000 from a cocaine deal, was found frozen and trussed up in a Brooklyn trailer in 1979. Mr. Burke was sentenced to 20 years to life for murder.
Mr. Burstein refused to say whether Mr. Burke had ever said anything about the Lufthansa heist.
The family wanted all details of the funeral to remain private, the lawyer said.

John Rose Jr.
NEW BEDFORD -- John Rose Jr., 83, died Monday, April 15, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Irene (Costa) Rose and son of the late John and Mary (Pedro) Rose.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Westport, he lived in this area most of his life. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and employed by the Hathaway and Gosnold mills as a winder tender until his retirement.
Survivors include his widow; a son, John Rose of Springfield, Ill.; a sister, Carrie Naia of Long Island, N.Y., and two nephews and a niece.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Robert J. Sylvia
NEW BEDFORD -- Private services were held Tuesday for Robert J. Sylvia, 46, who died unexpectedly at home Wednesday, April 10, 1996. He was the son of Theresa (Croker) Sylvia of New Bedford and the late Manuel Sylvia.
Born in Hartford, Conn., he lived in New Bedford most of his life.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Adam Furtado of New Bedford; a daughter, Christy Furtado of Indiana and a brother, Ronald Kennedy of New Bedford.
Arrangements were by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St.

Gilbert P. Soares Sr.
NEW BEDFORD -- Gilbert P. Soares Sr., 69, died unexpectedly Monday, April 15, 1996 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was the husband of Irene J. (Gracia) Soares for 48 years and son of the late Jose P. and Mary C. (Furtado) Soares.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of New Bedford and a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church. He was employed by ABF Trucking as a teamsters truck driver until his retirement and prior to that by Old Colony. He was also the custodian of Our Lady of Fatima Church and actively involved in church affairs.
Mr. Soares was a World War II Army veteran and a graduate of New Bedford High School. He was a member of the Men of Sacred Heart and spent 30 years devoting his time to the Greater New Bedford Little League, volunteering in many official positions.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Deborah D. Smith of New Bedford; two sons, Gilbert "Sonny" Soares Jr. of Tyngsboro and Gary P. Soares of Harwich; a brother, Edward Soares of New Bedford; five sisters, Mary Pimental and Izuara Pimental, both of Dartmouth; Linda Oliveira and Dorothy Pragana, both of New Bedford; and Alice Costa of Florida; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the brother of the late Joseph Soares.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Priscilla C. Tetreault
NEW BEDFORD -- Priscilla C. (Nault) Tetreault, 70, died Sunday, April 14, 1996. She was the widow of Louis A. Tetreault and daughter of the late Telefeau and Pauline (Boucher) Nault.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in New Bedford most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church and formerly employed by the former Farr Instruments for five years as a machine operator.
Survivors include two sons, Louis E. Tetreault and Russell L. Tetreault, both of Acushnet; three brothers, Raymond "Paul" Nault and Ulderic "Dick" Nault, both of New Bedford and Leo Nault of Mobile, Ala.; two sisters, Alice Lavoie of Fall River and Eleanor Davignon of Pawtucket, R.I.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Romeo Nault and Edmund Nault.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven.

Alice M. York
FAIRHAVEN -- Alice M. (Millett) York, 83, died Sunday, April 7, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Oren S. York and daughter of the late Harry and Bertha (Daley) Millett.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford.
Born in Northhampton, she lived in the Greater New Bedford area most of her life. She was a member of the Unitarian Memorial Church and formerly employed by the Fairhaven School Department as a clerk for many years.
Mrs. York was active with the Women's Alliance of her church and a volunteer visitor to area nursing homes.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Y. Simonsis of Fairhaven; three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St., New Bedford.

Charles Alfred Anderson
TUSKEGEE, Ala. -- Charles Alfred Anderson, who taught himself to fly and then trained the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots, has died at 89.
Mr. Anderson, who died on Saturday, was considered the father of black aviation. He ran Tuskegee University's pilot training program, an experiment begun before World War II to disprove the belief that blacks could not learn to fly airplanes.
Mr. Anderson said that he learned to fly by reading books and getting tips from young white pilots. He scraped together enough money to buy an airplane and got his pilot's license in 1929.
Mr. Anderson trained the first black pilots for the Army Air Corps. The black pilot, affectionately known as "Chief," said that might never have happened if first lady Eleanor Roosevelt had not visited Tuskegee in 1940.
"The first thing she said to me was, 'I always heard that colored people couldn't fly airplanes,"' Mr. Anderson said. He took her on a flight to prove otherwise.
Survivors include two sons, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A funeral will be held Friday.

Leonard P. Rapoza
NEW BEDFORD -- Leonard P. Rapoza, 72, died Tuesday, April 16, 1996, after a long illness. He was the son of the late Michael P. and Mary (Fagundes) Rapoza and close companion of Eileen Medeiros of Acushnet.
He died at Sippican Long Term Care Facility in Marion.
He was born in New Bedford and lived most of his life in New Bedford except for his military service. He was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church.
He was a career Air Force Serviceman during the Korean Crisis and Vietnam War and retired as a tech sergeant.
Mr. Rapoza was a member of the Panther Athletic Club and the WCD Pigeon Racing Club.
Survivors include two brothers, Albert P. Rapoza of New Bedford and Gilbert P. Rapoza of Falmouth; two sisters, Lydia V. Jesus of New Bedford and Lucilia Brillon of Fairhaven; a close companion, Eileen Medeiros of Acushnet; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd.

Dorothy G. Treadup
NEW BEDFORD -- Dorothy Gil Treadup, 86, died unexpectedly Monday, April 15, 1996. She was the daughter of the late Jacintho and Caroline (Francis) Tavares.
She died at St. Luke's Hospital.
She was born in New Bedford and lived all of her life in this community.
She was employed by the Telephone Company for 17 years as a telephone operator and then worked for the Mass. Division of Unemployment in New Bedford for many years. From 1982 to 1992 she was associated with Coastline Elderly Inc. working with senior citizens and received a plaque for her service to that organization. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School.
Survivors include a daughter, Joanne G. Chase of New Bedford; a brother, Ernest Tavares of New Bedford; and a sister, Rose Turner of New Bedford; a grandson; and a granddaughter;
She was also the sister of the late Gilbert Tavares and William Tavares.
Arrangements are by the Wilson Chapel, 479 County St.

Lawrence A. Collins
WAREHAM -- Lawrence A. Collins, of East Wareham, died Sunday, April 14, 1996, after suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He was the husband of Judith A. Collins of East Wareham and the son of the late Leroy and Iola (Dagget) Collins.
He died at the VA Medical Center in Bedford.
Born in Gloucester, he lived in Wareham since 1972. He was a graduate of Gloucester High School and attended Boston University.
Mr. Collins enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. and served for 12 years including service during the Korean War. In 1966, he changed branches of military service and enlisted in the US Army where he served for 17 years. He was discharged Aug. 31, 1983 at the rank of Sgt. Major. After his retirement from the service, he taught ROTC at New Bedford High School until 1985.
He enjoyed golfing at Little Harbor in Wareham.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Jane Collins-Fondulis of Wareham; two sons, Timothy Collins of Rockport and Michael Collins of San Francisco; a brother, Roland H. Collins (Ret. Col., USA) of N. Springfield, Va.; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Lawrence A. Collins Jr.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.

Mary E. Mason
MARLBORO -- Mary E. (Bolieau) Mason, 78, formerly of Wareham and Brockton, died Monday, April 15, 1996, after a long illness. She was the widow of Walter Mason and the daughter of Frank and Nellie G. (Murphy) Bolieau.
She died at the Westridge Healthcare Center.
She was born in Brockton and attended Brockton schools. She previously lived in Upstate New York and moved to Wareham in 1976 and then moved to Marlboro in January of 1995.
She was employed by various shoe factories in the Brockton area as a laster.
Survivors include a brother, Francis Bolieau of Marlboro.
Arrangements are by the Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Wareham.

Joseph E. Melanson Jr.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Joseph Edward "Ed" Melanson Jr., 72, died Sunday, March 17, 1996, of a heart attack. He was the husband of Frances Melanson and the son of the late J. Edward Melanson and Josephine (Cote) Melanson.
He died at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Born in Jackman, Maine, he was raised in New Bedford and moved to Alexandria in 1960. He received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.
Col. Melanson was a 1945 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served as chief of the news branch and as a missile expert at the Army office of information and as chief of information for Army headquarters in Europe and the Army Materiel Command. He helped coordinate press coverage of the funerals of Presidents Kennedy, Truman and Johnson and the inauguration of President Nixon.
He and his wife were married 44 years.
Survivors include his widow; four sons, Joseph Edward Melanson III of Clinton, Md., John Melanson of Burke, Va., William Melanson of Alexandria, Va., and Army Maj. Robert Melanson of Fort Sill, Okla.; two daughters, Peggy Melanson of Alexandria and Mary K. Rider of Orlando, Fla.; and four sisters, Claudette LeBlanc and Therese Burns, both of Fairhaven, Constance Roberts of N. Dartmouth and Jacqueline Letourneau of Nokomis, Fla.
He was also the brother of the late Jeanne O'Leary.


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