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Eva Walmsley
SPRING HILL, FLA. -- EVA (ASTLEY) WALMSLEY, 88, DIED AT HOME ON SUNDAY, JULY 7, 1996, AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS.
She was the widow of John Walmsley, formerly of New Bedford.
Born in Blackburn, England, she lived in New Bedford until her retirement from Aerovox, where she worked as a supervisor, in 1971.
Mrs. Walmsley was a communicant of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Joan Jaikes of Spring Hill; a grandson, Eric Jaikes of New Bedford; a granddaughter, Pamela Sylvia of South Carolina; and three great- grandchildren.
Mrs. Walmsley will be cremated and the interment of her ashes at the Acushnet Cemetery will occur at a later date.
Cremation arrangements are by the National Cremation and Burial Society, 19487 Barnett Road, Brooksville, Fla., 34601.

Fernando Fernandes
ACUSHNET -- Fernando Fernandes, 83, died at home on Tuesday, July 9, 1996, after a long illness.
He was the husband of Mary (Sol) Fernandes and the son of the late Manuel and Augusta (Maria) Fernandes.
Mr. Fernandes was born in New Bedford and lived there and in Fairhaven before moving to Acushnet 25 years ago.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
Mr. Fernandes, who worked as a laborer for several construction companies until his retirement, was a member of the Construction and General Laborers Union No. 385.
He also was a member of Club Madeirense SS Sacramento, A.P.U.M.E.C. of California.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Stone of New Bedford and Margaret "Maggie" Fernandes of Acushnet; a grandson and granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Boulevard, New Bedford.

Brian Gaboriault
FAIRHAVEN -- Brian Gaboriault, 8 weeks old, died unexpectedly Monday, July 8, 1996. He was the son of Brian Gaboriault and the late Jennifer Pike.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in New Bedford.
Survivors include his father; his maternal grandparents, Albert G. and Janice C. (Souza) Pike of Fairhaven; his paternal grandmother, Yvonne (Costa) Gaboriault of Fairhaven; one aunt, one uncle; and several cousins.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Jennifer M. Pike
FAIRHAVEN -- Jennifer Marie Pike, 18, died unexpectedly Monday, July 8, 1996. She was the daughter of Albert G. and Janice C. (Souza) Pike.
She was a lifelong resident of New Bedford.
Survivors include her parents; a sister, Carol Ann Arruda of Fall River; a brother, Gregory Allen Pike of Acushnet; her maternal grandmother, Zelmira Souza of New Bedford; a nephew; two nieces and several aunts and uncles.
Arrangements are by the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St.

Manuel C. Mello
NEW BEDFORD -- Private funeral services were held for Manuel C. Mello, 86, who died Saturday, July 7, 1996, at Our Lady's Haven in Fairhaven after a long illness.
He was the husband of Adeline (Dinis) Mello and the son of the late Antone C. and Rosalina C. (Medeiros) Mello.
Born in Lomba daPovacao, Sao Miguel, Azores, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life.
Mr. Mello was formerly employed by several textile mills in New Bedford until his retirement.
Survivors include a brother, Antone Mello of New Bedford, a sister, Maria dosAnjos Sabino of Dartmouth; and a niece and several nephews.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park Street.

Howard A. Bridgman
NEW BEDFORD -- Howard A. Bridgman, 84, of South Dartmouth, died Friday, July 5, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Esther (Floyd) Bridgman and son of the late Rev. Howard and Helen (Bryant) Bridgman.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
Born in Brookline, he lived in South Dartmouth since 1966 and was a member of the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford.
Mr. Bridgman was employed by Tufts University and Southeastern Massachusetts University, now the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, as a professor of economics until his retirement.
Mr. Bridgman attended Fitchburg High School and graduated from Dearfield Academy. He graduated from Amherst College in 1933 and received his Ph.D. from Harvard Business School after serving in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander and communications officer aboard the USS Gilliam during World War II.
Mr. Bridgman was a member of the Amherst College Alumni Association.
Survivors include his widow; three sons, Howard Allen Bridgman Jr. of Jesmond, New South Wales, Australia, James Campbel Bridgman of San Francisco, Timothy Phelps Bridgman of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Marion Bridgman Billings of Cambridge; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Cleaveland F. Bridgman, who was killed in Vietnam on April 1, 1970.
Arrangements are by the Boulevard Funeral Home, 223 Ashley Blvd.

Frank Mello
LAKEVILLE -- Frank Mello, 82, of Lakeville, died at home suddenly, Tuesday, July 9, 1996. He was the husband of Sylvia (Lodi) Mello. He was the son of the late Jesse and Rose Mello.
He was born and educated in Plymouth and lived in Lakeville since 1942.
Mr. Mello was a retail merchant in Lakeville since 1942, where he founded and owned the former Mello's Market and other area businesses.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Ronald Mello of Lakeville; three grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and a brother, Arthur Mello of Plymouth.
He was also brother of the late Herman Mello.
Arrangements are by the Dahlborg MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St.

Roger J. Metzler
BROCKTON -- Funeral services were held Monday in Lakeville for Roger J. Metzler, 80, of Emerald Isle, N.C., died Saturday, July 6, 1996, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton of respiratory failure while vacationing with his family in Lakeville.
A memorial service will be held later in North Carolina.
He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Clark) Metzler, formerly of Lakeville and currently of Emerald Isle.
Mr. Metzler attended Columbia University and retired from Martin Marietta as vice president of manufacturing. He is the author of the text book, "Metalurgical Engineering."
Survivors include his wife of 54 years; four sons, Roger J. Metzler Jr. of Walnut Creek, Calif., Stephen G. Metzler of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Paul W. Metzler of New Orleans, La., and Phillip C. Metzler of Woodlands, Texas; a daughter, Mary E. Metzler of Emerald Isle, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St., Middleboro.

Charles Mello
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Funeral services were held for Charles Mello, 73, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 3, 1996. He was the husband of Loretta (Czalkowski) Mello and son of the late Thomas M. and Candida (Thomas) Mello.
He died at Shore Medical Center in Neptune, N.J.
Born in Fairhaven, Mr. Mello moved to New Jersey 50 years ago.
While in Fairhaven, he was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, and a 1940 graduate of Fairhaven High School.
In New Jersey, Mr. Mello ran his own plumbing company -- named after him -- before retiring in 1990. He also was a World War II Navy veteran.
Survivors include his widow; a son, Charles E. Mello of Secaucus, N.J.; a daughter, Barbara DeRosa of Brick Township, N.J.; a brother, George Mello of Fairhaven; three sisters, Georgianna Gomes of Providence, Candy Martin of Dartmouth, and Teresa Howland of Fairhaven; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Colonial Funeral Home in Brick Township, N.J.

Joe R. McCulley
MIDDLEBORO -- Joe R. "Tex" McCulley, 66, of Bay Street, Fairhaven, died Tuesday, July 9, 1996, at the Cranberry Specialty Hospital. He was the husband of Marion A. (Quintin) McCulley and the son of the late Elmer and Josephine (Yeley) McCulley.
Born in Ryan, Okla., he had lived in New Jersey, Texas and Arizona before moving to Fairhaven 40 years ago. He worked as a fisherman in the New Bedford area for more than 18 years and had been affiliated with Hanrahan's Radiator Service in Fairhaven since 1978.
He attended Goodland Indian School in Hugo, Okla., and was a member of the Elk's Lodge 73, the New Bedford Fisherman's Union and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and he was a former member of the American Legion Post in Fairhaven.
Mr. McCulley was an Army veteran having served in both World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. McCulley was an avid walker in the Sconticut Neck area, averaging 5 to 12 miles a day.
Survivors include his wife, one daughter, Kim Shea of North Carolina; two step-daughters, Cynthia Desjeunes of Rochester and Rebecca Fitzsimmons of Fairhaven; a sister, Gail Brooks of San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; nieces; nephews; uncles and two cousins.
Arrangements are by the Fairlawn Mortuary, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven.

Don E. Cannon
HYANNIS -- Don E. Cannon, 54, of Mattapoisett, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at Cape Cod Hospital. He was the husband of Marion A. (Nicholson) Cannon and son of the late Arthur and Daisy (Heath) Cannon.
Born in Exira, Iowa, he lived in Swansea and Mattapoisett for most of his life.
He worked for the town of Barnstable and had served in the Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, five daughters, Pamela J. Cannon and Jacquelynn D.C. Pullo, both of Mattapoisett, Lauri J. Araujo of Cranston, R.I., Linda M. Jackson of North Attleboro and Cindy A. Cannon of New Bedford; three brothers, Arthur and Neal Cannon, both of Iowa, and Eugene Cannon of Minnesota; two sisters, Mildred Evans of Iowa and Lois Stene of California; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Priscilla Bedard
DERRY, N.H. -- Priscilla Bedard, 80, of Temple Street, Nashua, formerly of Walnut Street, died Monday, July 8, 1996, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H. She was the widow of Joseph G. Bedard.
Born in New Bedford on Feb. 25, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Pierre and Elise (Leblanc) Giroux.
Mrs. Bedard attended the New Bedford school system. She worked as a seamstress for more than 40 years in the New Bedford area mills.
For the past 21 years, Mrs. Bedard had been a resident of Nashua, where she was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church and a member of the Senior Citizens Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Claire Beaudry of Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.; two sons, Joseph Paul Bedard of Mapleville, R.I., and Roland Bedard of Nashua; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home.

Frank J. Antunes
DARTMOUTH -- Frank J. Antunes, 78, of South Dartmouth, died Wednesday, July 10, 1996, after a long illness. He was the husband of Julia (Soares) Antunes and son of the late Joaquim and Ignacia (Britto) Antunes.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born in New Bedford and lived in New Haven, Conn., New Bedford and South Dartmouth for most of his life. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.
He was formerly employed by Olin Mills in New Haven as a forklift operator for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1980.
Mr. Antunes was a World War II army veteran.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Joseph Antunes of New Haven and Kenneth Antunes of South Dartmouth; a sister, Constance Oliveira of New Haven; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Manuel Antunes, Peter Antunes, and Edwin Antunes.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.

Doris Zaranek
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Doris (Lereau) Zaranek, 81, of Fountain View, Calif., formerly of New Bedford, died unexpectedly in California on Thursday, June 6, 1996.
She was the widow of the late Thadeus Zaranek.
She was born in New Bedford and lived in New Bedford most of her life before moving to California.
She was a communicant of St. Vincent Church in Huntington Beach, Calif.
She was formerly employed by the Goodyear Tire Co. in New Bedford as a tire inspector.
Survivors include a daughter, Lauretta Correia of California; three sisters, Hilda Berube, Irene Berube, and Alice Santos, all of New Bedford; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by the Westminister Memorial Park Mortuary, Westminister, Calif.

Bavarian Duke Albrecht, who defied the Nazis, at 91
MUNICH, Germany -- Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, who survived Nazi concentration camps in World War II, has died. He was 91.
The head of the house of Wittelsbach died at the family's castle on Starnberg Lake, about 12 miles southwest of Munich, the royal household said Tuesday.
A royal spokesman said the duke died Monday of natural causes.
Duke Albrecht was heir to the throne of the Bavarian kings when Germany's collapse at the end of World War I in 1918 ended his family's 738-year reign.
In 1933, the Nazis forced him to give up his forestry studies because he refused to the join a Nazi organization.
Protesting Adolf Hitler's rule, Duke Albrecht fled to Hungary in 1937. He returned home at the outbreak of World War II in 1939 to volunteer for the German army, the Wehrmacht, but the Nazis refused to let him serve.
The Gestapo arrested Duke Albrecht, his wife and their four children in 1944 and imprisoned them at several Nazi concentration camps until their liberation by Allied troops the next year.
Duke Albrecht inherited the royal title upon the death of his father, Rupprecht, in 1955 and never renounced his right to the Bavarian throne.
Survivors include his son Franz, 65, who will become duke.

Christa Baptiste-Patterson
BALTIMORE -- Christa Baptiste-Patterson, age 4, died at home Wednesday, July 10, 1996, succumbing to leukemia.
She was the daughter of Darian and Ne'cole Baptiste-Patterson of Baltimore.
Born in Baltimore, Ms. Baptiste-Patterson lived in the city all her life and summered in Wareham.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Georgianna Baptiste of Wareham and Peter Baptiste of Bourne, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She also was the paternal granddaughter of the late Janette Dolores Patterson and Robert E. Snyder.
Arrangements are by Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Wareham.

Alfred Besegai
MIDDLEBORO -- Alfred Besegai, 84, died Tuesday, July 9, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the widower of Hilda A. (Mello) Besegai and son of the late Oresti and Zabrina (Cabrini) Besegai.
He died at Morton Hospital in Taunton.
Born and educated in Plymouth, he lived there before moving to Middleboro about 58 years ago. He was a painter, belonging to the Painter's Union, having painted at several schools in the area. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church, Plymouth while living there.
He was a former member of the Garabaldi Club of Plymouth, where he enjoyed playing bocci. His hobbies were gardening, fishing and bowling.
Survivors include a son, Wayne B. Besegai of Middleboro; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Egger Funeral Home, 61 Pearl St.

Jane Lemrise, 99
NEW BEDFORD -- Jane (Ratchford) Lemrise, 99, of the Savoy Nursing Center, died Tuesday, July 9, 1996. She was the widow of Edward B. Lemrise and daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Naylor) Ratchford.
Born in Preston, England, she lived in New Bedford most of her life. She was a communicant of St. Lawrence Martyr Church where she was a member of the Guard of Honor Society.
Survivors include three daughters, Rita M. Pelletier of New Bedford, Claire Duchaineau of Covina, Calif., and Anne Jones of Wilmington, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Donaghy Funeral Home, 465 County St.

Don E. Cannon
HYANNIS -- Don E. Cannon, 65, of Mattapoisett died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at Cape Cod Hospital. He was the husband of Marion A. (Nicholson) Cannon and son of the late Arthur and Daisy (Heath) Cannon.
Born in Exira, Iowa, he lived in Swansea and Mattapoisett for most of his life.
He worked for the town of Barnstable and had served in the Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, five daughters, Pamela J. Cannon and Jacquelynn D.C. Pullo, both of Mattapoisett, Lauri J. Araujo of Cranston, R.I., Linda M. Jackson of North Attleboro and Cindy A. Cannon of New Bedford; three brothers, Arthur and Neal Cannon, both of Iowa, and Eugene Cannon of Minnesota; two sisters, Mildred Evans of Iowa and Lois Stene of California; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park St., New Bedford.
Due to a reporting error, Mr. Cannon's age was incorrect in Thursday's obituary.

James H. Smith
ENFIELD, Conn. -- James H. Smith, 76, of Fair Street, died at home Wednesday, July 10, 1996. He was the husband of Phyllis (Macomber) Smith for 50 years.
Born in Dartmouth, he had lived in Enfield since 1953. He received his bachelor's degree in Science from Western New England College in 1965. He was employed as an adminstrator in the health care profession for more than 15 years until his retirement in 1986.
Mr. Smith was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Sharon L. Smith of Brookline; two brothers, Richard Smith of South Dartmouth and David W. Smith of Little Compton, R.I.; and a sister, Eunice Sylvia of Dartmouth.
He was the father of the late Colleen A. Battaglia who died in 1973.
Arrangements are by the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, Enfield.

Claire M. Picard
WESTPORT -- Claire M. (Rondeau) Picard, 65, of Westport Point and Jupiter, Fla., formerly of County Street in Somerset, died Wednesday, July 10, 1996, at her home in Westport.
She was the wife of Clarence P. Picard and daughter of Loretta (Nadeau) Rondeau of West Palm Beach, Fla., and the late Henry Rondeau.
Born in Fall River, she lived in Somerset for many years and was a summer resident of Westport Point. She was employed by Bristol Textile Printing in Bristol, R.I., as an office manager many years ago and was the bookkeeper of Martin & Sullivan Shoe Store in Fall River for many years.
Mrs. Picard was a member of the Fall River Country Club and the Quequechan Club in Fall River.
Survivors include her widower; her mother; a son, David R. Picard of Westport; a daughter, Nancy C. Dixon of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; a brother, Henry Rondeau of Stuart, Fla.; a sister, Shirley Duquette of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by the Auclair Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 690 S. Main St., Fall River.

Gilbert Avila
FAIRHAVEN -- Gilbert Avila, 82, died Thursday, July 11, 1996, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Deolinda (Brito) Avila and son of the late Rose (Roderick) and Manuel Silveira Avila.
He died at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Born in New Bedford, he lived all his life in New Bedford and Fairhaven. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church and was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber for 33 years until his retirement.
Mr. Avila was a World War II Army veteran, having served as a Tech 5 with the 3rd Battalion 21st Engineers Company G. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon for his service in Southern France, Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Rhineland, North Apennines, Po Valley and Tunisia.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars-Freetown Memorial Post 6643. He was a member of the Civil Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Paul Avila of Andover and Brian Avila of Acushnet; two sisters, Caroline Avila of New Bedford and Emily Baiocchi of North Haven, Conn.; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Manuel Avila, Joseph Avila, Antone Avila, Anna Avila and Mary Silva.
Arrangements are by the Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St., New Bedford.

Amschel Rothschild
PARIS -- Amschel Rothschild, the man many believed would be the prestigious Rothschild Bank's next leader, hanged himself in a Paris luxury hotel, police said Thursday.
Mr. Rothschild's body was found by a cleaning lady Monday in his room at the Hotel Bristol, not far from the presidential Elysee Palace.
Mr. Rothschild, 41, was widely expected to take over the British merchant bank N.M. Rothschild and Sons.
Police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the banker hanged himself. The bank refused to comment on the death.
Mr. Rothschild's wife Anita issued a statement Thursday saying the family was "completely shocked and devastated."
"Amschel's death was totally unexpected," Mrs. Rothschild said. "We shall not be saying anymore, and would ask that everyone will respect the grief and deep sadness of our three young children and myself."
Mr. Rothschild was appointed chief executive of Rothschild Asset Management in 1990, later becoming its chairman. The moves led to speculation that he was being prepared to succeed his cousin Sir Evelyn Rothschild as chairman of the family bank.
The Rothschild family gained prominence by financing such projects as the construction of European railroads and the British military campaign that led to the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.
The Rothschild banking empire also bankrolled Italy's independence, the founding of Belgium, construction of the Suez Canal and France's reparations to Germany after their war in 1870-71.
The family's original home on the banks of the Main River in Frankfurt, Germany, was destroyed by Allied bombers in World War II.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Rothschild is survived by a son and two daughters.

T.F. Gilroy Daly
ROXBURY, Conn. -- U.S. District Judge T.F. Gilroy Daly, who rose to prominence as a trial lawyer by winning freedom for a man wrongly convicted of murder, and later earned a reputation as a hard-nosed judge, died yesterday. He was 65.
Judge Daly, who presided at the federal court in Waterbury, died in his sleep at his home in this small, western Connecticut town. He had been diagnosed with melanoma last summer.
With his imposing 6-foot-6 frame and deep, booming voice, Judge Daly had a stern courtroom demeanor that made some lawyers dread going before him. But he was also known for his dry wit and sense of fairness in the courtroom.
"He walked like a judge; he talked like a judge; he acted like a judge," said Hugh Keefe, an attorney from New Haven who defended many clients before Judge Daly, including former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro, who Judge Daly sent to jail for nine years in a municipal corruption case in 1992.
"He scolded me all the time ... but I always had a huge amount of respect for the guy," Mr. Keefe said. "He was a firm judge ... you were not loose in (his) courtroom."


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