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From the Providence Journal:

EDWARD R. TOURGEE SR. - Warwick 

EDWARD R. TOURGEE SR., 77, of Senior City, a retired batchmaker, died Saturday at Kent County Memorial Hospital. 

He was the husband of Flora (Camire) Tourgee. Born in Coventry, a son of the late George and Cristiebel (Northup) Tourgee, he had lived in Coventry before moving to Warwick 22 years ago. 

Mr. Tourgee was a batchmaker for the former Hoechst-Celanese Chemical Corp., Coventry, for 12 years, retiring in 1985. He had also been a book binder at Arkwright Interlaken, Coventry, for 13 years until 1973. 

He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Manchester Lodge of Masons in Coventry for 50 years. 

An avid golfer, Mr. Tourgee was a former member of the Washington Golf Course in Coventry and the West Warwick Country Club. 

Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Susan E. Tourgee of Johnston; two sons, Edward R. Tourgee Jr. and Paul A. Tourgee, both of West Warwick; four stepsons, John R. Gordon of Vincentown, N.J., James R. Gordon of Amherst, N.H., David J. Gordon of Richmond and Daniel P. Gordon of O'Fallon, Ill.; two brothers, Richard I. Tourgee of Coventry and Niles Tourgee of Warwick; two sisters, Anna Tourgee of Coventry and Betty Ann Bates of Warwick; and 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Florence Smith, Winnie Leviellee, and George, Harold and Robert Tourgee. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 8 a.m. from Robert A. Iannotti & Sons Funeral Home, 415 Washington St., Coventry, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in SS. John & Paul Church, South Main Street, Coventry. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

THE REV. FRANK ELWOOD BRAY - South Kingstown 

THE REV. FRANK ELWOOD BRAY, 75, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., an Episcopal clergyman, died Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, of cancer. 

He was the husband of Alice C. (Benford) Bray. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Rev. Ralph Bray and the late Alice C. (Tarbell) Bray. 

Mr. Bray was the rector of St. Luke's Church, Malden, Mass., from 1979 to 1990, and a chaplain for the Bristol County House of Corrections and St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford. He was a board member of the Roslindale (Mass.) Association for Community Development, and a career education counsel of a middle school. 

He received a master's degree in divinity from the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass., in 1954, and a bachelor's degree from Westminster College in 1951. 

An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Bray served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Burma and India. He was active with many organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Clerical Club of Boston. 

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Janice E. Marks of Wakefield and Beatrice D. Bray of Brighton, Mass.; three sons, Bruce C. Bray of Westford, Mass., Thomas G. Bray of Roslindale and Jonathan R. Bray of Sturbridge, Mass.; a brother, George Bray of San Antonio, Texas; and six grandchildren. 

The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St., Brookline, Mass.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

RAYMOND H. BIBEAU - Somerset 

RAYMOND H. BIBEAU, 73, of Stagecoach Lane, the retired chairman of Lafayette Federal Savings Bank, died unexpectedly Saturday at home. 

He was the husband of Susan F. (Whalon) Bibeau. A lifelong Somerset resident, he was a son of the late Victor S. and Marie Louise (Dube) Bibeau. 

Mr. Bibeau worked for Lafayette Federal Savings Bank for more than 30 years, retiring as president in 1992 and as chairman earlier this year. He had also worked for the former BMC Durfee Trust Co. 

He was the first president of Fall River Carousel Inc. and the first industrial commissioner of Somerset. He was also a member of the Fall River Rotary and the Exchange Club. 

A member of the Parish Council of St. Patrick's Church, he was vice president of the parish Men's League. Mr. Bibeau was a member and former treasurer of the Quequechan Club, Fall River, and also a member of its bowling league. He was a member of the New Bedford Country Club. 

He received a master's degree from the University of Indiana and had also studied banking and finance at the University of Southern California, Providence College, Brown University and the University of Copenhagen. He was a graduate of the former Thibodeau's Business College in Fall River. 

Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Barry R. Bibeau of Fall River; five brothers, J. Victor Bibeau of Portsmouth, William and Norman T. Bibeau, both of Somerset, Robert Bibeau of LaConner, Wash., and Phillip Bibeau of Winter Park, Fla.; two sisters, Louise Ernst of Milford, Conn., and Irene Gallant of Mattapoisett, Mass.; and three grandchildren. He was the father of the late Jane Ellen Bibeau, brother of the late Jeannette Dombeck Carlson and the half-brother of the late Roland Bibeau and Theresa Adam. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton St., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Patrick's Church, South Street. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

GERALD H. ANDERSON - Smithfield 

GERALD H. ANDERSON, 59, of Fourth Street, Esmond, a former warehouseman, died Saturday at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence. 

Born in Providence, a son of Eveline J. (Paquette) Anderson of Smithfield and the late Harvey C. Anderson, he lived in Smithfield all his life. Mr. Anderson was a warehouseman for the former Rhode Island school lunch distribution warehouse in Cranston for 15 years until 1991. 

A Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, he served two tours of duty with the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, and received many medals, including the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Vietnamese Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. 

He was a member and co-founder of the 3rd Reconnaissance Association and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. 

Besides his mother, he leaves a sister, Paula M. Simone of Chepachet; a niece, Kristina Nadeau of Attleboro; a nephew, John P. Simone of Tewksbury, Mass.; and his maternal grandmother, Laura Paquette of Pascoag. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from Elliott M. Robbins Chapel, 2251 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Michael Church, 80 Farnum Pike, Georgiaville. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

WILLIAM W. LLOYD JR. - Rehoboth 

WILLIAM W. LLOYD JR., 80, of Danforth Street, a retired machine tool rebuilder, died Saturday at home. 

He was the husband of Nancy E. (Chafee) Lloyd. Born in Cranston, a son of the late William W. Lloyd Sr. and the late Ellen (Wilson) Lloyd, he had lived in Rehoboth most of his life before moving to Mapleville in 1978 and returned to Rehoboth a month ago. 

Mr. Lloyd was a machine tool rebuilder for Horfacker Corp., Cranston, for 20 years until he retired. 

He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. 

Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Ruth-Ellen King of Huntsville, Ala.; two sons, Earl Lloyd of Franklin, Mass., and William W. Lloyd III, with whom he lived; a sister, Lois Estrella of Seekonk; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Lester "Bob" Lloyd. 

The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Brown Funeral Home, 1496 Victory Highway, Oakland, with a committal service to be held at noon in Rehoboth Village Cemetery.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

GERTRUDE SHECHTMAN - Providence 

GERTRUDE SHECHTMAN, 82, of North Main Street, died Friday at Miriam Hospital. 

She was the wife of the late Louis Shechtman. Born in Boston, a daughter of the late Abraham and Sadie (Schwartz) Cohen, she lived in Providence since 1937. 

Mrs. Shechtman was a member of the Cranston Senior Guild and the Charlesgate North Residence Association. 

She leaves a sister, Sylvia Simpson of Providence. She was the sister of the late Paul Cohen. 

A graveside service will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick. (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

JANE ELIZABETH HACKETT - Portsmouth 

JANE ELIZABETH HACKETT, 83, of Westfield, N.J., formerly of Portsmouth, died Thursday at Sunrise Assisted Living Center, Westfield. 

She was the wife of the late James E. Hackett Jr. Born in Norfolk, Va., she was a daughter of the late Roy L. and Nellie (Foiles) Burton. 

Mrs. Hackett had been a member of the Newport Hospital Auxiliary and had also been a hospital volunteer. 

She leaves two sons, William F. Hackett of Belle Mead, N.J., and James E. Hackett III of Evanston, Ill.; three daughters, Anne Hackett of Athens, Ala., Katherine Hackett of Warwick and Jane Egan of Westfield; a brother, Roy L. Burton Jr., and a sister, Frances Gammon, both of Norfolk; and 18 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broaway, Newport, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Joseph Church, Broadway, Newport. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown. (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

AUGUSTINE T. DAMORE JR. - Pawtucket 

AUGUSTINE T. DAMORE JR., 87, of Newport Avenue, a retired mechanical engineer, died Saturday at Beechwood. 

He was the husband of the late Berniece G. (Gill) Damore. Born in Providence, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Damore Sr., he lived in Pawtucket most of his life. 

Mr. Damore was a master mechanical engineer for the Town of Smithfield for many years, retiring two years ago. He was also a licensed master plumber. 

He was an Army veteran of World War II and a graduate of the former Technical High School, Providence. 

He leaves a caretaker, M. Muriel Galeshaw of Pawtucket; a sister, Josephine Lapiere of Warwick; and several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Teresa Church, Newport Avenue. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

ANNIE TIERNEY - Pawtucket 

ANNIE TIERNEY, 87, of Manchester Street, formerly of Cedar Street, a former laundry attendant, died yesterday at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. 

She was the wife of the late Joseph A. Tierney. Born in England, a daughter of the late Alfred and Mary A. (Mitchell) Harris, she had lived in Central Falls before moving to Pawtucket. 

Mrs. Tierney had been an attendant at Economy Laundromat, Lincoln, for several years. 

She leaves three daughters, Eileen Duffy, with whom she lived, Marilyn Almond of Lincoln and Ethel Taylor of Lake Wales, Fla.; a sister, Mary Jensen of Racine, Wis.; and 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. She was the sister of the late Edith Lander, and Ernest and John Harris. 

The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Keefe Funeral Home, 1035 Lonsdale Ave., Central Falls. Burial will be in Seekonk Cemetery. (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

JANET T. PASELA - Pawtucket 

JANET T. PASELA, 61, of Saratoga Avenue, an employee of Pawtucket Fasteners Inc., died Saturday at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. 

She was the wife of John J. Pasela and the late Frank Pancerowicz. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Edmond and Clara (Varrin) Beauchamp, she lived in Pawtucket for 18 years. 

Mrs. Pasela had worked in the molding department of Hasbro Mfg. Co. for many years, retiring last year. 

Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Edward Chemelowski of Cumberland and Eugene Chemelowski of Rehoboth; a daughter, Barbara Brouillard of West Warwick; three sisters, Barbara Miller of Coventry, Joan Kmon of Voluntown, Conn., and Madeleine McFarlane in Rhode Island; three brothers, Pat Beauchamp of Coventry, and Anibal and Joseph Gil; and 15 grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Aline Stearns and sister of the late Laurent, Edmund and Paul Beauchamp, Ronald Grenier and Norma Stukas. 

The funeral and burial will be private. (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

MARY VASILIKA MITCHELL KINGSBURY - Pawtucket 

MARY VASILIKA MITCHELL KINGSBURY, 87, of Steadman Avenue, a retired employee of Jeanne Jugan Residence, died Friday in Wells, Maine, while on vacation. 

She was the wife of Donald R. Kingsbury. They were married for 71 years. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Olga (Danekos) Alexian, she had lived in Providence before moving to Pawtucket 62 years ago. 

Mrs. Kingsbury worked at the residence for 25 years, retiring in 1992. 

Besides her husband, she leaves five daughters, Shirley Quinn, Isabel Carroll, Arlene Murray, Elizabeth DeCosta and Lorraine McShane, and a son, William D. Kingsbury, all of Pawtucket, 36 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Beverly Ann Kingsbury and sister of the late Christopher R. Mitchell. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Leo the Great Church, Central Avenue. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery. (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

JOSEPHINE A. PERFETTO - North Providence 

JOSEPHINE A. PERFETTO, 73, of Ambrose Street, a retired jewelry worker, died yesterday at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital. 

She was the wife of the late Michael Perfetto. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Josephine (Raso) Rega. Mrs. Perfetto worked in the repair department of the former Kesteman Bros. Jewelry until she retired. She had also worked for Speidel Jewelry Manufacturing, Providence. 

She was a member of the Fruit Hill Day Center for the Elderly. 

She leaves three daughters, Jo-Anna Perfetto and Susan Perfetto, both of North Providence, and Michele Perfetto of Woonsocket; two sisters, Mary Agny of Providence and Rose Santopietro of North Providence; two brothers, John Rega of Cranston and Anthony Rega of Johnston; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Frank and Anna Rega. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 8 a.m. from Mariani Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins St., Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in St. Ann Church, Hawkins Street, Providence. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

E. GAIL FIGGINS - Narragansett 

E. GAIL FIGGINS, 64, of Mumford Road, a former partner in Beach Plum Creations, died Friday at home after suffering from Pick's Disease for two years. 

She was the wife of Kenneth G. Figgins. Born in Wakefield, she was a daughter of the late Carmen and Lillian (McDonough) Beatrice. Mrs. Figgins had been the secretary of St. Thomas More Church and Monsignor Mathew Clark School for many years and had also done volunteer work at the church as well as the school. A parishioner of St. Thomas More Church, she had cared for the altar flowers for many years. 

An avid camper, she spent most of the past 30 years traveling. She was a graduate of Johnson & Wales College and South Kingstown High School. 

She leaves two sons, Kevin G. Figgins of South Kingstown and David E. Figgins of Narragansett; a daughter, Tracy E. Fisher of Narragansett; and five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was the mother of the late Gregg A. Figgins. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, 53 Rockland St. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Wakefield.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

RITA C. WATT - Lincoln 

RITA C. WATT, 74, of Grandview Avenue, died Saturday at Miriam Hospital, Providence. 

She was the wife of William H. Watt Jr. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late George and Marie (Turgeon) Bachand, she lived in Lincoln for 50 years. 

Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, William Hall Watt III of Laconia, N.H., and Wayne R. Watt of Scituate; a sister, Joan Baillie, and a brother, George Bachand, both of Cumberland; and two grandchildren. 

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Bellows-Falso Funeral Chapel, 160 River Rd. Burial will be private.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

HAZEL COSTA - Fall River 

HAZEL COSTA, 83, formerly of Wellington Street, a retired nursing assistant, died yesterday at Southpointe Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center. 

She was the wife of the late Manuel Costa. Born in Somerset, a daughter of the late Manuel and Mabel (Curt) Costa, she lived in Fall River for 60 years. 

Mrs. Costa was a nursing assistant at Charlton Memorial Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1979. 

She was a parishioner of St. Michael Church's. Mrs. Costa graduated from Somerset High School. 

She leaves a son, Thomas Costa of Assonet, Mass.; a daughter, Cynthia Boucher of Westport; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Theophil and Clement Oliver. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 8 a.m. from Manuel Rogers & Sons Funeral Home, 1521 North Main St., with a funeral Mass at 9 in St. Michael's Church, Essex Street. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

FERDINAND J. ARSENAULT - Fall River 

FERDINAND J. ARSENAULT, 77, of Fairhaven, Mass., a retired truck driver, died unexpectedly Saturday at St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford. 

He was the husband of Irene D. (Soucy) Arsenault. They were married for 43 years. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Joseph F. Arsenault and Lillian (Rogers) Arsenault Bedford, he had lived in New Bedford before moving to Fairhaven in 1958. 

He was a truck driver for various furniture companies for more than 20 years, retiring in 1973. 

A Marine veteran of World War II, Mr. Arsenault served in the Asiatic Pacific and America, and had also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a former member of the Marine Corps League. 

He enjoyed fishing and hunting. 

Besides his wife, he leaves a stepdaughter, Joanne Camaioni of Fall River, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was the brother of the late Grace Arsenault, Priscilla Sabatowski, Fannie Mott, Hazel Reis and his twin, Franklin Arsenault. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Fairlawn Mortuary of Sullivan-Waring, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. Burial with military honors will be in Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven.  (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)

DORILDA AINSWORTH - Fall River 

DORILDA AINSWORTH, 91, of Robeson Street, formery of Pleasant Street, a former nurse, died yesterday at the Fall River Jewish Home. 

She was the wife of the late James W. Ainsworth. A lifelong Fall River resident, she was a daughter of the late Hilaire and Alphonsine (Gaudreau) Bolduc. 

A registered nurse, she had worked for the former General, Truesdale and Union Hospitals and St. Anne's Hospital for many years and had also been a private-duty nurse. She was a 1931 graduate of the Fall River General Hospital School of Nursing. 

A member of Notre Dame Parish, Mrs. Ainsworth was a former member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. She was a member of the Fall River Catholic Nurses Association, and the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association. 

She leaves three sons, John T. Ainsworth of Fall River, and Russell F. and Paul D. Ainsworth, both of Westport; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late James W. "Buddy" Ainsworth Jr. and sister of the late Arthur, Raoul, Adelard and Adrien Bolduc. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 8 a.m. from Auclair Funeral Home, 690 South Main St., with a funeral Mass at 9 in Notre Dame Church, Eastern Avenue. Entombment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery Mausoleum.   (Date of pub: 8-15-2000)


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