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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-08-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 OBITUARIES 27 Arthur Denomme Arthur Denomme, 90, longest serving Town Administrator of North Smithfield for 14 years, passed away peacefully Oct. 31, with his loving family around him. He was the husband of Lucille T. (Morel) Denomme for 70 years. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Alderic and Eva (Fortier) Denomme. (Arthur passed away on his late father's birthday). The son of French Canadians, brought up in Woonsocket, Arthur attended Woonsocket Public Schools. He left high school in his senior year to join the Navy. While in the Navy, he became ill with rheumatic fever and spent a month in the naval hospital. Upon his release, he went back to active duty for a few months and was honorably discharged in August of 1946. He was in the Naval Reserves until 1954. On May 1, 1948, he and Lucille were married in Precious Blood Church. In 1954, he built his own home on Williams Street, where the family still resides. Together they raised their five children, with four graduating from North Smithfield High School and one at Classical, because North Smithfield had no high school at the time. Seven of the 12 grandchildren also graduated from North Smithfield High School. A self-educated man, he developed a sense of thrift, industry and organi- zation which benefited his family and the residents of North Smithfield. From owning a lawn mower repair shop, among other things, he became the "Mayor of North Smithfield." Arthur had a remarkable career. In the 1950s, he was the manager of the French Worsted machine shop. He also drove trucks for St. Germain and Nelson Transportation Co. In 1959, he joined the North Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Ambulance and Rescue Corps. He became Chief of the Ambulance and Rescue Corps. and held that position for eight years. He was also a mem- ber of the Board of Directors for over 30 years. In 1969, he became a full-time fire fighter, attaining the rank of captain, for 30 years. He was also the fire department treasurer. Arthur was an individual who left his mark on the town of North Smithfield. He was very involved in the community. In 1956 he began coaching Farm, Little, and Senior League, as well as being an umpire. In 1962, he was president of the North Smithfield PTA, serving until 1964 and he was health officer until the position became abolished. He was a member of the zoning board from 1970-1971, Town Council mem- ber from 1971-1973 and elected Town Administrator until 1987. He was elected again to council in 1989 until 1993. In 1987, he became a member of the Blackstone Valley National Corridor Commission and a chapter member of the North Smithfield Kiwanis. Arthur was project manager for the Rhode Island Girl Scouts from 1988-1993. In the 1950s, Arthur was in a roller hockey league at Joyland and one of his teammates was Gerry Bouley, who later became Mayor of Woonsocket. Neither would know that 20 years later they both would be heads of their respective towns during the Blizzard of '78. Arthur's way to relax was to watch his sons play soft- ball, no matter what state they played their games in, he would be there. Later, it was to watch his grandchil- dren play soccer. He even had the chance to watch his great- grandchildren play soccer before getting sick. In December of 2016, a ceremony was held at the North Smithfield highway garage where a sign was unveiled that reads "Arthur Denomme North Smithfield Public Works." He spent many hours at the garage during snowstorms, driving the plow so the men could take a break. During the Blizzard of '78, he spent the whole week there! Besides his wife, Lucille, he is sur- vived by their five children, Pauline Desjarlais and her husband, Robert, of N.C., Paul Denomme of North Smithfield, Gail Denomme, Marc Denomme, his wife, Leslie, and Arthur "Buddy" Denomme and his wife, Lisa, all of North Smithfield; 12 grandchildren, Steven Desjarlais, Sheri Bloom, Kandi Stone, Cherilyn, Jeffrey, Lisa, Angela, Lori, Timothy, Douglas, Thomas and Pamela Denomme; 12 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-granddaughter. He was the brother to the late Jerome and Normand Denomme, Irene Marion, Cora Fournier, Beatrice Gauthier and Ann Paquette. The family would like to thank the nurses, CNAs and everyone else at Oakland Grove, who made his life and also his family's life easier with their care and compassion. A big thank you to Beacon Hospice Care for everything they did for Arthur. His funeral was held Nov. 7, in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Burial followed in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, 63 Church St., North Smithfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to, Beacon Hospice Care, 1 Catamore Blvd., East Providence, RI 02914. Visit . Roland G. Drainville, 83, passed away peacefully at the Landmark Medical Center, on Oct. 29. Born in North Smithfield, he was the son of the late Hormidas and Exilda (Caouette) Drainville. He and his wife Carol (Mallin) Drainville cele- brated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 4, 2018. Roland was a graduate of La Salle Academy in Providence and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a 50-year member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers and a brickma- son by trade. After retirement, he was a school bus driver for the Lincoln School Dept. and was an auxiliary driver for the North Smithfield Mini Bus, which serviced senior citizens. Roland was an active partici- pant and lifelong resident of North Smithfield. In the past, he served on the Zoning Board of Review and was president of the North Smithfield Little League. He was a founding member of Freehill Council Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree Knight. Roland was a communicant of the St. John the Evangelist Church and in the past served as Eucharistic Minister, parish trustee and CCD instructor. Besides his wife, Roland is survived by his children, Marc Drainville and his wife, Elizabeth, of Braintree, Mass.; Brian Drainville and his wife, Amanda, of Westwood, Mass.; and Lynne Goodwin of North Smithfield. He also leaves his grandchildren, Cohan and Casin Drainville, Julia and Thomas Drainville and Cooper and Leah Goodwin. Roland was the brother of the late Rita Lacoste. Roland's funeral is today, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m., from the Keene- Brown Funeral Home, 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: RI Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave., Providence, RI 02907. Visit Lucille M. LaFlamme, 84, formerly of Woonsocket and Lincoln died peacefully Sunday, Nov. 4, at St. Antoine Residence. She was the loving wife of the late Richard P. LaFlamme. They were married on Feb. 14, 1953, at Precious Blood Church. Born and raised in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Sylva and Berthelie (Bergeron) Dulac and was baptized at St. Ann's Parish. She was a graduate of Woonsocket High School. Mrs. LaFlamme was employed at A.T. Cross in Lincoln. For a number of years, Lucille and Richard divided their time between Lincoln and their winter retreat in Boca Raton, Fla. Lucille was talented at crafts and enjoyed cooking and shopping. Her main focus in life was caring for her family as a devoted wife and mother. Her most favorite role was being a grandmother and great-grandmother. Lucille will be remembered as a friendly and outgoing lady with a fun and positive outlook on life. She is survived by two sons, Michael LaFlamme and his wife, Kathy, of North Smithfield, and David LaFlamme and his wife, Susan, of Elkton, Va., and a daughter Jerilyn Willner of Johnston. She was the mother-in-law of the late George Willner and sister of the late Pauline Lemoine and sister-in-law of the late Evelyn, Kathleen and Leonie LaFlamme, Robert Lemoine, Lawrence, Eugene and Frank LaFlamme Jr. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Richard (Michelle) LaFlamme, Ryan LaFlamme, Brittany (Andrew) Bottcher, Kyle and Justin Willner, Samantha Turner, Jeffrey, Rebecca and Nicole LaFlamme; two great-grandchildren Aingeal Turner and Abigail LaFlamme and several nieces and nephews and their fami- lies. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., in Precious Blood Church, Carrington Avenue, Woonsocket. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. Visiting hours are Friday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m., prior to Mass, in the Menard- Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave. Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to St. Antoine Residence, 10 Rhodes Ave., North Smithfield, RI. 02896. Visit www. . DRAINVILLE Roland G. Drainville Lucille M. LaFlamme LAFLAMME DENOMME More obituaries on page 28 • Offering personalized services and compassionate care for your family. • Pre-Arrangements can be made at any time to record your wishes. • We are available to meet you any day or night. John H. O' Neill 401-658-1155 3 rd Anniversary In Memory of My Beautiful Mother Mary "Molly" ChaMpagne 2015 – November 14 – 2018 Time slips by and life goes on, but from our hearts you're never gone. We think about you always, we talk about you too, We have so many memories but we wish we still had you. May God hold you close until we meet again. Forever Loved and Always Remembered Love, daughter Molly, Don and family

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