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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 12-06-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | DECEMBER 6-12, 2018 OBITUARIES 29 Richard M. Grubb Richard M. Grubb, 93, of Greenville and formerly of Cumberland, passed away peacefully Dec. 1, at Brookdale Smithfield. He was the beloved husband of Miriam A. ( Jeffries) Grubb. Born in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Paul E. and Mary (Pontius) Grubb, he had lived in Cumberland for most of his life before moving to Greenville five years ago. Richard was a senior corporate vice president of global sales and marketing for Augat Inc., Attleboro, Mass., before retiring in 1988. He was honored to receive the 1987 Man of the Year Award by the Electronic Connector Study Group for his contribution in the development and worldwide mar- keting of several key electronic com- ponents. He was a founding member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Cumberland, where he served on many committees including the build- ing committee. Music and art were always a big part of his life, including piano and organ. He shared these tal- ents with Calvin Presbyterian, as well as painting of the outdoor Christmas scene, which is still displayed annually. After his retirement, he enjoyed mak- ing charcoal portraits for family and friends. In the early 1970s, Richard played an integral part in bringing Rhode Island Young Life to the state. Richard served on the Providence Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Advisory Council. A World War II Army veteran, he served in the 7th Army and 100th Infantry Division landing in Marseille and trekked north through France with a 30 caliber machine gun. He was wounded in action when a land mine detonated in front of him and he lived the rest of his life with its shrapnel in his chest. Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving children, Barbara J. Fay (Timothy) of Barrington, Karen Guerin (Edward) of Lincoln, Richard M. Grubb, Jr. (Marilyn) of North Smithfield, and David J. Grubb (Caroline) of Bedford, N.Y.; his broth- er, Ralph Grubb, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; his 10 beloved grandchildren; his 10 beloved great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Paul E. Grubb, Jr. His funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m., in Calvin Presbyterian Church, 126 Angell Road, Cumberland. Military honors will follow the service. His burial will be private. Calling hours were held Dec. 5 at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory to Calvin Presbyterian Church, 126 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864. For directions and guest book, visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com . GRUBB Philip A. Larivee On Saturday, Dec. 1, Philip A. Larivee, loving husband of 59 years to Jeannette Larivee and father of three daughters, passed away at the age of 81. Philip was born on Nov. 11, 1937, in Nashua, N.H., to Philip and Pamela ( L'Etoile) Larivee. Philip joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served four years during the Korean War. He returned to Rhode Island where he married Jeannette (Dulude) Larivee in 1959. They raised three daugh- ters, Christine Hanley of Forestdale, Diane McCarthy of Johnston, and Linda Rogers of North Providence. Philip worked as the foreman of Regency Thermographers for many years before retiring in 1984. After retirement, Philip worked as a handy- man and pursued his love of wood- working. For several years he ran his own business selling his handmade furnishings. Philip was a jack-of-all- trades with a big heart for helping others. He was one of the founders of Santa's Workshop in the 1990s. He also leaves behind his brother Arthur Larivee, and sisters, Muriel and Gabrielle. He was predeceased by his brother, Ronald Larivee. Philip was grandfather to Michael McCarthy, Stephanie McCarthy, Jennifer Weidele, Emily Chicoine, Rebecca Rogers, Robert Hanley and Elizabeth Hanley. He was a great- grandfather to Heather Weidele, Hadley McCarthy, Ryan Auger, Hannah Weidele, Thea McCarthy and Connor Authelet. A service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. LARIVEE Derek D. Brillon Derek D. Brillon, 40, of Manville, died Dec. 1, at Landmark Medical Center fol- lowing a sudden illness. Derek passed away surrounded by lots and lots of love. Born in Woonsocket, Derek was the loving son of Gilbert R. "Gil" and Jacqueline E. "Jackie" (Beaulieu) Brillon of Manville. Derek was a life- long resident of Manville and a 1996 graduate of Lincoln High School. Derek worked as the manager of the Village Cafe in Johnston for several years and in recent years was employed as a lab technician at Crown Optical. Derek was a friendly, kind and generous soul who held his family and large circle of friends dear and close to his heart. He enjoyed doing arts and crafts and was known to be meticulous in taking care of his car, "his ride." Derek had a particular talent in all things culinary; he was a great cook and baker. Organizing and preparing parties and food for friends and fam- ily to come together and share good times was right up Derek's alley. Derek's world was one of jokes and laughter, fun and even "crazy good times" spent with those around him, especially his "extended family "from the Harmony Café in Manville. Derek loved the Christmas season and had even put up all the family's decorations in anticipation of yet another magical Christmas time. As a tribute to Derek, those decorations will be staying up at home as Derek's family knows that he will be spending this Christmas in heaven. Derek is now their angel. While Derek's family and friends are heartbroken at his sudden loss, his memory will live on in their hearts forever. Derek also chose to give the gift of life and healing to oth- ers through his choice of becoming an organ donor. Words cannot express the gratitude Derek's family feels for all those who have offered their support during this time. In addition to his mom, Jackie, and dad, Gil, Derek is survived by his brother Chad Brillon and his fiancé Tiffany Gaudette and her son Jayden, and his niece Jazmin Marie Brillon, all of Manville. Derek's companion of many years and one of his best of friends is Sue St. Onge. Derek is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cous- ins and numerous friends. He was the grandson of the late Florian and Bertha Brillion and the late Joseph Leo and Gertrude Beaulieu. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., in St. James Church on Division St. in Manville. Following the Mass there will be an opportunity for all to pay their respects to the family. At the request of the family and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA. 01104 or www.shrinershospital- sforchildren.org/springfield. It was at Shriners Hospital that Derek received much needed medical care for a con- dition he had from birth. Arrangements are by the Menard- Lacouture Funeral Home. BRILLON Jacqueline Geoffroy Jacqueline Geoffroy, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Nov. 30, at home. For many years Jackie was a Religious of Jesus and Mary in Canada. She later became an elementary and middle school teacher for the Woonsocket School Department. During her tenure in Woonsocket she was also a mentor for new teachers. Jackie was also the producer for the Cumberland Lincoln Community Chorus. She also volun- teered teaching ESL and citizenship to adult immigrants. She will be sorely missed by her caring friends. Relatives and friends are kind- ly invited to Jacqueline's Life Celebration to be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial in the Historic St. Joseph Church, Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Precious Blood Cemetery. For the online memorial, visit jjduffyfuneralhome.com . GEOFFROY See more obituaries on Page 30. WE SELL • WE INSTALL • NO DISAPPOINTMENT KITCHEN AID • WHIRLPOOL LG • SONY • MAYTAG • AMANA Big Screen Specialists We offer specialty air conditioning for apartments & elderly complexes! New Location: 158 Central St., Millville, MA 01529 508-883-5862 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Fri.-Sun. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! 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