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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-07-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 OBITUARIES 27 Raymond Ernest Comtois Raymond Ernest Comtois passed away on Feb. 1 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center with his loving family by his side. He was the devoted and loving husband of the late Theresa C. Comtois, they were married for 51 years. Born on March 26, 1936, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Michel and Alexandrine (Vincent) Comtois. He was a com- municant of St. Joan of Arc Church. Ray was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. Ray grew up on his family's dairy farm in Cumberland. His work ethic was one of his greatest strengths which he instilled in his children. In the early years he worked as an auto mechanic at Cook's gas station. He brought his love of auto mechan- ics to his home garage teaching his children the skills of the trade. Ray worked as a foreman at NEMCO wire in Manville for 19 years. He later worked for 23 years at the Northern R.I. Collaborative before retiring. During his retirement years he enjoyed gardening, working in his yard with his wife, Terry, and spend- ing time with family. Ray was always busy and seldom idle. He would light up a room with his smile and old-world charm. He was a humble man with a kind and generous soul who displayed a compassion for others especially those in need. His passing will be felt by the many lives he touched in our community. He will be sadly missed by his five children, Doreen Pelland and her husband, Wayne, of Saunderstown; Diane Picard and her husband, Roger, of Woonsocket; Donna Urbanek and her husband, Paul, of Concord, N.H.; Michael Comtois and his wife, Debra, of Smithfield; and Jason Comtois and his wife, Heather, of Danielson, Conn. He also leaves a sister, Florence Dusseault. He leaves his 12 cher- ished grandchildren Shelly, Nicole, Kyle, Kristen, Kimberly, Stanley, Caroline, Caitlyn, Marissa, Abigail, Christopher and Nathan. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Maurice A Comtois. Relatives and friends are invited to Ray's Life Celebration to be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., and continuing on Friday at 9 a.m., in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m., in St. Joan of Arc Church, 3357 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial will fol- low in Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of R.I., 1085 North Main St., Providence. For directions and guestbook, visit . COMTOIS Michael T. Keefe Michael T. Keefe, 35, of Cumberland, passed away peace- fully with his family by his side Feb. 2, after a courageous seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Providence, he was the loving son of Paula M. (Fleurant) Keefe and the late Peter M. Keefe. Michael graduated from Cumberland High School in 2002, and earned a degree in aeronauti- cal science with a minor in business from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2005. His passion for flying started when he was 14 years old followed by his first solo flight on his 16th birthday. As a teenager, he was a member of the 102nd R.I. Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol with the US Air Force Auxiliary. He graduated from the National Headquarters Civil Air Patrol's National Blue Beret program in Oshkosh, Wis. He entered college as a certified flight instructor. While in college, he worked with a leading aircraft broker. From this experience, Mike gained a wealth of knowledge in a wide variety of general aviation aircraft. After college, Mike joined Cirrus Aircraft, holding posi- tions in Flight Operations, Flight Training and Sales. He was a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) and had accumulated over 5,000 hours in Cirrus aircraft. Michael was president of Kavu Enterprise LLC providing flight instruction, piloting services, and other ancillary aircraft offerings. Most recently, Michael was a sales director at Aerista where he spe- cialized in Cirrus aircraft sales and acquisitions. Michael was known for his sar- castic wit, loyalty and abundance of knowledge, often weighing in as an "unofficial expert" on many sub- jects. Michael loved his family and was very attentive to his nieces and nephews, known for his generous birthday surprises and organizing fun activities. He was blessed with a large circle of lifelong friends who will miss him dearly. Besides his mother, he is survived by his brothers, Daniel Keefe and his wife, Andrea (Ricci), and their children Sydney (godchild) and Kendall; Kevin Keefe and his wife, Corissa (Comstock), and their chil- dren Nicholas, Claydon, and the late Paige Marie; his mother's longtime companion, Jeffrey Polucha, and his children, Kate Medeiros, and her children, Olivia and Benjamin, and Daniel Polucha and his fiancée, Courtney Paquin, and their children, Raeleigh and Oaklyn (godchild). The funeral will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m., from the O'Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in Saint John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the O'Neill Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to RI Foundation – Michael T. Keefe Youth Aviation Fund, 1 Union Station, Providence, RI 02903 or . Visit www.oneillfuneralhomes. com . KEEFE See 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 6 th Anniversary Feb. 11, 2013 – Feb. 11, 2019 Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day. Love, Mom, Dad and Family James a. mcelroy, Jr. Keefe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Available 24 hours/7 Days/Emergency Rental Caskets Available Pre-Arrangement Plans & Guidance Complete Funeral Arranging Wheelchair Accessible Availability to accommodate large services with small service attention Five Higginson Avenue Lincoln, RI 02865 401-725-4253 On the first anniversary we remember our beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Joan DeMaire December 31st, 1960 - February 3rd, 2018 Missing you always, Matt, Katelyn, Karly, Kelsy, Natalia, Ayva and Trey

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