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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-31-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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George Benoit, 100, of Woonsocket, passed away on Oct. 26, at the Landmark Medical Center. He was the hus- band of the late Juliette (Belleville) Benoit and the late Katherine (Brown) Bockstael. He was born in North Smithfield, son of the late Arthur & Aurore (Bergeron) Benoit. In his early years, he worked for the former Glenark Mills. After the Military Service, George became self-employed in the baked goods delivery business where he deliv- ered door to door to his customers. He then went on as a bus driver for Town & Country and then to Laidlaw Bus Co. where he was a manager. At age 72 he decided to retire. Having second thoughts, he re-entered the work force after only two hours. George immediately got a new job with Valley Transportation as a driver for their RIDE program. He perma- nently retired from Valley at the age of 88. He was a WWII Army Veteran stationed in the Philippine Islands. He also served as Commander of the VFW in Forestdale for several years in the 80's. He enjoyed horseback rid- ing, gardening, chopping wood, and traveling. He most enjoyed telling sto- ries about how his past life was many many years ago. He is survived by his children, George Benoit and his compan- ion, Cathy Gauvin, and Robert Benoit, both of North Smithfield, Linda Richardson and her husband, Michael, of Wrentham, Mass., and Georgette Leduc and her husband, Brian, of Woonsocket; 14 grandchil- dren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons Hunter Peterson Martin of Woonsocket and Anton Mitchell of California. He is also survived by his sister Eva Benoit, of Woonsocket, and his loving com- panion, Roberta Simanski. He was preceded in death by his sons, Gerald and Richard Benoit, sib- lings, Cecile Holmes, Joseph Trudeau, Raymond Benoit, Jeannette Edwards and Roland Trudeau. His funeral will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m., from the Keene- Brown Funeral Home, 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., in Holy Family Church, South Main Street, Woonsocket. Burial with military honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, West Wrentham Road, Cumberland. Calling hours will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the funer- al home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the disabled veterans. Visit . Rene J. Samson, 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 25. He was the significant other to Vivian J. Rondeau for 32 years. Born in Central Falls, a son of the late Jules and Loretta (Senecal) Samson, he resided in Burrillville before moving to Lincoln six years ago. Rene proudly served in the United Sates Air Force. Rene was a plasterer with Samson's Plastering, Pawtucket, for many years until retiring. He enjoyed traveling and was a Friend of Bill W. for over 35 years. Besides Vivian, he leaves his daughter, Donna Sylvia and her husband, Lee, of Rehoboth, Mass.; two grandsons, Jacob D. Sylvia and Lucas A. Sylvia both of Seekonk, Mass.; a brother, Raymond Samson and his wife, Maureen, of Pawtucket; a sister, Doris Desorcy of South Carolina; Vivian's children, Jo Ann Hillier and her husband, Kevin, of New Smyrna, Florida, Michael Soares of Lincoln and Denise McManaman and her hus- band, David, of Deland, Florida, and many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Rene was the father of the late Rene J. Samson and the brother of the late Ronald Samson and Connie Caron. Visitation will begin Monday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m., followed by services at 1 p.m. at William W, Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated. Visit trippfuneralhome. com . CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 OBITUARIES 31 George Benoit Rene J. Samson BENOIT SAMSON IN BRIEF Cumberland Senior Center awarded $2,500 in Step Up Challenge CUMBERLAND – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island awarded three senior centers, each with a $2,500 grant, as part of the insurer's first-ever Step Up Challenge, and the Northern Second Place Winner was the Cumberland Senior Center with 8,633 average steps and 1,933,848 total steps. The challenge encouraged senior center members to track activity steps as a way to be healthier and help their senior center win the grant. Three winners were chosen, each from a region in the state. There were also three runner-ups. Those senior centers will receive a month of fitness programming. Throughout the month of September, participating senior cen- ters tracked a total of 141,780,081 steps. The winners of the Step Up Challenge were recognized on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Life Expo at Twin River in Lincoln. Each was pre- sented with a $2,500 check. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES 35 Reservoir Road Cumberland, RI 02864 "A non-denominational cemetery" Contact information George J. Lacouture 401-439-0376 DiamonD Hill Cemetery 10/31/13-10/31/19 6 Year Remembrance On The Anniversary of the Day You Went Away Today is the anniversary Of the day that I lost you. And for a time it felt as though My life had ended too. But loss has taught me many things And now I face each day, With hope and happy memories To help me on my way. And though I'm full of sadness at you're no longer here, Your influence still guides me And I still feel you near. What we shared will never die It lives within my heart, Bringing strength and comfort While we are apart. Always in our hearts & thoughts Love Mom, Dad, Jimmy & Casey Brianna Hallenbeck Dad, It has been one year since you left us to join our Loving Mother. We observe this day with love and sadness. You both are truly missed by us. Christine, Ronald, Phylis, Stephen, Wanda, Reid, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren. 1st Anniversary Remembrance Ronald A. 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