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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-14-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 14-20, 2019 OBITUARIES 19 Roland G. Gamache Roland G. Gamache, 86, passed away on Nov. 7. He was the son of the late Anna (Cayer) and Harry Gamache. Roland was born in Woonsocket and was a lifelong resi- dent. He attended Catholic schools and was a graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in the Philippines in the Army Security Agency, com- pleting three years in 1956. Upon returning home he became a mem- ber of the Woonsocket Fire Dept. in 1957, retiring as a Captain in 1986. In 1989, he was appointed Fire Marshal at URI, where he served for three years. He also worked part- time for Menard Electric in Lincoln for many years. During his earlier years, Roland enjoyed many sports – softball, baseball, hockey, bowling, golfing, tennis and racquetball. He was also an ardent fan of the New England Patriots, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox. He is survived by a daughter, Karen L. (Dennis) Woerner, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, a son, Steven F. (Kathi) Gamache, of North Smithfield; four grandchildren, Lauren and Brianna Boulanger of New Mexico, and Brandon (a member of the U.S. Army) and Jenna Gamache of North Smithfield; his former wife, June (Robert) Kulik, mother of his chil- dren; as well as a brother, Normand Gamache of Woonsocket; and sister, Gertrude Suffoletto of Woonsocket. He was the brother of the late Claire Boisvert and Jeanne Laroche. Roland's funeral was held Nov. 13, from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Precious Blood Church, 94 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 314 Wrentham Road, Bellingham, Mass. In lieu of flowers, memo- rial contributions may be made to the Woonsocket Fireman's Relief Association, P.O. Box 395, Woonsocket, RI 02895. Visit www.holtfuneralhome.com . David W. Balfour CUMBERLAND — David W. Balfour, Sr., 84, a resident of Cumberland since 1968, passed away Nov. 6, in the Providence VA Hospital. He was the husband of the late Dorothy L. (Macomber) Balfour. Born in Providence, a son of the late Walter Balfour and the late Evelyn (Wilson) Balfour, David attended the University of Rhode Island and then entered the United States Army in 1958. He went on to become a become an advertising and marketing executive, eventu- ally owning his own firm, D.W. Balfour Associates. More recently he had served as chairman of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. He was the town historian of Cumberland and he has been a longtime radio personality on WOON in Woonsocket, with his daily call-in show "Do You Remember?" He is survived by a son, David W. Balfour Jr., and his wife, Maria, of Somerset, Mass., a daughter, Deborah Lee, and her husband, Tom, of Southbury, Conn.; and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Amanda, and Laura Lee. Funeral services were held Nov. 12, in the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset, Mass. Burial followed in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Swansea, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milk Fund, care of WOON Radio, 985 Park Ave., Woonsocket, RI 02895. GAMACHE BALFOUR OBITUARIES are updated continuously at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Obituaries' bulk pricing. At the time, Johnston was in a court dispute with the state over maintenance of streetlights on state-owned roads. The legal battle delayed the efforts of other com- munities as all eyes watched to see if the state would agree to pay the cost of lighting state-owned roads. When that agreement came last year, the process picked up again with the understanding that once the conversion is complete, the state will pay the cost of maintaining lights on state-owned roads. According to Ward, Woonsocket joined the effort about three months ago after Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt met with representatives of other communities also considering LED conversion. Woonsocket, Smithfield and Lincoln have joined together to submit one RFP, while a group of towns in the southern portion of the state will submit a second one. "Once we buy up the streetlights and get them on the poles, the ben- efit of the electricity costs will be enough to pay off the acquisition costs over a period of time, probably four to six years," he said. Though Ward said he didn't know the exact potential savings, the amount, he said, could be as high as 30 to 50 percent off cur- rent energy bills. In Smithfield, a town that has approximately half as many streetlights as Woonsocket, Town Engineer Kevin Cleary said he expects to save around $300,000 per year after paying off the initial cost of the lights. In addition to the energy cost savings, the new arrangement with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation means the state will now be footing a portion of the bill. "It will become simply a mat- ter of identifying the fixtures that are on each of the state roads that run through a community. For Woonsocket, that would be (Route) 114, 126 down Social Street, 122, 104," said Ward. National Grid also offers incentives for conversion to LED lighting that could lead to further savings. Unlike in the past, when National Grid owned the light fixtures and billed the city for services, the new lights will be owned by the city. After the first year, said Ward, the city will have to go out to bid for maintenance of the fixtures. Several other towns around Rhode Island, including North Smithfield and Cumberland, have already completed LED conversions. Cumberland's conversion, complet- ed last year, is expected to save the town about $350,000 annually, while North Smithfield's cut the town's energy costs by about 40 percent. Valley Breeze Staff Writer Jacquelyn Moorehead contributed to this story. STREETLIGHTS From Page One Place your classified ad online at classifieds.valleybreeze.com 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, valleybreeze.com, 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 4th Anniversary In Memory of My Beautiful Mother Mary "Molly" ChaMpagne 2015 – November 14 – 2019 We hold you close in memory Even though we are apart, Your spirit lives forever Within our broken hearts. Our heart still aches in sadness And secret tears still flow For what it meant to lose you No one will ever know. In heaven we shall meet again Where farewell is never spoken, We shall clasp each other hand in hand And the clasp shall never be broken. May God hold you close until we meet again. Truly Missed, Forever Loved and Always Remembered Love, daughter Molly, Don and family 71 Central St., Manville, RI 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, RI (401) 762-1825 MenardFuneralHome.com Remembering Journeys Celebrating Lives Craig Lacouture, Director Menard ~ Lacouture Funeral Homes

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