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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-09-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 9-15, 2020 OBITUARIES 13 Richard H. McGee, 75, of Woonsocket, died March 31, in his home, with his fam- ily by his side. He was the hus- band of Lorraine C. (Landry) McGee, with whom he would have celebrated his 56th wedding anni- versary this May. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late J. Harold and Gerarda (Daignault) McGee. Dick was a 1962 graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy, and studied marketing and copywriting at Bryant College and Rhode Island School of Design. In 1980, he received a certificate of completion of the Dale Carnegie Sales Course. He began his career at The Woonsocket Call in 1955 as a newspaper carrier. He was hired in 1962 as a proof boy, and later moved on to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle and The Evening Times in Pawtucket. He returned to The Call in 1978, and retired in 1989 as an advertising executive. An active member of the com- munity, Dick was a member and past president and board member of the Woonsocket Kiwanis Club, a member of the Morning Star Lodge of Masons, a 13-year member and winning coach of East Woonsocket Little League, a past board member and president of ROAD Counseling of Woonsocket, and was the first adult coordinator of the former MiCasa Youth Center, Woonsocket. He also served as an officer of the Woonsocket High School Band Boosters. Mr. and Mrs. McGee cosponsored Up With People, an international performance arts orga- nization, with their employers, The Woonsocket Call, and Marquette Credit Union, and served as a host fam- ily for advanced teams for over five years. Besides his wife, he leaves their daughter, Brenda E. McGee, of Woonsocket, and his sister, Elaine McGee-Gautreau of North Smithfield. Dick was the brother-in-law of Robert T. Landry, Jeannine Petrin, Richard Landry, Jacqueline Doiron, Denise Concilio, and the late Raymond Landry, and also left several nieces and nephews. Mr. McGee was a consummate family man, so devoted to Lorraine, Brenda, and Elaine, just as they were to him. He was so passionate about his extended family as well, having taken on the role as surrogate father to her two younger sisters when Lorraine's parents died at a young age. His family pride was equally felt about his grandparents, his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of all ages. After retiring due to his disability, the McGee's relocated to Port St. Lucie, Fla., until 2011, when they returned to Woonsocket. Mr. McGee was passionate about music and arts and he was an avid reader. He loved sports and followed NASCAR races, Patriots football, and Red Sox baseball. Attendance will be private, but his funeral service may be viewed live Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m., at tcid/64207915. Please consider leaving at message of condolence, or sharing a memory at, that may be shared with Dick's family during his funeral service. A memo- rial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or Hope Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. Richard H. McGee MCGEE Jeanne M. Menard Jeanne M. (McPherson) Menard, 85, died April 2, in Landmark Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Edmond E. Menard of Woonsocket. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Robert J. and Leola M. (Lomar) McPherson. Jeanne was a self employed child day care worker for several years. She loved taking care of children. She enjoyed camping, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She was an avid bingo player and loved taking trips to the casino, Jeanne had the luck of the Irish. Besides her husband, Ed, she is sur- vived by her three children, Michael Yarush and his wife, Suzanne, of Woonsocket, Kathleen Plasse and her husband, André, of Woonsocket, and David Menard and his wife, Carolyn, of Burrillville; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great- grandchild; and her sister, Patricia, of Massachusetts. She was also the mother of the late Marysue Parenteau and Diana Bergeron, and grandmother to the late Alannah R. Plasse. She was also the sister of William and Robe. Her Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895, is in charge of the arrangements. Visit . MENARD Easter Mass with bishop on Channel 10 Sunday PROVIDENCE – The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, will celebrate Easter Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans will concelebrate the Mass, which will be broadcast live on the local NBC affiliate, WJAR Channel 10 and Since March 17, all Masses in the Diocese of Providence have been closed to the public in accordance with social distance protocols as out- lined by state and federal officials amid the coronavirus crisis pandemic. IN BRIEF Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to:, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. This is a request for bid for Media Campaign Development services to begin in May 2020 and to be completed by July 2020. The Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition (BVPC) is a 501 (c ) 3, private non-profit corporation whose mission is "to develop, implement and advocate for effective community-based prevention initiatives." The BVPC in partnership with the Woonsocket Health Equity Zone, is seeking bids for the development of a community opioid abuse/addiction harm- reduction media campaign, including, but not limited to: print, broadcast (script for radio or television PSA), outdoor or internet/social media. The requirements will include: 3 face-to-face or (or virtual) meetings in Woonsocket, RI, at least one of which to be a brainstorming/development meeting with specified committee members; on-going contact with BVPC Regional Director by telephone or e-mail; preparation of draft media material for review and comment on a timely basis; revisions and final products by June 30, 2020. The BVPC requests that bidders prepare a description of specifications with a detailed budget including cost of design within a menu of options with which to select: i.e. print design, $xxx; script for radio/television, $xxx; taping of radio/ television, $xxx; outreach and engagement of media (TV, radio), $xxx; etc. Questions can be directed to Lisa M. Carcifero, MSW, LICSW, CPSS, Regional Director, BVPC at (401) 301-2894 or All written bids, including 3 copies, must include specifications and pricing. Bids are due in writing to: Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition PO Box 1271 Woonsocket, RI 02895 Written bids are due by Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Proposals sent by mail are sent at the risk of the proposing agency/firm. The BVPC assumes no responsibility for mailed proposals. Responses will be evaluated based on the merits of the bid in addition to price. The BVPC reserves the right to reject any/all responses, or parts thereof, to waive any irregularity in the responses received and to accept the responses or part of responses deemed to be most favorable to the BVPC. Bidders will receive notification of selection by Friday, May 1, 2020. Lisa M. Carcifero, MSW, LICSW, CPSS, Regional Director BLACKSTONE VALLEY PREVENTION COALITION INVITATION TO BID FOR: Media Campaign Development

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