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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 15 Marcel W. Duguay Marcel W. Duguay, 89, of Woonsocket, died March 31, sur- rounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Georgette (Caron) Duguay. Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Adelard and Palma (Lavoie) Duguay. Mr. and Mrs. Duguay would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this August. Mr. Duguay was a 1949 gradu- ate of Mount St. Charles Academy and a Korean War Air Force Veteran. He was the owner and operator of Sunlite Pools, special- izing in in-ground pools. Marcel was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Cumberland, and was the KOC prolife committee chair, a Little League umpire, and served as past co-president of the former Christian Family Movement of R.I., and was a lector and Extraordinary Minister at St. Joseph's Church, Woonsocket. Marcel participated in the Washington, D.C., March for Life, and also helped raise funds for Prolife Across America. He enjoyed dancing, playing ten- nis and quoits, family functions, world traveling, solving cross- word puzzles and scratch tickets. He loved buying his tickets at Lil General every morning and would be heard entering the store singing. He loved making people laugh and was considered quite the comedian in the family. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. In his younger years you could count on him to give his grandchildren wheelbarrow rides and then roll down the hill with them in his yard. He was the designated Easter egg hider for his grandchil- dren for years and loved to sing along to anyone playing the family piano. He was usually heard saying "Where's my beautiful wife?" when she wasn't in the room. He never stopped rooting for his Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins teams. He also lived his Catholic faith with humil- ity and dedication and taught by example. Besides his wife, he is survived by five children, Laurent Duguay and his wife, Debora, of Smithfield; Michelle Gautreau and her hus- band, Robert, of Blackstone, Mass.; Denise Gray and her husband, Scott, of Woonsocket; Lisette Clem and her husband, Thomas, of Woonsocket; and Daniel Duguay and his wife, Sherri, of Warwick; 16 grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Edgar, Albert, Emile and Eugene Duguay; Jeannette Trudel; Alice Guy; Rita Champigny and Helen Huart. His service was private and was broadcast live April 4, at https://cli- The committal service can be viewed at tcid/96967282 . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ProLife Across America, PO Box 18669, Minneapolis, MN 55418-0669. Please include Marcel's name in the memo line of checks. Arrangements were under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, . DUGUAY John L. Corkins John L. Corkins, 85, passed away peacefully, April 4, in Landmark Medical Center, with is daughter by his side. He was the husband of the late Marlene (McDevitt) Corkins. Born in Springfield, Mass., he was the son of the late Linus and Barbara (Ferrina) Corkins. John worked as an orderly at Wrentham State School for several years and prior to retiring he as a security officer in the area. He enjoyed taking trips to Twin River, Nascar, fishing, and was a Redskins football fan. He also loved spending time with his canine com- panion, his little prince, Bandit. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Marcoux, of Woonsocket; one sister, Lee Ann Corkins, of Pittsfield, Mass.; several grandchil- dren and several great-grandchil- dren. He was also the brother of the late Jimmy, Barbara, and Rosemary. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, is in charge of the arrangements. CORKINS Leo A. Robidoux Leo A. Robidoux, 92, of Woonsocket, died March 28, at The Friendly Home. He was the lov- ing husband of the late Doris (Masse) Robidoux. They were married on Oct. 5, 1946, at Precious Blood Church and shared over 46 years together until her passing in May 1993. Born and raised in Granby, P.Q. Canada, he was a son of the late Ovila and Aldea (Gregoire) Robidoux. He immigrated to the United States when they married in 1946. Mr. Robidoux served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge in 1953, Leo became a U.S. citizen, a very proud moment in his life. Mr. Robidoux was employed by Armour Foods in the maintenance, refrigeration and purchasing depart- ments for over 30 years until his retirement. He served as the vice president of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local #328. Leo was a lifetime member the Woonsocket AMVETS Post. He was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph's Parish. Leo enjoyed a very active retire- ment during which he served as the past treasurer of the St. Agatha's Senior Citizens where he was a mem- ber for almost 40 years. He was also an active member of St. Joseph senior citizens and was previously involved with the former Holy Family senior citizens as well as the Golden Hearts at Sacred Heart parish. Leo was responsible for organizing numerous bus trips for the members of the St. Agatha Seniors. Leo personally saw to it that everyone on the trips would have their arrangements all in order and that everyone had a fun and memorable time. As recalls the image of the late, great Kenny Rogers, Leo was "The Gambler." His many forays to gaming locales both near and far, were a constant source of fun and excite- ment for him. Be it Atlantic City, across the country toward the glitter- ing call of Las Vegas, or to more local venues like Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun or Twin River, Leo always took his chances and "tried his luck." all in good fun. Leo also enjoyed tak- ing many trips back up to visit fam- ily and friends in his "old stomping grounds" around the province of Quebec. Leo will be remembered as a devoted husband and father. A fine gentleman, with a cheerful and posi- tive outlook, Leo was proud of his French-Canadian heritage and was an even prouder Marine and American. "Semper Fi"! Leo is survived by his son and best friend, Gerard L. "Gerry" Robidoux, and his fiancée, Fran Roy, of Woonsocket. He is also survived by his brother, Gerald, and Jeannine (St. Louis) Robidoux of St. Damase, P.Q. Canada. He was the bother of the late William and his wife, the late Monique (Davigon) Robidoux. Leo is also survived by several nieces, neph- ews and cousins and their families both locally and in Canada. In accordance with the current health situation, his funeral service and burial were private. A Memorial Mass for the repose of Leo's soul will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Mendon Road in Woonsocket on a day and time to be announced. All who knew Leo are invited to attend. Please check the funeral home web- site for updates when the Mass will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, Masses for his intention are welcome or memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or Arrangements are in care of the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, www.menardfuneral- . ROBIDOUX Colleen H. Lee Colleen H. Lee, 82, of Brooklyn, Conn., formerly of Harrisville, passed away on March 31, at the Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Conn. Devoted wife of the late Francis H. Lee. She was born in Bridgeton, R.I., a daughter of the late Edward & Gertrude (Whitman) Marsh and step daughter of the late Madine Marsh. Colleen worked for the former Tupperware Co., Atlas Pallet, CD Burnes, Citizens Bank, Chamberland Business Accounting and the Burrillville Town Hall all located in Northern R.I. Colleen was a graduate of Fisher Junior College. She was the loving mother of Edward F. Lee and his wife, Rosemary, of Woonsocket, Linda A. Nichols of Glocester, William L. Lee of Harrisville, Judy A. Lee of Gotha, Fla., Michael A. Lee of Santee, Calif., and Karen E. Letendre of Putnam, Conn. She was the grand- mother of Kim, Eric, Scott, Heather, Jessica, Jennifer, Chelsea, Janessa and Devon; and great-grandmother of Bryce, Jada, Hayleigh, Kylen, Watkin, Breanna and Leah. She is also survived by her siblings, Joyce Boss, Edward Marsh Jr. and George Marsh. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Nelson and Donald Marsh. Due to the COVID 19 virus, funer- al services and burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery will be held private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 1496 Victory Hwy., Oakland, www.brownfuneral- . LEE Autism Project offers webinars JOHNSTON – The Autism Project is offering the following Spring 2020 webinars: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder;Visual Supports in Practice; Positive Behavior Supports; Creating the Connections. The cost per class is $30. To register, visit . 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 2nd Anniversary Remembrance Bernadette M. Lefebvre April 14, 2018 - April 14, 2020 Dearly Missed by Family Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

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