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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 22-28, 2020 PAWTUCKET / OBITUARIES 15 Allan F. McGuy Sr. Allan F. McGuy Sr., 81, passed away peacefully at home with fam- ily by his side on April 16. He was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart, Ruth G. (Wilczek) McGuy. Together, they would have cel- ebrated their 65th wedding anniver- sary this May. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Chester W. and Emelia V. (Kienoski) McGuy. Allan earned double bachelor's degrees from both the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University (formerly Bryant College) in Smithfield, and went on to work as a mechanical engineer at the Naval Underwater Systems Center in Newport for many years until his retirement. Allan was awarded a JCI Senatorship in Rhode Island, for having displayed determination and leadership in his local organization. While in the JC's he established a close group of friends who became his extended family for over 50 years. In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf, bowling, skiing and playing cards with his family and friends. Allan was a member of the Crestwood Country Club, Rehoboth, Mass., for over 23 years, and a longtime member of both the Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge No. 8 in Lincoln, and The Villages Masonic Lodge No. 394 at The Villages in Florida, and was a mem- ber of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Providence where he held the rank of 32nd Degree Master Mason. Above all, Allan was a devoted and loving husband, father, grand- father and great-grandfather, who will be sadly missed, but lovingly remembered by all whose lives he has touched over the past 81 years. Besides his loving wife, Allan leaves three children, Robin A. Tansey and her late husband, James Tansey, of Rehoboth, Mass., Allan F. McGuy Jr., of Mont Vernon, N.H., and Wendy R. Lussier and her husband, Daniel, of Milford, Mass.; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew, Joshua, Adam, Jason, Emelia, Mitchell and Allan III; and three great-grandchildren, Evan, Aubree and Emma. Due to the current state and department of health restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, ser- vices will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to either the Seekonk Congregational Church, 600 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771, or Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Providence, 2115 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905. Arrangements are entrusted to William W. Tripp Funeral Home, Pawtucket. For online condolences, visit: trippfuneralhome.com . MCGUY Patrick J. Szlashta Jr. Patrick J. Szlashta Jr., 77, passed away peacefully Friday, April 17, after a brief illness. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of Bertha D. (Oleska) Szlashta and the late Patrick J. Szlashta Sr. For 40 years he owned and oper- ated Pat's Barber Shop on Dexter Street in Central Falls after his father's retirement in 1980. Pat retired in 2018. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam crisis. He was a member of the Garfield Social Club and a member of the Garfield Amvets Post 8 and Joe's Vets , all of Central Falls. "Pat The Barber" also served as a Central Falls City Council member, representing Ward 3. Pat is survived by his loving son Patrick J. Szlashta III, of Lincoln, and one beloved grandson, Samuel Szlashta, also of Lincoln. He also leaves many friends, aunts, uncles and cousins. Pat had a great affec- tion for the Carria family. His funeral at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery will be private due to the ongoing COVID 19 pan- demic. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Pat's Memory to Hope Health, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904, would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Karol A. Romenski & Sons Funeral Home. SZLASHTA OBITUARIES City working with taxpayers PAWTUCKET – For any taxpayers who are facing challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the admin- istration and City Council Council have authorized tax collections per- sonnel to work with them on a reso- lution. Email TaxInfo@pawtucketri. com or call 401-728-0500, ext. 344, for mroe. The coronavirus pandemic has affected residents and businesses alike as more and more coronavirus-relat- ed restrictions have been imposed on businesses and unemployment claims are skyrocketing, said Mayor Donald Grebien. He said that's why he and the council issued a joint announce- ment that tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year billing cycle willbe held flat at this year's rates for both resi- dential and commercial property. There will be no raises in taxes and the budget will remain the same, said the mayor. As a result, city depart- ments and schools will be level- funded. The Grocery List Grant will assist Rhode Island musicians in need PAWTUCKET – In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tune In & Tune Up Rhode Island Musicians Health Awareness Program, a committee initiative of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, has developed The Grocery List Grant. With Rhode Island's working musicians now facing months of canceled gigs, Tune In & Tune Up wanted to help some of them with one of life's basic needs – purchasing food. Tune In & Tune Up is committed to donating $10,000 of grocery gift cards to Rhode Island musicians. "We know we can't help every musician in need but we knew we had to do something," says Tune In & Tune Up co-chairman Russell Gusetti. "Working with fellow co- chairs Don 'D.C.' Culp and Dr. Al Puerini, a plan was developed to distribute some of the money Tune In & Tune Up has raised over the years." The result is a one-time grant of a $100 Stop & Shop gift card spe- cifically geared to Rhode Island's working musicians who derive 50 percent or more of their income by playing, teaching, or producing music in a live setting. Musicians are encouraged to visit tuneinandtuneup.org and click on "Apply for Grocery List Grant" on the homepage, fill out the short form, and hit submit. If you are selected you will be notified via email. Eligible applications will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Those selected will soon receive a $100 Stop & Shop gift card in the mail. "Because Tune In & Tune Up's funds are limited we are asking that members of Rhode Island's music community use this opportunity only if truly in need," says Gusetti, add- ing, "We are really trying to reach the working musician who has seen their primary income source cut off due to canceled gigs." To donate to The Grocery List Grant, make a check payable to R.I. Music Hall of Fame, put Grocery List Grant in the memo line, and mail to: R.I. Music Hall of Fame, 999 Main St., #100, Pawtucket, RI 02860. YMCA of Pawtucket still serving the community PAWTUCKET – While the build- ing may be closed, the YMCA of Pawtucket is still serving the com- munity, moving many of its health and wellness classes online and pro- viding essential services to members as they go through the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. Prior to the closure of its facilities, the Y had been providing lunches and dinners to children through- out the community. Now, it has partnered with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to provide boxes of nonperishable meals to local families for pickup. It is also distributing grab-and-go meals using Y buses, reaching a total of about 200 families – a number that is steadily increasing as new families in need are identified, according to a press release. Through a partnership with Hasbro, the Y will distribute 700 educational games along with the meals to local children the second week of April. The Y is also creating pathways to continue to engage the senior population. According to the press release, staff members have been checking in with seniors regularly to make sure they are safe. They have also been delivering food, personal necessities, and anything else that they might need. In order to keep seniors connected with each other and staff, the YMCA has also been hosting virtual meetings on Zoom. In order to help families navigate these difficult times and ensure they have access to everything the Y has to offer, the Y has launched the web- page, "Your Y at Home," which can be accessed from the website, ymca- pawtucket.org . While the doors are closed, mem- bership dollars will now help contin- ue this work. To join the YMCA or to donate, visit ymcapawtucket.org . IN BRIEF 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 answers

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