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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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24 LETTERS / OBITUARIES JUNE 4-10, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Jean 'John' W. Bileau Jean "John" W. Bileau, 84, passed away peacefully on May 20, at Roger Williams Hospital. He was the beloved hus- band of Pauline (Lambert) Bileau for 61 years. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Joseph and Rina (Berard) Bileau. John was a beloved and respected city business owner for many years. He was the co-owner/operator of Bileau Oil, Bileau's Greenhouses, and Frosty Soft-Serve Ice Cream Trucks. He loved to spend time with family and friends reminiscing about the old days, working in his woodworking shop, and was an avid Red Sox fan. Besides his beloved wife, Pauline, he is survived by his seven children, Jeanne Mandeville and her husband, Richard, of Lincoln, Jackie Boudreau and her husband, Rene, of North Smithfield, Muriel Lahousse and her husband, George, of Douglas, Mass., Polly Parenteau and her partner, Ronnie Dubois, of Woonsocket, John Bileau and his wife, Darlene, of Woonsocket, Michelle Marandola and her husband, Craig, of Woonsocket, and Danielle Gibeau and her husband, Eric, of Lincoln; five brothers, Ovila Bileau of Lincoln, Raoul "Ralph" Bileau of Lincoln, Joseph Bileau Jr. of Woonsocket, Richard Bileau of Bellingham, Mass., and Roger Bileau of Burrillville; seven sisters, Louise Mencucci of Woonsocket, Doris Andreoni of Cumberland, Alice Peters of Woonsocket, Constance Woodbine of North Kingstown, Cecile Charron of Conn., Pauline Brodeur of Woonsocket, and Denise Dubois of Woonsocket, 11 grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. He also was the brother of the late Normand Bileau. His funeral services are private. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, located at 1583 Diamond Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895, is in charge of the arrangements. BILEAU Rita J. Dubuc Rita J. (Barrette) Dubuc, 89, of North Smithfield, died May 27, in St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Leo D. Dubuc, Sr. Born in Saylesville, she was the daugh- ter of the late Wilfred and Eva (Carignan) Barrette. Rita graduated from Saint Xavier's High School. She and Leo were married on May 30, 1950, and raised their family in Pawtucket. Rita was a devout catholic and was an active member of Saint Cecilia's Church in Pawtucket. Devoted to her family, she was an avid supporter of her children's activities and planned many memorable vacations for her family. Rita was a case worker for the State of R.I. Department of Human Services for many years, retiring in 1992. Afterwards, Rita and Leo filled their retirement life gardening, trav- eling, spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and working at the Slater Park Looff Carousel. They eventually moved down to Florida and in their later years enjoyed life in their retirement community. She leaves her sons, Leo D. Dubuc Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, of North Smithfield, Raymond Dubuc of Sherwood, Ark., and Charles Dubuc and his wife, Lori, of East Greenwich; her sister, Irene Beauregard, of Cumberland; seven grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Robert and Raymond Barrette; and her sister, Theresa Perrault. Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I. A celebration of life will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribu- tions may be made to Pawtucket Parks and Recreation, Attn: Looff Carousel Donations, 825 Armistice Blvd Pawtucket, RI 02861. Condolences and memories may be left at holtfuneralhome.com . DUBUC Eugene N. Lapierre Eugene N. Lapierre Jr., 80, of Mendon Road, Woonsocket, died May 24, in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Lucille Lapierre, to whom he was married over 60 years. Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Eugene Lapierre Sr. and Ida (Marion) Lapierre. Mr. Lapierre worked as a forklift operator for CVS and Peter Pan Ice Cream. He enjoyed vacationing and being with his grandchildren. Besides his wife, Lucille, he is survived by his son, Ken Lapierre, and his wife, Brenda, of Dade City, Fla.; two daughters, Kathleen Cournoyer of Manville, and Linda Hammond and her husband, Tim, of Woonsocket; his sister, Georgette Brouseau of South Attleboro, Mass.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grand- children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, www.holtfuneralhome.com . LAPIERRE Change must come for those sworn to uphold public trust My mom died on May 4. She was an incredible woman who overcame much in her life. She was beauti- ful and wise. She was 101 years old and was a respected elder. She died at home, safe and loved. There is another family mourning the death of their loved one. He did not die a respected elder. His death came before he could flash another smile or touch anoth- er heart. He did not die safe or at home. George Floyd died under the knee of one who betrayed the public trust. He died crushed and unable to breathe. His public murder is unconscionable. For the many police officers who take their oath seri- ously of never betraying their badge, their integrity, their character or the public trust, thank you and in the words of Coach Brian Flores, create change by your "honesty, transparency and empathy." The fact remains, a police officer murdered someone in broad daylight as other officers looked on. This begs for serious change in the men and women who are sworn to uphold the public trust. Police departments must educate their ranks: Those officers who know better, should not only be able to stop their fellow officer's criminal behavior without fear but be mandated to with the backing of their department. Why isn't this law? GIGI DESAULNIERS Woonsocket Police body cameras should be a statewide standard The General Assembly should consider legislation requiring all police officers to wear body cameras. In 2017 the National Institute of Justice studied body cam- eras with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department over 12 months with 416 officers. See https://www.ncjrs. gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/251416.pdf . The study concluded by suggesting body cam- eras reduced complaints and produced more arrests. Implementing body cameras produced net savings by increasing the speed at which complaints were handled. Police body cameras should be a statewide standard to provide more effective policing, lower costs, and a more transparent department. MIKE MARSEGLIA North Smithfield OBITUARIES are updated continuously at valleybreeze.com Click on 'Obituaries' 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Our store is presently closed. Please call in your order and we will drop ship to you for FREE! WE SELL • WE INSTALL • NO DISAPPOINTMENT KITCHEN AID • WHIRLPOOL LG • SONY • MAYTAG • AMANA Big Screen Specialists We offer specialty air conditioning for apartments & elderly complexes! New Location: 158 Central St., Millville, MA 01529 508-883-5862 Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Fri.-Sun. THE HIGH COST OF HIGH-RISK DRIVING There are hundreds of commercials offering you ways to lower your car insurance payments, but the best way to keep your insurance expenses down is to understand what makes them go up. For starters, does your insurance company consider you a "high risk" driver, and if so, why? Traffic violations, accidents (especially those involving injury to you or another person), and age are heavily factored into the determination. Other things you may not have thought of include your credit score, whether or not you own a home, and whether this is your first insurance policy. These are also taken into consideration since this type of financial stability is linked to your probability of making a claim. When it comes to auto insurance rates, you have some say in how much you'll have to pay. Maintaining a superb driving record means you won't have to file any claims, which keeps your rates down. Other factors that determine your individual rate include car make and model, credit, age and gender, location, and policy options specific to the insurance carrier. For more information, please call HUNTER INSURANCE, INC. at 769-9500, or see us at 389 Old River Rd., Lincoln. P.S. If your driving history isn't great but your credit score is, ask your insurance agent about a "financial stability discount" to help manage your insurance rate.

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