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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-24-2020

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12 OBITUARIES / SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 24-30, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION OBITS 12 Ronald A. Romano Sr. Ronald A. Romano Sr., 80, passed away June 15, at Hope Hospice in Providence. He was born in Providence and was the son of the late Frank and Angelina (DeGuilio) Romano. He was the beloved husband of Beverly (D'Ambrosco) Romano. They were happily married for 58 years. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Dr. Ronald A. Romano Jr., and his wife, Teri. He was father to the late daughter Rhonda (Romano) Campanale. He was a devoted and loving grandfather. His grandchildren are: Giana (Campanale) Washburn, Devin Campanale, Kaitlyn and Christopher Romano. He was thrilled to have a great-grandson, Grayson Washburn. He was the brother of the late Frank Romano, Angela Prete and Fortune Guida. He also leaves nieces and nephews. Papa was dedicated, hard working and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved old cars, trav- eling, celebrating holidays, special events, and any reason to spend time together. We were blessed to have had him in our lives. We loved him dearly. His Mass of Christian Burial was held June 18, in St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial dona- tions may be made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. Share memories and condolences at . ROMANO Braganca, who played tennis at La Salle Academy and Rhode Island College and was a three-time All- Little East Conference pick at RIC, is one of three organizers this summer, joining St. Raphael Academy boys' and girls' tennis coach Scott Corain, who runs the men's singles league on Wednesday nights, and Diana Adamczyk, who runs the women's double league on Tuesday nights. The leagues, which have tradition- ally started on the first week of June and lasted for 10 weeks, will only play seven-week schedules, noted Braganca, who reported that she has two more players in her division this year than she had last summer. And instead of having a postseason, the leagues will crown their champions based on their regular-season play. As for the youth camp, which also has Nate Rebello, Sean McClelland, Serena Gaskin, Sarah Colson, and Peter Anghinetti serving as instruc- tors, "we had to cap our numbers this year at 28," added Braganca, noting that the children will be divided into groups of seven. "We're not going to have the five and six-year-olds this summer for safety precautions," continued Braganca. "But the hope is to restore that program next summer. That was my favorite program and I was really sad to see it not be able to happen." On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, the instructional groups, which usually range from ages 7-12, meet and work on the fundamentals, and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the advanced groups, which are mostly teenagers, take the court and focus on match play. "It will be nice for those kids to be able to have some sort of normal activity," added Braganca, who also coaches high school boys' and girls' tennis and middle school girls' bas- ketball at the Wheeler School. As for the Pawtucket Open ten- nis tournament, which is scheduled to host its 47th annual event on the weekend of Sept. 20-22, "I am unsure if the Open will take place," reported Blais. "There are a lot of items to address with our standard programming to ensure the safety of our patrons. We will see where we are heading at that time. We had received mixed reviews about hold- ing it in September last year, but the weather was perfect, so there is a lot to consider." BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Above, tennis director KATHERINE BRAGANCA, left, uses an infra- red forehead thermometer to check the temperature of VANGY AUCLAIR of Rehoboth, Mass., before she takes the courts for her singles match last Thursday night. Right, Pawtucket's EMILY FOURNIER gets ready to return a serve during her singles match last Thursday night at Slater Park. TENNIS From Page 11 Matanmi, Rubio receive Davies' Athletes of Year honors LINCOLN – Pawtucket natives Temilola Matanmi and Alaynah Rubio, who were senior three-sport standouts at Davies Tech, were recently named the recipients of the school's Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards. Rubio, who will continue her softball career at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan College next spring, helped the Patriots reach the Division III championship series in 2018. She also shined on the girls' basket- ball and soccer teams. Matanmi, meanwhile, played on the Patriots' football, basketball, and baseball teams. He was a wide receiv- er and one of the senior leaders on the football team that made its RIIL debut last fall. 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 answers We provide Free Video Live Stream for any Service

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