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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-25-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION / OBITUARIES 17 Robert Baxter Robert Baxter, 84, of Lincoln, passed away peace- fully June 18, at home surrounded by his loving fam- ily. He was the husband of the late Mary (Astley) Baxter. Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late L. Rowland and Sarah E. (Carnaghan) Baxter, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 75 years. Mr. Baxter was a 1953 graduate of Cumberland High School where he was a star athlete in baseball and bas- ketball. He was a top notch softball player. He also attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He was a self-employed painter and wallpaperer for many years before retiring. He was also a gifted artist. An avid golfer, he was a member of the White Eagles Golf League at Chemawa Golf Course, North Attleboro, Mass., where the Golfer of the Year Award is named after him. He loved to go to the former Lincoln Downs Dog Track and later went to Twin River Casino to view its simulcast. He was a Civil War his- tory buff. Mr. Baxter was a big Boston sports fan, enjoying the Celtics, the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Patriots. He is survived by his loving companion of 17 years, Denise Calderwood, of Lincoln, and his two loving sons, Steven Baxter, U.S. Navy Captain (ret.) and his wife, Theresa, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert S. Baxter and his wife, Sue Anne, of Swansea, Mass.; two sisters, Alyce Hanley of Anchorage, Alaska, and Rosalie Enos of Lincoln; one brother, Richard Baxter, of New Bern, N.C.; three granddaugh- ters, Stephanie and Erika Baxter of Swansea, Mass., and Autum Grimm of Marysville, Wash.; two great-grandchildren, Nathen and Alexandra Grim of Marysville, Wash.; and several nieces and neph- ews. He was the brother of the late Ronald Baxter. His visiting were held June 22, fol- lowed by his funeral service at 11 a.m., at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln. Burial followed in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Baxter's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, would be appreciated. For the guest book, visit www.bel- . David 'Doc' Cameron Leach David "Doc" Cameron Leach, 72, of Cumberland, passed away June 14, at his home in Cumberland. He was a lifelong Cumberland resident. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Walton and Agnes (Neill) Leach. He was employed as a Spanish teacher for the Cumberland Public Schools until his retirement. Doc was a pro softball player, traveling all over the U.S. with his teams and winning house full of trophies, some taller than his nieces. A born-again Christian, Mr. Leach was a communicant of Grace Gospel Church, where he was an active member. He was a member of Sigma Chi at the University of Rhode Island. He is survived by his nieces Elisabeth Leach of West Warwick, and Leslie Leach of Foster, her husband, Tim Garand, their daughter, Eleanor Garand, and his Neill and Leach family cousins. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to David 's Life Celebration to be held beginning with visitation today, Thursday, June 25, from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m., in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Grace Gospel Church, 3049 County St., Somerset, MA 02726. For the online memorial and guestbook, visit . LEACH Kathleen V. Boyle Kathleen V. Boyle, 83, passed away on June 20, in the Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late John J. Boyle. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Kate (O'Grady) McGee. She resided in Cumberland for more than 50 years, pre- viously residing in Woonsocket. She is survived by two sons, David Boyle and his wife, Lisa, of Lincoln, and Timothy Boyle and his wife, Lisa, of Cumberland; one daughter, Donna Brodeur, of Florida; two sisters, Lucille Whitehouse of Uxbridge, Mass., and Rose Caldwell of Charlestown; eight grandchil- dren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Cumberland. For the online memorial, visit jjduffyfu- . BAXTER State University in New Britain, Conn., "back when I was 230 pounds," he joked. "And after I stopped playing foot- ball in college, I started running," said Menna. "Running was always part of my life, and I had been part of the running community for years." When the school's boys' cross country team needed a head coach in 1989, Menna took over the program. Little did he know at the time that he would spend the next 31 years coaching year-round, not only with the cross country squad, but also the indoor and outdoors teams. And Menna didn't mind that late August-to-early June commitment one bit, especially because of the student-athletes he's welcomed to his program through the decades. "It was always an honor for me to work with the caliber of student- athletes that I've had over the years," he said. "I've never been disappointed about the type of kids that I have coached." Menna said that he was also honored to work with the girls' cross country/track and field head coach, Sue Carlson, for the past two decades. Carlson began coach- ing with Menna during the 2001 cross country season and had spent some seasons in the early 2000s as an assistant coach for the boys' and girls' indoor and outdoor track teams. "We have worked together very, very well over the years," said Menna. "We always had one pro- gram, and we made the best of the two of our talents. She did what she did best and I did what I did best, and everything worked out very, very well." "Needless to say, it's going to be different not having him there," Carlson said in an email. "Over the years, we had developed a system that seemed to work well for the coaching staff during each of the three seasons. We had come to depend upon each other for dif- ferent roles to make the training, meets, and other aspects work. It will be strange starting the fall sea- son without him." "I appreciate all that he has done to foster the success of my own chil- dren during their running careers at Lincoln," she continued. "I am thankful for the friendship and coaching camaraderie we shared, and I wish him well as he begins this new chapter in his life." During his coaching career, Menna had seen his cross country teams win the Class B champion- ship in 2004, 2005, and 2009. Last year's squad posted a 10-2 dual-meet record that marked only the third 10-win season in the pro- gram's 53-year history and the first since the Lions went 10-0 in their magical 2004 campaign. Menna's 2007 outdoor track and field team also captured the Class C title, and during his 31 seasons, he's seen more than his share of athletes win individual state championships. A longtime treasurer of the R.I. Track & Field Coaches Association, Menna was inducted into the RITCA Hall of Fame in 2013. He is a four-time winner of the RITCA Cross Country Coach of the Year award, and he was also named Lincoln High's Coach of the Year twice. Menna also spent most of the 1990s and 2000s as a member of the Rhode Island Road Runners' running club. In 1997, he complet- ed the Boston Marathon in a time of 3:23:20, and for several years, he helped lead a group of RIRR runners to the popular Mount Washington Road Race that takes place each June on the difficult 7.6- mile course in New Hampshire. As for his retirement plans, expect Menna to do plenty of bik- ing, "and I probably will still be involved in some way, shape, or form with track and field, maybe officiating," he added. "I'll try to keep myself busy." From preceding page Signups continue for Arnold Mills virtual run CUMBERLAND – The Arnold Mills Road Race, which was sched- uled to host its 52nd annual event on the Fourth of July, will instead be a virtual race, reported race director Steve Mazzone. Participants are required to visit race to register online. They must run four miles between Sunday, June 28, and Saturday, July 4, and submit their times on a form on the race's website by 6 p.m. on July 4. Entrants will need their Race ID that they will receive when they register. The fee to participate is $10 and includes a race t-shirt. Information about picking up a t-shirt will be emailed to the entrants. 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