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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-23-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 23-29, 2020 OBITUARIES 23 Richard 'Rich' Manning Jr. Richard "Rich" Manning Jr. passed away on Tuesday, July 14. Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Richard Manning and Linda (Rebello) Lavallee. He is survived by his daughter, Hailey Manning, of North Providence; his former wife, Lisa (O'Grady) Manning, of North Providence; a brother, Steven Manning, and his wife, Holly, of Slatersville; an uncle, Kenneth Manning, and his wife, Cindy, of Harrisville; his nephews and nieces, Skyler and Preston Manning, James and Ruby Ciummo; father-in-law and mother-in-law Kenneth and Marion O'Grady, of North Providence; sister-in-law, Kristen O'Grady, and her husband, Bruce Ciummo, of Barrington; and several beloved cousins. Rich had the soul of an artist which he expressed through his culinary talents. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, for many years he served as head or sous chef at some of Rhode Island's top-rated restau- rants, including Three Steeple Street in Providence. When heath issues forced him to leave the restaurant business, he continued to share his gifts by working at a local nursing home. He was loved and respected not only for his talents in the kitchen, but for his care of the people for whom he lovingly prepared special meals. He shared his gifts with his fam- ily and friends by starting his own personal chef service, and was always willing to jump into the kitchen or in front of the barbecue grill at every party and event. Rich loved music and taught himself and others to play guitar, as well as wrote his own poet- ry and lyrics. He was a live music aficionado who enjoyed all types of concerts and events. Rich was also a member of the North Smithfield Holy Ghost Society. Previously married to Lisa (O'Grady) Manning, they built a life together in North Providence and became the central heart and home for so many of their friends and fam- ily. His proudest achievement was becoming a father to Hailey Lyn Manning. He loved to take Hailey on adventures and spent much of her early childhood together every day as a stay-at-home dad, a role that he embraced with his typical good humor and creativity. In recent years, Rich's health issues became very debilitating and he suf- fered many losses. He will always be remembered for his strength in bear- ing many health issues throughout his life, as well as his compassion and creativity. His funeral was held July 20, in St. Pius V Church, 240 Eaton St., Providence. Burial followed in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Calling hours were held July 19, in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. In lieu of flowers, memorial contri- butions may be made to Right Turn, 440 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Visit www.holtfuneralhome.com . MANNING OBITUARIES Jeanne R. Guilbert Jeanne R. (Fontaine) Guilbert, 60, of Glendale, passed on July 20, at home. She was the wife of Edmond P. Guilbert. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daugh- ter of Francis and Annette (Lapierre) Fontaine. Besides her hus- band, she is sur- vived by her stepchildren, Danielle Lemay and her husband, Jonathan, and Andre Guilbert; a grandchild, Madelyn Lemay; a brother Marc Fontaine and his wife, Donna; a sister, Susan Marineau, and her hus- band, Paul; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late brother Paul Fontaine. Her funeral will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 9 a.m., from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Help Church, 35 Dion Drive, Harrisville. Burial will be private. Visitation will be held Monday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be followed upon your arrival. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Our Lady of Good Help Church, 1063 Victory Hwy, Mapleville, RI 02839. Visit www.holtfuneralhome.com . GUILBERT Jacqueline D. Finn Jacqueline D. Finn, 57 of Barrington, passed away on July 7, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of George Finn and proud mother of two wonderful sons Matthew and Christopher. Born in Woonsocket on May 9, 1963, a National Honor Society student athlete, she graduated from Woonsocket High School. Jacqui was selected to The Providence Journal First Team All State in girls tennis. She also played basketball and soft- ball for the Villa Novans. She went on to pursue a physical therapy degree at Northeastern University – Boston Bouve' College (cum laude), and was a member of the division 1 tennis team. A caring and compassionate health care professional for 34 years, Jacqui was a physical therapist and clinical manager at Healy Physical Therapy for the past 14 years. She was a certified athletic trainer, and certified manual therapist. She had a keen sense of observation in her surroundings, intuition, and caring of people. Jacqui played in multiple tennis tournaments as a youth through adulthood and won most. She loved the outdoors, enjoying skiing, tennis, walking, and hiking. She loved the ocean and the mountains. Enjoying her many summer vacations in Madison, N.H., with her family. She was an avid reader and had a passion for books, and enjoyed the company of the wonderful women in her book club. A recent favorite event was attending the Twilight on the Blackstone Bridge Dinner with her husband and friends in August of 2019. She was predeceased by her mother Jacqueline Staples, uncle Normand Boisvert and grandparents Francoise and Arthur Boisvert. She is also survived by her aunt Suzanne Lamoureux and godson Adam Lamoureux of Santa Cruz, Calif., along with brothers George, Tim, and Tom Staples and several nieces and nephews all in Rhode Island. Her family and friends were her true love, with a special fondness to beloved in-laws, extended fam- ily, colleagues at Healy Physical Therapy, her much loved neighbors, and so many great friends. A special thank you to Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice of Portsmouth. Calling hours were held in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave., Riverside. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington. A private family burial followed in St. Jean Baptist Cemetery, Bellingham, Mass. Contributions in Mrs. Finn's mem- ory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959, or to onetreeplanted.org as she had spe- cial connections with trees, would be deeply appreciated. For online condolences, visit www. wrwatsonfuneralhome.com . FINN Former Supt. Devine dies at 90 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Thomas Devine Jr., a former North Smithfield High School princi- pal and superintendent of North Smithfield Public Schools, died at the age of 90 last week. Devine was a resident of North Smithfield as well as Dennis, Mass., and Uxbridge, Mass. He was born and raised in Woonsocket, where he graduated from Woonsocket High School. He later went on to attend Providence College and Boston College and worked as a teacher and guidance director at NSHS, eventually rising to the rank of superintendent. According to an obituary in The Providence Journal, Devine died last Friday, July 17, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence. Do you like to read The Valley Breeze? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Breeze!' 401-333-3393 10 Old Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, RI 02864 www.chapelhillsenior.com Celebrating great lives and great living! 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