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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-01-2021

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 1-7, 2021 OBITUARIES / NORTH COUNTY 11 Philip 'Phil the Barber' Sabella Philip "Phil the Barber" Sabella, 91, of Pascoag, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 27. He was the beloved husband of Carol (Stevens) Sabella. They have been married for 48+ years. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Nichola and Amelia (Testa) Sabella. He had lived in Pascoag for over 60 years previously living in Smithfield. Phil served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had owned several retail businesses in Greenville (Prestige Shop, Pace Setter Job Lot) as well as being a renowned barber (Phil's Barber Shop). Phil was a NASCAR racing enthusiast/memorabilia col- lector, loved snow skiing, adored his coy pond, boating and spending Sunday afternoons with his family at Pascoag Lake; otherwise he was frequently found joking around with his many close friends or handling a project around his home or at the store. He served as a board member of the Greenville Water District, a member of the Smithfield Zoning Board, an active Democratic Party Town Committee member, a Grand Knight (Knights of Columbus) and active member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Phil loved all New England sports teams and never missed watching a NASCAR race. He was the loving father of Steven P. Sabella and his wife, Susan, of Charlestown, and Sharon Toner and her husband, Frank, of Narragansett; stepfather of Donna (Menard) Shulze and her husband, Albert, of Springfield, Mass., Michelle (Menard) Allaire and her husband, Phillip, of Putnam, Conn., Diane (Menard) Verrocchio of Caldwell, Idaho, and Guy S. Menard of Coventry; like a father to Linda (Wicklund) Schilling and her husband, Fred; devoted grandfather of Christian Menard, Renee Salgado and her husband, Joshua, Jordan Shulze, Brendan Connolle, Adam Segee and his wife, Leigh-Ann, Kyle Segee, Travis Segee and his wife, Heather, Michael Toner and his wife, Joy, Amanda Toner, and John Toner; beloved brother of Tina (Sabella) Tellier, Mary (Sabella) Wicklund and brother-in-law to Joan (Ducharme) Sabella. Phil was also survived by many wonderful nieces and was 'Pop- Pop' to 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Nicholas "Nick" Sabella, his brothers- in-law, Ronald Tellier and Weston Wicklund, his nieces Nicole (Sabella) McConnell and Sandra Wicklund and his grandson LTjg. Francis L. "Frankie" Toner IV, CEC, USN (KIA). Family and friends are invited to attend visitation on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Anderson Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44, at Greenville Common, Greenville. Face masks must be worn. Funeral Home occupancy limits will be adhered to during visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 5, at 10 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag. Due to Covid 19 restric- tions, limited seating, social distanc- ing guidelines and face masks must be worn during Mass. Burial with Military Honors will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Pascoag, at 11 a.m. to which everyone is invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of his brother, Nicholas "Nick' Sabella (Past Chief), may be made to the Pascoag Fire Department, 105 Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859, www.pascoagfire.org, or St. Joseph's Church, 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag, RI 02859, www.stjosephri.org . For messages of condolence, please see www.andersonwinfield.net . SABELLA Barbara L. Cormier Barbara L. (Humphrey) Cormier, 100, passed away peacefully on March 22. She was born in Edenbridge, Kent, England, on October 30, 1920, a daughter of the late Harold and Charlotte (Clarke) Humphrey. After WWII, Barbara moved to the United States; She worked a variety of jobs and ended her career work- ing for the state of Massachusetts as a principal interviewer. Barbara loved nothing more than her family, especially her grandchil- dren and great-grandchildren. She always enjoyed supporting them in all endeavors and loved attending their many soccer, cross country and basketball games. She was a talented seamstress and quilter, and enjoyed gifting her creations. Barbara enjoyed traveling, both internationally and around the United States. She is survived by her daughter, Eileen Drury, and husband, Leon, of R.I.; son, Terrence Cormier, and wife, Nicollette, of N.C.; grandchil- dren, Michelle Kelley, Lauren Detzel, Mark Drury, Matthew Cormier, Amy Longwell, and Andrew Cormier; 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Joseph G. "Gerry" Cormier, in 1999, as well as five siblings. Funeral services and burial will be held privately. Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road., Fitchburg is directing arrangements. CORMIER Edward William Freiberger Mr. Edward William Freiberger, age 76, passed away Wednesday, March 24. He was born April 4, 1944, in Providence, to William and Dorothy Freiberger. Ted Freiberger was a resident of Walton County, Fla. He was a Christian by faith. He was a veteran of the armed forces serv- ing his country in the United States Navy. He worked as a lineman with the Telephone Company, retiring with over 20 years of service. He was an avid motorcycle rider, having owned many motorcycles. He was always helping those in need. He was a loved husband, father and grandfather. Ted Freiberger is preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy Stone Freiberger. Ted is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Christine Grace Freiberger, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; children, Becky Christine Patterson of Shalimar, Fla., Jeremy Edward Freiberger of Mirimar Beach, Fla. and Beth Christine Sampalis and husband, Dennis, of Scituate; grandchildren, Cassidy Grace Freiberger, Carson Drew Freiberger, Amelia Rose Freiberger, Brodie Eugene Freiberger, Alexandria May Sampalis and Demetrius Dionisios Sampalis. A military honors service will be held at the R.I. Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 301 South County Trail, Exeter, R.I., Friday, April 2, at 11 a.m. Please gather outside the administration building at 10:45 a.m. For online condolences visit, www.TuckerQuinnFuneralChapel. com . FREIBERGER Clairette Y. Martin Clairette Y. Martin (Caplette), 87, passed on Sunday, March 21, at Hope Hospice Center. Clairette was the wife of the late Theodore J. Martin. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Yvonne C. Caplette. Clairette is survived by her chil- dren, Pauline Santorelli and her husband, Ralph, Jeannine Costa and her husband, Victor, Ernest G. Martin and his wife, Lisa; the late Georges T. Martin; a brother, Georges P. Caplette, and his wife, Marcia, and a sister, the late Pauline Eannarino. Clairette, is also survived by her four granddaughters, Stacey McCrary, Michelle Lugones, Jaime Martin, Kara Martin; also, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Clairette, was a kind and lov- ing person, she will be missed by everyone who knew her. A celebration of her life will be held at a later day. Visit www.thek- eefefuneralhome.com . MARTIN Volunteers can select what area they want to clean and report it to the cleanup volunteers. Later, Department of Public Works vehicles will come and pick up cleared trash. Volunteers may also bring bags to the DPW at 1 Lincoln Circle. Cleanup volunteers will be given bags and gloves from coordinators at staging areas, Franzblau said, and will most likely carry a sepa- rate bag for recycling. "I have a feeling that most of what you collect is recyclable," he said. Franzblau said the Recycling Committee is setting up a Facebook page for the group and will have more detail of the event posted in the coming weeks. He said informa- tion will be spread through local businesses as well. Residents who would like more information about the Earth Day Cleanup of Scituate or other com- mittee businesses can email recy- cling@scituateri.org or visit www. scituateri.org/departments/pub- lic_works . EARTH DAY From Page 5 North Scituate Library expands hours SCITUATE – Beginning on Monday, April 5, the North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, is expanding its hours. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This change reflects a step toward resuming the library's full pre-pan- demic service hours. For more information, call the library at 401-647-5133. manufacturers require highly com- petent individuals and they need to possess strong math and verbal skills. Right now, manufacturers in Rhode Island are seeking quali- fied people to train because they aren't coming out of high school with the capabilities they need to be successful. Given the state of education in Rhode Island, particularly in Providence, it is dif- ficult to understand why we are contemplating limiting access to high-performing charter schools at this time." Job openings in the manufactur- ing sector are rising and will be at pre-pandemic levels soon. In a recent survey conducted last year by RIMA, manufacturing com- panies note that, on average, 35 percent of their workforce is 55 years of age and up and for some businesses much higher. These advanced technologies require training to meet the rising tide of retirement-age employees in this sector, says RIMA. "We simply need to match our youth and the next generation of workers to these knowledgeable employees so that our companies can continue to compete," said Chenevert. RIMA From Page 9 401Gives returns today PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders will have the opportunity to support any of more than 300 local nonprofits when 401Gives, the state's largest single day of giving, returns on Thursday, April 1. For donors, the effort is con- ducted entirely through the unified online site, 401Gives.org , and via social media. Each participating nonprofit has its own customizable page, to which gifts can directly be made. Donors can also search by orga- nization name, community or ZIP code, and by cause.

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