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Obituaries, July 1, 2016

Esperanza Baez, 82, of Worcester

Edward J. Banach, 88, of Worcester

George M. Bebick, 79, of Fitchburg

Bryce S. Bergeron, 40, of Whitinsville

Lisa Jean (Parent) Berthiaume, 43, of West Brookfield

Edward Bodurian, 91, of East Falmouth

Timothy M. Brejtfus, 61, of Grafton

Viola (Bonneville) Cerreto, 91, of Killingly

Star E. (Dreyer) Clifford, 56, of Worcester

Ronald M. Cotton, 76, of Sturbridge

Richard E. Daniels, 78, of Worcester

Norman P. Desmarais, 76, of Winchendon

Jay S. Dion, 52, of Northborough

Robert E. ‘Bobby’ Duteau, Jr., 52, of Webster

Judith C. (Gervasi) Fahey, 76, of Worcester

Margaret (Haddad) George, 99, of Worcester and Shrewsbury

Christopher J. Lipka, 50, of Holden

Eleanor Merrill, 81, of Worcester

Donna M. (Limoli) Morus, 70, of Worcester

Michael J. Murphy, 54, of Worcester

N. Anita (Cole) Nideur, 63, of Rutland and Sterling

Lucy A. (Carrier) Passarelli, 71, of Southbridge

Kendall E. Prior of Douglas

Manuel Remigio, 85, of Hull, Quebec

Norma L. (Coombs) Richard, 89, of Gardner

Irene J. (Bulejcik) Russell, 86, of Webster

Lena M. (Flaminio) Sbrogna, of Worcester and Delray Beach, Fla. Margaret T. “Theresa” (Kilcoyne) Slaney, 87, of Worcester

Irene  “Mickey” (Curran) St. Martin, 101, of Northbridge

Vincent R. Stakun, 93, of Worcester

Frank “Mimo” Valente, 99, of Barre

David W. Waitt, Sr., 83, of Fitchburg Continue Reading

Obituaries, June 30, 2016

Esperanza Baez, 82, of Worcester

Edward J. Banach, 88, of Worcester

George M. Bebick, 79, of Fitchburg

Angel David Berrios, 47, of Worcester

Lisa Jean (Parent) Berthiaume, 43, of West Brookfield

Timothy M. Brejtfus, 61, of Grafton

James A. Cardwell, 53, of Milford

Star E. (Dreyer) Clifford, 56, of Worcester

Richard E. Daniels, 78, of Worcester

Erin Anne Davis, 45, of Sturbridge

Norman P. Desmarais, 76, of Winchendon

Jay S. Dion, 52, of Northborough

Robert E. ‘Bobby’ Duteau, Jr., 52, of Webster

Judith C. (Gervasi) Fahey, 76, of Worcester

Margaret (Haddad) George, 99, of Worcester and Shrewsbury

Frederik S. Givskud, 84, of Gardner

Nancy J. (Roukat) Greene, 83, of Southbridge

Walter E. Hutchinson, 80, of Auburn

Theodore Kokkinos, 91, of Worcester

Peter L. Mancini, 87, of Worcester

Lawrence W. Marshall, 64, of Lunenburg

Eleanor Merrill, 81, of Worcester

Donna M. (Limoli) Morus, 70, of Worcester

Michael J. Murphy, 54, of Worcester

Lucy A. (Carrier) Passarelli, 71, of Southbridge

Kendall E. Prior of Douglas

Norma L. (Coombs) Richard, 89, of Gardner

Janice Elaine Ripley, 71, of Brookfield

Irene J. (Bulejcik) Russell, 86, of Webster

Margaret T. “Theresa” (Kilcoyne) Slaney, 87, of Worcester

Dorothy H. (Laban) Spokis, 86, of Holden and Auburn

Irene  “Mickey” (Curran) St. Martin, 101, of Northbridge

Vincent R. Stakun, 93, of Worcester

Lionel G. Thibodeau, 86, of Southbridge

Marlene A. (Gafvert) Tribandis, 74, of Worcester

Frank “Mimo” Valente, 99, of Barre

David W. Waitt, Sr., 83, of Fitchburg

Arthur E. Watson, 76, of Blackstone Continue Reading

Malika Carter, Worcester chief diversity officer

Q&A with Malika Carter, Worcester’s chief diversity officer

In her first extended one-on-one interview since being named Worcester’s chief diversity officer, Malika Carter sits down with the Sun and discusses what prepared her for a city the size of Worcester, the city’s hiring practices, last summer’s dialogues on race, a recent incident involving a member of the city manager’s cabinet, the role of media, and difference between threats and free speech. Continue Reading

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 71]: Worcester gun pushback

Over the years, Worcester’s gun buyback and trade programs have removed thousands of weapons of various legal standing from the streets — and from owners of various degrees of responsibility.

A few days ago, in the sad and lingering shadow of another American-made mass shooting that claimed 49 lives in a Florida gay club, a grand total of four individuals were willing to trade eight guns for up to $75 worth of groceries each.

I mean, was there any chance Hitch didn’t have something on this?! Continue Reading

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The Worcesternomics of Brexit

We look at Worcester’s sister city in England to search for clues and similarities with our hometown as world financial markets come to grips with last week’s shocking vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. It does not look good. Continue Reading

Malika Carter, Worcester chief diversity officer

Worcester Sun, June 29: In this issue

Worcester’s new diversity czar gives her first one-one-one interview to the Sun. We sprinkle a little local flavor on Brexit. Hitch on the effectiveness of gun control in Worcester. Inbox, full again. That’s your Wednesday, June 29, Worcester Sun. Continue Reading

Obituaries, June 29, 2016

Esperanza Baez, 82, of Worcester

Angel David Berrios, 47, of Worcester

Lisa Jean (Parent) Berthiaume, 43, of West Brookfield

James A. Cardwell, 53, of Milford

Star E. (Dreyer) Clifford, 56, of Worcester

Richard E. Daniels, 78, of Worcester

Erin Anne Davis, 45, of Sturbridge

Jay S. Dion, 52, of Northborough

Joan Lillian (McGuirl) Dustin, 79, of East Falmouth and Fitchburg

Robert E. ‘Bobby’ Duteau, Jr., 52, of Webster

Judith C. (Gervasi) Fahey, 76, of Worcester

Helen T. (Paulhus) Galipeau, 91, of Sturbridge

Margaret (Haddad) George, 99, of Worcester and Shrewsbury

William “Billy” Gerardi, 93, of Shrewsbury

Frederik S. Givskud, 84, of Gardner

Nancy J. (Roukat) Greene, 83, of Southbridge

Susan L. (Schat) Gwozdowski, 64, of Grafton

Jennifer Anne (Cote) Harney, 43, of Athol

Barbara (Paradise) Healey, 98, of Worcester

Walter E. Hutchinson, 80, of Auburn

William “Billy” J. Johndrow, Jr., 66, of Shrewsbury

Theodore Kokkinos, 91, of Worcester

Claire T. (Cote) LaDeau, 89, of Winchendon

Peter L. Mancini, 87, of Worcester

Lawrence W. Marshall, 64, of Lunenburg

Eleanor Merrill, 81, of Worcester

Michael J. Murphy, 54, of Worcester

Lucy A. (Carrier) Passarelli, 71, of Southbridge

Kendall E. Prior of Douglas

Norma L. (Coombs) Richard, 89, of Gardner

Dorothy H. (Laban) Spokis, 86, of Holden and Auburn

Irene  “Mickey” (Curran) St. Martin, 101, of Northbridge

Lionel G. Thibodeau, 86, of Southbridge

Marlene A. (Gafvert) Tribandis, 74, of Worcester

David W. Waitt, Sr., 83, of Fitchburg

Arthur E. Watson, 76, of Blackstone

Richard H. Wheeler, Jr., 51, of Uxbridge

Jane (Cobey) Winkelman, 99, of Clinton Continue Reading

Obituaries, June 28, 2016

Angel David Berrios, 47, of Worcester

Lisa Jean (Parent) Berthiaume, 43, of West Brookfield

James A. Cardwell, 53, of Milford

Star E. (Dreyer) Clifford, 56, of Worcester

Eleanore F. (Demers) Corey, 80, of Worcester

Erin Anne Davis, 45, of Sturbridge

Joan Lillian (McGuirl) Dustin, 79, of East Falmouth and Fitchburg

Helen T. (Paulhus) Galipeau, 91, of Sturbridge

Alan M. Gaulard, 56, of Oxford

William “Billy” Gerardi, 93, of Shrewsbury

Thomas E. Goyette, 52, of St. Pete Beach, Fla. Nancy J. (Roukat) Greene, 83, of Southbridge

Susan L. (Schat) Gwozdowski, 64, of Grafton

Jennifer Anne (Cote) Harney, 43, of Athol

Barbara (Paradise) Healey, 98, of Worcester

William “Billy” J. Johndrow, Jr., 66, of Shrewsbury

Jerry W. Johnson Jr., 28, of Dayville, Conn. Theodore Kokkinos, 91, of Worcester

Claire T. (Cote) LaDeau, 89, of Winchendon

Frieda E. (Rosenquist) Levesque, 86, of Worcester

Peter L. Mancini, 87, of Worcester

Marion B. (Lubin) Conrad Marczinovits, 72, of Auburn

Stephen J. “Matty” Matesowicz, 68, of Templeton

Eleanor Merrill, 81, of Worcester

Carol A. Milano, 54, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Leominster

Kendall E. Prior of Douglas

Norma L. (Coombs) Richard, 89, of Gardner

Todd Michael Sansoucy, 50, of Dudley

Irene  “Mickey” (Curran) St. Martin, 101, of Northbridge

Lionel G. Thibodeau, 86, of Southbridge

Marlene A. (Gafvert) Tribandis, 74, of Worcester

Louis A. Urbanovitch, 87, of Paxton

Arthur E. Watson, 76, of Blackstone

Richard H. Wheeler, Jr., 51, of Uxbridge

Jane (Cobey) Winkelman, 99, of Clinton Continue Reading

Obituaries, June 27, 2016

Sr. Doris Bernard, formerly known as Sr. St. Bernard, 89, Marlborough

Lisa Jean (Parent) Berthiaume, 43, of West Brookfield

Kiel E. Breault, 29, of Athol

Edward L. Butler, 59, of Oxford

Paula Y. (Panayiota Pappas) Chronis of Worcester

Star E. (Dreyer) Clifford, 56, of Worcester

Eleanore F. (Demers) Corey, 80, of Worcester

Jerrold “Jerry” Craig Davidson, 70, of Worcester

Joan Lillian (McGuirl) Dustin, 79, of East Falmouth and Fitchburg

Helen T. (Paulhus) Galipeau, 91, of Sturbridge

Alan M. Gaulard, 56, of Oxford

William “Billy” Gerardi, 93, of Shrewsbury

Thomas E. Goyette, 52, of St. Pete Beach, Fla. Nancy J. (Roukat) Greene, 83, of Southbridge

Susan L. (Schat) Gwozdowski, 64, of Grafton

Jennifer Anne (Cote) Harney, 43, of Athol

Barbara (Paradise) Healey, 98, of Worcester

William “Billy” J. Johndrow, Jr., 66, of Shrewsbury

Claire T. (Cote) LaDeau, 89, of Winchendon

Emily “Penny” (Simonelli) LeBlanc, 64, of Southbridge

Frieda E. (Rosenquist) Levesque, 86, of Worcester

Robert A. Listewnik, 69, of Fitchburg

Peter L. Mancini, 87

Marion B. (Lubin) Conrad Marczinovits, 72, of Auburn

Stephen J. “Matty” Matesowicz, 68, of Templeton

Carol A. Milano, 54, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Leominster

Lorraine O. (Bouley) Navarro, 88, of Putnam

Carolyn Martha (Danforth) Oliver, 86, of Millbury

Kendall E. Prior of Douglas

Norma L. (Coombs) Richard, 89, of Gardner

Todd Michael Sansoucy, 50, of Dudley

Irene  “Mickey” (Curran) St. Martin, 101, of Northbridge

Annette G. (Casavant) Suss, 77

Theodore Joseph Thebeau, 66, of Leominster

Lionel G. Thibodeau, 86, of Southbridge

Marlene A. (Gafvert) Tribandis, 74, of Worcester

Louis A. Urbanovitch, 87, of Paxton

Richard H. Wheeler, Jr., 51, of Uxbridge

Jane (Cobey) Winkelman, 99, of Clinton

Elidia M. (Jacques) Wiseman, 58, of Worcester Continue Reading