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J Henri Morin and Son Inc Funeral Homes

1131 Main Street
Leicester, MA 01524
(508) 892-8515
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Morrison Funeral Home

1131 Main Street
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Leicester MA Obituaries and Death Notices

Geraldine D'Elia

Saturday, April 08, 2017

St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She leaves her devoted husband and best friend Nunzi John D’Elia of 55 years, two daughter’s Maryann (D’Elia) Copeland and husband Jim of Leicester and Catherine ( D’Elia) Fontaine and husband Timothy of Leicester; three sons John D’Elia and wife Annie of Illinois, Peter D’Elia and wife Ashley of Auburn and Joseph D’Elia and his companion Jennifer. Geraldine leaves seven grandchildren who she loved deeply cherished Nicholas, Kayla and Emily Fontaine, Christopher, James and Kevin Copeland and Ava D’Elia, she leaves two sisters Claire (McGovern) Polhemus and Catherine (McGovern) DiGerlando, she also leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Geraldine was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey daughter of the late James and Catherine (Casey) McGovern. She was also predeceased by two brothers Paul and Jim McGovern. Geraldine was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She walked through her life with grace, kindness and a wonderful strong faith. She will be deeply missed but will be remembered and honored by many acts of kindness, compassion and love.Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Geraldine’s family on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 pm in the BRITTON...

Vernon J. Sampson Sr. - The Independent

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sr., 88, of North Kingstown died peacefully in the company of angels Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Scalabrini Villa. He was the husband of 52 years to the late Muriel A. (Sprague) Sampson. Born in Leicester (part of Asheville), North Carolina, he was a son of the late Thomas D. Sampson and Emma (Shook) Sampson.He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Quonset Point during World War II. Thereafter, he called Rhode Island home. Mr. Sampson started his 30-year career with the state of Rhode Island at the Lafayette Fish Hatchery, on to the Arcadia Management Area, then as foreman of the Division of Environmental Management Natural Resources Fish & Wildlife at the Great Swamp Management Area.Vern was a member of Slocum Grange, enjoyed many bowling leagues and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a natural with animals and was surrounded among pets his entire life. He was once known as the “Mayor of Wickford” as he frequented many coffee shops around town and will always be remembered for his smile.He leaves his loving children, David M. Sampson; James V. Sampson and his wife, Patricia, of North Kingstown; Julie A. Sampson and her fiancé, Edward Duffin, of North Kingstown; and Vernon “Bu...

Richard Connole

Monday, November 14, 2016

Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College in 1973 with a certification in Guidance. Rick was a long time elementary educator and counselor, spending his first few years in the Leicester Public Schools before moving to the Worcester Public Schools. He retired in 2005 after 35 years of service. He touched the lives of many children and felt honored to make a difference in their lives. He was a proud NEA, MTA and EAW member, serving as an EAW officer for several years. After his family, baseball was the second love in his life. Rick garnered many accolades and awards including "All City Second Base" in 1961 while playing for St. Stephen's. He played for Worcester Junior College, Peru State College and the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League. After baseball, he played softball in many Central MA leagues, up until just a few years ago. He coached varsity baseball at Doherty High School from 1985-89, resigning his position so that he could follow his children's high school and college sports. In recent years, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their activities as well. Rick was passionate and knowledgeable about music, and enjoyed talking about his favorites - Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Bob Seger. He enjoyed listening to their music in the last few hours of his life. He also loved sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He made friends everywhere he went and truly cared about getting to know others, from complete strangers to friends of friends. There was so much more to Rick's life than can be condensed into this page. We hope all who knew him will share a memory, kindness or "Rick story" today. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Rick’s family on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 PM in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. A prayer service will follow at 6:00 PM in the funeral home. Burial in St. John’s Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s memory may be made to the McAuley Nazareth Home for Boys, 77 Mulberry Street, Leicester, MA 01524.

Reverend Philip McNamara

Monday, November 07, 2016

Bishop John J. Wright at St. Paul’s Cathedral on May 18, 1950. Fr. was appointed associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Whitinsville; Our Lady of the Rosary in Clinton and St. Joseph Parish in Leicester, before becoming a U.S. Air Force Chaplain in 1954.Upon his return from the service in 1957, Father McNamara was appointed an associate pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Leicester until 1961, when he was named an assistant director of Catholic Charities. Fr. McNamara studied and graduated the Boston College School of Social Work in 1964.On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1968, he was granted a leave for service with the Catholic Relief Services on the refugee aid team in South Vietnam. He returned to Catholic Charites in 1969 before being appointed as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Clinton, on February 28, 1970.In 1973, again he was granted a leave to return to CRS as the director. Serving in Cambodia until 1974. While stationed in Cambodia, he was awarded the Medal of Commander of Sowathara by Cambodian President Lon Nol just before his departure from Southeast Asia in July of 1974.From 1975 until 1979 Father McNamara was assistant director and interim director of Catholic Charities and again returned to CRS. Serving in Thailand and Lebanon from 1979. He returned in 1982 to resume his duties as assistant director of Catholic Charities, where he remained until his retirement on August 1, 1993.Father McNamara leaves a very close large extended family, including nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who loved him very much and will miss him deeply; he also leaves his religious family, of many fellow priests and his caretaker in the last few months Sister Mary Ann. He was predeceased by his five brothers, James, Leon...

Joseph Favreau

Monday, October 10, 2016

Louisa Penrice of Cambridge; his two sisters, Cecile Misiuk and Rita Boulanger, both of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, the late J. Gerard Favreau of Leicester.A calling hour will be from 9:30-10:30 am on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 198 Oxford St. N, Auburn. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. With Armand’s family’s gratitude to the hospice nurses who cared for him in his last days, contributions may be made to the VNA of Southern Worcester County, Inc., 534 School St, Webster, MA 01570.

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Geraldine D'Elia

Saturday, April 08, 2017

St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She leaves her devoted husband and best friend Nunzi John D’Elia of 55 years, two daughter’s Maryann (D’Elia) Copeland and husband Jim of Leicester and Catherine ( D’Elia) Fontaine and husband Timothy of Leicester; three sons John D’Elia and wife Annie of Illinois, Peter D’Elia and wife Ashley of Auburn and Joseph D’Elia and his companion Jennifer. Geraldine leaves seven grandchildren who she loved deeply cherished Nicholas, Kayla and Emily Fontaine, Christopher, James and Kevin Copeland and Ava D’Elia, she leaves two sisters Claire (McGovern) Polhemus and Catherine (McGovern) DiGerlando, she also leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Geraldine was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey daughter of the late James and Catherine (Casey) McGovern. She was also predeceased by two brothers Paul and Jim McGovern. Geraldine was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She walked through her life with grace, kindness and a wonderful strong faith. She will be deeply missed but will be remembered and honored by many acts of kindness, compassion and love.Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Geraldine’s family on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 pm in the BRITTON...

Vernon J. Sampson Sr. - The Independent

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sr., 88, of North Kingstown died peacefully in the company of angels Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Scalabrini Villa. He was the husband of 52 years to the late Muriel A. (Sprague) Sampson. Born in Leicester (part of Asheville), North Carolina, he was a son of the late Thomas D. Sampson and Emma (Shook) Sampson.He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Quonset Point during World War II. Thereafter, he called Rhode Island home. Mr. Sampson started his 30-year career with the state of Rhode Island at the Lafayette Fish Hatchery, on to the Arcadia Management Area, then as foreman of the Division of Environmental Management Natural Resources Fish & Wildlife at the Great Swamp Management Area.Vern was a member of Slocum Grange, enjoyed many bowling leagues and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a natural with animals and was surrounded among pets his entire life. He was once known as the “Mayor of Wickford” as he frequented many coffee shops around town and will always be remembered for his smile.He leaves his loving children, David M. Sampson; James V. Sampson and his wife, Patricia, of North Kingstown; Julie A. Sampson and her fiancé, Edward Duffin, of North Kingstown; and Vernon “Bu...

Richard Connole

Monday, November 14, 2016

Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College in 1973 with a certification in Guidance. Rick was a long time elementary educator and counselor, spending his first few years in the Leicester Public Schools before moving to the Worcester Public Schools. He retired in 2005 after 35 years of service. He touched the lives of many children and felt honored to make a difference in their lives. He was a proud NEA, MTA and EAW member, serving as an EAW officer for several years. After his family, baseball was the second love in his life. Rick garnered many accolades and awards including "All City Second Base" in 1961 while playing for St. Stephen's. He played for Worcester Junior College, Peru State College and the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League. After baseball, he played softball in many Central MA leagues, up until just a few years ago. He coached varsity baseball at Doherty High School from 1985-89, resigning his position so that he could follow his children's high school and college sports. In recent years, he enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their activities as well. Rick was passionate and knowledgeable about music, and enjoyed talking about his favorites - Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Bob Seger. He enjoyed listening to their music in the last few hours of his life. He also loved sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He made friends everywhere he went and truly cared about getting to know others, from complete strangers to friends of friends. There was so much more to Rick's life than can be condensed into this page. We hope all who knew him will share a memory, kindness or "Rick story" today. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Rick’s family on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 PM in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. A prayer service will follow at 6:00 PM in the funeral home. Burial in St. John’s Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s memory may be made to the McAuley Nazareth Home for Boys, 77 Mulberry Street, Leicester, MA 01524.

Reverend Philip McNamara

Monday, November 07, 2016

Bishop John J. Wright at St. Paul’s Cathedral on May 18, 1950. Fr. was appointed associate pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Whitinsville; Our Lady of the Rosary in Clinton and St. Joseph Parish in Leicester, before becoming a U.S. Air Force Chaplain in 1954.Upon his return from the service in 1957, Father McNamara was appointed an associate pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Leicester until 1961, when he was named an assistant director of Catholic Charities. Fr. McNamara studied and graduated the Boston College School of Social Work in 1964.On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1968, he was granted a leave for service with the Catholic Relief Services on the refugee aid team in South Vietnam. He returned to Catholic Charites in 1969 before being appointed as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Clinton, on February 28, 1970.In 1973, again he was granted a leave to return to CRS as the director. Serving in Cambodia until 1974. While stationed in Cambodia, he was awarded the Medal of Commander of Sowathara by Cambodian President Lon Nol just before his departure from Southeast Asia in July of 1974.From 1975 until 1979 Father McNamara was assistant director and interim director of Catholic Charities and again returned to CRS. Serving in Thailand and Lebanon from 1979. He returned in 1982 to resume his duties as assistant director of Catholic Charities, where he remained until his retirement on August 1, 1993.Father McNamara leaves a very close large extended family, including nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who loved him very much and will miss him deeply; he also leaves his religious family, of many fellow priests and his caretaker in the last few months Sister Mary Ann. He was predeceased by his five brothers, James, Leon...

Joseph Favreau

Monday, October 10, 2016

Louisa Penrice of Cambridge; his two sisters, Cecile Misiuk and Rita Boulanger, both of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, the late J. Gerard Favreau of Leicester.A calling hour will be from 9:30-10:30 am on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 198 Oxford St. N, Auburn. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. With Armand’s family’s gratitude to the hospice nurses who cared for him in his last days, contributions may be made to the VNA of Southern Worcester County, Inc., 534 School St, Webster, MA 01570.