Final Passages

Gretchen Van Houten Partridge, 85

Gretchen Van Houten Partridge, 85

March 26, 2022 at 10:31 am

Falmouth, Mass. Gretchen Van Houten Partridge peacefully passed away March 26, 2022, three days after suffering a massive stroke. Gretchen was born on April 24, 1936. She grew up in Summit, N.J. where, as a Girl Scout, she laid wreathes in Memorial Day Parades, a tradition she continued, representing theRead More

David Broomfield, 79

David Broomfield, 79

March 22, 2022 at 10:34 am

Providence, RI David passed away with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 1:10 pm. He was the husband of the late Sandra A. (Fairhurst) Broomfield. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Marshall and Alice (Ryan) Broomfield. David was one inRead More

John Robert Weakley, 78

John Robert Weakley, 78

February 14, 2022 at 10:32 am

Mississauga, Ontario John passed away in Mississauga, Ontario on February 14, 2022. John was born December 13, 1943, at an RCAF airbase in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on a cold, snowy Sunday morning. After a quick stint in the Royal Canadian Navy, he attended the University of Manitoba, Rochester, Illinois and eventuallyRead More

David Butler Vietor, 80

David Butler Vietor, 80

February 8, 2022 at 10:23 am

Edgartown, Mass. David Butler Vietor died peacefully at home on February 8 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born and raised in New Haven, Conn. Each summer, and the Vietor family relocated to Edgartown, where his father taught David and his younger brother to sail. Over theRead More

Patricia (Brophy) Raffa, 68

Patricia (Brophy) Raffa, 68

January 8, 2022 at 4:48 pm

After months of battling cancer, Patricia passed away on January 8. Patty was the beloved daughter of the late Leonard V. and Jean F. (Brickley) Brophy. Patty graduated from The Academy of Sacred Hearts, Fall River, Mass., and later, Towson State College. For over 40 years, she worked in commercialRead More

Roscoe S. Lawton, 89

January 5, 2022 at 4:49 pm

Apponaug, Rhode Island Beloved and loving husband of the late Enid (Long) Lawton passed away on January 5th. Roscoe was born at home in Apponaug to Alfred and Maude (Williams) Lawton. Roscoe grew up in North Kingstown and graduated from North Kingstown High School. His first job was as aRead More

Preston Adkins Atwood, 99

Preston Adkins Atwood, 99

December 27, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Providence, R.I. Preston died in his sleep at Bethany Home on December 27, 2021. Born in Providence in 1922, he was the son of Ernest Preston Brown and Ellen Adkins Atwood. He and his beloved wife Lois, who died in 2019, met in 1945 when he was stationed in herRead More

Ralph W. Stanley, 92

Ralph W. Stanley, 92

December 7, 2021 at 4:42 pm

Southwest Harbor, Maine Ralph W. Stanley died unexpectedly Dec. 7, 2021 at Mount Desert Island Hospital. He was born in Bar Harbor, on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island. His mother was a registered nurse, and his father was a lobster fisherman who also skippered yachts for well-to-do summer residents. Stanley descendsRead More

Roland Sawyer Barth, 84

September 12, 2021 at 5:31 pm

Newton, Mass. Educator, sailor and farmer. A product of public elementary school in Miami, Fla., and a one-room schoolhouse in Alna, Maine. He became a teacher, principal, professor, consultant, and author who dedicated his career to improving public education and fostering communities of lifelong learning. He passed away peacefully onRead More

Roland Sawyer Barth, 84

September 12, 2021 at 10:35 am

Newton, Mass. ROLAND S. BARTH – Educator, sailor and farmer. A product of public elementary school in Miami, Florida, and a one-room schoolhouse in Alna, Maine. He became a teacher, principal, professor, consultant, and author who dedicated his career to improving public education and fostering communities of lifelong learning. HeRead More