Shad Simson

Shad Simson

Woonsocket - Shad Simson, 59, of Park Ave., died Saturday, March 14, 2020 in Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of Valentina Castro of North Providence, RI.

Born in Framingham, MA. Son of the late Alfred H. and Carol (Linsey) Simson.

Shad was a self employed construction worker for several years prior to becoming ill.

He enjoyed playing cards especially Poker and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by two children, Samantha Simson and Shad Lee Simson both of Woonsocket. One brother Benjamin Simson of Wakefield, RI. Two sisters, Elizabeth Demerest of SC and Susan Kreisther of FL.

His funeral services are private. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895 is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas J. Shola

Thomas J. Shola

Florida — Thomas J. Shola 93, formerly of Cranston, RI passed away peacefully, Monday, March 23, 2020 with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Antoinette (Saccoccio) Shola.Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Grigorie and Alexa (Becea) Shola.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Shola worked as Vice Principal of Cranston High School East.

Mr. Shola was a United States Army Combat Veteran serving in WWII, honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sargent, Military Police.

He was a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School, Class of 1945. He was an All-State wrestler (never pinned) and played offensive half back and defensive safety for his late coach and mentor, Charles McCormick.

He graduated from Providence College, Class of 1952, with a B.A. degree. He also earned a Master of Business Administration at Rhode Island College.

He was head football and wrestling coach of Warwick Veterans Memorial High School and assistant football coach for the late Edward Stebbins at Cranston High School East.

Mr. Shola was inducted into the Rhode Island Football and Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. He was a Board Member of the RI Interscholastic Injury League Fund, and was also a Public Address Announcer for both the Providence Reds and Brown University Bears.

He is survived by his two sons, Gregory J. Shola and his wife Sheila of FL and Thomas J. Shola, Jr. and his wife Antoinette of FL; two sisters, Elizabeth Hadfield of PA and Helen Weigand of VA; three grandchildren, Alexa (Shola) Donegan and her husband Joseph of MA, Benjamin Shola, and Mia Shola; and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late James Shola, Flora Marcello, Dorothea Lupu, and John Shola.

A live streamed Trisagion Service will be held Friday, March 27, 2020 at 3 PM at A Celebration of Life with Military Honors in RI will be announced at a later date. The S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home are in charge of the services being held in RI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Thomas Shola to the RI Interscholastic Injury Fund, 262 Abbott Run Valley Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864.

Kathleen M. Plouffe

Kathleen M. Plouffe

Woonsocket — Kathleen M. (McGuire) Plouffe, 57 passed away peacefully Sunday March 15, 2020 with her loving family by her side. She was the wife of Conrad Plouffe of Woonsocket.

Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late William and Anita (Salois) McGuire.

Kathy worked for several laundromats in the area and as a receptionist for Eye Associates and also in the kitchen for the former Burrito Co.

She loved to spend time with her family especially her grandchildren.

Besides her husband she is survived by her four sons, Deric McGuire and his fiancée Catherine Glaude , Kyle Milaythong, Christopher Plouffe and Jordin Plouffe all of Woonsocket, RI. Six siblings, John McGuire of Woonsocket, Paula Miller of Fall River, Karen Enright, Anita McGuire Forcier, Dorothy McGuire McKenzie all of Woonsocket, and William McGuire of Harrisville, RI. Five grandchildren, Deric Jr. Jordin Jr, Owen, Riley, Jacob. And several nieces and nephews who loved and adored her greatly

Relative and friends are invited for calling hours from 4-7 Pm with a Funeral Home Service starting 6:30 PM on Sunday March 22, 2020 in the S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895. Burial will be private.

Denise H. O’Connell

Denise H. O’Connell

Woonsocket — Denise H. (Vanasse) O’Connell, 65, passed away at home on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Normand and Hortense (Theroux) Vanasse.

She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong fan of Elvis, while she appreciated a good practical joke. Denise was a generous woman who put others‘ needs before her own.

She is survived by her three children, Jason Laliberte of Woonsocket, John Laliberte and his wife Amy of Rehoboth, MA and Jessica Marcos of Warwick; one brother, Paul Vanasse of Smithfield, RI; six grandchildren, Jordan, Jessica, Justine, Michael, Caitlin, and Brooke; and two great-grandchildren, Jasper and Amias.

She also leaves behind her beloved canine companion, Chase.

Relatives and friends are invited for calling hours from 2-4 PM, with a service starting at 3:30 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd Woonsocket, RI 02895. Burial will be private.

Normand L Bissonnette

Normand L Bissonnette

Woonsocket — Normand L. Bissonnette, 92, passed away peacefully Monday, March 9, 2020 in St. Antoine Residence. He was the husband of Lucille (Brunelle) Bissonnette.

Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Napoleon and Isabelle (Tellier) Bissonnette.

Mr. Bissonnette worked as a truck driver for Northrup in Norwood MA. for several years prior to retiring.

He was a United States Army Veteran.

Normand enjoyed spending time with his family, loved to play cards, and bowling.

Besides his wife Lucille he is survived by his three children, Richard Bissonnette and his wife Ellen of Oklahoma, Susan Bourgeois and her husband Stephen of Attleboro, and Donald Bissonnette and his wife Denise of FL. Five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was also the brother of the late Germaine Sevigny, Roger Bissonnette, and Florette Poitras.

A Funeral Home Service will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11 AM in the S. DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1583 Diamond Hill Rd. Woonsocket, RI 02895.Burial will be in St. Jean the Baptist Cemetery Bellingham, MA. Relatives and friends are invited; calling hours are from 10 to 11 AM prior to the Service.

In lieu of flowers donations to St. Antoine Residence Activity Fund, 10 Rhodes Ave. North Smithfield, RI 02895 in Normand’s memory would be appreciated.