This page is dedicated to our members who have entered the Eternal City Council

Ben Carbone – February 18, 1924 – May 29, 2019

PC Ben Carbone passed away on Wednesday, May 29th at the age of 95. He joined UCT in 1951, a 68 year member.

He was a Past President of Providence Council 67 and served as the Publicity Director for the New England Regional presidents for many years until declining health became an obstacle to attending events. He did continue to take pictures for Providence Council and was happy to share them with all of his subjects. Benny receiving his medals from US Senator Jack Reed.

At the age of 94 and a veteran from Rhode Island, he was honored for his service in World War II more than 70 years ago. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on Friday, November 9, 2018 presented Benjamin “Benny” Carbone with medals he earned for his actions during the war.

During the November 9th ceremony, Benny received several medals and awards, including: the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star & Silver Star Attachment; World War II Victory Medal; Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII; Good Conduct medal; Marksmanship Badge & Rifle Bar; and the Army Aviation Badge Basic.

Benny joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943 at the age of 19. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the 15th Air Force, 98th Bomb Group, 344 Squadron in Lecce, Italy, and completed 50 combat missions as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 aircraft, a long-range bomber known as “the Liberator,” by the time he was 20 years old. As a ball turret gunner, Staff Sgt. Carbone was charged with protecting the plane from enemy fighter aircraft and operated out of a cramped glass bubble jutting out of the plane with two .50 caliber machine guns.

After being honorably discharged from the service on October 25, 1945 Benny began his life-long career as a Master Plumber where he started a company with his brother called the “Carbone Brothers.” After ten years, he was approached to become the Plumbing Inspector for the City of Providence, a job he held for 25 years, finally retiring in 1985.

Ben was brother-in-law to Charlie and Carol Cavallaro. He married Charlie’s sister Carol in 1950. She predeceased Ben in 2014.

He is survived by son, Steven B. Carbone of Scituate, RI, daughter Sharon (Nichols) Souza, of Cranston, RI. He was a loving grandfather to Stephanie Nichols, Stacey Nichols, Kerri Carbone, and Joseph Carbone and his wife Annalisa. He was a great-grandfather of 5. He was a wonderful brother-in-law to Charles Cavallaro, his wife Ethel of Johnston, James Cavallaro, his wife Janet, and to Dotty Carbone.

Benny Corsetti Passes

Benny  Corsetti 93, of Johnston, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (Scandariato) Corsetti. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Amato and Maria (Scorpio) Corsetti. Mr. Corsetti was a superintendent at the former Imperial Knife Company in Providence for many years before retiring. He was a WW-II U.S. Army veteran and an active member of United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT). He is survived by his loving daughters Debra Hockenhull and her husband Bob of Warwick and Lisa Friesen and her husband Steve of Hilton, NY; and his cherished grandchildren Thomas Hockenhull and his fiancé Laura Dias, William Hockenhull and his wife Jen, Melanie Friesen, Matthew Friesen and his wife Brittney and Jeffery Friesen. He was the dear brother of Lucy Corsetti of Warwick, Gloria Iafrate of Burlington, VT and the late Yolanda Mazzeo, Louis Corsetti, Victoria Rignanese and Mary Boffi. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston, followed by burial with military honors at Highland Memorial Park, Johnston.

Ruby Antonelli Passes

Ruby Antonelli, 95, of Bridport BRIDPORT — Ruby Antonelli was born on Dec. 29, 1923, in Providence, R.I. She is the daughter of Joseph Nocente and Inez (Melucci) Nocente.

She married her husband, Christopher C. Antonelli, in 1943, while he was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. Ruby traveled to several ports to meet her husband during the war.

Ruby and her husband were elected to International President and First Lady of the United Commercial Travelers. They traveled together to every state in the United States and Canada during their involvement with UCT. Ruby and Chris enjoyed raising money for Special Olympics during their time in UCT and served on the original committee with Eunice Shriver.

Ruby loved traveling and during a trip to New Orleans she was Queen of the Mardi Gras.

Ruby was predeceased by her husband Chris, her sister Dorothy, and her niece Inez. She is survived by her brother Eugene Nocente of Smithfield, R.I.; her darling daughter Cheryl and husband Jerry Connor of Bridport; her granddaughters Rebecca Carl and her husband Chris and their children Hunter and Calista; Jennifer Sheldrick and her husband William of Peru, N.Y. and their children Alexandra, Rachel and Lane; Ruby’s son Christopher G. Antonelli and his wife Karen from Florida and their children Jamie and Kimberly.

A Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury at a later date.

Jack Robertson Passes

ROBERTSON, JOHN E. “JACK” 75, of Cranston, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the home he shared with his daughter Cheryl & her family.

He was the husband of the late Carol J. (Ratcliffe) Robertson. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late John E. and Katherine (McDonald) Robertson. Jack was employed by Verizon for 37 years before retiring.

He also served with the RI Army National Guard for 39 years, retiring as Colonel in 2003. He was a member of the Special Forces Association. He had earned his senior parachutist wings while in the Army. Proud of his airborne wings, he began jumping with the retirees, making his last jump in September 2018. Jack was a graduate of Roger Williams University.

He was a member of Corvette Club of RI, Auburn American Legion Post 20, and UCT Narragansett Council 699. He enjoyed going to lunch with his “army buddies” and Tuesday breakfast at Brewed Awakenings with the corvette guys. His favorite task was being chauffeur for his granddaughters to their many activities, in the nice weather rides were always in the corvette.

Besides his daughter and her husband David Accinno, he leaves his brother Paul Robertson and his wife Mary Ellen, of Coventry. He was the cherished “Grumpa” to granddaughters Caroline and Kristen Accinno, and his companion of more than seven years Donna Cote. Jack also leaves behind a large extended family.

His funeral was held Monday at 9:45 AM from the Robbins Funeral Home, 2251 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in SS John and Paul Church, 341 So. Main St., Coventry. Burial with military honors was in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich

R. Peter Whitmore Passes Away 

The Grand Council of New England is grieving the loss of PSC R. Peter Whitmore from Twin City Council 160 in Auburn-Lewiston, Maine. Peter passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in a hospice facility in Naples, Florida. Peter suffered a massive stroke on February 1st in Naples and was admitted to the Naples Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

Robert Peter Whitmore, 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb.20, at Avow Hospice House in Naples as a result of complications from a stroke.  

He was born in Lewiston on May 17, 1940, the son of Oscar and Ethel Whitmore. He was raised in Auburn and was a graduate of Edward Little High School in 1958. After graduating he enlisted in the Air Force in 1958 and served his country overseas. On October 3, 1959 he married his sweetheart Connie (Swift) at St. Joseph’s Church in Lewiston. 

In his younger days he worked many jobs at Brookdale Farm and the Lewiston Sun-Journal. After leaving the military he worked for Morin Brickyard before starting his career in the insurance industry. He began with The Concord Group in the claims department for many years before going to work on the agency side with Edwards Insurance Agency in 1969. In 1973 he purchased the agency and so began the Whitmore Insurance Agency. As the business grew he expanded to Norway, Maine and purchased the David Klain Agency which he maintained in the old bank building on Main Street until his retirement in 1997.  

Outside of work Pete was very active with many organizations as well as his political endeavors. He started on the Auburn City Council in 1973 until 1978 when he was elected Mayor of Auburn. He remained mayor until 1983. He later went on to serve two successful terms as the Maine State Senator from the Auburn area. In 1987 he was awarded the Auburn Business Associations Citizen of the Year which he humbly accepted. Even after retiring from politics he maintained a role advising many office holders in town and until his death was constantly following the activities in town and offering his advice whether asked for or not.  

Following in his father’s (Oscar) footsteps, he became active in the United Commercial Travelers of America, a fraternal benefit society. Over the years he worked through the ranks and held many positions at the local, regional and the international level. He attained the honors of Past Counselor in 1982 and Past Regional President in 1986. 

Peter was elected to serve the Order on the International level and was the voice of reason at a time when UCT was experiencing unbridled growth. He was instrumental in the merger of ACT. In the early 1990s, UCT learned of another fraternal benefit society, the Associated Canadian Travelers (ACT), whose members were in the process of evaluating their future. 

ACT and UCT offered many of the same opportunities for their respective memberships, and their goals and objectives seemed to parallel. The decision was made to bring the two organizations together. At the 27th Biennial Meeting of the Associated Canadian Travelers held June 27-30, 1993, in Ottawa, Ontario, the ACT delegation voted to merge with UCT. Many of the Canadian delegation would say that this merger was brokered by Peter who was very persuasive. 

In 1994 to 1996 he had the privilege of being elected as International President and Chairman. He and Connie were able to travel throughout the US and Canada to greet and spread the mission of UCT with its members. They had the honor of meeting a great group of people who they became friends with and still celebrate that friendship today. 

UCT played a great role in his life from the very beginning with social dances, camping trips, fundraisers and all around good times. His mentor in UCT, Chris Antonelli from Providence Council 67, honored him by selecting him as his first board member of the Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund which assists those to improve care, rehabilitation and education of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, a role he took with pride. 

Throughout his career he also held positions on many Boards of Directors including the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce, First Federal Savings, president and charter member of The Auburn Business Association, Director on Central Maine Health Care and Medical Center, president of Royal Palm Country Club and 37 years as director on the Patrons Oxford Insurance Board.  

After his retirement in 1997 he moved to Florida and gave up his days of hunting through blizzards, snowmobiling around Auburn, camping and many trips in the motorhome. When he was younger, he would also take time on a certain eve to dress up and pass by many houses spreading cheer and give kids hope for the following morning. A few times it was done by snowmobile as the storms were too bad to reach them by car. 

He was known by many as Pete, Whit, Big Guy, but we were proud to call him Dad. He was a man who taught us right and wrong, hard work, ethics and family. As busy as he was, he always found time for the family. 

He is survived by his lovely wife of 58 years Connie; daughter Joanne Searles (Whitmore) and her husband Raymond of Limerick, PA., son Jim Whitmore and his wife Carrie (Gelo) of Auburn; four grandchildren, Matt and Melissa Searles, Abby and Alyssa Whitmore, brother-in-law Robert Swift and his wife Ann. He also leaves several nieces and nephews Catherine Provost, Jennifer Feely (Swift), Randall Swift, Lisa Provost, Amy Parker (Swift), Thomas Swift and Charles Swift as well as 10 grand nieces and nephews.  

He was predeceased by his parents Oscar and Ethel Whitmore and a sister Cynthia Provost (Whitmore). 

The family would like to express their thanks for the care and compassion provided by the team at NCH ICU and Neuro and the staff at AVOW for all they did. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following: 

AVOW Hospice Office of Development, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane. Naples, FL 34105-3847 or The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund c/o Ernest LaPlante, 1 Ventry Dr. Cumberland, RI 02864-3810

A Celebration of life will take place on Sunday, February 25th from 3pm to 5pm at Royal Palm Country Club (405 Forest Hills Blvd. Naples, FL 34113). Services & Celebration of Life will take place in Auburn, ME later this spring.

Art Newcombe


FITCHBURG, MA — Arthur C. Newcombe of Fitchburg, MA passed Tuesday, August 8th at Leominster Hospital at the age of 76. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Mary F. (Scanlon), their son A. Scott Newcombe and wife Beth, their daughter Sherrie Morey and husband Mike and their daughter Maria Ricciuti. He was devoted to his beloved grandchildren Nathan Newcombe, Hallie Newcombe, Maggie Morey, Lily Morey and Evie Morey all of whom will miss him greatly. He was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Marion Newcombe and his sisters, Ruth Johnson and Ellen Mustakangus.

Art graduated from Fitchburg High School, Class of 1959, and he received a degree in education from Fitchburg State College in 1964. He also received his Master of Math Education from Framingham State University. An educator for more than 40 years, he spent his life getting ready to go to school every Fall. He started his career in Leominster at May A. Gallagher Middle School, then moved to the Fitchburg Public School System where he worked as a teacher and administrator for over 34 years. During those years he dedicated himself to student involvement and prided himself on being a mentor to many. He also served as Class Advisor to the Class of 1973.

Art was passionate in his commitment to serving others. He demonstrated this commitment in many ways, including his involvement in the Fitchburg High School Alumni Association. He served as a member for 33 years and served on the board for 24 years. He also served as a counselor for Tri-City council 823 and held various leadership positions including Past Grand Councilor in the Grand Council of New England in the United Commercial Travelers of America.

Art and his wife Mary also found much joy in their retirement. In addition to spending time with family and friends close to home, they treasured their winters with their friends in Bonita Springs, Florida and their trips to the Cape during the summer. One of his favorite accomplishments he was able to achieve with his wife in retirement was traveling the entire continental United States.

 Internment is in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA.

In Lieu of flowers Art’s family asks for donations to the Fitchburg High School Alumni Association Art Newcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 906, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Donna Beckner


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Donna Mae Sutherland Beckner died peacefully on July 14, 2017, in Fitchburg, MA, at the age of 85. 

Donna is survived by her two children, Greg Beckner (Judy Griffith) of Cleveland Heights, OH and Beth Newcombe (Scott) of Fitchburg, MA. She leaves two beautiful grandchildren, Nathan Newcombe of Columbus, OH and Hallie Newcombe of Fitchburg, MA. Donna is also survived by her two siblings, Jean Sutherland Booth (J. Robert) of Lake Monticello, VA and Jack Sutherland (Sally) of Waynesburg, OH. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Gerald Howard Beckner, born in Grantsville, WV. 

Donna was born on February 8, 1932, in Canton, OH, to John and Vesta Sutherland. She graduated from Hiram College in 1954 with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for a few years she became a professional Girl Scout. She met her husband through scouting and married in 1959. They raised their children in Cincinnati, OH, Louisville, KY, Cape Girardeau, MO and Cleveland, OH, while Jerry worked for the Boy Scouts of America. Her love of decorating while working for Home Interiors kept her busy for almost 27 years in Cleveland. Donna was very active in church and cared for others in her community. In her late years she moved to Fitchburg, MA, to spend time with her daughter and her family. 

BECKNER — A memorial service was held on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the Leominster United Methodist Church, Leominster, MA. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 11:00am, at Disciples Christian Church, 3663 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH. A luncheon reception will follow at the church. A burial service will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 12:30, at The Beckner Cemetery in Cisco, WVA where she will join her husband Jerry.

PGC Ernie Brunault Enters Eternal City Council


Ernest W. Brunault, Jr., 86, of Holyoke passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Ernest W. and Veronica (Barut) Brunault, Sr., was a graduate of Holyoke High School Class of 1948, and Holyoke Community College in 1950 where he received his Associate’s Degree in Accounting.

Ernie was a member of Holyoke Council 571, serving on the Executive Committee and received his Past Counselor honors in 1973. Ernie served the Grand Council of New England from 1975-1981 on the Grand Executive Committee, receiving his honors as Past Grand Counselor in 1981.

Ernie was a United States Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt and was a retired 42 year proprietor of Holyoke Sporting Goods. Active in many local sports leagues, he was one of the founders of the Holyoke Youth Football League and was honored as Parade Marshal for the Holyoke Youth Baseball League Jamboree in 1981. Ernie was an incorporator of the Volleyball Hall of Fame while a member of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

He was named Alumnus of the Year for Holyoke Community College in 1988. A longtime member of the Melha Shriner’s Organization, he was past Commander of the Shriner’s Flyers Unit and Mariners Unit. He also belonged to the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, #902, Agawam Lions Club, American Legion Post 325, and the Mt. Tom Masonic Lodge.

Ernie was an active member and past President of the Beavers Club of Hampshire and Hampden Counties and a fifty year member of the Holyoke Knights of Columbus Council 90.

He has been an active communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church since 1955. Ernie was the widower of Theresa (Lanucha) Brunault, who died in 1998. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen Cochran and her husband Stephen of Agawam and Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Frey and her husband Bruce of Holyoke. His grandchildren William and Stephanie Cochran a brother, Attorney Harold Brunault and his wife Paula of Holyoke, and several nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Besides his parents Ernie was predeceased by a sister, Anita L. Busby. Ernie was an avid bowler, loved to play cards and travel with his wife. His part time job in retirement was collecting for the Shriners.

Ernie was a very generous person donating his time and resources to many organizations and his family. He was a true ‘Holyoker’ always giving back to his community. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Easthampton.

Condolences to PGC Bob and Nacy Hutchinson

Penny Sue Forrest Myrick, 53, of Auburn, daughter of Nancy and PGC Bob Hutchinson, passed away  Thursday, Jan. 5, at Central Maine Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewiston on March 1, 1963, to Nancy Carroll Forrest Hutchinson and the late Richard Forrest. Penny was educated in Auburn Schools, graduating from Edward Little in 1981. After high school, she attended CMVTI where she earned her associate degree in architectural and civil engineering. Penny worked for Harriman for more than 20 years.

On Aug. 7, 1987, Penny married Jim Myrick and they settled into their lives in Auburn. Penny and Jim’s lives changed for the best in 1992 – with a son, Casey Robert Myrick and in 1995 with daughter Brittany Lauren Myrick. Penny’s greatest love was for her family, but especially Casey and Brittany. She would go to the ends of the earth for their happiness, which in turn brought her the greatest joy. Whether it was driving countless hours every weekend to see Casey ski race. Or spending a long exhausting day looking at colleges with Brittany. She did it all for her children, and was so proud of their accomplishments. She instilled in them her passion for life and enduring determination as she encouraged them to attain their greatest goals in life.

Although her illness was long and grueling, no matter the day, Penny always had a smile on her face. Her smile was contagious to others, and she could make anyone forget about a bad day. She taught everyone around her exactly what strength, courage and resilience meant as she battled this beast with grace each and every day for more than three years.

Penny is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Casey and Brittany; and grandchild, Zayden; mother, Nancy Hutchinson and stepfather, Robert Hutchinson, of Auburn; brother, Scott Hutchinson and wife, Megan, of Wisconsin; stepbrother, Glenn Hutchinson and wife, Tammie, of Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Jerry Myrick and wife, Paula, of Minot; brother-in-law, John Myrick and wife, Deb, of Gardiner; father-in-law, Bruce Myrick and wife, Rita, of Sabattus; many aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father, Richard Forrest.

Thank you to all of our family and friends for their unwavering love and kindness. A very special thanks to Penny’s angels on earth, her best friends; Monique Weber, Kristi Norcross and Barbie Campbell. She was a beautiful soul gone much too soon.

George Taragowski Enters Eternal City Council

PGC George P. Taragowski, 86, of Mill Pond Road, Hamden, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Apple Rehab of West Haven.

He was the husband of the late Ann Carmody Taragowski. George was born in New Haven on May 10, 1929; son of the late Vincent A. and Katheryn Wood Taragowski; served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean War and had worked as a Field Auditor for the State of Connecticut Labor Department Unemployment Division for 25 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the United Commercial Travelers New Haven Council 293. George joined UCT in 1961 at the age of 32 and served New Haven Council for more than 50 years receiving his Past Counselor’s honors in 1982 and his Past Grand Counselor’s honors in 1994. He was also a member of the Elm City Banjo Society.

Father of Judith (Antonio Sr.) Costantino, Barbara (Hernando) Chaves and the late Donald G. and William R. Taragowski, Sr. Also survived by eight grandchildren and four great grandsons. Predeceased by his siblings, Kathleen T. Hanchuruck, William V. and Robert C. Taragowski, Dorothy T. Ludington and Eleanor T. Mursko and by his longtime companion, Eleanor Kacy. His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Saturday at 9:30 am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church at 10:00 AM. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

PGC Dick  Pyne Enters Eternal City Council


PGC Richard A. (Dick) Pyne, 78, a longtime resident of South Portland, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough with his family at his side. He was born in Medford, Mass. on July 25, 1936. He was the son of Charles F. and Rosemary E. (Dickenson) Pyne. He graduated from Christopher Columbus H. S., Boston, Mass., and received a BA in Sociology from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish N.S. Canada in 1958.

He married Mary M. Beaton on August 23, 1958 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Winthrop, Mass.

He worked in finance and banking with Household Finance Corporation and Portland Savings Bank. Prior to full retirement, he was a school bus driver for Cape Elizabeth Schools. He was known as the Singing School Bus Driver. His love of guitar playing, singing and entertaining was well known to anyone who knew him.

Dick joined UCT in 1967 and served through the chairs of Portland Council 103 receiving his Past Counselor’s honors in 1982. He continued to serve the council and was local council secretary for many years until the council closed in 2015. He served the Grand Council of New England through the chairs and receved his PGC honors in 1991.

Richard was an active member of the community. He was an Eagle Scout and Scout Master in MA and ME. He was a member and past president of the So. Portland – Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club; was a member and served as the Grand Counselor of New England for the United Travelers of America; served on the So. Portland Housing Authority for many years; was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and past Grand Knight of the Cheverus/Holy Cross K of C #2344.

He was an avid golfer and deer hunter. He was a co-founder and coach of So. Portland Youth Hockey. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a reservist.
Richard was predeceased by an infant daughter, Cynthia Anne; and a sister, Rosemary Burns of Mass. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary M. Pyne; two sons, Richard J. and his wife Katie of Roanoke, Va.; Francis X. and his wife Sheryl of Virginia Beach, Va., one daughter, Maureen P. Whitney and her husband Thomas of Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren: Corinne, Meaghan, Laura, Scott, Samantha and Erin; three great-grandchildren: Rose, Ruth and Elizabeth; two brothers; C. Edmund and his wife Marita of Massachusetts and David W. of Florida; 3 sisters; Marita A. Pyne of Massachusetts, Bernadette and her husband John Gibson of Massachusetts and Andrea and her husband Peter Farquhar of California.

 Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

PC Bernie Poltack Enters Eternal City Council


Bernard C. Poltack (Bernie), of Manchester, NH passed away on May 10, 2015, at Villa Crest Nursing Home after a brief illness, at the age of 87. Born and raised in Manchester, he was the loving son of Stanley and Mary Poltack (Sharek).

Bernie was the owner of Bernie’s Ignition on Varney Street for 35 years. He was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bernie was a valued member of the Manchester Council 195 of the Order of United Commercial Travelers for 57 years and received his Past Counselor honors in 1982. Bernie continued to serve the council for many years, sharing his wisdom on the executive committee along with Sophie. He will be greatly missed in Manchester Council. Although he never served on the line of officers or the Grand Executive Committee, Bernie always had a Grand Committee appointment. He was also a proud member of the Elks No. 146 for 61 years and a member of the Henry J. Sweeney Post No. 2.

Bernie enjoyed dancing, traveling, fishing, hunting, tending to his vegetable garden, and spending time with his family and friends, telling stories and playing cards. He was known for his twinkling blue eyes and an infectious smile to everyone that knew and loved him. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Sophie Poltack. They proudly celebrated their 61st anniversary at the hospital surrounded by their children and grandchildren. He also leaves three children, Stephen Poltack and wife Stephanie of Manchester, Cynthia Poltack of Merrimack, and Michael Poltack of Candia; as well as three grandchildren, Joseph, Jacob and Nicole Poltack. He was the dear brother of Dorothy Duhaime and her husband, Armand; and the late Henry J. Poltack. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

His funeral was held on Thursday, May 21st. Interment followed in the Holy Trinity Cemetery, Goffstown.

Ray Gosselin Enters Eternal City Council


Raymond A. Gosselin, 94, of Manchester, died on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on July 16, 1920, in Manchester, son of the late Frederick and Hortence (Vincent) Gosselin.He was predeceased by his first wife of over 50 years, Leanne (Roy) Gosselin, and his second wife of 13 years, Rena (Morissette) Cartier, as well as his sister, Jeannette Wozniak.

Ray served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was involved D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

He was the founder of Ray’s Refrigeration in Manchester. He was a 40 year member and past president of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and a Past Counselor of United Commercial Travelers of America, Council No. 195. Ray served through the line of officers and continued for many years as a member and chairman of the local council executive committee, he was a 50 year member of Manchester Council. He was very committed to Manchester Council. When his first wife Leanne was very ill and could no longer attend local council meetings he continued to come for the meeting, passing over the dinner beforehand. Although he never served on the grand line, he held numerous committee appointments within the Grand Council of New England. He had many friends in UCT in New England and will be missed by all.

In his free time, Ray enjoyed dancing, cruising and traveling.

He is survived by his children, Paul Gosselin of Auburn, Elaine Pinard of Bedford, Connie Bartlett of Manchester, Jackie Buxton of Manchester, and Charlene Westervelt of Litchfield; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Domenic Grande Enters Eternal City Council


Domenic Grande, “The Jolly Green Giant”, passed away March 24, 2015. He was 92 years old.

He was the son of the late William and Carmela (Pontarelli) Grande. He is survived by his loving wife Claire A. (Merlino) Grande; step-son Vincent Macari and his wife Carol, and Robin Quinn and her husband Wayne. Papa of Ashley and Christopher Macari; brother of John Grande, Mary Autieri and Evelyn Ferraro; uncle of Bobby, Anthony and Michael Autieri, John and Steve Ferraro, and Billy Grande. He was also the brother of the late Michael Grande.

Domenic was the president and operator of Eastern Cabinet Works and a member of the Carpenters Union Local 351. Domenic was an active member of Providence Council 67 for 58 years. He joined Providence Council on April 1, 1957 and served on the executive committee and served through the line of officers receiving his honors as Past Counselor in 1982.

Domenic served as Grand Counselor of the Grand Council of New England during the 2006-2007 membership year and received his honors as a Past Grand Counselor of the Order of United Commercial Travelers of America on May 31, 2008, He enjoyed cooking, gardening and making homemade wine which he gifted to his many friends in New England.

Domenic will be eulogized at the Grand Session this year at the Double Tree Hotel in Leominster, MA. He will be missed by all the members that knew him. He will be missed for his big smile and his even bigger heart.

Alfred A. Maddalena


SOUTH YARMOUTH – Alfred Andrew Maddalena, 102, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Cape Cod Hospital.

The son of the late Antonio and Maria (DeBonis), he attended Worcester schools before marrying the late Lillian E. Gleason on June 29, 1940. He worked as a machinist at Leland-Gifford before opening Clearview Service Station in Worcester with his brothers Albert and Vincent Velleco in 1946. Alfred retired to South Yarmouth, MA in 1987 and married Bernadette (Auger) on August 6, 1987. She survives him.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and taking men’s cooking classes at the South Yarmouth Senior Center.

He was predeceased by brothers Anthony and John Maddalena, Albert and Vincent Velleco, sisters Christine Giannino, Rose Tiesler, Dorothy Putnam and Mary Gregg.
He is survived by sons, Alfred J. (Patricia) Maddalena of Niantic, CT and James A. (Jane) Maddalena of West Boylston, MA; four grandchildren, Craig (Tammy) Maddalena of Hopedale, MA, Jeffrey (Christine) Maddalena of Gloucester, MA; Paul Maddalena of Worcester; and Kristin (Paul) DeMarco of Windham, NH; five great-grandchildren, Jake, Taylor and Jocelyn Maddalena, Emma and Ryan DeMarco; sisters Ann Goddard of Worcester and Matilda Kenney of Hull, MA. He is also survived by adopted daughter Leeann (Chad) Taylor of Middleburg, FL and her children Catharine and Landon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Carolina T. (Cavallaro) Carbone

5/2/1929 – 08/19/2014

Carol Carbone entered the Eternal City Council on Tuesday, August 19. at the age of 85. She died peacefully, with her beloved husband of 64 years, Benjamin Carbone and her family by her side. Born in Providence, RI, a daughter of the late James Cavallaro and Florence (Voccio) Cavallaro she was a life-long resident of Providence. Carol is survived by her son, Steven B. Carbone of Scituate, RI, daughter Sharon (Nichols) Souza, and son-in-law David Souza of Cranston, RI. She was a loving grandmother to Stephanie Nichols, Stacey Nichols, Kerri Carbone, and Joseph Carbone and his wife Annalisa . She was a great-grandmother to Ashley, Andrew, Philip Joseph and an expected great-grandchild. She was a wonderful sister to Charles Cavallaro, his wife Ethel of Johnston, James Cavallaro, his wife Janet, and sister-in-law Dotty Carbone as well as her late sisters Ida Marzilli and Rose Wood . She leaves many nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones, including Bob Almeida. She was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and Y.P.S.C. Carol’s legacy is of love and friendship. 
Her Funeral was held  from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory  Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Church, Cranston. Burial took place in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

Stewart A. Wagner, PSC

Past Supreme Counselor, Stewart A. Wagner, 64, of Kankakee, Illinois passed away Saturday (Aug. 31, 2014) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He leaves behind his wife Mary.

He was born Feb. 18, 1950, in Kankakee, the son of Arthur E. and Caroline V. Wagner. He married Mary Powell on Feb. 14, 1970, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Kankakee. She survives, of Kankakee.

Stewart was a retired manager of Mike’s Corner Shell in Coal City, had worked at Birmingham Steel and several local radio and television stations. A 1968 graduate of Kankakee Eastridge High School, he attended Kankakee Community College and joined United Commercial Travelers (UCT) in 1968, where he served in local and regional offices and on numerous committees on the international level. He was elected as the Supreme Sentinel of UCT in 2006.

He also had been a member of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society and the Moose Lodge. He had served on the board of the Illinois Fraternal Council and was its past president. He had also been a volunteer for Hospice of Kankakee Valley.

In addition to his wife; surviving are one niece; one nephew; and six great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Edwin; one sister-in-law; and one nephew.

Stewart followed PSC Jim Walsh through the Supreme line and received his honors in 2012. He was considered a great fraternalist in the Grand Jurisdiction of Illinois.

Andre B. Soucy, PGC


Andre B. Soucy, 87, a lifelong Lowell resident, died Wednesday May 28, 2014 at D’Youville Senior Care surrounded by those who loved him. He shared 58 years of marriage with the late Rita M. (Furtado) Soucy who passed away in 2005. 

Born in Lowell on June 19, 1926, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Eva (Beausoleil) Soucy. 

Andy enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, serving aboard the SS Robert Stuart, where he received the following medals, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. 

Over the years, Andy’s career spanned in many areas throughout Lowell including associations with Armour & Co., Conant’s Market and Belvidere Beef & Fish, Inc. He was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Parish and held membership in both their Holy Name and St. Vincent de Paul Societies. He proudly served as a Past Grand Counselor of the Grand Council of New England, Order of United Commercial Travelers of America having been a member for over 60 years. 

Andy is survived by his children, Joan and Michael Armstrong of Lowell; Patricia and Thomas Hebert of Lowell; Judith Hartman of Westerville, OH; Brian and Carol Soucy of Pelham, NH; Cheryl and Leo Sheridan of Lowell; Joseph and Maureen Soucy of Lowell; his grandchildren, Michael Nangle, Laurie King, Kelly Nangle, Christopher Armstrong, Jennifer Armstrong, Melissa Hebert, Matthew Hebert, Leslie Desrochers, Brittany Hartman, Kaitlin Soucy, Matthew Soucy, Kristen Laurin, Leo Sheridan, Ashley Soucy, Jonathan Soucy; his great grandchildren, Jillian and Kendall Nangle, Thomas, Sean, Colin and Owen King, Kaylie, Riley, Cassie and Cara Armstrong, Emilie Tackett, Emma Desrochers, and Baby L expected in October; a sister, Cecile Joyal of Tyngsboro; nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was predeceased by his daughter and son in law, Carol A. and Robert P. Nangle, his grandson, Brian E. Soucy, Jr. and his brothers, Rene H. Gerald A., Maurice L., and Donald P. Soucy. 

Andy’s family would like to express their heart-felt appreciation to the staff at D’Youville Senior Care for the compassionate way in which he was cared for during his time there.

Eulogy from Grand Convention
by PGC Henry Cheetham

Guy Carleton Stowe, PGC

G. Carleton Snowe of Auburn, ME and Sarasota, FL joined the Eternal City Council on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the age of 95.

Carlie was born in West Gardiner, ME on December 9, 1918 to Guy Rueben and Hazel Trafton Snowe. He moved to Auburn at a young age and was a 1936 graduate of Edward Little High School, and later graduated from New England Institute.

He served as a machinist’s mate in the Navy in WWII. After the war he worked for his father-in-law at Dillingham and Sons Funeral Home. In 1947 he founded Maine American Burial Vault Company, which later became Superior Concrete Company. In 1966 he and his wife Barbara opened Old Tavern Shops in Litchfield, ME

In 1939 he married the love of his life Barbara Dillingham. They were married for 72 years until her death in 2012.

Carlie was an outstanding leading businessman of the community and active civically. He belonged to several charitable, business and fraternal organizations including UCT which he joined on December 22, 1948 as a member of Twin City Council 160. He served as Grand Counselor in 1959-1960 and received his PGC honors on May 1, 1961.

He is survived by his daughter Gretchen Snowe-Bly and husband Chuck Bly, former daughter-in-law US Senator Olympia J. Snowe, widow of son Peter, (whom he always thought of as a daughter) and her husband, former Governor John McKernan. He is also survived by several grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandaughter. He also leaves his brother John and wife Beth Snowe, sisters-in-law Gertrude Snowe and Mary Jane Dillingham.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and son Peter along with brothers Kenneth and Richard.

Having completed his tasks on this earth, may he rest in peace.

 Mary Flanders Browne Morgan



 Mary Flanders Browne Morgan, 92, of South Portland Maine died on Sunday August 11, 2013 at Cedar’s Nursing Home after a period of failing health. 

Mary was born on September 30, 1920 to Erle and Hazel Browne of Bowdoinham, Maine. Raised on Browne’s Point in Bowdoinham, Mary and her six siblings (Miriam, Elise, Esther, Erla, Hazel, and Royden) were part of an energetic and industrious family living on Merrymeeting Bay. 
After graduating from Coombs High School, Mary earned her nursing degree from the then Maine Eye & Ear Hospital. She worked at Maine Eye & Ear, Children’s Hospital and Bangor State Hospital. She also did private and specialized nursing. 
Mary and Warren Morgan were married on January 19, 1944 and built a home in South Portland where they raised their three children. Mary was very active in school and parent organizations while raising the children. She was also very involved in her neighborhood Elm Street United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities and on numerous committees. She was well known to her church family and neighbors for her doughnuts which she would fry up at any request or church event. Her yeast bread was also a much requested treat and a big seller at the church fairs. 
Giving and doing for others was always a theme in Mary’s life. She organized fundraisers for the March of Dimes and served as the state’s representative for the organization, organized rummage sales of various groups, and spearheaded fundraisers for numerous groups. She served on numerous boards, including the Board of Managers for 75 State Street and the Library Advisory Board for the city of South Portland. She and her husband were active in the United Commercial Travelers of America organization and enjoyed traveling far and wide. 
Beyond being a bountiful and talented cook, Mary was an avid cribbage and bridge player and usually won the game with whomever she played. During the last chapter of her life, Mary began making quilts which were usually given to friends and family as tokens of her love. 
Mary had a zest for life and never passed up the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest. Rather it be picking blueberries in Aroostook County with her sisters, raiding her neighbor’s garden for the Harvest table at the annual church fair or dancing with her husband in Vienna, Austria at a New Year’s Ball, Mary gave and received joy to its fullest. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a lady of great character and immense enjoyment. 
Mary is survived by her son John Morgan and wife Jacqueline, daughters Mary Morgan and Denise Morgan, granddaughters Ariel and Elisa, two great grandchildren, and her sister Erla Browne Kelly. 
A celebration of Mary’s life was held at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine on Sunday, September 1, at 2 p.m. It was a beautiful turnout for Mary. The funeral parlor was so crowded that there was not enough room to accomodate the large number of attendees. It was just heartwarming for such a wonderful lady.

Donations in her name can be made to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074

Rena M. Cartier


MANCHESTER – Rena M. Cartier of Manchester passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Elliot Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Sept. 4, 1927, in Sanford, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Alida (Rivard) Morissette. Raised and educated in Manchester at St. Anthony’s School, Rena was a lifetime member of St. Anne Sodality with St. Anthony, a volunteer with CWV, The Catholic War Veterans of N.H., a member of UCT, The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America, and a Best Friend with Retired Seniors Volunteer Program 55-Plus. Rena worked at Textron as a seamstress until they closed and then as a retail clerk with Woolco until they closed and then retired.

Rena will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Her family was paramount in her life. She relished in the accomplishments of all her children and grandchildren. Rena enjoyed ballroom dancing, traveling, especially cruising, reading, cooking, playing cards, socializing with family and friends, and crocheting. Rena was the greatest mother and best friend to many. She will be deeply missed by all those who loved her.

Rena is survived by her husband, Raymond Gosselin of Manchester; her son, Robert Cartier and his wife, Linda, of Manchester; her daughters, Joanne (Cartier) and her husband, David Trudel, of Manchester, and Jace (Cartier) Martin of Saco, Maine.

She also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many other family members and good friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, with whom she spent 47 wonderful years, Marcel Cartier; brothers Henri, Lucien, Roland, Roger, Leonide, Gerade, Eitenne; and sisters Theresa Berube, Sr. Rita Morissette – her twin, and Marie-Paul Morissette.

Visitation was held at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St., Manchester, on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a funeral Mass at St. Pius X Parish on 575 Candia Road, Manchester, at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, and encryptment followed at Mount Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Road, Manchester.

Cynthia Provost

Cynthia Ann Provost, 80, of Auburn, died Sunday, April 20 at Od Fellows Home where she resided for the last 2 1/2 years.

Born in Lewiston on March 11, 1934, the daughter of the late Frederick Oscar and Etheldreda Matthews Whitmore, she graduated from ELHS class of 1951.

A member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at St. Philip’s Church, she served on the parish council and worked in the circulation department at the Sun-Journal prior to her retirement.

She was married to Edward C. Provost on January 23, 1954. He died October 6, 1984. She was a member of The Order of United Commercial Travelers of America and enjoyed camping in Bridgton during the summers, reading, and in her younger years, she was an accomplished seamstress.

She will be remembered for her dry sense of humor and the love of her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Catherine Provost of Auburn and Lisa Provost of Buxton, her brother R. Peter Whitmore and his wife Connie of Monmouth, ME; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Susan Provost of Poland Spring, Ronald Provost of Woodside, DE; Constance Jones of Spring Hill, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Fortin/Auburn on Wednesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Philips Church. Burial will be held later this spring at Mount Hope Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.