Saturday, August 25, 2007

08/25 The Herald News

Aseeb S. Assad
Aseeb S. “Charlie” Assad, 87, of State Rd., Westport, formerly of Quequechan St., Fall River, husband of Johanna (Assad) Assad, died Friday, August 24, 2007. The son of the late Saleem “Sam” and Lulu (Milan) Assad, he lived in Westport for the past 50 years. As an employee of Stone and Webster Engineering, he was involved in the construction of Somerset’s New England Power Plant. Upon completion of construction, he was hired as a member of the inaugural employee group of that Plant and was employed there until his retirement.
An Army Air Corps veteran of WW II in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, he served with the “Flying Tigers”, the 23rd Fighter Group of the 74th Fighter Squadron.
Besides his wife of 59 years he is survived by 2 sons, Dr. Charles Assad of Providence, RI and Cape Coral, FL and Attorney David M. Assad and his wife Attorney April Saber-Assad of Fall River; grandchildren, Samuel Saber Assad and Alissa N. Assad and siblings, Nan Assad of Somerset and Sader “Suds” Assad of Westport.
He was the brother of the late Kalile “Nanny” Assad, Sophie T. Assad, Nancy Mendoza and Henry Assad.
His funeral will be held Monday at 10:00 AM in St. Anthony of the Desert Church and relatives and friends are invited to go directly to the church. Burial, Notre Dame Cemetery. Visitation in the AUCLAIR FUNERAL HOME, 690 So. Main St., Fall River, Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. PORTICO, LARGE PARKING AREA & BARRIER-FREE ENTRANCE at the rear of funeral home. Online guest book at

Scott Paiva
DIGHTON — Scott F. Paiva, 47 years old died in Morton Hospital, Taunton on August 22, 2007 after being stricken ill at his home. Born in Fall River son of Frank Paiva of Swansea and the late Elaine (Parent) Paiva. He was educated in Swansea Schools and was a member of the US Coast Guard for eight years attending engineering school in Norfolk, VA. He was a employed as a Captain for the MA Correctional facility at Norfolk, MA. He had been a corrections officer for the past 19 years. He attended the Dighton Community Church, was a member of DAV and enjoyed gardening. Besides his father he is survived by his wife Carla A. (Da Conceicao) Paiva of Dighton, two daughters Amanda Paiva and Emily Paiva both of Dighton and a son Jeremy Paiva and his wife Jennifer of Rehoboth. He is the brother of Christopher Paiva of Swansea and Donna Waite and her husband Wes of Swansea. He is the grandfather of Noah, Chad and Nathan Paiva. He is the son in law of Mary De Conceicao of Fall River and the late Adelino De Conceicao; brother in law of John Da Conceicao and his wife Naomi of Rehoboth and uncle of Craig, Ian, Allison Waite and Ariana De Conceicao.
Funeral service to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held in the Dighton Community Church, Elm and Main Streets, Dighton on Tuesday at 10 AM. Visiting hours on Monday in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave. (Route 138 South) Taunton from 4-8PM.Interment MA National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to a Scholarship Fund for his daughters Amanda and Emily Paiva, c/o Mechanic Bank, 596 Somerset Ave., North Dighton, MA 02764.

James Starkie
EAST LONGMEADOW— James F. Starkie 70, passed into heavenly rest on August 14, 2007 at Redstone Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
Jim was born in Fall River, Ma. on October 17, 1936 and has lived in Western Massachusetts for 47 years. He was the son of the late Fred E. and Mary J. (Partington) Starkie. He was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School where he was a lettered athlete in 2 sports. While in high school he played clarinet with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra. He received his BS in Music Education from Lowell State College and also attended the graduate program at Boston University. He sang with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.He was a former Instrumental Music Director in the Hampden/ Wilbraham Public Schools and Band Director at Minnechaug Regional High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during Peace Time at Fort Sill, OK. He was owner of Starkie Music Co., East Longmeadow for 25 years. He was a former member of Wilbraham Country Club and member of Elmcrest Country Club where he scored 3 holes in one. He was the originator and conductor of the Hampden County Symphony, which later became the Holyoke Civic Symphony.
He leaves his wife of 46 years, Sylvia (Hollins) Starkie ; his three children, daughter, Susan Lyons and her husband, Peter of Darien, CT.; sons, Robert Starkie and his wife, Teresa of Ada, MI., and Steven Starkie of Boston, MA; 4 grandchildren, Samuel, Johanna and Jacob Starkie, and Benjamin Lyons; 2 nieces, Jackie Davidson and Kelly Kennedy; and a nephew, James Kennedy all of Cape Cod.He was predeceased by his brother, Frederick and a sister, Edna.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 8th, 2007 at 2:00 PM in the Willow Chapel of the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow.
The family will receive friends for a period of visitation, in the funeral home, beginning at 1:00 PM until time of services. Burial will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to East Longmeadow High School Band Fund, c/o CJ Kiernan, 180 Maple St., East Longmeadow, 01028 or to the American Cancer Society, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 59 Bobala Road, Holyoke, Ma. 01040.
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Patricia J. Harrington
Patricia Jane Harrington, age 65 of Gloucester. Daughter of the late John & Genevieve (Kenney) Harrington. Passed away August 10. Born in Fall River. She was a retired LPN. She is survived by 1 Brother: John Harrington of Taunton. Sister of the late Christopher Harrington. Her funeral will take place from the Manuel Rogers & Sons Funeral Home Wednesday 8:30A.M. with a Funeral Mass at St. Theresa Church at 10 A.M. Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery.

John G. Ragonesi
John G. Ragonesi age 90 passed away Thurs. Aug. 23, 2007 at his home in Somerset. He was the husband of Alice (Dutka) Ragonesi, to whom he had been married for 69 years.
Born in Fall River, son of the late Pasquale and Maria (Pasella) Ragonesi, he spent his youth in Fall River and was educated in local schools. He was a US Navy veteran of WW II, seeing service in the Pacific Theater of War, where he held the rank of Ship’s Serviceman First Class.
Mr. Ragonesi resided in CT. for 32 years where he was self employed in the Oil Burner Sales and Service Field. For two years previous he worked for the US Postal Service in CT. and was a member of the K of C Council #46 in Norwalk, CT. He returned to Somerset 28 years ago and was a communicant of St. Louis de France Church, and a member Loggia Vittorio Veneto # 1035 Order of Sons of Italy in America.
Surviving in addition to his wife one Daughter Sandra of Texas. Three granddaughters, Cynthia Benetti, Tracey Costikyan & Nancy Kenney, six great grandchildren: Kristin Benetti, Alexandra, Katherine & Thomas Costikyan III, Gibson & Maxwell Kenney. Father of the late Cynthia Ragonesi. Brother of the late Anthony, Silvio, Lucien, Stephen & Paul Ragonesi & Mary Santos.
Private services are in the care of the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE AT ROSE E. SULLIVAN 866 County St. Somerset. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Beacon Hospice 45 No. Main St. Fall River, MA. 02720.

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