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Benjamin Viera, age 86, longtime resident of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Oct. 27, 2019 in Fall River, Mass. He was the husband of the late Helen Louise (Silvia) Viera. Benjamin was born in … more
Roy Royce Twaddle III, age 77, formerly of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Sept. 29, 2019 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  He was born in Newport News, Virginia, son of the … more
Captain Esmond D. “Doug” Smith Jr., US Navy retired, has set sail on his final voyage after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Nanci; son, Timothy … more
Sally Cort, age 76, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away at home on Sept. 21, 2019. Sally was born in Clinton, Mass. to Kenneth and Violet Cort. She lived for many years in Auburn, Mass., then … more
Joan M. (Welsh) Paquette, 67, of Portsmouth, formerly of Tiverton, passed away September 29, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of Jeanne … more
James F. Deffet, 88, of Platte City, Mo., a former Portsmouth resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at the home of his son James, with all of his children present. James … more
Wayne T. Perry of Portsmouth, 96, passed away peacefully at Saint Elizabeth Manor, Bristol, RI on Sept. 21, 2019 with his wife Sue and family by his side.  Wayne was born and grew up on a … more
Daniel T. Harrington, MD, 80, of Fall River, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sept. 13, 2019. He had summered at The Hummocks in Portsmouth since 1940. He is survived by his … more
Eileen K. Kenney, 68, of Bristol passed on Friday, July 12, 2019 surrounded by her loving family and friends following a three-week illness. She was the daughter of the late Domenic J. Kenney and … more
Gabriel T. Littlefield, 10, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on June 5, 2019. Gabe was born in Newport, R.I. to Michael Littlefield and S. Michelle (Levesque) Littlefield of Portsmouth Gabe … more
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