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In Memory Of
Class of 2001
Passed Dec 31, 2002
Jan. 3, 2003
Elizabeth Lacerda, 19, a Bourne High School graduate, died on New Year's Eve, after apparently accidentally driving into Pocasset Harbor.
BOURNE - A 19-year-old Bourne woman found earlier this week in a car submerged in the shallow waters of Pocasset Harbor likely died from accidental drowning, according to the state medical examiner's office.
Elizabeth Lacerda, a 2001 graduate of Bourne High School, who was home on college break, apparently drove her mother's Plymouth sedan into the icy water some time on December 31.
She was a sophomore at UMass Dartmouth, where she majored in marketing.
At Bourne High, Lacerda was a cheerleader for four years, became the squad's captain and earned All Star honors at Universal Cheerleaders Association camp.
"She was always such a positive person," recalled Angela Timo, who coached Lacerda for four years. "If I talked to her about anything, she'd always find the positive. And the other girls knew they could depend on her."
She described Lacerda as exceptionally mature, but also with an almost child-like joy with life a student who earned high grades but was also a passionate fan of Britney Spears.
Two shell fisherman noticed her car submerged in the water at about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday called for help.
Despite rescue attempts by the Bourne police and fire departments, she was pronounced dead at Falmouth Hospital.
Class of 1954
Passed Oct 05, 2012
July 28, 1936 - October 5, 2012
Ellen Marie Savage of Buzzards Bay passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the McCarthy Care Center at the age of 76.
Born in Everett, MA, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Blanche (Durivage) Savage
She was the sister of the late William and Edward Savage and the former wife of Leonard L. Mihalovich, Sr. of Tucson, AZ and the late George Gould, Sr.
Ellen was a former teacher's aide at the Hoxie School for many years and a volunteer for the Bourne Council on Aging. She was also a life-long member of St. Margaret's Church.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 am on Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 141 Main Street in Buzzards Bay. A private burial was held at a later date.
Class of 1948
Passed Nov 08, 2005
Emiliano Gavazza, 76, Television technician avid gardener Korean War Vet
Emiliano Gavazza died Tuesday at his home.
He was the husband of the late Kathleen Gavazza, who died in May.
Mr. Gavazza was born in Sagamore and was a 1948 graduate of Bourne High School.
He was an Air Force veteran who served as a radio operator in the Korean War where he held the rank of sergeant.
He was a graduate of Devry Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he studied electronics.
He served as a television technician for Ace TV in Buzzards Bay for many years.
He was an avid gardener and an excellent cook. He enjoyed photography, did artwork, and liked walking by the Cape Cod Canal.
Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home in Sandwich.
A funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Theresa's Church, Sagamore.
Burial is in the St. Peter's Cemetery, Pine Street, Sandwich.
Class of 2009
Passed Mar 08, 2009
March 10, 2009
Emily Robin Flanders, 17: Bourne
BHS senior, passionate fundraiser
??Emily Robin Flanders, 17, of Bourne died March 8, at Children's Hospital in Boston after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis.
She was the daughter of Cynthia (Russell) Flanders of Bourne and Stephen J. Flanders of Buzzards Bay
She was born in Boston and was currently a senior at Bourne High School class of 2009.
She worked part-time at the American Lobster Mart in Bourne and as a hostess at The Courtyard in Cataumet.
She was a passionate fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
She also was an avid Red Sox fan; she loved the beach and traveling, especially cruising, and spending time with her family and many, many good friends.
She was predeceased by her sister, Jennifer Marie Flanders, in 2006.
Visiting hours were held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Route 28), Wareham. A funeral service was held at the Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, 100 Rogers Ave., Wareham.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, c/o "Jemmies Jammers," 220 N. Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760.
Class of 1986
Passed Jul 05, 1999
July 7, 1999
Eric T. Starck, 31
Insurance sales manager Pop Warner football coach
SANDWICH - Eric Thurston Starck, 31, an insurance sales manager, died Monday, July 5, in Boston.
Born in Hartford, Conn., Mr. Starck was raised in Barnstable and Bourne, graduating from Bourne High School in 1986.
He also graduated cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. in 1990.
He began his career with Cigna Insurance for five years before going to work for The TPA in Boston, where he worked until his death.
After his marriage in 1991, he and his wife moved to Sandwich.
He was very active in the ECHO youth ministry at Corpus Christi Parish and coached Pop Warner football.
Mr. Starck was also a very active member of the Corpus Christi Parish, an avid sports fan and enjoyed camping, hiking, boating and all outdoor activities.
He and his wife were active in the Wide Horizons Adoption Agency.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at the Corpus Christi Parish Center in Sandwich. Burial was in the Sandwich Town Cemetery.
Class of 1949
Passed Feb 25, 2009
Ernestine Nye (Swift) Leonard, 78, waitress
September 22, 1930 - February 25, 2009
Mrs. Leonard died on February 25 at her home in Monument Beach.
Born in New Bedford to Doris (Nye) Swift and George Swift.
She graduated from Bourne High School in 1949.
Mrs. Leonard was employed as a waitress and worked at several restaurants in Bourne, including Sandy’s, Quintal’s and the Bourne Mill.
She also enjoyed bingo and Foxwoods.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Winifred Eldridge and Doris Jacobs
A funeral service was held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway, Route 28, Wareham
Burial was held at the Sagamore Cemetery in Sagamore, MA.
Class of 1940
Passed Jun 28, 1999
Thursday, July 1, 1999
Esther Anderson, 77
MANSFIELD - Esther Elizabeth Anderson, 77, of Villa Street, died Monday in Miriam Hospital, Providence.
Born in Bourne on August 21, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Kusti and Ida Anderson.
She attended Bourne Public Schools and was graduated from Bourne High School.
Miss Anderson had worked as a bookkeeper for Coca-Cola Co. in Sagamore for 14 years and had also worked for the Burroughs Corp. for four years. She then worked for the Foxboro Company for 23 years until her retirement in 1982.
She was active with the Bournedale Civic Association and served as the secretary there for several years.
She was also an active member of the Swift Memorial United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School there for several years.
She enjoyed decoupage, golfing, reading and traveling.
She was a sister of the late Arthur Anderson, Henry Anderson, John Anderson, Onnie Anderson and Helmi Toolas.
A funeral service was held at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., with Rev. Dr. Errol Leslie officiating.
Burial was in the Sagamore Cemetery, Sagamore
Class of 1942
Passed Jun 03, 2000
Esther Ellen (Davis) MacDonald, 75
SAGAMORE - Esther E. MacDonald, 75, a homemaker, died Saturday at the Cape Heritage Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
She was the wife of John Gordon MacDonald, who died in 1995. They had been married for 52 years.
Born in Sagamore, Mrs. MacDonald was educated in Bourne schools and graduated from Bourne High School in 1942.
She traveled the world with her husband while he served in the Air Force.
Mrs. MacDonald was a longtime member of the Swift Memorial United Methodist Church in Sagamore Beach, where she was an active member and for many years helped to put on the fish fry event at the Activity Center.
An avid gardener, she was also a longtime member of the Eastern Star.
A funeral service was held at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne. Burial was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Memorial donations may be made to the Swift Memorial United Methodist Church, Box 270, Sagamore Beach, MA 02562.
Class of 1955
Passed Jan 24, 2000
Cape Cod Times
Esther Wallace Moore, 62 Home Health Aide, Priest, Former Bourne Resident
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Esther Theolyn (Wallace) Moore, 62, a former resident of Bourne, died January 24 in Alaska after a long illness.
She was the wife of Earl S. "Bud" Moore Jr.
Born in Livermore Falls, Maine, Mrs. Moore was a graduate of Bourne High School.
She trained and worked locally as a dental technician, emergency medical technician and certified health aide.
In 1981 she and her husband moved to Ketchikan where she worked as a community home health aide as well as providing child protective services.
Mrs. Moore was one of the first women from Alaska ordained as a priest in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was also a past matron of the Aurora Chapter No. 3, Order of Eastern Star of Ketchikan.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Youth Chapel on the RLDS Campgrounds, Zarahemla Boulevard, Onset, MA.
Class of 1957
Passed Sep 16, 2008
September 18, 2008
Faith Michell Garland, 69
Scuba Enthusiast; World traveler; Mother
BOURNE — Faith Michell Garland, 69, died peacefully Tuesday morning, September 16, 2008, at her home in West Falmouth. She was surrounded by her beloved children and two cherished dogs. She was the widow of David Gray Garland.
Faith was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where she spent her early years.
She and her mother returned to the United States when she was a young girl. She attended the Buckingham School in Cambridge, England, and an international school in Madrid, Spain before she returned to graduate from Bourne High School in 1957 as a member of the honor society. She went on to attend Wheaton College in Norton.
During her school years, Faith worked at everything from lifeguarding and teaching swimming on Mashnee Island to teaching Sunday school and working for Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co. in Boston.
She commissioned David Garland of Buzzards Bay to build her a small rowboat, and the two fell instantly in love. He once bragged of being so smitten that he gave her a 10 percent discount on the boat.
Faith married David in January of 1960 in New Hampshire, and she took to the role of mother with inherent enthusiasm and passion, playing an active role in the lives of her children. She and Dave would often take them along on their adventures camping, boating or traveling to some distant exotic locale.
As her children grew, she took up scuba diving and enjoyed it so much she joined the Bourne Underwater Recovery Unit as a volunteer search-and-rescue diver, and continued to dive for years throughout the Caribbean.
She became an active trustee at Friends Academy, sailed around the Caribbean often, and dabbled in property renovations throughout Europe, including Germany and one of the Aegean Islands.
About 15 years ago, she and David retired to Pine Island, Fla., living very simply on what she called her "farm."
She wanted to try her hand at anything that seemed interesting, whether it was parasailing, getting a boating license, learning sign language, joining an archaeological dig or taking cruises with family.
She touched so many lives and the loss will be great to those who knew her. Known for her kind and generous spirit, she never uttered a word of complaint and never lost her witty sense of humor.
A memorial service was held at St. Peter's Church on the Canal on Main Street, Buzzards Bay with a celebration-of-life reception immediately following the service at her home in Buzzards Bay. Burial was private.
Memorial donations can be made to either Adopt A Greyhound Inc., P.O. Box 512, Falmouth, MA 02541, or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or the charity of your choice.
Class of 1900
Passed Dec 31, 1960
Mrs. Fannie Flvira (Perry) Bolles died Saturdav morning in her 82nd year at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer F. Perry at Burtonwood, Monument Beach.
Mrs. Bolles was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Rolza M. Perry and was born at Monument Beach when that village was a part of the town of Sandwich.
She attended the schools in Bourne and was graduated from East Greenwich Academy after which she taught school for several years.
In 1899 she was married to Edgar Stanley Bolles of Mattapoissett. They lived in Mattapoissett for about ten years. He built the lovely home on Chester Avenue in Monument Beach in 1910 where they lived until his death in 1946.
Mrs. Bolles was manager dietitian of Bourne High School cafeteria from the mid 20s to the mid 40s.
She was the oldest living member of the Bourne Methodist Church in which she had been a very active member. She had served as president of the Ladies Aid and.treasurer of that group and of the Women's Society of Christian Service, and also was a member of the Old Colony Union Women's club and the Aptucxet Garden Club.
She leaves two children, Dorothy Judith Bolles Perry and Edgar Stanley Bolles Jr.; two granddaughters, Ethel Judith Bolles and Karen Bolles; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Perry Lindberg of Monument Beach and Mrs. Florence Perry Smith of Wareham, and a brother William E. C. Perry, also of Monument Beach.
Funeral service was conducted Monday afternoon at 2 pm by Rev. Orville E. Crain at the Nickerson Funeral Home. Interment was at Monument Beach Cemetery.
Class of 1947
Passed Aug 20, 1959
Class of 1929
Passed Jun 17, 2004
June 21, 2004
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death June 17, 2004, of retiree Florence K. Mellor, 92, of Falmouth, MA, at Falmouth Hospital.
Florence joined the Institution as a secretary in the geophysics group and later worked in the Education Office, the Geology and Geophysics Department, and in Administrative Offices. She retired in 1976 and later worked on a casual basis till 1987.
Florence was born in 1911 in Bourne, MA, spent her early life in the Monument Beach area of Bourne and graduated from Bourne High School.
She was predeceased by her son Richard G. Mellor.
A memorial service took place in the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth.
A private burial took place in the Church Yard Cemetery, Woods Hole, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601 or the John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540.
Class of 1922
Passed Oct 16, 1954
Class of 1960
Passed Jan 12, 1999
Death: January 12, 1999
MONUMENT BEACH - Frances M. "Fran" (Bernabei) Patterson Degan, 56, a teller, died Tuesday at Falmouth Hospital.
She was the wife of Donald M. Degan since 1968.
Born in Revere, Mrs. Degan moved to Bourne at an early age and was a 1960 graduate of Bourne High School.
She worked as a teller for the Cape Cod Bank and Trust Co. and retired out of the Buzzards Bay branch in August 1998 after 18 years.
An accomplished arts and crafts woman, she enjoyed painting. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.
The funeral was held at 11 AM at St. Margaret's Church, Main Street, Buzzards Bay.
Burial was at Oakland Grove Cemetery, Bourne.
Class of 1951
Passed Aug 27, 2008
Born in Buzzards Bay, he was a 1951 graduate of Bourne High School.
He was member of the U.S.A.F from 1951-1955. Upon discharge from the military, he attended Bryant & Stratton College in Boston, graduating with high honors with a Administrative Assistant degree.
In 1958 he became employed in Manhattan where he continued to live until 1980. From there he lived in New Hampshire until June 1986 at which time he returned to Buzzards Bay.
He was an employee at Tobey Hospital, Wareham until retiring in 2000.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Church on the Canal in Buzzards Bay, where he started the Friendly Kitchen in 1989, which continues to serve free meals each Monday evening.
He was a lover of all animals, nature and anyone who was in need.
A Memorial Service was held Sept. 13, at St. Peter’s Church on the Canal, 165 Main St., Buzzards Bay.
Private Burial was in Dover, N.H.
Class of 1949
Passed Nov 21, 2008
Frank G. Anderson, Jr.
April 18, 1931 - November 21, 2008
PRESTON - Frank G. Anderson, Jr., 77, husband of Wanda (Fielding) Anderson of Old Jewett City Rd., Preston, died Friday at The Mystic Manor.
Frank was born in Bourne, MA on April 18, 1931, the son of the late Frank Graham and Eliza (Thomas) Anderson. He was a 1949 graduate of the Bourne High School and attended St. Anselm's College before entering a career in the Navy in 1951. He began as a Corpsman 1st class and attained the rank of Captain, Medical Services Corps and was a Navy hospital administrator before retiring from the Regional Command, Great Lakes, IL, in 1984.
In 1949, prior to entering the Navy, he met his wife, Wanda (Fielding) Anderson, whom he married in 1955. They moved from Navy station to station for the next 34 years, settling in Preston where he and Wanda operated the Wanfran Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Inc. working with wildlife that came to them as orphans or were injured.
Visitation was held at the Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Avenue in Norwich.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at 11:30 am at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 243 Route 165, Preston. Burial followed with full military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be in his memory to: Dennison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT 06355.
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Nov. 24, 2008
Class of 1979
Passed Oct 01, 1998
October 4, 1998
Franklin Robert Chase, 38
Franklin Robert Chase, 38, of Buzzards Bay Drive died at home unexpectedly on Thursday, October 1, 1998.
He was the son of Nancy L. Lent and stepson of Keith G. Lent, both of Coconut Creek, and the son of William G. Chase.
Mr. Chase was born in Framingham and was a former resident of Bellingham.
He was a 1979 graduate of Bourne High School.
He lived in Sagamore, Bourne and Buzzards Bay since 1975. He lived in Plymouth for the past two years.
He worked for the Town of Bourne for 20 years as a truck driver for the Department of Public Works.
Mr. Chase was a member of the local sportsmans club.
His memorial service was held at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne.
Class of 1955
Passed Jun 30, 2016
Born in St. Petersburg, FL, on June 13, 1936 he was the son of the late Laurence and Lillian F. (Allen) Winterbottom.
He had lived in New Hampshire and graduated from Bourne High School in 1955 and joined the United States Air Force.
He loved his two German Shepherds and all pets.
He was an avid golfer and New England Patriots and Red Sox fan. He was a beloved husband and father.
After his military career he had worked with computers at Saint Luke's Hospital in New Bedford where he later retired.
Passed Aug 12, 2010
September 1, 1921 - August 12, 2010
Frederick Harry “Coach” Comings died peacefully at home on Thursday, August 12, 2010. He was born in 1921.
Coach Comings graduated from Foxboro High School in the class of 1939 and served in the Navy during WWII. After returning from the war, he attended the University of New Hampshire where he was a member of both the football and hockey teams. He was a member of the only UNH football team to ever go to a bowl game. In addition he coached the freshman hockey team during his junior and senior years at UNH.
Upon graduation he accepted a position in the Bourne School system as a teacher and coach. For many years he coached football, hockey, and baseball and then became the Athletic Director. In 1963 he became principal and held that position at the Bourne Grammar School, the Lyle School on the Base and the Cody Junior High School.
Coach Comings was a member of the Foxboro High School Hall of Fame, the UNH Hall of Fame and the Bourne High School Athletic Hall of Fame. As a member of the Bourne Recreation Authority, he was instrumental in getting the John Gallo Ice Arena built so the children of Bourne didn’t have to travel to Hyannis to practice, He formed the John and Ethel Thorne Foundation in the mid 1960’s to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Bourne and to help children on the Cape with mental disabilities.
Coach Comings was member of the Lions Club, the Shriners, the Masons and VFW Post 5988.
He retired in1983 and was recognized by the Bourne Alumni Association for dedicated service to students and families of the town of Bourne.
Visiting hours were held Monday August 16th from 4 to 7 PM at the Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd Bourne. His funeral service was held at 9:45 AM Tuesday August 17th at the funeral home. Burial followed at the Massachusetts National Cemetery with Navy Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bourne High School Athletics, c/o Mrs. Jean White, 75 Waterhouse Rd. Bourne, MA 02532.
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