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Crawford, George C. - Middleboro  
George Carol Crawford, 83, of Raynham, formerly of Middleboro, died on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Braemoor Health Care, Brockton. He was the husband of the late Catherine M. (Fleming) Crawford, who predeceased him in May of 2012. He was born in Tell City, Ind., son of the late Clarence and Mary E. (Huck) Crawford. He served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He was a member of the May Flower Lodge A.F. & A.M. Survivors include a son, George C. Crawford Jr. of Middleboro; two daughters, Kathleen Crawford of Middleboro, and Debbie Sullivan of Bridgeton, Maine; a brother, Ronald Crawford of Indiana; three sisters, Margaret Williams, Nelda Crawford, both of Indiana, and Doris Ludwig of Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Amanda Enos, Michelle Sullivan, Barry Sullivan, Sarah Crawford, Jacob Crawford. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, December 1, from 6-8 p.m. in the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak St., Middleboro. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 2, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by burial with military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at 11:15 a.m.
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Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 28, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Clough, Ralph S. - Stoughton  
Ralph S. Clough, 86, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. He was the husband of 59 years of Janet L. (Ostergard) Clough. Son of the late Charles and Grace (Bombard) Clough, he was born and raised in Worcester and graduated from Worcester North High School, Class of 1946. He earned his bachelors degree from Fitchburg State College and his masters degree in Educational Administration from Boston University. Mr. Clough resided in Stoughton for 59 years. He was an educator at Canton High School for 37 years before retiring in 1989. He was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Stoughton and was a trustee with the church. He was the secretary to the Board at the Rising Star Lodge in Stoughton, where he was a member for 59 years. Mr. Clough was active with the Boys Scouts, Troop 57 for over 30 years and was a member of the Troop Council. He was a member of the Stoughton Republican Town Committee. In addition to his wife, Mr. Clough is survived by his children, Russell D. Clough and his wife Stephanie of Stoughton, Philip A. Clough and his wife Diane of Mansfield and Lisa J. Traub and her husband Jerry of Torrington, Conn.; as well as his grandchildren, Marie, Dean, Courtney, Emily, Elizabeth, Eric, Krista, Matthew, Michael and Matthew. He was the brother of the late Charles Clough Jr. and Virginia Hager; and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held from the First Congregational Church, address below, on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours omitted. Interment will be private. Donations in Ralphs memory may be made to the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 76 Pierce St., Stoughton, MA 02072. Directions and obituary at . Farley Funeral Home 781-344-2676
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Published in The Enterprise from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2014

Obituaries from the Past Week

Carpenter, Robert - Taunton  
Robert Carpenter, in Sandwich, of Taunton, November 22, 2014, beloved husband of Linda (Kinney) Carpenter, died at Hope Hospice after a long battle with cancer at the age of 52. Born and educated in New Bedford, Robert was the son of Charles and Thelma (LaFrance) Carpenter Sr. Robert was a manager of Volta Oil and New England Farms Gas and Conveyance Stores. He was an active member of the Christ Community Church in East Taunton and he enjoyed golfing, cooking and his dog shady baby. Robert was the brother of Anne Pryzstarz and her husband Peter of New Bedford, Debbie Greenwood and her husband David of Milford, NH and Charles Carpenter Jr. and his wife Louise of Norwood. Uncle of several niece and nephews. Calling hours will be held at the OKeefe-Wade Funeral Home, 70 Washington Street in Taunton, Tuesday, November 25th from 5-8 p.m. A service will be held at the Christ Community Church on Middleboro Ave. in East Taunton on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Interment Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robertss memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Inst., Glioblastoma Research, 450 Brookline Ave, MA, 02215. Please visit our website to sign the online guestbook, obituaries and directions.
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Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 24, 2014
Carr, Barbara A. - North Easton  
Barbara A. (Long) Carr of Bridgewater, formerly of Easton, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014, after a long illness, at the age of 87. She was the beloved wife of the late John G. Carr; loving mother of Kenneth A. Carr of Taunton, Deborah A. Carr of N.H., Nancy I. Carr-Mansfield of East Falmouth, and the late Donna Carr-Smith of Bridgewater; sister of the late Verna Benson, Myrtle Walsh, Ruth Pagels, and Sonny Long. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Barbara was a very active member in the Lutheran Church in Easton as a Alter Guild volunteer. She was a member of the Stoughton Art Association for many years. She received many awards for her oil paintings. She was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She spent most summers with her family on Long Pond in Lakeville and later at Snows Pond in Rochester. Services are private. The family would like donations made in Barbara's memory to Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018. Arrangements by Copeland-MacKinnon Funeral Home, Easton. To sign an online condolence, visit .
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Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 23, 2014
Cattanach, Marian L. - North Easton  
Marian Lillian Cattanach passed away in North Easton November 12, 2014. She had a will of steel, deep reservoirs of wisdom and kindness, a wealth of old songs and obscure jokes, and gathered a sea of memories over a long life of encounters in New York, Deerfield Beach, Fla., Virginia and Massachusetts. Marian was born on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1918, in Manhattan, N.Y., the only child of Anna Reid and Fred Brugger. From the age of 5, Anna and Marians stepfather, Salvador Lopez, a Cuban native, raised her in Manhattan where she loved to roller skate down 8th Avenue and reveled in watching the construction of the Port Authority Building from her apartment window. In 1938, she married Alexander J. Cattanach also of New York City and of deeply Scottish descent, who taught her the love of the sea. They sailed the eastern seaboard together aboard the Bosn, a 32 sloop he built. They had two daughters, Joyce Ann and Elizabeth Ann. The family traded in the Bosn for a Holiday Rambler trailer, pulled by their Ford Galaxy. Later, they converted a Grumman Olson step van, into a camper dubbed, The Wheelhouse, and continued their voyages on land, crisscrossing the United States, gathering lifetime friends as they sailed the land each summer. Marian could cook a 4 course meal while standing in the kitchen of the Wheelhouse, as Alex navigated the family down the highway of life. It was beautiful. Joyce married George Wead of Texas and Elizabeth married Brian Starr of Massachusetts. They gave Marian four beloved grandsons. Adam Wead lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife Andrea. Alexander Wead lives in Charlottesville, Va. Richard Starr is a law student and Reid Starr an undergraduate student, both in Baltimore, Md. Marian was beloved too of her nephew Charles Cattanach, his children and grandchildren all of Georgia. Her cousin Joe Krist and family, all of Manhattan, were also always close to her heart. Marian was a Montessori teacher in Delray Beach, Fla., and later, became known as Grandma Marian to every child she met, especially with her volunteer work in Easton, accompanying her grandchildren Richard and Reid. A bench at the Childrens Museum in Easton is dedicated to her. Widowed in 1988, she then took to voyage on her own by air, traveling the world with friends. She wore age with incredible grace and despite health challenges, always brought cheer and positivity to everyone she encountered. Her ashes will be spread, as were her husbands, in the Gulf Stream that travels up the Eastern seaboard back to Ireland and Scotland. A Mass will be held Friday, November 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Main Street, North Easton. In her memory, friends and anyone reading this, should go out today and bring special joy to a child, or anyone else you encounter that may need a boost. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oliver Ames High School Scholarship Fund, in the name of Grandma Marian, to the Guidance Department, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA 02356.
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Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 23, 2014
Crowley, Charles E. - Taunton  
Charles E. Crowley, former mayor of the city of Taunton and tireless champion of the history of that city, died suddenly Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, following triple bypass heart surgery in Boston. He was 60. Called simply Charlie by all who knew him, this soft-spoken, self-educated man did not immediately step onto the political stage. A graduate of James L. Mulcahey School, Charlie first attended Msgr. James Coyle High School, but transferred to Taunton High School after his fathers death when he was 16; he graduated in 1973. After high school, Charlie worked in the canteen at Paul A. Dever State School for 11 years, followed by jobs with the Dunnington Drug Co. and Medic Lab Inc., where he was the supervisor of its courier division. In 1999, Charlie was hired by Sheriff Thomas Hodgson to be the Inventory Control Officer at the Bristol County Sheriffs Department. He went on to become the Inventory Audit Manager and Director of the Fleet Management Services, as well as being sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff. After completing his second full term as mayor of Taunton, he returned to the Sheriffs Department in 2012, this time serving as Sheriff Hodgsons Chief of Staff until his retirement in Jan. 2014. In the 1970s, Charlie began his lifelong dedication to the history of Taunton, when he began researching and promoting Tauntons history, giving illustrated lectures in and around the city. Over the past 30 years, he volunteered his services to lead historic tours of the Taunton community for school and civic organizations. He was the driving force behind a research team which identified over 600 historical properties within the community and began the application process for the placement of many of those properties on the National Register of Historic Places. His efforts were recognized by then-Mayor Joseph Amaral, who appointed Charlie to both the Taunton Historic Commission and the Taunton Historic District Commission. Fittingly, Charlie joined the Old Colony Historical Society in 1976, and was elected to its Board of Directors in 1986, where he served as secretary until his death. Also in the late 1970s, he became a weekly columnist for The Enterprise, Brockton, providing stories promoting Tauntons history. Throughout the years, Charlie also provided stories of Tauntons place in the history of the United States for the Taunton Advocate, the Taunton Daily Gazette, the Silver City Bulletin, and the Taunton Call. In the 1980s, Charlie began writing and producing historical segments for the Hometown program on Tauntons cable television station. This early television experience was the precursor to his weekly hour-long cable program, Olde Tyme Taunton, which he produced and hosted. Publications which he authored include 9 books regarding the history of Taunton- Just Yesterday: A Pictorial History of Taunton; Wish You Were Here: A Postcard History of Taunton; and Candles on the Green: 80 Years of Christmas in Taunton, which he co-authored with Dr. William Hanna; The History of Leonard School: A Centennial Celebration; The History of Walker School; the 75th Anniversary of St. Pauls Church; and A History of the Bristol County Sheriffs Office and A Pictorial History of Taunton, both of which he authored for the Silver City Bulletin. In 2013, with Dr. Hanna, he published Lights On! A Century of Christmas in Taunton. The 1980s also saw the beginning of Charlies political career, when he became a member of the Oakland Community Forum, a neighborhood organization designed to examine and promote neighborhood issues. As its spokesperson, he attended meetings with the 13 neighborhood groups of Taunton and gained his wealth of knowledge of these neighborhoods and the people who lived there, as well as the zoning and development issues affecting each one. He also became involved with the Taunton Development Corporation, serving as a member until his death. He was also a strong advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Taunton, generously supporting their work and serving as a board member from 2012-2013. In November of 1987, Charlie was first elected to public office, when he ran for a seat on the Taunton City Council. In January of 1988, he was sworn in and began using his knowledge of the neighborhoods to, together with his colleagues, implement the Development Impact Review Board, in which department heads and neighborhood representatives presented informed recommendations on projects proposed to the City Council. He was elected Council President in 1989 and 2002 by his fellow councilors, and served the city as a councilor for over 19 years until he became mayor. Charlie had many accomplishments during that time, but, in his own words, his proudest were: leading a team of volunteers preparing the extensive documentation required to place the Mount Pleasant Cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places, making it eligible for state and federal grants, and working with several administrations to bring about the construction of additions to the Mulcahey and Galligan schools; the addition to Taunton Nursing Home; the construction of the East Taunton, Friedman and Chamberlain schools; and the construction of the Oakland Fire Station, Taunton Animal Shelter and the new Taunton Police Station. In March of 2007, Charlie was elected by his fellow city councilors to fill out the remaining 9 months of the term of Mayor Robert Nunes, who left to take a position with the Patrick administration in Boston. He was re-elected to 2 full terms which began in 2008 and 2010, running unopposed in 2010. Although he served during the most difficult economic time in recent history, he was proud of the fact that, through careful management of the citys funds, he did not have to lay off even one city employee. Charlie always said that his success as a city councilor and mayor was due in large part to the collaboration with his colleagues and the support of the citizens of Taunton. Charles Edward Crowley was born in Attleboro, January 9, 1954. He was the son of the late W. Norman Crowley and Arline (Costello) Crowley. He is survived by his wife, Mary-Jo (Ferreira Spencer) Crowley; his stepson, Joseph C. Spencer; his twin sister, Charlene (Crowley) Molina and her husband Bruce; his brother, Norman Crowley and his wife Mary (Tokarz); his brother, James Crowley; his Godson and nephew, Brennan Molina of Dorchester; his other nephews, Jarrod Molina and Evan Crowley; his grand-nephew, Jaden Molina; and his mother-in-law, Josephine Rego, all of Taunton; as well as many cousins and cherished friends. A Mass of Christian burial, to which relatives and friends are invited to attend, will be held in St. Anns Church, 660 North Main Street, Raynham, Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Taunton. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 2-8 p.m. in the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave. (Rte. 138 South), Taunton. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. To light a candle, sign the memorial register, consult the grief library, or obtain facility directions, go to . or please telephone 508-822-3318. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Colony Historical Society, 66 Church Green, Taunton, MA.
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Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 25, 2014
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