Charles E. "Pete" Bresse, died on Jan. 2, 2013, in Leesburg, Fla., at the age of 96.
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Born in the Manville section of Lincoln on Oct. 25, 1916, he was the son of Emile E. and Marie Anne (Masse) Bresse. Pete grew up in Harrisville, and was a graduate of Burrillville High School, Class of 1935. During his senior year, he played an active role in convincing town fathers to provide funding to establish a football team. His efforts were successful and Pete became the starting center on Burrillville's inaugural team. He was the last surviving member of that team.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater during World War II for nearly five years. On the day before he was scheduled to rotate out of the war zone, Pete was badly wounded and received the Purple Heart.
He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and he worked for a short time teaching, then in finance for General Electric. The Bresse family moved back to Rhode Island in the 1960s and eventually settled in Westerly. He was a communicant of St. Pius X Church.
He is survived by his sister, Fluerette Schiffman, of Summerfield, Fla., and formerly of Westerly, with whom he made his home; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings Marguerite Silva, Lillian Lataille, Violet Bresse and Mozart Bresse.
His funeral will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Help Church, 1063 Victory Highway, Mapleville, R.I. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Pascoag. Calling hours are omitted. His funeral is under the direction of the Boucher Funeral Home. Visit www.boucherfh.com.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2013