Daily Hampshire Gazette from Northampton, Massachusetts (2024)

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE OBITUARIES Norman R. Adair, had owned longtime Haydenville market WILLIAMSBURG Norman R. Adair, 81, of 166 Main St. in Haydenville, died Feb. 24 at home.

Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Hardwick, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Bothwell) Adair. As a young child, he moved with his family to Ireland, where he attended school. He returned to the U.S. as a young man, settling in Haydenville.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the African, Middle East and American theaters. Mr. Adair owned and operated Adair's Market and Variety Story on Bridge Street in Haydenville for 30 years, retiring in 1992. He later worked for 10 years at Hampshire College in Amherst.

He loved billiards and once played in the world championships with Willie Hoppe. He was proud that he had once met Helen Keller and Grace Coolidge. According to family accounts, he was a "mathematical whiz." He belonged to the Gerald E. Larkin American Legion Post 236 in Haydenville. His wife, Alice (Black) Adair, died in 1986.

He leaves three sons, John Adair, David Adair and Michael Adair, all of Haydenville; four daughters, Eileen Childs, of Salem, N.H., Norma Whitley and Maureen Adair, both of Haydenville, and Marlene Adair, of Derry, N.H.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorial gifts may be made to the Goshen Firefighters Association Ambulance I Division, 56 Main P.O. Box 135, Goshen, 01032-0135, or to Alliance, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, 01060. The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in St.

John's Episcopal Church in Northampton. Burial will be in the spring in Village Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg. Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Childs Funeral Home in Haydenville. Reno Rescia NORTHAMPTON Reno Rescia, 84, of Franklin Street, died Feb.

24 in Hampshire Care in Leeds. Born July 9, 1919, in Agawam, he was the son of the late Giacomo and Ida (Lossano) Rescia. He grew up and lived for many years in Agawam. He later lived for seven years at Hawthorne Service in Chicopee, and moved in 1970 to Northampton to be near his mother and brother. Mr.

Rescia worked for Standick Trust and Foster Farrar both in Northampton. Earlier he had worked for the town of Agawam. He was a familiar figure in downtown Northampton, and often attended, and spoke at, Northampton City Council meetings. He was a great sports enthusiast. Mr.

Rescia knew almost every popular tune from the 1930s and '40s, and would often unabashedly break into song. While a resident at Hawthorne, he had traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak on behalf of that and other mental health organizations. He leaves a brother, Richard R. Rescia, of Northampton; a nephew; two nieces; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hawthorne Services 93 Main Chicopee Falls, 01020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Pease Funeral Home in Northampton is in charge of arrangements.

Scott E. Grolemund SOUTH HADLEY Scott E. Grolemund, 54, of Pine Grove Drive, died Feb. 20 at home. Born Nov.

13, 1949, in Springfield, he was the son of Virginia (Mosher) Bauer, of West Springfield, and the late Floyd W. Grolemund. He lived in West Springfield most of his life and was a 1967 graduate of West Springfield High School. He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey and received a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He moved 10 years ago to South Hadley.

Mr. Grolemund was a director from 1986 to 1999 at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Springfield. He was an avid aviator and had traveled around the world. Besides his mother, he leaves an aunt; and several cousins, A graveside service will be held in the spring in Paucatuck Cemetery in West Springfield.

There are no calling hours. Curran-Jones Funeral Home in West Springfield is in charge of arrangements. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2004 Kerry backs state ban on gay marriage DEATH NOTICES DION In Northampton, February 23, 2004, Margaret E. Dion, 83, of Crosby Street, widow of the late Willard J. Dion whopassed away on February 1st of this year.

Beloved father of Mark W. Dion of Chicopee and Carol A. Porter of Holyoke. Beloved sister of Dorothy Messenger of Holyoke. Devoted grandmother and great-grandmother.

The funeral will be from PEASE FUNERAL HOME, 425 Prospect Street, Northampton, Friday at with a Mass of Christian Burial at in the church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery. CALLING HOURS ARE THURSDAY FROM 5PM UNTIL 8PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Western Mass Region, 1111 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01089.

TOBIN Of Banning, CA, February 11, 2004, Linda K. (Howell) Messeck Tobin, 57, formerly of Northampton. She is survived by her daughter, (Messeck) Nixon and Stephen Nixon; her sister, Melanie Micalizzi; a grandson, Sean Michael Nixon; and a granddaughter, Erika Marie Nixon. The Funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10am at the AHEARN FUNERAL HOME in Northampton. Burial will follow at the Notre Dame Cemetery, in South otadley, A CALLING HOUR WILL FUNERAL SATURDAY FROM 9AM-10AM.

WADE Of Springfield, Marion (Wentworth) Wade, 82, former Amherst resident, died Tuesday. Mother of Ellen Wade. Sister of Alice Owen, and the late Donald, Howard, Walter, and Fred Wentworth and Eleanor, with whom she had previously lived. Sister in law of Marilyn Wentworth. Aunt of 10 nieces and nephews.

Former wife of the late Gordon Wade. Funeral Services will be Saturday at 11am at the DOUGLASS FUNERAL SERVICE, Amherst. Burial in Wildwood Cemetery will be at a time and date to be announced. CALLING HOURS WILL BE FRIDAY FROM 7PM-9PM AND 10AM UNTIL THE register at SATURDAY FROM SERVICE. Obituary and www.douglassfuneral.com.

Douglass Funeral Service Jennie McClellan MONTPELIER, Vt. Jennie (Kulesa) McClellan, 88, a Whately native, died Feb. 20 at home. Born Jan. 28, 1916, in West Whately, she was the daughter of the late Walenty and Antoninia Kulesa.

She had lived for the past 15 years with her daughter and sonin-law, Sayla and John Howes in Bryan, Texas, before returning recently to New England. She enjoyed the change of seasons in New England. Her husband of 30 years, Robert W. McClellan, died in 1971. She leaves another daughter, Maveret Burnham, of Stowe, sister, Anne Daniels, of West Whately; six grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; and many nieces Memorial gifts may be made to Alliance, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, 01060.

A graveside service will be held in the spring in West Whately Cemetery. Sanderson Funeral Home in Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements. AREA POLICE NEWS AMHERST A 16-year-old Amherst male was physically assaulted by two males in their late teens Wednesday at 2:44 p.m. in the area of Mattoon and Triangle streets, police said. The victim, who suffered facial injury, was transported by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, police said.

He was treated for his injuries and released, according to a hospital spokesman. BELCHERTOWN Nicholas J. Kotarakos, 22, of 131 Main Gill, was arrested Wednesday on the charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Police said Kotarakos was stopped on North Washington Street about 2:20 a.m., after a patrol officer observed him driving erratically. Matthew D.

Brown, 31, of Chatham, was arrested Wednesday on the charges of speeding and driving after his license was suspended. Police said Brown was stopped on North Washington Street for speeding about 1:20 p.m. A computer check showed Brown's license had been sus- Marion Wade SPRINGFIELD Marion (Wentworth) Wade, 82, a former Amherst resident, died Feb. 24 in Mercy Hospital. Born March 16, 1921, in Northampton, she was the daughter of the late Edwin A.

and Lucia (Cowles) Wentworth. She grew up in Amherst, where she attended local schools and was a 1939 graduate of Amherst High School. She had lived for a time in New Hampshire and Florida before moving to Springfield. Mrs. Wade worked for many years at Amherst College, at the infirmary and at.

Valentine Hall. She attended Bethany Assembly of God Church in Agawam and Heritage Baptist Church in Springfield. She was a member of the former Second Congregational Church in Amherst and Jensen Beach Community Church in Florida. She had also attended church in West Swanzey, N.H., and Robbins Memorial Church in Greenfield. She belonged to the Amherst Grange.

She leaves a daughter, Ellen Wade, of Springfield; a sister, Alice Owen, of Greenfield; and 10 nieces and nephews. Her former husband, Gordon Wade; four brothers, Donald Wentworth, Howard Wentworth, Walter Wentworth and Fred Wentworth; and a sister, Eleanor, died earlier. Another sister, Hazel Wentworth, died as an infant. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst.

A graveside service will be held in Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst, at a later date. Calling hours are Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and preceding the funeral Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Peter Alfred Laflam OCKLAWAHA, Fla. Peter Alfred Laflam, 80, an Easthampton native, died Feb.

21 in Veterans Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. Born Oct. 5, 1923, in Easthampton, he was the son of the late William and Mary (Dion) Laflam. He grew up in Easthampton, where he attended local schools. He moved 18 years ago to Florida.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Laflam had worked at National Felt Co. in Easthampton, retiring as superintendent of production.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph's of the Forest Catholic Church outside Ocala, Fla. In Florida, he was a member of the Cracker Workshop, a group of local woodworkers. He leaves his wife, Jeannette (Hebert) Laflam; three daughters, Jacqueline Pawlikowski, of Ocala, Patricia Stefanski, of Ocklawaha, and Cynthia Bailey, of Fruitland Park, four sisters, Rita Gingras and Eva Poudrier, both of Silvers Springs, Margaret Laprade, of Moss Bluff, and Arlene Sedlak, of Easthampton; two brothers, Tom Laflam, of Silver Springs, and Robert Laflam, of Ocklawaha; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to the William and Mary Laflam Scholarship Fund, 4982 Southeast 187th Court, Ocklawaha, FL 32179.

A funeral Mass was held earlier in Florida. Hiers Funeral Home in Ocala was in charge of arrangements. pended, police said. CHESTERFIELD State police cited Nathaniel Searle, 17, of Worthington for speeding and a marked lanes violation after he lost control of his car Wednesday morning on South Street, struck a tree and rolled over into a resident's driveway, police said. Searle was not injured but police said he was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital by Goshen Ambulance for precautionary reasons.

Police said that Searle's vehicle was totaled and that there was damage to the treeline. DISTRICT COURT NEWS APPEARS ON PAGE B7 BOSTON (AP) Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said he supports amending the Massachusetts Constitution to ban gay marriage, as long as it provides for civil unions for samesex couples. Kerry stressed that he was referring only to the state, and not the federal constitution. The Massachusetts senator has criticized President Bush's support for an amendment that would change the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual institution.

"If the Massachusetts Legislature crafts an appropriate amendment that provides for partnership and civil unions, then I would support it, and it would advance the goal of equal protection," Kerry told The Boston Globe. He has said he would oppose any amendment that didn't include a provision for civil unions. "I think that you need to have civil union," he said. "That's my position." Kerry's remark angered supporters marriage, who said it could help a stalled amendment offered by state legislators that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman, but creates same-sex unions. Lawmakers are set to reconvene STATE BRIEFS Bill to open medical hearings to victims' families passes House BOSTON (AP) A bill designed to open medical disciplinary hearings to victims' families and allow them to make impact statements won approval in the House on Wednesday.

A slightly different version of the bill passed the Senate. The bill, dubbed "Taylor's was driven by the death of a 13-month-old girl at Children's Hospital two years ago. Catherine and John McCormack spearheaded the bill on behalf of their daughter, Taylor, who suffered fatal brain damage while waiting overnight for surgery to drain excess fluid from her skull. After a closed hearing, the state medical board issued letters of concern to two neurosurgeons involved with her care that night and a more serious warning to a third doctor. The parents, who had hoped the doctors would be suspended or seriously disciplined in some way, were not aware of the hearing until two weeks after it occurred.

The Senate can either agree with the House version or send the bill to a six-member conference committee to hammer out a compromise. Romney criticized Mayor Menino's DNC proposal BOSTON (AP) Governor Mitt Romney criticized Mayor Thomas M. Menino's proposal for the city of Boston to collect half of the state taxes generated from the Democratic National Convention, and denied that he tried similar tactics in Utah for the 2002 Winter Olympics. "There are a number of problems with the mayor's proposal," Romney said. "The state was not asked whether we wanted to bid on the Democratic National Convention.

We weren't party to the bid, we didn't make any representations or guarantees, we didn't put up money. And you certainly don't come to us afterward and say, 'Oh, by the way, we'd like you to put in several million dollars." Menino estimated the convention would bring $154 1 million in new business to the city to create $7.5 million in state tax revenues that Massachusetts could share with Boston. "We're a tourism-service business, this city. The sharing of revenues doesn't happen in Massachusetts. It's about time we stopped thinking about the old way," Menino said.

Utah state officials said when Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, he lobbied the Utah Legislature to exempt Olympic tickets from sales tax, allowing another $13 million to go toward the games instead. Art dealer convicted in fraud case BOSTON (AP) A New York City art dealer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiring to fail to pay estimated taxes in connection with the attempted sale of two pieces of fine art for more than $4 million. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Arnold Katzen, 64, will serve three years of probation. Sentencing is scheduled for June 21. Katzen and Shirley D.

Sack tried to sell two pieces of art to an undercover federal agent in Boston for $4.1 million in cash, prosecutors said. The works of art, seized by the United States, were an original oil painting entitled "Jeune Femme aux Yeux Bleus" by Amedeo Modigliani valued at about $2.5 million, and an original pastel entitled "La Coiffure" by Edgar Degas valued at their constitutional convention on March 11. "It is harmful for us and could well affect the vote," said Arline Isaacson, co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, which opposes the amendment. But state Senator Andrea Nuciforo a Democrat from Pittsfield who supports the amendment, doubted Kerry's comments would have much affect on the state debate. "Members are reaching their conclusions based on what they hear from their districts and what they feel in their hearts," said Nuciforo.

Kerry has said he opposes gay marriage but has not previously given his opinion on any specific amendment under discussion in the state Legislature. In 1996, Kerry voted against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union of a man and woman. At the time, Kerry said he opposed gay marriage, but the law amounted to gay-bashing. Kerry also denounced the push by President Bush this week to amend the U.S. Constitution to outlaw gay marriage, arguing the issue of marriage should be left to the states.

about $1.6 million. Katzen and Sack would have been required under federal law to pay an estimated tax on their profits from the sale of the works, but they conspired and agreed not to pay a tax, prosecutors said. In addition to the plea agreement, Katzen has agreed to forfeit his interest in "La Coiffure." He and Sack were in possession of "Jeune Femme aux Yeux Bleus" for consignment sale. Sack, 73, of New York, is scheduled to plead guilty on March 22 for her role in the scheme. Station provides scholarship money BOSTON (AP) The parent company of WEEIAM has agreed to provide scholarship money, minority internships and public service announcements to the Metco school desegregation program, four months after two talk show hosts compared Metco students to an escaped gorilla.

John Dennis and Gerry Callahan were suspended for two weeks in October by WEEI, a sports talk station, after an on-air exchange about a gorilla that escaped from a Boston zoo. After Callahan observed the gorilla was captured near a bus stop, Dennis said, "Yeah, yeah. He was a Metco gorilla." "Heading out to Lexington," Callahan added. "Yeah, exactly," Dennis replied. The hosts were accused of racism and heavily criticized by Boston city councilors and parents of children in Metco, a voluntary busing program that enrolls Boston students in suburban schools.

Metco currently serves about 3,200 students in the Boston area. Dennis later apologized for his remarks, calling them "the single stupidest thing I've ever said in 26 years of broadcasting in Boston." Under the agreement between Metco and WEEI's parent, Entercom, the station will provide "at least $30,000" in scholarship over the next four years, donate time for public-service announcements for Metco and affiliated groups, and add two internship positions for minority college students at its Boston radio stations, WEEI general manager Julie Kahn told The Boston Globe. Man arrested after wife's death NORTH ATTLEBORO (AP) A 65-year-old disabled Navy veteran is charged with murder and arson after he allegedly shot his wife in the head before setting fire to their mobile home. Neighbors called police Tuesday to report several gunshots and the fire. When police arrived on the scene, Arthur Paradis was preparing to drive away with an arsenal of weapons, Bristol Assistant District Attorney Robert Schilling said.

"He was using gasoline from his car to set the fire," Schilling told The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro. "His chest was crisscrossed with bandoliers of ammunition and he was carrying a shotgun." Inside Paradis' car, officers also found two caliber rifles, a crossbow with arrows, a machete and two baseball bats. There was camping equipment in the trunk, and he was carrying seven knives, Schilling said. "He was prepared to leave," Schilling said. Inside the trailer, police found the body of Paradis' wife, Carol.

At his arraignment Tuesday in Attleboro District Court, Paradis said he and his wife had gotten into "a fight, an argument," Schilling said. He pleaded innocent to charges of murder, arson, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and possession of a firearm without a license. Herald Media appoints editorial director BOSTON (AP) A change in ranks at the Boston Herald surprised many in the newsroom Wednesday as they learned Kenneth A. Chandler was named editorial director of all Herald Media Inc. publications on the same day editor-in-chief Andrew F.

Costello stepped down. Chandler, editor of the Boston Herald from 1986 to 1992, went on to become editor and publisher of the New York Post before returning to Boston as a consultant to Patrick Purcell, the o1 owner of Herald Media. As editorial director, Chandler will be responsible for overseeing the content of the Boston Herald, five suburban dailies, 89 weeklies and 21 specialty publications. Costello, who has been with the Herald since 1983 and editor since April 1994, will explore other opportunities within the company, Think globally. Click locally! DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE "Costello has been a great boss and great editor," said Tom Mashberg, the paper's newsroom union steward.

"His firm and thoughtful stewardship of the Herald will be missed by all who work The unexpected editorial change surprised and angered some in the newsroom who were given no official reason for Costello's departure. "I think most people were shocked," reporter David Weber told the Boston Globe. "We heard nothing. There's been solid leadership at the paper for a long time." In Memoriam In Loving Memory of Michael Berube October 7, 1961- February 26, 1999 In my soul there is a hole that can never be filled. In my heart there is hope and you are with me still.

In my heart you live on always there, never gone. Know that you're not forgotten You will live forever in my heart. Miss you love you, Mom Great style. Great comfort. Great fabrics.

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