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Laurie J. (Ditata) Sylvia, 59, of Sconticut Neck, Fairhaven passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 surrounded by her family at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She was the loving wife of 40 years to Robert Sylvia, Jr.
Born in New Bedford, daughter of Gabriel Ditata of Marion and Dorothy Reed of Dartmouth, she grew up in Dartmouth where she graduated from high school in 1977 and settled in Fairhaven on Sconticut Neck, 40 years ago, where she spent her summers on Sandy Beach with her husband and family, which she described as her little piece of heaven. She had been a realtor for the past 17 years for Pelletier Realty and was a member of the Greater New Bedford Realtor Association.
Laurie would approach everyone with a smile, kindness and laughter. She had a beautiful soul that was felt by everyone she came across. If you had the pleasure to meet her, you were instantly a friend and had a piece of her heart. If Laurie was in the room, you were sure to be laughing. She was the life of the party and meant everything to everyone. She loved her children deeply and her greatest joy was being Mimi to her grandchildren. Heaven has gained the most selfless, beautiful, genuine human being.
She is survived by her loving husband, Bob; mother, Dorothy Reed; father Gabe Ditata and his wife Carole; her mother and father-in-law, Rosalie and Robert Sylvia of South Dartmouth; children, Robert G. Sylvia and his companion Michelle Silva of New Bedford, Jennifer Sylvia and her companion Thomas Harris of Middletown, RI and Sara Lewis and her husband Ryan of Fairhaven; two sisters, Karen Fenton and her husband Russell of Acushnet and Susan Fitzgerald and her companion Gina Tenrreiro of Dartmouth; a brother, David Ditata and his companion Melissa Holian of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Madelyn, Ellie, Marlee, Max, Layla, Gabby and Jordan; a sister-in-law, Janet Wilson and her husband Dennis of Wareham; dear family friends, T.J. Spangler and Pam Bourgault and her best friend, Carol Baron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
David Mason Biggs born in Providence. Rhode Island on March 27 1948 and passed away unexpectedly on Dec 1 2018 at his home In Acushnet, Mass. Son of the late Ruth A Biggs (Fay)and Ernest Mason Biggs. David leaves behind a daughter Arlee J. Biggs. Sisters Marcia R Whalen, Carolyn R. Giramma and brother’s Alan K Biggs , Steven A. Biggs.and step brother Robert Greene. Preceded in death Step sister, Lois Hammett. He leaves behind a large extended family. David graduated from Cedar Cliff high school, Camp Hill, Pa. in 1966. David was a Sargent in the Air Force from 1966 to 1972. While serving in the Air Force David was stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
David was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle PA. and UMass Dartmouth. David worked in the office of George Goodling and the Pa state senate for John Hopper. He was the regional director for encyclopedia Britannica. While living in Mass he was the owner of Biggs- Partners and you, last year David worked In the real estate industry. Most recently David was the assistant director on the board for PACE in New Bedford, Mass. a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club in New Bedford, Mass.
Sidney H. Kaplan, 94, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. He was born in New Bedford, son of the late Nathan and Ethel (Long) Kaplan.
He began his career as a cattle dealer with his dad, and transitioned into real estate. He was a member of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, past Chairman of the finance committee of the Town of Dartmouth, a corporator of the New Bedford Institution for Savings, and a member of the Masons. Sidney also served on the board of directors of the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kaplan; children, Andrew Kaplan and his partner Danielle Jackson of Kittery, ME, and Peter Kaplan and his wife Kate of Concord, MA; grandchildren, Sophia and Elise Kaplan; sister, Charlotte Salon of Dartmouth; and numerous nieces and nephews. He had an impact on many people in the community. Sidney was both beloved father to two, and father-figure to many.
Peter A. LePage, age 63, of Middleboro, formerly of Norton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Plymouth. He was the beloved husband of Linda A. (Jolly) LePage, to whom he was wed on June 16, 1979.
Born in Taunton, MA on December 19, 1954, he was a loving son of the late Aime and Alice (Correia) LePage.
Peter grew up in Norton and was a 1972 graduate of Norton High School. During the Vietnam Era, he proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and was honorably discharged on May 27, 1977 with the rank of SP5.
A resident of Middleboro for the past thirty years, Peter was the proud owner of Palcon Services, a company he operated, along with his wife Linda, for the past fourteen years.
Peter was a kind-hearted person to all he met and always put family and friends first. He was a longtime member of the Middleboro Finance Committee, an avid reader and history buff, and will always be remembered for his exceptional carpentry skills.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his devoted sister June A. Burns and her husband Bradford of Falmouth, Maine. He was the dear son-in-law of Elizabeth Jolly of Dennisport and the late Joseph Jolly. He was the cherished brother-in-law of Paul Jolly and his wife Luana of Franklin, Mark Jolly and his wife Belinda of Norton, Lisa Bousquet and her husband David of Stow, Maine, and Michael Jolly and his wife Regina of Franklin. He is also survived by his loving aunt, uncle, cousins, and a boatload of adoring nieces and nephews.