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PRISCILLA LOWE KOLESHIS
Priscilla Lowe Koleshis passed gently from this life at her home in Bourne, Cape Cod on August 22, 2020 at the age of 73. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Richard Koleshis of Bourne, their son, Michael Koleshis of Wareham, and daughter, Melissa Koleshis and granddaughter Jane of Phoenix, Arizona, along with family members and friends across the country.
Priscilla grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and after high school, she went on to the Philadelphia School of Modeling, and Framingham Business School. Her business career took her across the country where she utilized her extraordinary skills establishing businesses from Massachusetts to California. She served as Manager and Assistant to the Vice President in charge of opening new locations at Petrie Stores, Stuarts Stores, and Marianne Shops. She opened more than 45 locations then served as the Store Manager of the largest Lerner department store in downtown Philadelphia. After a transfer to Los Angeles, she was promoted as an Area Supervisor.
Later in her career, Priscilla was the Sales Manager at Holiday Health and Fitness Club in Philadelphia, where through creative sales she brought in waves of new clients in areas of exercise psychology.
Priscilla traveled extensively during her life, visiting countries that most only dream of seeing. But in 1985, she returned home to Cape Cod where she managed a South Yarmouth Bed and Bath. In 1993, always looking for new challenges, Priscilla entered the world of real estate and was Top Sales Agent at Century 21 Bourne Landing Realtors, Inc., specializing in waterfront and vacation properties. In 2019, she joined the sales team at Jack Conway & Company, in Pocasset. Priscilla’s favorite part of her job was working closely with first time home buyers to help them realize their dream of owning their own home.
While business and sales were her professional passions, her real love was community work in her hometown of Bourne. She served as a member and part-time employee on the Bourne Board of Assessors. She was a member of the Bourne Recreation Committee and started the Bourne Youth Council, dedicated to raising funds for youth programs. She devoted untold hours of volunteerism and fundraising for the community skateboard facility for Bourne kids to enjoy, and she worked on the Bicycle Safety Helmet Program.
Linda M. Silveira, age 52 of Dartmouth, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in her residence with her loving family at her side. She was the companion of Jose “Joe” Miranda to who she shared 17 wonderful years together.
Born in Cais do Pico , Azores, Portugal, she was the daughter of Guiomor (Amaral) Silveira of New Bedford and the late Joaõ Silveira. Linda was a graduate of Bishop Stang High School, class of 1985 and attended Rhode Island College. She was the Co-Owner/Broker of Gold Star Realty for the last 25 years.
Linda loved her family dearly; including her many nieces and nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles. She enjoyed being on the water, sitting in the sun, she loved animals and skydiving. She was an extremely adventurous woman. She enjoyed home decorating when she could. Linda was a very active member of The New Bedford Rotary Club for many years and President in 2015-16, where she worked tirelessly to help raise thousands of dollars for needy charities, an active member of the Landlord’s Assc. and was a member of the Board of the Veteran’s Transition House.
In addition to her beloved Joe and her mother Guiomar, she is survived by a brother, John Silveira and his wife Zuleika Vidal of New Bedford; a sista, Karen Oliveira and her husband Noe of Swansea; a nephew, Matt Silveira and his boyfriend Patrick Whipp of Fall River; a niece, Danielle Ouellette and her partner Thomas Buchannan of Fall River; three aunts, Analia, Adelaide, Isaura and Josefina; an uncle, Virginio Silveira of Portugal; and many great nieces and nephews, cousins and aunts and uncles.
Terry William Twombly, 65, passed away on October 1, 2019. He was the loving husband of Andrea J. (Guyot) Twombly, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage.
Terry was born in Portland, ME and was the son of the late Albion and Willine (Perkins) Twombly.
Terry was self-employed all his life and enjoyed three distinctly different careers, first as a mason contractor, then as a CAD designer, and finally as a Realtor, which he had been for 17 years. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Attleboro and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for more than two decades. Terry also enjoyed beekeeping, was a member of the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association and a trusted mentor. Terry enjoyed traveling to Maine to visit family and friends. He was an avid gardener and a talented woodworker. Terry was a kindhearted and generous man who was always willing to lend a hand to others. He will be remembered fondly as an honest man with a tremendous sense of humor and integrity. He was hardworking, and a champion for others and their dreams. He will be deeply missed.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his beloved daughter, Jessica, of Pittsfield; siblings, Timothy Twombly and his wife Linda of Nashua, NH, Rebecca Rogers and her husband Raymond and Roxann Twombly all of Standish, ME; Kristin Brooks and her husband Steven of Colebrook, NH and many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Brucewayne Twombly and Bonilyn Rand.
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.