Monday, November 26, 2007

Wilson's Reservoir - former Joyal place at the lake

Dad, Bob and I managed to explore Paschoag and see if we could find our way to the old Joyal water front site at Wilson's Reservoir one weekend in October.

We managed to do so.

The Joyal's did not have a dock when they were here had a dock that they took out for each winter. But the water and the view hasn't changed too much.

Added: There was also a 'boathouse' to cover the motor boat in season. Quonset hut shaped on stilts. It also was part of the seasonal work to put into the water in May and take out in September/October.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Jerry's Story: Early Days at Washburn Wire

Jerry talks about working at Washburn Wire, as a utility supervisor and then in the cost department.

Time: 7 minutes, 2 seconds

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jerry's Story: Job History Part 1

Jerry recaps his job history starting post war with applying to FRAM Corp, then getting work at American Insulated Wire as a floor man. Providing the bundles of appliance cords, cloth covered, to the women who tied them off and then capped them with the plugs.

Time: 6 minutes, 23 seconds

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jerry's Story: Filling in some gaps

Jerry talks about the parish schools, recaps his grade school to high school, to war, then one year at PC. With additional info on the replacement manager job he had with Finast before leaving for World War II

Time: 3 minutes, 6 seconds

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jerry's Story: Drug stores and St Rays

Jerry talks about the drug stores in the neighborhood and then about the neighborhood around St Ray's as some houses got moved for Rt 95 to go through Broadway and Summit

Time: 5 minutes, 43 seconds

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Jerry's Story: Working in the Neighborhood

Jerry talks about working for the paper merchant, loading stock from the 3rd floor, riding the truck to deliver in Providence.

Time: 4 minutes, 18 seconds

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ROBICHAUD, NORMAND JOSEPH, also known as 'Norm', 'Red', 71, a lifelong resident of Pawtucket, was born into eternal life Friday evening surrounded by his loving family holding him. Normand passed away after a courageous battle of pancreatic cancer. He was the husband of Colette (Joyal) Robichaud. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Emery and Lea (Laporte) Robichaud. Mr. Robichaud was a life-long communicant and Eucharistic Minister of the St. John the Baptist Church, Pawtucket.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended St. John the Baptist School, Sacred Heart, West High, and RI School of Design. He was a lifetime member of the Lefoyer Club and a member of the Les Gais Chanteur for over 40 years. Normand served on the school board at Woodlawn Catholic Regional School in Pawtucket for 33 years. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf, painting, drawing, and spending time at the barn with the family horses, George, Heaven and Dog Becca.

Mr. Robichaud was a model cutter for 27 years for Jostens in Attleboro, and then Balfour for 7 years. After his retirement in 2001, he became a dedicated volunteer as a Eucharistic minister at the Miriam Hospital in Providence where he carried on his services of comfort and prayers, love and laughter to those in need. This was a job which he especially enjoyed. Normand always loved to make others laugh and always succeeded at brightening the love of others.

Normand's spirit will live on in the legacy of his family. He was the adoring father to his five children who will miss him dearly: Charles E. Robichaud, Brigette A. Robichaud, Aimee D. Robichaud, Denis A. Robichaud, and Elise M. Robichaud. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, all of whom cherished his love. He was the brother of the late George Robichaud, Cecile Hamel, and Yvette Clement.

His funeral will be held Tuesday at 9 AM from the J.J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Rt. 122, Cumberland. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in the St. John the Baptist Church, 69 Quincy Avenue, Pawtucket. Burial will follow in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and Friends are kindly invited. Calling Hours will be held Monday, 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. John the Baptist Food Bank, 69 Quincy Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Directions and Guestbook

reprinted from the Providence (RI) Journal edition of 11/11/07.

Colette was one of my mother's sisters, Norm was one of Jerry's brother-in-laws

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Jerry's Story: Neighborhood Stores

Jerry talks of the neighborhood stores, the meat market one block one way or five blocks the other way. The ice man, the milk man. Cumberland Farms. Cream on the top of the milk bottle.

Time: 5 minutes, 56 seconds

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Jerry's Neighborhood

Jerry's childhood neighborhood in Pawtucket as seen in Google Maps today:

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Sherlock Clan

Sherlock Clan, originally uploaded by shersteve.

front row: Martina, Angela, Jack
back row: Henry, Helene, Jerry

If the picture does not show completely in your browser window, click on the picture to view the original in Flickr.

The photo was taken during the reception at Rhode Island College following the funeral for their sister M Francis Campbell. RIC President John Nazarian stopped in to the reception to extend his condolences to the family and friends gathered there. He said that he will miss Fran. No matter what he said, she always had something else to add. She is probably looking down upon us all now and commenting.