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Prevost High Class of '59

Deceased Members

You are not forgotten

Nor will you ever be,

As long as life and memory last

We will remember thee.


Ronald "Birdie" Berube

Gerard "Gerry" Brault

Normand "Butch" Cayer

Arthur "Art" Charland

Jean "Johnny" Chouinard

Bertrand "Pete" Durette

Rev. Richard "Dick" Gendreau

Maurice "Moe" Lamontagne

Roger "Canuck" Lamontagne

Donald "Don" Lanouette

Gerard "Gerry" Letourneau

Leo Marchand

Paul Matton

Paul "Pelly" Pellerin

Roland Pelletier

Roger "Rog" Rioux

Maurice Roy




 Paul E. Matton

Paul E. Matton, 74, formerly of Peckham Street, Fall River, passed away at Catholic Memorial Home on May 22, 2016. Born in Fall River on August 22, 1941, he was the son of the late Emile Matton and the late Yvette (Valcourt) Matton. He leaves a brother, Collin G. Matton, of Fairfield, Connecticut. After graduating from Msgr. Prevost High School in 1959, Mr. Matton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 from Providence College and was awarded a Masters degree in Secondary Education from Bridgewater State College in 1968. A teacher of French for many years, Mr. Matton taught at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth and in the Johnson (R.I.) Public Schools where he served as language coordinator and tenured teacher of French. Mr. Matton was involved with several professional organizations. He was active with the Rhode Island chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, the Franco-American Cultural Committee, the French Cultural Society, and the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association. He administered an annual French contest in Fall River and organized student field trips to Paris.

 Donald E. Lanouette, Sr.

Donald Edward Lanouette, Sr., 74, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in Newport News, VA. He was born in Fall River, MA and was the son of the late Edward L. and Melina C. Lanouette. Donald was a graduate of Msgr. Prevost High School class of 1959. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years after serving two tours in Vietnam and retired as a Master Sergeant. Following his retirement, he worked for the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier working in different Post Offices in Hampton and Poquoson. He is survived by his wife Linda Sue Lanouette, his sons Donald E. Lanouette, Jr., David R. Lanouette and Daryl L. Lanouette, a sister Pauline Rose Lamontangne and brother Leo Lanouette.

 Rev. Richard R. Gendreau

Rev. Richard R. Gendreau, 73, of Fall River, passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. He was born in Fall River, the son of the late Pete and Blanche (Proulx) Gendreau. Richard was a graduate of Msgr. Prevost High School class of 1959. In 1963, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in French from Stonehill College. Richard entered Saint John’s Seminary and earned another Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Divinity. He continued his education at Boston College and earned another Master’s degree in Psychology. Father Gendreau was ordained by Bishop Connolly in Saint Mary’s Cathedral in 1969. He was a priest at the former Saint Michael’s Church in Swansea from 1969-1986, Saint Louis de France from 1973-1981, then serving at UMASS Dartmouth as a Chaplain from 1981-1986. While at UMASS Dartmouth he also was affiliated at Saint James Church in New Bedford and Saint George’s in Westport. From 1986 to 1993, Father Gendreau served as the Pastor at Saint Stephens in Attleboro and then at Saint Joseph in North Dighton until 1994. He returned to Saint Michael’s in Swansea until 2003, and then back to Saint Louis de France until his retirement in 2012. Father Gendreau served on the Interfaith and Priest Council for the Diocese. He also served on the Board for The United Way. Father Gendreau was active with the youth council in Swansea, the Senior Elder Council in Swansea, and Catholic Charities. Survivors are a brother: Roger A. Gendreau and his wife Joyce of Swansea, MA; two nephews: Brian Gendreau and his wife Melissa of Warren, RI; Patrick Gendreau and his wife Anne of Tiverton, RI; two great nieces: Victoria and Brianna; a great Nephew: Corey; his cousins who shared the family home: Michael Gendreau of Florida; Ronald Gendreau of Connecticut; Mark Gendreau of Westport, MA; Claude Gendreau of Tiverton, RI; along with many other cousins. He was the cousin of the late Dennis and Conrad Gendreau.

 Paul V. Pellerin

Paul V. Pellerin, 72, of Somerset, a Retired Major with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday January 8, 2014. He was the husband of forty-nine years to Mary (Carreiro) Pellerin. Paul was born in Fall River the son of the late Victor A. and Lizette (Desmarais) Pellerin. He was a graduate of the former Msgr. Prevost High School class of 1959. Mr. Pellerin served his country with the United States Marine Corp and then with the Massachusetts Army National Guard for a combined thirty years earning the rank of Major, before retiring in 1994. While serving his country Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Anna Maria College. He was the Senior Vice Commandant of the LCPL John Van Gyzen Marine Corp League in Somerset. Paul cherished the time he spent with his family and friends especially his grandchildren. Survivors besides his wife are four daughters: Lee M. Pellerin of Somerset, MA; Michelle A. Souza of Swansea, MA; Nicole P. Parker and her husband Keith of Fayetteville, GA; Mary J. Dionne and her husband Matthew of Somerset, MA; seven grandchildren: Ethan, Haley, Owen, William, Andrew Paul, Jackson, and Lily; a sister: Madeleine Pellerin O.S.F. of Rochester, MN along with several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Victor A. Pellerin and Daniel R. Pellerin.

 Roger A. Rioux

September 9, 1940 - August 12, 2012

Roger A. Rioux, 71, of Crescent St., Fall River, husband of Elena (Tonelli) Rioux, and son of Valeda (Salois) Rioux of Fall River and the late Albert Rioux, died Sunday, August 12, 2012. A graduate of Msgr. Prevost High School, he served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was employed by Bradlees and Rocky’s Ace Hardware. He enjoyed golf and was an avid Red Sox fan. Besides his wife of 34 years and mother, he leaves, 2 children, MCPO Steven Rioux, USN and his wife Amy of Yorktown, VA and Julie Ann Boudria of Fall River; a grandson, Noah Boudria; stepchildren, Steven Desjardins and his wife Deborah of Lexington, VA, Diane Lambert and her husband Rodney and Kenneth Desjardins, all of Fall River; step-grandchildren, Tracie and Shawn Desjardins, Robert Deschenes, and Brooke, Brittany and Brett Lambert; siblings, Claudette Courville and her husband William of Somerset and Paul Rioux of Tiverton; and nieces and nephews.

 Leo R. Marchand

Leo Roger Marchand of Mechanicsville, MD died at St. Mary's Hospital on February 22, 2012 at the age of 70. Born April 24, 1941 in Fall River, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Joseph Z. Marchand and Beatrice M. Fortin Marchand. He married the love of his life, Joan White Marchand, on February 4, 1967 in Fall River, Massachusetts. This year they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Leo came to St. Mary's County 14 years ago from Sterling, Virginia. He worked with the Department of the Navy as a Logistics Technician at Patuxent River Naval Base. Leo loved to golf at the Wicomico Golf Course and was a very good bridge player. He also enjoyed getting the family together to play games like Spades, Fascination, and Scrabble. His family always looked forward to coming home to visit and will miss the hot dogs and hamburgers that Leo would grill. Leo was a devout parishioner at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church. He loved being an altar server at morning mass during the week. Leo is survived by his wife, Joan (White) and six children, Roger T. Marchand and wife Gina of Seattle Washington; David A. Marchand and wife Karen of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts; Peter J. Marchand and wife Shannon of Ashburn, Virginia; Daniel T. Marchand, fiancée Jennifer and their daughter Megan of Winchester, Virginia; Catherine L. Otts and husband Josh of Mechanicsville, Maryland; and Christopher W. Marchand and wife Carrie of Waldorf, Maryland. Leo is also survived by his siblings, Gertrude Rheault of York, South Carolina; Laurent Marchand and wife Claudette of Greenville, Rhode Island; Maurice Marchand and wife Karen of Rocklin, California; and Marcel Marchand and Therese of Fall River, Massachusetts.

  Normand R. Cayer

January 14, 1942 - January 30, 2012  Normand R. “Butch” Cayer, 70, of Sodom Road, Westport, MA, died Monday at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Marion L. (Worthington) Cayer. Born in Fall River, MA, a son of the late Albert R. and Jeannette (Levesque) Cayer, he resided in Westport for the past 37 years. Mr. Cayer had worked as a supervisor for Elbe File & Binder Company for 15 years, later he worked for Dover Stamping as a general manager for 20 years. He most recently worked as a greeter for Walmart in Dartmouth. Mr. Cayer coached many softball teams at Father Kelly Park for the Scholarship City Softball League. He was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins. Besides his wife of 38 years, he is survived by 2 sons, Gary R. Cayer of Tiverton and Jeffrey W. Cayer of New York, 2 granddaughters, Courtney Cayer and Brittany Cayer, 2 nieces, Sheila and Doreen. He was the brother of the late Ronald Cayer. Also, his 3 dogs, which he loved, Bella, Nicky and Lucky.

 Roger A Lamontagne

CW4 Roger A. Lamontagne, Massachusetts Army National Guard, Ret. 68, of Milliken Blvd., Fall River, formerly of Somerset, husband of Phyllis J. (Santos) Farrell Lamontagne, died Sunday, March 7, 2010. A graduate of Msgr. Prevost High School, Chief Warrant Officer 4, Lamontagne served the first 20 years of his career as a full time enlisted soldier and the next 21 years as a full time Military Personnel Technician in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, retiring in 2001. He was also employed by Fall River Ambulance Service, Raymond’s Market, Auclair Funeral Home and Southcoast Hospitals Group. He was a member of the National Guard Assn. of Massachusetts, National Guard Assn. of the United States, 126th. Signal Battalion Assn., Field Artillery Dug Out Club, Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Assn. St. Patrick Parish Men’s Club, Somerset, and Past President of St. Anne Fraternity. Besides his wife Phyllis, he leaves daughters, Michelle V. Coe of Jacksonville, FL, Denise D. Cabral (husband late Jeffrey) and Susan H. Auclair (husband Adam) all of Fall River; grandchildren, Ryan Cabral, Amanda Raposo, Corey Cabral, Kiara Cabral, Andrew Coe, and Noah and Nathan Auclair; siblings, Pauline Caron (husband late Roger) of Dayville, CT, Emile Lamontagne (wife Pauline) of Dighton, Irene Kehoe (husband William) of Bristol, RI, and Diane Diogo (husband Joseph) of Somerset; his former wife Jeannette (Bileau) Rivera of Fall River and nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Robert and Rita (Forcier) Lamontagne.

  Maurice Roy Maurice  Roy

July 22, 1941 - May 9, 2008

Maurice Roy, 66, of Fall River, formerly of Somerset, died Friday, May 9, 2008. The son of Lena (Brisebois) Roy of Fall River and the late Raymond Roy, he was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He leaves 2 sons, Matthew Roy and his fiancée Stephanie of Somerset and Mark Roy and his wife Jody of Swansea; a grandson, Madison Roy and brothers, Normand Roy and his wife Joan of Shreveport, LA, Roger Roy and his wife Kathleen of Bridgewater and Paul Roy of Fall River.

 Gerard R. Letourneau

Gerard R. Letourneau, 59 of Highland Avenue, Fall River, formerly of Charlotte Street, Fall River, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. He was the husband of Aurore (Hamel) Letourneau. Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late Honore and the late Ernestine (Berube) Letourneau. He was a human resources  manager at Globe Manufacturing; had also worked part time for the Affiliated Waring-Sullivan-Ashton-Coughlin-Driscoll Funeral Homes and was also assistant director for Bristol Elder Services in Fall River. He was a communicant of Notre Dame Parish since 1960, served as a member of the Army Reserve Corps of Engineers, 483rd Combat Engineer Battalion, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Monsignor Prevost Council No. 12390 of Fall River, and was awarded Knight of the Year in September. He was a volunteer at the Westport Middle School as a model instructor, a member of the Copicut Rod and Gun Club, the National Rifle Association and Gun Owner's Action League and was also a member of the Monsignor Prevost High School Alumni Association. He was a 1976 graduate of Southeastern Massachusetts University with a bachelor of science in business administration. Besides his wife , he is survived by three daughters, Denise Weaver of Westport, Michelle Letourneau of Fall River and Patricia Sousa of Taunton; a son Robert Letourneau of Somerset; a brother Donald Letourneau of Buzzards Bay; a sister Jacqueline Letourneau of fall River; six grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

In Memory Of Gerry Letourneau

Gerry Letourneau, 2000

Graduation Picture, 1959

Gerry & Aurore Wedding, 1960

Gerry & Sister Jackie, 12-25-98

Gerry's Confirmation - His Dad & Mom

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