2015-06-11 / Obituaries

RECENT DEATHS

Harry Wayne Beaumont, 71, of Newport, passed away June 1, 2015, at Newport Hospital after a short battle with brain cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Lorraine (Coute) Beaumont; daughter Tiffany Worthen (John) of Newport; and two grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the Robert Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.

Russell J. Dufault, 74, of Portsmouth, passed on Friday, June 5, 2015. He leaves behind his wife, Gertrude (Trudy) Ann Conforti, three children, and four grandchildren. Calling hours will be Thursday, June 11, from 4 – 7 p.m. ath Connors Funeral Home, Portsmouth. A Mass of Christian burial will be June 12 at 10 a.m. at St Anthony’s Church, Portsmouth.

Robert V. ("Doc") Edick, 88, of Middletown, passed away June 5, 2015 at Newport Hospital. He leaves behind his wife, Clorinda Pagliaro Edick; his children, John Edick of Newport, Paul Edick of Chicago, Annette Darling of Middletown; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in World War II. Donations in his memory may be made to the Edick Family Scholarship at Lowville Academy and Central School, 7668 North State St., Lowville, New York.

Geralyn Ann Erickson “Mrs. Grasshopper,” 58, of Newport, passed away June 3, 2015 at home, surrounded by family. She leaves behind her husband, John (Jay) Erickson, and sons J.J. and Michael. Donations in her memory may be made to the Cluny School, 75 Brenton Road, Newport, RI 02840.

Barbara Ann (Brandt) Genga, 87, of Newport, passed away June 8, 2015 at Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late Eno J. Genga. She leaves behind two children, four grandchildren, and one greatgranddaughter. Calling hours are Thursday, June 11, from 4 - 7 p.m. at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be June 12 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Trinity Church Organ Fund, 141 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840.

Cdr. Cyril G. Griffin, USN, Ret., 98, of Middletown, passed away June 7, 2015 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. He was the husband of the late Joan C. Griffin. He leaves behind his children, Patrick Griffin (Donna) of Middletown and Joanne Griffin of San Diego, and three grandchildren. He served in World War II and the Korean War. Donations in his memory may be made to Home & Hospice Care of RI, The Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, 1085 Main St., Providence, RI, 02904.

John S. Mellekas, 81 of Newport, passed away June 2, 2015 at Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Martha Tsopelas Mellekas. He had a NFL career for more than eight years, playing for the Chicago Bears, San Francisco Forty Niners and the Philadelphia Eagles. Following his NFL career he returned to Newport where he was a physical education teacher with the Newport School Department for 35 years, retiring in 1996. He leaves behind his children: Vickie Mellekas of Newport, Gia Harrigan (Peter) of Portsmouth, Sofia Troy (John) of Chicago, Stavros Mellekas (Kimberly) of Bristol, Conn., and Peter Mellekas of Newport. Donations may be made to St Spyridon's Church, PO Box 427, Newport, RI 02840.

Jesse S. Perry, 98, of Middletown, passed away June 6, 2015 at Village House Nursing Home, Newport. He was the husband of Elsie M. Silvia. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in World War II. Donations in his memory may be made to Jesus Saviour Church, 1 Vernon Ave., Newport, RI 02840.

Helen Sanches, 93, of Newport, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Village House Nursing Home. Donations in her memory may be made to Newport Hospital, 11 Friendship St., Newport, RI 02840.

Scott M. Whitman, 31, of Everett, Mass., and formerly of Middletown, passed away unexpectedly June 2, 2015 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett. He leaves behind his parents, Warren and Mary Whitman, his brother, Chief Petty Officer Timothy M. Whitman, USN, Norfolk Va., and his sister, Kelly Marie Whitman of Warren. He was a former Middletown High School basketball coach, having coached them to a championship.

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