Local obituaries were published Wednesday, July 18 for: Elaine Gouras, 53, of Seekonk; Raymond L. Macomber, 85, of Attleboro; Alice E. Sloman, 84, of Attleboro; and Bruce P. Waite, 71, of Mansfield:
Elaine Gouras, 53
SEEKONK - Elaine Gouras, 53, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Vincent T. Agliata for 23 years.
Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Eve (Bouris) Gouras of Seekonk and the late Peter C. Gouras, she resided in Attleboro before moving to Seekonk in 2002.
Elaine started with Verizon in 1982 as a New England Telephone residence service representative in Boston. In 1984, she took programmer basic training. Upon completion, Elaine was assigned to the financial accounting/FAME system where she worked her way up to systems analyst. In the early 1990s, Elaine worked on Project Fo'Cus as the lead analyst/manager of the NewView project. In the late 1990s, Elaine managed a group in Maryland. In 2001, Elaine and Pete Delaney created the Wholesale Provisioning and Tracking system.
Elaine was promoted to director and managed the project until 2007. Elaine moved to manage the IT governance function as well as helping the 2008 Business Case process where she was promoted to executive director. She then worked on various information technology program management efforts, including some new applications to help provide for efficient processes associated with needs of service representatives and sales force.
Elaine enjoyed her home and traveling.
Besides her husband and mother, she leaves two children, Peter J. Agliata and Katharine M. Agliata, both at home, and two sisters, Audrey Gouras of Cranston and Paula Gouras of Seekonk.
Visitation will be held on Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., at William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Services will be held Saturday, at 10 a.m., in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott St., Pawtucket. Interment will follow at Seekonk Cemetery.
If desired, memorial gifts to Hospice of Boston and Greater Brockton, 1324 Belmont St., Suite 202, Brockton, MA 02301, will be appreciated. For online condolences visit: www.TrippFuneralHome.com.
Raymond L. Macomber, 85
Former mayor of Attleboro
ATTLEBORO - Raymond L. Macomber, 85, of Attleboro, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Golden Living Center Garden Place, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Pauline C. (Frenier) Macomber, to whom he was married on Sept. 17, 1949.
He was a communicant of Saint Marks Church in Attleboro Falls. Born in Mansfield on March 4, 1927, he was a son of the late Wallace R. Macomber and Minnie A. (Bignell) Macomber.
Ray was a long-time resident of Attleboro and was educated in Attleboro schools until joining the U.S. Navy on Nov. 8, 1944.
He was a 1969 graduate of Pawtucket Evening High School. Ray received a bachelor's of science degree in management from Bryant College in 1975.
Previously, Ray was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II and was discharged on June 29, 1946. He achieved the rank of seaman first class V-6.
Ray was a Massachusetts Electric Co. lineman and head lineman for 23 years before being elected Attleboro's 12th mayor, serving from 1972 to 1977. He served as president of the Local 319 Brotherhood of Utility Workers of New England before declaring his candidacy for the office of councilman of Ward 6. He was first elected to the city council in 1961. Ray ran for re-election in 1963 as an at-large candidate and was granted another two-year term. He served six years on the council before becoming mayor.
Ray retired from Massachusetts Electric Co. in 1988, after 40 years of service. He started in the stockroom and worked his way up to a personnel supervisor in the Worcester office. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and friends. Ray enjoyed going to St. Petersburg, Fla., during the winter months and also looked forward to spending time at his summer home in South Yarmouth.
During his lifetime, Ray enjoyed playing sports. He was a member of the YMCA and lived there a short time after returning from the Navy. He was a member of the VFW Post 115 and American Legion Post 20.
Ray also enjoyed dancing and playing card games with his friends and family. Some of his favorite times were spent at the beach and digging for quahogs.
Ray was a long-time devoted volunteer at the LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro. Ray contributed to many activities. Just a couple of a long list was the LaSalette family festivals and Christmas Lights bazaars, where he was accompanied by his grandchildren. He attended retreats and tent revivals. He was a lay associate and an usher. Ray was a compassionate and loving person to all.
Ray and Pauline renewed their 25th wedding anniversary in the Monastery Chapel and their 50th wedding anniversary at The Provincial House Chapel, surrounded by friends and family.
In addition to his wife, Pauline, of 62 years, Ray is survived by his two devoted daughters, Nancy A. Oldham and her husband Thomas F. Oldham of Rumford, R.I., and Linda M. Pierce and her husband Robert J. Pierce of Attleboro. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Susan L. Macomber, in 2001. Ray was the cherished grandfather of Jason T. Oldham and his wife Sopha, Kevin J. Pierce and his wife Jessica, Cherie A. Pierce, Justin F. Oldham and his wife Cynthia, and was also the loving great-grandfather of Noell a Oldham, Bodie Oldham, Nolan Pierce, Caden Oldham, Tatum Oldham and Mykiah Oldham. Ray is survived by his sister, Phyllis (Macomber) Corliss of California, his brother, Maurice Macomber of Florida and sister-in-law Ruth Macomber of California. He was the brother of the late Katherine Barrett, Flora McLellan and Robert A. Macomber. Ray is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held Friday, at 8:30 a.m., from the Foley-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main St., Attleboro, followed by a mass of Christian burial, at 10 a.m., in Saint Mark's Church, 105 Stanley St., Attleboro Falls. Burial with military honors will follow in the family lot in St. Stephen's Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Foley-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main St., Attleboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: LaSalette Shrine, 947 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703. To light a candle, sign memorial register, facility directions go to www.hathawayfunerals.com or call 508-222-0498.
Alice E. (Whitney) Sloman, 84
Retired medical secretary
ATTLEBORO - Alice E. (Whitney) Sloman, 84, of Christopher Heights, South Main Street, Attleboro, formerly of Knott Street, Attleboro, died on Sunday, July 8, 2012, unexpectedly at her residence. She was the wife of the late William "Bill" H. Sloman Jr., to whom she was married on Oct. 22, 1949 and died on January 6, 2010.
Born in Attleboro on March 30, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Earl C. and Elsie E. (Billington) Whitney. Raised and educated in Attleboro, Mrs. Sloman was a 1946 graduate of Attleboro High School and then attended and graduated from the former Burdett College where she earned her education to become a medical secretary.
Mrs. Sloman was employed as a medical secretary for many years prior to her retirement.
Mrs. Sloman maintained a summer home on Touisset Point in Warren for many years and had resided in Bristol from 1949 until 1954.
A woman of great artistic abilities, she enjoyed painting and creating crafts. She was a former member of the Junior Women's Club in Attleboro.
She had a lifelong love for the ocean, anything nautical and was an avid sailor having raced in years past.
She will be lovingly remembered for her love for the color blue.
She leaves two sons: Wayne C. Sloman and his wife, Stephanie (Scorgie) Sloman, of Pascoag, R.I., and Dale W. Sloman and his wife, Holli (Quay) Sloman, of Palm Harbor, Fla., and two grandchildren: Sean and Skye Sloman, both of Pascoag, R.I. She was the sister of the late James Whitney, PhD.
Visitation respectfully omitted.
A chapel service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, at a future date. Inurnment will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sturdy Memorial Foundation Inc., PO Box 2963, Attleboro, MA 02703 to benefit the emergency room department.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro; 508-695-0200; www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Bruce P. Waite, 71
MANSFIELD - Bruce P. Waite, 71, beloved husband of Jean (Gallerani) Waite, to whom he was married on Jan. 8, 1983, died at his home on July 16, 2012, surrounded by the comfort of his loving family.
Bruce was born in Norwood on Sept. 16, 1940, the loving son of the late Margaret (Martin) and John Gecewicz and the late Arthur Waite and his wife Florence.
Bruce was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 and drove for Stop & Shop for 30 years. He retired in 1998.
A resident of Mansfield since 1983, Bruce enjoyed hunting, fishing, cards, cribbage and traveling. His main hobby was working on and driving his classic cars. His two favorite cars he restored were a 1951 Mercury Monterey and his current car, a 1956 Lincoln Premier Custom.
He was a member of the Mass Cruisers Auto Club from which he gained many wonderful friendships.
He looked forward to his fall hunting trip in New Hampshire. He was a member of the Norwood B.O.E. Lodge 1124, Mansfield Fish and Game and the NRA.
Loving father of Cheryl Mach, Denise Patch, Heather Waite, Paul Waite, Mark Boulter, Edward Boulter and David Boulter. Brother of the late Arthur Waite. Also survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, July 19, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro. Family will greet friends on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment service at Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield.
To light a candle in Bruce's memory, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com. For additional information please contact 508-543-5471.
Donations in Bruce's memory may be made to the Tufts Medical Center Hematology-Oncology Department, c/o Tufts Medical Center Trust, 800 Washington St., P.O. Box 231, Boston, MA 02111.