Mary "Polly" Babcock Pitts, 85, formerly of Little Compton, died Feb. 4, 2013, with her four children at her side. She was the widow of Dr. John D. Pitts. She was an active member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames and was also an avid tennis player and golfer, a devotee of music and dancing, an accomplished gardener and an ardent animal lover.
John Ray Goulart, 98, died peacefully in his wife's arms at their home in Little Compton, on Feb. 9, 2013. They were married for 72 years. In 1939, he opened the Little Compton Cash Market. This would later become Goulart's Package Store which he owned and operated until retiring in 1980. John served on the Little Compton Town Council as well as several church committees. He was a skilled carpenter, avid pleasure fisherman and consummate golfer, but first and foremost, he was a man of Faith and family.
Carlton Coggshall Brownell, 95, who dedicated his life to the preservation of local history, died Feb. 6, 2013 at Village House in Newport. Mr. Brownell was born and lived in Little Compton in a house built by his great-great grandfather in 1804. He taught in the Tiverton, Rhode Island school system from 1952-1977. He was chairman of the Tiverton High School Social Studies Department for the last 15 of those years. Mr. Brownell was a student of early American buildings and furnishings and for several summers he conducted furniture restoration courses as part of the Sakonnet Seminars. He restored numerous historical buildings in Little Compton and Tiverton.