Barbara Placco (1958 - 1986)

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Barbara Placco
1958 - 1986
October 19, 1958
September 1986
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Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906
Barbara Placco was born on October 19, 1958. She is the child of Oscar Placco and Katherine (Holmes) Placco. She died in September 1986 at 27 years old. We know that Barbara Placco had been residing in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906.
Updated: March 27, 2022
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East Catholic High School, Manchester CT. Graduated in 1977.


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Tim Donovan commented on Oct 22, 2017
I believe the deceased was an old classmate of mine, at Bentley elementary school, Manchester CT, Miss Freeman's third grade class, 1966-67. I didn't know the person well but she seemed to be a nice girl. I'm saddened by her passing at such a young age. RIP Barbara.
Deborah Pierce commented on Oct 03, 2021
Hello Tim. I worked for Oscar Placco, Barbara's father, for a brief perdiod of time when he was employed by GE and living in Cincinnati. He was a wonderful and supportive manager. It was during that time that Barbara was diagnosed with cancer. I am sorry, but I do not remember what type of cancer. Oscar was devastated, as he loved his daughter with his whole heart and soul. Months later, Barbara was in remission, and Oscar was grinning from ear to ear when he came in to tell me the news. Shortly after, Oscar took another job and moved back to Massachusetts (I believe). Unfortunately we did not stay in touch, but I heard a year or so down the road that the cancer had returned and Barbara had died. Oscar lived on until 2012. [external link] I hope you find this information useful. I never met her personally, but saw many family photos and she was a very beautiful lady.
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 23, 2017
For a time she attended religious instruction classes at St Bridget in Manchester. One day, the regular teacher was absent and "fire and brimstone" Delaney was a substitute. Predictably, he was soon chewing out the class. Barbara Placco was then seated near the front, close to him. She seemed very uncomfortable and may never have returned.
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 23, 2017
In my third grade class (1966-67), Barbara Placco was seated just to my right. She was fairly extroverted. One day I had an open book on my desk, about whales. Curious about a picture in the book she leaned over and asked a question or two, which I did my best to answer. This exchange caused Gary Colby, seated nearby, to snicker about "Donovan and Placco" being romantically involved. Kids....
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 23, 2017
One day, Barbara was in front of the class showing pictures of a naval vessel her father had served on or was associated with. If I remember correctly the vessel was seen from above on the pic(s) i.e. from the air. This is one reason I don't doubt the deceased was my old classmate. Her father, who passed away in 2012, was in the Navy. He was an aviator, so if my memory of a vessel photographed from above is accurate that may explain it. Mr Placco was also at Pratt and Whitney, which has long employed a lot of people in this area.
Tim Donovan commented on Oct 05, 2021
Hi Deborah. Thanks for your input. When some time ago I asked (in a facebook group) why Barbara had died so young somebody said leukemia (cancer of the blood). I was aware that Oscar had passed. I've seen only one picture of Barbara, in the 1977 East Catholic high school yearbook. I wonder if anybody could post those family pics you mentioned. Btw my older brother and his wife knew Barbara--under much different circumstances later c 1980. Barbara gave a gift to my nephew Matt when he was born that year.
Deborah Pierce commented on Jan 02
Hi Tim happy new year. The pictures I have seen were in Oscar’s possession. One thing I remember is beautiful waist length blonde hair…. Wish I could help more.


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Barbara Placco passed away in September 1986 at 27 years of age. She was born on October 19, 1958. She is the child of Oscar Placco and Katherine (Holmes) Placco. We know that Barbara Placco had been residing in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 02906.

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In 1958, in the year that Barbara Placco was born, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

In 1960, Barbara was only 2 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1967, Barbara was only 9 years old when on November 7th, President Johnson signed legislation passed by Congress that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would later become PBS and NPR. The legislation required CPB to operate with a "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature".

In 1979, Barbara was 21 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

In 1986, in the year of Barbara Placco's passing, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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