Yoshiro Sanbonmatsu died in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on October 22, 2017. Yosh, as he was known, was born on April 24, 1924, in Holtville, California, to Teru Tsuchiya (mother) and Yoshimitsu Sanbonmatsu (father). During the Second World War, anti-Japanese hysteria led to the US government's internment of Yosh and his family at a Japanese-American internment camp in Poston, Arizona. Yosh left the camp to become a student at Swarthmore College, then joined the US Army and served in Europe and the Phillipines in 1944-45. After the war, Yosh completed his BA in literature at Swarthmore.

After working at the Doubleday bookstore in New York, and after briefly retiring to Paris with a young man's dream of writing the Great American Novel, Yosh settled upon a career as an English teacher. His first appointments were at the Cherry Lawn School in Connecticut, then at Oakwood Friends School in New York. In 1963, Yosh joined the faculty of the English Department at Plymouth Carver Regional High School, and served as department chair. Yosh remained at PCHS for 28 years, playing a key role in developing the high school English curriculum and offering path-breaking courses in filmmaking and visual literacy, among other subjects.

A fierce advocate of freedom of thought, Yosh once publicly defended the teaching of J.D. Salinger's book, Catcher in the Rye, against would-be school censors. He was a widely respected and admired teacher who sought to educate his students about the human condition in all its complexities and contradictions. To this day, former students of his speak of the enormous impact he had on their lives.

Throughout his life, Yosh was a passionate advocate for social justice who identified with the most vulnerable in society. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, he designed and taught a course at the high school on the African-American experience. He also taught inmates at a local prison and was an active supporter of Native American causes. A patriot in the mold of Mark Twain, whom he admired (and taught), Yosh loved his country, but resisted its government's war-making.

After retiring from the Plymouth schools, Yosh became a full-time artist, concentrating on political and social themes and working in oils, acrylics, watercolor, silkscreen, and sculpture. He received a Masters in Fine Art from Bridgewater State College and studied at the Massachusetts College of Art. In the 1990s, he was one of the co-organizers of Dave's Art Gallery, a political art gallery in Cambridge, as well as the Gallery of Social & Political Art in Boston. Yosh's artwork, the subject of a gallery exhibition in Boston in 2004, can be viewed at

Active in the community, Yosh was long a member of the Unitarian Universalist congregation at First Parish of Plymouth and was also one of the early promoters of the excavation of Parting Ways, a settlement of African-American freedmen who had fought in the Revolution. Yosh also had many personal interests, including chess, pool, ping-pong, tennis, art-house cinema, home electronics, skiing, gardening, painting, and political debate. He loved books and reading, and he maintained an extensive personal library of over one thousand volumes.

Yosh put family above all else. He was happiest when biking or kayaking with his partner, or camping or going to the beach with family. He was a loving and unusually involved and devoted father and grandfather, never too busy to help his children with their math homework, to read their poetry, or to create sand sculptures for them at the beach (including life-sized cars they could sit in). He hand-crafted dollhouses for each of his daughters, replete with wall-papered rooms, carved banisters, and a working doorbell.

Yosh is predeceased by his brothers, Mitsuo, Yoshiya, Kozo, Teruo, Koichi, and his sister, Ruri. He is survived by his partner, Donna Petrangelo, and her son, Christian Petrangelo, as well as his children John, Lisa, and Kira, his grandchildren Emmanuel, Karina, Vanya, and Rohan, his Corgis, Zorro and Sundance, and by his former wife, Marianne Sanbonmatsu. He is also survived by a brother, Akira Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu, his sister in law, Joan Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu, his sister in law, Carmen Gmez, of Spain, and by several nieces and nephews and their families.

Yosh will be remembered by all who knew him as a legendary teacher, a loving father, grandfather, husband, and helpmate, and as a man of great dignity and moral seriousness who nonetheless retained his sense of playfulness, good humor, compassion, and humility to the end of his days. He was a modest man of more than modest accomplishments.

Donations in his name may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or to Doctors without Borders. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Online guest book please visit

Funeral Home:
Cartmell-Davis Funeral Home
150 Court St.
Plymouth, MA
US 02360

Kathy Cartmell-Sirrico

Funeral Director

Kathy has been a lifelong resident of Plymouth and grew up in the funeral business. After graduating from Plymouth Carver High in 1974, she earned her Funeral Director’s license at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. After her father’s retirement in 1985, Kathy took over his business. She was selected by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the State Division of Professional Licensure under the board of Funeral Directing and Embalming for several years which included a position as Chairman. Kathy also served on CURA Visiting Nurses, Cranberry Hospice, and Plymouth Public Library as a board member. Kathy also served on committees for St. Mary Parish in Plymouth. She was the first woman President for the Plymouth Kiwanis. In addition, she also was deployed to St. Charles Parish and New Orleans as a Mortuary Officer for DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) following the events of Hurricane Katrina. Kathy is the proud mother of twins and grandmother of two. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, family and her dog Morticia.

Paul Santos

Funeral Director

Paul has been a Plymouth native his entire life. He graduated from Plymouth-Carver Regional High School Class of 1971. He attended Massasoit Community College and received a degree in Business Administration. Paul had an interest in the Funeral Industry and decided to attend the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. He received his funeral directing license in 1975. Paul apprenticed with a local funeral home from 1974-1976. His career took another turn where he became a Sergeant for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. Paul has been retired for the past few years and has rejoined the funeral industry here at Cartmell-Davis. He is a Communicant of St Joseph Church in Kingston as well as a Eucharist Minster. Paul served on the Plymouth Board of Health for eight years where he also served as Chairman for two of those years. Paul is active in the community and is a member of the American Legion Post 40 SAL Squadron, Past Vice President for the Unity Club and is also a member of the Seaside Club, the Hill Top Club, the Columbo Club, the Young America Club. Paul is also a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council #4480 in Kingston, MA.

Seth Silveira

Funeral Director

Seth has been working with Cartmell-Davis since 2018 and is a recent graduate of Cape Cod Community College, earning his degree in Mortuary Science. A strong sense of service to the elderly and disabled person, he has advocated for their independent living and safe homes prior to joining the funeral home. Seth is a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Charlton School of Business. In his spare time, Seth enjoys golf, playing the guitar and volunteering as a youth baseball umpire.

Heidie L. Grant

Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Heidie (Lawrence) Grant has worked in the funeral service business for over twenty-five years. She enjoys working with a dedicated, caring and generous staff of people who believe that assisting families during their difficult time is top priority. She believes in meeting and exceeding all expectations throughout the entire funeral planning process and doing whatever possible to make it easier for the family.

Mary Aveni

Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

Mary is happy to be back home in Plymouth after living and working on the North Shore of Boston in a well-known funeral home for the past 30 years. Mary attended Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1980. Following graduation, she attended the New England Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences where she earned her degree in Funeral Service. She joined the Cartmell-Davis team in 2017 and has reacquainted with the community, family and friends. Mary knew her pathway at a young age. Her desire to help people with compassion, comfort and respect has guided her love for funeral service. Mary was asked by NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association) to offer her assistance immediately following the events of September 11th, 2001. Mary worked diligently with DNA Specialists and Families helping them through a horrific time in our nation’s history. Mary is one of four siblings and has 2 nephews. Mary is a proud member of the Plymouth Arts Center. On time off, Mary relaxes by the sand or surf but is always up for listening to music, taking in an art show or seeing a play and spending time with friends and family.

Daniel R. Holland

Care Center Manager, Funeral Director

Dan is a proud graduate of Plymouth North High School Class of 2000. His desire to work with families and the community lead him to attend the Funeral Institute of the Northeast upon his graduation. As a former Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team), he has helped families find closure in the worst times such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Continental Flight 3407 disaster in Buffalo, NY. Dan has been recognized as the top “40 under 40” by the Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine (2017). Always willing to learn, Dan is busy attending classes and seminars to better serve the funeral profession and families. Actively involved in the Lions Club (Past President), you can find him out with his dog Harper, or working on his home with his husband Chris.

Kenneth Dooley

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth began his career in International Banking in New York City. After 25 years, he decided to start a new career as a business owner in Key West. After 20 years in the event business Kenneth and his husband Peter decided to sell their business. As a recent transplant to Plymouth, Kenneth has joined us in his new position as CFO. Kenneth brings to the table 40 years of accounting and business expertise to our family business focusing on the day to day financial operations.

Jeffrey D. LaForest

Funeral Assistant, After Care Coordinator, Vice President / Owner

Jeff has been part of the Cartmell-Davis family his entire life as cousin to Kathy Cartmell Sirrico. Experienced as a funeral apprentice, he lends a hand, offers an ear to listen and guides survivors to celebrating a life in his work as After Care Coordinator. Jeff believes that “each family grieves differently; no family grieves the same”. Jeff is a former Flight Attendant/Recruiter who retired after a 30 year career with American Airlines. Pairing his knowledge of both the funeral and airline industry, he compassionately cared for the crew members families that lost a loved one following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. In addition, Jeff is a former Mortuary Officer of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina where he assisted in recovery efforts. He is a cantor/soloist for St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth. Jeff is a proud Uncle to several nieces and nephews, loves spending time with family, friends and his husband John and their two dogs Shelby and M’Lynn.

John J. Vincent, Jr.

Funeral Director and Insurance Agent, President / Owner

A lifelong Plymouth native, John is actively involved in the community with leadership roles with the Lions Club, St. Joseph’s Council #4480, Knights of Columbus, Old Colony Club, Young America Club and the Portuguese Continental Union Lodge #1 Plymouth. Equally, he is dedicated to serving his funeral profession as a member of the Board of Directors for the MA Funeral Directors Association and as a Mortuary Officer with DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team) for FEMA. If asked, John would say the most rewarding part of his work is serving families during the most difficult times by listening and helping them through the healing process. He loves being part of a team that shares his compassionate manner and celebratory service. During time off, John loves living in the Pinehills Community with his husband, Jeff, and their two dogs, Shelby and M’Lynn, traveling, the sunshine and spending time with friends.