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The Passing of Ralph Harbeck

 

BREWSTER - Ralph Harbeck, 89, of Brewster, MA passed away on Jan. 31, 2019. He was born on Jan. 11, 1930 in Cuba, NY to Maurice and Gertrude Van Fleet Harbeck and was raised in Black Creek, New York. On August 21, 1954, he married Virginia Emerson Harbeck, who survives.

Mr. Harbeck graduated from Cuba Central School in 1947, where he was an outstanding athlete. He graduated from the University of Buffalo in l952 where he played Varsity Basketball and Baseball. He served in the U.S. Army in West Germany from 1952-1954. In 1958, he received his Master’s Degree in Education from Syracuse University. He taught Physical Education in Panama Central School, Panama, NY for 3 years and at Cuba Central School, Cuba, NY for 28 years, retiring in 1985. During his tenure at Cuba Central School he served as Athletic Director and coached Baseball, Football, Track, and Boys and Girls Basketball, where his teams earned many League and Section V Championships. He officiated high school basketball and football and served on many Allegany County and New York State Section V Athletic Committees. The recipient of many athletic awards, including the Paul Vienna Memorial Award for his many years of successful coaching and dedication to athletics in Allegany County, Mr. Harbeck was also inducted into the Allegany County Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Harbeck moved to Cape Cod, where they were members of the Captains’ Golf Course and chaired the Nauset Newcomers Social Committee. They also enjoyed traveling extensively. Mr. Harbeck became very active in Senior Slow-Pitch Softball on Cape Cod and in Daytona Beach Shores, FL, where he managed teams and played on many tournament travel teams. In 2004, he was recruited by Moe’s Raiders, a National Tournament Team based in Manassas, VA. This team, which included top players from the Eastern US, won the National Title in Plano, TX, and Mr. Harbeck was named All-American Short-Stop. He was inducted into the Cape Cod Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ralph’s zest for life, positive outlook, passion for sports, and fervor for excellence enriched the lives of his students, team mates, friends, and family. Quick with a joke and always ready with a captivating story, he was a force of energy who enjoyed life immensely.

Mr. Harbeck was predeceased by his siblings, Elsie Schulz, Floyd Harbeck and Raymond Harbeck. He is survived by his daughters Allison Beavan (Leslie Beavan] of Orleans, MA, and Amy Harbeck (Bola Talabi) of Brewster, MA, and by his grandchildren Brittany Conant, Bradley Conant, Faouzi Talabi, and Abdel Talabi who all loved him dearly. Many thanks are given to his loving caregivers Olga, Jan, Lyndia, Liz, Maria, Renee, Maureen and the entire Broadreach Hospice family.

The family will hold private services at a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Ralph Harbeck Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Amy Harbeck, 389 Lund Farm Way, Brewster, MA 02631. The scholarship will be given annually to a graduating athlete of Cuba Rushford Central School.

John Mahar

 

SOUTH DENNIS - John W. Mahar, 85, of South Dennis died Thursday, January 10th at Cape Cod Hospital, after a period of declining health. He is survived by his wife, Natalie D. Mahar with whom he enjoyed 41 years of marriage. He was the son of the late John W. and Margaret (Heaney) Mahar of Braintree, MA. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan Routhier. John leaves a niece, Margaret Routhier and her husband Ray Bergeron, of Plymouth.

John was born and raised in Braintree and graduated from Braintree High School in 1951 and Clark University in 1954. He worked at United Shoe in Boston, Walworth Valve Company in Braintree, and Berkshire Hathaway in New Bedford as a Controller.

John was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing baseball in his youth and senior softball in his later years. He had a dry wit and a quiet demeanor. John enjoyed reading, keeping current with the news on his iPad and watching all sporting events.

John’s family wants to express gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Cape Cod Hospital for their compassionate care of John in his final days.

At John’s request, there will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Doane, Beal & Ames in South Dennis, MA. For online condolence please visit www.doanebealames.com


Ed Demeo

 

Mr. Edward Anthony Demeo died at Falmouth Hospital on November 13, 2018. He was 82 years old, and was surrounded by his family.

Ed or Eddie as he was known by his family, was the beloved husband of Barbara Jo of Falmouth and his five children and their spouses, Douglas (and Maria) Demeo of Baltimore, MD, Christine Demeo (and David Vera) of Barcelona, Spain, Michelle (and Robbie) Sikora of Santa Monica, CA, Laura Demeo (and Jon Brodsky) of Spring Lake, NJ, and Gina (and Lyle) Core of Medway, MA. He is survived by his seven beloved grandchildren, Brandi, Ethan, Charlie, Noah, Guy, Leo, and Kyle. He is also survived by his brother Michael DeMeo and sisters Virginia Prieto and Theresa Sullivan. Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Louis Demeo and his siblings, Sister Anne DeMeo, CSJ, Louis Demeo and Raymond Demeo.

Ed was born on April 28, 1936 in Waltham, MA to Louis and Anna Demeo. Ed attended Saint Charles school in Waltham before attending Boston University, where he graduated with a degree in business in 1958. He served six years in the U.S. Navy, and seventeen years in the Naval Reserves. In a sales and marketing career that spanned more than 30 years with computer companies Honeywell, Wang Labs and Digital, Ed, along with Barbara Jo, put their five children through college.

Ed showed great interest in the lives of his children as he did for his nieces and nephews and those of his neighbors. He embodied and instilled in his children the values of hard work, concern for others, and an adventurous spirit. He was a devoted parishioner at Saint George in Framingham, Saint Mathias in Marlboro, and Saint Patrick in Falmouth.

Ed loved outdoor activities, whether gardening and tending the yard or body surfing in the ocean. He enjoyed ice skating and skiing in the winter, and competing in lifelong passions of softball and golf all the other months, even after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2011. Ed was a devoted sports fan, although more than Boston sports teams, he relished cheering on his children and grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth from 2 until 6 PM. Services will begin at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 19, 2018 at St. Patrick Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth with the reading of the Eulogy and Funeral Mass. Interment to follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.


William ‘Bill’ Winnett
June 4, 1927 – September 15, 2018
 

  William ‘Bill’ Winnett, passed away September 15, 2018 at the age of 91.  

Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late William G. Winnett, Sr. and Catherine (Ryan) Winnett. He was raised in Medford, lived in Canton until 1979 and moved to West Dennis in 1980. 

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the Mission Bay Aircraft carrier during World War II from 1944 to 1946. After returning from WWII Bill worked for the New England Telephone Company/Verizon for 38 years. 

Bill enjoyed spending his winters in Florida with his longtime companion and best friend Mary Bryson.

An avid New England sports fan, he loved the Cape Cod Senior Softball League. He had been a member since it started in 1987. Bill played first as a 3rd baseman, a manager of several teams, and as an umpire until his departure.

He was a loving father to Bill, and his wife Maura Winnett, Carol Flaherty, Nancy and her husband Tom Robbins, Jack and his wife Janet Winnett; Marianne Winnett, and Terry and her husband Paul Callahan.  He is the grandfather of Paula, Jamie, Christen, Corey, Greg, Robert, Randy, Elizabeth, Marc and Sara; great grandfather of Primo and Emery; caring brother of his sister Pat and her husband Tom Hubbard; brother to the late Robert (Bob) and his wife the late Ann Winnett; and is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bill was the former husband of Catherine B. “Kay” Winnett, who passed away in 2002.

Funeral services were private. Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to: Cape Cod Senior Soft Ball League, c/o John Hession, Treasurer, 29 Collins Lane, Chatham MA  02633. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Silva Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Taunton.

For expressions of sympathy, to sign an online guestbook, or to light a memorial candle visit www.silvafuneralhome.com


James F. Rappolt

1938 ∼ 2018

James F. Rappolt

HARWICH - It is with great sadness that the family of James F. Rappolt announce his passing on July 12th, 2018.  While Jim had been battling blood cancer from a recent diagnosis at the end of May, his death was unexpected from a massive brain hemorrhage.  Jim is survived by his loving spouse of 53 years, Alice.

Jim was born in “the Bronx” in 1938 to Frank and Anna Rappolt.  Jim grew up with his older sister Ann, who passed in 2011, and his older brother Frank Arthur (Arty) who currently resides in Oakdale, NY.  From an early age, Jim began his love of sports, playing virtually every sport or game as he grew up.  Being from the Bronx, he was also an avid Yankees fan.

Jim was also an excellent student, particularly with math and sciences and he went to the Bronx high school of science where he graduated a year early at 17.  Jim then went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1959.  While at RPI, Jim was in a fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, where he met many lifelong friends as fraternity brothers.  He vacationed with many of those friends on Cape Cod through the years, and a few of them have retirement homes on the Cape as well.

After RPI, Jim went to the Navy from 1959 to 1963 and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant.  He was stationed out of Norfolk, VA and saw service in various places during the Cold War around the globe including the Mediterranean and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Jim was a true Patriot and was extremely proud of his military service, and has been an avid supporter of the military all his life.  At his surprise 40th wedding anniversary party, his speech proudly highlighted the number of people in the room with military service.

After the Navy, Jim began his career with Westvaco in their corrugated container division.  Jim essentially worked for one company his entire career, although his division was sold to Weyerhaeuser in 1995, and he retired from the company after 40 years of service in 2003.  Jim worked in a number of locations during his career.  He began his career in Buffalo, NY, but soon was transferred to NY, NY, where he met the love of his life Alice.  Alice essentially planned the holiday party that was their first “date”, and they eloped the following Valentine’s Day in 1965.  Soon after, they moved together where they lived in Watertown, Massachusetts, and had their “official” wedding.

After Watertown, they moved to Rutherford, NJ, where their first child, James F. Rappolt Jr. (Jimmy) was born.  Soon after, they moved to Overland Park, Kansas, for the first time.  After that, they moved back East to Ossining, NY, where they adopted their second son from Korea, Robert James Rappolt.  It was then back to Kansas, and then finally to Richmond, Virginia where he worked until his retirement.

Cape Cod always had a special place for Jim and Alice, and they vacationed faithfully from 1972 to 1999.  They bought their home in Harwich, MA, in 2000, and moved there full time after his retirement in 2003.

Their time on the Cape has been nothing but wonderful.  Jim has pursued a number of passions on the Cape, and involved with so many activities where he met so many wonderful friends.  First among them was the Harwich Newcomers club, which Jim loved.  Either through them, or outside of them, he was also in Senior Softball, Volleyball, Cornhole, Bowling, Men’s Cooking and a book club.  Jim was an incredibly active reader, who would routinely have a number of books checked out from the Harwich library.  He would also regularly have articles for both his family and friends to read.

Jim is survived by his wife Alice, his son Jim Jr., who lives with his wife Kimberly, and their daughters Danielle and Stacy in New Jersey, and his son Robert who lives in Richmond, VA.  Danielle and Stacy were truly the “precious ones” in his life and brought him an immense amount of joy.  He was also survived by his dog, Courtney, and his cat, Chowder.

Jim has touched the lives of so many people in such a wonderful way.  His family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love they have received after his passing.  He has been described by his family and friends as a hero, a mentor, a man of great integrity, a man so willing to share of himself, and a man with a great sense of humor.  Jim truly was a good man in every sense of the word.  While his family is not doing any service at this time, they will be planning an event to celebrate his life in the fall.  Jim had also fully switched his allegiance to Boston teams, and it is the family’s hope that the Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Celtics can become Champions in the upcoming year. 


Remembering Joel Karp

 

Joel was my type guy, smart (Alek), quipster and always ready with one ups-manship.  In 2010 Joel was languishing on Vern Webber's bench for 4 innings each game and wanted to be moved.  Van worked his magic and Joel came to CC 5. First game, would you know it, Vern's team.  Joel hit 5th and whacked 3 doubles.  Quips galore!

Mike Hanafee

 

Very sad to hear of Joel's death.  He was one of my first teammates when I first joined Senior Softball.  I will always remember Joel bumping in to some 6 foot three player and threatening bodily harm to the guy.  It happened over and over. It was a pleasure to know Joel over the years.   

John Whelan

 

Really sad information. I always enjoyed seeing him at the games on the Cape. He will be missed by those who knew him.

John Sullivan

 

Very shocking and sad.  He was talking to Stanley Russell last night from 8:00 to 8:30 and was joking and seemed fine.  He was on my first Senior Softball team.  He also played cards, fantasy football, and I socialized with him. He has told me that he was going to retire from softball every year for the past 7 years.  He always came back.  A quality person who will be missed.

Peter Strand

 

Got my first and only 2nd base hip-check-bump (or anyone else for that matter) years ago from Joel.... rounding 2nd base when he was playing an intense second base and P.O.'d that someone had the audacity to think they were going to third!  We laughed about it ever since and I will miss that.

Chet Grocki

 

Joel was on my team here in Florida.  We played 2 games this past Thursday morning and he was in very good spirits and played both games - he was the Joel we all knew and enjoyed.  Joel always seemed to be on the same teams I played on, both here in Florida and on the Cape.  I will really miss him.

John Lamberti

 

I was playing with Joel on Thursday morning in our Florida league and he was in good spirits with no seeming problem. What a shock when I heard the news.  He was well liked and will be missed.

Hank Bowen

 

Wonderful guy and great teammate.  He will be missed.  I loved the way he would roll the ball back to the pitcher when he was upset by the number of balls thrown by the pitcher.  Never happened on a strike!!

 

Jack Deschamps


2nd Annual 'Dick Sullivan' Day Game & Ceremonies

The event celebrates Dick’s help in getting the new Falmouth league going six years ago.  The games featured the CCSSL/BOA team vs. Falmouth Codgers. This year the event was held at POTTER FIELD in Harwich, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 9.  Dick Sullivan attended the game and participated in brief ceremonies that will both before and after the game. A bbq/picnic followed for all particpants from both leagues.  Many of Dick Sullivan's "OLD" teammates, players, opponents and friends, were able to attend. 


Dick Sullivan Day


Thank You, Joe Cassidy for Getting Us All Playing - You Will Be Missed!

SANDWICH — Joseph F. Cassidy Sr., 92, of Sandwich, MA, formerly of Rehoboth, MA, Harwichport, MA and Pawtucket, RI, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 15th, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude (Murtha) Cassidy for 55 years until her death in 2000.

 

Joseph was born and raised in Pawtucket, RI, son of the late Michael F. and Sarah (Brennan) Cassidy. He attended local schools and was a 1939 graduate of St. Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, RI. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy and was aboard the U.S.S. Panamint stationed in the Pacific Theatre during the invasion of Okinawa. He was a former general manager for Saylesville Warehouse in Cumberland, RI, for 25 years, and prior to that worked for the Draper Corp. of Pawtucket, RI; Standard Transportation of Pawtucket, RI; and the Outlet Company of Coventry, RI. He was currently a licensed real estate broker. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Delaney Council #57 in Pawtucket, RI; member of the American Legion Post 188 in Sandwich, MA; and member of the VFW in Chatham, MA.

 

Joseph always took great pride in the community he lived. He served on the Zoning Board of Review in Pawtucket, RI, from 1952 to 1963. He was an active member of the Friends of Senior Citizens in Sandwich, MA, and past president of the Sandwich Senior Citizen Club. Keeping active was always Joe's passion. He was the founder of the Cape Cod "Old Timers Softball League" in 1987 and will be remembered as a tireless organizer and member of the league through last season. He was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather and true friend to all who knew him. He will be truly missed by all. 

 


A Tribute to Danny DelMonte

Unforgettable Danny…

How, or why, would any of us want to forget Danny DelMonte?

As we all know, no one was immune to his “dry sense of humor and quick wit.”  The endless “stories” or “jokes” and you were never quite sure which was a story or which was a joke!  The folks that traveled far and near to the Cape Classic each year were not exempted from his antics.  The “infamous” dog story, told over and over, much to the chagrin of Sandy.  It involved asking people if they wanted a dog; followed by the sad story of the dog’s disability, (missing limbs), so the story went (according to Danny).  All a hoax, of course.  We all heard the story repeated over and over to “unsuspecting victims” and watched for their reactions.

The tables were turned on Danny when the Cape Classic was taking place that year.  A notice was affixed to the fence where Danny sat to keep score of the games to be played at Potter field in Harwich.  The notice read:

Looking for a “Loving Home” for this dog

Dog answers to the name of “Lucky”

See Dan DelMonte for further details

The notice included a picture of a dog lying down (with no legs exposed)   Along with the notice; “someone” had left a bag of dog biscuits on his chair.  When he arrived at the field, he seemed puzzled as people started asking him for details about the dog.  As he walked over to his seat, he saw the notice on the fence and the dog biscuits.  The look on his face was priceless as he turned around, searching for the guilty party!!  Revenge was sweet.  He carried around the “notice” in his pocket for the rest of the Classic, showing everyone he encountered.  I’m sure that “notice” made its way to Ft. Meyers that winter.

Each year at the close of the softball season and Cape Classic, we would say our goodbyes to Danny and Sandy.  He would ask if we didn’t have plans for Thanksgiving that we were invited to celebrate with them in FL.  We indicated that we always had family from “Jersey” for Thanksgiving.  He would say “too bad; I thought you could bring the turkey.”  I always reminded Danny that over their winter in FL that he really needed to come up with “some new material” for the next softball season on the Cape.

Last year he knew we had a trip planned to France for several weeks beginning the end of September.  So, typical Danny, he came over to the Sales Merchandise tent during the Classic and asked “did you see her?” I answered “see who” and he would continue the story that there was a “very attractive woman,” with a French accent, looking for Ray.  I would say that I had not seen anyone “looking for Ray” and asked which way she had gone.  He said that he wasn’t sure.  The next day the same story was repeated, asking if the woman had found Ray and I played along and said that I had really wanted to find this woman and find out “what was going on.”  Again, the story was repeated the next day; the woman was still looking for Ray and I told him that (as far as I knew), no contact had been made.  He started to walk away and turned and said, “she did say that if she didn’t see Ray here in Harwich that she would see him in France in a few weeks.”  Danny strikes again!

I had a vision of Danny a few days ago.  He was walking (I thought) towards a fence.  Was it to a new ball field?  But as he got closer, it came into focus to me and was actually a “pearly gate.”  Someone came to greet him wearing a white billowy outfit.  Danny introduced himself.  He said that he had come from “a loving home,” had been walking for a few days, had become disoriented and couldn’t find his way home and was looking for a place to rest.  The “gatekeeper” welcomed him and motioned him ahead thru the “pearly gates.”  As Danny led the way, the “gatekeeper” followed and noticed that he had a leash hanging out of his pocket and was carrying a dog, who was obviously disabled.  As they continued on the path, Danny turned, with a grin on his face, and said “once I get settled in, I’ll tell you all about the dog.”  He continued with “by the way, his name is Lucky.”

And so, Danny’s “next chapter” begins and we are left with a lot of great memories...   

                                                            Respectfully submitted by

                                                            Jo Ann Castellano