Jack Graham, a longtime resident of Yarmouth Port, passed away suddenly at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the morning of 12 January 2021. The cause was congestive heart failure, complicated by arrhythmia. Jack was 92 years old and lived independently until the day he died.
He is survived by his sons, John, Peter, and Matthew (Marianna), their families, and his stepdaughter Gail Ronan (Dennis) and her family. Counted among these are his daughter-in-law Nancy Callahan, beloved granddaughters Laura, Hannah, Samantha, and Leigh, his great-grandson James, and his in-laws and lifetime friends, Anna May and Bernie Callahan. Jack was pre-deceased by his wife Claire, and his parents Peter and Jessie.
Jack was born to English parents in a hospital where Boston University now stands, in September 1928. He grew up in and around the Brighton-Allston neighborhood. After graduating from Brighton High School in 1946, and later from Boston University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, his career took him to West Virginia, then Iowa, and finally to Ventura, California in 1965.
He served the County of Ventura for 24 years, retiring as the Director of Mental Health in 1989. Jack was a veteran of the US Army, serving on the occupation force in South Korea immediately after WWII, but before the Korean War.
Jack retired to Yarmouth Port in 1989, where he enjoyed an active retirement. His life centered on his home with Claire in Clipper Ship Village, and with the Cape Cod Senior Softball League—the best group of buddies he ever had.
Jack moved to Fort Collins to be with his sons after Claire died in 2017, but his heart stayed on Cape Cod where he first stayed with his parents in the 1930s. Jack will be buried with Claire in The Ancient Cemetery in Yarmouth Port, only yards from his cherished home on Webfoot Way, at a later date in the Summer or Fall of 2021. Please visit goesfuneralcare.com to share condolences with his family.
I recently heard from Dick Carroll who resides in New Hampshire that Jack Graham, our friend, colleague and member of the Saturday morning “Dunkies” group passed away suddenly at his home in Colorado where he relocated several years ago to be with family members. Jack died of a massive heart problem.
Dick ws one of the original members of the newly formed “Cape Old Timers Softball Group” which organized some 30 + years ago when it consisted of four teams but later developed into a more viable organization of some 300 softball members.
Jack’s passing has indeed saddened his many friends and fellow teammates and also devastates the ranks of our senior membership with the loss of many former “Dunkies”: Joe Graziosi, Dan James, Don Brenner, Don Nolin, Roland Barker, Dennis Redding, and Jerry Hachadourian to name a few.
Jack, we shall miss your friendship, humor and commitment to the “Dunkies” and to the League as well.
Rest in Peace Jack. You were a true gentleman.
Jack will be cremated by his family members and later returned to Cape Cod where his son will spread his ashes in jack’s favorite locations.
I will forward any further information regarding Jack and other arrangements as they become available.
Received notice Wednesday January 13, from Don’s wife Alma, that our good friend, teammate and League member Don Nolin had passed away due to complications with COVID.
Many of our members knew Don for his years of service as a volunteer umpire, field maintenance worker, riding his favorite tractor around the infields at Potter and Memorial both during the regular season games and the Cape Cod Classic. Don truly enjoyed his role!
Don was also a member of the “Dunkies” a group of senior League members who met every Saturday morning enjoying a cup of coffee, sharing their experiences concerning their health matters as well as softball tales. Don was a quiet person who would attentively listen while his friends would carry on with their conversations but, when asked to assist one of his friends with some personal jobs, Don was always there—never refusing to help—that was Don!!
We, long-term members of the League who shared many hours with Don, shall always remember his love for the game of softball and his unfettered support for Cape Cod Senior Softball League. He was especially devoted to his friends who played in the Masters Division each Tuesday and Thursday morning at Kelley Field.
During recent conversations with Don several weeks ago, he was upbeat and excited about plans he was making to travel back to Cape Cod to visit friends and family members this summer. Unfortunately, the deadly COVID virus changed his plans.
Finally, it is extremely sad to note that during the past several days and months too many of our “senior” members of CCSSL are passing away in large numbers. Our ranks are slowly disappearing for those who formed this organization some 30+ years ago and who contributed their efforts to develop the purpose and mission of Senior Softball.
Alma and Don moved to Arizona last year. If any wish to send their condolences to the family, the address is:
Alma Nolin and Family
101 West River Rd. Unit 227
Tucson, AZ 85704
Don, rest in peace. You will be truly missed by all who knew you as a friend a member of CCSSL. You now join your 180 colleagues who have since passed.
Respectfully, Van Khachadoorian
Daniel E. James, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away this past Tuesday, with his family, whom he cherished, at his side. Dan was a good, good man. He was a gentleman. His demeanor was sincere and understated, and his outlook was optimistic, always finding the good in others. He was a beloved leader and role model to his family. His gentle nature and optimism earned him lifelong friends.
Dan was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1936, the son of Sarah Engelhardt James and Everett R. James. He attended Southmont High School and Penn State University. Trained as a Civil Engineer, he worked for Tully & DiNapoli in New York City in the early 1960’s, building elevated highways around the New York Mets Baseball Stadium. It was in New York that Dan met Dianne Horgan, his beloved wife of nearly 58 years. They were married on February 23, 1963 and soon after left New
York for Dianne’s home town of Centerville on Cape Cod.
On the Cape, Dan was initially employed as a carpenter, involved in the planning and construction of several houses, one of them to be his family’s home. He volunteered at the Federated Church of Hyannis as construction planner and supervisor for the new wing of the Fellowship Hall. Dan subsequently was a member of the Finance Committee in the Town of Barnstable, and eventually joined his father-in-law in the insurance business in Hyannis. Dan earned a Master’s Degree in Financial Services and many designations in the field of insurance and finance, CPCU, CIC, CFP, CLU.
Second only to the love for his family and friends, was his passion for the game of softball. Over the past thirty years, he enjoyed the camaraderie he had with his teammates and friends in the Cape Cod Senior Softball league and in the Winter league in Florida. Among his many recognitions and awards in softball was the: “Spirit of Senior Softball - for inspirational leadership on and off the playing field.” Dan was an all-star player, travelling twice with the Cape team to Utah to the Huntsman Games. Dan could play any position on the field, but particularly enjoyed pitcher and short stop. He served as Manager on many teams over the years, and was an umpire for 25 years for the Senior League, as well as umpiring High School girls’ softball games. Dan was proud of his work with teammates in building the Memorial Field in Harwich, which was built entirely by volunteers. A broken wooden mast from a schooner was repaired and repurposed by Dan into a Flagpole dedicated to past teammates.
Dan is survived by his loving wife Dianne, their two children, Debi and Dan, his daughter in law Kathy, and his granddaughter Sarah and grandson Ronan. Dan’s survivors also include his sister, Susanne Schmucker of Pennsylvania, and brothers, Fritz James of Nevada, William James of Washington, and David James of California.
A celebration of Dan’s life will be planned in the springtime when it is safe to gather friends. There will be no calling hours due to pandemic, and burial will be private. A memorial contribution in Dan’s memory could be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Dan’s family would appreciate personal remembrances written on the memorial website at: Bartlett1620.com.
CENTERVILLE - Joseph Gentile “Joe” of Centerville passed peacefully on December 3rd at the age of 95 at Maplewood Assisted Living. He was born in 1925 in Charleston, MA to Joseph and Rosa Gentile (Ferlauto). He was predeceased by his loving wife Mae of which they were married for 67 years and leaves behind daughters Linda Foley and husband David, Karen Arana and husband John, son Mark Gentile and wife Rose. Also predeceased siblings Rosalie DeVita, John Gentile, Helen DeMaggio; and brother Arthur Gentile living in Woburn.
Joe was loved by family and community and will be fondly remembered by many. Anyone who knew Joe met a serious, energetic, hardworking man who strongly believed in giving back to the community. Joe and Mae enjoyed their retirement for 38 years living with the serenity and beauty on Cape Cod. He always enjoyed seeing his 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren growing up. He attended Medford High School and often talked about the varsity soccer team he was proud to be a part of. During high school, he worked after school at the Charleston Navy yard. He voluntarily joined the Navy at the age of 17 to proudly serve his country during WWII. He spent 2 and a half years stationed in the Philippines. Soon after returning from the war, he met his beautiful loving wife at a dance and they were married in 1953. Joe worked for the Boston and Maine Railroad and Amtrak for 38 years. Every year he always took his family on summer vacations around New England, many times including our cousins Rosemary and Gerry. He also traveled a lot with Mae throughout the U.S. and including Portugal and Australia. Joe gave much of his time to volunteering during his retirement years. He served as Commander of the Hyannis VFW, was a life-long member of the Elks for over 60 years, and was honored as citizen of the year in 2017, also a member of the Marines and volunteered at the Police Dept. He joined many annual fundraisers, parades (as late as March of 2020), laying of wreaths on Veterans days, and just recently conducted a pinning ceremony for Veterans living at Maplewood Assisted Living that gave him great pride and joy. Mae and Joe spent many hours at the Barnstable Senior Center together making friends, socializing, arts and crafts, and volunteering. He was a dedicated Catholic and assisted Our Lady of Victory Church as a lead usher, greeter, and gifts collector. His hobbies included playing softball, the organ, dancing, card-playing, woodcarving, boating, vegetable gardening, and fishing. The grandchildren will always have many fond memories of visits to grandma and papa’s home boating, fishing, clamming, parades, fish fries, and many days spent at Dowses beach... Fair winds and following seas.
The family thanks all the wonderful caretakers and administrators who recently, lovingly cared for him in his time of need
Donations can be made to the Barnstable Senior Center. Funeral service will be private. He will be buried at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealameshyannis.com.
Roland Trapasso, 88, passed away peacefully at home on October 2, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate, Mae Edith Bergstrom Trapasso as well as his many brothers and sisters. He is survived by his four children, Stephanie, Theresa, Michael, and Jane and his 6 grandchildren; Michael and Brandon, Michael and Matthew, and Jade and Ian.
Roland was the youngest of 11 children born to Evangelista and Teresa Trapasso in Logan County, West Virginia. He eventually moved to White Plains, NY and joined the U.S. Army and served as a Sergeant in the Korean War. After 36 years, he retired from the Grand Union Distribution Center and in 1994, Mae and Roland washed ashore to Cape Cod after falling in love with it during many vacations spent there.
Roland took great joy working at the Brewster Recycling Center and was an avid Notre Dame and Yankee fan. He will be missed.
Funeral services will be private.
CENTERVILLE - Joseph Graziosi, 89, of Centerville, MA and Stuart, FL, formerly of Waltham and Somerville, MA passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 19, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 64 years to the late Rita (Aristea Kaloyanides) Graziosi (2016).
Born in 1930, he was the son of the late Philip and Adeline (DiRico) Graziosi. His siblings Geno Graziosi, Corinne Hillis and Philip Graziosi predecease him. Joseph was the loving father of Corine L. Graziosi of Attleboro, MA; Joseph G. Graziosi of Centerville, MA; James Graziosi and his wife Donna of Attleboro, MA and John Graziosi and his wife Theresa of Waltham, MA. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren – Jason, Joshua, Jenna, Jonathan (Graziosi); Matthew, Harrison, Joseph (Sullivan); Aristea, Cory (Graziosi); Randy, Samantha (Wnuk) and 7 great-grandchildren – Aidan, Jackson (Graziosi); Avery, Leah (Graziosi); Hannah Mae, Lucas and William (Sullivan). His half-brother Albert Graziosi also survives him.
Joe was born in Boston and raised in Everett, MA. He served in the US National Guard for 4 years. Soon after, he began his career with Lehigh Metal Products where he met the love of his life, Rita. In 1960, he decided to leave Lehigh Metal and start a company of his own, Electronic Fasteners based in Boston now in Waltham. Over the years, the company grew to be a staple in the industry. He was proud of his employees and what they had accomplished. He and his partners celebrated over 61 years in the business.
In the ’50s, Joe and Rita started to summer on the Cape, purchasing a home in the mid-60′s in Popponesset Beach and then in Centerville in 1972. When Joe retired in 1995, they moved full-time to the Cape and divided their time in Stuart, FL.
Joe was a sports enthusiast and avid Red Sox, Patriots fan. He was an avid player with the Cape Cod Senior Softball League inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame and was described as an amazing softball player who often competed with players 10-12 years younger yet was one of the best players on his team. He always played with a winning attitude and always had a smile on his face. Joe also enjoyed golfing, fishing and vegetable gardening.
With STRICT adherence to COVID-19 health precautions and social distancing rules, family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, July 29th, from 11-1 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. funeral service at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601. Joe will be laid to rest aside his beloved wife Rita in Beechwood Cemetery, Centerville, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to American Cancer Society in Massachusetts www.cancer.org/about-us/local/massachusetts.html. To leave an online message or condolence, please visit www.doanebealameshyannis.com.
EAST DENNIS - Joseph Carl Travelo of Dennis passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side on June 6, 2020 at the age of 85.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Alyce (Moakley) Travelo. He is the father of Leeanne Stronach and husband Brian of Marshfield, MA, Karen Travelo of Watertown, MA, Jane Svoboda and her husband Franz of Wareham, MA, Holly Beshore and her husband Jason of Ashburn, VA, and Kathleen Travelo of East Dennis, MA.
Joe was born in Belmont, MA on July 14,1934 and was the son of George and Elsie (Holmgren) Travelo. He is predeceased by his sister Jeanette Skidmore and brother George Travelo, Jr. He leaves behind, his sister Kristine “Tina” O’Brien of Hudson, his grandchildren, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Keenan, and Kiersten and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Raised in Belmont, MA, he graduated from Belmont High School in 1952. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1960.
He was a private first class in the U.S. Army, 1953-1954, was based at Fort Dix, NJ and served in Germany.
Joe washed ashore at Dennis with his growing family in 1974. He worked at several businesses including Seaboard Plywood and Lumber, Barnstable County Supply Co., and Cri-Tech as an office manager/comptroller.
Joe served on the Cape Cod Commission and various Town of Dennis committees and was a Town Constable.
One of his favorite pastimes was playing softball on various Cape Cod teams for many years, including the Mid-Cape Softball League and the Traveling 60′s Cape Cod Old Timers Softball League.
He also enjoyed fishing and was a past president of the Cape Cod Salties. He had a large garden and liked to play croquet, badminton, whiffle ball or volleyball in his backyard. On hot days, he would often take a dip at Slough Pond with his girls.
Always a sports enthusiast, he could often be found watching all the Boston teams on TV and was a member of the Red Sox Bo-Sox Club.
Joe had a big heart and would have helped anyone, anywhere he could. He will be missed very much.
A funeral Mass will take place on Monday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster, MA to be followed by a private military burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Connery Avenue in Bourne, MA .
If you wish to donate in Joe’s memory please do so to: the VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601-0370 or to www.providence.va.gov.
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE
During the past several months not many League matters have been reported due to the continuous issues concerning the Covid-19 pandemic which has consumed our country on a daily basis. Also the month of April for the most part was a dreary cold and unbearable weather pattern which we had to endure along with “Stay At Home”, “Cover Your Face”, “Be Vigilant” guidelines as directed by state and local officials.
However, despite the gloom and despair there was also a happier moment which I will share with our members: On the final day in April I received a phone call from John Hession, League Treasurer, informing me that he had received a gift in the amount of five thousand dollars from the family estate of Allan “Doc” Seigal, a long-time member of the League who had passed a few years ago following serious health complications. John indicated that the $5,000.00 gift would be included in the League “rainy day” savings account and would be earmarked for a meaningful and appropriate project in memory of Allan ”Doc” Seigal.
For those members who did not know “Doc” let me share with you a brief sketch of his twenty plus years while an active player in this League.
“Doc” grew up in Watertown MA where he attended West Junior High School, located in the more affluent section of the town. I also grew up in Watertown attending the East Junior High School located in the other part of town. Our paths never crossed!
Following his junior high school experiences “Doc” was admitted into the prestigious private boys school, Brown & Nichols Academy, where he completed grades 10-12. Following graduation “Doc” attended Tufts University where he majored in Dentistry. After more than 30 years as a successful dentist in the Boston area “Doc” retired to Mashpee with his wife, Lolllie and their children.
It was not until the early 2000’s while at a new player tryout did our paths finally cross.
After the practice session, a player approached me and asked: Are you the Commissioner of the League? And did you once live in Watertown? I responded yes to both—that is how two former Watertown guys finally met and continued a meaningful friendship which lasted some twenty years.
“Doc” was assigned to a team in one of our divisions but it soon become evident that he probably had never engaged in any competitive sports activities. After a very frustrating trial period where he was given the opportunity to play all field positions, “Doc” realized his own lack of talent narrowed into a position where he might be able to succeed—thus a pitcher was born!!
“Doc” threw himself into this new, yet frustrating position with uncommon zeal and determination. He spent many hours studying the techniques of pitching, practicing his delivery and honing his craft until he eventually gained a reputation as a solid, crafty pitcher. One would often see him at the field one hour prior to game time throwing a bucket of balls against the backstop.
“Doc” was very proud of his accomplishments and would request the game ball following every game he had won. Not surprisingly he had accumulated over 200 softballs which he proudly displayed in his “mancave” at his Mashpee residence. “Doc” also pitched on several travel teams representing the League in various division brackets. He was well known throughout the organization for his personality, competitive spirit and friendship with his fellow teammates.
He had several strong passions in his life—his two wives, Lollie and Naomi, whom he dearly loved, his huge bulldog, his wonderful, caring children, his membership in the elite Cape Cod Chatham Chorale where he sang tenor for many musical seasons and the Cape Cod (Old Timers) Senior Softball League.
“Doc” exhibited his deep love for the League and the game of softball through this most generous gift. He has been truly missed but will be honored by all who knew him for years to come.
Finally, a special word of appreciation to the entire Seigal Family and a whole-hearted thank you. Be assured that members of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League, its Board of Directors and the entire organization of some 300 softball players will endeavor to formulate a well-deserved and meaningful project in memory of Allan “Doc” Seigal.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank Bernie Powers, the third commissioner of the League for his input and collaboration in preparing this tribute to “Doc”.
Van Khachadoorian, Commissioner
Charles "Chuck" Adorney of Orleans and Chatham, MA passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home in Chatham on April 3, 2020.
Chuck was born on August 21st, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Italian immigrants. After high school, he served in the US Navy and went on to attend Pratt Institute of Art where he met his future wife, Leila Schuler, who also studied art at Pratt. Chuck graduated first in his class and married Leila on December 22, 1947.
In 1956, the couple settled in Greenwich, CT, where they raised their family of five children and were active in the community. Chuck served on the RTM for many years and filmed the GHS football games. The couple joined the Milbrook Club, where Chuck loved playing golf and paddle tennis.
He had a long, successful career in advertising in New York City and served as Art Director at several agencies including Cunningham & Walsh, McCann Ericson, and Sr.V.P. Creative Director at Ross Roy, Compton and Satchi & Satchi. He worked with many celebrities, including Jonathan Winters, Astronaut Wally Shirra, tennis great Chris Evert, and fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Diane Von Furstenberg.
In the early 1970's, Chuck and his family began spending summer vacations on Cape Cod. When he retired in 1990, he and Leila moved to Orleans, MA into a house which he designed. They hosted many family reunions there with their five children and extended families. In 2011, Leila entered Pleasant Bay Nursing Home in Brewster, and Chuck soon moved to Chatham. Ever the devoted husband, Chuck visited Leila every day until her death in 2014.
After moving to Cape Cod, Chuck became a rabid Boston sports fan and continued playing golf, softball, and paddle tennis. At the age of 94 he was still playing nine holes a week and shot 47 with a par on the last hole he ever played.
Chuck is survived by five children, Mark, Kathryn, John, Thom and Jim, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother, Frank. He was predeceased by two sisters. Plans for a memorial service will be shared at a later date. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
James Murray Gage, 92, of Brewster,MA died peacefully at home on April 4, 2020. Born in 1927 in Brewster, he was the son of the late Ernest and Sarah (Murray) Gage. He graduated from Orleans High School in 1945 and he received his engineering degree from Lowell State.
Jim enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for 18 months. He had a tryout with the Chicago White Sox. Returning home to Brewster, he worked for the Commonwealth of MA as a civil engineer for 41 years. In October 1953, Jim married the love of his life, Beverly Jones, and they settled in Brewster for 67 years together.
Jim is survived by his children JoAnn Donahue (Jon) of RI, Sheree Eldredge (David), David Gage (Marianne) and James Gage,Jr. all of Brewster. He was a loving grandfather to Janna, Jack, Becky, Matt, Katelyn, Kelsey, Nicole, Samantha, Sara, Molly, Amy and Mary and cherished his 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was a voluntary captain on the Brewster Fire Dept. for 16 years as well as a former member of the Brewster Planning Board and Finance Com. He was treasurer for the Brewster Boy Scouts for 10 years.
For 18 years, Jim worked as a park attendant at Nauset Beach.
Jim was a sports enthusiast. He played baseball for many years with the Orleans/Brewster amateur league and continued playing ball with the old-timers softball league. He also coached Brewster Little League. Jim’s hobbies included hunting, fishing and gardening. He was an avid Red Sox fan.
The family would like to thank their dear friend, Sue Eldredge, for her help and support during these difficult times and to the caring staff of Hospice of Cape Cod for their kindness and dedication.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Brewster Fire Dept., Brewster, MA will be appreciated. At a future date, funeral services will be held at the Brewster Baptist Church. For online condolences, please visit
John Paul Bourgeois, 84, of Mashpee, passed away peacefully at Falmouth Hospital on February 2, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Tuite) Bourgeois and son of the late George and Evelyn Bourgeois.
John was born and raised in Cambridge. He graduated from Rindge Technical School and was “Man of the Year” in the Athletic Department. He also graduated from Northeastern University. He served in the United States Army during the Cuban missile crisis. Following his military career, he attended Suffolk School of Law and graduated with his Doctorate, (Juris Doctor). He worked as an attorney with multiple law firms in the City of Boston until his retirement. He was an avid softball player up until the age of 83. He achieved 3 senior world series championship rings. He also loved traveling especially with his wife Mary. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and traveling the world. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
In addition to his loving wife Mary of 58 years, John is survived by two children, Lt. Jay Bourgeois of the Newton Fire Department and Michelle Feeley of Waltham, Maribeth Bourgeois and fiancée John McNeff of Mashpee, two granddaughters, Megan and Erin Bourgeois and many nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the Mashpee Fire and police first responders, The kind staff at Falmouth Hospital, The West Roxbury VA, and lastly, the warm and caring staff at Hematology Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod.
A visitation will be held at Christ the King Church, 3 Job’s Fishing Rd., on Thursday February 6, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:00am. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00am. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:30pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
REDDING Dennis R., Colonel, USAF (ret) 79 of South Yarmouth and formerly of North Attleboro passed away peacefully at his home, after a long battle with cancer. He had three loves in his life; his family, his country, and sports officiating.
He was the husband and best friend of Betty J. (Lukow) Redding. They were married for 55 years.
Born in Attleboro, Dennis was a 1958 graduate of North Attleboro High School, where he was class president for four years, and a four-year letterman in football, baseball and basketball. He earned his Masters Degree from Chapman University.
He and Betty shared 27 years of military life. He flew 300 combat missions in Southeast Asia as a Radar Navigator on B-52s. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, numerous Air Medals, and two Legions of Merit as commander of multiple overseas and stateside bases. He was honorably discharged as a Colonel in 1989.
Dennis kept busy, in his spare time, officiating sports events. He was a respected high school football, basketball and softball official as well as a college football official, working many tournaments and state championship games. He volunteered as an umpire for the Cape Cod Senior Softball League for many years. His greatest accomplishment was working as a Replay Official for the Atlantic Coast Conference, culminating in his selection to officiate the 2017 Cotton Bowl. Off the field, he mentored numerous officials.
Together, Dennis and Betty raised two cherished children who brought great joy to their life. He is survived by his son, Kevin Redding and his wife, Carrie of Unionville, CT; his daughter, Kathy Meyer and her husband, Chris of Andover, VT; his four amazing granddaughters; Kailey and Erin Redding, and Zoe Ray and Evelyn Meyer. They never failed to bring love to his heart and a twinkle to his eye. He is also survived by his brother, David Redding and his wife Marilyn of North Attleboro; his sister, Vicki Lankarge of Avon, CT, and many nieces and nephews who were all part of the family that he so deeply loved. Dennis was predeceased by a sister, Marie McIssac.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday January 18 in St. Pius X Church, Station Ave., South Yarmouth.
Interment will be private in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Visiting hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday January 17 in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. www.hallettfuneralhome.com.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod - Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601 www.capecodhealtcare.org/give.
William Warner Colville, 84, of New York, NY, Orleans, MA and Naples, FL died in his sleep on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Born in New York City, he was the son of Walter Warner Colville and Marion Morehouse Colville. Bill was a star player on the football and baseball teams at Ridgewood High School and on the hockey and baseball teams at Yale University. He went on to graduate from Columbia Law School and then serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve on the USS Newport News.
His career included legal and executive positions at Upjohn, Vecta, Chase Brass & Copper, Kennecott, QIT-Fer et Titane and Owens Corning. Bill's loyal support of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans, MA reflected his lifelong love of baseball and hockey. He was an avid gardener, aspiring lobsterman and competitive third baseman, tennis and paddle tennis player.
Bill leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Kathleen Slavin Colville, three children who were the pride of his life, Douglas (Kim) Colville, David (Kimberly) Colville and Jennifer Colville and five adored grandchildren Jake, Joshua, Harrison, Madison and Brooklyn. A private service was held in New York in early December. Contributions in Bill's honor may be made to the CCBL at capecodbaseball.org.
Walter was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. After being drafted during the Vietnam War, he began a career as a correctional officer on Riker’s Island where he retired after 21 years as a Captain. He was an avid fisherman and loved playing baseball and softball when he wasn’t “behind bars” as he loved to say. Walter was married to his wife Jacqueline in May of 1981, and spent the next 38 years loving her and their son Scott. Walter and Jacqueline loved to play cards and always found something to laugh about. She was his partner in crime and fishing companion. He always said she was the catch of his life!
After retirement, he and his family moved to Chatham where he would become known as “Mr. P.” He started his second career as a school bus driver and loved every minute of it. He truly enjoyed being around the kids, watching them grow up, become adults and start families of their own. Very often, he found himself driving the bus for wedding parties for the same kids that he drove to school many years before.
Being a school bus driver allowed him to have the summers off and spend time on the water with his son and share his passion for fishing. Most will recognize the boat “Great Scott” sitting on the mooring at Barn Hill Landing and remember him fishing or clamming while wearing his NY Yankees hat!
When he wasn’t fishing, he was playing softball and enjoying his time with the guys either on the field or at Brax Landing. He had the best sense of humor and brought laughter to every room he was in. If you knew Walter, you knew he would drop everything if you needed help. He was a true friend and cared deeply about his loved ones and all the people around him.
Walter is survived by his wife Jacqueline, son Scott, daughter-in-law Jessica, grandson Sawyer, daughter Renee, sister Gloria, brother’s Eugene and Kenny, niece Deanna and nephew Michael. He was predeceased by his sisters Catherine and Lillian.
There will be a Mass at the Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham on January 4th at 11AM. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
Dr. Allan H. Seigal, late of Mashpee, Massachusetts died peacefully on November 26, 2019 at the age of eighty-five. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Marks Cohan. He was predeceased by his first wife, Loretta B. Seigal.
He leaves his son, Roger Seigal and his wife, Lynne Seigal of Holliston, Massachusetts; his daughter, Leslie Seigal-Bergum and her husband Erik Bergum of Jefferson, New Hampshire; his son, Peter Seigal and his wife, Nancy Seigal of Reading, Massachusetts along with his step-daughter, Deborah J. Cohan of South Carolina. He also leaves his grandchildren, Carlie Seigal of South Boston, Massachusetts; David Seigal of Brighton, Massachusetts, Shannon Seigal of Reading, Massachusetts and Lauren Seigal of Reading, Massachusetts.
Dr. Seigal was a graduate of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Tufts University and Temple University School of Dentistry. Dr. Seigal’s dental practice in Framingham spanned 34 years. Dr. Seigal’s greatest passions included softball, his dogs, and the Chatham Chorale.
Burial Service will be held at 10 am at Sharon Memorial Park, Sunday, December 1st. For online condolences please visit www.doanebealameshyannis.com.
EAST DENNIS - On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Francis E. Savage Jr., age 81, of Worcester and East Dennis, MA, passed away. He died at at his home in East Dennis after a lengthy battle with ALS.
Frank was born on June 18, 1937 in Worcester, MA to Francis E. Savage Sr. and Mildred Mary (Shaughnessy) Savage.
Frank graduated from St. John’s High School in Worcester, MA where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. He then graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. Frank attended the University of Miami on a baseball scholarship, graduating in 1961 with a B.Ed. While attending U Miami, he served as vice president of Phi Delta Theta. In 1964, he earned a Master’s in Education.
After graduation, Frank was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served two years of active duty in the Military Police in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he served six years in the reserves as a first lieutenant.
Frank married Beverly Ann (Bakos) in 1962 and resided in Worcester for the next 40 years.
Frank began his career as a physical education teacher for the Worcester Public Schools. He taught elementary and high school physical education, and coached high school soccer, basketball, tennis and softball. He officiated high school basketball and soccer for several years. As a coach, he inspired teamwork, leadership, excellence, and genuine concern for others. He received the Horace Mann Teacher of the Year Award for 1986-1987.
In 1989, Frank became the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Worcester Public Schools. He expanded the athletic opportunities for the Worcester Public Schools adding sports such as crew, lacrosse, swimming and hockey, and adding freshmen teams including football and basketball. He received the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association’s District Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2001.
One of his earliest passions was researching and collecting antiques. As a member of the Our Lady of the Angels community in Worcester, he served on the finance committee and St. Vincent de Paul Society. He coached baseball and softball for Ty Cobb Little League and Babe Ruth teams for many, many years.
Frank and Beverly moved to East Dennis, MA upon retirement and joined the community of Our Lady of the Cape Catholic Church in Brewster, MA. They traveled extensively and spent their winters in Florida. Frank was an avid player on the Cape Cod Senior Softball league for 15 years, enjoying the comradery of his teammates and constantly working to perfect his performance on the playing field. He also enjoyed reading, watching sports, going to the gym, and walking his Boxer, Clancy.
One of Frank’s greatest joys was his grandchildren. He appreciated each of their unique personalities and always looked forward to spending time with them. He especially enjoyed the time spent with Alexandra and Keira during summer vacation. He and Beverly introduced the girls to letter-boxing, stand-up paddle-board, trips to Boston, and performances at the many Cape Cod theaters. One of his fondest memories with Brady was cutting the grass on his Cub Cadet. Frank loved going out to dinner with Ireland at Friendly’s where she always ordered a sundae with M&Ms for dessert. He taught Riley how to feed the fish in the pond. And, of course, all three loved wiffle-ball.
Frank leaves his wife Beverly Ann and four children: Beth Anne Savage of Brewster, MA; Timothy Francis Savage of New York, NY; Jill Marie Shea of Worcester, MA; and Brendon Patrick Savage and his wife Laura of Ridgewood, NJ. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Alexandra and Keira Savage, and Brady, Ireland and Riley Shea as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, William Emmett.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 9th from 9am-11am at Doane Beal & Ames at 729 Route 134 South Dennis, MA. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Cape at 468 Stony Brook Rd. Brewster on Saturday, March 9th at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ALS Association: Massachusetts Chapter, 685 Canton St. Suite 103, Norwood, MA, 02062.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Really sad information. I always enjoyed seeing him at the games on the Cape. He will be missed by those who knew him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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