Our View: To Absent Friends


This time of year is both joyous and sad; we celebrate being together with family and friends, and as the year winds down, we also remember those who won't be celebrating with us.

In 2018 we lost a number of folks who dedicated much of their lives to helping run our communities. Thomas R. “Tim” Pennypacker served as a police officer and selectman in Chatham and as a deputy sheriff and was well known for his compassion and big heart. Jean Young helped run the Chatham health board for many years but also had a passion for history and children, which she demonstrated through many years as a school secretary and as a founder of The Art of Charity. Buddy Hall served for many years on the Harwich Finance Committee and planning board, although he was probably best known for providing many youngsters with their first driving experience as the owner of Bud's Go-Karts. Nancy Yeaw was for many years a dedicated member of a number of Chatham committees, and Ken Ritchie worked behind the scenes to help local families through the Chatham Ecumenical Council for the Homeless. Vince Gulotta kept swimmer safe as head of the Lighthouse Beach patrol and greeted visitors at the Chatham Community Center with a ready smile. As a Harwich selectman, Freeman Allison helped shaped the town's charter. Jack Hynes, although best known as a Boston TV newsman, volunteered on a number of Chatham committees and also helped start the Chatham Harbor Run. No one will question the major impact that James Marceline had on Harwich.

Bob Long was a dedicated Rotarian and member of the Chatham VFW. Ginny Kangas opened her home to dozens of Chatham A's players as well as serving on the board of the Chatham Athletics Association and as a dedicated teacher. Bob Walsh kept a sharp eye on town landings for the town for many years. Fran Jones was a lifelong resident and fishermen who wrote about the art of weir fishing in a 2005 book, “A History of Weir Fishing in Chatham.” Andy Marx loaned his financial expertise to The Art of Charity as a board member. Joan Williams for years was the friendly face of the Chatham School Department. Gladys Lumpkin spent many years as a Chatham volunteer. Alice Popkin, the only granddaughter of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, followed in his footsteps and became a lawyer, and was also a dedicated volunteer, serving as a trustee of the Eldredge Public Library, the Friends of the Monomoy Theatre and on numerous town committees. Lee Fuller had a passion for social justice and never let an opportunity to make a difference pass. Along with helping start the annual Turkey Trot race, Bob Redding had a late-life budding career as an actor. Although not a local resident, Andrew Fitzgerald has a place in Chatham history as one of the crewmembers – the last to survive – of the CG36500 and the historic rescue immortalized in “The Finest Hours.”

Perhaps saddest of all, several youngsters left us too soon. But Jessie Nash, Marie McClusky and Damien Larsen will go on living happily in our memories.

The Chronicle also lost several members of our extended family. Former advertising representative Kathy Earnshaw, former advertising manager Sheila Smith and her husband Preston all helped make the paper the success it is today.

All of these old acquaintances will never be forgotten.