Obituaries

Dr. Ged Deering

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After a fulfilling career that included teaching, TV repair, service in the US Coast Guard, and 30 years as an emergency room physician, and after visiting all seven continents, all 50 states, and every MLB stadium, Ged Deering passed away peacefully at his Cape Cod home surrounded by family and his wife of 45 years.             Ged, who never missed a chance for an adventure – or a pun – died at sunrise on Ap...

Carolyn Jane Holmes Swanson

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Carolyn Jane Holmes Swanson passed away peacefully on April 7th, 2021. Carolyn was born on January 31st, 1936, in the town of Harwich where she resided for most of her life with her husband, Allen.  Carolyn loved collecting antique glass, reading, knitting, gardening and especially her Morgan horse, Pharaoh, who she rode late into her 70s.    Carolyn is survived by her three children, Kathryn, Eric and his wife K...

Stephen P. Ford

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Stephen P. Ford August 7, 1952–April 9, 2021 Surrounded by his family, and with an Irish tune playing, Stephen P. Ford died peacefully just as the sunset left his room on Friday, April 9, 2021. He took on life with caring, spirit, commitment, and a side of humor, as all who knew him understood. Born in Virginia Beach on August 7, 1952, he was the loving son of the late Barbara Brett Ford. The youngest of five chi...

Debra Lynn Eldredge

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CHATHAM - Debra Lynn Eldredge, 65, passed away on Friday morning April 9, 2021. She was born in Weymouth, Ma. at South Shore Hospital on June 11, 1955 to Roy and Virginia “Gigi” Eldredge.  Debbie was the couple’s fourth child, and was 12 years younger than their youngest child at the time.  Love surrounded Debbie from her birth with three older siblings and two loving parents.   Though Debbie was born off-Cape, s...

Lynn Thurston Brountas

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Lynn Thurston Brountas, of Weston and Chatham, died peacefully at age 83 on Tuesday, March 22, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Paul P. Brountas, to whom she was married for 54 years. She was the devoted and endlessly beloved mother of Paul P. Brountas, Jr. of Waltham, Jennifer V.W. Brountas of Boston, and Barrett Brountas and husband Christopher Biddle of Wayland. She also leaves the absolute lights ...

Caroline Signe Gerda Wolf Ritz

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itz, Caroline Signe Gerda Wolf, age 80, of Harwich, passed away on March 19, 2021. Caroline was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on July 6, 1940 and graduated from Evander Childs High School. She married childhood sweetheart Henry A. (Hank) Ritz on June 11, 1960 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx. Caroline worked for AT&T for several years until she became a...

Anne Kingsbury Briggs

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Anne Kingsbury Briggs, of Arlington and Harwich Port, passed away at home in Arlington on February 9th. She was 75. Anne was a dynamic, loving, talented woman who excelled at her many careers and was beloved by her numerous friends and family members. Anne grew up in Attleboro and Harwich Port, Massachusetts, and graduated from Attleboro High School in 1963. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with...

Steve Lyons

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Beloved Chatham artist and resident, Steve Lyons, passed away at his home, Sunday, March 21, after a stouthearted and courageous battle with brain cancer. He was surrounded by family. Steve was 62. For seven years, his artistic gifts and welcoming presence lit up Chatham’s art scene. Prior to that, he gained early fame as a painter and gallerist in Provincetown. Steve was the frequent recipient of numerous nation...

James A. Smith

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James A. Smith, 85, of Harwich, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2021. James was born in Jersey City, N.J. and was a long-time resident of Chatham.  He served in the United States Army as a Specialist Technician, ultimately being stationed in Alaska along with his young family. He attended Upsala College where he received a degree in chemistry and was a member of the Theta Epsilon fraternity. He co-owned a comp...

Joseph Charles McDonald

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Joseph Charles McDonald, age 74, died on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at his home in Chatham after a long period of failing health. Born May 30, 1946 in Dorchester, he was one of four children born to William and Doris McDonald. For the past 51 years he was partner and husband to Judith Fallon McDonald, a native of Quincy. They lived in Quincy, Cheshire, Conn., and retired to Chatham. Joe attended Archbishop Williams...

Mary Louise O’Brien

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Mary Louise (Madden) O’Brien died at home March 8. She was 96. She never regretted her decision to move to quiet, little Orleans on Cape Cod from big, noisy Dorchester in 1956. Mary and her family started in a two-bedroom, one-bath Cape Cod house on a dirt road with only three other houses, all “summer people,” at the time.             She spent many years making home-cooked meals for four kids seven days a...

Kurt E. Hellfach

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Kurt Ernst Hellfach of Falmouth, Chatham and Sarasota, proud immigrant, and activist in the environmental movement on Cape Cod died suddenly at Falmouth Hospital on March 9, 2021.                 Kurt was born on April 14, 1927 in Erfurt, East Germany where he grew up through WWII, graduated from the Gymnasium and escaped to West Germany as a refugee in 1946.  He worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers and l...