Obituaries

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...

Leo G. Farrenkopf Jr.

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CHATHAM - Leo G. Farrenkopf Jr., 70, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day) 2021. He was surrounded by his children, family and loving dog.  Leo was born June 9th, 1950 in Chatham. It was here he found the salt of the sea in his veins. From early on in his life Leo was a proud commercial fisherman, working extraordinarily hard on his boat, Kyla Marie. His l...

Frank A. Messina Jr., 58

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Frank A. Messina Jr. died on March 3, 2021 as a result of an accident at his home. Frank is survived by his beloved wife Lauralee Messina of Port Washington, N.Y., his parents Frank A. Messina Sr. and Joan-Ellen Messina of Chatham, his brother and sister-in-law Joseph P. Messina and Jessica Tyler of Duxbury, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Guy and sister-in-law Cindy Nadal of Winston-Salem, N.C., brothers-in-law Ray ...

Lynn Elizabeth Calhoun

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Lynn Elizabeth Calhoun passed away on March 7th, 2021 at the age of 64, surrounded by family in Philadelphia, Pa., after a two-year battle with cervical cancer.  Lynn shared a summer home in Chatham with her husband Douglas Arnold.  They were married for 40 years.  Lynn loved Chatham and often remarked that it was one of the most beautiful places in the world.  She was a long time member of Stage Harbor Yacht Clu...

Joseph Francis Griffin

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Joseph Francis Griffin, of Falmouth, passed away peacefully, on February 16, 2021, with beloved family and friends at his side. Joe fought a brave battle against Parkinson’s and cardiac diseases for many years. His last hours were spent enjoying time with family and friends.  Joe was born on July 28, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to Commander John Barry Griffin and Catherine (Connolly) Griffin. Joe grew up in Woburn, ...