By: Press Release
Additional obituaries of people with ties to the town of Barnstable.
Richard J. Cain
Richard J. Cain, 80, of Centerville, died at his Centerville home on October 20.
He was born January 6, 1930 in Quincy to Joseph and Lillian (Perry) Cain.
He was the husband of Andrea M. (Gallagher) Cain, and the father of Joseph L. Cain, Kevin C. Cain, Christopher J. Cain and Caitlin C. Cain. He also leaves three grandchildren, Gabriel C. Cain, Lillian M. Cain and Charlotte Noell Cain; and his sister, Margaret Aylward.
He was predeceased by his brothers, William Cain, Thomas Cain and Robert Cain.
Known as Dick, he grew up on Plymouth Road in Newton, and he summered with his family in Osterville.
He graduated from Newton High School and received his college undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Following college, he served as an executive officer on a mine sweeper in the Navy. After his service in the Navy, he entered law school at Boston College Law School, where he graduated in 1958 as a distinguished member of the Boston College Law Review.
He married Andrea Marie Gallagher, on June 27, 1959. They were married for 51 years, and raised their family in Osterville, before relocating to Centerville in 2005.
For 20 years, they were members at the Oyster Harbors Club, where Mr. Cain was an avid golfer. In his youth, he worked as an assistant greens keeper at the Wianno Golf Club and was always passionate about maintaining his lawn.
He had his private practice on Main Street in Harwichport for over 50 years. He was an Av Rated lawyer, the highest peer review obtainable by the premier rating service for lawyers. His clients included the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, numerous local businesses, and individuals from all walks of life, including three former CEOs of Fortune 100 companies.
He was active in the Barnstable County Bar Association, where he served in various capacities, including as president from 1976-77. He was chairman of the Seminar Committee, the Scholarship Committee and Social Committee for that local bar association.
In 1978, he created the committee that brought the Superior Court Law Library up to a minimum operating facility. He was a recipient of the Barnstable County Bar Association’s Distinguished Jurist Award. He served as a delegate to the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He served on many state and national bar committees and donated his time generously to local organizations, including the Legal Services for Cape Cod and the Islands, where he once served as a board member. He also served as a member of the Boston College Law School Alumni Association and contributed to the endowment of the Robert F. Drinan Chair at Boston College Law School.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM tomorrow at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wianno Avenue, Osterville. A reception will follow. Burial will be private.
William E. Guarente
William Ernest Guarente, 76, of Osterville and Weston, died October 17, at his home in Osterville. He was a Wall Street and money management executive who was one of the early pioneers of the hedge fund industry.
An Air Force and Marine reserve veteran, he was born in Arlington and attended Arlington High School and Boston College.
Mr. Guarente was named a partner at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette in 1964 at the age of 30. Several years later, he founded Guarente Harrington Associates in New York, launching one of the first hedge funds in the country.
Mr. Guarente was an associate at Wood Struthers and Winthrop, vice president at Paine Webber, and founder and chairman of Boston Equity Management Co. and Phoenix Partners. As an entrepreneur, he owned and developed The Athlete’s Foot store chain throughout New England.
Mr. Guarente also made his mark on the stock market. In 1985, he chose to enter a four-month event called the US Trading Championship, a sort of Olympics for brokers, private investors and investment letter-writers. Competing against 175 individuals in Boston, Mr. Guarente won the competition.
He was an anonymous donor to many causes and charities over the years. His interests were many.
When he and his wife weren’t spending time with their six children, he found time to pilot his own plane, ski, and play squash and tennis.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Mary (Callahan) Guarente; daughters Ann Hunter of Sudbury, and Beth Dugan and Lisa Hilinski of Wellesley; sons Mark Guarente of Wellesley, and Brian Guarente and Thomas Guarente of Natick; and 15 grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was to be held this morning at St. Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601; or the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, c/o Heymann, Suissa & Stone PC, 1 Church St., Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20850.
James M. Hill
James Michael Hill, 51, of Sarasota, Florida, who leaves family in Barnstable, died unexpectedly at home on October 7. He graduated from Bourne High School in 1977.
He was the husband of Denise A. (Houle) Hill.
Mr. Hill was born April 18, 1959, in Stoughton, the son of Jack and Barbara Hill, and raised in Bourne. After high school, he worked in the family masonry business and later the Plymouth power plant. He was known as Jimmy.
Following the construction field, he traveled around the country and settled in New Orleans, Louisiana. He then returned to New England and attended Curry College in Milton, receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1996. He then moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he started his nursing career.
In addition to his wife and parents, he leaves his maternal grandmother, Lorraine Roche of Stoughton; sisters Diane Mercaldo of Marstons Mills and Nancy Fus of Sarasota, Florida; brothers Dan Hill of Bourne and Jack Hill of Hull; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Jane Hill of Sagamore.
His favorite things were his Harley, and his two dogs. He was a container gardener as well as an excellent cook.
He was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots, and followed the Bruins each and every game. Cape Cod was his favorite home.
There will be a gathering at 11:30 AM tomorrow at the Eagle Club on Cohasset Avenue, Buzzards Bay, followed by the distribution of ashes at the Cape Cod Canal.
Christopher D. Hofmann
Christopher D. Hofmann, 46, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, and formerly of West Yarmouth, died October 14, with his wife of 16 years, Melanie (Silva), at his side.
Born on August 18, 1964, in Falmouth, he was the son of Karen (Martin) and David Hofmann. He graduated in 1983 from Barnstable High School and continued his education at Cape Cod Community College.
Mr. Hofmann worked as the technical director at Cape Cod Community College Tilden Arts Center for many years, and then worked for Production Design Associates of Charleston, South Carolina, following a family move to Goose Creek, South Carolina in 2005.
He enjoyed cooking, camping, and helping to lead his son’s Boy Scout troop.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a son and daughter; his mother, Karen Hofmann of Danielson, Connecticut; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM tomorrow at Saint Michael’s Lutheran Church, in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina.
The family asks those who wish to honor Mr. Hofmann’s life, to consider becoming an organ donor; or contributing to the American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, Charleston, SC 29406.
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