David A. Velesig, who taught physical education to middle schoolers in Mashpee for more than three decades, died on October 2 after a long illness. Mr. Velesig, 73, died at his home in Mashpee.
He was the husband of Christie A. (Cardillo) Velesig, to whom he was married for 51 years.
Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, he was the son of John and Ramona Velesig. During his high school years he excelled in sports and participated in baseball, football and track. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville, where he attended on a full football scholarship.
Mr. Velesig taught physical education at Quashnet Valley and Quashnet River schools for 32 years and also coached softball and football.
In June 2000, when Mr. Velesig would be retiring after his years of service to Mashpee, he was honored with the establishment of a scholarship award in his name, and a dedication in the yearbook for the Quashnet schools. At an end-of-the-school-year assembly, students and teachers donned fake beards in his honor.
Mr. Velesig was active in various sports programs in the community, both as a coach and as a fan. He was a union negotiator for the Mashpee Teachers Association and successfully negotiated for extended maternity leave for women.
He and Michael S. Horne brought youth baseball to Mashpee in 1974 and by 1975 Mashpee had both Little League and Babe Ruth programs.
In to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Kimberly A. Baker and her husband, Keith F. Baker of Mashpee; a son, David E. Velesig and his wife, Danielle P. Velesig of Falmouth; four grandchildren, Kyle Baker, Jack Baker, Anna Velesig and Davey Velesig; a brother, James Velesig; and extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother John Velesig.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, October 12, from 1 to 4 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.