Harry P. Felger of Mashpee, a retired general surgeon, died October 31 after a brief hospitalization at Falmouth Hospital. He was 100.
He was born December 8, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth and Harry P. Felger Sr.
He did undergraduate work and then medical school at Syracuse University. Following medical school, at the end of World War II, he was stationed in Brooklyn, New York, and served as a transport surgeon.
The husband of Rosemary (Stoody) Felger, the couple remained in Brooklyn after his service and raised their three children there. His wife died January 4, 2007.
Dr. Felger was on staff at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn for more than 35 years. During his tenure, he was rotating chief of surgery and director of medical education in charge of interns and residents at the hospital. Additionally, he served on the board of trustees of the hospital.
The Felgers chose Mashpee for their retirement, and came here 34 years ago.
An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of New Seabury Golf Club. He also was a member of Mashpee Men’s Club and had served as its education fund president.
He was an accomplished bridge player, active in the American Contract Bridge League and Upper Cape Bridge Club, not only as a player but also as a teacher and director. A member of the New Seabury Duplicate Bridge Club, for many years he ran a duplicate bridge game on Monday evenings with Mariann N. Farrelly of Mashpee. The games transitioned to being held at the senior center, running from May to October. In the 1990s he taught bridge through the Mashpee Council on Aging at the Carol S. Jacobson Senior Center on Great Neck Road North.
Dr. Felger was a competent captain of the ship, starting with the 33-foot Sea Witch that he sailed often from Brooklyn to Cape Cod, then the 42-foot Seascape, in which he sailed from Cape Cod to St. Augustine, Florida. His final craft was a 22-foot catboat, the Cat’s Meow, that he used for sunset sails and trips to Martha’s Vineyard.
He also enjoyed chess, an evening at the theater, and travel.
With the help of a caregiver he was able to remain at home for most of his life.
He leaves his second wife, Muriel; and his daughters, Vicki Voss of Islip, New York, and Sookie Hunter of Yarmouth.
He was preceded in death by his son, Richard A. Felger.
Visitation will be Friday, November 12, beginning at 1:30 PM with a celebration of his life at 2 o’clock, at Chapman Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.
Burial will be private at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.