John J. Cahalane of Mashpee, a community leader recently elected to his seventh consecutive term as a member of the board of selectmen, died June 8. He was 72.
He was the husband of Christine (Dulchinos) Cahalane, who died December 30, 2013.
He was graduated from Boston University with a degree in business administration.
Mr. Cahalane moved from the Boston area to the Upper Cape in 1972, and he and his wife opened The Farm, a restaurant and nightclub on Route 151 that they operated for several years. They purchased a home in New Seabury in 1978.
For nearly 20 years, he was president of Diversified Resorts, and he owned and operated Marketing Services for 16 years.
Mr. Cahalane had served on the Mashpee Board of Selectmen for 20 years, including as chairman on multiple occasions. For his newest term he was to serve as vice chairman.
Earlier this month he was recognized by the town as the honorary Dean of the Mashpee Board of Selectmen. In addition to recognizing his serving on the board for 20 years, the proclamation noted Mr. Cahalane’s “commitment” and “passion for public service and extensive community involvement.”
During his time as chairman on the Mashpee Human Services Committee, Mr. Cahalane was instrumental in obtaining funding for the monthly Drop-In Nights that are offered by the Substance Use Task Force.
He had also served the town as a sewer commissioner, 14-year housing authority member, chairman of the Mashpee Environmental Oversight Committee, Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board member, and as selectmen board liaison with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
A member of the original Cape Cod Special Olympics Committee, he also was a past chairman of the Falmouth Heart Fund, a Friend of Penikese Island and, in earlier years, was the coordinator of the March of Dimes for Mashpee.
He was a life member of the BPO Elks and belonged to the Mashpee Men’s Club. He also served with the 102nd Air National Guard.
Mashpee Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Municipal Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
He leaves his significant other, Karen Fisher; an aunt, Peg Duddy; a niece, Jean Duddy; and several other nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was set for June 7 at 10 o’clock at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee, followed by burial at Great Woods Cemetery in Mashpee.