Edward “Ted” Jason passed peacefully in his Hyannis home surrounded by loved ones, a mile from the choppy waters of Lewis Bay, his second home, on October 14th, four days shy of his 85th birthday. A consummate Cape Codder, Ted was a lifelong seafarer, jack of all trades, and magnanimous spirit.
The son of former Yarmouth Chief of Police, Herbert, and Alma, Ted was born and raised in Yarmouth where he spent decades laying an indelible civic, athletic, professional, and social imprint. A graduate of Yarmouth High School, Ted loved playing baseball, basketball, and football. He played for the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Yarmouth Indians, the Cape’s basketball league and YD hockey. He coached YD bantam hockey from the 1960s through the mid-1970s, served as chief owl of the local Owl Club, as treasurer of the Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a volunteer at the voting polls.
After serving in the U. S. Army in Germany, he joined the First National Bank of Yarmouth in the early 1960s, first as a teller and night custodian. He retired in 1989 as vice president of corporate loans, after helping sprout and save dozens of local businesses. In semi-retirement, Ted started T.J. Painting, and for more than a decade served as the “oldest living mate” for the late Captain Bob Bolduc aboard the charter fishing boat Annie B. Ted was also the proud owner of Point Gammon, which he named after the southern point of Great Island where he found it shipwrecked in 1968. After resurrecting it to (semi) shipshape, Ted would spend much of his free time over the next three decades boating with friends, family, or alone on Nantucket Sound, returning with bass, bluefish, lobsters, and stories to last many lifetimes. Ted also enjoyed gardening and traveling with his “Judith” and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Ted is predeceased by his sister, Susan Newlands, and his great-granddaughter Ashley Dixon. He is survived by his beloved partner of 26 years, Judi Cardiges; his children, Deborah and her husband Arthur Bearse, Wendy and her husband Fernando Moreira, Robert and his wife Julie Jason, and Rebecca and her husband Ken Matejek; grandchildren Melissa, Michelle, Michael, Shannon, Jennifer, Zachary and Holly; great-granddaughter Jillian; and great-great-grandson Jason.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 1 to 4 PM at Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to YD Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 875, South Dennis, Massachusetts 02660.