James F. Lopes Jr., 61, of East Falmouth, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019, surrounded by his family, after nearly a decade-long battle with cancer.
James, a lifelong resident of Falmouth, was born August 21, 1957 to Geraldine and the late James F. Lopes Sr. A dedicated father and family man, he leaves behind his daughter, Ashley of Bellingham, his son, Geoffrey of Manchester, New Hampshire, his mother, Geraldine of East Falmouth, his brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Bonnie of East Falmouth, his nephews Jeremy and Todd both of East Falmouth, his sister, Valerie of Falmouth, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, James, who passed away in 1985.
A beloved member of the community, James founded and served as President of A & G Fuel Oil for 29 years while also owning and operating several small businesses in Falmouth. In addition to his professional life, James was an active member in sports on a local, regional and national level. He served as a league and all-star coach in both Falmouth Little League and Falmouth Babe Ruth, and was the league President of the latter. He was the General Manager of the Clark-Haddad American Legion Post 188 baseball team, General Manager and field manager of the Cape Cod Braves baseball club of the Cranberry Baseball League, and also volunteered with the Falmouth High School field hockey and girl’s lacrosse programs. James donated his time and services to the Emerson College baseball program, where he started the tradition of a postgame reception to encourage inclusion for student-athletes and parents from around the country.
Those who knew James best praised his selflessness, admired his wit and humor, embraced his love for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and applauded his courageousness and perseverance during his fight with cancer. He was incredibly compassionate, possessed a deep devotion to his family, and was blessed with a joyful heart and spirit that was infectious to all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, June 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Falmouth Center. A funeral mass will be celebrated on June 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway (Route 28), East Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Caring for a Cure (www.caringforacure.org).