John Orsi Heher (Jack) was born in Taunton, MA, February 24, 1925, the only child born to Mary (Orsi) and Stephen Heher. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Brookside Assisted Living facility in Centerville MA. Thankfully, his only long, yet courageous battle was with old age.
Jack grew up helping with the family’s business, Orsi Brothers Fruit and Liquors in Taunton. He graduated from Taunton High School in 1942 where he was a basketball standout. He remained lifelong friends with several of his team mates. He entered the United States Army in 1943 and was an airplane and engine mechanic stationed in Idaho during WWII. Jack returned to Taunton after his service where he met and married Catherine Mary (Donahue) in 1949. Kate passed away in 1995.
He is survived by daughter Patricia Boger, (predeceased by son in law Dean Boger), sons Steve (wife, Vickie Sue) and Paul (wife, Ellen) and daughter Rose Ann (husband, Brian) Francis. He has 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Jack found happiness with a second partner, Erleen Plyler who he married in 1997. Erleen passed away in 2003. He also leaves two loving cousins, William Orsi and Rosemary Holland.
In 1953 Jack and Kate purchased the Cotuit Highground Golf Course which the family still operates. From 1963 to 1986 Jack served as the Recreation Director for the Town of Barnstable where along with overseeing parks and beaches he passed along his basketball expertise to hundreds of children in the town . Perhaps Jack’s third vocation was the one he was most passionate about, officiating basketball. He served as the president of Cape Cod Chapter of the IAABO Board of Officials. Jack’s favorite time of year was March Madness and he was always the favorite to have the best brackets in the Highground’s pool. Jack will forever be remembered by so many people but none more than the loving members of Cotuit Highground. Jack treated everyone with such kindness and acceptance providing so many generations the opportunity to not only play golf but to become part of the Highground family. As one of the members exclaimed with gratitude, "Jack was one in a million. I will never forget the countless hours he gave to all of us."
The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Brookside Assisted Living facility for the compassionate care you showed him the past three years. We know he’s an easy guy to love but you made his declining years bearable and often quite comical with that cast of characters who live there. We will miss the bingo, barbeques, and bananagrams! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday evening May 11 from 5 - 8 PM at the John Lawrence Funeral Home 3778 Falmouth Road , Route 28, Marstons Mills. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 12 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Wianno Ave, Osterville. Burial with honors will follow in Mosswood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cotuit Highground Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 136 Cotuit,MA 02635 or the charity of your choice. Another way to carry on Jack's legacy is to bid 25 without the 5!