Walter R. Kaplan, 81, died at home on September 29, 2018 surrounded by his family, due to complications from Parkinson's disease. Walter was born in Fountain Springs, Pennsylvania in the winter of 1937. He was a star basketball player in high school and went on to play at Millersville Teachers College where he earned his teaching degree. In 1964, he moved to his beloved Cape Cod with his young family and settled on Bucks Pond in East Harwich. He taught elementary school in Barnstable, retiring from Centerville Elementary. Under his guidance, many students learned to ski by participating in the school ski trips he organized in the 1970's and 80's.
Some of his favorite things: a newly stacked cord of wood, a cold cocktail, Cape Cod at sunset, the wind against a sail. Much of his free time was spent biking, golfing, kayaking and skiing. In recent years he adored spending time with his three cherished granddaughters: Chiara, Allegra and lona.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Gretchen and his wife, Barbara. He leaves his children Brad (Lorna McKenna), Tara (Sergio Marini), niece Jenne Frackelton & family, granddaughters and his companion, Karen Chalmers.
His family would like to thank Hope Hospice and Dr. Mathew Pulicken for their support and guidance over the last months.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. He will return to the sea, into Nantucket Sound, where he loved to fish, off Sampson's Island, in Osterville.
Have a cocktail in his memory, he would suggest a Manhattan, and do a kind deed for someone in need.