Beverly Ann (O'Brien) Canepa

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Newburyport, MA - Beverly Ann (O'Brien) Canepa died recently while on a tennis vacation in Jamaica.
She was the loving wife to Richard "Dick" Canepa, a retired teacher and coach from Pentucket High School and devoted mother or Richard "Dickie" Canepa of Amesbury and Kristin Canepa Berry of Exeter N.H.
Bev was the adoring grandmother of Megan, a student of University of Vermont and Nicole, who is studying at Kenne State University in New Hampshire.
Bev was an energetic member of the tennis community and popular player at the Newburyport Tennis Club and the Seacoast Tennis Club in North Hampton, N.H.
She and Dick won the New England Senior Tennis Championships seven times and were ranked No. 1 in that regional Super-Seniors category.
As the New England Champions, they played for national mixed doubles titles, and were ranked No. 5 in the U.S. in Super Seniors. Even into her 80s, Bev played two and three times per week.
Bev was born in 1937 in Amesbury. She attended St. Joseph Grammar School there and then graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Newburyport.
She was the daughter of Eugene and Blanche O'Brien of Amesbury. Bev and Dick were married in 1959 and would have been married 60 years in May.
Bev took up tennis in her mid-30s after the couple moved into a house near Moseley Woods on Spofford Street, which then had several tennis courts.
The couple joined the Newburyport Tennis Club when it opened in 1974, and she had been a member since. She was a talented and competitive player and won club doubles championships before she and Dick entered senior mixed doubles events in later life. She also served as coach of the Amesbury High School girls tennis team.
The cheerful Newburyport resident enjoyed the camaraderie of the game as well as the competition and was among the most popular members of the teams on which she played.
She especially enjoyed traveling to other North Shore clubs to meet new players.
Bev and Dick took a tennis vacation with Friends every winter in Jamaica. They traveled throughout New England and the country playing in tennis events.
Off the court, Bev worked for a local eye doctor. She was also a poll assistant with local, state, and federal elections took place here.
Her flare for colorful outfits was well known.
Bev was a generous and caring person and is remembered for the constant aid she provided to her mother and stepfather in their final days. She was a true and constant friend – and she had many. She was known never to neglect an individual or good cause. Friends said she had a ‘full heart.’
In recent years she reveled in spending time with her granddaughters as they grew up in nearby southern New Hampshire. Bev enjoyed everything. She was a cheerful, enthusiastic woman and she brightened the lives of everyone who knew her.
Survivors in addition to her family listed above include a sister, Sharon, of Plaistow, N.H.


A Mass will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church, Newburyport, on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. A memorial reception will take place at Michael’s Harborside at noon.
Arrangements are being made through Elliot Woodworth and Rogers Funeral Home, Newburyport
Published on January 29, 2019
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