Beverly Ann (OBrien) Canepa

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Beverly Ann (O'Brien) Canepa

Beverly Ann (OBrien) Canepa 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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Philip Dirago
Feb 19, 2019
Mr. Canepa I'm so sorry for your loss.A loss for the entire Pentucket community that loves you. Mea te consolatores.
Julie Jenkins
Feb 16, 2019
I met Bev about 12 years ago walking her dog in Mosley always a pleasant and happy lady, she became a friend and dick to, I will miss her smile and chatting in Mosley and her waving to me when I drove by.RIP Bev
John Clarno
Feb 14, 2019
Sorry to hear about Bev's passing. She always had something good to say about everyone. Her smile would light up the dreariest of days. She will be missed by every one that knew her. We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers and you as well. John & Judy Clarno
Bob Fougere
Feb 08, 2019
Dick, I am so sorry to hear about Bev's passing, I remember she would always come up to greet me when I arrived at tournaments, she will be greatly missed. Bob Fougere
Lisa Cloyd & Delaney
Feb 02, 2019
Our hearts go out to your family. Bev was our friend, our tennis nemesis and a wonderful classy lady. I loved seeing her and hearing stories about how proud she was of her granddaughters. She will be greatly missed by our family.
Tannye Wold
Feb 02, 2019
Bev invited me to play for her Newburyport team many years ago and I enjoyed her friendship, her joie du vivre and similar enthusiasm for the sport. Although we did not play in same circles the last several years whenever we saw each other it was big smiles and hugs, Her genuine loving spirit lives on in all the tennis community hearts she touched.
Jinx Tong
Feb 02, 2019
Dear Dick, I am so sorry for the loss of your lifelong partner, on and off the court. Bev always played her part well wherever she was. Whether as a partner , team member or courtside cheerleader and supporter. I so enjoyed her company in the many years we were at tournaments together. Sending you love and my heartfelt condolences. God's blessings to you and your family . Jinx
Christine Lago
Feb 02, 2019
Dick I’m so sorry for your lost. Bev was such a positive person. I will always remember her smile and contagious energetic personality. So sorry for the pain you and your family are going through.
Mike Pazzanese
Feb 01, 2019
Mr. Canepa so sorry to hear of your loss. The Pentucket community grieves as well as both of you did so much for so many. Deepest sympathy.

Mike Pazzanese
Dana Levenson
Feb 01, 2019
Dick and family
I am in Florida for the winter but news travels fast in Seacoast tennis circles. I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Bev. We will all miss her. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Dana Levenson
Donna Wood Haack
Feb 01, 2019
Mr Canepa,
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your wife. Please extend my sincere sympathies to your family.
I was a student of yours at Pentucket and my Dad, Kenneth Wood was Guidance Counselor there. My Dad passed away 17 months ago.

Sparta Wisconsin
Judith Smith
Feb 01, 2019
It was always a treat to be in Bev and Dick's company. I feel fortunate to have known her and experienced her energy, friendly engagement and positive outlook whether on the court or off. I send fond memories and condolences.
Judy Smith, Brookline, MA
Thelma and John Tracy
Feb 01, 2019
Dick, our deepest sympathy to you and the family on your loss. I remember lots of great tennis matches both with and against Bev. Lots of fun and great food after the matches and always her smile.
Jan 31, 2019
I had the privilege of playing against Bev and her big head tennis racquet. She was so gracious and I was always so thankful of the lessons on and off the court she bestowed upon me. I am so sorry for your loss.
Allan Gardner
Jan 31, 2019
Dick, so sorry to learn of Bev’s passing. She was always a smiling friendly presence court side while being a tough competitor on court. Barb and I send you heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
George Lynch
Jan 31, 2019
Dick--so very sorry to learn of Bev's untimely passing. I will remember all the times we shared at NE tennis events with and w/o dogs as well as your visits to my home in VT. My thoughts are with you at this time. Be well. George
Dick Stewart
Jan 31, 2019
Hi Dick, Sorry to learn of Bev's passing. I'll remember her as being as much a part of our senior men's tournaments as the players themselves. Nice lady!
Barry Stone
Jan 31, 2019
Dick - So sorry to hear of Bev's passing. She was a delightful lady, always ready with a warm smile and greeting. My very best wishes to you.

Dag Williamson
Jan 31, 2019
Dick -
So sorry to learn of your loss. When I'd see her at the tennis tournaments she would always be one to welcome you with her smile and cheery greeting - a heart warming person.
Lynn Miller
Jan 31, 2019
So sorry and shocked to hear about Bev’s passing. She’s one of those people who always made me smile when she was around-so congenial and welcoming. I will miss seeing her at tournaments, which is where I would see her every summer. My sincere condolences to her friends and family..
Laurie Leach
Jan 31, 2019
Bob and I are so sorry to hear of your wife's death.

Laurie & Bob
Gene Wheeler
Jan 31, 2019
Always a cheerful participant in all New England events. Remember her well and she will be missed in that community of tennis players whenever there was a tournament and the Friendship Cup. Nancy and Gene in Fl. now.
Pete Allen
Jan 31, 2019
Dick - My heart goes out sadly to you, along with those of your legion of New England senior tennis friends, I'm sure. Bev and you have always been very special to us all.
Frances and Henry Tiberio
Jan 31, 2019
Fran and I have special memories of many tennis -tournaments, and wish to be added to those friends who experienced her 'full heart"!!!. She was of the moment, and made those moments heart -warming...Fran always enjoyed knowing her!! Best.
Ray Brodeur
Jan 31, 2019
My condolences upon Bev's passing. I will always remember her attendance at many of your tournaments with the dog and goodies she would share with the other players. See you on the courts in the late spring.