Long-time Mashpee Selectman Cahalane Dies at 72

Photo courtesy of the Town of Mashpee.

MAHSPEE – A long-time Mashpee Selectman died Saturday morning.

John Cahalane was 72.

He was serving in his 7th term and 20th year as a selectman.

Last week, Cahalane was the first person named as the board’s honorary dean.

The board read a proclamation when naming Cahalane honorary Dean highlighting his accomplishments over the past 20 years, including getting the funding for the Substance Use Task Force’s Drop-In Nights, and his assistance with tribal affairs in town.

Selectman Carol Sherman said Mashpee has lost a great person and she has lost a friend and teacher.

“People respected him,” Sherman said.

She also said he was a real politician.

“If you look at the way he voted at his meeting he voted for Mashpee and what was good for the town,” Sherman said.

Sherman said he did so many things for the town.

“His relationship with the tribe was a great one,” she said. “His history and knowledge of this town was just amazing.”

The proclamation also cited Cahalane’s influence on its smooth transition after the adoption of the home rule charter.

Cahalane was not in attendance at the meeting where he was honored as he was in recovery after a surgical procedure.

About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant grew up in Central Massachusetts and now lives in South Dennis on the Cape. He has been part of the news team in the CapeCod.com New Center since the spring of 2014. He studied radio broadcasting at the University of Tennessee.



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