Sally Anne Serpico
July 30, 1935 – April 16, 2021
Sally Taylor Serpico, 85, loving wife of Daniel Serpico (now deceased), passed away, April 16, 2021, after an extraordinary life. Born and raised in Boston, she moved to the Cape and graduated from Barnstable High School. Throughout her life, Sally took risks and broke barriers. She was brave and strong. Sally was the first female captain to lead an all-women crew to win the Figawi twice. Additionally, she sailed around the Cape in an open-hulled 17-foot Daysailer with the same crew. She was a blue-ribbon quilter, Master Gardener, passionate knitter, worldwide traveler, patron of the Cape Cod Symphony, and lover of opera and theater. She also loved anything pink, sauvignon blanc, and a well-placed swear word (after all, she was a sailor). She was excellent at math, having spent most of her career as a bookkeeper for local businesses. Despite battling with recurrent cancer, she did not let it slow her down or dampen her spirit. She was a progressive thinker, politically engaged, and a fearless advocate for animals and the LGBTQ community. She was a fabulous cook, entertainer and lived a very active social life. Many will remember Sally zipping around town in her powder blue VW Beetle convertible.
Married to her loving husband, Dan, for 58 years, she was his constant companion and a wonderful partner who supported many of his own accomplishments with exuberance and wisdom. She was always willing to try new things and served as an inspiration to her family and extensive circle of devoted friends. She is survived by her loving sons and daughters-in-law: Daniel Ross Serpico (Kate Walsh) of West Hyannisport and their children: Patrick (Quincy, MA), Matthew (Dubai, UAE), Alison (West Hyannisport), Taylor (Austin, TX), and Mia (Washington DC), and Robert Andrew Serpico (Victoria) of Salt Lake City, UT. In addition, her beloved niece and nephews: Audrey Schrift (Douglas) of Gilbert, AZ, and their children Marcella and Chiara, nephews Russell Leach of Santa Rosa, CA, and Adam Leach (Deborah Lewis) of Camden, London, UK.
We must also recognize and embrace her lovely friends who remain unique and remarkable, an alliance of eclectic and compassionate artists who Sally truly adored. Sally will be laid to rest, under a tree, at Beechwood Cemetery in Centerville. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, MA.
A Celebration of Life
Sally Anne Serpico
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May 3, 2021
Christine and I lived across the street from Sally and Dan for five years. We became the best of friends and always felt more like family than neighbors. We enjoyed many memorable feasts at their table, most especially around Christmas, sharing great food and a plethora of good wine and bubbly.
They were a great influence. Dan "The Man" was the first person in my life to pay me to play my guitar in front of a crowd at the age of 14. And Sally was the person who introduced us to the Unitarian Church.
We love you, Sally and Dan, and will forever hold you in a special place in our hearts.
May 3, 2021
Mike and I were Unitarians with Sally. We loved that she called things as she saw them and appreciated her "can do" approach to life. We loved spending time with her, sharing a glass of wine and hearing what she was up to. It was so sad that the last year of her life was spent isolated due to the pandemic. This must have been very hard for a gregarious lover of people to withstand. We always looked for her little blue VW when we drove by. We are so sad she is gone but so glad that we had her in our lives.
April 29, 2021
I loved and admired Sally. Quite frankly, I am still grieving her quick departure from all of us. I am grieving that I didn’t do enough for her recently. She did so much for so many with her energy and wonderful spirit. She was a human being we should all emulate. I am trying to be like Sally Serpico. Thank you Sally, you are so missed.
April 29, 2021
Sally and her wonderful family were all ways great friends of the howland family...the many fun times we shared...from cookouts ..to sailing all ways with a laugh...my fondest memories would include Sally and her female mates on adult saying nights...i was only 13 teaching supposedly...it all ways turned into some of the best of times that I will cherish forever.....
April 22, 2021
RIP Sally....... you were an amazing neighbor!
Such a kind, strong and independent woman.
We always enjoyed our chats with you.....and with Dan.
And we take comfort in knowing that you and Dan are
We will miss you,
Kevin & Lauren Czaplicki
Trisha & Tom Otto
April 21, 2021
RIP our dear friend. You will be missed more than you know. You left a legacy that your family can be proud of. Thank you for the influence you made in our lives. We lost an angel and Heaven gained one. Godspeed Sally.
April 20, 2021
I loved Sally. I have been wearing her earings all week. I complimented her on them a year ago....she returned to church the next week with a small box, containing a matching pair for me. We had quite a few laughs together and share a mutual friend in Judy Fenner. Thinking of you all with love and sympathy.
April 19, 2021
Sally was such an incredible, independent and caring woman. I feel honored to have known her! My memory of her will be taking Benji out for his am walk to mailbox to pick up the paper. I always saw her going about town in her volkwagen convertible with the top down in the summer.! May you rest in peace sweet lady!
April 18, 2021
God bless you. Your love & encouragement meant the world to me. Such a strong & wonderful spirit. ❤️🥀