Sarah “Sally” (Parker) Cave, 64, passed peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
The daughter of Joseph S.W. and Joan (Falvey) Parker, Sarah grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts where she enjoyed competitive sailing, serving as Secretary at Pleon Yacht Club in her teens. She also taught sailing at Madison Beach Club in Madison, Connecticut and Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, Massachusetts, where she spent much of her time on the ocean and developed her love for the sea.
Sarah graduated from Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts (1972) where she was the first woman to sail on the varsity sailing team and receive a varsity letter. She then studied English and Business at Elmira College, Elmira, New York (1976). After college, Sarah worked for Foster Dykema Cabot in Boston. She was married in 1978 and in 1979 moved to New London, New Hampshire for a brief time before making her home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Sarah worked at New London Trust Co., her first introduction to the close-knit Lake Sunapee Region.
Sarah was a devoted mother, and instilled a sense of community within her family. With her husband Michael, she owned and operated Gourmet Garden in New London, New Hampshire for 30 years. Throughout her career Sarah dedicated her professional life to passionately supporting New Hampshire’s artisans and businesses. In an on-going effort to support the community, Sarah created a line of ornaments with proceeds going to regional non-profits and community organizations. She was an active member of the Lake Sunapee Area Chamber of Commerce for 29 years, and she and Michael were active members of the Parents Association and Board of Trustees at Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. Along with her love for her family and entrepreneurship, Sarah enjoyed traveling, spending time on the coast in Southport, Maine, caring for her dogs, and rooting for her beloved Red Sox.
Sarah is predeceased by her parents and is survived by her husband of 40 years, Michael G. Cave of Wilmot, New Hampshire; two sons, Parker Cave of Boston, Massachusetts and Chris Cave of Beverly, Massachusetts.; a sister and her husband, Meg and Jon Rand of Laconia, New Hampshire and their children, Jennifer and Charlie; a sister, Lisa Parker of Marblehead, Massachusetts; a brother and his wife, Joe and Libby Parker of Marblehead, Massachusetts and their sons, Sam and Will; an aunt Nancy P. Parker; an uncle Donald Falvey Jr.; and many beloved cousins.
A memorial service will be held at The First Baptist Church, 461 Main Street, New London, New Hampshire, 03257, on Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03756.