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Cemetery tour pays tribute to road race legends
Litchfield.bz (06-09-18)


 

Ed Evers plays the bagpipes at the grave of the legendary Ovidio DeRubertis on Saturday. BZ photos

One of the highlights of Litchfield Hills Road Race weekend was the annual tour of graves in St. Anthony's Cemetery on Saturday.

The tradition began in 2000 after the death of LHRR co-founder Joe Concannon. Co-founder Billy Neller and friends visited Joe's grave and a tradition was born. 

There were also visits to the graves of Neller's parents, John and Helen, Ovidio DeRubertis, Dennis (Bear) Murphy, and Jimmy Lee. Stories were told at each grave by friends and family members. Everyone visited was an important figure in the history of the road race.

Ian Campbell played his guitar and Frank Jewett sang during the tribute. Ed Evers did his usual terrific job on bagpipes.

From left, Ron Peck of Goshen, LHRR co-founder Billy Neller and Jeff Leigh of Litchfield.

D.J. Murphy and his sister, Lesley Budny, at the grave of their father, Dennis (Bear) Murphy.

Frank Jewett, accompanied by Ian Campbell on guitar, sings "Sweet Caroline."

Billy Neller at the grave of fellow LHRR co-founder Joe Concannon.

Race announcer Brent Hawkins was in fine form.

Joe Concannon's second cousin, Rick Concannon of Torrington, pours shots of Concannon Whiskey.

Billy Neller speaks at Joe Concannon's grave.

From left, Billy Neller, Rick Concannon and Brent Hawkins at Joe Concannon's grave.

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