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Cemetery tribute remembers LHRR supporters
Litchfield.bz (06-10-17)


Frank Jewett, joined by Ian Campbell on guitar, sings "Sweet Caroline" during the annual pre-Litchfield Hills Road Race walk through St. Anthony Cemetery on Saturday. BZ photos

A pre-Litchfield Hills Road Race tradition resumed Saturday with a tour of graves of LHRR supporters in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Leading the tour was race co-founder Billy Neller, who started the tour several years ago to pay a memorial tribute to his fellow co-founder, Joe Concannon.

The tour still visits Concannon's grave and stops at many others, including those of Dennis (Bear) Murphy and the legendary Ovidio DeRubertis. Saturday's stroll was even more special because it was the first year it paid tribute to Neller's wife, Ali, who died last fall after a battle with cancer. Ali Neller handled runner registration for many years.

Billy Neller thanks Lee Brakeman, center, and Sue Smith during the tribute at the grave of his wife, Ali.

Alexis DeRubertis at the grave of her father, Ovidio DeRubertis.

D.J. Murphy prepares to take a swig at the grave of his father, Dennis (Bear) Murphy.

From left, Darrin Murphy, D.J. Murphy and Lesley (Murphy) Budny at their father's grave.

Billy Neller comments during the tour.

A large crowd turned out for the tour.

Ed Evers added a nice touch with his bagpipes.

 

Billy Neller, center, leads the tour across the cemetery.

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