James W. "Hank" Jonah, 57, of Falmouth, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 24, 2012, surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness.
Born in Wareham, he was the son of the late Wellesly "Hank" and Nancy (Ryan) Jonah. Hank graduated from Lawrence High School in 1973 where he loved the game of hockey and was an outstanding player. He attended Franklin Pierce College. Continuing to stay active in Falmouth Hockey, he was an assistant coach for many years.
Owner and operator of the Leeside in Woods Hole, he also was co-founder of the Raw Bar and Caribbean Connection.
Hank was a kind man with a big heart. He helped raise money for the Jimmy Fund through boxing events at "On the Rocks" and was instrumental in starting the Raw Bar Open Golf tournament with the proceeds going to the Special Olympics. This began 24 years ago and continues to this day. He also was a member of the Falmouth Elks.
Hank was a colorful and stylish character who had a special flair for clothing. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Jamie Anne Jonah of Sandwich, his sister Judith E. Jonah and significant other Blair Bolling of Falmouth, his uncle William Ryan of Falmouth and many cousins.
The family would like to thank HopeHospice for their kind and compassionate care during Hank's illness.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 28th, at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Patrick's Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the James W. Jonah Memorial Fund, Eastern Bank, 117 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540. Make checks payable to Judith Jonah FBO James Jonah Memorial Fund.