We've lost two more beloved Dana players

Posted by Dave Hunt on Apr 22 2024 at 04:43PM PDT in Winter 2024

Past president and long time Dana member Richard Wolfe passed away on March 5, 2024. Richard always had a smile and a kind word.

His wife Jefferi said she would like everyone to know how much Richard loved the game of soft ball and baseball and he loved his teammates. He had lots of activities he enjoyed such as fishing, gardening, cooking, wine collecting. But, she added, the constant joy throughout his life were the ballgames and the friendships he forged on the field.

Patrick Roche noted that Richard was instrumental in the organizing and structure of the DANA league. He drafted and implemented league bylaws – which still exist today (save for periodic changes). He served as President of the league bringing reason and stability to the Saturday games. Patrick noted that Richard was a calm, reasoned thinker – and an excellent ballplayer.

Tim Dimasi recalled that Richard was responsible for the double high fence in left field. There was a problem with too many balls sailing over the existing lower fence. Richard, who was an attorney in city government, somehow used his influence to get the city to raise the fence to its current level.

This past week we also lost Dave Tessmer. Like Richard, Dave always had a smile and a kind word, except perhaps when an umpire got it wrong. Dave was someone you could count on. Pictured above (at age 76) on a cold, rainy Saturday, he was among a number of volunteers including John Church and Marshall Cohen (78 at the time) who helped make the field playable that day.

We always knew it was Dave when we saw someone with a feather sticking out of his cap.

Dave Tessmer’s Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday July 13 at 10am. Location: St James By The Sea in La Jolla.

We will miss Dave & Richard.


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