Goldsmith is one of the many volunteers who will miss D’Antonio.
“He and I worked shoulder to shoulder for weeks, and I really developed a profound affection for him,” said Goldsmith. “It was a profound loss. Some of the glue holding the crew [together] went with him.”
Jobe said D’Antonio will be formally remembered in some way when the project is done, perhaps by hanging one of the miniature dories he made in a place of honor inside.
Carol Hong moved to Lanesville in 1999 with her husband, Nicholas Richon, who grew up just down the road. She joined the lunch rotation and jokes that it was because her husband was probably one of the kids causing trouble down at the shack when he was young. But it is more than that.
“I never had the experience of seeing in action what a great community it is,” Hong said. “I’m just so proud of what we’re doing.”
Retiree Arnie Shore is a relative newcomer, having moved here from Brookline with his wife three years ago.
“We became friends with Jim Hafey, and he asked me if I’d like to join the committee and help with fund-raising,” Shore said, and laughed. “I went to my first meeting and he introduced me as chairman of the finance committee. That’s how they do it in Lane’s Cove.”
There may be more artists and other professionals living here than when the fish shack was built, but they love Lane’s Cove as much as ever.
Listen to Jobe on the topic of the Lane’s Cove shack versus the famous red fish shack over in Rockport, which had to be re-created from scratch after the Blizzard of ’78.
“This was Motif No. 1 before Motif No. 1. It’s been painted as much if not more than Motif No. 1,” she said. “And when it got ruined, we didn’t put a Home Depot shack up.”
The roof is new, and a lot of planks have been replaced, but wherever possible, new boards have been “sistered” to existing ones, and new windows fitted into the cockeyed spaces left by the old.
What will be done with the Lane’s Cove shack when it is finished? According to the codes under which it was rebuilt, it must be dedicated to maritime use. Most hope a local fisherman will use it.
Completion is expected in the spring or early summer. But many say they do not want the work to end.
“There are people really worried about what will happen when we finish the project,” Shore said. “It’s just too much fun.”
Joel Brown can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.