(Northampton, MA) – The life of Ray Ellerbrook was celebrated by those who knew and loved him yesterday at the Athletic Fields in Northampton named in his honor. Among those paying tribute was Thomas Parent, a member of the city’s Recreation Commission and a longtime friend, who said even though Ellerbrook was a transplant, he was a “Hamp” guy. Monday’s memorial was filled with stories, laughter and tears. Ellerbrook, who died last week at 65 after a 10-year battle with cancer, was a star basketball player at UMass. He served as head of the Northampton Recreation Department for 27 years and Look Park director for a decade before his retirement last December.
Photo of Ray Ellerbrook courtesy of Daily Hampshire Gazette