“He would have loved this.”
HULL – Anthony Micherone, a longtime Hull resident, loved volleyball. After his death in 2014, his loved ones thought a volleyball tournament would be the best way to honor him.
On Saturday afternoon, over 40 of Micherone’s family members and friends gathered at the James P. Sullivan field to participate in Anthony’s Volleyball Tourney, now in its third year. All proceeds from the competition went to Wellspring Multi-Service Center in Hull, where Micherone volunteered. The non-profit plans on dedicating a bench to Micherone sometime this fall.
“It’s kind of like a family day,” said Terri White, his long-time partner. “Most of the folks here knew Anthony almost all his life.”
His sister, Angela Ryan, described Micherone as a warm, good-natured person.
“He never really got angry, always smiling,” said Ryan. “Unless you called him Tony. He hated that!”
Five teams with at least six members competed throughout the day — the Jell-o Shots, the Dot Rats, Plymouth Rock, and the A-Team, made up of Micherone’s family. The A-Team donned orange shirts, Micherone’s favorite color.
Micherone’s sons, Nathan and Benjamin Foley, and his grandson, Jack, were all at the tournament. Nathan Foley admitted he wasn’t as skilled at volleyball as his father.
“I only play volleyball once a year,” said Nathan.
Michael Owens grew up in Hanover and as a teenager played volleyball every Tuesday and Thursday night with Micherone. Today, living in East Bridgewater, he drove out over an hour to participate in the tournament.
“He would have loved this. We’re hoping to do this every single year,” said Owens.
Matt Henry, of Hanover, called Micherone the ideal teammate.
“He was extremely competitive but also very understanding of teammates who might not be able to score,” said Henry.
His sister, Angela Ryan, said that Micherone had a knack for bringing people…