Cape Cod loses one of its favorite foodies

John Rega of East Falmouth dies at 74

Cape Cod food connoisseur John Rega died last week at the age of 74. For more than two decades, Rega had been a fixture on the local food scene--a real foodie before the word even caught on. Every Cape Codder has seen him on cable or heard him on the radio. His enthusiasm and love of cooking will be missed.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. in Mashpee.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Chapman Cole & Gleason:

John J. Rega, 74, of East Falmouth, passed away unexpectedly at Tufts Medical Center in Boston of lung cancer on November 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Joan Rega and son of the late Angela Reagan. John was raised in South Boston, graduated from Boston public schools and went on to attend Northeastern University. For many years he was the North East area supervisor for Warner Books Publishing. Later he created and published the Compass Magazine as well as many other publications. He established and operated Cape Cod Dining Club and gave the first presentations of The Taste shows on the Cape. He hosted his own T.V. and radio shows with audiences in MA and RI. He was a true foodie and loved promoting Cape Cod restaurants, vendors, and Farmers Markets.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all. In addition to his wife Joan of 21 years, he is survived by two daughters, Diane Lyons of Quincy, Janet Carpentier of Arizona, his grandson Rian Murphy, great grandson Alexander Quintal, several nieces and nephews and his best friend and beloved pet Tia. He was predeceased by his son, Stephen.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) Mashpee on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2PM to 4PM. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to John's favorite charities, the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, P. 0. Box 895 Mashpee, MA 02649 or to CapeAbilities, 350 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on