Gunkholing: Bill Zammer 1945-2021

Cape Cod Life  /  September/October 2022 /

Writer: Brian Shortsleeve

Still in our hearts old friend. It has been just over a year since our good friend Bill Zammer passed away. For those of you who may not recognize the name behind the corporation Cape Cod Restaurants, Inc., you most certainly must be familiar with the successful restaurants that Bill built across the Cape and beyond. In Falmouth, The Flying Bridge Restaurant and The Coonamessett Inn were the backdrop of thousands of balmy summer nights and hundreds of weddings. Tugboats in Hyannis and Clancy’s Restaurant in Dennis Port both served up Bill’s signature fare while taking in a view. His restaurant at The Pinehills Golf Club was not only a welcome end to an active day with friends, but also a place where life’s milestones were memorably celebrated. But Bill was so much more than a veteran of hospitality. It was his generous spirit, punctuated by an ever-present broad smile and jovial laugh that lit lives less fortunate throughout the region. Board positions at the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, the Upper Cape Regional Technical High School, the Cape Cod Business Roundtable, the Cape Symphony and the Cape Conservatory. He served as a board overseer of the Marine Biological Laboratories at Woods Hole, an advisory board member of Johnson & Wales College and Upper Cape Regional Technical School, and as a past Board Chair of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.  If there was a need for organization, good ideas and the ability to get things done, Bill was the guy to call. Serving as a trustee at Cape Cod Community College, he and his wife Linda created the Linda and William Zammer Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Studies where students could learn the high standards and effective skills Bill exhibited every day of his life. As summer…

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Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve is the owner, publisher, and founder of Cape Cod Life Publications. His personal column, “Gunkholing,” has appeared in all issues of Cape Cod LIFE since the very first issue in 1979.