Blaine Hebbel obituary

Blaine Hebbel obituary

Blaine Quint Hebbel, 67, husband of Maria (Traverso) Hebbel, died peacefully on Saturday, December 18, 2021, following his long illness.

Born in Boston on May 6, 1954, Blaine was the son of the late Carroll J. and Carmen (Quint) Hebbel of Ipswich.

Blaine attended Ipswich High School, where he co-captained the first Ipswich High School lacrosse team and helped take the basketball team to the championship game at the Boston Garden.

Blaine went on to play lacrosse at UMass Amherst and continued his education at Burlington College.

Blaine‘s love of sports and his wonderful organizational skills led him to found Ipswich Youth Lacrosse in 1999, which has since grown and flourished. He went on to head Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse, which he led for a number of years.

Blaine’s dedication to the youth of Ipswich was also evident outside of sports. Under his leadership as the chairman of the school building needs committee, he was instrumental in garnering support for the building of the new middle-high school.

Seldom without a book in hand, Blaine was a wealth of knowledge. He enjoyed and appreciated a wide range of music, from classical to reggae to punk. A lifelong poet, he loved the spoken word.

To celebrate the American Voice, he founded the Ring of Bone Press and published numerous works of poetry featuring his own work as well as that of local poets, writers, and artists.

Blaine was a member of Occu-Poets — poets for economic justice — and was a strong supporter of social justice causes.

In addition to Maria, his wife of 44 years, he is survived by a daughter, Madeline R. Lennox, and her husband, Andrew, of Beverly, and a son, Alexander B. Hebbel, and his partner, Micaela Tepler, of Brunswick, Maine.

He was the devoted grandfather to Emma and Callum Lennox of Beverly. He was the brother of Hollis C. Hebbel and her husband, Juan Perez, of North Carolina, and Bruce C. Hebbel and his wife, Bianca, of Marion.

He is also survived by his nephew, Jonathan Perez, and his wife, Annie; his niece, Julia Perez, and her husband, Cameron Presley; and nephews Jacob and Benjamin Hebbel.

He also leaves his father-in-law, Edmund Traverso; brother-in-law Anthony Traverso and his partner, Timothie Biggs; two great-nieces, Maria and Katie Perez; and one great-nephew, James Presley. 

A celebration of Blaine’s life is planned the summer of 2022. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Special Olympics Massachusetts or Essex County Greenbelt.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send condolences, please visit