Erik Menyhart was a wonderful 15-year-old young man, who played the violin and loved sports and school. He was very intelligent and had interests in various subjects. He was able to carry on a conversation and had intelligent commentary on almost any subject. Erik was a very kind young man, willing to help at any given moment whoever was in need.
Erik’s musical talent was enormous and it influenced and inspired everyone who has ever heard him play his violin. He was a long-time member of the music community at the Cape Cod Conservatory and subsequently, Dan Flonta’s private studio where in addition to working on his solo pieces, he was a founding senior member of the Junior Chamber Orchestra also known as the "Mini Symphony". He was meticulous about perfecting his technique and inherently excellent clarity of tone. Erik also joined the Saint John Paul II String Ensemble in 5th grade and grew into a skilled mentor to his younger and less experienced musician peers. He was the recipient of the Cape Cod Conservatory Scholarship by audition and won first violin by audition in 2022 and 2023 in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Junior Festival Symphony Orchestra.
Erik’s biggest passion in life was sailing. He started his sailing journey at his beloved Hyannis Yacht Club at the age of 5 and transitioned into single-handed racing at the age of 8. He was a top sailor on the Optimist Race Team, where he later sailed with his younger sister, Lilly, and picked up double-handed C420 sailing in both skipper and crew positions, and single-handed Laser Radial sailing at the young age of 13. He started to spread his wings first in the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association circuits, and by the age of 15 on a national and international level. He was an aspiring champion, his talent and skillset capturing the attention of many sailors and coveted sailing coaches, recently securing 3rd place in his category at his first international regatta. Erik was excited to be returning as a junior instructor at HYC in the summer, teaching Opti sailors the secrets of his trade. He also competed as a starting sailor from day one in 7th grade on the SJP2 Varsity Sailing team with his older sister Sophie and helped his team earn a close 2nd spot in the Cape & Islands Team Racing Championship, as well as won the High School Figawi Crawford Cup two years in a row.
Erik loved to spend time on the water. When not sailing, he was cruising around in his Zodiac or was out boating and fishing on Nantucket Sound. He always out-fished his Dad, seamlessly docked the boat under any condition, and took on the impossible task of teaching his Dad how to sail. In addition to sailing, he enjoyed many other sports and pastime activities. He earned the highest swimmer recognition at HYC as Swimmer of the Year in 2021, but he also loved other sports such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, golf, cross country and skiing. On the weekends, he tried his wings in the kitchen
and was interested in learning new recipes from his biggest cheerleader, his Mom. Erik was also an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Barnstable as a reader, usher, acolyte and live stream operator, and took many opportunities to volunteer.
Unfortunately, Erik passed away on Saturday, January 7th, 2023.
The community feels an unmeasurable grief and everyone who ever knew him cannot find the words to describe not having Erik in their lives.
We are creating this fund in memory of Erik’s enormous impact on the community let it be through music, sailing or other aspects of his life.
The Erik Menyhart Memorial Scholarship Fund will intend to benefit students
with musical and athletic talents, primarily in the areas of violin education and sailing.
Everyone in the community is sending their condolences and sympathies to Erik's family.