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Walter E. (Wally) LaBell, 73 »

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 14:53:58 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 2:52pm Walter E. (Wally) LaBell of Hyannis and formerly of Oak Bluffs died on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Falmouth Hospital. He was 73. He was formerly married to Linda (Frank) LaBell and was the father of Jeffrey Labell. His memorial service will be held at a later date. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Gazette. Visit chapmanfuneral.com for online guest book and information. Article Updated: Date Updated: Thursday,…

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Ralph Kirkham Safford III »

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 20:03:23 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Ralph Kirkham Safford III (“Kirk”) of West Tisbury passed away in Boston on Jan. 10, 2024, with his wife, Kristine, by his side. Born in Boston on Oct. 26, 1942, to Nancy B. French Safford and Ralph Kirkham Safford II, he spent much of his youth between New Haven, Conn., and Martha’s Vineyard. It was on Martha’s Vineyard that Kirk gained a deep appreciation of the ocean, clamming alongside his dad, sailing with his friends, and in later years fishing…

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Waiting for the future »

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 13:45:30 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Islander Jesse Cottle Child is in serious need. Although he is currently on dialysis, a kidney transplant is essential, and so far, he hasn’t been able to find a donor match. Child’s health journey began with a trip to the ER in October 2022 because of stomach bloating and cramps. His partner, Cecily Allen, recounts, “We thought it would be a simple Tums solution, or something.” He had been tired a lot, but Child attributed it to his work as a stonemason. Shockingly, his blood work was really…

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Elizabeth B. Rawlins, 96 »

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:34:21 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 12:30pm Elizabeth (Betty) Miller Rawlins died peacefully on Feb. 3 at her home in Oak Bluffs with her children Paul and Pattie by her side. She was 96. Betty was born on Nov. 25, 1927 to Archibald and  Nellie Miller. She was the second youngest of five children, and she survived them all. She attended the Cambridge public schools and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in 1944. She attended Salem State Teachers College, where,…

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John B. (Jack) Watson Jr., 84 »

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:23:32 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 12:20pm John B. (Jack) Watson Jr. of Columbiana, Ala. and formerly of Cranford, N.J. died on February 15 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. He was born in Newark, N,J, and his family moved to Cranford in 1946. He lived there for most of his life until moving to Mobile, Ala. in 2015 with his wife Ellana to be closer to their son Douglas and his family. He relocated to the Birmingham area in 2017. He graduated from…

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Rosemary B. Dayton, 95 »

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:15:34 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 12:14pm Rosemary B. Dayton of Williamsport, Pa. died on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at We Care at Loyalsock in Montoursville, Pa. She was 95. She was known as Posy to her family and friends. She was born Feb. 4, 1929 in Williamsport, Pa., a daughter of the late Sylvia Berkheiser. While growing up she was an active member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport where she sang in the choir for 20 years. She graduated from Williamsport High School…

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Phoebe Reese Lewis, 94 »

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:51:28 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 4:44pm Phoebe Reese Lewis of Milwaukee, Wis. died on Jan. 26 at St. John’s on the Lake in Milwaukee. She was 94. Born on August 6, 1929 to Everett David Reese and Martha Grace (Gay) Reese in Newark, Ohio, Phoebe lived in Milwaukee, spent winters in Tucson, Ariz. and summers on Martha’s Vineyard. Phoebe was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years John Dowley (Jack) Lewis. She is survived by five children, 12 grandchildren…

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Joan Wefald Norton, 93 »

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:04:47 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 4:01pm Joan Wefald Norton died peacefully at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Feb. 10 at the age of 93 years, 9 months and 12 days. Her life was marked by selflessness and grace. Born Morna Joan Wefald on April 29, 1930, in Winona, Minn., she was the eldest child of Egil and Morna Wefald. Her family moved around the state with father Egil, a renowned civil engineer instrumental in building Minnesota’s highway system. The family settled…

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Ralph Kirkham (Kirk) Safford 3rd »

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:39:51 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - 3:37pm Ralph Kirkham (Kirk) Safford 3rd of West Tisbury died in Boston on Jan. 10 with his wife Kristine by his side. Born in Boston on October 26, 1942 to Nancy B. French Safford and Ralph Kirkham Safford II, he spent much of his youth between New Haven, Conn. and Martha’s Vineyard. It was on the Vineyard that Kirk gained a deep appreciation of the ocean, clamming alongside his dad, sailing with his friends and, in later years, fishing…

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William Daniel Bennett »

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:08:03 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

William D. Bennett of Lambert’s Cove died peacefully at home with his family on Feb. 15, 2024. He was 86. Bill was born on Oct. 19, 1937, to Mary Frances Ahearn Bennett and William Taft Bennett of Yonkers, N.Y. He was the third of four children, with his brother Bob and sister Carole his older siblings, and his younger sister, Mary. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Grammar School in 1951. As a member of the class of 1955 at Xavier High School in New York City, he…

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Phoebe Reese Lewis »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 20:13:59 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Phoebe Reese Lewis, 94, of Milwaukee, Wis., died on Jan. 26, 2024, at St. John’s on the Lake in Milwaukee. Born on August 6, 1929, to Everett David Reese and Martha Grace (Gay) Reese in Newark, Ohio, Phoebe lived in Milwaukee, spent winters in Tucson, Ariz., and summers on Martha’s Vineyard, in family homes on East Chop and in Vineyard Haven.  Phoebe attended the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., for secondary school, and Smith College in Northampton, graduating…

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Elizabeth Miller Rawlins »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:58:23 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Elizabeth Miller Rawlins was born on Nov. 25, 1927, and died at the age of 96 on Feb. 3, 2024. Elizabeth (“Betty”) passed away at her home in Oak Bluffs peacefully, with her children, Paul (Teresa) and Pattie by her side.  Betty was born to Archibald and Nellie Miller. She was the second youngest of five children. Betty survived them all. Betty attended the Cambridge public schools, and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High…

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Frederick Jackson Jr. »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:40:42 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Frederick Jackson Jr. (“Fred”), a man who could turn any gathering into a party, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2024, surrounded by his loving family, holding the hand of his wife and life partner, Yvonne. He was 77 years old. Just days before, on Super Bowl Sunday, Fred’s hospital stay turned into his last hurrah, buzzing with friends and laughter. It was a fitting finale for a life filled with merriment. Whether carving turns on the ski slopes, crushing…

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Richard T. Jennings, 83 »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:38:24 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Monday, February 19, 2024 - 5:37pm Richard T. Jennings of Vineyard Haven died on Feb. 18. He was 83. He was the husband of Carol Ann Jennings. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Gazette. A celebration of life will be announced sometime in the spring of 2024. For online guestbook and more information, please visit chapmanfuneral.com Article Updated: Date Updated: Monday, February 19, 2024 - 5:37pm

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Richard T. Jennings »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:34:57 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Richard T. Jennings, 83, of Vineyard Haven, passed away on Feb. 18, 2024. He was the husband of Carol Ann Jennings. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of this paper, and a celebration of life will be announced sometime in the spring of 2024. For online guestbook and more information, please visit chapmanfuneral.com. The post Richard T. Jennings appeared first on The Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Gloria Wong »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:33:07 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Gloria Wong, 95, of Vineyard Haven, died on Jan. 24, 2024, at her home. A memorial service for Gloria will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Tabernacle in the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, Oak Bluffs. The post Gloria Wong appeared first on The Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Frances Marjean Lear »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 17:29:38 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Frances Marjean McKinney Smith Lear, age 81, longtime resident of Oak Bluffs, died on Jan. 20, 2024, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Jean, as she was known, was born to Rudolph and Lucile Howell of Gulf Hammock, Fla., in 1942. Through her school years she attended over 10 schools, due to the nature of her dad’s profession. With each move, Jean acquired new school friends due to her pleasant and caring demeanor, personality traits that stayed with her through…

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Mary Jo (Jody) Reston, 86 »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:59:13 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Monday, February 19, 2024 - 10:56am Mary Jo (Jody) Reston, longtime regional newspaper publisher and business manager on Martha’s Vineyard, died at age 86 on Feb. 12 in Sarasota, Fla. Jody retired from her leadership posts at the Vineyard Gazette in 1999 after 25 years of distinguished service. She then moved from the Martha’s Vineyard to Sarasota, where she spent her remaining years in retirement. She was born May 16, 1937 in Kenosha, Wis. to Edwin B. and Evelyn…

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Walter Edison Lowe Jr., 95 »

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:04:07 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Monday, February 19, 2024 - 10:01am Walter Edison Lowe Jr. died July 29, 2023. He was 95. He was born Feb. 24, 1928 at Harlem Hospital in New York City to his parents Susie E. Lowe and Edison Lowe Sr. Walter was their only child and his father died when he was very young. Walter was raised in Washington D.C. and Queens, N.Y. He earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Adelphi University. Following college he served in…

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Summer Memorial for Gloria Wong »

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 20:26:46 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Sunday, February 18, 2024 - 8:25pm A memorial service for Gloria Wong of Vineyard Haven will be held on Sunday, July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Tabernacle located on the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Oak Bluffs. Gloria died Jan. 24 at the age of 95. For online guestbook and more information, please visit chapmanfuneral.com. Article Updated: Date Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2024 - 8:25pm

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Christopher D. Phinney, 68 »

Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:38:06 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Sunday, February 18, 2024 - 7:34pm Christopher D. Phinney passed away suddenly on Nov. 11, 2023 at his tennis club in Jupiter, Fla. at the age of 68. He was known for his kind and gentlemanly manner, his steadfast devotion to his wife and two sons, his generosity of spirit to family and his many friends and his lifelong love of nature, the sea and boats. Born in Boston, Chris was the son of Dr. Arthur O. Phinney Jr and Dorothy (Be) Turnbull Phinney. The family settled…

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William D. Bennett, 86 »

Sat, 17 Feb 2024 10:57:13 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Saturday, February 17, 2024 - 10:55am William D. Bennett of Lambert’s Cove died peacefully at home with his family on Feb. 15. He was 86. Bill was born Oct. 19, 1937 to Mary Frances Ahearn Bennett and William Taft Bennett of Yonkers, N.Y. He was the third of four children, with his brother Bob and sister Carole as his older siblings and his younger sister, Mary. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Grammar School in 1951. As a member of the class of 1955 at Xavier High…

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YARMOUTH OFFICIALS: 60-YEAR-OLD WOMAN KILLED IN FIRE STARTED BY “SMOKING MATERIALS” »

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 21:09:14 | via Hyannis News

YARMOUTH — [MASS. DEPT. OF FIRE SERVICES MEDIA SERVICES] – One person has died after a residential fire in Yarmouth that started with smoking materials, said Yarmouth Fire Chief Enrique Arrascue, Yarmouth Police Chief Kevin Lennon, State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine, and Cape & Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois. [On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, the] Yarmouth Fire Department responded to the area of 115 Route 28 following a medical alert activation…

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Remembering Gloria Wong »

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 08:43:24 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Although diminutive in size, Gloria Lee Wong, who passed away on Jan. 24, 2024, one month shy of her 96th birthday, had a mighty impact on many people. Faith was at the heart of Wong’s life. Ian Douglas, retired bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and longtime colleague of Wong’s in the Episcopal Diocese in Massachusetts, says, “She was incredibly faithful to her family, to her church, to her God, and to her community.” Wong first came to the Vineyard…

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Oh, what a tangled web »

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 08:20:43 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

To the Editor: I lived on Martha’s Vineyard for 25 years — raised a family there. I sat on many governing boards and created a charitable foundation exclusively for Islanders in need, called the Second Chance Foundation. And in all that time, I don’t remember one incident of a right whale washing up on our Vineyard beaches. Not one. Now I’ve read that four right whales have washed up on the Island in the past seven years. And, since 2020, wind farms and turbines started being erected…

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Jody Reston, Former Co-Owner and Publisher of the Vineyard Gazette, Dies at 86 »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 16:08:26 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

4:05 pm, February 14, 2024 Mary Jo (Jody) Reston, former co-owner and publisher of the Vineyard Gazette, died in Sarasota, Fla on Monday, Feb. 12 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.

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One Dead After Yarmouth Fire »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 13:42:34 | via CapeCod.com NewsCenter

YARMOUTH – One woman is dead after a residential fire in Yarmouth that has been traced back to smoking materials, said Yarmouth fire officials. The following is the full statement from the Department of Fire Services for Massachusetts: One person has died after a residential fire in Yarmouth that started with smoking materials, said Yarmouth […] The post One Dead After Yarmouth Fire appeared first on CapeCod.com.

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Garden Notes: Gardeners can help wildlife with their data »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:25:16 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

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Have Faith: Learning for Lent »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:02:16 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Lent is here for those who recognize it, and I’ve pledged to do a better job of … everything … for this liturgical season. I think it all boils down to mindfulness. If I only took the time to simmer down and think before I act, on so many levels, I’m pretty sure it would make my life easier, not to mention the lives of those who have to deal with me on a regular basis. For me, mindfulness doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in an amber-lit room alone with my thoughts, and ready to begin a…

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Writing from the Heart: Budding artist? »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:49:28 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

I hope you all get to age 82. For those of you who have passed this ancient number, you might know what I am about to say. It’s that if you live long enough, it’s possible that your dreams will actually come true. They’re not dreams deferred; they’re just delayed a bit. And they don’t always look like the original dream. When I was 8, I was consumed with Betsy McCall. Maybe you never encountered McCall’s magazine. It was in every doctor’s office,…

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Working for Your Health: Heart health »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:45:02 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Here are some fun facts about the human heart gathered from health.clevelandclinic.org/fun-facts-about-your-heart:

  • The heart is an organ about the size of two clasped hands. It’s made mostly of muscle tissue that contracts rhythmically, to propel blood throughout the circulatory system.
  • Because our hearts have their own electrical supply, they continue to beat even when separated from our bodies.
  • They have four chambers that fill with fresh blood during each beat. Each…

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West Tisbury: Rez Williams, jazz concert, voting by mail, and Ghost Island Farm »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:42:17 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

I have been watching forsythia getting ready to bloom, branches I brought inside a week or so ago. Their buds are no longer tightly brown. I can see yellow now, and maybe they will have fully opened overnight. Every morning is a discovery. That’s the magic of forcing branches at the end of the winter, bringing early spring inside. Many readers will remember the Groundhog Day parties Dionis and Cynthia Riggs used to have at the Cleaveland House. Their dining room table was always abloom with forsythia…

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William August Engler 4th, 25 »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:36:23 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 10:29am William August Engler 4th of Oak Bluffs died on Jan. 23 at the age of 25 after a valiant struggle with drug addiction and mental health issues. August’s journey through life was a testament to his unwavering resolve and boundless optimism, even in the face of adversity. He was born at 11:04 a.m. on Sept. 13, 1998. It was an awe-inspiring day when the sky above Philadelphia, Pa. was painted an unforgettable brilliant blue and…

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Jane Appleton (Jennie) Greene, 77 »

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:20:10 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 10:18am Jane Appleton (Jennie) Greene of Chilmark passed away peacefully on Feb. 13 after an extended battle with cancer. She was 77. Jennie is survived by her sons, Prescott Walsh of Chilmark and John Walsh of Edgartown and his wife Kelley, and grandchildren Caroline Jane and Nathanael; two sisters, Elizabeth and Esther Greene; a brother, Nathanael Greene and his wife Frances; a brother, Walter Greene and his wife Joan; niece Kate Greene…

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Raymond J. DeBettencourt »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 18:16:29 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Raymond J. DeBettencourt, 97, of Oak Bluffs, died on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Oak Bluffs.  Raymond was born on Jan. 23, 1927, in the Highlands of Oak Bluffs to Alfred Francis DeBettencourt and Mary King DeBettencourt. Raymond once said he could remember when New York Avenue in Oak Bluffs was a dirt road. Raymond graduated from the Oak Bluffs High School in 1945, and was drafted into the U.S. Army in the same year. After his honorable discharge in early 1947, Raymond…

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Neil Robert Strock »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 18:07:57 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Neil Robert Strock died peacefully but unexpectedly at his home in Lafayette, Calif., on January 24, 2024. He was born on March 14, 1947, so he would have been 75 years old in a few weeks.  Neil came to the Vineyard as a child in the 1950s, and spent classic summers here until he left for California 20 years later. He graduated from the Cambridge School of Weston, and Middlebury College, with highest honors, and with both an M.A. and an MBA from the University of California…

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Kenneth C. Pailler Jr. »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 17:58:45 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Kenneth C. Pailler Jr., 77, died on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. He was a devoted partner of more than 30 years to Arlene M. Connolly, originally of Canton. Born In Boston, he was the son of Kenneth C. and Carolyn J. (Jolda) Pailler. He was a 1964 graduate of Framingham North High School, and attended Worcester Junior College and the University of New Hampshire. In his youth he was involved in many sports such as football and hockey, and loved long, adventurous snowmobile…

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Dorothy Francoeur »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 17:45:37 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Dorothy Francoeur (“Dottie”) of Oak Bluffs passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 9, 2024. She was 79. Dottie and her wife, Pat Cooke, lived here part-time since 2001, and became full-time residents in 2021. Dottie and Pat met in New York, and were together for 42 years. They married in Oak Bluffs in 2008. Dottie had her own property management business in New York, where she specialized in helping small properties with her practical experience, hands-on style, attention…

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Robert Coe »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 14:48:23 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 2:46pm Robert (Bob) Coe died in Bethesda, Md. on Feb. 5 after a short illness. He was born to David and Emma Coe on Dec. 26, 1935 in Marlborough. He attended the Fay and St. Mark’s schools. Through summer camp he became an ardent hiker and tennis player. Bob earned a bachelor of arts degree in European history at Princeton University in 1957 and a master’s degree in teaching from Wesleyan University. He began teaching high school social…

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Neil Robert Strock, 74 »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 11:37:48 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 11:35am Neil Robert Strock died peacefully but unexpectedly at his home in Lafayette, Calif. on Jan. 24. He was 74, just a few weeks shy of his 75th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Martha, three sons, Joshua, Nathaniel and David and their families, including two grandchildren. He also is survived by his brothers Peter and Marcus and many nephews, cousins and friends.  Neil was born March 14, 1949. He came to the Vineyard as a child…

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Dorothy (Dottie) Francoeur »

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 10:25:18 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 10:23am Dorothy (Dottie) Francoeur of Oak Bluffs died unexpectedly on Jan. 9. She was 79. She and her wife, Pat Cooke, have lived on the Vineyard part time since 2001 and became full-time residents in 2021. Dottie and Pat met in New York and were together for 42 years. They married in Oak Bluffs in 2008. She had her own property management business in New York, where she specialized in helping small properties with her practical experience,…

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Paul David Sampieri, 74 »

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 20:47:03 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 8:45pm Paul David Sampieri of Vineyard Haven died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 10. He was 74. He was the spouse of Edward Belain Jr. and brother of John (Jay) Sampieri of N. Dartmouth. His funeral service will be private. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Gazette. Please visit chapmanfuneral.com for online guest book and information. Article Updated: Date Updated: Monday, February 12, 2024 - 8:45pm

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Kenneth C. Pailler, 77 »

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 20:42:23 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 8:40pm Kenneth C. Pailler Jr. of Middleborough died on Monday, Feb. 5. He was 77. For more than 30 years, he was the devoted partner of Arlene M. Connolly, originally of Canton. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Kenneth C. and Carolyn J. Jolda Pailler. He was a 1964 graduate of Framingham North High School and attended Worcester Junior College and the University of New Hampshire. In his youth he was involved in many sports such as…

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Paul David Sampieri »

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 20:13:07 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Paul David Sampieri, 74, of Vineyard Haven, died on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at his home. He was the spouse of Edward Belain Jr., and brother of John (“Jay”) Sampieri of North Dartmouth. His funeral service will be private. A complete obituary will follow in another edition of this paper. Please visit chapmanfuneral.com for online guestbook and information. The post Paul David Sampieri appeared first on The Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Raymond J. DeBettencourt, 97 »

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 19:21:38 | via Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Sunday, February 11, 2024 - 7:19pm Raymond J. DeBettencourt of Oak Bluffs, a beloved family patriarch, died on Thursday, Jan. 25 in Oak Bluffs. He was 97. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 52 years, Margaret Durkin DeBettencourt, and his sister Elinor. He is survived by his son Raymond J. DeBettencourt Jr. and grandson Sean P. DeBettencourt — who were both there to comfort him as he died — and also by his son Mark DeBettencourt…

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Tisbury implements new aquaculture regs »

Fri, 09 Feb 2024 13:48:56 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

  The Tisbury select board unanimously approved changes to the town’s aquaculture regulations that will allow oyster farming closer to the water’s surface. The new regulations come as farmers have complained that poor water quality — and more specifically, a lack of oxygen — on the bottom of the Lagoon has limited their ability to produce a sustainable harvest.  On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Tom Robinson, chair of the Tisbury Natural Resources Advisory Committee said during a public hearing…

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Rez Williams passes away at 81 »

Wed, 07 Feb 2024 14:38:23 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Island artist and conservationist Rez Williams, whom some described as an Island treasure, passed away recently at 81 years of age.  Williams grew up on Long Island, N.Y. He graduated from Union College with a degree in philosophy, and later earned a MFA from New York University. He taught drawing and art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  The first time Williams visited the Island he would eventually call home was in 1969; he moved to West Tisbury in 1975. …

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Off-season dancing and music gets us moving »

Wed, 07 Feb 2024 13:38:31 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

As a child, I loved to dance. I took ballet lessons for a while, but quit because I was afraid of the dance instructor who taught the older students, one room over. He had long dark hair, Superman-size thighs, and carried a stick. Each week I’d hear a thwacking sound coming through the wall. I thought he was hitting the students. Turns out he was just keeping time.  In college I danced with abandonment — at parties, in friends’ dorm rooms, and if the mood struck, I’d twirl around in…

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Artist Jennifer Rapuano juggles art and books »

Wed, 07 Feb 2024 13:11:28 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

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Poet’s Corner: Requiem for a Right Whale »

Wed, 07 Feb 2024 10:22:48 | via Martha's Vineyard Times

Requiem for a Right Whale By Jeffrey Agnoli Beloved cetacean hogtied with fishing line before washing up on the shore not so many yards from our fossil-fueled road you must have rolled and thrashed and if we were looking we would have seen the planet’s grid of light flicker and dim as you passed towed to Moshup’s realm place of ancient wisdom your carcass shimmers and sends a new light into the components of the divine we share. Jeffrey Agnoli is an educator…

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