Lovely and generous


To the Editor:

While I did not know Oak Bluffs’s lifelong resident Geraldyne (“Gerry”) DeBettencourt personally, who died in December [see obituary in January 27 Times], there was a very special treat she arranged for the Island several years ago that should be recalled with gratitude.

She made the needed arrangements, whatever that entailed, to bring the U.S. Marine Corps Band to the Vineyard High School auditorium to perform a free concert for us in mid-winter. (As I recall, she herself was unable to be here at the time.) This was a lovely and generous act, and one for which I personally will always remember her.

Leigh B. Smith

Vineyard Haven