Richard F. Enos of Edgartown died peacefully at his home on Monday, July 15, 2013 following a lengthy illness. He was 86.
Born February 7, 1927, in the home he was raised in on Upper Main Street, Edgartown, he was the son of John F. and Nora J. Enos. Richard graduated from Edgartown High School in 1945 in “the top ten of his class” as he liked to say and then laugh, adding that there were only 10 people in his class. He excelled in basketball and baseball, winning Island and league championships.
Drafted into the Army in 1945, he was stationed primarily in Bremen, Germany.
He was a founder and member of the Edgartown Golf Club, boasting three hole in ones and an uncanny number of Member/Guest championships, as well as the Cornelius Lee. He was a lifelong Yankees fan (much to the chagrin of the loyal Island Red Sox fans), an avid fisherman, and he never refused a challenging game of cribbage.
For 30-plus years he was Edgartown’s all-knowing postal clerk, always quick with everyone’s name and box number. Going to the Post Office during his time of service was a fun, social event. In his later years one could always find him parked at Al’s visiting and enjoying the people passing by.
Richard was preceded in death by both parents, his wife, Neuge (Wallin), his granddaughter Georgia Gates, and all his five siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Rowell and family of Florida; stepchildren Melanie Vavrek and her husband, Jerry, and sons, Adam and Zachary, Stephanie Wilson and her daughter, Kimberley Gates, and George Harris Jr. and his wife, Pat, her son, Bryan, and their grandchildren all of Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, including William and Cindy Enos, Jeff and Alison Enos, Robert and Donna Enos and Cindy and Andre Bonnell and their families.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, at 10 am, in the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown, the Rev. Roger Spinney officiating, with military honors by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Vineyard Nursing Association, PO Box 399 or Hope Hospice, PO Box 4188 both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, PO Box 654, Edgartown, MA 02539.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.