Ernest Pachico


Ernest Pachico of Vineyard Haven died on August 25 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, after a brief illness. A lifelong Islander, he was 87.

Ernest was born and raised in Vineyard Haven. He started working with his father, John, at a very early age for Cronig Brothers Market.

He proudly served his country, joining the Army and fighting in Germany during WWII.

After years of working for Grant Brothers he started his own business, E.W. Pachico Construction. He worked for, and became friends with many celebrities, even taking Chris Reeve tuna fishing. He was always a hard worker and was also a commercial lobsterman, scalloper, and delivered firewood for many years to make ends meet. He did well and retired to spend winters in Florida, and summers on Lake Tashmoo.

He was the top bowler on the Island for many years, sometimes in three different leagues, one being rubber ducks in Oak Bluffs, the other two candle pins. He was very proud of his single string high of 186 and his high 3 of 412 in candle pins, both Island records. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and shellfisherman. He was always quick to help friends in need and will be remembered for his generousity.

He leaves three sisters, Laura Welty of Ohio, Priscilla Estrella and her husband, Frank, of Florida, and Grace (Bunny) Oliver of Vineyard Haven, and a brother, Bob, and his wife, Jean, of Newport, R.I., as well as four children, Rita Gale and her husband, Bobby, of Vineyard Haven, Tom Pachico of Vineyard Haven, Paula Pachico of Florida, and Pam Benner of Maine, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Madeline, always known as Bobby, his brother John Pachico Jr., and a son, Ernest E. Pachico. He also leaves behind his companion Roberta Hayden.

There will be a graveside service on September 14 at 11 am at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven with a celebration of his life following at the P-A club in Oak Bluffs. If you would like to bring a dish to share it would be appreciated, but not necessary. You may drop off dishes at the P-A starting at 8:30 am.