Robert J. Searle

Robert J. Searle

Robert J. Searle died on October 6, 2013 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital following a brief illness. He was 71 years old.

Bob was born on March 17, 1942, to George R. Searle and Margaret A. Searle. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and upon moving to the Vineyard Bob attended the Edgartown School system.

He was a landscaper and gardener and tended to many properties on the Island. Bob was very particular about making every lawn and garden he tended a work of art, and his clients were very appreciative of his hard work.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors and liked the ocean as well. He was a great clammer and quahogger. He especially enjoyed being with his siblings during scallop season on the Lagoon in Tisbury. Bob looked forward to the scallop weekends that the family would put together to open the catch and have a great meal afterwards. He loved the family gatherings and his family was very important to him and him to his family.

Bob was a quiet soul with a heart of gold. He earned the name “A Gentle Giant.” He was so tall and broad-shouldered, always grateful for what he had, and he was unselfish and caring.

Bob lived at Woodside Village for the past two years where made many friends and many stories are told of him doing something nice for his neighbors. Bob enjoyed his time there at Woodside and his new friends.

Bob liked his trips to the Tisbury landing watching all that went on and having coffee with his friends at the Vineyard Haven Post Office. He was also a great fan of country music. He will be missed by many.

Bob leaves his two brothers, William Ross Searle (Diane) of Mashpee and Alexander Searle (Debbie) of Sandwich and his sister, Margaret Ditson (Randy) of Vineyard Haven. Besides his parents who died in 1982 and 1988, Bob was predeceased by his four brothers, George Searle in 1996, Stewart Searle in 2002, David A. Searle in 2008, and James A. Searle in 1967. He leaves many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and his favorite buddy, Buster.

Rest in peace our brother, you were loved.

A graveside service for the burial of his cremains will be held in the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 12 noon officiated by Rev. Roger Spinney. Donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, online at or to the Animal Shelter, PO Box 1829, Edgartown, MA 02539

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.