James Carl Dario Jr., of Oak Bluffs and Delray Beach, Florida, died on November 8, at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital. He was 69.
A longtime Island resident and businessman, Jack moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1977, where he was an active voice in both the Tisbury and Oak Bluffs business communities. For many years he was the proprietor of the then Texaco and Mobil gas stations in Vineyard Haven, and later as principal owner of Island Transport, a bus company in Oak Bluffs.
Jack enjoyed the company of good friends; whether it was on the golf courses of Florida, at Seasons Restaurant’s karaoke nights, or at home, cooking and sharing gourmet meals. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football program, especially during those years when his sons were members of the team.
In the early 1980s, Proposition 2.5 threatened elimination of some athletic programs from the high school budget. Jack volunteered to serve as the school’s athletic director, and through his fundraising efforts all the sports programs were kept intact.
Jack loved the Vineyard and donated transportation in support of many Island community events.
He is survived by his two sons, Jim Dario and his wife, Kerry, of Wellesley, Scott Dario of Oak Bluffs; six grandchildren, Jack, Will, Ben, and Kate Dario of Wellesley, and Lindsy and Spencer Dario of Oak Bluffs; his former wife, Nancy Greco, of Boca Raton; and his sisters, Deanne Sferrino of Burlington, and Donna Dario of North Reading.
Family and friends will honor and remember Jack’s life by gathering at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs on November 29, between the hours of 2 and 4 pm.
Jack received wonderful home care from the Vineyard Nursing Association, and in lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in his name to the Vineyard Nursing Association, 455 State Road, P.M.B. 312, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568