Howard I. Wall

Howard I. Wall

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Howard Ivision Wall, landscaper, caretaker, bagpiper, pizza maker, husband, father, brother and friend, died on Saturday, December 28, surrounded by his family. He was 63.

Howard enjoyed his work while adding wit and humor at every opportunity. His attitude remained upbeat and positive through a seven-year journey with ocular melanoma.

Howard is survived by his loving wife, Diane Wall, daughters Hilary and Tessa Wall, brother Sterling Wall, sister Sara Locko, and stepsister Joan Potter. His father, Howard P. Wall, and mother, Eleanor Jensen, predeceased him.

We will remember his favorite phrase, “Keep smiling and have a great day.”

His funeral service is pending and a full obituary will be published in a future edition of The Times.


  1. One of the charms of island life is longstanding business relationships with wonderful friends and neighbors. Howie took care of my lawn, field and driveway for over 20 years. I will so miss his cheerful visits when he came by to work. He loved to brag about his wonderful daughters, who made him so proud and happy. He was blessed in his wonderful family, who I know will miss him terribly and always.

  2. What a great guy. So sorry. A friend for 35 years.
    A man of honor and good cheer always.
    (And a good landscaper and hockey player, also!)

  3. Howard was a mensch and lived life half full. I am grateful for the example he set and his constantly positive, upbeat attitude in the face of life’s challenges. He was always around, always had a good conversation up his sleeve and was an icon in his own way. A tragic loss.

  4. Howard, It was a blessing knowing you during your time on this earth. Thoughts of you bring tears to my eyes. Among other things we loved playing the pipes; you the highland pipes and me the Irish pipes. So appropriately, a Celtic send off…..”Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam / go in peace my good friend.

  5. When my family moved to the island in 1995, we met Howard and his family on the first day of kindergarten at the West Tisbury School. We have been close ever since, sharing many pizza nights and happy occasions. Howard acted like a second dad to my daughter Becky, who has been Tessa’s close friend since the first day of school. Howard always had a smile on his face and his positive attitude and outlook on life has been a blessing to us all. I cannot express in words my sadness on his passing.

    Ken Lieberman
    Wendy Chabot
    Eli and Becky