Victor Oliver III died surrounded by his family and friends on October 27, 2014. He was 57.
Born on May 5, 1957, in Oak Bluffs, Victor was proud of his Portuguese heritage and was quick to say he was a Pachico as well.
Victor started shucking scallops after school at his grandfather’s fish market, John’s. He found his love of the ocean from his parents, Bunny and Butch. If there was a spot to clam, quahog, crab, or scallop he was on it. Victor became a commercial fisherman for several years and in the off season he would scallop. He also loved to hunt.
After high school Victor worked for Ben David Motors. He was one of the first certified master technicians on the Island. He was a heavy equipment operator and worked for several excavation companies as well.
For the last 15 years, he worked for Harbor Landing in Vineyard haven as the head of maintenance where he was a valued and trusted employee.
Being mechanically inclined, Victor would work on any vehicle with two or four wheels. Always puttering around his shop, he could make anything with a motor scream. Lawnmowers, mini bikes or bicycles — he put his special touch on everything he built. He built several motorcycles that were show quality. When he left the Ritz he was sure to pull a wheelie up Circuit Ave. If it wasn’t fast, it wasn’t Victor.
Victor had several boats, including the speed boat Redline and his favorite green scallop boat with his Portuguese flag flying in the wind on the bow. His last project was a 1965 International Scout that he and his brother John were working on.
Victor was always quick to make people laugh with his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
Victor is survived by his mother, Bunny, his sister, Monica, his brothers, John and his wife, Mel, Wade and his wife, Pam. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Amanda, Michael and Taylor Sloditskie, Damien and Tabitha Oliver, and John Oliver II, and many extended family and friends. Victor was predeceased by his father, Victor Oliver Sr.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 8, at 2:30 pm in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven, with the Rev. Michael Nagle officiating. The family would like to thank everyone for their gracious generosity of donations, cards and support from the benefit. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs, ccgfuneralhome.com.