Frank Wangler, a longtime resident and beloved character of Martha’s Vineyard, died on Saturday, June 18, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis of a heart condition. He was 72.
Frank started his building career on the Vineyard when he remodeled the former Papa John’s restaurant on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. He then went on to frame many homes on the Vineyard, including the home of Jackie Onassis; he was even mentioned in the book “A Woman Called Jackie” (page 600).
Just an old country boy from Maine, he was very proud to have met so many influential people.
Frank was born in Virginia near a Navy base. A former Marine, he served his country honorably, and was a friend to many and a dedicated father. Frank always wanted people to laugh at the hard times and celebrate the good. Frank loved his motorcycle, and though he moved away, he always considered Martha’s Vineyard his home.
Frank is survived by his son Carl Wangler of Mashpee and daughter Kelly Feldthouse of Sandemose, Calif. A memorial service is planned for late August.
Donations in his memory may be sent to 241 Greatpines Drive, Mashpee, MA 02649.