Charlotte F. Walpole


Charlotte F. (Fisher) Walpole, a lifelong Edgartown resident, died Monday night, May 15, 2017, at her residence. She was 93 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband, James J. Walpole, in February 2005.

Charlotte was born on August 23, 1923, in Edgartown, the daughter of Caroline Evelyn (Taylor) and Errol Fisher. She attended the Edgartown School and graduated in the class of 1943. After graduation, she attended a business school, and was employed at the American Sugar Refining Co.

Tired of city life, she came home, and was employed locally as a waitress for a bit, and a bookkeeper for Boyd and Smith Plumbing and the Lamplighter. She also traveled to Florida and California.

In 1949 she was married to James J. Walpole by the Rev. Opie Eskidge in West Roxbury. Charlotte was a direct Mayflower descendant through John Tilley and John Howland, and also a direct descendant of Gov. Thomas Mayhew. A close companion to her husband, she loved fishing, gardening, cooking, and watching birds.

Survivors include her two sons, Stuart and his wife Donna and Randy and his wife Jill, and her granddaughter, Kate Walpole, all of Edgartown.

Her graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 11 am in the New Westside Cemetery, Robinson Road, in Edgartown officiated by the Rev. Sharon Eckhardt. Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guestbook and information.