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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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July 14, 2005

Marijane W. Poole

Marijane W. Poole, who lived for nearly 40 years in the family home that her husband built on Menemsha Crossroads in Chilmark, died July 6 following a stroke and a serious car accident. She was 71 years old, and the only daughter of the rambling Welch household in Tisbury where her father was the assistant postmaster for many years.

Mrs. Poole was, above all, devoted to her family which included her son, Matthew E. and Patty Poole of Chilmark, and their three children, Alex, Natalie, and Benjamin, and her daughter, Jennifer P. and David Sausville of Falls Church, Va., and their two young sons, Hayden and Luke.

When Matthew A. Poole, her husband of 41 years, died suddenly in 1997, she joined the Circle of Friends at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, which was a mainstay to her nearly every Monday morning for the past eight years.

Marijane never missed a meeting of the group, which was founded by Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard for widows and widowers. “Marijane had wit, wisdom, and a sense of Island connection that did us all good,” said her friend Varian Cassat.

In these last years, she accompanied her brother Justin and his wife Violet for monthly, sometimes semi-monthly, shopping sprees off-Island. They called themselves The Three Musketeers, and the highlight of each excursion was a swing through Home Depot and then lunch.

Marijane was one of five children and the only daughter of Milton and Rose Welch. According to Justin, her parents always had a list of chores for the crew to accomplish. Of particular dread to the young Welches were the weekends at their camp on Lambert’s Cove with no electricity or running water, and fields to clear and rhododendrons to plant.

Matt and Marijane attended the Tisbury School when it served as Chilmark’s high school. While their paths crossed many times, they courted when Matt was in the U.S. Coast Guard and stationed in Menemsha, and married shortly after he completed his service in 1956.

Marijane settled with Matt in a camp he built in anticipation of their marriage. The cottage became a rental property when he completed the main house for what became a family of four. This winter, acting on a long-held vision, Marijane completed a screened porch and garage, effectively giving the Poole homestead a whole new look.

For many Chilmarkers and summer regulars, Marijane is best remembered behind the counter of the Menemsha Deli which she and her husband owned for 16 years, beginning in 1982. While Matt was on call for every leaking pipe or refrigeration mishap, it was Marijane who ran the business, arriving early each morning to open, and closing it at the end of the day. Many young Vineyarders spent a summer or two manning the cash register or the sandwich bar, including Marijane’s daughter Jennifer, her niece Blythe Saye, daughter-in-law Patty, Gloria Taylor, and Margaret Bradley D’Angelo.

The sandwich specials with Vineyard names such as the original Fred Fisher were largely of Marijane’s imagination. Sometimes it was a collaborative effort — like the Carly Simon that Marijane offered in honor of her then-Menemsha neighbor. The ever-changing pictures on the wall were ones crafted and signed by children of friends or simply young, visiting contributors. To share a coffee with her in those years, one learned to come between the breakfast and lunch rushes, or at the end of the day when she tallied the register and Matt washed the floors after a full day of lobstering. It was hard to imagine two people who worked harder or took more pride in their endeavors.

The idea of a deli actually originated in Vineyard Haven when the Pooles joined forces with Justin Welch. While the Main Street deli served Islanders year-round, the Menemsha Deli opened its doors around Memorial Day and closed on Columbus Day. The pace was frenetic and after a few years, the Pooles chose to solely own and manage the Menemsha business.

And when there wasn’t a deli, or even when there was, there was always a project. The Pooles also managed three rental properties, including Matt’s grandparent’s home on the top of the hill in Menemsha, which they completely renovated in the early 1980s. While Matt did the sorely needed carpentry repairs and craftsmanship, Marijane scraped, painted and created a home that remained authentic to its era while it was transformed into a charming and comfortable retreat. With the house sitting high above the harbor, Marijane organized many family barbecues there, which always ended in an exquisite sunset.

Marijane served three terms on the Chilmark school committee, a period marked by the first significant change to the two-room school house. At the time, it was determined that an addition was needed to both address the growth of the town and improve the curriculum. But many in town did not want the school profile to change. The proposal eventually passed with a former school committee member calling Marijane’s leadership “one of the guiding lights for the school.”

There was always a dog or two in the Poole household and recently, Marijane enjoyed the companionship of Minnie, her small, older, mixed breed who occupied the end of the couch. It was a dog her brother Justin insisted she adopt from the MSPCA, not long after she put her last dog down, and it was just the right match. And Minnie, always given that last bit of swordfish or chicken after dinner, knew she had it made.

In addition to her immediate family, Mrs. Poole is survived by three brothers, Malcolm, Basil and Justin Welch, their wives and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Neil.

There was a graveside service at Abel’s Hill Cemetery on July 10. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library, P.O. Box 434, Chilmark, MA 02535.

Leonard A. Yancey

Family and friends are invited to attend a musical tribute to honor the memory of Leonard Allston Yancey on Friday, July 22, 1 pm, at Union Chapel, Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs.

A master of the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, as well as clarinet, flute, and harmonica, Mr. Yancey was in constant demand as a jazz musician on the Vineyard, where he performed with the Steve Fox Quintet, Heart and Soul, and the Abby Dreyer Duo.

Mr. Yancey died November 17, 2004 in Clearwater, Florida. He was 75. A graveside service will immediately follow the program at the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown.

A. Loring Rowe

A graveside service for A. Loring Rowe who died on June 26 will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 2 pm at Tower Hill Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Edgartown Reading Room at the foot of Cooke Street at 3 pm. All are welcome to both the service and the reception.

James H. Bryan

A memorial service for James H. Bryan who died on June 17 will be held at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs on Sunday July 24 at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Chapel, care of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, P.O. Box 5277, Edgartown, MA, 02539, or to Vineyard Nursing Association, Inc., P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557. Arrangements under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs.

Marjorie W. White

Marjorie Whiting (Vose) White, 89, of Attleboro died peacefully in her sleep on July 10 at Epoch of Norton where she was recovering from a fall she incurred on May 26 at her home. She was the wife of the Graham Whitney White who died in 1984.

Mrs. White was born in Edgartown on February 10, 1916. She was the daughter of Gladys Pease Vose Reid and Leroy Vose. She was the granddaughter of Mime and Julien Vose of Boston and Tower Hill and Benjamin and Anne Pease of Tom’s Neck Farm and Oak Bluffs.

She was a graduate of the Cushing Academy and Katherine Gibbs School. During the late 1930s Marjorie and her friend Drucile Bevin Vose drove from Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington where Drucile started working. Marjorie returned to the East Coast, alone, by way of the Panama Canal. She married Graham Whitney White of Attleboro in May, 1940,

Old-timers may remember Graham and Marjorie sailing in the Lord Jeff, one of the Cat Boats of Edgartown, from Old Silver Beach to Edgartown. Mrs. White enjoyed skiing in Canada, New Hampshire, and Vermont and ice skating on Bungee Lake in North Attleboro.

Mrs. White worked at Wheaton College Library for 23 years prior to her retirement in 1980. She traveled before and after she retired to California and Puerto Rico to visit her daughter and Alaska, England, and Scotland for holiday.

She was active in Hope Chapter No. 41 Order of the Eastern Star, Friends of the Blind, North Attleboro Historical Society, Kalmia, Sturdy Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Roundtable of Attleboro and Central Congregational Church in Attleboro Falls.

Mrs. White had been living at Canterbury Woods in Attleboro since December 1999.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Marilyn White of New Brunswick, N.J., formerly of Edgartown; her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Thomas Holt of Tallahassee, Fla.; six grandchildren, Lars White, Edward White, Kristen White, Daniel Holt, Andrew Holt, and Abigail Holt; her brother Donald Vose of Edgartown; her step-sister Mrs. Johnstone S. (Allison R.) Mackay of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and three cousins, John Lovewell of Edgartown, Virginia Besse of Vineyard Haven, and Julien Weston of Boston.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation on Friday, July 15 from 7 to 9 pm in the Commonwealth Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. A children’s room will be available during visitation. Those in need of a ride to visitation may call the funeral home, 508-695-0200, for free transportation.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 12 noon at the Central Congregational Church, 115 Commonwealth Ave., Attleboro Falls, with the Rev. Carole A. Baker, pastor, officiating.

Following the service, those attending are invited to join the family for a time of refreshment and fellowship.

Private burial will be in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Friends of the Blind, Health Care Options, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to the charity of one’s choice.

To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit our on-line guest book at

John R. H. Fletcher

A memorial service is scheduled for John R. H. Fletcher, 73, of Concord, N.H., who died on May 18. The service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 2 pm in the Trinity Methodist Church in the Campground, Oak Bluffs.

Randolph L. Carroll

Randolph Leigh Carroll, age 44, of Newton Upper Falls and formerly of Martha’s Vineyard, died July 1 at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston after a long illness. He is survived by his parents, Valerie Eggers Carroll of Newton Upper Falls and Leigh Carroll of Vineyard Haven. He is also survived by four brothers and three sisters: Scott Carroll of Long Branch, N.J., Gregory Carroll of Edgartown, Leigh Carroll, Jr. of Oak Bluffs, Mark Street of Oak Bluffs and Wellington, Fla., Holly Bruguiere of Edgartown, Megan Carroll of Vineyard Haven and Linda Alley of West Tisbury. Randy also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends. He was predeceased by both his paternal and maternal grandparents, William and Alexandra Carroll of Vineyard Haven, Winifred Eggers of Vineyard Haven and Earl H. Eggers of Scarborough, Maine.

Born on March 13, 1961, Randy spent his childhood, teenage years, and young adulthood on Martha’s Vineyard. He graduated from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1979 and worked first for Carroll Moving Company and later as an independent driver for Atlas Van Lines. Randy returned to the Island often, visiting family and friends. He always considered the Island his home. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on September 17 at 10 am at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Vineyard Haven. Interment will be immediately after at Lambert’s Cove Cemetery, Lambert’s Cove Road, West Tisbury, to be followed by a luncheon. Donations in Randy’s memory may be made to The Department of Surgery Transplant Patient Fund, 110 Francis Street – Suite 7, Boston, MA 02215.

Suzanne L. Richardson

Suzanne L. Richardson of Jamaica Plain and West Tisbury, died on June 30 at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

Suzanne was the wife of Barry J. Donner of West Tisbury and was predeceased by her parents, Edward Woodward Richardson and Marilyn Harriett Lucey.

She was born on December 18, 1949 in Dover, Del. She attended Rosemary Hall School in Greenwich, Conn., from 1963 to 1967. In 1967 she attended Boston University School of Fine Art, receiving a bachelors degree in fine art in 1971. She received a masters degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1987.

Suzanne taught school in Winchendon in the early 1970s. She started working at Harvard Law School in 1977 and was dean of students at Harvard Law School from 1993 until she retired in 2004.

She is survived by her husband; her sister, Constance R. Cecil of Jamaica Plain; her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Alden B. Richardson as well as several cousins.

Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 1 pm, at St. Andrew’s Church, North Summer Street, Edgartown. A visitation will held at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 56 Edgartown- Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs on Friday, July 22, 6 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pain and Palliative Care Service, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women Hospital, 44 Binney Street, SW 402A, Boston, MA 02115. Visit for online guest book.

G. Joseph Potter

G. Joseph Potter died peacefully on June 24 at his home on Lagoon Pond, Oak Bluffs.

Joseph Potter, aka “JoJo,” was introduced to Martha’s Vineyard in the spring of 1970 by his dearest friend Tom Walsh, aka “Dilly.”

He immediately was absorbed by the Vineyard environment and all the natural beauty and social possibilities the island offered.

His first job on the Vineyard, which he took very seriously, was as an Oak Bluffs summer “peace officer,” He made many life-long friendships while doing this job.

Although Joe was an accomplished Tea Kwon Do (Karate) Black Belt, he was known for his unassuming take on life and easy-going disposition.

Joe formed two successive manufacturing and wholesale clothing enterprises between 1973 and 1996. The first one, Hindu Kush, was begun in 1973 in India and Afghanistan. The project allowed Joe to see and learn much of the culture of that part of Asia. He opened his second firm, Cotton Colors, Inc., in 1980. The business was based in New York City.

In 1997 Joe became a co-founder of the APS Organization, LLP, which designed and developed iontophoretic instruments for non-invasive, self-administered drug delivery. Additionally he raised venture funding for APS.

Joe earned a bachelor of science in accounting from New York University, 1970.

His wife Gayle Dabal Potter survives him.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation, 555 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10022,

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for on-line guest book and information.
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