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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
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 Marthas 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 Lamberts Cove with
no electricity or running water, and fields to clear and rhododendrons
Matt and Marijane attended the Tisbury School when it served as Chilmarks
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 Marijanes
daughter Jennifer, her niece Blythe Saye, daughter-in-law Patty, Gloria
Taylor, and Margaret Bradley DAngelo.
The sandwich specials with Vineyard names such as the original Fred
Fisher were largely of Marijanes 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
And when there wasnt a deli, or even when there was, there was
always a project. The Pooles also managed three rental properties,
including Matts grandparents 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 Marijanes
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 Abels 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 Marthas 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, EdgartownVineyard Haven Road, Oak
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 Toms 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
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 childrens 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, Marthas Vineyard Community Services, 111
Edgartown Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to the charity of ones
To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit our on-line
guest book at www.dyerlakefuneralhome.com.
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
Randolph Leigh Carroll, age 44, of Newton Upper Falls and formerly
of Marthas 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 Marthas Vineyard. He graduated from Marthas
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. Augustines Catholic Church,
Vineyard Haven. Interment will be immediately after at Lamberts
Cove Cemetery, Lamberts Cove Road, West Tisbury, to be followed
by a luncheon. Donations in Randys 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.
Andrews 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 www.ccgfuneralhome.com
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 Marthas
Vineyard in the spring of 1970 by his dearest friend Tom Walsh, aka
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
Joe earned a bachelor of science in accounting from New York University,
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, tjmartellfoundation.org.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason
Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com
for on-line guest book and information.
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