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The Martha's Vineyard Times

The Martha's Vineyard Times is a weekly publication.
October 6, 2005 - October 12, 2005 Edition
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October 6, 2005

Stanley Burnshaw
A memorial service will be held for the late Stanley Burnshaw on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 pm at his home, 99 Oak Lane, West Tisbury. Directions: Take Old County Road to Oak Lane. You can only turn one way onto Oak Lane. Proceed one-half mile to stockade fence, followed by a gate with a sign that reads "OKEN 99."

There is limited parking at the property. You may park mindfully on the road. For further information, please call 508-693-6389.

Leontina A. Rego
Mrs. Leontina A. Rego of Oak Bluffs died on Sept.28 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She was 86. She was the widow of Charles C. Rego who died in 1976. Mrs. Rego was born in New Bedford on Feb. 27, 1919 to Joseph and Maria (Mederios) Almedia. She attended New Bedford schools and worked in the city her entire life. Three years ago she moved to Martha's Vineyard to live near her daughter, Janice Duart of Oak Bluffs. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, New Bedford.

She enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren. Besides her daughter she is survived by her brother Joseph Almedia of North Dartmouth; her sister Alice Harrison of North Dartmouth, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Kenneth C. Rego, who died in 1970. Her graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 am in St. John's Cemetery, Allen St., New Bedford. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for more information and an online guestbook.

Philip Willoughby
Philip Willoughby of Falmouth and formerly of Vineyard Haven died Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth after a long battle with cancer. He was the widower of Margaret Ann (Madeiros) Willoughby who died in January, 2003.

Philip was born on March 3, 1953 in Oak Bluffs, the son of Douglas G. and Marilyn A. (Twite) Willoughby. He attended Island schools and was graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1971.

He was a truck driver for Island Food Products for 15 years until his illness forced him into retirement.

He lived in Yarmouth for a few years and was self-employed in the insulation business before returning to the Vineyard to work for his brother, Paul Willoughby, as a mason.

Philip was a social member of the VFW in Oak Bluffs where he was an active volunteer. He was also a member of the Holy Ghost Association and belonged to the Dart League.

Philip enjoyed fishing and won the Martha's Vineyard Derby in 1996 with a catch of a false albacore. He traveled to Ireland with his best friend, Francis Garvey, whom he worked with for many years at Island Food Products.

He is survived by his brothers, Paul Willoughby and Leo Willoughby, both of Edgartown; his three sons, Jaime Willoughby and Brian Willoughby both of Florida and Jonathan Madeiros of Falmouth; a daughter, Danielle Willoughby of Georgia; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

His funeral service will be held in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 at 11 am. Visitation will be held prior to the service at 10 am. Burial will follow in the New Westside Cemetery, off Robinson Road, Edgartown, and a collation will immediately follow at the VFW, Towanticut Ave., Oak Bluffs. Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of CC, Inc., 278 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601. Visit for online guest book and information.

Robert J. Papp
Robert Joseph Papp, 73, of Chesapeake, Va., died Sept. 26. A native of Norwich, Conn., he was the son of the late Zoltan and Doris Waters Papp. From 1950 to 1957 he served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. In 1957 he joined the Connecticut State Police, was promoted to detective in 1961, and later became an inspector for the New London State Attorney's Office. In 1973 he was commissioned in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and commanded the Captain of the Port of New York reserve unit, retiring as a Commander in 1990. He was also past commander of the Power Squadron, past president of the Franklin, Conn., Lions Club, a board member of the Franklin Planning and Zoning Board, the Connecticut State Police Alumni Association, the Reserve Officers Association and the Military Officers Association of America.

In 1978 he passed the Connecticut State Bar and became an Attorney with the firm Rakosky, Smith, Miller and Papp. In 1994 he and his loving wife moved to Martha's Vineyard where he served as a trustee at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury. In 2001 the couple settled in Chesapeake, Va., where he was a member of the Great Bridge United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis A. Papp; a daughter, Carol Maher and her husband, George of Salem, Conn.; two sons, RADM R. J. Papp, Jr. and his wife, Linda of Cleveland, Ohio and R. Andersen "Andy" Papp and his wife, Tracy of Chesapeake, Va. He also leaves eight granddaughters, Lauren Maher-Dycus and her husband, Chesley of Sacramento, Ca.; Ashley Maher of Salem, Conn.; Nicolene Papp of Delton, Fla.; Brianna and Megan Papp of Niantic, Conn.; Lindsay Papp of Charlottesville, Va.; and Caitlin and Jillian Papp of Cleveland, Ohio; and two grandsons, Hunter and Taylor Papp of Chesapeake, Va. He was preceded in death by his son, Brian D. Papp.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 28, at 7 pm at the United States Coast Guard Academy Chapel, New London, Conn. Burial will be private at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark. Arrangements are being cared for by Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake, Va. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, 6160 Kempsville Circle, Suite 325A, Norfolk, VA 23502. Please share a memory with the family at

Harvey W. Garneau Sr.
Harvey W. Garneau Sr. died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Oct. 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla. A longtime resident of Martha's Vineyard, he was 86 years old. A complete obituary will follow in a future edition of The Times.

Almeda Reed
Almeda Reed died on Sept. 27 at her Vineyard Haven home. A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of The Times.

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