Obituaries

Obituaries

Posted January 5, 2006

Theodore C. Howes
Theodore C. Howes Jr. of West Tisbury died on Jan. 2 at the Harborview Nursing Home in Falmouth after an illness of several months. He is survived by his wife, Ann; his son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Sarah Howes of Aquinnah; and his daughter, Suzanne Howes, and granddaughter, Leah Pachico, of West Tisbury. A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of The Times.

George P. Baptiste Jr.

George P. Baptiste Jr.
George P. Baptiste, Jr., fondly known to many as Snooky and Chicken George the Screen Man, died at his home on Nov. 18, 2005.

Snooky was born on Feb. 23, 1927. He attended the Tisbury School and it was there that both his careers began in carpentry and music. He had a great love and respect for his music teacher, Mr. Fiebich, who taught him to play the trombone. Snooky's high school years ended abruptly. World War II was on and he was anxious to serve his country. In 1944 at the age of 17, he joined the United States Navy and shipped out on the USS Topeka. He was always so proud to be a World War II veteran.

After the war he returned to the Vineyard and it wasn't long before he met his future bride, Carolyn Pond. They were married on Christmas Day in 1948. Snooky's love of music continued. He joined the legion Drum and Bugle Corp. His family was always so proud to see their grandfather, George Sr., their dad, Snooky, and Uncle Lester marching and playing their bugles in all of the Island parades.

George and Lester became part of an eight-man band, called the Legion Band. Both were trombone players. They played for dances and functions all over the Island, even traveling off-Island to Legion conventions.

In his earlier years, Snooky was a caddy at Tashmoo Golf Course. This lead to his hobby of golf-ball hunting. Many times his car was seen parked on County Road as he searched the edges of the Farm Neck Golf Course. He was very offended by the Secret Service man who kicked him out when President Clinton was playing golf, and how he loved to tell that story! His wife Carolyn also was very perturbed when he washed all the golf balls in her dishwasher. What a racket they made even though he wrapped them in "screen wire."

After many years of hard work as a carpenter, Snooky worked in the shop at E.C. Cottle's with his life-long buddy Francis Rogers, also known as "Goose." Always industrious, after retirement he began his own small business "Chicken George the Screen Man." Snooky had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He had a love for the slapstick comedies of the 1930s and 1940s which culminated in his own rendition of the "Tales of Mrs. McCloud and Private Six-Thirty" recorded by Snooky himself acting all of the parts.

Snooky was the son of George P. Baptiste, Sr. and Mary E. Andrews. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Carolyn Baptiste; his brother Lester Baptiste, Sr.; his son George P. Baptiste, III and his grandson Seth T. Bassett. He is survived by his three daughters, Bonnie Bassett and Kathy Maki of Vineyard Haven and Diane Amaral of Bourne; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends.

A graveside service was held at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven with the Rev. Michael Nagle officiating. Interment with full military honors by the American Legion Post 257 was included. Taps was played by his nephew, Jordan Baptiste, and good friend Edson Rogers. Gussy Maki, his youngest grandson had the honor of receiving his American flag. Edson played a medley of Snooky's favorite songs on his trumpet beginning with Snooky's favorite hymn, "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," and ending with his favorite music - "Dixieland." After the service, family and friends gathered to celebrate George's life at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven.

The family of George P. Baptiste, Jr. would like to thank Dr. Neider, Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, and Martha's Vineyard Community Services' Visiting Nurse Service for all of their help and support. They made it possible for him to return to the Island and spend his last days in his own home among family and friends. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; Visiting Nurse Service, 111 Edgartown Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; and the American Legion Hall Post 257, P.O. Box 257, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Snooky, Private Six-Thirty has signed off, safely home with Jesus.

Elmer Amaral Santos
Elmer Amaral Santos
Elmer Amaral Santos died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at the age of 90 in his home on County Road in Oak Bluffs.

He was born in Edgartown on Sept. 12, 1915, a twin son of Manuel V. Santos and Maria Amaral. He attended the Edgartown School.

Elmer worked at Connors' Market and Mercier's Market, and then was a clerk and butcher for the Edgartown Market, all located where the movie theater entrance is now. He worked there for more than 50 years. Even after his formal retirement, he continued to work by helping out and delivering for Arthur Honig at Your Market.

Elmer enlisted into the United States Navy in 1942 during World War II. He began and ended his service stationed aboard the USS Baltimore, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class before being honorably discharged in 1945. While on the Baltimore, Elmer participated in a unit of the first support and covering forces of the Pacific campaign and the Philippine Liberation. During these campaigns the Baltimore was involved in 10 major battles, and for this he earned the service ribbon with nine bronze stars and the Philippine Liberation. Subsequent to those campaigns, the Baltimore carried President Roosevelt and his party to Pearl Harbor to meet with Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur. The Baltimore then carried the President to Alaska. Elmer loved his life in the Navy and greatly enjoyed sharing "war" stories with anyone who asked about his Navy career.

Elmer loved the town of Edgartown and enjoyed being of service to the town. He was recognized by the Town of Edgartown with an Outstanding Achievement Award for more than 50 years of dedicated service as an Edgartown Firefighter, Constable, and Park Commissioner. After his retirement, he continued to attend the Edgartown Fire Department's Sunday meetings to "see his boys."

Every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans' Day, Elmer participated in the parades, proudly marching in uniform. Even though he was unable to march in recent years, he was determined to be a part of the parades and he reluctantly accepted a "ride." He was one of the last great scallop shuckers and was renowned for his dexterity, opening scallops at record speed without "nicking an eye."

When seen on Edgartown's Main Street and elsewhere, Elmer was never without his "trademark" cigar. Elmer was a proud member of the American Legion and the Holy Ghost Association.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosamond Santos; his son, Dr. Stuart Leo Santos, and his wife, Susan of Jacksonville, Fla.; his daughter, Kathleen S. Smith and her husband, William H. of Chilmark, and four grandchildren, Megan Lee Santos, Stuart Elmer Santos, Samantha Rose Smith, and Katherine Anne Smith. He also leaves five nephews, William Santos and his wife, Mary Alice, James Santos and his wife, Pat, George Santos and his wife, Sally, Jeremiah F. Barrett and his wife, Carol, and Robert E. Barrett and his wife, Mary Carolyn; three nieces, Helen Gibson and her husband, Dennis, Jane Santos, and Ruth Ann Keating; and many great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Manuel, Ernest, James, and his twin brother, John, his sisters Lillian (Dinka) Santos and Mary (Teenie) Whetzel, and his nephew Robert Santos.

Elmer's memorial mass was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Massasoit Ave., Oak Bluffs, on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 10 am. Honor guards were provided by the Martha's Vineyard Veterans and the Edgartown Fire Department. His interment will take place this summer (tentatively July 29) followed by a "festa" to celebrate his life. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Edgartown Fire Department Scholarship Fund or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.