Posted March 23, 2006
Glen Harcourt, 40, died tragically when his plane crashed on Feb. 23, 2006 near Telluride, Colo. He perished doing something he loved, a reminder to all of us of how he lived his life completely and without reservation.
Glen came to the Vineyard during summer breaks from college to visit his brothers, Gregg and Gary. Between 1987 and1992 he lived year-round on the Vineyard. His time here was greatly influenced by the people he met and worked with. As well as his brothers, Glen worked at DECA with Jimmy Glavin and Gino Mazzaferro for a year, Richard Wright, Sandy Alexander, Jim Young, and Kate Warner, just to name a few. He was inspired by many artists on the Vineyard, including David Licht, Lauri Miller, and Patrick Lindsey.
Glen's years of living and working on Martha's Vineyard prepared him to pursue his dreams in Telluride, Colo. He left the Vineyard for Telluride in the spring of 1992 and eventually built his own workshop powered by the sun and wind, perched on a cliff high above the San Miguel River in the town of Sawpit. Steeprock Builders (formerly Steeprock Jointery) has grown to what Glen referred to as "his gang" of more than 30 artisans who supported a vision of creating sustainable buildings combined with renewable energy work.
Glen had an ingrained sense of what sustainability meant that was palpable and contagious. He had the invaluable skill of conveying the message and its urgency without losing optimism and the joyful sense of opportunity that accompanied that urgency. He not only knew the right direction that we as a society must move but he pulled others along with him. And he pushed others, that were not eager to follow or who stood in the way, with the respectable strength of a statesman. Glen matured into a man who not only spoke of social ideals, but acted upon them with gusto.
Everywhere he went, Glen made a great and lasting impression. A very inspiring individual, his huge smile and positive energy rubbed off on everyone he came in contact with. Glen was adventurous and outgoing. He challenged himself and others when skiing, flying, windsurfing, climbing, and river running. He especially loved flying his little Cessna which enabled him to see his family and friends more than ever.
He was Uncle Glen, Glenny, Glenno, Glenward, Daddy - and a magical man whose favorite trick was to make ice cream fall from the sky.
Glen's father, Edwin L. Harcourt, predeceased him in 2001. In addition to his mother, Audrey Harcourt, four siblings, a niece, seven nephews, and innumerable friends, Glen is survived by his wife and true love Isabel, and two very young sons, Thorne and Weston, who was born on his father's 40th birthday.
A short ceremony was held at the Katama Airfield on March 18.
Andrall E. Pearson
Andrall E. Pearson, whose legendary business career and devotion to family, served as a model to many, died at his home on March 11 in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 80 years young.
Following many years of robust health, he died suddenly of a heart attack.
Successfully reinventing himself in a succession of significant positions, he served as Partner of McKinsey & Co., president of PepsiCo, tenured professor at Harvard Business School, general partner of Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, and CEO and Founding Chairman of YUM Brands, in a business career that spanned over 40 years. He was scheduled to retire from the YUM board in May 2006.
Born in Chicago, on June 3, 1925, he earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Southern California. He attended USC along with his identical twin brother, Richard Pearson. Following his graduation from USC, Pearson, along with his brother, enlisted in the Navy for a three-year stint at the end of World War II. Both brothers then attended Harvard Business School, graduating in 1947. After graduating, the Pearson twins met the Pope sisters, also identical twins, and subsequently married in a double ceremony in 1951. Both couples recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary together on March 2.
After graduation and a short stay at Standard Brands, Pearson joined McKinsey & Co. where he focused on consumer product companies. Pearson was then recruited to PepsiCo as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently became the company's President. At PepsiCo, he focused on creating a winning culture and recruiting top talent at all levels of the company, which remains a hallmark of the company today.
His disciplined management routines were well known. In 1980, he was named by "Fortune Magazine" as one of the "ten toughest bosses."
Following PepsiCo, Pearson joined the faculty as a tenured professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, where he taught from 1985 to 1993, and became Professor Emeritus. He left HBS to become a general partner of the private equity firm of Clayton, Dubilier and Rice from 1993 to 1997. While at Clayton Dubilier, he worked with PepsiCo to assist in the spin-off of the restaurant division, then comprised of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. PepsiCo's Chairman, Roger Enrico, asked Pearson to serve as Chairman of the Board and CEO of this new public company, YUM, which has expanded globally to over 34,000 restaurants.
Pearson served on numerous public and non-profit boards, including Citigroup, the May Company, TWA, YUM Brands, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the NYU Medical Center.
He was an avid collector of Pre-Columbian art, an avocation he refined over the past 25 years. In 2002, the collection was exhibited at the Art Institute in Chicago. In the fall of 2004, his collection was featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Since that time, the Pearson family has made significant donations of their collection to the Met. A passionate golfer, he celebrated his first hole-in-one in 2003.
He resided in Palm Beach, Florida and Santa Barbara, California, where he recently purchased a home just two doors down from his brother and sister-in-law, reunited after living on opposite coasts for 50 years. He previously resided for many years in Bronxville, New York, where he served on the Board of Lawrence Hospital and as an elder of the Reformed Church. He also was a frequent visitor to Martha's Vineyard for the past 25 years.
His love of family was legendary. He is survived by Joanne Pope Pearson, his wife of 55 years; his twin brother Dick and sister-in-law Jany Pearson of Santa Barbara, Calif.; his daughter and son-in-law Jill and Alan Rappaport of Bronxville, N.Y., and seasonal residents of Chilmark, and two beloved grandchildren, Alex and Hilary.
A memorial service was held at the Reformed Church, in Bronxville, N.Y., on March 18. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cardiovascular Research Fund at the NYU Medical Center, 560 First Ave & 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016.
Ruth G. Letourneau
Ruth G. Letourneau of Woodside Village in Oak Bluffs died on March 13 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She was 80.
She was predeceased by her husband Arthur L. Letourneau in 1987 and by her daughter, Teresa Robinson in 1995.
She was born in Peabody on Feb. 15, 1926 and was graduated from Peabody High School.
She married her beloved husband in 1947 and upon coming to Martha's Vineyard for their honeymoon they quickly fell in love with the Island and settled on Chappaquiddick, later moving to Edgartown.
Ruth enjoyed her years working at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School as secretary to Principal Charlie Davis and following that in the cafeteria.
She also worked at the Scottish Bake House and once again for Charlie Davis at Dippin' Donuts.
She is survived by her two daughters, Judy Letourneau-Johnson of Dover, N.H., and Geraldine Letourneau of Centerville; five grandsons, Albert, Jason, and Jeremie Robinson, Brian and Alex Johnson; a granddaughter, Faith Johnson and four great-grandchildren. Her smile and positive attitude will be missed by all.
Her memorial service was held in Woodside Village II Community Room on March 17. 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.
Dexter P. Mello
Dexter Paul Mello died in a car accident on March 17, just two days after his 64th birthday. Dexter was born in the Oak Bluffs Hospital and raised in Edgartown. In his youth he attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Edgartown and served as an altar boy. He remained a devoted member of the church throughout his life. Dexter lived most of his life on the Vineyard and was a native son who was known and loved by his extended family and many, many friends.
Dexter's acts of kindness are what his family and friends will remember most about him. Every day he had a route he would drive to check-in with the people who were most dear to him. Among the Islanders who will miss him the most, are his early-morning friends who meet each day for coffee at the Triangle in Edgartown. He would always visit his mother next, and run errands for her. The rest of the day would include paying visits and doing chores for other family members and friends. Sometimes, just to sit for a while and always to make their day better. He was affectionately known as "The Communicator" within the family, because he kept everyone informed of how the others were doing.
Dexter felt very blessed and complete to have his loving partner, Diane Castelli, in his life for the past 20 years. Through thick and thin they endured many hardships and obstacles. Their dedication to each other helped them overcome so much. His life with Diane is what gave him true happiness.
All who knew Dexter, both within his family and without, agree that his courage, loving heart, and understanding of the human condition, was an inspiration to all of us. Dexter taught all those whose lives he touched that it is the content of our character that means the most in the end. There never will be another quite like him.
Dexter leaves behind his partner Diane Castelli and her family; his mother, Edith L. Bennett; his brothers Tom Bennett, Roy Scheffer, Dudley Bennett and Jonathan Bennett, and their families; his aunt Pauline Benton, uncles Harris and Sam Drake, and many cousins and friends. There will be a memorial service held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, S. Summer Street, Edgartown on Saturday, March 25 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Daybreak at Martha's Vineyard Community Services, Inc., Ill Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. 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.
John C. Watts
Margaret A. Hall
Mr. John C. Watts of Big Sandy, Tenn., and formerly of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died on March 10 at the Stottdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Sandy, Tenn.
Mr. Watts was born in Shepperton, England to John Arthur and Georgina Watts on March 20, 1913. He was raised in Shepperton until immigrating to Thomaston, Maine in December 1952 and settling in Cape Elizabeth in 1953. He served in the British military for 13 years and was one of the original "Desert Rats" in World War II, fighting General Rommel in the Sahara. He retired as a lance corporal and tank commander. Mr. Watts worked as a painter and decorator for Logan Paint in Portland, Maine for 30 years, retiring in 1975. He was a very talented craftsman. He enjoyed woodcarving, very detailed finish carpentry, and painting animal scenes. He was also an active square dancer.
Mr. Watts is survived his two sons; Paul Watts of Vineyard Haven and Martin Watts of Otisfield, Maine; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his former wife, Joyce Watts of Oak Bluffs. Services are private and Mr. Watts will be interred in a military cemetery in Big Sandy, Tenn.
Margaret A. "Peggy" Hall of Vineyard Haven died on March 14 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on June 18, 1927 in Quincy and was the beloved daughter of Ralph G. and Margaret (Dunn) Hibbard and sister to Joan, Bud, Henry, and Robert, all of whom predeceased her.
Peggy was a graduate of North Quincy High School and Fisher College.
Her genuine love of people contributed to her chosen profession, real estate, where she excelled in both management and sales. She retired from real estate and accomplished a life-long dream when she purchased a charming old home in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard and converted it into a lovely inn. This was another natural setting for Peggy, who mingled with people from all over the world.
Peggy was a world traveler herself, a lover of antiques, flea markets and yard sales, an avid gardener and genuine lover of life.
Peggy was the loving mother of Bonnie and her husband, Scott Menton, of Vineyard Haven; Susan and her husband, William Poduska, of Weston and West Tisbury; Jill and her husband, Robert Amado, of West Tisbury; and Dori and her husband, Tim Clark, of Oak Bluffs.
She had a loving, close relationship with her family and many friends. She will be remembered for her generosity, unfailing sense of humor and inspiring spirit.
In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her grandchildren, Skylar Menton, Lily Poduska, Alex and Ben Clark, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her former husband, Robert S. McElaney
Her funeral mass was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Oak Bluffs, March 20. Burial followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Thoracic Oncology Department, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, or Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, both in Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
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Doris Thorington died peacefully after a long illness on March 1. She was predeceased by her husband Kendall Sowles Thorington who died September 17, 2005. Doris and Kendall were married for 60 years. Mrs. Thorington was predeceased by five siblings, Louis Champney, Mary A. Henna, Helen R. Vorce, Irene Philbrick, and Alice Morrow. She is survived by her sister, Mabel McCarthy of Oak Bluffs. She leaves her son, Dr. Paul Thorington and his wife Gloria Thorington. She is also survived by two grandsons, Andrew and Brandt Thorington, a grand-daughter-in-law Renee Thorington, and a great-grandson, Luc Thorington.
Doris was born Nov. 22, 1922 in Natick, the daughter of Amede Andalau Champney and Mary Agnes Hoey Champney. She grew up in Natick and graduated from Natick High School in 1941. She graduated in 1944 from the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston as a registered nurse.
On May 11, 1945 she married Kendall, then a chief machinist mate serving in the United States Navy. Following World War II they moved to a 120-acre dairy farm in Moretown, Vt. Doris continued her career as a nurse at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Vt. and went on to obtain a certificate in public health nursing at Boston University. She worked for many years as a public health nurse for the State of Vermont. She then continued her career at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury for approximately 15 years, becoming a psychiatric nursing supervisor. She retired from the State of Vermont in 1980.
Since her formal retirement she worked in nursing seasonally for a brief time in Florida and Massachusetts. During her years in Vermont she was active in several organizations, including the local school PTA, church- related committees and societies, as well as the Vermont Nurses Association. She had been as active member of the St. Augustine's Church in Montpelier and later at St. Andrew's Church in Waterbury.
Mrs. Thorington had a wide variety of interests throughout her life. She was an accomplished swimmer and enjoyed snow skiing and water skiing. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, and reading. She also studied oil painting. Being a loving mother and wife there were of course, countless other activities and pursuits in that capacity.
Mr. and Mrs. Thorington retired to Oak Bluffs in 1980, where they owned property. They enjoyed a long and rewarding retirement. Mrs. Thorington traveled extensively, with trips to Israel, Rome, Portugal, Mexico, Ireland, France, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and various locations in the United States. She enjoyed the beaches of Martha's Vineyard, which she attended as recently as last summer. She often visited friends and family members and leaves many nieces and nephews living on the Island and elsewhere.
Mrs. Thorington worked for some time as a volunteer at the Oak Bluffs Public Library and was as active member of the Good Shepherd Parish of Oak Bluffs. In addition, Doris very much enjoyed her membership in the Oak Bluffs Homemakers Club and its activities in the community. She was a frequent contributor to several charities.
Doris was devoted to family and admired and respected by friends and members of her church. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Saturday, March 4 and interment followed one week later in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations may be made in her memory to the Oak Bluffs Public Library, P.O. Box 2039, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements were under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.
Edward Prada, of Columbia, Md., formerly of Edgartown, died on March 18, his 84th birthday, after a long illness, surrounded by his family.
Ed was born on March 18, 1922, the older son and second child of Frank E. Prada and Olive G. Vincent, on North Summer Street in Edgartown. He was the grandson of Antone and Isabel Prada and Edward T. and Lilly Vincent.
Ed was descended from a long line of fishermen, and along with his brother Richard and sisters Frances and Catherine, spent most of his childhood on the water. He spent many summers at Pasque Island with his aunt and uncle, Doris and Richard Norton, and at Nashawena Island with his grandfather, Edward T., who were caretakers for the Forbes family.
Like many kids of his era, he worked after school at a young age, opening scallops for his father and delivering milk for his grandfather. Ed and his brother Richard gave sailing lessons and maintained the boats at the Harborside Inn Boat Yard.
He was an avid kite flyer and won numerous awards.
Edward graduated from Edgartown High school in 1940 and fished with his Uncle Warren Vincent of Woods Hole; he later enrolled in Hemphill Diesel Schools in Long Island, graduating in 1942. As a civilian for the Army Corp of Engineers, Ed went to Fort Simonds, Jamaica, where the U.S. had an interest in protecting the bauxite industry for airplane manufacturing. There he met and married Simone M. Rebhan in 1943. After the war, they returned to Edgartown and Ed resumed fishing. Shortly after, he was invited to work at the Electrical Research & Development Laboratories of the Department of the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va. Edward worked hard, pursuing his education at night. This culminated in a degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1954. He was inducted into Sigma Tau, the honorary society of electrical engineers.
At Fort Belvoir, Ed was an Army Program Manager for Diesel Engine Driven Generator Sets. At the time, each branch of the service had proprietary generator sets. Ed's major accomplishment, for which he won the Decoration of Meritorious Civilian Service from the Department of the Army in 1973, was to standardize these generator sets for all branches of the United States Armed Forces. He also was involved in developing generators for the Saturn rocket at Huntsville, Ala.
One of the highlights of Ed's life was his participation in a NATO inspection tour in 1964, which took him to all NATO countries, from Turkey to Norway.
Most Vineyarders and friends will remember Ed as a commercial fisherman and the proprietor, along with his long-time friend Robert Hathaway, of Katama Seafoods. In 1973 Ed retired from the Army Corp of Engineers and realized his life-long dream of returning to the sea. He started by lobstering and swordfishing with Nelson Smith on the F/V Loyal. He eventually purchased the Loyal from Nelson and helped to pioneer the conch fishing industry in Nantucket Sound. Shortly thereafter, in order to transport the conch to Rhode Island, he founded, along with Robert Hathaway, Louis and Peter Hathaway, and Henry Smith, Katama Seafoods. At the height of the conch fishery, a boat regularly landed more than 4,000 pounds a day and Katama Seafoods shipped over a million pounds of conch per year.
Illness forced Ed to give up offshore fishing in the early 80s. While still running Katama Seafoods, Ed and Robert began quahogging with Ed's brother Richard and sister Frances. The group was affectionately known as the Meadow Muffins, and would regularly outdig other shellfishermen half their age.
As fisheries declined in the early 1990s and Ed continued to have health problems, Katama Seafoods closed its doors. Ed retired to Jamaica full-time and enjoyed the weather and spending time with his family. He was particularly close to his mother-in-law, Alma Tilburne, and her family, although he and his wife were divorced in 1997.
In his final years he returned to the States and enjoyed many happy times with his friend and close companion Olga Bennetti of Woodbridge, Va.
Ed was keenly aware of his civic responsibilities. He served as Edgartown's Electrical Inspector; and was a member of the Personnel Board as well as the Shellfish Committee.
He is survived by his children Catherine Ward of Columbia, Md., Carol Connor of Cape Coral, Fla., and Edward A. Prada of Greenville, Pa.; his sisters Frances Resendes of Edgartown and Catherine Griffin of Falmouth; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother Richard.
A memorial service will be held in Edgartown this summer. Charitable contributions in his name may be made to the Edgartown Federated Church.