Obituaries

Posted April 13, 2006

Mark M. Smith
Mark M. Smith, 67, of Edgartown, died peacefully April 5, at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications resulting from congestive heart failure. Mark was born at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital on March 5, 1939. He was the son of Marguerite and Stanley Smith. Mark proudly served his country with the United States Army and was assigned to the First Infantry Division as a combat Medic at Checkpoint Charlie in Germany during the Berlin Crisis Airlift.

Upon Mark's return home from the service, he became a bartender for several years and then was employed by Marvin Burnham in the masonry trade. In later years, Mark was employed by Island Rubbish Service and Browning Ferris Industries until his retirement in 2004. He was an avid sports fan and always kept up with the latest sports news, which he shared with his many friends. Mark was a life member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the Holy Ghost Society where he would spend much of his retirement time playing cribbage. Mark is survived by his siblings, Nelson C. Smith of Edgartown, Michael K. Smith of Edgartown and his two sisters, Mary Larsen and Carole Larsen of Chilmark. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers William S. Smith and George Smith and sisters Katherine and Dianne. Mark is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Interment of Mark's cremains will take place at the Smith family cemetery at Red Hill off Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs at a later date to be announced. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and more information.

Arlene Brown
Arlene Brown died on March 26 from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 82. She lived in Homosassa, Fla., for 23 years with her husband Gardner after his retirement. Arlene was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dietz of Edgartown.

Arlene and her husband attended the Edgartown School, graduating from the Edgartown High School in 1941.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Kenneth; and her son Michael of Beaumont, Texas. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Marsha Brown of Edgartown and Michele Burns of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. There are also nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm, at the Federated Church, 24 S. Summer Street, Edgartown. Arlene and her husband were married in this church on Aug. 20, 1944 and both were members of the church choir.

Richard J. McCarron
Richard J. McCarron, Jr. died peacefully at the home of his parents, Richard and Anne McCarron, on Wednesday, April 5; he was 47. It was particularly fitting that Rick's last days were comforted by family and friends at his parents' home, because Rick was truly most at home on Martha's Vineyard and in Edgartown.

Rick was born off-Island in Newton on January 30, 1959, the first of six children. While in the first grade, Rick's family moved to the same house on Clevelandtown Road where Rick's final days were spent. He attended the Edgartown School, and then the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, graduating with the class of 1977. Later, he attended New Hampshire College. After college, and a brief stint in Boston, Rick returned to Edgartown where he lived for the remainder of his life.

In 1989 Rick married Susan Merrill. Although their marriage did not endure, it resulted in two loving daughters, Erica and Kelly, and Sue and Rick remained good friends and loving parents.

Rick was a worker. He became a fixture at Island institutions, first at the Barber Shop Deli, then at Al's Package Store and finally at Dukes County Savings Bank where he was a loan officer. He formed long-lasting and strong friendships everywhere: in childhood, at school and college, through his various places of employment, and through the lives of his daughters. The strength, number and support of all of Rick's friends buoyed Rick throughout his illness and reflected the impact that Rick has had on so many people. His smile, good cheer, friendly demeanor and helpful attitude are a loss to all.

In addition to his parents, Rick is survived by two wonderful daughters, Erica and Kelly, five siblings, Gregory, Philip, John, Robert, and Mary, cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass for Rick was celebrated on April 8 in St. Elizabeth's Church in Edgartown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or American Cancer Society, 720 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and more information.

Paul A. Silva
Paul Arthur Silva, a lifetime resident of West Tisbury, died Monday, March 27 at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs, after a long illness. He was born on Seven Gates Farm on Feb. 27, 1932, and lived on the farm with his grandparents until his family moved to the village of North Tisbury.

Paul's grandfather Manuel Silva [Manuel Machado Azevedo] was the second Portuguese citizen to settle in Chilmark. He left St. George, Azores, on a whaler and soon after entered the employ of the late Prof. Nathaniel S. Shaler at Seven Gates. Throughout Paul's early years his little hand would often reach up to his grandfather's for guidance and security. His family, including his mother Anna, grandmother Rita, and uncles Arthur and Antone watched too, as the little boy enjoyed life on the large estate. The dairy farm produced milk, cheese, and butter; and there was gardening, haying, horseback rides and cart rides, and also trucking stone to make the Vineyard Haven breakwater.

After the death of his grandparents, his mother and uncles bought the land abutting the Baptism Society and moved the family to the North Tisbury village. In 1944, while the family was living next to the old Baptist Church building, it was torn down and transported to Vineyard Haven and recycled. The bronze bell which had been cast by Paul Revere was donated to the Millbrook School. Paul's playground expanded to North Tisbury where he rode his bicycle, fished, trapped, hunted, and had a paper route. One day when he was on his paper route Mr. Adams give him a lamb, and soon the lamb, Snookie, had a bicycle ride, and was made cozy behind the kitchen stove. Another of his pets was a calico cat named Buttons. He went to Ole Borgen's for ice cream and candy and listened to him play the accordion.

Paul needed to help with the family income and at an early age he became employed at Seven Gates Farm. His journey back on his bicycle took him along the North Road, by the Old Mill, and rounding the corner he passed through one of the stone gates that gave the estate its name. Stretching out before him was the vast field and off in the distance the woods climbed the hills. Unspoiled trees, arched and twisted by time and growth, grew by the roadside and he could hear brooks gurgling. The dirt roads were endless, taking one to places with such intriguing names as Little Old Lady's Cellar, Goat Rocks, Witch Brook, Salt Works, Hickory Hollow, and Ram's Hill. Paul's bicycle ride was nearing the end when "The Big Barn," the dairy, silos, and other buildings were before him. He had arrived to work as his grandfather had done for 40 years.

Later, when he got his driver's license he drove the farm truck into Vineyard Haven to pick up supplies and make other necessary stops.

He never forgot the farm and was heard to say that he was "the last person born on the Seven Gates Farm."

"Root Beer" as he was called, was a friendly and giving person and liked to wave and visit with his friends. He would bring flowers, a pie from Blake's, and at holiday times a fruit basket. He was delighted to see your reaction when you thanked him. Along the Island roads he could be seen driving his gray Chevy truck, doing his care-taking or rubbish pick-up and making his favorite stops, Dippin' Donuts, Up-Island Cronig's , Menemsha, Linda Jean's, or Roger Blake's.

He also was employed at Up-Island Auto and retired as a self-employed house painter. He attended the West Tisbury and Tisbury Schools. He was a member of the West Tisbury Fire Dept. Before entering Windemere, Paul was lovingly cared for by his family, Robert Maciel Sr., Robert's wife Barbara, and their family. He is survived by many relatives and close friends. Memorial gifts may be sent to The West Tisbury Firemen's Association, P.O. Box 278, West Tisbury, MA 02575. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 22 at 11 am, at the West Tisbury Cemetery on State Road, with the Rev. George Eli officiating. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Edward E. Hill Jr.
Edward E. Hill Jr., age 26, of Carver died unexpectedly on April 9 in Edgartown. He was the beloved son of Rose (Begley) and Edmund H. Solari Jr. of Carver and Edward E. Hill of Bridgewater. He was the loving brother of Edmund H. 'Rocky' Solari and Matthew P. Solari, both of Carver; the grandson of Philip Jr., and Derya Begley of Brockton, Edward and Shirley Hill of Rockland and Claire M. Solari of E. Bridgewater and predeceased by Edmund H. Solari; the nephew of Kim Begley-Katz, Philip Begley III, Sean Begley, Pat Coulson, William Solari, and Donna and Steven Hill. He is also survived by several cousins.

A funeral service will take place on Friday, April 14, at 10 am in the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court Street, Plymouth. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, April 13 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Cremation will follow in Duxbury Crematory. Memorial donations may be made to Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information and directions, visit www.cartmellfuneralhome.com.

Lisa L. Stone
Lisa Lynn Stone of Edgartown died peacefully on Feb. 19, at home with her loving family by her side. She was 43. Lisa was born in Worcester, attended the Bancroft School and was graduated from Doherty Memorial High School in 1981. In 1985 she received her bachelor's degree in art history from Tufts University.

Following graduation, she worked as an advertising executive for R.H. Macy, Inc., in New York City. Lisa later returned to Massachusetts and settled on the Vineyard, where she had spent many happy summer vacations in her youth. She worked as a sales manager for Claudia's in Edgartown until 1990, and in 1992 received her master's degree in business from Boston University.

Lisa then moved to Boulder, Colo., to become head of operations at Alpine Designs, a manufacturer and designer of ski clothing. In 1994 Lisa fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning a business when she purchased Chica, an Island shop specializing in clothing, folk art, and jewelry. With Lisa's unique sense of style and fashion, Chica became an award-winning boutique.

Lisa is survived by her brothers, Jeffery J. Stone of Gloucester, N. Neal Stone of Suffern, N.Y., Marshall M. Stone of Boca Raton, Fla., and David D. Stone of Falmouth, Maine; and her lifelong friend, Catherine O'Leary Ashmun of Edgartown.

A celebration of Lisa's life will be held at the Old Whaling Church, Main Street, Edgartown on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4 pm. Please RSVP to Cathy Ashmun at cathyashmun@capecod.net or to Neal Stone at nelsonstone@optonline.net (phone number 845-354-7565). The family has established a research fund in Lisa's honor. Donations may be directed to the American Liver Foundation, attention: Beth De Rosa, 1425 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009 c/o the Lisa Stone Endowment Fund, phone number 1-800-465-4837, extension 231. Online donations also may be made in her name at www.liverfoundation.org.