Posted May 4, 2006

David Ganong
Dr. David Ganong of Vineyard Haven died suddenly on April 20. He will be greatly missed by his wife Jennifer, daughters Angelique, Alyssa, Jessica, and Amanda, son David, and stepsons Robert and Jake. He is also survived by one brother, Harvey, three sisters, Sally, Peggy, and Jeannie, and four grandchildren, Nathan, Zach, Lorin, and Jonathan.

David was a Vietnam War Veteran, also serving on the Presidential Guard Silent Drill Team.

Dr. Ganong practiced holistic dentistry in the Hanover area and Martha's Vineyard for 30 years.

A trust fund has been established for David's three-year-old daughter Angelique Ganong. Any contributions should be sent to: Michael Burke P.C., 116 Long Pond Rd. Suite 9, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Services were held on April 29 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.

Amelia Andrews

Amelia Andrews of Falmouth, formerly of Oak Bluffs, died April 28 in the Royal Nursing Home, Falmouth. She was 91. She was the beloved wife of Joseph Andrews, Sr.

Amelia was born in New Bedford, to Bernard and Maria (DoGrasaa) Roderick. Amelia lived in Bridgeport, Conn., for 20 years, then lived in Oak Bluffs for 23 years. Most recently she was living in Falmouth.

Amelia was a communicant and volunteer for the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Oak Bluffs.

Amelia is survived by her son, Joseph Andrews and his wife Judith of Perry, Fla.; three grandchildren, Joseph Andrews, James Andrews, and Jennifer Griffin; and five great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held at the Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven.

Eugene E. Lakso
Eugene Edwin Lakso died peacefully on May 1 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs. He was 81.

Eugene was born in Fitchburg. He attended Fitchburg High School. After graduating he served in the United States Navy for four years during World War II. He graduated from Yale University in 1946 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and music.

Eugene was owner and President of Lakso Company in Leominster for 30 years. Lakso Company is a pharmaceutical packaging company established by Eugene's father, Eino Lakso. Eugene was also president of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute. He traveled abroad to promote sales and public relations.

Eugene and his wife, June, were married for 60 years. They attended the same grammar school and high school. They lived in Fitchburg and Ashburnham where they raised a family of five children. They retired to the Vineyard and lived in the Campground and on East Chop. He spent time sailing in the Vineyard waters in his boat, Serenity.

Eugene was an accomplished pianist and was well known on the Island for his musical abilities. He played in the Martha's Vineyard Swing Band. He also played privately at many Island functions. Eugene was considered a legend in the AA community. He always looked forward to seeing his friends at the meetings. He had many words of wisdom to share.

He is survived by his wife, June, and his five children, Dagmar Fichtel, Julie Brillhart, Eric Lakso, Christine Wirtanen, and Mathew Lakso: his eight grandchildren, Jenny, Jake, Hannah, Julie, Elizabeth, Seth, Olivia, Rachel, and his great-granddaughter, Bailie Gene.

A memorial service will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church in the Wesleyan Campground in Oak Bluffs Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm. A reception will follow at the church Parish Hall. Donations in Eugene's memory can be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation 1501 N.W. 9th Ave/ Bob Hope Road Miami, FL 33136-1494.

Marilyn J. Fredrick
Marilyn J. (Eastwood) Fredrick, 81, of Woodside Village, Oak Bluffs, died peacefully at her residence on April 17, with her son, James, Pamela and her devoted cat, Marmalade, at her side. Her son Jay's presence was felt and his spirit aided his mother's transition as he was unable to be physically present due to his own medical condition.

Born in Passaic, N.J. on June 30, 1924, Mrs. Fredrick was the daughter of Paul B. and Sara Alice (Bush) Eastwood. She moved to Martha's Vineyard from Wyckoff, N.J.

Mrs. Fredrick was employed as an office assistant in the health-care industry prior to her retirement.

Mrs. Fredrick was a member and formerly served as the president of the Woodside Village Association and as a community volunteer and activist, served as the president of ACTION, a youth group focused on assisting young adults with alternatives to preventing them from entering into troublesome situations.

She enjoyed cross stitching, sewing, knitting, playing the piano, and collecting sea shells, particularly on Sanibel Island in Florida.

Her truest accomplishment was that of raising her family. She leaves a legacy of being a caring, devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Fredrick leaves four children, James Fredrick of New Bedford, Jay Fredrick of Vineyard Haven, Raymond Fredrick of Lodi, N.J., and Wayne Fredrick of Akron, Ohio; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister June Felter.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, May 20, at 1 pm at the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven. Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

To send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit our on-line guest book located on the internet at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, North Attleboro.

John F. Nevin
John F. (Jack) Nevin, 58, a master plumber and Vietnam veteran, died on April 27.

Jack was the son of John C. Nevin and the late Mary Jane Smith Nevin of Edgartown. He was the loving husband of Nancy Tarter Nevin and the father of Misty Araujo and her husband Michael, Nancie Nolin and her husband Chris, Taza Tarter, Morning Star Tarter, Hannah Van Osten and Willy Nevin. He was the grandpa of Tyrone Araujo and Elias Nolin. He was the brother of Ann Nevin, Nancy Nevin, and Mary Jane "Cookie" Nevin, with many nieces, nephews and was a great friend to many Islanders.

He was born August 2, 1947 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital and spent all of his younger days in Edgartown living at the Dr. Shiverick house. There were many good memories for him and his friends, sliding down the banisters and playing hide-and-go-seek because it was the biggest house around.

He graduated from the Edgartown School and then the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1966. He started college in Florida then quickly decided to enter the military in January, 1967. He was in combat infantry and faced many of the devastations of lives lost and hardships that come with war. He didn't share much about those days; he kept a lot of it to himself. Jack always told people that his dad was a P.O.W. in World War II and nothing could be worse than that. He respected his father, who told him, "Son, it happened, go on with life, you'll be all right."

He returned home from the war in 1968 and went to plumbing school to get a master plumber's license. He worked for Boyd and Sons for years, eventually branching off on his own. He did a great job for a fair price. He actually forgot to bill people sometimes. Jack had a chance to train Taza, his step-son, in the plumbing trade and has given him the skills, which so qualify him to be a great plumber.

Nancy and Jack were married in September of 1991. They were married by a great family friend, the Rev. Peter Sanborn, who gave Nancy a great deal of strength when her first husband had died. Nancy took care of the "other" part of Jack's life with plenty of love and a full family of children. Shortly thereafter, they decided that the children Nancy had in her previous marriage were not enough, they decided to bring the family together with a son of their own named Willy. Jack did not have any children at this point in his life and, to say the least, the family may have slightly overwhelmed him. Some nights he woke up startled because there were little toes rubbing his leg. When he looked over, to his surprise was a small girl who would state matter-of-factly, "Hi, I couldn't sleep!" it was Morning Star.

A few years later Jack's cousin Kate Nevin died. He and Nancy took her daughter Hannah in to live with them. Hannah and Jack grew very close.

Grandpa John and his companion Polly Ann Emin were special to Jack, who was always concerned about his dad, and Polly has proved to be a "rock" for John now.

And of course Willy, his very talented and outgoing son, sometimes boggled him. He couldn't believe his abilities in theater, music, sports, academics and the arts. Willy far surpassed any dream Jack had for him. To top it off, his final tribute to his father was to play the echo of taps on his trumpet at the graveside service Monday morning.

If someone asked what was Jack's story, it would be in brief, that he knew how to live with a smile, a joke, open house, and loving family.

This paragraph is taken from a poem entitled: "I'm Free"

"I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay
that way
I found that place at the
close of day."
-The Marianist Mission-

Visiting hours were held on April 30 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. His funeral mass was celebrated on May 1 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and more information.