Obituaries

Posted May 11, 2006

James Allen Gaffney Jr.

On Saturday, May 20, the ashes of James Allen Gaffney Jr. will be interred at the Vineyard Haven Cemetery at 3 pm. Those who wish to pay their respects are welcome to join close friends and family in saying a final farewell to an amazing young man who is still loved, and missed, by so many.

Christened 'B' by friends, James Allen Gaffney Jr. lived 31 years, loved all that he did, and died on Dec. 22, 2005.

B's life is a celebration of the bonds of friendship and a passion for living.

B was born in Waterville, Maine on May 23, 1974. He was born to Jim (James) Gaffney Sr., of Weymouth, and Ellie (Elvira) Jeannette Cook of Kennebunkport, Maine. His entry into the world was marked by a uniqueness that would become the trademark of his life. As Jim likes to recount with a prideful voice, "There was a snowstorm that day!"

He moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1976, and the Island became his true home for the next 26 years.

Growing up, going through the Vineyard school systems, and living his life, B created friends everywhere. Many of these friendships are more than 20 years old, as not even his death has stopped those whom he cared about from including his memory and spirit into their lives.

B excelled at everything he did, truly enjoying working for Don Gregory at Sun-n-Fun in Oak Bluffs, being part of the Island Transport Company and working for Scott Dario, leaving his mark on the hearts and souls of the R. M. Packer Company, and imparting a bit of himself with those at Up-Island Automotive. He worked hard, always had a smile, and took pride in everything he did. His wit and intelligence had no boundary.

In his private time, friends and family and events marked every activity. In his teens, B discovered the joy and freedom that came with motorcycling. This, in turn, became a life-long passion.

Sunshine, regardless of the season, meant that he would have his helmet crooked underneath his arm, a pair of sunglasses on his head, answering the call to ride the Vineyard's roads. B's father, Jim, had his own term for the group of motorcycles that he would pass on the road, riding together in tandem: "B and the Marauders." The Marauders included but are not limited to Frank Flanders, David Enright, and Joseph Canha. June meant Bike Week to the Marauders: the annual pilgrimage B and his friends made every year to Laconia, N.H.

March 1999 was an important milestone as B was inducted into the Oriental Martha's Vineyard Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons. He was very proud to be part of such a distinguished brotherhood. He gained the title of master mason, the same as his father, continuing the Gaffney family legacy.

B is survived by his father, Jim (James) Alan Gaffney Sr.; his sister Nancy Jeannette Gaffney; an extended family including Nancy Lucille Cox of Vineyard Haven, Frank Flanders, David and his sister Amy Enright, Joseph Canha, as well as everyone else who knew and loved him.

H. Brent Wilbur

H. Brent Wilbur, 52, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 7, at his home in Vineyard Haven. A memorial service will be held in the Grace Episcopal Church, William Street, Vineyard Haven on Sunday, May 14 at 2 pm. Donations may be made in his memory to Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, or The Lagoon Pond Association, P.O. Box 1978, both in 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. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.

Marlene Rubin

Marlene Rubin, a resident of Martha's Vineyard since 1974, died on May 2 in her home in Edgartown. Mrs. Rubin is survived by her daughter, Kim Rubin of Brookline, and Richard Rubin of Bethesda, Md. She was the grandmother to Tye and Zachary Rubin as well as Ari and Adam Kaye. Mrs. Rubin was born in New York City in 1933 and attended William Smith College and Adelphi University. She studied fine art at the Art Students League in New York City.

Mrs. Rubin was an avid supporter of the arts on the Island and was proprietor of the River Run Gallery in Edgartown in the 1970s. She also worked at The Grapevine, Nathan Mayhew seminars, the Visiting Nurses Association, and was owner of an accounting service for local businesses on the Island. As owner of River Run Gallery, she represented numerous artists from the New York City area and co-residents of the Island.

A graveside service was held in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown on May 5. Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are 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.

Barbara Anne Counsell

A memorial mass for Barbara Anne (Cryer) Counsell of Vineyard Haven, who died on January 6, will be held on Saturday, May 13, 12 noon, at St. Augustine's Church, Franklin Street, Vineyard Haven. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. 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.

Bohumil Cenkl

Bohumil "Mila" Cenkl of Waban, part-time resident of Harthaven, Oak Bluffs and Mittersill, N.H., born in Bohunovice, Czech Republic on Dec 19, 1934, died on May 4. He was the husband of Jirina ("Gina"), father of Michal and Pavel and their spouses Kim and Jen, grandfather of Orion, brother to Franta. A professor of mathematics at Northeastern University and an artist, Mila was courageous and unique in everything he did.

A memorial service will be held at the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut Street, Newton Centre, on Monday, May 8 at 2 pm, followed by a reception at the family residence. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mila's name to The Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr. Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

Richard W. Legg

Richard W. "Dick" Legg, of Salt Sea Apartments in West Falmouth, died Wednesday, May 4, 2006 at the Falmouth Hospital. He was 82.

Mr. Legg was the son of Henry Legg and Henrietta Ruth Bacher and was born in Oak Bluffs on March 19, 1924.

Soon after graduating from the Tisbury High School, he enlisted into the Army during World War II and served until after the war, through 1946. In the early 1950s, during the Korean War, he enlisted with the Air Force and was discharged in 1953.

After the war, he earned a living by swordfishing and working on dragger boats. In 1960, he made Falmouth his home and worked as a dredge operator in the surrounding harbors. He then started his own carpentry business from which he retired.

Dick enjoyed traveling which he did extensively throughout the world. He visited his home island of Martha's Vineyard frequently. He was also a Disabled American Veteran and member of the VFW and held a taxicab operator's license.

He is survived by his nephew, Dennis Norton, and his wife, Linda, of Vineyard Haven.

A graveside service will be held in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, May 17, at 1 pm. Military honors will be provided by the Martha's Vineyard Veterans. Donations may be made in his memory to Martha's Vineyard Hospital Building Fund, PO Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are 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.

Justin Welch

There will be a graveside service celebrating the life of Justin Welch at the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown on Saturday, June 3, at 11 am. A reception at the family home, 19 Norton St., Edgartown, will follow. Mr. Welch died on Feb. 2.

William W. Hickie

A graveside service for William W. Hickie will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 1 pm, at the West Tisbury cemetery. Mr. Hickie died on Feb. 12.