Posted May 18, 2006

Heyward B. Wilbur

Heyward Brent Wilbur, 52, died at his home on the Lagoon in Vineyard Haven on May 7 and a memorial-celebration service was held in Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven on May 14. He was a victim of the serious disease of clinical depression.

He had had a colorful career, much of it associated with his love of the sea. Early in the days of the windsurfing sport, he was the part owner, publisher, and editor of the New England Sailboard Journal. He held a 100-ton Coast Guard Captains License and served on many seagoing craft including being the third mate of the Tabor Boy, owned by Tabor Academy in Marion. Most recently he was associated with the Naushon Trust and their ferry between Hadley Harbor and Woods Hole.

At the May 14 service many people spoke of Brent's pervasive, generous kindness toward other people, his ever present sense of humor, his loyalty to friends and colleagues and his active sense of responsibility to the environment and community. He was always involved in the political campaigns and at one time ran for office - that of Alderman from Ward 2 in Beverly.

Brent was graduated from the University of Southern Maine in Gorham and in 1983 married the former Lesley Morris from Quissett and Hamilton. They had one child, Nicholas Brent Wilbur who is a student at Vermont Academy.

For several years he lived on Martha's Vineyard and held positions with the Machine and Marine Marina, Old Port Marine and several taxi companies, where he would do unique and humorous Island tours.

Brent leaves, in addition to his son, three siblings, Cynthia Thomas, an Associate Professor of Nursing at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.; John M. "Jay" Wilbur III, the Vineyard Haven Harbormaster; Dean Gordon Wilbur, a Process Scientist at New England Biolabs in Ipswich; and Ann King, a teacher in Greenwich, Conn. He also leaves his parents, residents of the Vineyard, Dr. and Mrs. John M. Wilbur.

Donations may be made in his memory to Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road or Lagoon Pond Association, P.O. Box 1978, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Susan N. Barrett

Susan N. (Toomey) Barrett, 49, of Northfield died May 5 at home.

She was born in Ridgewood, N.J., on January 19, 1957, the daughter of Richard and Nancy (Griebel) Steves. She had lived in Northfield for six years. She was a member of the First Parish Unitarian Church of Northfield. She had an infectious laugh. She enjoyed cooking, animals and the outdoors, and taking care of others.

She is survived by her children, Damien Wood Toomey, and Teagan R. Barrett, and Karina N. Barrett both of Northfield; and her brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Toomey of North Adams; Linda Toomey-Steves and her husband Robert of West Haven, Conn.; Laurie Grelle and her husband, Doug, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J.; Katie Jordan and her husband, Steven, of Edgartown; James Steves of San Diego, Calif.; Wood E. Steves and his wife, Kristen, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Kevin Hall of West Palm Beach, Fla. And Sean Steves of Edgartown.

There will be a memorial service on May 21 at 3 pm at the First Parish Unitarian Church, Main Street, in Northfield. The Rev. Steve Wilson will officiate. A second memorial on the Island will be announced. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Arrangement by Kidder Funeral Home, Northfield.

Marilyn J. Fredrick

There will be a graveside service for Marilyn J. Fredrick on Saturday, May 20 at 1 pm at the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven. Mrs. Frederick died at her Oak Bluffs residence on April 17 at the age of 81.