Posted July 6, 2006

Clark W. McBride

Clark Warren McBride of Edgartown died June 20 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He was 54.

Clark, the son of John A. McBride and Janice R. Elliott, was born in Oak Bluffs on February 10, 1952.

He grew up in Edgartown and was graduated from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1970.

At the time of his death, Clark had been working at Your Market as a clerk for the past three years.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandi Chalifoux of Vineyard Haven; and two half-brothers, Wayne Royal of Edgartown and John McBride of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and also his uncle and aunt, Duncan and Margaret McBride of Edgartown.

His graveside service was held in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown on July 1. Donations may be made in his memory to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements were under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Louise R. Bacon

Louise R. Bacon

Louise R. Bacon, formerly of Chilmark and New York City, died on June 23 in Edmond, Okla. A journalist and an active volunteer, she was 83.

Louise was a beautiful wife, mother, and friend - a gift to this world. She played the piano, did magnificent crewelwork, was a great cook, and threw fabulous parties. She found beauty in the fallen oak leaf and the magnificent, moss-covered branch. She was love and life, intelligence and beauty, kindness and insight. She was fun!

She was born August 7, 1922, in Provo, Utah. Her adoptive parents were Oliver Smith and Pauline Ryser Olsen.

She was graduated from public schools and attended Brigham Young University, from which she was graduated magna cum laude in 1944. While at Brigham Young, she attended a Stanford summer program in economics and banking. She received her master's degree in government from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1947. She passed her orals for her doctorate, but postponed her thesis to work with professor William Yandell Elliott in the government department at Harvard University from 1947 to 1952. Louise liaised with Mr. Elliott's offices in Washington, D.C., covering his work as staff director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and advisor to the State Department.

She met her future husband, Edward A. "Tod" Bacon, at Harvard. They were married at the home of his parents in Washington, D.C., and then made their home on Washington Square in New York City. From 1953 to 1963, Louise worked as a reporter and writer for Fortune magazine.

After a time, Louise stopped working to focus on family and to manage households in New York and on the Vineyard. In both locales, she was active in community service and volunteer organizations.

In New York, she served on boards that provided classroom assistance and tutoring in the public schools and did fundraising for New York Hospital. She was active in and a past president of the City Gardens Club of New York City, supporting the club's initiatives: to design a nature science curriculum for urban schools; to fund public school teachers to attend Audubon camps; and to establish the National Gateway project and Jamaica Wildlife Preserve as a managed and dedicated space accessible to school children for nature studies. She was president of the 70th Street Tree Association, the first one in New York that raised awareness about maintaining the health, condition, and well-being of trees, negotiating with the city to provide grates to protect the 36 trees on her block.

On the Vineyard, she was one of three spokesmen for the summer property owners with the selectmen of the town of Chilmark.

Louise is survived by her two daughters, Ann-Louise Cook and Lorraine Bacon Barclay; son-in-law Mart Barclay; two granddaughters, Samantha and Megan Barclay; and many, many friends.

A graveside service was held Saturday, July 1, at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark. Arrangements were under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Doris E. Belisle
The main entrance at the existing Martha's Vineyard Hospital.
File photo by Ben Scott

Doris E. Belisle

Doris Evelyn (Keenan) Belisle most recently of Woodside Village in Oak Bluffs but formerly of Edgartown, died on June 27 at the Harborside Healthcare Center in Falmouth.

She was born in Milton on Nov. 29, 1925, the daughter of Kathleen Vincent and J. Barry Keenan. She was educated in the Milton schools and at Burroughs Business School in Boston. She worked as a bookkeeper at Crane Company in Boston and General Electric in Brookline.

As a child she spent happy summers between her grandparents home on School Street in Edgartown and the family camp on Pennywise Hill, across from the Lily Pond in Edgartown.

In 1946 she married Linwood Belisle at the Church of Our Savior in Milton. Her married life was spent in Edgartown, where she was active in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Her husband predeceased her in November of 2004. Her son, Ralph Vincent Belisle died in 1992 in Florida.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Pedersen and Geir Egil Pedersen of Sydeberg, Norway, and her grandchildren, Jessica, Annika, Andre, Jonathan, William, and Regina.

Also surviving her is a sister, Shirley K. Powers, and her husband, Clinton, of Penney Farms, Fla., and East Chop; her nieces, Judith Kitchin and her husband, Chris, of Edgartown; Pamela Lockhart and her son, Charles Vincent Lockhart, of Lexington, Ky.; her nephews, William Erickson and his wife, Beth, of Edgartown, and Richard Erickson of Ipswich and Edgartown.

Her memorial service will be held in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, N. Summer Street, Edgartown on Thursday, July 13, at 11 am with the Rev. Robert Edmunds officiating. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Andrew's Church, N. Summer Street, Edgartown, MA 02539; or Visiting Nurses Service of Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or Island Elderly Housing, 60 B Village Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Frank V. Snyder

Frank V. Snyder

Frank V. Snyder of Shelburne, Vt., a long-time resident of Greenwich, Conn., died of a heart attack on June 26 at his summer home on Martha's Vineyard. He was 83 years old. He was married to Jessie Pennoyer Snyder for 54 years.

Born in Great Neck, N.Y., he was the son of Edward P. Snyder and Alma Vreeland Snyder. He graduated from the Taft School in 1939 and from Harvard University in 1943, where he was an undefeated varsity oarsman.

During World War II, he served as an officer in the submarine service, stationed in New London, Conn., and in the Pacific.

After the war, he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School and worked at the New York law firm of Root, Ballentine. In 1951 he joined his father's business, Moore & Munger, marketing waxes, clays, and petrochemicals. He was with the firm for 33 years, retiring as the chairman of the board in 1983.

Mr. Snyder was an avid sportsman. An accomplished sailor, he owned a series of yachts, many named Chasseur. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club, serving as commodore from 1988 to 1990, where he was instrumental in establishing Harbour Court, the Newport, R.I., home of the club. He was a member of the Storm Trysail Club, the Cruising Club of America, the Pequot Yacht Club, and the Lake Champlain Yacht Club.

With Jessie, family, and friends, he sailed and raced throughout the Northeast, Europe, and the Caribbean, including 25 Bermuda races. In 1991, he sailed from New York, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific to New Zealand.

His love of the sea continued throughout his life. He served as chairman of the board at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and was a member of the board of Mystic Seaport.

His other passion was skiing. He was one of the founders of the Stratton Mountain ski area, which opened in 1961, where he served as president and, subsequently, chairman. Through his vision, Stratton became one of the first family-oriented ski resorts in the industry. He was president of the National Ski Area Association for two years.

His other interests included fishing, painting, singing, history, and writing. He collected and annotated an anthology of sailing manuscripts that was published in 1964 as "Life Under Sail." In recent years, he had been researching and writing an historical novel set during the Civil War. He was a long-standing member of the choir at the First Church of Round Hill, Greenwich, Conn., where he also served on the board.

Frank is survived by his wife and four children, Dr. Michael Snyder of Greenwich, Conn., Jonathan Snyder of Tisbury, Jane Snyder of Asheville, N.C., and Suzanne Snyder Johnson of Shelburne, Vt.; by six grandchildren, Eckert Snyder, Justin Snyder, Jessie Johnson, Alec Johnson, Caroline Johnson, and Katherine Snyder; and by one brother, Peter Snyder of Naples, Fla. He was predeceased by a brother, E. Philip Snyder.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Fund for Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482; The Taft School, Attn: Alumni Department, 110 Woodbury Road, Watertown, CT, 06795; or The Stratton Foundation, P.O. Box 523, Stratton Mountain, VT, 05155.

There will be a memorial service at 11 am on Saturday, August 19, at the New York Yacht Club - Harbour Court, Newport, R.I. Please see the New York Yacht Club website, for details. Burial will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Ruth E. Wray-Siple

Ruth E. Wray-Siple

Ruth E. Wray-Siple, "Auntie," the wife of Douglas F. Siple for 37 years and the mother of Kristin Siple Mathias, died on July 1 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of James H. Wray Sr. of Oak Bluffs and Somerset. She was preceded by her mother, Ruth Edna Wray, and her brother, James H. Wray Jr. of Oak Bluffs.

Ruth was a graduate of BMC Durfee High School in Fall River, class of 1961. She attended Nursing School in Gloucester and worked for the State of Massachusetts for 14 years at Taunton State Hospital. Ruth was the proprietor of Marlene's Taxi Service for the last 20 years. She was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and The Order of the Eastern Star.

Ruth is also survived by her son-in-law Steven Mathias, and her grandson, Zachary Steven Mathias; her brother, William J. Wray, and his wife, Kathleen, of Edgartown; a sister, Marilyn Valcourt of Fall River; and two sisters-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Wray of Oak Bluffs and Nancy Siple of Rhode Island; and a brother-in-law Robert A. Siple Jr. of Rhode Island.

Her nieces and nephews are Jennifer Wray Gibb and Jeffrey A. Wray of Oak Bluffs, Laurie Wray Turney of West Tisbury; Stephanie Wray Schecter of Somerset; Dr Jamie L. Valcourt and Jill Valcourt Newcomer of Fall River; Candace Siple Collins and Robert A. Siple III of Rhode Island; and Kimberly Martin of Somerset. Ruth was the great aunt of seven nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.