Obituaries

Posted July 27, 2006

F. Douglas Garron

F. Douglas Garron

F. Douglas Garron of Weston and Edgartown died in Boston on July 4, his favorite holiday. Doug, born on September 19, 1920 in Wellesley, was a lifelong entertainer, playing guitar and singing songs. He began his entertaining career in junior high school with his band The Rhythm Ramblers, and had radio shows on several Boston area stations including WCOP, WMEX, and WCRB. In the early 1950s, Doug entertained the United States Armed Forces in Korea as part of the USO, and performed at the Boston Garden with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Doug was also the musical director and entertainer on the "Major Mudd Show," a 1970s Boston- based children's television show, and wrote the show's theme song "I'll Be Blasting You". Throughout his life Doug also brought happiness to many through charitable performances at children's hospitals, nursing homes, and other events. In 1995, Doug was inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame.

Doug's entertainer persona traveled with him everywhere. On Martha's Vineyard, where he summered for the past 50 years, he was fondly known as "The Mayor of North Water Street," a title dear to his heart. His love of people and zest for life will long be remembered by all who stopped by his front stoop. Doug was the original auctioneer at the Possible Dreams Auction, an announcer at Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society horse shows and draft horse pulls, and an entertainer at the Camp Jabberwocky Picnic and other Island events. Doug was a 40-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Wellesley, co-District Commissioner of the Jericho Forest Pony Club for 35 years, and was an active participant in many other community and local events. Doug was also an avid golfer and a member of the Edgartown Golf Club for 48 years, where he was Club Champion 10 times, held the 18-hole course record of 67 from 1976 to 1995, and served on its Board of Governors for many years.

Doug is survived by his wife of 50 years Lorna Peters Garron; his daughter Jennifer; his son Douglas C. and his wife Joan; his grandsons Douglas C. Jr., Christopher, Peter, and Mark, all of Weston; his sisters Evelyn Cain of Villa Park, Calif., Ruth Doerkson of Denair, Calif., and Constance Gorman of Raleigh, N.C. A memorial service celebrating Doug's life will be held on Friday, August 11 at 2 pm at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Wellesley Hills. All are welcome. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, P.O. Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701.

Dr. Kaye H. Moody

Dr. Kaye Hollis Moody, anesthesiologist at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital from 1991 until 1998, died at his home in West Tisbury on July 23. He is survived by his wife, Maria, his son, Herbert W. Moody and his dog, Ziggy. Dr. Moody's funeral service will be private.

Theophilus M. Silvia Jr.

Theophilus Miguel Silvia, Jr., 85, known as "Uncle Sonny" or "T.M.", died Saturday, July 22 at his home in Vineyard Haven. He was married to Beatrice N. Silvia and was the father of Theophilus M. Silvia III, Stephen Silvia, and Michelle L. Videtto. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 28, at 12:30 pm, in St. Augustine's Church, Franklin St., Vineyard Haven. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven, with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha's Vineyard. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, July 27, from 6 to 9 pm in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Donations may be made in his memory to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, P.O. Box 1058, or to the Red Cross, PO Box 1116, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information. A complete obituary will follow.

Jeffrey L. Drinkwine

Jeffrey L. Drinkwine, a long-time resident of West Tisbury, died at his home on July 21 after a long illness. He was 84.

Jeff was born in Fitchburg in 1922, the son of Jeffrey J. Drinkwine of Fitchburg and Constance (Lawrence) Drinkwine of Sackville, New Brunswick, and Fitchburg. He attended the Fitchburg public schools and Worcester Trade School. A master welder, he worked for almost all of his professional life at Crocker Burbank Company, Weyerhauser and the Dillon Company, all of Fitchburg. He supervised and trained other welders at these companies. While he was with Dillon, he directed specialized welding projects throughout the United States and particularly in New England.

Jeff was an Army combat engineer who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day as part of the largest American invasion force of World War II. He was a member of the 82nd Combat Engineers battalion who fought from the Normandy beaches to the Elbe River when they crossed into Germany in May, 1945.

After returning home from the war, he married Joan Hills Murphy of Fitchburg. Every summer the couple spent time visiting Joan's relatives on the Vineyard, who have owned a cottage in Oak Bluffs since the 1870s. The couple had one daughter.

Jeff retired to the Vineyard and built a house in West Tisbury in 1982. He was an avid fisherman, shellfisherman, and boater who was renowned among his friends for his Quahog chowder.

Besides his former wife, Joan, he is survived by his daughter, Jill Bouck of West Tisbury; his son-in-law, W. Lynn Bouck; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and David Bouck, all of West Tisbury. Two siblings, Beryl Cadwell of Arizona, and Robert Drinkwine of Ashburnham predeceased him.

The family has asked that donations in Jeff's name be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. A celebration of his life will be held at his home for family and friends at a future date.

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.

James B. Geddis Jr.

After a short battle with lung cancer, James B. Geddis Jr. died peacefully on Jan. 27 at the home of his daughter, with his family at his side.

Jim loved the beach and often would be found walking the beach or swimming in the ocean. When he was younger he was a lifeguard at Bend in the Road beach in Edgartown and taught many youngsters how to swim.

Jim also worked for his father in his painting business for many years.

In the 1960s Jim moved to Florida and made his home in Ft. Lauderdale where he met his wife Sharon.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; his daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and John Hundley and their children, Crystal, Amy, Johnny, and Jessica of Rockhill, S.C.; his sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt. He also leaves her niece and her husband, Melanie and Michael Marchant; nephews and their spouses, Eric and Hope deBettencourt, and Michael and Erin deBettencourt; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Jim was predeceased by his parents James and Amy Geddis, and his brother Thomas Geddis.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, July 31, at 11 am at the New Westside Cemetery, off Robinson Road, Edgartown.

Francis A. Coutinho

Francis A. Coutinho

Francis A. "Frank" Coutinho, loving husband of Flora A. (Jardin) Coutinho, died on July 24 at his home in West Tisbury. He was a communicant of St. Augustine's Church in Vineyard Haven.

Francis was born in Tisbury on Jan. 29, 1921. He attended Tisbury School and served in the United States Army Air Force with an honorable discharge. Upon returning to the Vineyard he worked as a commercial fisherman on the F/V Viking for many years until his retirement in 1982.

Frank's passion was spending his summer months in his vegetable and flower gardens. He also spent many of his retirement years traveling in Europe and Africa.

Besides his wife, Flora, he leaves two sons, John Coutinho and his wife, Karen of Marlboro, and Craig Coutinho; a daughter, Brenda and her husband, Michael Canha. Also he leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He held a special place in his heart for Dr. Mary Jane Williams, who was very supportive during medical issues.

His funeral mass will be held in St. Augustine's Church, Vineyard Haven on Monday, July 31 at 10 am. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha's Vineyard. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs on Sunday, July 30 from 7 to 9 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Parish, P.O. Box 1058, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to a charity of one's choice. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.