Posted August 24, 2006

John M. Mills

John M. Mills

A life time summer resident of Vineyard Haven, John Marshall Mills, known as Joey to his friends, and Bahpu to his grandchildren, died peacefully in his home here on the Island on August 13. He first came to the Island as a baby, missing only one summer during World War II.

Born in Albany N.Y., September 14, 1924 to Howard and Marie Mills, he grew up in Scarsdale, where he was captain of the high school football team and also met his future bride, Nancy Elise Demarest. He attended Yale taking time off from college to join the Naval Air Corp, where he trained as a flyer. He and Nancy married in July of 1946. After graduating from college they moved to Hingham where he worked for Bethlehem Steel for several years. He then went to work for his father's company, Gravymaster Inc., and Dryden and Palmer, where he enjoyed the rest of his career.

John and Nancy lived in Darien, Conn., for 40 years. In 1990 the family business was moved from Long Island City to Branford, Conn., Joe and Nancy began to retire and became residents of Ocean Reef and the Vineyard.

John loved the Vineyard and he loved sailing, spending endless happy hours on the water. He was Commodore of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, a member of the New York Yacht Club, a member of Corinthians, and Off Soundings. He and Nancy sailed from Nova Scotia to the Exumas, making numerous trips up and down the inland waterway, and loved cruising in Maine. They often shared those adventures with family and friends. The family home in Vineyard Haven is filled with photos and memories of the many good years on the island.

Joey's greatest love was his family. He and Nancy had four children, Pam Besse of Guilford Conn., Tina Mills currently of Europe, John Mills of Guilford, Conn., and Penny Eklof of Santa Cruz, Calif. They have three grandchildren, Seth and Whitney Besse, and Lilli Eklof.

Private family services were held at Bouy B at dawn on Friday and followed by interment at the graveyard at the head of Grove Avenue. A celebration of Joe's life for all friends and family was held at the Mills home in Vineyard Haven on August 20.

Roy F. Hagerty

Roy Francis "Sonny" Hagerty, Jr., 81, of Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, died unexpectedly at his residence on August 12. He was the husband of Dorothy A. (Fallows) Hagerty to whom he was married on August 31, 1946.

Born in Attleboro on July 30, 1925, he was a son of the Roy F. Hagerty, Sr. and Sarah G. (Thurber) Hagerty. He was raised and educated in Attleboro where he attended the Attleboro Trade High School prior to enlisting in the service.

Mr. Hagerty was a veteran of the United States Navy having enlisted on Aug. 31, 1943 and serving honorably until his discharge on Feb. 4, 1946. He served aboard the USS Wasp and was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and earned eight bronze stars during his Asiatic-Pacific tour of duty.

Shortly after returning from the service and his marriage, Mr. Hagerty moved to Norton where he lived from 1948 until 1964 when he and his family moved to Mansfield where they resided for 10 years prior to moving to North Attleboro in 1975.

He was a career machinist having last been employed by Engelhard Industries in Plainville for 30 years before retiring when he was 62 in 1987.

Mr. Hagerty was a former communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Attleboro and in recent years of St. Mark's Church in the Village of Attleboro Falls in North Attleboro.

While living in Norton, he served his community as a volunteer on-call firefighter and in Mansfield was active with the Cub Scout program.

His favorite pastimes included fishing and golfing. He was a fan of the New England Patriots and just recently "began to like" the Boston Red Sox.

In addition to his wife of almost 60 years, he leaves four children: Joyce A. Rose of Jaffrey, N.H.; Wayne R. Hagerty of Norton; Carol D. Kelley of Edgartown, and Roy F. Hagerty, III of North Attleboro; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by sisters, Bertha L. Lawton, Irene Rocha, Margaret Mullaney, Nora Mercier, Harriet Hagerty, and a brother, Charles "Chickie" Hagerty.

A funeral service was held on Aug. 16 at Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, North Attleboro. Private services with full military honors followed in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any of the following organizations in memory of Mr. Hagerty: The American Lung Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451; Affinity Hospice of Life, Massachusetts South Shore, 319 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379 or to the Life Care at Home, 319 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379.

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

Nathaniel O. Stevens

Nathaniel Otis Stevens of Oak Bluffs, formerly of Boston, died on July 17. He was the beloved husband of Angela Fiorelli. A graveside service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday, August 25, 11:30 am. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit for an online guestbook and more information.

John T. Fay Jr.

John T. Fay Jr.

John T. "Jack" Fay, Jr., of Martha's Vineyard and Scottsdale, Az., died on August 17.

Jack is the beloved husband of Jane (Davidson) Fay, devoted father of Nancy McCloud of New Mexico, Kathleen Trammel of Virginia and Patricia Fay of Florida. His grandchildren, Aja Trammel, Bridget Trammel, and Ian McCloud, have been a great joy, as has his great-granddaughter, Aiyana Trammel.

His business life led him in many directions: teaching, pharmaceutical association positions and executive positions in the wholesale pharmaceutical industry. His later years were spent as a writer and editor for health-care publications.

Jack will be most remembered for his intelligence, his humor, and the constancy of his love for his wife, his family, and his friends.

His memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth's Church, Main Street, Edgartown on Saturday, August 26 at 11am. Burial of his cremated remains will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard Ave., Oak Bluffs.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to may make a memorial donation in his name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, N. Y., NY 10163.

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.

Philip B. Boyd Jr.

Philip B. Boyd Jr., died unexpectedly on Aug. 15 in Marlboro, Vt. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.

Frank E. Foley

Frank E. Foley

Frank E. Foley of Edgartown died peacefully at his home in Edgartown on August 9. He was 93 years old.

Frank was born in New Haven, Conn., on October 12, 1912. He was the only surviving child of Harry and Myrtle Foley. His father Harry lived to the age of 100 and was the oldest resident of Wayland at the time of his death. Frank was predeceased by his first wife Virginia Irvine and infant son Frank, Jr. and also in 1969 by his wife Frances Sullivan.

Frank graduated from East Hartford High School in 1931 and from the University of Alabama in 1936, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He majored in journalism and served on the school newspaper.

After college Frank married Virginia Irvine, who had waited since high school for him to finish college. They found themselves in the midst of The Great Depression and decided to move back to Alabama where Frank had a few contacts. After drifting through several jobs, he was fortunate to have a friend introduce him to the company he worked for in Alabama. This was the beginning of the industrial supply business, which Frank believed had a future. For the next six years he learned the basics of the business and felt he would like to be in sales.

In 1944 he moved to Hopkinton, to be near family. He worked for Chase Parker Co. of Boston for 27 years, calling on mills and factories throughout the New England area. He worked for White Hardware in Framingham, also as an industrial salesman, until his retirement in 1980.

Frank lived in Wayland on Dudley Pond for many years. Most evenings after work he loved to row on the pond and fish, always carefully releasing the live fish back to the pond. On many summer weekends he would invite friends and relatives over for a cookout and a fishing derby for the kids from his dock with prizes for all. In the winter months he enjoyed skating on the pond and when the snow had fallen he would shovel it off the ice to form a skating rink for everyone to enjoy.

Frank retired to Edgartown in 1980 to be near his daughter. There he enjoyed gardening and walking the "monkey trail" near his home in Ocean Heights with his granddaughter Laura.

Frank was a member of the John Warren Lodge of Hopkinton for 55 years and a past president of Kiwanis of Hopkinton.

He is survived by his three daughters, Lynne Macomber and her husband William of Edgartown, Suzanne Bruns of Springfield and Ariene Rizza and her husband Richard of Bellingham; seven grandchildren including Laura Macomber of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Travis Macomber of Edgartown; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Diana Smith

Diana Burt Smith of Boston died August 19 after a valiant battle with cancer. She was 43 years old.

Diana, the daughter of Henry O. and Helen B. Burt was born on February 22, 1963 and raised in Vineyard Haven. She attended the Tisbury School and graduated from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1981. While a junior in high school she attended Barbizon School of Modeling every weekend for several months, graduating the course as one of the school's youngest girls at that time. Upon her graduation from high school she enrolled and graduated from the Kathryn Gibbs Business Schools Business Administration Course. She was one of the first two girls to start a new program of student exchange with one of England's top business schools in London. She was there until September when she graduated and earned her associate's degree in business administration.

Diana greatly enjoyed sports while in high school. She played basketball while a junior and senior and while a senior she played in the state championships and helped the team win the championship that year. She will be remembered best for her four years on the track team where she set records running, one of which stood for many years and may still stand. Diana was an honor student at Kathryn Gibbs, but really missed not having a track program there. She began her business career as a legal secretary at a Boston law firm and after about a year and a half she began working with the investment firm of Fidelity Investments as a receptionist. She rose to become Executive Secretary to the senior vice president, a position she has held for the past several years. She really enjoyed her work and the association with the company.

In August of 2000 she married a longtime acquaintance, Shawn Ross Smith of Falmouth. In May 2002 she gave birth to Ross Stevenson Smith. Ross and Shawn were truly the objects of her devotion in her last years. She was a passionate Patriots fan, going on her first date with Shawn to a Patriots football game, and every year since then she has had season tickets to the games.

She is survived by her son Ross Stevenson Smith; her husband Shawn Ross Smith; her father and mother Henry O. and Helen B. Burt; her brother Stephen A. Burt and his wife Brenda and their children Ryan and Shannon; her birth-family, her father Donald Blake, her brothers Peter, Christopher, and Andrew and her sister Sandra.

Calling hours will be at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, Wednesday, August 23, 6 to 9 pm. Her funeral service will be held in the First Baptist Church, Spring Street, Vineyard Haven on Thursday, August 24, at 11 am. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. 806, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit for more information and an online guest book.