Obituaries

Posted October 5, 2006

George R. Yates

George R. Yates, 93, of East Falmouth, died at the JML Center on September 28, 2006. He was the husband of Margaret A. (Pinto) Yates. On Nov. 7, they would have been married for 71 years.

Mr. Yates was born in Fall River, the son of the late James and Martha (Winkley) Yates.

He was a graduate of Durfee High School and a 1934 graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He was a director of the college and a life-time and honorary member. Mr. Yates owned a drug store in both Fall River and Vineyard Haven, retiring in 1970. For two years he was chairman of SCORE (Service of Retired Executives) in Palm Beach County. He also worked in Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla., part time for many years.

After retirement he and Mrs. Yates spent their winters in Boynton Beach for 22 years and in 1980 sold their property on Main Street in Vineyard Haven and have lived in Falmouth for 26 years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a niece, Judith Quigley of Charlotte, N.C.; and a nephew, James Yates of Atlanta, Ga. He was predeceased by his son George R. Yates Jr., and brother David Yates.

A private service was held on Sept. 30 in the family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St, Boston, MA, 02115 or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

Edward Prada

A memorial service for Edward Prada, who died in March, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 pm, in the New West Side Cemetery in Edgartown. Ed is the father of Catherine (Cathy) Ward of Maryland, Carol Connor of Florida and Edward Prada of Pennsylvania and was the brother of Frances Resendes of Edgartown, Catherine Griffin of Falmouth and Richard Prada of Edgartown, who predeceased him.

There will be a gathering of family and friends immediately following the service at the home of Frances Resendes at 24 Herring Creek Road in Edgartown.

Robert V. Dooley
Robert V. Dooley

Robert V. Dooley

Robert V. Dooley, 79, of Falmouth, died on Oct. 2 of Alzheimer's disease, surrounded by his loving family. He lived for many years in Longmeadow before retiring to the Cape in 1995. He spent 18 summers vacationing in Menemsha and drove a tour bus for 16 of those summers. The Vineyard was deeply embedded in his heart.

Born in Dorchester on Feb. 8, 1927, Bob was the son of Thomas P. and Helen Murray Dooley. He was raised in West Roxbury and attended Boston Latin School. He graduated from English High School and St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Avid in his pursuit of education, Bob earned a master's degree from Boston College and continued graduate studies in his field of chemistry at several universities.

Bob served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II.

He leaves his wife, Margaret (Nancy) Dooley of Falmouth; two sons, Robert V. Dooley, Jr. and his wife Susan of Seaside, Calif., and James T. Dooley and his wife Geralyn of Monson; four daughters, Marybeth Horsington and her husband John of Syracuse, N.Y., Jane Rossi and her husband Daniel of West Tisbury, Joan Moore and her husband John of Roanoke Va., and Kathleen Winans and her husband Thomas of Conway. He leaves 12 beloved grandchildren, Erin Moore Pierce, Katherine and Jack Moore, Megan, Kathleen and Molly Horsington, Christopher and Sarah Dooley, Jake and Hannah Winans and Ryan and Benjamin Rossi; and one great grandchild, Kira Nichole Pierce. He also leaves two sisters, Marjory Renaud of Roseville, Calif., and Barbara Cavanaugh of Batavia, N.Y.. He was predeceased by his brother, Paul Dooley, who died in World War II.

Bob was a dedicated teacher who taught for more than 40 years, retiring from Springfield Central High School in 1990. He was also the former executive secretary of the Springfield Education Association.

An avid bicyclist, Bob rode with the Springfield Cyclenauts and once rode across the state of Massachusetts.

Bob's life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian burial on Friday, Oct. 6 at 11 am at St. Anthony's Church in East Falmouth. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Bourne. Visiting hours are Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 7 pm at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth. Contributions in Bob's memory can be made to Allegiance Hospice, P.O. Box 752, Sagamore, MA, 02561 or the Alzheimer's Association Massachusetts Chapter, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. The Dooley family is deeply grateful to the caring, loving, and supportive staff and residents of Forestview Nursing Home in Wareham, and Allegiance Hospice.

Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.

Sally Coker

Sally Coker of Vineyard Haven died unexpectedly on Oct. 1 at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. She had been flown to Boston after an accident in her Vineyard Haven home. Her four children were all at her bedside when she died.

A memorial service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Vineyard Haven later this fall. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of The Times.