Posted November 2, 2006

Carol I. Francis

Carol I. Francis

Mr. Carol Irving Francis died suddenly on Oct. 25 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

Carol was born in what was then Gay Head, one of 10 children of Nathan Alton Francis and his wife Marolla Nina (Rodman). He was the eldest male Tribal Member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and a descendant of many of the historic Tribal families of Aquinnah.

He was a skilled carpenter and a caretaker for many family homes in Aquinnah. A fisherman all of his life, his greatest pleasure was being out on the water and on his boat "Barbara." For many years he served on the Aquinnah Shellfish Committee, overseeing the happenings on Menemsha Pond.

On Oct. 20, 1946, Carol married Barbara M. (Perry), uniting two Tribal families of the Aquinnah Tribe. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past week.

Carol is survived by his wife Barbara; and by their children Eleanor M. Hebert and her husband Michael of Aquinnah, Gloria E. Mendez of Tisbury, and Michael D. Francis of Tisbury. Their son Ronald I. Francis predeceased him in 2003. He is survived by his sister Rosalie N. Francis of Tisbury and by many nieces and nephews and cousins.

He is survived by his grandchildren Brigette M. Araujo, Todd Araujo, Esq., Venita Walker, Jacqueline Mendez, Jermaine Mendez, Jody Mendez, and Kaylee Tebo.

Carol is also survived by his great grandchildren Kane Araujo, Maya Araujo, Jade Araujo, Antone Araujo, Jermaine Mendez, Jr., Jacob Rose, Ryan Mendez and Sarah Swift-Mendez.

Viewing was held on Oct. 30, at Chapman, Cole, and Gleason in Oak Bluffs, followed by a service officiated by the Rev. Roger H. Spinney.

Interment followed at the North Cemetery in Aquinnah and with a gathering at the Tribal Building.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Wampanoag Community Center or to a charity of one's choice.

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

Dorothy B. MacNichol

Dorothy B. MacNichol, 81 years, died on Oct. 18, in Concord. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward MacNichol. She is survived by her children Scott and David Thorne of Acton, Tam Joiner of Colorado, Duncan Thorne of Stow, Elizabeth Thorne of Concord; and 10 grandchildren.

She was born in Chicopee on Dec. 1, 1924, the third daughter of Ralph and Bertha Blanchard. She graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1942 and trained as a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. She worked in executive search in the technology and publishing fields and started her own company. She lived over 50 years in Fitchburg and Lunenburg. In recent years she had been living on Martha's Vineyard. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10 am at Christ Church, 569 Main St., Fitchburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633. Arrangements by the Acton Funeral Home, Acton.