Obituaries

Posted February 8, 2007

Joseph C. Mello

Joseph C. Mello

Joseph Cabral Mello of Edgartown died of natural causes on Jan. 31, at the age of 92.

Joseph was born in New Bedford on April 9, 1914. As a child, Joe spent many years in the Azores until the age of 16, when he moved to the Vineyard. He worked for Chester Pease painting houses. He learned to fly with the Flying Club at Katama Airfield and owned a share of the club's piper cub airplane.

Joe joined the Army in World War II as a private and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He flew "The Hump" with cargo in China, Burma, and India theatres and received the air medal and Distinguished Flying Cross.

He met Patricia Corrigan, an air evacuation nurse, on R&R in Florida, and they married in Louisville, Ky., in 1943.

Upon their return to the Island in the fall of 1945, Chester Pease picked them up at the steamer, drove them to Edgartown, and asked them which house they wanted. They chose 23 Morse Street and lived there together for sixty-three years. Joe painted houses and then worked with Phil Norton and Leon Eastabrooks at Norton and Eastabrooks Boatyard, following his father's footsteps as a skilled craftsman.

When Edgartown Yacht Club members needed a new tiller or rudder for a race the next day, Joe was the man to see. He retired from the boatyard at 65 and launched a second career as a caretaker extraordinaire for many houses in Edgartown village, which he continued until a year before he died.

His great joy in life was his family and feeding the wild birds at his Sengekontacket camp.

He leaves his wife, Patricia; his sons, Captain J.C. Mello and his wife, Deborah, of Edgartown; and Captain Patrick Mello of Edgartown and Naples, Florida; four grandchildren, Cory and Jody Mello and Hannah and Alicia Cole; and also his three brothers, Charlie, John and Manuel, all of Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his daughter, Julie Cole, in 1995 and his brother Antone Mello.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Elizabeth's Church, Main Street, Edgartown on Monday, Feb. 12, at 11am. Visitation in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, will be Sunday, Feb 11, from 2 to 4pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Martha's Vineyard Hospital, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs MA 02557 - or the family suggests feeding the wild birds. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

James Andrews

James "Harpo" Andrews, 54, of Edgartown died Feb. 6, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was the husband of Cindy Andrews and father of Tabitha, Meagan and James. He was the son of Emily Juisti and predeceased by his father, James Andrews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth's Church, Main Street, Edgartown on Monday, Feb. 12 at 2 pm. Visiting hours in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 pm. Donations may be made in his memory to the Harpo Memorial Fund, c/o Rainbow Place, RR-1 Box 698, Edgartown, MA 02539. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times.