Obituaries

Posted February 15, 2007

James Andrews

James Andrews

James "Harpo" Andrews, 54, died on Feb. 6. Harpo was the husband of Cindy Brown Andrews of Edgartown.

Harpo was a true Islander and proud of his multi-generational Island roots. Born in Oak Bluffs on December 14, 1952, Harpo was the son of Emily Searle Guisti of Edgartown, and James Andrews, of Vineyard Haven. He graduated from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1973, and remained fast friends with the tight-knit crew of buddies from his early days. His childhood nickname of "Harpo" was a tribute to Harpo Marx, and referenced his curly mane of hair, slightly graying over the years.

Harpo was married to his wife, Cindy, for over 27 years, and was a loving father to his daughters Tabitha and Meagan, and his son James, and loving grandfather to his grandchildren Lukah, Victoria, and Mikayla. He absolutely adored his family.

Harpo loved to laugh, and was always there for a good practical joke. His stories were always colorful and dramatic. He made friends easily and gladly welcomed people into his life and home. His house had an open door, and countless people flowed through it, to visit or to stay for a while, and almost certainly to try Harpo's BBQ and famous potato salad. He treasured his friends and extended Island family, and was an honorary "Dad" to so many who needed his open arms.

Harpo enjoyed fishing, donkeys, and had a life-long passion for anything with wheels. He was a former volunteer at the Edgartown Fire Department. Throughout his working years, he drove all sorts of different types of trucks, and never tired of the newest truck gadget. He recently found his true calling as a school bus driver, which combined his love of truck driving with his other love... children. He found such happiness through all of the children who called him "Popa," including his treasured grandchildren, the school children on his bus runs, and all of the children who have traveled though The Rainbow Place, the Edgartown preschool run by his wife, Cindy.

Harpo enjoyed traveling with his family, and everyone who met him could identify his favorite destination from his many tattoos. He was a huge Disney fan, and looked forward to the family vacations in Florida and beyond.

Harpo was a kind man, with a huge heart, who would do anything for anybody. He dearly loved his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife Cindy; his daughters, Tabitha Andrews Vieira and Meagan Andrews; his son James Andrews, of Buzzards Bay; his grandchildren, Lukah Vieira, Victoria Andrews, and Mikayla Andrews; his son-in-law Fabricio Vieira; daughter-in-law Mary Andrews; his mother Emily Searle Guisti; his brothers Brad Andrews and David Andrews; his sisters Cindy Maciel and Lynn Searle Strem and their families; his mother-in-law Edie Brown; and sister-in-law Lynne Strang, her husband Ed and son Trevor of Burbank; and his beloved dog Kain. He was predeceased by his father James Andrews.

A funeral mass was held Feb. 12, at St. Elizabeth's Church in Edgartown. Interment followed at the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Harpo Memorial Fund c/o Dukes County Bank, P.O. Box 1069, Edgartown, MA 02539. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for more information and an online register book.

Patricia W. Lovell

Patricia W. Lovell

Patricia White Lovell, wife of Lane Lovell, died on Jan. 10 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital at the age of 99, thus ending her rewarding and life-long association with the Vineyard. As children, she and her husband spent many summers here at their parents' Edgartown homes. Over the years, they both cherished the natural pleasures of the Island. Patty was an award-winning sailor, and enjoyed swimming, even in the coldest water. They were married in 1935, and continued to visit the Island with their two children, and in 1972 they moved permanently from Essex Fells, N.J., to the Lovell's Island home. Their son, Benjamin, visited them in the late 1980s and remained to help them as they moved on in years. His untimely death in 2002 was a great loss for his family and his many Island friends.

Soon after their move to Edgartown, the Lovells became active volunteers for many of the Island's organizations. They delivered food, often to people younger than themselves, for Meals on Wheels, and Patty also volunteered at the hospital and at the Second Hand Store, which she affectionately called her "special shop." Because of her love for animals and nature, she also supported Felix Neck in many of its programs and activities.

She was born on July 24, 1907 in Kenilworth, Ill., the daughter of Burton F. White and Lillian M. Berg. The family moved to their home, Stoneleigh Farms, in Carmel N.Y., where she and her brother, Burton, grew up. The Whites continued to visit their Edgartown home during the summers. Patty graduated from The Spence School in NYC, and returned to the family's farm to care for her ailing mother. During her own later years on the Vineyard, Patty was accompanied in her home by a wonderful team of caregivers headed by Jessica Perry. Their devotion and creative care added pleasure to her life, and greatly enhanced her final years. Mrs. Lovell was a compassionate woman who enjoyed life's simple pleasures. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and her family will miss her sparkling humor and her genuine concern for those around her.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Lovell Smith, and her husband, Larry of Doylestown, Pa.; a grandson, Scott Lovell Smith of New York City; and a granddaughter, Sabrina S. Basile and her husband, David, and their two boys, Mika and Max of Redondo Beach, Calif.

The Rev. Jerry Fritz, assisted by the Rev. John Schule will lead a memorial service in celebration of and thanksgiving for Patty Lovell's life at the Federated Church in Edgartown at 11 am on Saturday, June 30. Her husband, Lane Lovell, who died in 1998, and who requested no ceremony at that time, will also be honored.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Lovell supported many causes, but two of her favorites on the Vineyard were: Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 494, Vineyard Haven, MA, 02568, and the MSPCA, P.O. Box 2097, Edgartown, MA 02539, from whom she adopted many of her favorite pets. Your donations to these organizations, or any charities of your choice in her name, would be greatly appreciated.

Erica K. Eckhardt

Erica K. (Knudson) Eckhardt, 59, of Summit, N.J., died Nov. 13, 2006 at her home. She is survived by her husband, Gary Eckhardt; her mother, Martha Knudson; and her children, Bryan, Andrew, and Christine. Her father, Louis Knudson predeceased her. A private graveside service will be held in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven. Donations may be made in her memory to an Island charity of one's choice.

Alice D. Coutinho

Alice D. Coutinho

Alice Dias Coutinho, beloved wife of John B. Coutinho of Oak Bluffs, died Feb.10, at the age of 92.

She was born Nov. 29, 1914 to Virginia and Matthew Dias of Vineyard Haven and was a lifelong resident of Martha's Vineyard.

Alice grew up in Vineyard Haven, meeting her future husband at Bangs Market, where she worked as a bookkeeper. She and John married in 1937 and raised five children in Oak Bluffs. She and John loved to dance and enjoyed dancing weekends at the Tivoli Inn in Oak Bluffs.

Alice was active in the community, a 4-H leader, a strong supporter of the All-Island Orchestra Association and a 25-year member of the church choir. She sang in the Martha's Vineyard Chorus for many years and was a member of the Homemaker's Club for 61 years.

Alice was a bookkeeper for Ben David Motors for 10 years and served as Draft Board Clerk for the Selective Service in the 1960s.

Alice loved music and was an avid concertgoer on and off the Island, attending several operas with her sisters in New York City. She was an accomplished pianist who gave piano lessons to many Island people.

Alice thrived on her love for family and friends - the more, the merrier. She always remembered each and every one with a special card, letter, prayer, or phone call. Alice also loved sharing with others all she learned from her passion for reading.

She is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Rogers of Oak Bluffs, Virginia Coutinho of Vineyard Haven, Marjorie Dolby of Marstons Mills; and one son, Richard Coutinho of Oak Bluffs. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John B. Coutinho; her oldest son Jack Coutinho; her sisters Virginia Muckerheide, Evelyn Shea, Clara Burke, and Mary Swartz; and her brother William Dias.

Her funeral mass was held on Feb. 13, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Oak Bluffs. Donations in her memory may be sent to Martha's Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or the Good Shepherd Parish of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 1058, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Theophilus M. Silvia Jr.

Theophilus M. Silvia Jr.

Theophilus "TM" Silvia, died on July 22, 2006. He was known, loved and respected by many over his long, active 85-year lifetime. He was also known as "Sonny" and "Uncle Sonny." Born on Sept. 26, 1921, he was son, husband, father, friend, businessman and active in the community. A true, old-fashioned Portuguese Islander, TM spent his entire life on the same street in Vineyard Haven, except for his service in the Navy. After he married, he lived right next door to his family home.

Born to Theophilus Miguel Silvia Sr., and Adalena Andrada, TM grew up in the hard-working Portuguese neighborhood on Pine Street at a time when people largely lived off the food they raised. Today people walk their dogs, where once TM walked their family cow. The Silvia's sold some of their produce in addition to running the neighborhood grocery store next to their home and a trucking business used in building the original Martha's Vineyard Airport Naval Air Station.

TM served in the United States Navy, in the Pacific Campaign. In order to see more of their son whenever he was on leave, as there was such limited boat service to the Island back then, TM's parents bought a home in New Bedford. During his New Bedford visits, he met, fell in love with, and married the beautiful Beatrice Perete in 1949.

Following his military service, Bea and TM made a home and raised three wonderful children on the Island. TM was also very active in his community. He began working in the plumbing and heating business, attending night classes in Hyannis to secure advanced licenses in his field. He worked for Midland Plumbing & Heating, Amaral Bros. Plumbing & Heating, and eventually started his own company which thrived for 35 years.

He was very involved with raising money to build St. Augustine's Church. As president of the Holy Name Society for two years, he hosted ballroom dances, complete with swing bands, put on the famous Barbecue Chicken Dinners on the church parking lot and ran the three-day mini-carnivals for several years - all to benefit the church.

TM was a volunteer fireman in Vineyard Haven for 35 years, retiring with the rank of captain.

He served two terms as Commander of the American Legion Post 257, and two terms as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9261. He was also a parade marshall with Arthur Dickson for the American Legion Post 257; and was a member of the drill team.

TM was the President of the Dukes County Deputy Sheriffs Department for two years, in addition to serving as a deputy sheriff.

With great friends, Peter Williamson, Herbert Combra, Peter Moreis, and Norman Friedman, TM formed the Sunset Yacht Club. They met often and enjoyed fine times. He relaxed on his boat, The BeaMitch, from which he fished with friends and family. He played softball and enjoyed bowling tremendously and bowled with one of Al Brickman's teams.

TM Silvia worked hard and served his family, friends and community well. His life was celebrated in a distinguished military funeral following a Mass at his St. Augustine's Church. His son Stephen read a moving tribute to his father, and the Rev. Alexander delivered a beautiful eulogy at the graveside ceremony on July 29, 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice of Vineyard Haven; their daughter Michelle L. Videtto of Florida; sons Theophilus M. Silvia III of Vineyard Haven, Stephen Paul Silvia of Swampscott; and their children Gregory Joseph, Benjamin Theophilus, Jeremy John Videtto, Daniel Manning, Timothy, Christopher, and Jenna Silvia; loving daughter-in-law Cindy Silvia; son-in-law Jeffrey Videtto; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Antone, Mary, Evelyn, and Olive.

Kodi Alan Silva

Kodi Alan Silva

Kodi Alan Silva, age 18 and a Prattville, Al., resident, died on Jan. 21.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Silva, brother Cohin Silva, and maternal grandparents Billie and Neal Schultz, all of Prattville, Al.; aunts Vikki Gilmore, Connie Donaldson, and Leanne Kaja; uncle Neal Schultz Jr.; cousin Callie Silva of West Tisbury, and other cousins and close relatives.

Kodi was predeceased by his father, David N. Silva.

Graveside services were held from the Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Phenix City, Al.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kodi Silva Memorial fund, P.O. Box 681921 Prattville, AL, 36068.

Robert H. Sayles

Robert H. Sayles of Oak Bluffs died on Feb. 12 at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. He was 69. Robert was born in Cornwell-on-Hudson, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 1937. He was raised in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. Robert proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army. He returned to Queens and worked for many years in a fabric store. Robert moved to Martha's Vineyard in the early 1970s. He was employed by the Wesley Hotel for over 30 years as a landscaper. Robert took great pride in landscape work. He was an avid gardener and also enjoyed music.

Robert is survived by his sister, Verda Sayles of New York; two sisters-in-law, Pat Thorpe of New York and Joyce Stiles Tucker of Vineyard Haven; two nieces, Melissa Sayles and Mary Sayles, both of Martha's Vineyard; two nephews, Tommy Sayles and Walter Sayles Jr., both of New York; one great nephew, Curtis Sayles of Martha's Vineyard; and a dear friend, Vanessa Ciancio of Martha's Vineyard. Robert was pre-deceased by his parents John R. and Mary Tucker.

Robert's funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, 11 am in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs with the Rev. Dr. Roger Spinney officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot at the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven with full military honors offered by the Veterans of Martha Vineyard. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7 to 9 pm.

Emerson F. McLeod

Emerson F. McLeod

Emerson Francis Thayer McLeod, 87, former manager of Northeast Airlines at the Martha's Vineyard Airport, died on Jan. 12 from complications of pulmonary disease at Tidwell Hospice Center, Bradenton, Fl.

Emerson was born in Quincy, on Aug. 19, 1919 to Mr. and Mrs. Alton McLeod and was a direct descendent of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the founding family of Thayer Academy of Braintree.

Mac, as he was known on the Island, was a graduate of North Quincy High School, and later worked at Dennison Airport and then went on to a career with Northeast Airlines.

He opened the station for Northeast at the old Naval Air Station on Martha's Vineyard. He spent many years there, saw Northeast merge with Delta Airlines, and after his retirement from Delta, he was Director of Training and Security for Air New England at Logan International Airport in Boston.

Emerson was a great historian and train buff. He was happiest with six and seven books going at once. He loved wearing his kilt and all the attire that goes with it. Due to his failing health, he gave his beloved Scottish kilt that was made in Scotland to his nephew, Andrew Kelly, of Edgartown, in the hopes that Andrew one day would join the Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard. He hoped Andrew would continue his own Scottish heritage that comes from the MacLean clan on his mother's side and the MacDonald clan on his father's side.

Mac and his wife Pat spent many, many vacations at their small family farm on the shores of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There he could attend all the Scottish events and ride the trains that were still taking passengers to and from the small towns and cities.

His passion for trains went back to his family roots. His father was an engineer on the Boston to New Haven run and retired after 50 years with the railroad. Emerson has a wonderful collection of railroad books, which he read over and over again.

Emerson was a past member of the Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard, and St. Andrew's Society of Sarasota, Fl. He was a past commander of the American Legion Post 186 of Edgartown, and a disabled veteran of WWII. He was an active member of the Orangedale Railroad Station Association of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Patricia (Kelly) of Edgartown; his only sibling, Ralph W. of South Weymouth; his niece, Beverly St. Pierre and her husband Jim of South Weymouth; his nephew Robert McLeod and wife Carol of Eugene, Or.; and several nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to any hospice center of your choice.