Obituaries

Posted March 15, 2007

Adeline E. Cabot

Adeline Reed (Eveleth) Cabot, formerly of Chilmark and Concord, died after a long period of declining health on March 9 at Carlton-Willard Village in Bedford, where she had lived since 1999. She was 106 years old. Born the last year of the 19th century, she saw the entire 20th century and more than six years of the 21st. Her mind was sharp until the end, and she remained interested in world events, politics, horseracing, professional tennis, the Red Sox, and family adventures.

Adeline will be remembered as a woman of high intelligence, fierce loyalties, and gentle spirit, one of the kindest people anyone has ever known. It was a source of deep sadness to her that she outlived most of her closest friends, many younger than she. Over the years, scores of persons knew her as a great friend, the one who could most be counted upon for a favor, a hand, or a serious talk. She was the principal caregiver for her husband for nearly half of their 59 years of marriage. Even after she passed 90 and then 100, she was the person her grandchildren turned to for advice, for they valued her judgment and knew that she would give them a listening ear.

Adeline was born in Lincoln on Aug. 31, 1900, the only child of Charles Frederick Eveleth and Fanny (Todd) Eveleth. Through her father, she could trace her ancestry back to the Mayflower. Adeline's mother was born in 1863 in Lexington, Ky., and could remember Union soldiers in her house at the end of the Civil War. Adeline's grandfather, Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, was in attendance at Abraham Lincoln's deathbed.

Adeline attended school for a time in Buffalo, N.Y., when her father moved there to work for an engineering firm during World War II, and graduated in 1919 from Miss Wright's, a boarding school for girls outside Philadelphia, where she was a good student and won the cup for best athlete in her senior year. She graduated from Smith College in 1923 and worked for a year as a clerk for Strawbridge and Clothier in Philadelphia, commuting by ferry from a rooming house for single women in Woodbury, N.J.

In 1924, she married Harold Cabot, later founder and president of Harold Cabot and Company in Boston, an advertising agency. For a short time the couple lived in Cambridge but soon moved to Concord, where they rented a home from the wealthiest family in town, who soon generously sold them the house at a price the young couple could afford. Adeline lived in that house for nearly 70 years and raised their three children there.

During all of World War II, Adeline volunteered as a civil defense spotter at a lookout tower on Nashawtuck Hill in Concord and memorized the silhouette of every German war plane. She also worked as a "gray lady" at Emerson Hospital, folding bandages for the war effort.

Adeline joined the League of Women Voters when it first formed and was president of the Concord chapter in 1952. She was secretary of the Louisa May Alcott Society for 12 years. She also belonged to the Ladies' Tuesday Club (a kind of half-serious response to the men's clubs the ladies' husbands belonged to) and to the Concord Reading Club.

Adeline and Harold Cabot began coming to Martha's Vineyard in 1953, first renting and then buying Up-Island. They built a home in Prospect Hill in Chilmark, and Adeline continued to come to the Island until 2003. She always said that one of her favorite Vineyard moments was lying in her bed at night watching the Gay Head light and listening for the bell buoy off Menemsha. She was a member of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club.

Adeline is survived by her three children: Lucia Lee Cipolla of Grand Junction, Colo.; Harold Cabot Jr. and his wife, Michelee, of Alamos, Mexico; and Daniel Cabot and his wife, Nancy, of West Tisbury. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, as well as three generations of nieces and nephews. Her husband, Harold, died in 1983, and she was also predeceased by her son-in-law, Richard Cipolla, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild.

Island grandchildren include Lucia Hayman, her husband, Robert, and daughters, Lee and Adeline, of Edgartown; Benjamin Cabot, his wife, Nicole, and daughter, Violet, of West Tisbury; and Davies Cabot, his wife, Ann, and children Jackson, Chilton, and Alexandra of Concord, N.H., and West Tisbury.

There will be a memorial service on the Vineyard next summer. In lieu of flowers, one should make a contribution in her memory to the Vineyard charity of one's choice.

David L. Welch Sr.

David L. Welch Sr.

David L. Welch Sr. of Vineyard Haven died on March 9 in the Deaconess Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, surrounded by his wife, Beatrice, three daughters and a granddaughter. He was born in Oak Bluffs on July 10, 1926, the son of Helen and Forrest Welch.

He attended Oak Bluffs schools, and continued to further his education attending night school, and received his diploma from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.

David worked at the Flying Horses where he met his wife, and the romance continued for 59 plus years.

He was proud to serve in the Merchant Marines and later became a member of the U. S. Coast Guard while working as a member of the Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority. Also, he was employed at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School where he became friends of both faculty and students. He continued his commitment to the community when he became a very proud member of the Tisbury Police Department until his retirement. After his retirement, he became an active member of the American Legion and Sons of The American Legion Squadron No. 257.

David was most proud of becoming a member of the Oriental Martha's Vineyard Masonic Lodge. He was master in 1963 and 1983 and served as District Deputy of the Grand Lodge. On Feb. 27, 2006, he received a special presentation and was honored for his 50 years of membership. He was also a member of the Aleppo Shriners, and active in volunteering with the lighting unit for the Shriners Circus. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. David served on the board of the Tisbury Council on Aging from 1992 until 1996. He and his wife also volunteered many hours at the council on aging.

David enjoyed traveling with his wife while driving his motor home down the coast and spending some of the winter months in sunny Florida. He would visit friends and always developed new friendships along the way. He often traveled off-Island to visit family or friends.

David had a very special "Joy" of life, the Island, his family and friends. We will always remember him, especially for that twinkle in his eye.

David is survived by his wife, Beatrice, three daughters, Beatrice D'Angelo of Hull, Kathleen Welch of Vineyard Haven, Diane "Joy" Gibson and husband, Bill, of Sacramento, Calif. He was predeceased by his son, David L. Welch Jr. He is also survived by his sister, Myrna and husband, Maynard Hale, of East Wareham, a nephew, Herbert Hale. He was a very proud PaPa to four grandchildren, Lisa "Joy" Buckley, Mark Brooke, Benjamin and Christopher Gibson; and seven great-granchildren, Michael, Kellie "Joy" and Kendra "Joy" Buckley, Anthony Gibson, Christopher Burdett, Faith Lynn and newest addition, Benjamin Gibson.

Visiting hours were held in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs, on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 9 pm. A Masonic service took place at 8 pm by the brothers of the Oriental Martha' s Vineyard Masonic Lodge. A funeral home service was held on Tuesday, 11 am, with the Rev. Roger Spinney officiating. Burial will followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven, with full military honors offered by the Veteran's of Martha's Vineyard. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for an online guestbook.

Ruth G. Dowley

Ruth G. Dowley-Dolby lost her long fight with Parkinson's disease on March 10 at Oak Crest Village in Baltimore, Md. She was 79 years old. She was the wife of Bruce Dowley and James Dolby, who predeceased her.

She leaves her four children, Bruce Dowley and his children, Clare and Calen, Peter Dowley and his wife, Julie, and their children, Peter Jr. and Andrew, all of Baltimore, Pamela Preston and her husband, Jay Schulman, and their children, Abigail Preston and Alec Schulman of Catonsville, Md., Judith Quin and her husband, Thomas, and their children, Thomas Jr. and Daniel of Ayer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth's name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research www.michaeljfox.org.

Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Alexander J. Bernard

Alexander Joseph Bernard died on March 11 at Embassy House Skilled Nursing, Brockton. He was 74. He is survived by his sisters, Ann Smith and her husband, Nelson, of Edgartown and Mary Marshall and her husband, Stanley, of Vineyard Haven, as well as several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date with burial in the family lot at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Roy H. Dickerson

Roy H. Dickerson

Roy Hobbs Dickerson of Vinings, Ga., and West Tisbury, died on Feb. 28. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on April 8, 1924, and lived most of his life in metropolitan New York. He leaves behind two daughters, Lynn Stuart of Memphis, Tenn., and Ann Ogburn of Acworth, Ga., and wife, Sue Hruby, of West Tisbury. Also surviving Mr. Dickerson are four grandchildren, Katharine, Matt, Meredith and Vi, and former wife, Kit Ravenel, of Greensboro, N.C. A private memorial service was be held by the family. The family requests donations (in honor of Roy) to the John Austin Cheley Foundation, 10565 Centennial Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30022-7078.

Roy's passions included his international banking career at Citigroup, hiking, skiing, tennis, and enjoying his family. Roy graduated from Yale in 1948 after serving in the Army as a lieutenant during World War II where he served in the Pacific and with occupation forces in Japan. His subsequent career in international banking took him to every continent in the world, with country executive assignments first in London and later, Zurich. He was also proud of his role in building the growing global corporate banking business, in particular, financing Boeing during the development of the 747 and the Penn Central bankruptcy restructuring. He retired from Citigroup in 1986 after 32 years and refocused his passions on education. He was a passionate mentor to many young students in the New York City high school system as well as professional educators and businesspersons. Roy enjoyed spending time visiting with his grandchildren and being with his wife on Martha's Vineyard.

Roy was avidly interested in people and relationships. His never flagging optimism and encouragement, even in the face of adversity, will be of great inspiration to those he has left behind.

Janet J. Drummond

Janet Johnston Drummond died on Feb. 20 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, shortly before her 100th birthday. Janet left no immediate relatives. She enjoyed an extended family of Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as her dear friends Beverly and Frank Folts and other clients. Janet was a professional governess for more than 55 years.

Members of her extended family were privileged to visit with her up to her final moments. She will be remembered with enormous respect, affection, and love.

A memorial service for Janet will take place on Saturday, March 24, at 1:30 pm, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, State Road, West Tisbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the worldwide voluntary ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses may be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483.