Obituaries

Posted June 14, 2007

Alice Shapiro

Alice (Issokson) Shapiro of Newton died on May 29. She was survived by her sister Doris Shumrak of Natick, sister-in-law Pearl Issokson of Vineyard Haven, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Shapiro, and her brother, Yale Issokson.

Donations in her memory may be made to Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, P.O. Box 692, Vineyard Haven, MA. 02568, or to the charity of your choice.

Ruth M. Merrill

Ruth M. (Meader) Merrill of the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs died on June 8, at her home. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald G. Merrill. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549 or to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, P.O. Box 1379 both in Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information. A full obituary will appear in a future edition.

Eve Berry

Eve (Lear) Berry, 85, of Havenside in Vineyard Haven died on June 10 at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Curtis Berry.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

W. Burnham Litchfield

W. Burnham Litchfield died on Sunday, June 10. In his 98 years, Bud lived a full life. He was born in New Canaan, Conn., to Electus Darwin and Elisabeth Litchfield. He grew up in New York City and attended Choate, Kent, and Johns Hopkins.

Bud was always an adventurer, whether going out to sea on the Henry Ford fishing schooner as a teenager and racing against the Blue Nose or driving alone to the tip of South America in his mid eighties.

In the 1930s, he worked for PanAm and Sikorsky in South American in various positions, and was the first one to fly a single engine airplane over the Andes.

Just before the start of World War II, he was an exchange pilot from PanAm with Lufthansa Airlines in Germany. He joined the marines in World War II and was sent to the Philippines to re-commission captured airports to U.S. military use.

In 1943, he married Jacqueline Story and moved to his parent's summer home on Martha's Vineyard to convert the airport for commercial use. He additionally ran a charter flight service, a fiberglass company, and car dealership.

He moved to Bermuda and raced Internationals as well as a cruising class boat and after moved to Northeast Harbor, where he was an active member of the Fleet. He was an avid inventor, traveler, backgammon player, pilot, and sailor, and always had a twinkle in his eye. He was a life Member of the New York Union Club. Bud was predeceased by wife Jacqueline Story Litchfield and special friend Eleanor Lippincott.

He is survived by daughters, Betsy Cetron of Bondville, Vermont and Story Litchfield of Northeast Harbor, son-in-law Ted Cetron, and grandchildren Jaime Cetron, Rob Cetron, Adam Wibby, and Colin Wibby.

Contributions can be made in his memory to the Mount Desert Island Nursing Association or local charity of your choice. A celebration of his life will be held later this summer. Arrangements made by Jordan-Fernald, 48 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME., 04660. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.