Obituaries

Posted June 28, 2007

Clara S. Claiborne

Clara S. Claiborne, 85, of Sarasota, Fla., died on June 6, at Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care House in Sarasota. Known by many as Claire, she was born on January 30, 1922 in Tampa, Fla., to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Claiborne, Sr. In Claire's very early years her family relocated to Pensacola, Fla., where she was raised with one sister and three brothers, all of whom predeceased her. After obtaining her high school diploma in Pensacola, Claire was accepted by Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, where she obtained her bachelor's degree. In 1945 Claire relocated to New York City, where she attended Columbia University and was awarded a Master of Arts degree on June 8, 1950. For more than 40 years Claire worked as a teacher and later as an administrator of early childhood education programs in New York City. As such, until her death she remained a member of the Council of Supervisors and Administrators of the City of New York. The vast majority of her career was spent at the Union Settlement Association in New York. Claire retired in 1987 at which time she relocated to Sarasota, Fla. Since that time she has spent her winters in Sarasota and her summers on the Island with her special friend Ann Funn, by whom she is survived.

Claire's favorite activities were fishing, golf, traveling, and displaying her outstanding skills as a gourmet cook. She was a founding member of the Sarasota Duplicate Bridge Club and until her death she remained active in the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).

Other survivors include nieces, Dr. Frances Claiborne Henderson of Jackson, Miss., Barbara Hicks of New Orleans, La.; nephew Leo Claiborne, Jr., of New York City; cousins Dorothy McCray of Pensacola, Fla., Katherlyn and Carl Harrison of East Windsor, Conn., and Martha's Vineyard, Evelyn DuBose of Avon, Conn., and Pensacola, Fla., Jeanette DuBose of Los Angeles; and a host of grand nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.

Funeral services were held in Sarasota on June 12. A graveside service will take place at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Pacific Avenue, Oak Bluffs on Thursday, June 28, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Negro College Fund, to Florida A & M University Foundation, Tallahassee, FAAL 32307 or to ASALH Scholarship Fund, Manasota Branch, P.O. Box 2356, Sarasota, FL 34230. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.

Lane and Patricia Lovell

A memorial service for Lane and Patricia (White) Lovell will be held on Saturday, June 30, 11 am at the Federated Church, S. Summer Street, Edgartown. Patty Lovell died on Jan. 10 of this year and her husband, Lane died in 1998. The Rev. Jerry Fritz will lead a memorial service in celebration of and thanksgiving for Patty Lovell's life, and for her husband Lane Lovell. Mr. Lovell requested no ceremony at the time of his death. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Lawrence R. Enos

Lawrence R. Enos

Lawrence Robert "Larry" Enos died March 29, in Lamar County in the Town of Sulligent, Ala. He was 60 years old.

He was born November 26, 1946 in Oak Bluffs, the son of John Joseph Enos and Matilda Grace (Medeiros) Enos. He attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in childhood and the New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church as an adult. Mr. Enos was graduated from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in 1964, where he played golf and was a black belt in Karate.

Mr. Enos owned and operated several businesses in Dukes County and Lamar County in Alabama. He loved Elvis Presley and was well-known for his Elvis Presley sideburns.

Mr. Enos marched in the Portuguese-American parade, where he carried the Portuguese flag alongside of his father, John, who carried the American flag. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, especially his Triumph 500 in earlier years and his Honda that he rode up until four weeks before his death. Larry was also an avid sportsman in both fish and game.

He is survived by his son, Scott Joseph Enos Amaral of West Tisbury; a daughter, Sheryl Marie Enos of West Tisbury; his grandchildren, Richard Lupo, Jr., Daniel Defoe, Ryan Amaral, and Michelle Amaral; a step-son, Jay Leonardo of Sumerton, Ala.; a step-daughter, Kim Leonardo of Edgartown; several step-grandchildren; a brother John Correia and his wife, Ione, of Albany, Ore; two cousins, Patrisha Suchy and her husband, James, of Pensacola, and Anna Duarte of Oak Bluffs. His parents and brother, Robert Lawrence Enos, predeceased him.

His graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 1 pm in Oak Grove Cemetery, Pacific Avenue, Oak Bluffs officiated by the Rev. Alden Besse. A celebration of his life will follow in the Portuguese-American Club from 2 to 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Portuguese-American Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Local 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.

Earl J. Hayden

Earl J. Hayden, 83 years old, of Westfield, died on June 23 at a local nursing home. Born in Westfield, he was a member of the Wyben Union Church.

The Haydens were summer residents of Edgartown. Earl was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge of Westfield, and a past patron of the Golden Chapter of the Eastern Star.

He was a graduate of the Massachusetts Trade Shop School in Boston, and was employed for 40 years as an electrical contractor, and retired in 1989. Earl also served as the electrical inspector of the town of Montgomery.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elsie (Sternberg) Hayden; a son, Wallace E. II, of Westfield; two daughters, Frances Wackerbarth of Granville, and Clara Pinkham of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and his sister Eloise Adair, of Westfield.

Earl also leaves 11 beloved grandchildren: Christopher, Dawn, Tiffany, Charles, Cassandra, John, Mark, James, Sara, Nicholas, Lydia, and five great grandchildren.

The funeral was held on June 27, at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, Westfield. Burial followed at Middle Farms Cemetery, also in Westfield. Donations may be made to the Wyben Union Church, 678 Montgomery Rd., Westfield, MA 01085.

Tamara J. Pine-Willett

Tamara J. Pine-Willett

Tamara "Tami" June Pine-Willett, 46, born December 22, 1960, in Oak Bluffs, died at her home in Edgartown on June 8, with her family at her side.

Tami's Island ties go back for generations. Her paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Pine came from the Azores to the Vineyard in the 1800's on the "Bark Morningstar," a whaling ship. Her maternal great-grandfather worked for the State out of Fort Devens as a steamroller operator and paved the first roads on Martha's Vineyard.

Tami was a private person who loved life. She was beautiful inside and out. Asking no more of life than to be loved, to be respected and to be cared for. If you were her friend it was forever.

Tami was the sole proprietor of Pine Real Estate, which specialized in summer vacation rentals. She enjoyed her contact with her homeowners and clients, taking pride in representing them to the best of her ability.

Tami as a young girl excelled in the equestrian field, whether it be jumping, dressage or western competition. She attended two years of high school at Stoneleigh Burnham in Greenfield and was graduated from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Culinary Arts Program.

Tami's abilities and interests were wide. She was an entrepreneur and enjoyed the challenge of a new business or profession. After working in the culinary field at Anthony's Restaurant, the Home Port, and catering, she opened "Cafe Tami" located at Pine Village Shoppes.

Relocating to Florida, she became an ophthalmologist assistant, first at Venice Eye Institute, then at Jaffe Eye Institute in Del Ray Beach. On returning to the Vineyard she worked for Richard McNulty, DDS as a dental assistant. Continuing her interest in learning new professions she became a real estate agent at Ocean Park Realty, branching out on her own, starting Pine Real Estate and obtaining her brokers license.

Tami's days were filled loving and caring for her devoted Chihuahua and special friend "Harley". She loved the time she spent with her two daughters, grandchildren, family and childhood friend, "Val." She especially enjoyed the time spent with three generations (Grandmother, mother and daughters) playing tennis together.

Tami was very athletic, enjoying walking, hiking, exercising and roller skating with her husband Greg. Her vegetable and flower gardens were always to be envied.

Tami was the loving caregiver of her Chihuahua "Harley"; wife of Gregory Willett of Edgartown; mother of Amanda [Rebello] and her husband, Keith Fenner of Chilmark and Tiffany Rebello and her friend, Adam Robinson of Vineyard Haven; grandmother of Tegan Morrison and Laila Bea Fenner; daughter of Ronald J. and June Pine of Cape Coral, Fla., and Vineyard Haven; sister of Ronald E. and his wife, Janet Pine of Vineyard Haven and David and his wife, Terry Pothier of Oak Bluffs; aunt of Janelle and Jade Pine and DJ and Jena Pothier; niece of Annette Smith of Edgartown; stepmother of Craig Willett of S. Windsor, Conn., Kendra and Steve of Plymouth, Danielle Willett of Boston and Brandon of Edgartown; step-grandmother of Andrew and Nicole Willett, Gabriella and Annalise Lopes, Danielle and Brandon Willett. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Everett ("Spider and Bea") Merrill and John and Loretta Pine ("Piney").

Her funeral was held on June 12, in St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown and burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven. Donations may be made in her memory to Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, or Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or to the Samantha Cassidy Fund, c/o Dukes County Savings Bank, P.O. Box 1069, Edgartown, MA 02539. Arrangements were 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.

Horace E. Wadsworth, Jr.

Horace E. Wadsworth, Jr.

Horace E. Wadsworth, Jr., of Oak Bluffs, died June 21, at the age of 79. He was born on December 13, 1927, in Suffern, N.Y., to Dorothy Greene Wadsworth and Horace E. Wadsworth, Sr. He was raised in Nyack, N.Y., and attended the Nyack schools. He enlisted in the Army as soon as he finished high school, and served in World War II. He thereafter attended University of Vermont, graduating with a biochemical degree.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carolyn Doty Wadsworth; his daughters Robin and Heather of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; his son Michael Sr.; grandson Michael Jr.; and granddaughter Rachel, all of Flemington, N.J., and his dog Lucy. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Schupner; and numerous nephews and a niece.

Horace worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, before becoming a real estate broker. He then opened Exurban Travel Agency, in Nanuet, N.Y., in 1975, specializing in cruises, which he loved. He retired in 2003 to move to the Vineyard.

He was an active member of the Young Republican Club of Rockland County in the mid 1960s.

He was an avid Yankee fan but was quite tolerant of his Red Sox neighbors.

He is best remembered for his sharp and witty sense of humor, his positive outlook, and thoughtfulness. Through several serious illnesses, he never lost this sense of humor. He retained his strong spirit for life and his tenacity to overcome these challenges. This fight for life was an inspiration to those who knew him.

He was so happy living here on the Island and in particular the community of the Campground. His son Michael felt that this was responsible for his new-found sense of peace over these last three years, and especially since his last illness.

Horace had a wonderful sense of creativity, which was expressed through many years of gourmet cooking for friends and family. He was well known for his elaborate and sumptuous Christmas Eve parties.

One of Horace's loves in life was traveling and meeting people, and he and his best friend Bill Blakesley recently took a 16-day river cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna. One of the highlights of this trip was being taken to the home of a Viennese family and getting to know them.

His funeral service was held on June 25, in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Edgartown, officiated by the Rev. Bob Edmunds and burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Bluffs.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Camp-Meeting Association Tabernacle Restoration Fund, P.O. 367, Oak Bluffs, Ma 02557. Arrangements were 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.

Louise A. Kernick

A graveside service for Louise Athearn Kernick of West Tisbury, who died on June 2, will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 11 am at the West Tisbury Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited. Donations in her name would be warmly received to benefit and honor the dedicated nursing staff at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, through a contribution to the hospital's fund raising campaign, Martha's Vineyard Hospital Building Fund, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, or to the West Tisbury Firemen's Association, P.O. Box 278, West Tisbury, MA 02575 to show appreciation for their continued acts of heroism and kindness. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.