Obituaries

Posted August 9, 2007

Winifred A. Holmes

Winifred A. Holmes, 86, of Natick, died on August 3, at the Eliot Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Facility in Natick after a long battle with diabetes.

Winifred A. (Stokes) Holmes was married to Leo G. Holmes, a research Chemist at the Natick Labs, and resided in Natick with her family over the past 41 years. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Joseph R. Stokes and Madeline (Clifton) Stokes. She was a graduate of secretarial school. She later worked at Wellesley College at Harambee House, a Black Student Organization within the Wellesley College Campus, as secretary at Harambee House, '72; then assistant director, '77; and director, '79, after serving as acting director for four months.

A painter in her own right, Winifred painted still life paintings, scenes relating to Martha's Vineyard. She won an award for one of her paintings depicting a party held at her summer home on County Road in Oak Bluffs. She was quite surprised but pleased that someone had acknowledged her artistic talent. Winifred also was an accomplished pianist, using this talent as well as painting and many other verbal talents to make Harambee House what it is today.

She is survived by son, Joel C. Holmes; daughter, Noelle (Holmes) Ellington; brother, Joseph Stokes of California; grandchild, Kevin Darrin Webster; great grandchildren, Kevin Jr., and Synai Alyse; and many loving relatives in the Clifton and Jackson families and her many lifetime friends and acquaintances.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Thursday, August 9 at 11 am. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Pacific Avenue, Oak Bluffs. A visitation period will be prior to her mass beginning at 9:30 am in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

Sidney Kaufman, M.D.

Sidney Kaufman, M.D.

Dr. Sidney Kaufman, a long-time seasonal resident of Chilmark, died on August 6. Dr. Kaufman loved the Vineyard for 40 years, relishing its climate and the people he met here. He was an avid tennis player, golfer, and bicyclist who enjoyed jokes and loved laughter. He was buried in Abel's Hill cemetery on Tuesday.

Before retiring from medicine, Dr. Kaufman was a general surgeon in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and later worked as Chief of Surgery at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. He also served in the United States Army during World War II, retiring as a Captain. Upon retirement from his medical practice, he served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, and he also took up several new pursuits, including sailboat racing on Menemsha Pond. Famous for sailing with his wife and dog, Dr. Kaufman set many international records for catboats on small race courses.

He continued to ski and to play tennis and golf into his late 80's. Breckinridge was a favorite skiing destination, particularly after his 80th birthday when lift tickets became free. Dr. Kaufman's family disagrees on whether he ever bought a new golf ball, but all agree that he never bought a brand-new golf club. He generally preferred saving money to spending it, and an excellent day on the golf links was measured in the number of balls he found while tramping in the woods. These detours had nothing to do with retrieving his own shots, which were usually in the fairway and in any case rarely traveled far enough to reach the woods. He was an enthusiastic member of Mink Meadows and the Delaire Club in Florida.

Anticipating the wellness movement, Dr. Kaufman pioneered weight control diets with his wisdom, "If it tastes good, spit it out." Flirting with hypocrisy, at least in spirit, he never lost his love of excellent corned beef sandwiches.

Dr. Kaufman was married for 54 years to Lois Sanger Kaufman, and is survived by three children, Joanne, Patricia and David; and by nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Chilmark Community Center, South Road, Chilmark, MA 02535. 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.

Richard S. Emmet

Richard S. Emmet

Noted environmentalist, lawyer, and teacher Richard S. Emmet of Westford and Chappaquonsett, husband of Alan Summersby Emmet, died on July 27, at the age of 82.

He was born in New York City on October 1, 1924, son of Helen Pratt Philbin and Richard Stockton Emmet. He was educated at St. Paul's School, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. He obtained a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He served his country in World War II in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946. He was a tax lawyer at Ropes & Gray in Boston in the 1950s and was a teacher and administrator at The Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge from 1957 to 1983. He then returned to the practice of law at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston for 14 years. Throughout his adult life, he served on boards of the Mass Audubon, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Maine Audubon, the Town of Westford, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, the Conservation Law Foundation and many more.

Richard Emmet's connection to the Vineyard extended back more than 60 years. His mother, Helen Philbin was responsible for the donation to the Town of Aquinnah of the beach that bears her name. He and his family spent many happy summers at their home at Chappaquonsett, where they gave a conservation restriction protecting 16 acres in 2003. Through gifts of land and conservation restrictions, he also preserved large areas of fast-growing Westford where he served as a selectman for many years. His most substantial land conservation achievement came in working with Ducks Unlimited and other organizations, when he helped to conserve nearly 13,000 acres of land in low-country South Carolina in the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto River Basin, one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. On Martha's Vineyard, he recognized the need for a strong environmental legal defense voice and supported the environmental advocacy work of the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS). VCS Executive Director Brendan O'Neill said, "Dick Emmet provided counsel on many of the major environmental and land use disputes this Island confronted over the last 20 years. We will miss his thoughtful guidance."

His interest in advocacy and community service extended to human affairs as well as the environment. In 1965, he joined Dr. Martin Luther King's march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, protesting segregation. He also served as a vestryman at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord and Saint Mark's Episcopal Parish in Westford. He attended Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven during the summer. He took great pride in his Irish heritage as a descendant of Thomas Addis Emmet, a lawyer and doctor in Dublin and later New York who was active in the cause of Irish independence in the late 1700s. Thomas Emmet was the elder brother of the Irish nationalist revolutionary Robert Emmet, executed by the British in 1803. Dick Emmet traveled to Ireland in 2003 to participate in Robert Emmet bicentenary activities. He was a talented organic gardener, a champion oarsman on the Harvard crew in the late 1940s, and he raced a single shell in the Head of the Charles regatta each year until the late 1980s. He was an avid sailor and swimmer and ornithologist. In his later years, he carved and painted hundreds of wooden birds. His love of the land and sea filled his days wherever he was. Each day on the Vineyard would start with a dawn walk to watch birds at Quansoo, Squibnocket or out on the Great Plains and an early morning swim and row down the Sound. After a few hours carving birds in his studio, the morning would always end with a long swim down and back to the opening of Tashmoo. Afternoons would be devoted to sailing, reading, and more bird carving. Evenings would be spent with family and friends over a quiet dinner, often including storytelling and singing. Richard Emmet was a man of grace and conviction. He led a full and thoughtful life and was loved by many. He strove to make the world a better place and succeeded admirably in that quest. Besides his wife Alan, he is survived by a daughter, Caroline (Emmet) Heald of Alexandria, Va.; two sons, Henry Temple Emmet of Groton, and William Temple Emmet of New Haven, Conn.; and six grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Katharine Temple Emmet of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and three brothers, Robert Emmet, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, David Schroeder of Bedford, N.H., and Harry Schroeder of Key West, Fla. He is predeceased by his sister, Jane Emmet Drake; and his brother, William Temple Emmet, who was killed in World War II. A funeral service was held in Cambridge. Memorial contributions may be made to: Mass Audubon, 208 So. Great Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773; Conservation Law Foundation, 62 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110; and Emerson Hospital, 131 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742.

Helen E. Tiedt

Mrs. Helen "Betty" E. Tiedt, 87 years, of Vineyard Haven, formerly of Saugus, died on August 6 unexpectedly at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of Carl W. Tiedt.

Born in Lowell and raised in Waltham, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lela V. (Sullivan) Paul. A World War II United States Navy veteran, Mrs. Tiedt was a long-time member of the Cliftondale Congregational Church in Saugus where she participated in the Acacia Group. A teacher for many years and a member of the National Education Association, she taught in the Waltham, Swampscott, Middletown, R.I., and Newfoundland school systems. Mrs. Tiedt summered for 30 years on Lake Winnipesaukee and wintered for 20 years in Boynton Beach, Fla. Residents of Saugus since 1965, the Tiedts moved to Martha's Vineyard just three months ago.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter; Helen A. Anderson and her husband John of Vineyard Haven, one granddaughter; Elizabeth A. Anderson of Saugus. She was predeceased by her son, Carl W. Tiedt, Jr.; and her siblings, Isabel Corkum, Charles Paul, and Rhoda Bixby.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 10, 10 am, in the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex Street, Saugus. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm, in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus. Interment will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in West Peabody.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex St., Saugus, MA 01906. For directions www.bisbeeporcella.com.