Obituaries

Posted September 27, 2007

Edmond A. Botelho

Edmond A. Botelho, Jr. age 54 of Falmouth, died unexpectedly on Sept. 16, at his home in E. Falmouth.

Born in Wareham, he is the son of Edmond A. Botelho of Falmouth and Regina F. (Cunningham). He was a lifelong resident of Falmouth.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Edmond worked as a shellfisherman and a house painter and was known as the Mayor of Washburn's Island. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and the outdoors.

Besides his father, he leaves two daughters, Jasara and Amanda Botelho, both of Falmouth; two grandchildren Braedyn Wayman and Aeva Perekrests; two brothers, Robert of E. Falmouth and William of Colorado; two sisters, Karen Botelho of N. Falmouth and Paula Botelho-Peters, and her husband, Tim Peters, of Oak Bluffs. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 21 at St. Anthony's Church in E. Falmouth. Burial followed at St. Anthony's Cemetery.

A benefit was held at St. Anthony's Club on Brick Kiln Road in E. Falmouth on Sunday, Sept. 23. Memorial donations may be made to Edmond A. Botelho Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America, 871 Main St. Falmouth, MA 02540, Act# 0046-1476-3988.

Paul A. Morrell

Paul Anthony Morrell, 59, of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Oak Bluffs died on Sept. 21 at home, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with ALS. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times. Visit the family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.

Wesley R. Winton

Wesley R. Winton

Wesley R. Winton, 63 years old, of Vineyard Haven died on May 30 in Boston after a long illness. He was born on Oct. 16, 1943 in Taunton, and went to school in Mansfield. Then he served in the Army as a sharpshooter with field artillery. He moved to Martha's Vineyard in the late 1960s.

He was a mason by trade and worked for many Island contractors, such as Ed Pina, Fred Thifault, Mike Reynolds, and also the Tisbury Dept. of Public Works. He was also self-employed at times.

He enjoyed dancing, shellfishing, building ship models and beer can mobile airplanes and mechanical figures, and riding the bus.

His survivors include his mother, Gertrude Barre Arissiths of Mansfield and Bonita Springs, Fla.; two daughters, Lisa Marie Winton of Providence, R.I., and Heather Mota of South Attleboro; grandson Julian Mota; two sisters, Marie McKay of East Providence, R.I., and Patricia Lestan of Mansfield; brother Ted Wischki of Bonita Springs, Fla.; common-law wife Muriel Moreis of Oak Bluffs; and good friend Marcia Weir of Vineyard Haven.

There will be a graveside service in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven on Oct. 13 at 12 noon, and immediately following there will be a potluck memorial dance at the Holy Ghost Society in Oak Bluffs. Please bring your old photos, stories, and your dancing shoes.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to "W.W. Kids Without Dads" scholarship fund, c/o Bank of Martha's Vineyard, P.O. Box 2151, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Mary M. Walker

Mary M. Walker

Popular resident Mary Maloy Walker of Vineyard Haven, beloved wife of Richard L. Walker, and loving mother of Hamilton Walker, died on Sept 20, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Mary was born April 10, 1957 in Denver, Colo., and was the fifth child of Bernard Francis and Patricia H. Maloy. Her family moved to Spring Lake, N.J., in 1963 where she attended St. Catherine's Grammar School. After another family move to Washington, D.C., Mary graduated from St. Patrick's Academy High School in 1975. She then took training to become a travel agent.

Mary worked for Travel Central in the Washington, D.C. area for several years before moving to St. Croix, USVI in the early 1980s. Her field of work allowed her to travel extensively around the United States and abroad. It was in St. Croix that Mary met her future husband, Richard L. Walker "Richie" of Boston, while working as a charter boat chef, waitress, and travel agent. She married Richie in 1991, and moved to Vineyard Haven permanently in 1992.

Mary continued working in the travel field until her son Hamilton was born in 1997. Mary joined the Steamship Authority working in the reservations department at the Airport location for ten years. She loved the proximity to the Tennis Center, where Mary became a member and an avid tennis player.

Mary brought passion, flair, and great fun to her many interests, which included painting, cooking, gardening, dancing, and tennis. She will be remembered for her remarkable enthusiasm, storytelling, and humor.

Mary was always active in charitable work and causes helping others. She and her family delivered Thanksgiving meals for Meals on Wheels. She participated in tennis matches benefiting The Vineyard House, a residential facility for people working on recovery from substance abuse. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish. In 2001 she assisted in organizing emergency supplies sent off-Island to New York City, aiding rescue workers after the 9/11 tragedy.

Mary is survived by her husband of 16 years, Rich; and son, Hamilton of Vineyard Haven. She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard and Patricia, along with brothers Michael and Bernard Patrick. Family survivors include sisters, Theresa Steffens of Washington, Mo., and Maggie McCullough of Chevy Chase, Md.; brothers, Mark G. Maloy of Concord, Calif., and John Maloy of Silver Spring, Md.; sisters- in-law Nora Maloy of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Edith Walker of Boston; 14 nieces and nephews, 3 great nieces and two grand nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Massasoit Avenue in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers and other gifts, Mary requested that donations be made to the Vineyard House Inc., P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.