Posted October 18, 2007

William J. Nicholson III

William J. Nicholson III

William J. Nicholson III (Bill) died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 2.

Bill was born in Plymouth N.C., and raised in Kinston N.C., spending his summers at Morehead City with his sisters. Bill cherished his family growing up and maintained close contact with his siblings.

He attended Granger Community College and upon graduation enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Bill was a southern gentleman through and through and he relished sharing stories of his years in North Carolina and in the Air Force. He was an avid sportsman in fishing and hunting, but his greatest passion was Civil War history. He attended and participated in many shows and marched in the local parades here on the Vineyard, representing those who gave their lives in that war.

His faith in his Lord took many forms on Martha's Vineyard, as an elder of a church, a man amongst the people and one in search of truth, always understanding it was a personal relationship with his Lord Jesus Christ. He taught us all lessons through his stories and anecdotes.

Bill will be missed by all who knew him. He was a unique person who brought joy and comfort to many. He was a loyal friend and his individuality shone like a bright light. He will live long in our hearts.

Bill leaves behind his wife of almost 19 years, Jo-Anne; his five children, Will, Caleb and his wife Melissa and their son Wyatt and another child on the way, Meghan, Jared and his wife Rhian and their daughter Jaelyn Marie, and Jesse. Bill also leaves behind three sisters, Mary, Peggy, and Molly, and many nieces and nephews, which include the McCarthy and Fragosa clans.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 9 at Faith Community Church in Edgartown.

Donations may be made in his memory to Veterans of America, Vietnam Vet, 8605 Cameron St. Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Antone V. Lima

Antone V. Lima died on Oct. 17, at his home in Vineyard Haven. He was 81. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 am in Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven. Visiting hours in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs are Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 pm. Visit for online guest book and information. A full obituary will appear in a future edition.

John Morelli

John Morelli died on Oct. 17 at his home in Chilmark. Funeral arrangements are pending. Call Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home at 508-693-1495, or visit for information.

Emily N. Magnuson

Emily Norton Magnuson, a lifelong resident of West Tisbury, died on Oct. 12, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

Mrs. Magnuson was born at home at Buttonwood Farm in West Tisbury on April 25, 1917, the youngest of four children born to Frank and Florence C. Baker Norton.

She graduated from Tisbury High School and attended St. Luke's Nursing School in New Bedford for a short time. She returned to the Island and worked at the Mansion House before marrying Carl E. Magnuson in 1938. They lived in their house on State Road until his death in 1975 and she continued living there until she entered Windemere Nursing in 2004.

As her two children, Linda and Eric, grew older she began working summers at the Homeport Restaurant in Chilmark as their salad chef. When the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School opened in 1962 she started working as a cook in the cafeteria and worked there for 25 years.

Mrs. Magnuson enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren who lived here on the Island and also her grandchildren and great-children who visited from off-Island frequently. Her hobby was cooking and she always had wonderful food for her family to enjoy when they visited.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda M. Hearn and her husband Glenn; and her son, Carl Eric Magnuson Jr., and his wife Debby, all of West Tisbury. She is also survived by her grandchildren - Mark Hearn, Susan Collins, Laura Caruso, Sara Dexter, and Eric Magnuson - and ten great-children.

Her graveside service was held in the West Tisbury Cemetery, on Oct. 15.

Donations may be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, N. Canton, OH 44720 or the West Tisbury Library Construction Fund, P.O. Box 190, W. Tisbury, MA 02575.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Beulah T. Callaghan

Beulah Tingley Callaghan of Oak Bluffs and Venice, Fla., died on Oct. 11, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

She was the widow of Joseph F. Callaghan and the only child of Ralph and Bertha (Anderton) Tingley.

She was born in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 9, 1917, and was a graduate of Hope High School. She attended Edgewood Secretarial School.

She worked for an insurance company before staying at home to raise her family. The family lived in Southborough for forty years and Ms. Callaghan returned to work after her children had grown. She was on the Southborough Library board of trustees.

Ms. Callaghan wintered in Venice, Fla., and summered on Martha's Vineyard in the Campground, where she had been visiting since a child and her ancestors had been for generations before.

She was a member of the Historical Societies of Rhode Island and Edgartown, and enjoyed playing bridge and reading.

She is survived by her three daughters, Jo Callaghan of Narragansett, R.I., Joyce Cooper of Oak Bluffs, and Janice Callaghan of Dorsett, Vt.; and her son, Edward Callaghan of Fairbanks, Ark.

Ms. Callaghan's funeral service and burial will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to the Meeting Street School, 667 Waterman Avenue, E. Providence, RI 02914.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.

Ruby M. Downie

Ruby M. Downie

Ruby Margaret Downie, 88, formerly of Franklin Terrace in Vineyard Haven and resident of Windemere Nursing Home, died on Oct. 11, at Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a period of failing health.

Ms. Downie was the widow of Owen Downie and the daughter of Roy and Roberta (Colter) Dickson. She was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada on March 21, 1919 and was educated and attended a bookkeeping school there after high school.

She came to the Unites States in the late 1930s and settled on Martha's Vineyard and worked in the office at the Mansion House. After being married, Ruby and Owen moved to St. Clair Shores in Michigan for many years. They returned to the Vineyard in 1984 and lived in Vineyard Haven, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Ruby was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, both on Martha's Vineyard and in Michigan.

Ruby enjoyed crossword puzzles, ceramics, and crafts, but most of all she loved and enjoyed her family. She headed the volunteer program at the hospital and the Tree of Lights.

She is survived by her brother, Arthur Dickson and his wife, Priscilla of Vineyard Haven. She was predeceased by her siblings, Marven Dickson, Vera Matheson, Ilda Downie, George Dickson, Janet Robertson and Betty Brown.

Her graveside service was held on Oct. 15 in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Vineyard Haven, officiated by the Rev. Roger Spinney. Donations may be made in her memory to the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, either to the volunteer fund or to the Tree of Lights, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.