Obituaries

Posted December 6, 2007

John C. Nevin

John C. Nevin of Edgartown died on Nov. 30, at the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven. He was 86. A memorial service for John will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at 12 noon in St. Andrew's Church located on N. Summer Street in Edgartown. The Rev. Robert Edmunds will officiate. A gathering of family and friends will be held in the parish hall immediately following the service. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of The Times. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.

Priscilla K. Vincent
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Priscilla K. Vincent

Priscilla Keiper Vincent, 55, of Niskayuna, N.Y., died on Nov. 22, at Ellis Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She fought a courageous battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her loving husband William E.B. Vincent and their daughter Katie of Niskayuna, N.Y.; and by her sister, Sara Keiper of Philadelphia, Pa.; and her brother-in-law, Robert W. Vincent of Schenectady, N.Y.

She was the daughter of the late Calvin and Nancy Alexander Keiper and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady, N.Y.

Priscilla and Bill grew up as next-door neighbors and high school sweethearts and marked their 28th wedding anniversary on Nov. 3rd of this year. She was the daughter-in-law of Burton and Natalie Brown Vincent of Chilmark. Priscilla began her Chilmark visits in 1970 and they continued for the rest of her life. She enjoyed her annual visits to the family home, the Lucy Vincent house on South Road that they shared with Bill's brother, Robert Vincent. She also shared the brothers' pride in their longtime Chilmark history and in preservation of the historic house. She was a quiet person of faith and with devotion to her family. All who knew her will miss her.

A funeral was held in Schenectady, N.Y., and interment was at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark on Nov. 30.

Donations may be made to the breast cancer research and awareness foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure at www.komen.org or mailed to 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75344.

Jonathan Sawyer III

Jonathan Sawyer III of Brookline died unexpectedly on Nov. 21. Jon was born in Boston and was raised in Edgartown. His occupation for over 20 years was with the Vineyard Gazette as a Linotype printer and was currently employed by Boston College. For many years he was a volunteer firefighter for the Edgartown Fire Department. Jonathan is survived by his wife, Helene Markey; his three children, Thomas and his wife Beth, Susan (Schofield) and her husband Shawn all of Martha's Vineyard, and Aaron Sawyer of Brookline; his sisters Jennifer Stix of Vineyard Haven and Jessica Sawyer of Rockville, Md. Jon had five grandchildren, Shane, Shivonne and Spencer Schofield and Ryan and Meghan Sawyer. He will be dearly missed by his niece Emily and nephew Jeff as well as his extended family, the Thurmonds, Swinchatts, Markeys, and Sewards.

Jon was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox from 1941 to 2007 and was elated to have been a part of Red Sox Nation for both World Series.

A funeral was held on Nov. 26 and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Chestnut Hill. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Jon's name to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445 or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 120 Wall, 19th Floor, NY, NY 10005. www.lawlerfuneralhome.com

Patricia A. Mathews
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Patricia A. Mathews

Patricia Anne Mathews was born in Providence, R.I., on May 21, 1936 to George H. and Dorothy Stockett, and was the granddaughter of Joseph G. and Ethel LeCount.

She was very proud of her family, Keith Mathews and wife Maria, Kevin Mathews and wife Maryann; her grandchildren Keira, Janel and husband Kyle, Crystal, Michael, Kevin Jr., Antonio and her great grandchildren, Jakhi and Khalil. Her Partner of 27 years, Kenneth Gross, family and friends will remember her with love and affection.

She attended Boston University and had a career that was far-reaching. As deputy director of the Urban League of R.I., she advocated fair employment practices and community involvement. She later served as a staff member under the former Governor of Rhode Island, J. Joseph Garrahy.

Patricia retired from state service as chief public information officer for the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Among the many issues that she worked on were the rewriting of Minority Business Enterprise Order and the creation of a program for Southeast Asians to grow produce; she also worked to start a drop-in center for the youth of the city of East Providence, R.I.

Her grandfather, Joseph G. LeCount, was a staunch supporter of the NAACP-Providence Branch, and so it was no wonder that she developed Black History Classes while working as a Program Development Adviser at Rhode Island College.

She was a founding member of the Providence Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the East Providence Community Center. She was a former board member of John Hope Settlement House, MAP (Minority Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitative Services), Children's Museum; community service leader with RI CORE, Providence Shelter, United Way, South Providence Tutorial, Leadership Rhode Island, Community College of Rhode Island, OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center), R.I. Commission on Women, and many other various community advocacy organizations.

During her time on Martha's Vineyard she became endeared for her enthusiasm for "getting the job done". She was Treasurer of the local chapter of the ASALH (The Association for the Study of African American Life and History); and a member of the Friends of Nathan Mayhew Seminars, a postsecondary educational institution.

She believed that it "takes a village to raise a child" and was driven to do whatever she could for Rhode Island and her community. Her commitment to community service, compassion for all and Christian beliefs were acknowledged with many awards and scores of recognition, however she was most proud of the countless hearts and minds that she was able to touch by shared respect and caring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to her favorite charities will be appreciated: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Providence Alumnae Chapter, P.O. Box 40175, Providence, RI 02940; Urban League of Rhode Island, 246 Prairie Avenue, Providence, RI 02905-2397; NAACP-Providence Branch, P.O. Box 5767, Providence, RI 02903, and/or the NAACP of Martha's Vineyard Branch, P.O. Box 1513, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt appreciation to everyone for all of their prayers and support during this very difficult time.