Obituary : Ronald B. Jeffers
Ronald B. Jeffers, 73, of Aquinnah died Friday morning, July 17, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of Jeananne (Beattie) Jeffers who predeceased him in August of 2007. Jeananne was the former town clerk of Aquinnah. At the time of her death, they had been for married 37 years.
Ronald was born on September 27, 1935 in Oak Bluffs, the son of Otis P. Jeffers Sr. and Thelma Randolph, both Island natives. He was educated through the Oak Bluffs School system and graduated from the Oak Bluffs High School. After graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force for four years and then returned to Martha's Vineyard.
Ron worked as a painter for a while and retired from the state as a supervisor for the Highway Department in 1992.
Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren, who called him Ga," and watching them play baseball. He was a very dedicated grandfather.
He was the father of Audrey Jeffers-Mayhew (and her fiancée, Tony Oliver) and Michael Gilman, both of Aquinnah, and the grandfather of Paul Henry and Peyton. He is also survived by his brother, Otis P. Jeffers Jr. of Hollywood, Fla. and Vineyard Haven; an aunt, Hazel Haskins of Washington, and a nephew, Otis P. Jeffers III and his family of Oak Bluffs, and several nieces and nephews. A special friend he found in Carl Widdiss, who he affectionately called "Bonehead" and liked talking to and spending time with.
A graveside service for the burial of his remains will be held on Saturday, August 1, at 11 am in the Gay Head Cemetery in Aquinnah officiated by the Rev. Roger Spinney and military honors provided by the Veterans of M.V.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Vineyard Nursing Assoc., P.O. Box 399, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Please visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.