Frank A. Pachico Jr.


Frank A. Pachico Jr. of West Tisbury died on Sunday evening, September 12, 2010 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.

Frank was a native of Martha’s Vineyard, born on April 2, 1933 at home in Vineyard Haven.

Frank was a painter, a carpenter, and a caretaker for many Island homes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially spending countless hours working in his garden. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren.

He is survived by his three sons — Charles, Wayne, and Gregory — and his wife, Heidi. He leaves behind his brothers: Donald Pachico and his wife, Judy, and Melvin Pachico and his wife, Judy; his sisters: Sylvia Metell and her husband, Arthur, Linda Fullin and her husband, Timothy, and Susan Jackson and her husband, Peter.

“PopPop” is survived by his loving grandchildren, Michael, Nicole, Samantha, Shaina, Amanda, and Andrea, all of whom live on the Island. His brother and sisters-in-law, Roger Sylva and his wife, Gloria, Donna Tompkins and her husband, Walter, and Esther McCracken; and several nieces and nephews.

Frank was predeceased by his loving wife, Katherine; his parents, Frank Pachico Sr. and Gladys (Brooks) Pachico; his sister, Lillian Burovac and his brother-in-law Leland “Sonny” Sylva.

Frank served in the armed forces in the Army from 1953 to 1955 while stationed in Germany.

A graveside service will be held in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven, on Friday, September 17 at 11 am, officiated by the Rev. Michael Nagle. Military honors are provided by the Veterans of M.V. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Hospice of M.V., P.O. Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.