Fathers and their children – a family business needs family

Kim Baptiste, right, worked for his dad Lester senior running Tashmoo Boatyard in Vineyard Haven. Carrying on the family tradition, Michael Baptiste, on the left, works for his father, Kim. Michael has been on the job for nine years, since high school. He said,  "I have learned a lot from my father. It's been great, a lot of fun, I like keeping the generations going."
Photo by Tony Omer

Kim Baptiste, right, worked for his dad Lester senior running Tashmoo Boatyard in Vineyard Haven. Carrying on the family tradition, Michael Baptiste, on the left, works for his father, Kim. Michael has been on the job for nine years, since high school. He said, "I have learned a lot from my father. It's been great, a lot of fun, I like keeping the generations going."

This Sunday, June 17, the nation will celebrate Father’s Day. For a select group of sons and daughters who work with or for their dad, most every day is Father’s Day.

Leonard “Lenny” Beford of West Tisbury has been hanging sheet rock and throwing plaster on walls for 41 years. His son, 28-year-old Lenny Jr., has worked for his dad since high school.

The Befords reeled off a list of Island fathers who work with their children. In celebration of Father’s Day The Times has collected photographs of some of those father-child teams.

Fathers Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. According to Wikipedia, the first Father’s Day was in response to the success of Mother’s Day. In 1910 Sonora Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Wash. whose father, a Civil War veteran and single parent who had raised six children, heard a sermon about Mother’s Day and thought that fathers deserved a day of their own.