John Stauffer Potter Jr.


John Stauffer Potter Jr. died unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4. He was 89.

John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, businessman, author, treasure diver, and East Chop icon whose exploits, both past and present, kept many people continuously entertained.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Coles Potter; his sister, Patricia Chapman; his three sons and their spouses, John S. Potter III and Susan Silverstein Potter, William N.H. Potter and Kerry Quinlan Potter, and Robert L.C. Potter and Deborah Holtzer Potter; and five grandchildren, Charlotte Potter, Samantha Potter, Chesca Potter, Max Potter, and Zak Potter; and many friends and fans of his interesting life. His parents, John Stauffer Potter and Edna Lee Potter, predeceased him.

A private visitation is pending and a full celebration of his life will be conducted in the summer, at a date to be determined. After cremation, his ashes will be spread in two areas that he loved most — East Chop and near the Atocha, a treasure ship his book helped to locate in the waters near Key West, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in John’s name to the Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA) in Vineyard Haven or to a charity of your choice.

A full obituary will be published in a future edition of The Times.