Bencion (Bud)​ Moskow


Bencion (Bud) Moskow, a lawyer, real estate developer, farmer, and proud World War II Army officer, died peacefully with family at his side on Sept. 23, 2016, in Longboat Key, Fla. He was 92.

Bud was born in Boston on April 22, 1924, to Myer and Bertha (Finkelstein) Moskow of Dorchester, and later Newton. He was married to Jeannette Julian in Germany from 1946 until her death from cancer in 1973. He was married to Patricia Duff Burke from 1973 until her death from cancer in 2008. He and Beth Ann Toomey were married in 2009.

Bud attended Brown University, served in the Army during WWII, then graduated from Boston University and Boston University Law School.

After practicing law, working in his family’s real estate firm, and developing Commercial Wharf in Boston, in 1980 he and Patricia moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where they developed Thimble Farm in Oak Bluffs, and grew and sold strawberries and hydroponic tomatoes for 23 years.

Bud was an accomplished sailor and small plane pilot, and had an enduring love for animals. In his own words, he was a “busy guy.” His zest for living, compassion for others, and insatiable curiosity are hallmark traits that made him such a dynamic and positive force.

He leaves his wife, Beth, of West Tisbury, and her five children. He also leaves his daughters from his first marriage, Patrice Moskow, Cathy Moskow, and Nancy Moskow, and his granddaughters, Julia Moskow Alter and Emma Ferguson. In addition he leaves his brother, Jay I. Moskow, and Jay’s wife, Barbara Moskow, and their children, Joanne Ligerot, Karen Moskow, and Susan Parkhurst, their families, and numerous cousins.

Services are private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cummings Fund, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University (