Oak Bluffs stalwart Peter Martell passes

In this photo from 2013, Chief of Woods Hole Station Justin Longval (left) and Southeastern New England Commander J.T. Kondratowicz (right) present Peter Martell with a certificate of merit from the United States Coast Guard. — Photo by Steven Conley

Peter Martell died on Tuesday evening, April 3, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Martell was a successful businessman who dedicated years of service in many different capacities to the town of Oak Bluffs.

He was a captain with the Oak Bluffs Fire Department for 45 years. He was a longtime affordable housing advocate, first as chairman of the Oak Bluffs Resident Homesite Committee, and more recently as vice chairman of the Oak Bluffs Affordable Housing Committee. He also served the town as chairman of the harbor committee, chairman of the water department, and was the Oak Bluffs emergency management director for 38 years. He was supervisor of the police/fire department boat, Red, White and Blue, for 14 years.

Martell was a very successful businessman. He co-owned and ran the Wesley Hotel for 30 years, until 2015. He also owned the Pequot Hotel and the Colonial Inn in Edgartown, as well as the Lampost on Circuit Avenue and the legendary Hot Tin Roof for four years.

Martell was also a member of Oriental Martha’s Vineyard Masonic Lodge for 45 years.