Michael Adell


Michael Adell died on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at his home in West Tisbury, surrounded by family members. 

Mike was born on July 24, 1937, in New York City. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, and immediately began a long career in sales and marketing, first with Kodak, later moving to Apple, and then to USRobotics, which later merged with 3Com Corp. Following his retirement from 3Com, he was a consultant until 2010, when he became a full-time Vineyard resident after summering with his family in Chilmark and West Tisbury for 32 years.

Once he became a year-round resident, Mike immersed himself in life on the Vineyard, particularly in such volunteer activities as Vineyard Village at Home, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, the Food Pantry, and leading “spin” classes at the YMCA.

Mike is survived by his wife, Risë Terney; his brother, Roger Adell; six children, Courtney Fitzgerald of Vineyard Haven, Hilary Nigro of Wheeling, Ill., Matthew Adell and his wife Catherine of Los Angeles, Brian Nigro of Atlanta, Emily Adell and her husband Marlon Smith of Phoenix, and Susannah Hall and her husband Sam Crocker of Cape Town, South Africa; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter, Sophie Adell Grovenburg, born just in time for a visit to the Vineyard to meet Poppy.

The family will receive friends will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 4 pm at Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held next summer.
The family suggests donations in his name to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; Vineyard Village at Home, P.O. Box 1356, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or the West Tisbury Library Foundation, P.O. Box 1238, West Tisbury, MA 02575.