Allan A. deBettencourt Sr.


Allan A. deBettencourt Sr. (“Buddy“), 83, lifelong resident of Oak Bluffs, died on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, surrounded by his family.

Allan, affectionately known as “Buddy” to his friends and family, was born on Jan. 23, 1937, in Oak Bluffs to Nelson J. deBettencourt Sr. and Mildred (MacDonald) deBettencourt. He attended the Oak Bluffs High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963. 

Buddy and his wife JoAnn opened up their own automobile business, Buddy’s Auto, on Worcester Avenue in Oak Bluffs, where he worked as a mechanic and JoAnn handled the books. Buddy was a member of the American Legion (Post 257), serving as the sergeant-at-arms. He retired as a captain for the Oak Bluffs Fire Department after 58 years of service, and also served on the Oak Bluffs Park Commission for 55 years. He was a practicing Catholic of the Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard, was a eucharistic minister, and received the Marian Medal. Buddy was also a great lover of animals.

He was predeceased by his wife, JoAnn R. (Fontaine) deBettencourt, in May 2014 and by his brother, Nelson deBettencourt Jr., this past month. He is survived by his oldest “kid,” Allan A. deBettencourt Jr. (Gina) and youngest “kid,” Joseph M. deBettencourt (Nicole); by his brother, David deBettencourt; his sisters, Katherine Tiernan and Deborah Ratcliffe; his sister-in-laws Sandra (Geddis) deBettencourt and Roberta Hearn; his brother-in-law, Joseph Fontaine (Jean); his grandchildren, A.J., Angela, Tony, Joseph Jr., Leah, and Alaina; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs will be on Friday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 pm. 

His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 am in St. Augustine’s Church, Franklin Avenue, Vineyard Haven. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs, with military honors provided by the veterans of Martha’s Vineyard and honors by the Oak Bluffs Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, P.O. Box 257, or to the Good Shepherd Parish of M.V., P.O. Box 1058, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

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