James Howard Lobdell


James Howard Lobdell, 79, of Vineyard Haven, passed away at his home on July 22, 2023, after a seven-month bout with aggressive cancer, surrounded by his family and his close friends. 

He was the husband of Virginia (“Ginny”) May Addicott Lobdell. In addition to his wife, James is survived by his daughter, Kristin Elizabeth Lobdell; his grandchildren, Michael Thomas McGuire and his wife Rachael, James Kendal Thomas McGuire and his wife Maria, Dale Thomas McGuire, Felicia Elizabeth McGuire, and Katharine Ayiana McGuire; great-grandchildren Abigail Catalia McGuire, Ayiana Fernandes, Bryson Fernandes, and Maison Fernandes. He was predeceased by his son Darren, who passed away in 2021.

His funeral will be held privately with his family and close friends, and a complete obituary will appear in a future edition of this paper. In lieu of flowers, donations in James’ memory may be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, online at hospiceofmv.org/donations, or mailed to P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

For online condolences and more information, visit chapmanfuneral.com.



  1. Mr Lobdell was a great teacher and sailor. His drafting course at the high school was a stepping stone for many island born architects! Thank you Jim.

    • back in 1981, my guidance councilor insisted I major in English in college, rather than architecture (I had three years of drafting with Jim). When I told Jim the story, he said “then what, become a teacher? be an architect, they make more money”. 42 years later, I am still majoring in architecture. Thanks Jim…you were a great teacher and a longtime friend.

  2. Jim was a gifted educator and wonderful human. Our thoughts are with Ginny and the family. A loss to the Vineyard community.

  3. My sons both loved Mr. Lobdell as a teacher. It’s hard to endure the passing of someone so respected and beloved.

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