Sunday, March 3, 2024

Obituaries

Ralph Kirkham Safford III

Ralph Kirkham Safford III (“Kirk”) of West Tisbury passed away in Boston on Jan. 10, 2024, with his wife, Kristine, by his side. Born in Boston on Oct. 26, 1942, to Nancy B. French Safford...

William Daniel Bennett

William D. Bennett of Lambert’s Cove died peacefully at home with his family on Feb. 15, 2024. He was 86. Bill was born on Oct. 19, 1937, to Mary Frances Ahearn Bennett and William Taft...

Phoebe Reese Lewis

Phoebe Reese Lewis, 94, of Milwaukee, Wis., died on Jan. 26, 2024, at St. John's on the Lake in Milwaukee. Born on August 6, 1929, to Everett David Reese and Martha Grace (Gay) Reese in...

Dr. Elizabeth B. Miller (Rawlins)

Dr. Elizabeth B. Miller (Rawlins) was born on Nov. 25, 1927, and died at the age of 96 on Feb. 3, 2024. Elizabeth (“Betty”) passed away at her home in Oak Bluffs peacefully, with...

Frederick Jackson Jr.

Frederick Jackson Jr. (“Fred”), a man who could turn any gathering into a party, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2024, surrounded by his loving family, holding the hand of his wife and life...

Richard T. Jennings

Updated Feb. 20 Richard T. Jennings, 83, of Vineyard Haven, passed away on Feb. 18, 2024. He was the husband of Carol Ann Jennings. A funeral Mass for Richard will be held on April 27 at...

Gloria Wong

Gloria Wong, 95, of Vineyard Haven, died on Jan. 24, 2024, at her home. A memorial service for Gloria will be held on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Tabernacle...

Frances Marjean Lear

Frances Marjean McKinney Smith Lear, age 81, longtime resident of Oak Bluffs, died on Jan. 20, 2024, at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Jean, as she was known, was born to Rudolph and Lucile Howell of...

Services Saturday, Sunday for William August Engler

The journey of William August Engler, our hero, through life was a testament to his unwavering resolve and boundless optimism, even in the face of adversity. August was born on Sept. 13, 1998. It was...

Raymond J. DeBettencourt

Raymond J. DeBettencourt, 97, of Oak Bluffs, died on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Oak Bluffs.  Raymond was born on Jan. 23, 1927, in the Highlands of Oak Bluffs to Alfred Francis DeBettencourt and Mary...

Neil Robert Strock

Neil Robert Strock died peacefully but unexpectedly at his home in Lafayette, Calif., on January 24, 2024. He was born on March 14, 1947, so he would have been 75 years old in a...

Kenneth C. Pailler Jr.

Kenneth C. Pailler Jr., 77, died on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. He was a devoted partner of more than 30 years to Arlene M. Connolly, originally of Canton. Born In Boston, he was the son...

Dorothy Francoeur

Dorothy Francoeur (“Dottie”) of Oak Bluffs passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 9, 2024. She was 79. Dottie and her wife, Pat Cooke, lived here part-time since 2001, and became full-time residents in 2021. Dottie...

Paul David Sampieri

Paul David Sampieri, 74, of Vineyard Haven, died on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at his home. He was the spouse of Edward Belain Jr., and brother of John (“Jay”) Sampieri of North Dartmouth. His funeral...

William August Engler IV

Updated Feb. 6 The Engler family of Oak Bluffs mourns the loss of William August Engler IV, who passed away on Jan. 23, 2024, at the age of 25, after a valiant struggle with drug...

Lorraine B. Earle

Lorraine Bernice Bernadette Bergeron Sylvia Earle, a.k.a. Lorraine Earle, a.k.a. Rainy, a.k.a. Mama Cupcakes, a.k.a. LoLo, 68, of Hull, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 29, 2024, after a long battle with COPD...

Susan Kresse Cole

Susan Kresse Cole (“Suzie,” or “Susie”), 69, of Harbor Homes on New York Ave. in Oak Bluffs, died on Jan. 18, 2024, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.  Susan was born on August 20, 1954, at...

Services Wednesday for Jean Gilluly

Jean Gilluly, 86, of Edgartown and Marlboro, died on Jan. 30, 2024.  Born to Walter Gilluly, and Hilda Norton Gilluly on Dec. 30, 1937, Jean grew up on the Edgartown farm of her grandparents, Orin...

Peter Ames Eldredge

The family is sad to announce the passing of Peter Ames Eldredge, of Christiantown Road, West Tisbury, on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. Peter passed in his sleep after a lengthy battle with complications due...

Daniel Donaldson

Daniel Donaldson (“Dan”), loving and devoted husband, father, stepfather, and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 12, 2024.  He was loved by his community, and all who met him. He was an...