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    Jane Sweet

    Jane Sweet of Hyannis died unexpectedly on August 8. She was 54.  Jane was born on Jan. 23, 1965, and grew up in Fairfield, Conn. She attended Lauralton Hall High School in Milford, Conn., and Pine Manor College in Brookline. She raised her children in Easton, Conn. She had many friends, and was an active volunteer in the community. She will be remembered for her kindness, beautiful smile, and laugh. She was a summer visitor to Martha’s Vineyard for 25 years. She loved the natural beauty of the Island and spending her days on South Beach listening to music, especially James Taylor, with her family. She is survived by her…

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    Memorial and celebration of life for James C. Cage III

    There will be a memorial service for James C. Cage III (“Jim”) on Sept. 7 at 3 pm in the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. The Rev. Dr. Leo Christian will officiate, and dress is casual. Following the service, a celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 273 Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs. Please bring a dish to share with family and friends. The post Memorial and celebration of life for James C. Cage III appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Will Luckey

    On Saturday morning, August 17, 2019, Will Luckey, gifted musician and longtime Islander, died at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after succumbing to a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Luckey was perhaps best known on the Island as a piano, guitar, and voice teacher for students of all ages, but he had a particular gift for bringing out music in young people.  Luckey was the son of Marine General Robert and Cary Walker Luckey. He moved to the Vineyard in 1963, and attended both the West Tisbury and the Vineyard Haven schools before finishing high school off-Island. Luckey was recently featured in a story in The MV Times along with his…

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    Veronica Elliott

    Muriel Veronica (Ison) Elliott passed away on the evening of July 31, 2019, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs. She was 93. Veronica was born on Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem, and grew up in New York City, where she attended public school. She graduated with a master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle, where she enjoyed classes in communications, remedial education, and guidance counseling. Veronica was engaged in lifelong learning, returning to school in her 60s. She taught special education at the BOCES school, where she was committed to teaching students with disabilities. She was both creative and caring. She brought her bird, Job, to class to…

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    Robert G. Copeland

    Robert G. Copeland, 82, of West Tisbury died on Tuesday morning, August 13, 2019, at Windemere Nursing Home. He was the husband of Frances F. Copeland.  His funeral service will be held at a later date, and a complete obituary will appear at that time. Donations in his memory may be made to Windemere Nursing Home, P.O. Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, or to the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Dr., Hyannis, MA 02601.  Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information. The post Robert G. Copeland appeared first on…

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    Rita C. Brody

    Rita C. (McCarthy) Brody, 92, of Santa Monica, Calif., died on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, James D. Brody. She is survived by her daughter, Megan (and Peter) Chernin, with whom she was visiting for the summer, and her son, William (and Cynthia) Brody.  Her funeral service will be private, and a complete obituary will appear in another edition of this paper. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information.   The post Rita C. Brody appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Doris Aloha Long

    Doris Aloha Long, known to most as Aloha, and Mimi to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, passed away peacefully in the home she loved, her cottage in the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs on June 15, 2019. She was 84. She had an indomitable spirit and a thirst for adventure, along with so many talents it is difficult to list them all. She was born in Beverly on January 27, 1935, where she worked as a lifeguard on the South Shore of Boston and came by her lifelong love of the ocean. Aloha completed two years of college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she met and married her husband, Gordon…

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    Maureen Jean Anderson

    Maureen Jean (Fisher) Anderson of Oak Bluffs died peacefully at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on August 10, 2019, surrounded by family, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. She was 80 years old. On Feb. 5, 1939, Maureen was born in Oak Bluffs to the late Meredith Sheldon Fisher and Ruth (Madeiras) Fisher. She lived her entire life in Oak Bluffs, the town she loved.  Maureen graduated from Oak Bluffs High School in 1956. While in high school, she was Queen of the Prom, and a cheerleader for the boys’ basketball team. It was at one of those basketball games that she caught the eye of a handsome young man…

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    William F. Gassert

    William F. Gassert died on August 3, 2019, after a long battle with cancer, at the young age of 49. He was born on Martha’s Vineyard, the loving son of Arthur and Eileen Gassert; he is survived by his brother and sister, Louise Gassert Searle of Vineyard Haven and Arthur Gassert Jr. of Edgartown; his girlfriend, Arlyce Hansen of Whitman, and former girlfriend Robin Harris; cousins Lori Carreiro Silveira and Tony Carreiro of New Bedford, Steven Carreiro of Oak Bluffs, Amy Carreiro Ragnaldsen of Georgia, and Steve Gassert of New York, and several nieces and nephews. William was a truck driver for 15 years. William also loved his five basset…

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    Kenneth James Francis Jr.

    Kenneth James Francis Jr. died in Fredericksburg, Va., on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. He was 54. Kenneth was born in Oak Bluffs on May 8, 1965. In his years at the West Tisbury School, he excelled as a champion long jumper and a very fast runner, as well as a pretty good student. He looked forward every year to the Agricultural Fair, and as a young kid he was allowed to be involved in organizing the parking for so many cars. He loved the authority. Another early job was as a Lambert’s Cove Beach attendant. Kenny monitored the foot traffic at the entrance from a beach chair, giving permission only…

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    Lucille Elizabeth Thatcher

    Lucille Elizabeth Thatcher, born March 13, 1926, and known to family and friends as “Betty,” died on Friday, August 2, 2019. Her daughters were with her when she passed peacefully. She was an island for her family, and will be missed greatly. A full obituary will follow. The post Lucille Elizabeth Thatcher appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Vivian Culin

    Known as “the lady with the flower in her hair” at Treyton Oak Towers, Wendy Culin, 96, died peacefully on July 12, 2019.  Born Vivian Wendeborn in Portland, Ore., she enjoyed sports and playing the ukulele. After high school, she climbed Mount Hood, and moved to New York to be with her sister Ellie. While working in New York, Vivian was nicknamed “Wendy,” and met her future husband, fellow Oregonian and architect Nembhard (“Nem”) Culin. Wendy was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. The four Culin children grew up in a home Nem designed and built in White Plains, N.Y. Wendy sang her children to sleep and organized yearly…

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    Grace Duart

    Grace Duart, affectionately known as “Granny” to her large, loving family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and “Auntie” to many more, graduated to heaven, dying on July 22, 2019. She had just reached the age of 101, was remarkably mobile — going up and down stairs on her own — very social, and was described by her daughter Louise Ann DuArt as “sharp as a tack.” Only hours before dying peacefully in her sleep at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, she was checking email on her IPad. Grace was born Grazia Ricciardello in East Boston on June 27, 1918, one of two daughters and six sons of Louis Ricciardello and…

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    Joseph Jones

    Joseph Jones died unexpectedly on July 30, 2018, from an overdose. He was 29 years old, and his life was tragically taken too soon. His family is devastated, and has been forever changed. Joey had a huge heart. He always had a great sense of humor, and he loved to make people laugh and see the positives in life. Joey was always the one to pick people up. It didn’t matter how upset you were, he always had something comforting to say, and a way to get you smiling and laughing. Joseph was brilliant, sensitive, kind, caring, and very charming. He was like a diamond, with so many facets. During…

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    Michael Anthony Joakim

    Michael Anthony Joakim (“Mike”) died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Saint Francis Hospital on July 9, 2019, from complications of pancreatic cancer. Two communities, Rocky Hill, Conn., and West Tisbury, have lost a truly remarkable and honorable man. Mike was born in Lisbon, Portugal, on Nov. 16, 1945, into a family representing several generations of service in the Belgian diplomatic corps. He was the oldest of three children born to George M.L. Joakim of Liege, Belgium, and Marye (Bowden) Joakim of Leamington Spa, England. His father was part of the WWII Belgian Underground, a decorated paratrooper on loan to the British Secret Intelligence Service. Mike’s parents met while his…

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    William Kennedy

    William E. Kennedy, 77, of Edgartown died on July 22, 2019 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Mr. Kennedy was born on February 13, 1942 in New York City the son of William and Ruby (Watts) Kennedy. Mr Kennedy was a veteran of the Korean war. He worked for Hinckley’s Hardware store in Vineyard Haven.  A graveside service will be held in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown on Monday, July 29, at 11 am with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.  Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visitwww.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.   The post…

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    Robert Salamone

    Robert “Bob” R. Salamone, 69 of Edgartown and formerly of Delmar, NY,  passed away peacefully on July 24 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, surrounded by his loving and devoted family.   Bob’s love for his family was evident in all that he did. He was the loving husband and best friend to Helen D. Salamone for 44 years. He believed his daughters, Sara Maria Salamone of Queens, NY (Tyler Lafreniere), and Rebecca Jones (Ryan), of Delmar, NY, and his two beautiful granddaughters, Zuzu Lafreniere and Alice Jones were his greatest gifts. He had a very strong bond with his brother Anthony Salamone (Amy) of Albany, NY, and his nephew…

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    Robert F. Jewett

    Robert F. Jewett, 73, of Vineyard Haven died peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was the husband of Peggy Keeling Jewett.  A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in the fall at a time to be announced. A complete obituary will appear in another edition of this paper.  Donations in his memory may be made to Dr. Helen Shih Shine Fund, Mass. General Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information. The post Robert F.…

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    Rosemary F. Csapo

    Rosemary F. Csapo, born in Bridgeport, Conn., then of Fairfield, Conn., Martha’s Vineyard, and Boynton Beach, Fla., died peacefully at home on July 19, 2019, in Oak Bluffs, with her children and grandchildren at her side. Her 89 years were filled with lifelong relationships, laughter, beach walks, clamming, challenging Scrabble matches, racquet sports, league bowling, and fishing whereever she resided. The scent of lilacs, the sound of pinkletinks, and ocean breezes surrounded her. After raising her six children (and unofficially some others), Rosemary worked on Martha’s Vineyard for M.V. Community Services as a home health aide, and formed lifelong bonds with many of her clients. Dorothy West of Oak Bluffs…

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    Helen Csenge Dropick

    Helen Csenge Dropick left this world peacefully, dying on July 21, 2019, at Msgr. Bojnowski Manor in New Britain, CConn. She was 100 years of age, and attributed her long life to hard work.  Born in Wallingford, Conn., in 1918, Helen was the youngest child of Hungarian immigrants, Louis Csenge and Elizabeth Karhut Csenge. Her first job was in her parents’ grocery store, at the age of 3 or 4, sweeping the floors and sidewalk. That first job grew into other jobs in the store, such as weighing bags of coffee and sugar, or preparing chicken with her brother, Paul, for the weekend rush. She would often accompany her father…

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    Neil Estrella

    Neil Robert Estrella was born on June 11, 1974, in Oak Bluffs. He was the eldest child of Kayla Parkhurst and Frank Estrella Jr. He was surrounded (and I mean surrounded) by loved ones when he peacefully died early on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at the Marthaʼs Vineyard Hospital, after a brave journey with pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed just a short 16 months prior. He was 44 years young.  From his birth to his death, Neil nourished those around him with love, music, food, and football. He was an extraordinary big brother to all, and a deeply adored father, son, brother, and friend. Neil was very…

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    Martin Leslie Berger

    Martin Leslie Berger, a longtime resident of Edgartown, died this week from complications following a stroke suffered earlier this year. Martin was 87 years old when he died at his home on South Summer Street in Edgartown, surrounded by friends and family, including his two sons and his wife of 61 years, Carole. In the fall of 1975, Martin and Carole accepted an invitation from their close friends Jim and Hilly Luther to come to Edgartown for a weekend of striped bass fishing aboard Jim’s SeaJay. The bountiful fish, the beautiful village, and the warm people were all it took. The next spring, with the help of his friend Steve…

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    Judith Lynn Green

    Judith Lynn Green of Oak Bluffs died on June 5, 2019, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, surrounded by her family. The cause was acute respiratory illness. Despite her severe illness, she did not stop talking, triggering laughter and asking for coffee and sandwiches. The medical staff who cared for her in her last days were immediately enamored of her chatter and charm. Judy was born in 1959 in Meriden, Conn., to Bettylou Beatrice Mokoski and Arthur Lee Green. She graduated from Manchester High School in Connecticut in 1978. After spending happy childhood summers in Chilmark, Aquinnah, and Oak Bluffs, she decided to move to the Vineyard following graduation. Judy worked…

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    Martin L. Berger

    Martin L. Berger, 87, died peacefully on Friday, July 12, 2019, at his home in Edgartown. He was the husband of Carole M. (Anderson) Berger.  A graveside service for the burial of his remains will be held at a date to be announced, and a complete obituary will appear at that time. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information. The post Martin L. Berger appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Gloria Morris

    Gloria (Bishop) Morris of Murrieta, Calif., formerly of Bethel, Conn., died on June 21 at age 65 after a nine-year battle with cancer. She was the wife of Wayne E. Morris, her soulmate of almost 44 years of marriage (living in Bethel, Conn., for 60 years before moving to California), and the daughter of Jean Owen Bishop of Edgartown. Gloria graduated from Immaculate High School and Western Connecticut State College, both in Danbury, Conn. Over the years she was fortunate to have worked for several great organizations including Danbury Public Library, Bethel Public Schools, Supermarket General, Heli-Coil, and Excel Partnership/SAI Global before retiring in 2015 from Pharmco-AAPER. She was a…

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    Jerome Paul Kenney

    Jerome Paul Kenney of Seven Gates Farm, one of the great strategic minds on Wall Street, and known for his deep love of family, died peacefully at his Manhattan home on June 25. He was 77. The cause was pulmonary fibrosis. Robert Kapito, president of BlackRock, once called Jerry “a true legend in our business, known for his strategic brilliance, formidable competitiveness, impeccable courtesy, deceptively alluring calm, relentless work ethic, and unassailable integrity.” He was born on July 26, 1941, in Newton, the second son of Francis J. and Madeline (Navien) Kenney. His father, the son of Irish immigrants, never went to college, and worked as a traveling glove salesman.…

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    Lal Dowley

    Lal K. Dowley, 94, died peacefully and quietly with her family by her side on Wed., July 3, 2019 at her home in Oak Bluffs. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Dowley in 1996. Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 13, in St. Augustine’s Church, Franklin St., Vineyard Haven at a time to be announced. Burial will be private. Donations in her name may be made to the VNA of Cape Cod and the Islands, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601 or to the Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason…

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    Services for Lucy Abbot

    The son and family of Lucy Abbot invite friends, relatives, and colleagues to join them in celebrating her life. The celebration will be on Saturday, July 13, from 4 to 6 at the Methodist Parish Hall in the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs. The family hope you will join us in remembering Lucy, meeting other family and friends, and sharing refreshments. The post Services for Lucy Abbot appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Deborah Mayhew Peckham

    Deborah Mayhew Peckham was born in Westerly, R.I., on August 5, 1949. She was the daughter of Ernestine Mayhew Peckham and Arthur Ellsworth Peckham Jr. of Westerly and Chilmark. Debbi leaves her family, siblings Thomas Peckham of Westerly, and Prudence Marsh and her husband Elliott Marsh of Ashfield, nieces Alexandra Moncy and her husband, William Moncy, of Pittsfield, and their young sons, Arlen and Benjamin; Samantha Marsh and her husband Julian Nickerson of Leverett, Carrie Welch of Vineyard Haven, and Katherine Welch of Amherst, and brother-in-law Frank Welch of Vineyard Haven, husband of Debbi’s sister, Virginia Welch, who died in 2002. Debbi was greatly loved, and will be missed by…

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    Eugene W. Baer

    Eugene W. Baer (“Gene”), 92, died peacefully in his home in Vineyard Haven on June 24, 2019.  Gene grew up during the Great Depression in New Castle, Pa., where he drew and published his first cartoons in high school. Drafted into the Army in 1945, he completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., where on Sundays he drew comics for the camp newspaper, the McClellan Cycle. Deployed to occupied Germany at the end of World War II in Patton’s Third Army, he was employed as an artist for the Information and Education Department in Amberg, where he was put in charge of an Army art shop. While in Germany, he…

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    John Blanchon

    John Blanchon (“Doc”), 86, of West Yarmouth died on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine (DeFrates) for 62 years. Born in Quincy, Doc spent his youth living in Hingham, and graduated from Hingham High School in 1951. He attended Bridgewater Teachers College, where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer, and was captain of the latter two sports. He was a member of the initial class of the Bridgewater Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1956, he and Lorraine graduated from BTC, and were married the same year at the Edgartown Federated Church. After serving in the U.S.…

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    Eugene William Baer

    Eugene William Baer, 92, of Vineyard Haven, died on Monday, June 24, 2019, at his home. He was the husband of Jacqueline F. Baer. Services will be announced at a later date, and a full obituary will appear in another edition of this paper. The post Eugene William Baer appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    James W. Luce

    James W. Luce died at Cape Cod Hospital on May 23, 2019. He was born in Oak Bluffs and grew up on the Luces’ Farm, which is now Farm Neck.  James is survived by his two children, Jennifer and James, Jr., his granddaughter, Deana, his brothers, Clyde, Robert, David, and Daniel, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Agnes Luce, and his brother Donald.  James enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Bruins’ games, getting very loud at times, but that was OK! Jimmy, you are now at peace; we miss and love you!  There will be a private family service at a future date.…

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    Memorial and celebration of Dee Moyer

    A memorial and celebration of the life of Dee Moyer will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 3 to 5 pm at Arrowhead Farm on Indian Hill Road. Dee died on Dec. 19, 2018, at her home in West Tisbury. Dee lived on the Vineyard for over 40 years. She was the second manager of the Black Dog Restaurant soon after it opened in 1971. Dee started an employment agency with offices on Coastwise Wharf, and finally discovered real estate, which would become her work and passion. She worked for both Century 21 and Wallace & Co. All are welcome to join her son Paul Moyer and her family…

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    Doris A. Long

    Doris A. Long, 84, of the Campgrounds in Oak Bluffs, died on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at home. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon R. Long, and is survived by her children, Raymond B. Long and Donna Cummens. A memorial service will be held at a later date, and a complete obituary will appear at that time. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information. The post Doris A. Long appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Services for Paul Pimentel

    Family and friends are gathering at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, 130 Center St., Vineyard Haven, this Sunday, June 23rd, at 1 pm to celebrate the life of beloved husband Paul Pimentel. The family thanks all who have so generously donated to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services in Paul’s memory. For more information and to read more about Paul’s life, visit www.paulpimentelmemorial.com. The post Services for Paul Pimentel appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    James H. Brownlow

    James H. Brownlow, 85, of North Haven, Conn., and summer resident on Hines Point in Vineyard Haven, died on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was the husband of Allison (Dwyer) Brownlow. Jim’s funeral service is pending, and a complete obituary will appear in another edition of this paper. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guestbook and information. The post James H. Brownlow appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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    Kin Ping Lee

    Kin Ping Lee died peacefully in her beloved Beacon Hill home on June 14, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Lee was a longtime resident of West Tisbury, and for many years the proprietor of a popular women’s clothing store on Main Street in Edgartown, Kin Ping’s Boutique. She and her husband bought land in West Tisbury in 1965, after Kin Ping climbed up a tree, ascertaining that there was an ocean view. She later designed and built a home on the site, with a wall of windows facing the ocean. She also bought an old captain’s house at 44 Main St. in Edgartown in…

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    Services for Jane W. Shelley

    A funeral Mass for Jane W. Shelley, 93, who died April 22, 2019, will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 9:30 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Oak Bluffs, celebrated by the Rev. Michael Nagle. Jane was predeceased by her husband, Henry C. Shelley, and is survived by her four children, Henry Jr., Mary Elizabeth, Frank, and Mark, their spouses, and eight grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Deyo, of North Andover. Contributions in her memory may be made to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. The post Services for Jane W. Shelley appeared first on The Martha’s Vineyard…