Buzz Blankenship, Telephone Lineman, Locksmith, Community Friend

Richard William (Buzz) Blankenship died at home on Sept. 7 at the age of 70. After a life well lived, he will be missed by many, far and wide.

Lee DeVitt, Tireless Volunteer, Children's Book Author

Leona (Lee) Geise DeVitt died quietly on August 11 after a short illness at the age of 93 in Mount Pleasant, Wisc.

Ellen Orleans Dies at 89

Ellen S. Orleans of Vineyard Haven died Sept. 24 at Windemere. She was 89.

Joan Cobb Had Long Ties to the Island

Joan M. Cobb of Bridgewater died peacefully after a long battle with cancer on April 22 at the Braemoor Health Center in Brockton. She was 63.

George Hough 3rd, Distinguished Journalist and Academic

George Anthony Hough 3rd died Sept. 22 at Massachusetts General Hospital after surgery to repair a hip injured in a fall. He was 94.

Red Bates, Innkeeper Who Built Schoolhouse Village

Gordon (Red) Newell Bates died peacefully on Sept. 24 after a period of failing health. He was 81.

Patricia Meyers, Avid Skier Devoted to Family

Patricia Ann Meyers of Darien, Conn. and Edgartown died Sept. 18 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mason Walsh, Ardent Land Preservationist

Mason Walsh Jr. died peacefully in his home in Ligonier, Pa., on Sept. 22, just shy of his 80th birthday.

Richard Hiers Never Met a Stranger; Loved to Hike and Fish

Richard Earl Hiers of Albuquerque died peacefully on August 23 at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, due to illness. He was 58.