David Correllus Jr., 69, Was Native of Oak Bluffs

David F. Correllus Jr., 69, died on Friday, March 7, at his home in East Falmouth after a brief illness. He was the husband of Helena M. Teixeira Correllus, to whom he had been married for more than 47 years.

Mr. Correllus was born in Oak Bluffs and lived in Chilmark until moving to Falmouth in 1942. He was a 1951 graduate of the Falmouth High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was discharged as a PFC in June of 1955. Following the war, he returned to Martha's Vineyard and then moved back to Falmouth in 1965.

Mr. Correllus was a switchman with Bell Telephone, retiring in 1991 after 39 years of service. During his employment with the telephone company, he worked on the Vineyard and in Falmouth.

He was a parishioner of St. Anthony's Church in East Falmouth. He was a member and a past commander of the Martha's Vineyard American Legion Post, a member of the Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club and a former call firefighter while living on the Vineyard. For many years as an adult, Mr. Correllus was active in the Boy Scouts program.

Mr. Correllus's main interest in life was his family; he also enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to music. He loved hunting, fishing, boating and traveling.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David F. Correllus 3rd of East Falmouth; six daughters, Donna M. Viner of Wolcott, Conn., Helena M. Walo of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Frances L. Young of East Falmouth, Margaret E. Correllus of Bourne, Claudia J. Connell of Rincon, Ga., and Joanne T. Crane of Fredericksburg, Va.; two brothers, Douglas L. Correllus of Hatchville and Raymond E. Correllus of South Yarmouth; four sisters, Elizabeth Bates of Canton, Ill., and Carolyn Martin, Jane Ignos and Doris Motta, all of East Falmouth, and 19 grandchildren.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, March 11, in St. Anthony's Church in East Falmouth. Interment with military honors followed at St. Anthony's Cemetery in East Falmouth. Visiting hours were Monday at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home on Main street in Falmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.