Eileen S. Fox of Port Townsend, Wash. and a former resident of Martha’s Vineyard passed away on Oct. 15 after a brief illness. She was 53.

Eileen loved the ocean, swimming, movies, books and traveling. She frequently went to Hawaii, but inevitably would return to the Vineyard, a place she truly felt at home.

Eileen was born in Los Angeles on Christmas day in 1958 and attended San Francisco State University. She spent many years during the 1980s and 1990s on Martha’s Vineyard and lived in many towns, but her favorite place remained Gay Head (Aquinnah), where she shared a small house with Elizabeth Scaison and her twin daughters, Molly and Megan.

Eileen eventually left the Island, obtaining her J.D. from the William Mitchell School of Law in Minneapolis, Minn. The highlight of her time at law school was a summer spent in Greece, where Antonin Scalia was a guest professor. Eileen was fascinated by John F. Kennedy and had a vast knowledge of the Kennedy family. Eileen returned to the Island to study for the bar. She passed the Washington State Bar and had a law practice in Port Townsend, Wash., a beautiful seaside community on the straits of San Juan de Fuca.

Eileen’s body was cremated and her ashes scattered by the Neptune Society. She leaves behind her mother and many good friends who will miss her unique perspective on life.