Richard F. Enos of Edgartown died peacefully at his home on July 15 following a lengthy illness. He was 86.

Richard was born February 7, 1927 in the home he was raised in on Upper Main street in Edgartown to John F. and Nora J. Enos. He graduated from Edgartown High School in 1945 in “the top 10 of his class,” as he liked to say. He would then laugh and say that only 10 people were in his graduating class.

He excelled in sports, basketball and baseball, winning Island and league championships. Drafted into the Army in 1945, Richard was stationed primarily in Bremen, Germany. He was a founder and member of the Edgartown Golf Club, boasting three holes-in-one and an uncanny number of member/guest championships, as well as the Cornelius Lee. He was a lifelong Yankees fan (much to the chagrin of the loyal Island Red Sox fans), an avid fisherman and never refused a challenging game of cribbage.

For more than 30 years he was Edgartown’s all-knowing postal clerk, having memorized everyone’s name and box number. Going to the post office during his time of service was a fun social event. In his later years one could always find him parked at Al’s store, visiting and enjoying the people passing by.

Richard was preceded in death by both parents, his wife Neuge (Wallin), granddaughter Georgia Gates and his five siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Julie Ann Rowell and family of Florida, and his stepchildren, Melanie Vavrek, husband Jerry and sons Adam and Zachary, Stephanie Wilson and daughter Kimberley Gates, and George Harris Jr., wife Pat, son Bryan and their grandchildren, all of Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including William and Cindy Enos, Jeff and Alison Enos, Robert and Donna Enos and Cindy and Andre Bonnell and their families.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 30 in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown at 10 a.m. officiated by the Rev. Roger Spinney with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Vineyard Nursing Association: P.O. Box 399; Hope Hospice: P.O. Box 4188 both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568; or the Boys’ and Girls’ Club: P.O. Box 654, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. An online guest book is available at