Jonah Elias Talbot of Vineyard Haven died of a massive heart attack unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, Nov. 29. He was 32, was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard and had many friends and a family who loved him. He was a generous young man who never refused to help or support his family and friends whenever they were in need.

Born Jan. 14, 1983, Jonah was a gifted builder and craftsman who instinctively knew how to build, repair and create nearly anything. In his spare time he enjoyed working on his trucks and motorcycle, often assisting his friends with their mechanical issues. He was an avid fisherman and woodworker who created remarkably intricate cutting boards, cutlery, boxes, stools and tables. He entered his cutting boards in the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair, winning top ribbons for his inlaid boards.

He built and repaired many homes on the Vineyard. He was also a skilled electrician, mechanic, welder and cook. He enjoyed cooking healthy gourmet meals for both his family and friends. He enjoyed skin diving and scuba diving year-round for fish, clams, quahaugs, and scallops, giving most of his catch to friends and co-workers. He could also be called a hero for swimming out into deep water to rescue and bring to shore a mother and her two young children during a boating accident one summer, as recorded in the local newspaper.

His proudest achievement in his life was his two beautiful sons. He was a loving, devoted father who excelled at everything he did and to his sons, Jonah was their superhero. His sons were his world and they adored him.

An extraordinary friend, husband and father, he will be forever in our hearts and sorely missed.

He leaves is survived by his wife, Juliet Talbot; his two sons Kelley, age three, and Tristan, age two; and his mother Linda Talbot.

A fundraiser for the children will be held at The Holy Ghost Society, (P.A. Club) on Vineyard avenue in Oak Bluffs, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30. We will be serving delicious lasagna, both meat and vegetarian, salad, rolls, and homemade pie. The suggested contribution is $15 per person. All are welcome — friends, fellow workers, employers, and family as well as anyone interested in helping his children.

If you cannot come, but would like to help the children, tax deductible contributions may be mailed to You’ve Got A Friend Inc., care of The Benoit-Talbot Family, PO Box 1317, West Tisbury, MA. 02575. Checks should be made out to YGAF. Be sure to write “In honor of the Benoit-Talbot family” in the check memo.