Samuel B. Issokson died peacefully early Tuesday morning, June 14, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with family and friends at his bedside. He was 95 years old.

He was a happy but quiet man who was born, went to school, and never lived anywhere else but on Martha’s Vineyard. During World War II he served as an ensign and radioman in the Merchant Marine. He loved the Island and was a ham radio operator and award-winning photographer. He was the owner and operator of Issokson’s Cleaners along with his brother Yale.

He is survived by his three children, Suzanne Issokson Matthews, Peter Issokson, and Jeffrey Issokson, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, his sister Doris Shumrak, and the love of his life and longtime companion of 30 years, “My Rosie,” Rose Vigor.

A graveside service will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Cemetery on West Spring street in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, June 15 at 4 p.m., officiated by Rabbi Caryn Broitman and with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard and a Masonic funeral service offered by the Oriental-Martha’s Vineyard Masonic Lodge.

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