Collister (Coddy) Johnson died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 8 at his home in Far Hills, N.J. He was three months shy of his 100th birthday.

Coddy served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 in the Persian Gulf. After the war he worked for the M.W. Kellogg Co., finishing his career as a senior executive at the Engelhard Corporation.

He and his wife Eleanor, or El, lifelong Vineyard summer residents, moved in 1962 from South Water street in Edgartown to the old Watcha hunting club on South Beach, where they resided for over 50 years. There they swam, fished, hunted, collected crabs and steamers, sailed with their children and grandchildren, and gave legendary beach picnics, always with lots of singing around the bonfire. He loved to sing, and at the time of his death was the oldest living Yale Whiffenpoof.

Over the years, Coddy, a strong swimmer who respected the ocean, personally rescued several people from drowning off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. He was accomplished at golf and tennis, accumulating many trophies over his long and distinguished sporting career. A passionate fisherman, he pursued bass and blues by boat and foot all over the Island, often accompanied by his old friend Cooper Gilkes. Coddy developed and relished his relationships with the residents of Martha’s Vineyard through his passion for fishing and sharing in the joys and travails of the sport.

He is survived by three children, Sheila Wise, Collister Johnson Jr., and Lee Auchincloss, as well as six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years, Eleanor, and his three brothers, Frank, Ben, and Robert Johnson.