Francis James Paciello, formerly a well-known Edgartown businessman, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

Fran was born on Feb. 4, 1944, in an elevator at Doctor’s Hospital in Worcester, the son of Louis R. Paciello and Ida (Giuliano) Paciello. He grew up in the Lincoln street neighborhood of Worcester with friends too numerous to count. He was a mischievous boy and loved sports. Although temporarily sidelined by polio, it never kept him down. He went on to play many sports, although football was his main passion. After graduating from Commerce High School he went to work in construction. Years later he spent a short time in the restaurant business. In 1982 Fran had an opportunity to move to Martha’s Vineyard. With hard work and determination, he created a wonderful life for his family.

Retiring in 2010, he and his wife traveled around the country and eventually made their winter home in Satellite Beach, Fla. Fran spent many years drag racing nostalgia drag cars in the Northeast, and he loved a good cruise around in one of his hot rods. But his greatest love was his family. He could often be found with a cold beer in his hand and a smile on his face, watching his grandkids playing in his pool, tossing a ball around or riding horses.

Fran is survived by the love of his life and wife of 51 years Barbara (Daigle) Paciello; his daughter Rachel Paciello and son Louis Paciello, and their spouses; seven grandchildren (of whom he was most proud and would often say they made his heart soar like a hawk); his younger sister Lisa Reece; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Marie (Chic) Walden and her husband Leo and his brother Angelo (Butch) Paciello.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sept. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the family home at 50 Red Pony Road, West Tisbury.