Robert E. (Rob) Stafursky died unexpectedly at home in Lowell on Feb. 4. He was 35.

Rob was born on Nov. 16, 1974, to Margaret (Staples) and Bill Stafursky of Oak Bluffs. His childhood was filled with Island activities — schools, camps, teams, swimming, sailing, Catholic church etc. He participated in the MVRHS golf and track and field teams and the Close-Up program. He attended Curry College in Milton before returning to the Vineyard to start his work career.

He was known for his caring and loyal friendships that were ever present, as was his fine sense of humor. He enjoyed just being with a friend — especially playing video games, watching shows and riding around while listening to rap. He loved animals and often took care of friends’ pets as well as his own cats. Washington, D.C., London, New England, and Canada were trips that are fondly remembered. The Island was ingrained in Rob and he always wanted to be at a beach or surrounded by nature.

His move to Lowell brought new friendships and that is where his friend introduced him to his fiancé, Sheila. They became inseparable. Sheila introduced him to her friends and the city of Lowell for the past three years. They enjoyed walking through the city, feeding the ducks or walking along the rivers and of course, going for rides. Both went to work for Uber Eats.

Rob was predeceased by his father, Bill. He is survived by his mother, Margaret, his sister, Monica and her husband, and his brother, Joshua Stafursky; three nieces and a nephews. His fiancé, Sheila McDonald, also survives him.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. in St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Oak Bluffs. Afterward, all are welcome to join family and friends at the Ocean View Restaurant in Oak Bluffs.

Donations can be made to Veteran Services of Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.