Rev. Stephen J. Chinlund died peacefully on April 8 of natural causes at his home in New York city. He was 86.

Steve and his family vacationed in the big house at the foot of Greenwood avenue across from the library in Vineyard Haven for four decades. His father, Edwin F. Chinlund (Dee), was an avid member of the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, and his sister Edie Chinlund Brown lived in Vineyard Haven from the 1970’s until her death last year.

Steve and his older brother Tom took long sailing voyages alone together starting when they were 15 and 17 years old, respectively, the reports of which were printed in the Gazette.

Steve leaves behind his wife Caroline, his three children Sarah, Nicholas and James, several grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, including Cynthia Andrews, of Edgartown.