Peter Osborn Bettencourt, longtime past town administrator for the town of Edgartown, died early Sunday morning, May 2, at his home in Edgartown. He was 81.

He was the husband of Priscilla S. (Donnelly) Bettencourt. A celebration of life will be held at a later date and a complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Gazette.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Ste 250, Framingham, MA 01701 or

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