Donovan Fitzgerald Bennett of Edgartown died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 14 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 54.

He was the husband of Marva Bennett and father of Ayinde Bennett and Aliyah Bennett.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1966 at Revival, Sheffield in Westmoreland parish, Jamaica, the son of Alton Bennett and Elaine Shaw-Banton.

He grew up in the parish of Hanover, Jamaica, graduated from Rusea’s High School and later completed his studies at Montego Bay Community College and Duffs Business College.

In the late 1990s, he migrated to the United States. After spending a few years in Florida, he moved to Nantucket, where he lived and worked. He later met and married Marva and moved to the Vineyard, where he lived until his death.

As a boy, he was an avid football fan and player. He participated in athletics, including the 400-meter run, which was his specialty event. His hobbies included watching football, baseball and cricket, listening to or watching the news and talking with friends.

He will be remembered for his humbleness, kindness, joviality, charisma and smiling face. He put everything into taking care of his family and friends.

Donovan is survived by his wife Marva, parents Alton Bennett and Elaine Shaw-Banton; son Ayinde; daughter Aliyah; stepchildren Monique, Andre and Donomar; and stepgrandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Ainsley Bennett, Leighton Bennett, Leroy Banton and Christopher Banton; sisters Donna Thompson, Christine Banton, Patricia Banton-Thomas, Anne and Charmaine; and his aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends in the U.S. and Jamaica.

Visitation will be held at Chapman Funerals and Cremations in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, August 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service. Interment will be in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown.

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