Carol Besse Eno of Vineyard Haven died peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 10 at home on the Vineyard. She was 75.

Born on March 6, 1946, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to Arthur Lyman Besse and Virginia Weston of Weston and Vineyard Haven, she grew up in Weston and graduated from Weston High School. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in public finance, also from the University of Hartford.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 32 years, Jackson French Eno of Simsbury, Conn.

A dedicated professional, Carol spent her career at the Bank of Boston, Sanwa Bank and Chubb Insurance. No less civic-minded, she was involved in childcare and early education while in Wayland and was a founding member of the Tisbury Water Works, working toward the conservation of Tisbury’s waterways.

As a longtime resident of Simsbury, she served a two-year term as a selectwoman there, was an active member of the League of Women Voters, and was a founding member of the Simsbury Land Trust in Simsbury, dedicated to land conservation there.

While she spent a large portion of her life in the greater Boston and Simsbury areas, Martha’s Vineyard was Carol’s summer home throughout her life. Her grandparents, Arthur D. Weston of Edgartown and Arthur Lyman Besse of Oak Bluffs were lifelong summer residents and retirees on the Island. Her parents, Virginia Weston Besse and Arthur L. Besse, originally of Weston, met on the Vineyard and eventually retired to Vineyard Haven. Her mother was an accomplished sailor. Carol grew up racing Vineyard 15s and Solings at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club with her brother Stephen Besse and sister Anne Besse Shepherd, alongside many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

She raised her five children to sail at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club and was a board member there for many years. She was a longtime supporter of the junior sailing program and enjoyed sailing and racing with her children. She was also an avid supporter of the Vineyard Sound Soling Association and Soling Racing.

She is survived by her five children: Sonya Stevens and her husband Michael Watts of Vineyard Haven; William Stevens and his wife Heather]of Ashburn, Va.; Christopher Stevens and his wife Linda of Evanston, Ill.; Gregory Stevens and his wife Tere of Darien, Conn.; and Carolyn Eno and her husband Jacob Hartman of Vt.; and three children from her marriage to her late husband Jackson Eno: Sean Eno and his wife Kristen of Hamden, Conn., Jackson Eno Jr. and his wife Lindsay of Westbrook, Conn., and Elizabeth Eno and her husband Michael Radvak of Hamden, Conn.; and 17 grandchildren: Nicholas, Caelan, Ashtyn, and Charlotte Watts; Ryan and Gavin Stevens; Quinn and Andrew Stevens; Harrison and Ava Stevens; Marion and Willa Eno; Jackson and Isaiah Eno; Abigail Radvak; and Cayden and Grayson Hartman.

A private interment was held at the Simsbury Cemetery. The Rev. Kevin Weikel officiated.

Donations can be sent to to Sail MV, MV Hospice in Palliative care, or First Congregational Churches of West Tisbury, MA or Simsbury, CT.

Arrangements are under the care of The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center in Avon. For condolences, please visit