William P. Moore, a longtime resident of Oak Bluffs, died on May 6. He was 79.

He was born April 12, 1943 in New York city and moved a lot as a child, living in France, Chicago, Pennsylvania, to name a few. He served his country during the Vietnam era and then graduated from the University of New Hampshire with his master’s in chemical engineering. He worked as a chemical engineer for Polaroid for many years before retiring to Martha’s Vineyard, where he and his wife opened the Admiral Benbow Inn.

He was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed finishing, building furniture and constructing BMX ramps for his grandchildren. He had a deep love and interest in science, lifelong learning and was always looking for new ways to broaden his knowledge

He loved watching classic black and white movies and taking long walks with his wife and puppy Gilligan the second. He loved fishing the derby each fall and visiting Wasque with his wife Mary, and dear friends Russell and Erica Fritz, and Ed Pierce.

He was known for his love and ability to cook. His sticky buns and decadent family feasts will forever be remembered by his family.

William is survived by his wife Mary C. Moore; his children Kathryn Moore Seaton, Beth Stonehouse Finn, Robert Stonehouse, and Jessica Chambers Finn; grandchildren Robbie, Ryder, Zachary, Shane, Declan, Kieran, Teddy, Henry, Ava and James; his siblings Paula and Anthony Moore; and his beloved dog Gilligan the second.

Donations can be made in his name to the Perkins School for the Blind at perkins.org.