Antone John deBettencourt Jr. died peacefully in his sleep at home in Merrimack, N.H., on May 28. He was 76.

Tony was born to the late Gloria Coutinho and Antone J. deBettencourt Sr. on Dec. 5, 1945, in Oak Bluffs. He was a graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he received a Purple Heart for his wounds suffered in combat. Upon his return, he settled in New Hampshire, married and started a long career in the golf course industry. He held a variety of positions, from mechanic to superintendent, over the years at several local courses. He was a longtime member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

He was known for being able to fix anything with an engine — and many things without. He was always ready with advice, tools, or a hand to help bring all kinds of machinery back to life. His best times were spent riding his Harley with friends to faraway places such as Sturgis, S.D. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as nearby ones like Laconia and Hampton, N.H. He enjoyed holidays and summers on Martha’s Vineyard with his family, watching the Patriots, playing chess with his grandkids, and solving Sudoku puzzles.

Tony will be missed and never forgotten by his daughter Lisa Caldwell and her husband Christopher of Westford, son Antone deBettencourt 3rd and his wife Michele of Westerly, R.I. He was a proud Bubba to his grandchildren Tristan, Logan, Brennan, Taylor, Sydney and Dylan. He is also survived by his older sister, Gloria deBettencourt; younger brother Manuel (Manny) deBettencourt and his wife Penny; brother in law Michael Bettencourt; sister in law Kathy Phillips; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Louise; his younger sister Maria Bettencourt; and his sister in law Susan Cunningham.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, June 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rivet Funeral Home in Merrimack, N.H. The family requests that all who attend wear masks indoors during these hours. Interment on the Vineyard will be held at a later date.

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