The Rev. Richard L. Fenn died on May 25 at the Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 88.

Father Fenn was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 2, 1934, the son of Fred M. and Sarah Lewis Fenn. He grew up in Bay Village, Ohio. He graduated from Bay High School in 1953 and Kenyon College in 1957. Upon graduating, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he spent four years doing counter-intelligence work, two of which were spent at the U.S. Embassy in Manila in the Philippines. From there he entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge and graduated in 1964, after which he was ordained to the priesthood. He also did post-graduate work at Oxford University in England.

He served churches in Pittsfield and Wilbraham before moving to Jamestown, N.Y. where he was rector of St. Luke’s Church for 22 years. He said he was one of those fortunate people whose job was always a source of great satisfaction and pleasure.

In 1999 he retired with his wife Marcia to a small bungalow on Martha’s Vineyard. While on the Island he enjoyed serving at St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown on occasion. He was active in the Rotary and travelled with a group of fellow rotarians to Peru, delivering wheelchairs to many disabled children and adults. He was also on the boards of the Edgartown Public Library and the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club.

In need of more care he and his wife moved, in the early months of Covid, to a continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, Fla.

He had a wonderful sense of humor, was always ready with a joke or two and could spin a tale (true or not), always with a broad smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was a voracious reader of everything, a strong supporter of his beloved Kenyon College and he loved his pipes, which were always lit either between his teeth or in his hand.

He is survived by his wife Marcia; sons Gregory and his wife Robyn of Brockway, Pa., and Geoffrey and his wife Catherine of Williamsburg, Va. and Edgartown; grandchildren Jamie of Aspen, Colo.; Caroline and her husband Scott Matus and Sarah of Washington, D.C.; Talley of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Grace and Geoffrey of Stuart, Fla.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, August 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, N.Y. His funeral arrangements were handled by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Fort Myers, Fla.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1287, Edgartown, MA 02539.