Everett James (Captain Porky) Francis of Edgartown, who owned Capt. Porky's Bait and Tackle, died on Jan. 4. Mark Alan Lovewell

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

In 2020 the Vineyard said goodbye to Islanders of many stripes. Readers are welcome and encouraged to add more names in the comment section.

Everett James (Captain Porky) Francis of Edgartown, who owned Capt. Porky's Bait and Tackle, died Jan. 4. He was 80.

Daniel Sharkovitz, the Vineyard's own Shark and longtime English teacher at the regional high school, died on Feb. 16. He was 68.

Doctor, peace activist and Chappaquiddick resident Dr. Siamak A. Adibi died on May 10. He was 88.

West Tisbury historian, justice of the peace, county commissioner and former longtime selectman, John S. Alley died March 19. He was 78.

Gary A. Jenkins, an entertainment attorney and longtime member of the Oak Bluffs summer community, died on March 29 after contracting the coronavirus. He was 58.

Known for her 40 years with the Island Theater Workshop and for appearing as Mrs. Kintner in the movie Jaws, Lee Fierro died on April 5 of complications from Covid-19. She was 91.

Richard S. Knight Jr. died on June 24 at his home on Chappaquiddick. He was a builder and was active in civic affairs both on Chappy and in Edgartown. He was 73.

Longtime resident of Chilmark, Betty Eddy, died at her home on the Eddy Farm on June 30. She died at 100, one week and one day.

Duncan MacDonald, a quiet powerhouse of a woman who lived a vibrant, varied life died and founded the Vineyard Scottish Society July 18 in Vineyard Haven. She was 104.

West Tisbury resident, writer, teacher, naturalist and traveler Shirley Mayhew died August 19 at her home in West Tisbury. She was 94.

Dennis daRosa, co-owner of daRosa’s Martha’s Vineyard Printing Company in Oak Bluffs and long a fixture in town civic duty and loyalty, died August 20. He was 71.

Former owner and operator of the Home Port Restaurant in Menemsha, Will Holtham died on Sept. 10. He was 71.

John Early, the former longtime West Tisbury selectman, Island builder and community activist, died Sept. 11. He was 74.

Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby weighmaster Roy Langley died at home on Sept. 12. He was 92.

The quintessential Vineyard woman, Jean S. Wexler was a cookbook author, Vineyard Gazette garden columniust, and founder of the West Tisbury Dumptique. She died Nov. 18 at 99.

Anne Wasson Gallagher died Dec. 17 of natural causes after a long life well lived. Anne was an active member of Featherstone Center for the Arts and long a patron of the arts on the Vineyard. She was 91.

Emma MacKay Hall died tragically on the evening of Dec. 19 at the young age of 22. She was the very definition of an Island girl and was working on her early education/special education degree at Lesley University, where she hoped to incorporate her love of dogs and art as therapeutic tools in her classroom.

Acclaimed cinematographer and Chilmark summer resident Michael Chapman, who fell in love with the Island as camera operator during the filming of Jaws, died on Sept. 20. He was 84.

Comments (38)

Jessica Burnham, Edgartown
While everyone’s story is of value it sure would have been nice to see my dad on this list. My dad, Sherman F Burnham, a born and raised native Islander who enjoyed the best of the island and made many quiet contributions over his 88 years of life. He spent his early life out on the Great Plains, running in the fields, grabbing herring out of the Herring Creek or sneaking over to watch the soldiers at the airfield during WW2. He raised a family and became a partner in one of the most prominent building companies on island. He built or worked on houses on island for over half a century. In the end I suppose it’s okay. He would have been embarrassed by the attention anyway.
December 29, 2020 - 8:50am
Carrie Natusch Tripp, Edgartown
Would like to have seen my husband Aaron Tripp as well he was only 30, snd how about Charlie Morgan of west tisbury who was tragically murdered, why are u missing so many people?
December 29, 2020 - 9:21am
C, Edgartown
I agree. Every year this tribute misses too many loved ones. It shouldn't be a competition at this point.
December 29, 2020 - 9:34pm
Philip Tucker , Oak Bluffs
The list is people the writer knew, or knew about. Of course not every person who died is listed here! Having named your two, they are now part of the list. I don't think it was necessary to point fingers. I'm very sorry for your loss.
December 31, 2020 - 11:29am
Don’t forget David Cronig!
December 29, 2020 - 8:58am
Molly Conole, Oak Bluffs
An island icon, one of my first bosses at Cronig’s Main Street Market...taught me so much about customer service and was inspirational in his work ethic. RIP.
January 1, 2021 - 10:16am
Kathleen O'Sullivan
December 29, 2020 - 9:45am
Krissy Kurth, Seekonk MA
Thank you! ❤️
December 30, 2020 - 12:18pm
Brad Fauteuex
December 29, 2020 - 9:47am
Peter Graves, Edgartown
Don’t forget Bob Graves owner of Graves Machine and Tool Company! If you’re going to do some thing do it right the first time!
December 29, 2020 - 9:55am
Elizabeth Finn, West Tisbury
We also lost Danga Gabis, educator, world traveler, gardener, beautiful strong woman and friend. So many folks were lost this year. I know it would be hard to name all of them. To all those who are missing their loved ones, may all rest easy and may we all find peace and joy in the good memories.
December 29, 2020 - 9:57am
Phebe, Wt
Oh no! I hadn't heard this!
December 29, 2020 - 11:16pm
Linley Dolby, Edgartown
Let’s not forget TM Araujo and his memorable bellow through the speakers of the MV Islander, proclaiming, “If you’re on the right side, you’re on the wrooooong side.”
December 29, 2020 - 10:30am
Polly Maciel, Edgartown
My father James Brown island born and owned Bill Brown’s Electric. Or Peter W Look born and raised devoted years to the Edgartown Fire Dept, Deputy Sheriff, etc they both should have been recognized as many others
December 29, 2020 - 12:45pm
Sonya Lima, Edgartown
I also will never forget the laughter and hijinks of TM Araujo, his hard working and funny sister Lena “Araujo” Vanderhoop and their incredible, older sister Madeline Midge” Moreis, who was a second Mom to me. Heaven also gained a very special angel when Barbara Almquist passed in June. There were so many other wonderful people we lost in 2020 that personally affected my life that I would like to mention: Ernie Barrett, Sid Counsell, Steve Rose, Gladys Welch, Lynn Gatchell, Carol deBettencourt, Helen Black, Kay Manning, Nelson deBettencourt, Tracy Sharples, Shelly Carter, Susan Rogers, Amy Lynn Combra, Beth Ann Saint-Amour and Tim Aureden.
December 29, 2020 - 12:51pm
Ann Marie, Oak Bluffs
Thank you for mentioning my dad Ernie Barrett and the many other individuals you mentioned as they are all greatly missed
December 29, 2020 - 6:19pm
Sheila Whitman, Bedford
Thank you Sonya for remembering the many others that we lost this year. My dad loved seeing you at "the spot" and sharing his lucky finds with you.
December 30, 2020 - 9:48am
Caitlin Cobb Goodhile , Lebanon Maine
Thank you for mentioning our family's matriarch Kaye Manning. Miss & love you Nina!
December 31, 2020 - 5:45pm
Mariana Friedman, Eugene, OR
There is also my brother, Adam Friedman, who passed away on September 19, 2020. He spent practically his entire life on MV. He had been working at the airport since he was a teenager. He was a great musician, a good friend and a great uncle.
December 29, 2020 - 3:24pm
Sonya Lima, Edgartown
Yes, Adam was a tremendous loss, and still is, my brother has a huge hole in his heart forever.
December 29, 2020 - 6:54pm
AW , Edgartown
Karen Child Much loved, born and raised
December 29, 2020 - 6:06pm
Darren Welch , Tisbury
My Brother Neil Ames Welch Jr (apple) passed in March he was 64 and my Mother 60 year veteran RN at MV hospital Gladys Welch passed on Dec.5th she was 90
December 29, 2020 - 7:05pm
Jacqueline Mendez Hansen, Seattle, Wa
The most gentle man in the world, my father Florencio (Sonny) Mendez January 17, 2020.
December 29, 2020 - 10:50pm
Eric Rodegast, Oak Bluffs
We also lost Phillip Reynolds of Edgartown along with so many others that we had to grieve for while in isolation.
December 30, 2020 - 8:23am
Kelley , OB
Fern Thomas and Agnes Williams.
December 30, 2020 - 9:15am
Dan Waters, West Tisbury
Bob Dutton's passing left a huge hole in our lives and in the cultural life of the community.
December 30, 2020 - 12:26pm
Molly Conole, Oak Bluffs
Thanks, Dan...was looking for him here, too...nice to have his memory treasured.
January 1, 2021 - 7:52am
Paul Doherty, Aquinnah
May they Rest In Peace!
December 30, 2020 - 9:06pm
Sara, Oak Bluffs
The Gazette's own B.J., Betty Mills Vantine, and perhaps most recently, Chris Larkosh. Both living off-Island, but B.J. was a part of the Gazette, thus the Island for a long time, and Chris was a stalwart Islander, born and raised here.
January 1, 2021 - 6:42am
Bob, Edgartown
I lovely piece and nice time to reflect. The new list begins today. Enjoy every precious day and do not forget to say I Love You to that special person in your Life.
January 1, 2021 - 8:58am
Bob Drogin, West Tisbury
My mother, Samatha F. Drogin, 97, in Edgartown - a force of nature and a lodestar for her family.
January 1, 2021 - 9:15am
Kimberley Rome, Chilmark
Theodore Chandler Howes (Teddy) ~ beloved for his eccentric character, his kind heart, his humongous wit, and uproarious laugh. September 14, 2020.
January 1, 2021 - 9:30am
Molly Conole, Oak Bluffs
Our recent shared loss of Dr. Malcolm Dunkley, our island’s only anesthesiologist for many years, my stepfather, avid road race runner, beekeeper, gentle spirit and quick wit also comes to mind. What a year of loss we have all had.
January 1, 2021 - 10:20am
Buck Reidy , VH
Also Hunter Denman, a beacon of light and love for all those he touched, who left us at such a young age.
January 1, 2021 - 10:27am
Jason Fein and Jennifer Altman, Hastings on Hudson, NY
Hannah Malkin, remembered by hundreds of island children who learned to swim in her pool.
January 1, 2021 - 11:24am
Rita Brown, Edgartown
Grace Conlin “Phronsie” died July 9 at 100 years old. Loved by many!
January 1, 2021 - 7:03pm
Coleen Holland, Edgartown
My husband, Michael Holland-He left us too early but we will always treasure his kind heart, ready smile and knack for charming everyone he met.
January 3, 2021 - 8:51pm
I read the article slowly and all of the comments. My condolences to everyone who lost someone this past year. All of our combined grace makes Martha's Vineyard what it is. Lee Fierro will always have a place in my heart, as do you all. Known and unknown; if we love the "rock', we love each other.
January 6, 2021 - 11:21am


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