|Obituaries published Aug. 2, 2002
Michael Overko, 82
Mason; Coast Guard veteran; leaves family on Cape Cod
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Michael Overko, 82, a resident of Bonita Springs
who leaves a sister in Wareham, died Sunday at Naples Community Hospital.
He was the husband of Elizabeth (Zetariuk) Overko of Bonita Springs,
Fla., for 56 years.
Born in Boston, he attended South Boston High School, where he played
football. He also attended Boston Trade School.
Mr. Overko was a Coast Guard veteran, serving in the Pacific and Atlantic
theaters in World War II.
He was a Mason with the Marine Lodge in Falmouth and also a member
of the Palenstine Temple in Rhode Island.
A member of the American Lodge in Bonita Springs, he was a life member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Besides his wife, survivors include two sisters, Sophia Downs of Wareham
and Anne Michaluk of Rhode Island; and three godchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Nickerson-Bourne
Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd. (Route 28), Bourne.
Burial is in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Visiting hours are 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. A Masonic
service will be held at 7 p.m. during the visiting hours.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled
Children, 12502 North Pine Dr., Tampa, FL 33612-9499.
William R. 'Bill' Andersen, 58
Worked for commonwealth of Massachusetts; loved cats
MASHPEE - William R. "Bill" Andersen, 58, a resident of Mashpee, died
unexpectedly yesterday at his home.
He was the husband of Carolyn E. (Makinen) Andersen.
Born, raised and educated in Dorchester, Mr. Andersen graduated from
Boston State College.
He served in the Army after completing his education.
Mr. Andersen worked with the commonwealth of Massachusetts for more
than 30 years, working as a supervisor in the Department of Transitional
Assistance. He worked at various offices around the state and had most
recently been working at the Falmouth office.
He loved cats and was a foster family for the MSPCA and enjoyed spending
time with his family.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Chris Ellen Andersen
and Corey Glennon Andersen, both of Mashpee; his father, Edward Andersen
of Dorchester; two brothers, E. Paul Andersen of Cumberland, R.I., and
Thomas Andersen of Marshfield; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Waquoit Congregational
Church, Route 28, Waquoit.
Burial will be private.
Visiting hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home,
3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills.
Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville,
Nathaniel H. Sperber, 94
Worked in public relations; cellist; writer; WWII veteran
HARWICH - Nathaniel H. Sperber, 94, a Harwich resident, died Sunday
at the EPOCH Senior Health Care Center after an illness of a few months.
He was the husband of Doris (Weinbaum) Sperber for 63 years.
Born in Boston, Mr. Sperber lived in Woodbridge, Conn., and Marshfield
Hills before retiring to the Cape in 1973. He was a veteran of World War
II, serving in the Coast Guard in both the European and Pacific theaters.
A talented cellist, at the age of 16 he was the youngest member of
the American Federation of Musicians, playing in chamber music groups and
orchestras in the Boston area. Leaving professional music behind, he became
a reporter, writing for several Boston newspapers, but continued playing
as an amateur in orchestras in New Haven and Hingham.
His later career was in public relations, working for several companies,
including Raytheon, before establishing his own agency in Boston. Later
he taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of Boston University,
at which time he collaborated in the publication of two books on business
During his years in Harwich, he wrote music criticism for the Cape
Cod Times and a humorous column for the Cape Codder. He served on several
volunteer town committees, emphasizing his interest in the sea and in conservation.
His main personal interests were music, reading, sailing and fishing.
His home hobby was woodworking and many of his captains' sea chests were
shipped all over the world.
Besides his wife, survivors include a brother, Richard A. Sperber of
California; three nephews; and a niece.
Mr. Sperber left his body to the Boston University School of Medicine.
There will be no funeral service.
Goldie Belle Stewart, 96
Somerville native; lived in Yarmouthport, Harwich
HARWICH - Goldie Belle (Ernst) Stewart, 96, a resident of Harwich,
died Monday at Rosewood Manor in Harwich.
She was the wife of John Landers Stewart, who died in 1986.
Mrs. Stewart was born in Somerville, where she grew up and attended
school, graduating from high school in 1923. She lived in Arlington, where
she raised her family, moving to Yarmouthport in 1971. She lived in Harwich
for the past five years.
Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn S. Little of Burlington; a son,
Ted Stewart of Yarmouthport; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts
Chapter, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.
James D. Contis, 77
Federal government worker; veteran cited for gallantry
EAST FALMOUTH - James D. "Jim" Contis, 77, a resident of East Falmouth,
died Friday as a result of an automobile accident.
He was the husband of Marie (Harrington) Contis for 13 years.
Born in Bow, N.H., he was the eldest son of Greek immigrants. Although
he was proud of his Greek heritage and spoke Greek fluently, Mr. Contis
was always a devoted American patriot. He served in the Army during World
War II and was cited for conspicuous gallantry in action on Aug. 12, 1944.
He later worked and retired from the federal government. During retirement,
he worked at the Woodbriar retirement home in Falmouth. He was currently
employed at the Best Western Motel in Falmouth.
Mr. Contis was a spiritual, humble man who was devoted to his work.
He loved spending time with his wife and was also very fond of his Shih
Tzu named Brandi and his cat George W.
Besides his wife, survivors include three stepsons, Teddy, Scott and
Christopher Geggatt, all of Falmouth.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
The family asks that in his memory, friends remember a veteran today
in some small way.
Eleanor McClennen, 91
Taught and performed dance; active in Democratic politics
BREWSTER - Eleanor Schirmer McClennen, 91, died Monday at Brewster
Mrs. McClennen was born in Berlin, Mass., and raised in Chestnut Hill,
where she graduated from Miss Lee's School. She later graduated from Marot
Junior College in Connecticut. During this time, she became interested
in modern dance, which she taught and performed.
Her first marriage to Douglas Oliver, a professor of anthropology at
Harvard, led her to years in New Guinea. On their return to Boston, she
wrote an article for National Geographic about her travels.
Soon after, she married Josh McClennen, a professor of English literature,
and moved to Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mrs. McClennen and her husband retired to their summer home on Pleasant
Bay in the 1970s, where they enjoyed spending time with friends and sailing
around the bay.
An avid traveler, Mrs. McClennen visited Greece, Egypt, England, Scotland,
Alaska and central Europe.
She was an active member of the Democratic party and was involved in
numerous political campaigns, including campaigns for Adlai Stevenson and
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Crane Savage of Brewster and
Susan Alman of South Orleans; three stepchildren, Douglas McClennen, Edward
F. McClennen and Betsey Miller; a sister, Petie Church of Westport; three
grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston,
Route 6A, East Brewster, MA 02631.
Eleanor Hayes Curtin, 99
Worked in real estate; active in church organizations
NORTH FALMOUTH - Eleanor Hayes Curtin, 99, a resident of North Falmouth,
died Tuesday. She would have been 100 years old on Aug. 4.
She was the wife of the late John King Curtin.
Mrs. Curtin had a long career in real estate with Hughes Associates
in Waban. She was a communicant of St. Philip Neri Church in Waban and
a former president of its guild.
As a summer resident and in her later years, Mrs. Curtin was a member
of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth.
Survivors include three daughters, Susan Curtin Malloy of Wellesley,
Carol Curtin Walsh of Wellesley and Eleanor "Bonnie" Curtin McCarthy of
North Falmouth; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A Mass in celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow
at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Quaker Road, North Falmouth.
Burial will be in North Falmouth Cemetery, Old Main Road, North Falmouth.
Memorial donations may be made to Kids Grieve Too!, Hospice & Palliative
Care of Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601; or to the charity
of one's choice.
Stephen G. Cary, 86
Quaker pacifist, relief worker; Chatham summer resident
CHATHAM - Stephen G. Cary, 86, a Quaker activist and administrator
whose experience in war-torn Europe after World War II led him to spend
much of his life speaking out against war and working for peace and social
justice, died Tuesday, at his summer home in Chatham.
He was the husband of the former Elizabeth Summers for 54 years.
A lifelong Quaker who lived most of his life in Philadelphia, Mr. Cary
graduated from Germantown Friends School and Haverford College and earned
a master's degree in international administration from Columbia University.
After a brief business career, he was drafted in 1942. He spent four
years in Civilian Public Service (CPS), when he was manager of three camps.
It was during this time that he became involved with the American Friends
Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and humanitarian service organization.
From 1946 to 1969, he served on the staff of the AFSC, where he later
was clerk (chairperson) of the Board of Directors, from 1979 to 1991.
At the end of his CPS service in 1946, the AFSC named Mr. Cary to head
European relief operations, a post he held for three years. In late 1947,
Mr. Cary was in Amsterdam with a group of exhausted relief workers when
word came that the Quakers had won the Nobel Peace Prize for their humanitarian
work after World War I and during and after World War II.
Upon his return to the United States, he served as assistant to the
executive secretary (director) under the late Clarence Pickett, was chief
administrator for the AFSC's domestic programs from 1950 to 1959, and in
1959 was named associate executive secretary (director), coordinating AFSC's
U.S. regional offices.
Mr. Cary undertook many special assignments for the AFSC. He accompanied
a Quaker goodwill team that visited the USSR in 1955 and conducted a three-month
program exploration for AFSC in South Vietnam in 1965. He chaired the group
that produced the widely known pamphlet "Speak Truth to Power," and went
to jail in Washington, D.C., for 15 days for demonstrating in support of
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the Poor People's Campaign
in 1968. In 1969, Cary was named vice president for Development at Haverford
College. In 1978, he was acting president, retiring in 1981. At Haverford,
he helped facilitate a difficult transition to co-education.
In addition to his involvement with Quaker education at Haverford College,
Mr. Cary served on the school committee (board) of Germantown Friends School
for 35 years, including 15 years as clerk (chairperson).
Deeply committed to pacifism and social justice, he was a passionate
advocate of active nonviolence and human rights, writing and speaking extensively
on these topics. The Religious Society of Friends was his religious home.
Mr. Cary felt strongly that a life of religious commitment did not
preclude fun. Beginning at 60, he choreographed a series of adventures
that eventually included hiking in the Himalayas, sailing around the Horn
on a 100-foot schooner, following Darwin's path in the Galapagos, and bare
boating in the Pacific with six other octogenarians.
Besides his wife, survivors include his children Anne Sampson, Charles
Cary, and Dorothy Cary; a sister, Comfort Richardson; seven grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Yarmouth Friends
Meetinghouse in South Yarmouth.
Another memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Philadelphia
area at Germantown Friends Meeting.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee;
Haverford College; or Germantown Friends School.
Walter V. Crawley, 82
Worked for H.P. Hood Milk; enjoyed vegetable gardening
EAST DENNIS - Walter V. Crawley, 82, a resident of East Dennis, died
Monday at his home in East Dennis.
He was the husband of Dorothy L. (Reed) Crawley for 58 years.
Born in Wisconsin, he graduated from Durfee High School in Fall River
in 1936. He graduated from Bryant College in Providence in 1938 with a
bachelor of science degree in business administration.
He was a first lieutenant in the Army and served one year in Iceland
and three years in the United States. He spent his life Centerdale, R.I.;
Newington, Conn.; and Westwood, before semi-retiring to the Cape in 1969.
He worked for H.P. Hood Milk as a manager for 30 years. After moving
to the Cape, he worked in banking.
He enjoyed his family, vegetable gardening, playing golf, and watching
baseball, golf and hockey.
He was a charter member of the Northside United Methodist Church and
a member of the Cape Cod Men's Club and Dennis Pines Senior Men's Golf
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Nancy Reynolds of
Humarock and Joyce Hossfeld of Brewster; two sons, Charles Crawley of East
Dennis and Stephen Crawley of South Weymouth; a brother, Wesley Crawley
of Fall River; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Northside
United Methodist Church, 701 Airline Road, Brewster.
Burial will be private in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northside United Methodist Church
Building Fund, 701 Airline Road, Brewster, MA 02631; to the Visiting Nurse
Association of Cape Cod, 434 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660; to Hospice
& Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.
William F. Butler, 83
Teacher; coach; former Monument Beach resident
NEW MILFORD, Conn. - William F. Butler, 83, a resident of New Milford
and formerly of Monument Beach, died June 27 in New Milford.
He was the husband of the late Ruth A. (Hussey) Butler.
Mr. Butler lived in New Milford for the past 2 1/2 years, moving from
Monument Beach where he lived for 50 years.
He received his teaching degree from the former Hyannis State Teachers
College and a master's degree from Boston University.
In his many years with the Bourne school district, Mr. Butler taught
physical education, English, math, history, woodshop and driver's education
for the high school.
He also coached football and basketball at the high school level for
Mr. Butler was also the principal of the Bourne Junior High School
at one time. He retired in 1981.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia A. Lieberman of New Milford,
Conn., and Mary Jo Butler of Boise, Idaho; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were private.
Memorial donations may be made to the William F. Butler Scholarship
Fund, c/o Bourne Educators Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3201,
Bourne, MA 02532.
Obituaries published Oct. 4, 2002
Virginia 'Mae' MacDonald, 77
Retired secretary; hospital volunteer; family on Cape Cod
ATTLEBORO - Virginia "Mae" MacDonald, 77, a resident of Attleboro who
leaves a daughter in Marstons Mills, died Saturday at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
She was the wife of the late Robert E. MacDonald Sr.
Mrs. MacDonald was born in Barrowsville and graduated from Norton High
School. She worked for many years in the main office of Fernandes Supermarkets
as a secretary, retiring years ago. A communicant of St. John the Evangelist
Church, she was also a member of the St. John's Ladies Guild. A 17-year
cancer survivor, she was a volunteer at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. She also
was an avid bingo player and enjoyed tea parties.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Guimond of Marstons Mills
and Mary Anne MacDonald of Whitinsville; two sons, Robert E. MacDonald
Jr. of Warwick, R.I., and Michael D. MacDonald of Whitinsville; a sister,
Florence Briggs of Attleboro; five grandchildren; and several nieces and
A funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday from the Duffy-Poule
Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro, followed by a funeral Mass at 1 p.m.
at St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 N. Main St., Attleboro.
Burial is in St. John's Cemetery, Attleboro.
Visiting hours are 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Oncology Center, Sturdy Memorial
Hospital, 211 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703.
Salvatore Sorabella, 88
Former owner of Cape Cod Bark and Garden Center
EAST DENNIS - Salvatore Sorabella, 88, a resident of East Dennis, died
Tuesday at the Orleans Convalescent and Retirement Center in Orleans after
a brief illness.
He was the husband of Grace (Cacciola) Sorabella, who died in March
2000. They were married in 1938.
Born in Somerville and raised and educated in Watertown, Mr. Sorabella
lived in Watertown for most of his life until moving to East Dennis in
For many years he owned and operated Cape Cod Bark and Garden Center
in Sandwich. He enjoyed growing tomatoes.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Carie of Lexington and Joann
Russas of East Dennis; a brother, Louis Sorabella of Colorado Springs,
Colo.; three sisters, Sylvia Schuman and Mary Moscato, both of Boca Raton,
Fla., and Antoinette Apone of Mashpee; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was also the father of the late Barbara DiRe.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow from the Doane, Beal &
Ames Funeral Home, 260 Main St., West Harwich, followed by a Mass of Christian
burial at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Cape Church, Stoney Brook Road, Brewster.
Burial is in Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Dennis.
Visiting hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Edmund F. Robery Jr., 57
Owned Robery's Painting and Decorating; enjoyed family
HYANNIS - Edmund F. Robery Jr., 57, a resident of Hyannis, died Tuesday
at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
He was the husband of Judy (Wilson) Robery of Hyannis.
Mr. Robery was born in Randolph and attended Wareham schools. He was
the owner and operator of Robery's Painting and Decorating for more than
20 years, and excelled in his work as a painter and decorator. He enjoyed
spending all his free time with his grandchildren, who were a big part
of his life.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Mark Robery, and two daughters,
Tonya Robery and Heidi Bartek, all of Florida; a brother, Craig Robery
of Florida; a sister, Deborah Castellano of Ohio; a stepson, Jeffery Albright
of Missouri; two stepdaughters, Dawn Arnsdorff of Minnesota and Cynthia
Stack of Pennsylvania; 20 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Doane, Beal & Ames
Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis, with a wake service at 7 p.m. Burial
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of
Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Louise Fitch, 83
Homemaker; active in Brown Club, duplicate bridge club
WEST DENNIS - Louise (Heckman) Fitch, 83, a resident of West Dennis,
died Sunday at Mayflower Place.
She was the wife of the late Parmelee H. Fitch.
Born and raised in Providence, R.I., she graduated from Lincoln High
School. She also graduated from Brown University in 1940 and from Katherine
Gibbs School in 1941.
After her marriage, Mrs. Fitch became a homemaker, living in Providence
until 1974 when she moved to her seventh-generation family summer home
in West Dennis, where she had been a lifelong summer resident.
An avid bridge player, she was a member and past president of the Dennis-Yarmouth
Citizens Duplicate Bridge Club.
She was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in South Yarmouth
and a member and former secretary of the Brown Club of Cape Cod.
Survivors include a son, Frederic P. Fitch of Brockton; and two grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at St. David's
Episcopal Church, South Yarmouth.
Burial is private.
Karen M. Cox, 37
Retailer for Peachtree Designs; lived in Falmouth, Sandwich
SANDWICH - Karen Marie (Grinnell) Cox, 37, died Tuesday at her home
after a long illness, surrounded by her family.
She was the wife of Jeffrey T. Cox since 1993.
Born, raised and educated in Falmouth, she graduated from Falmouth
Mrs. Cox lived in Sandwich since 2001, having returned to Massachusetts
from Florida. She had also lived in Sandwich before moving to Florida.
She worked as a retailer for Peachtree Designs in both Barnstable and
Mashpee for six years. While living in Florida, she was employed by Circuit
City in both Naples and Clearwater.
Mrs. Cox enjoyed arts, crafts and cooking and she loved animals.
Besides her husband, survivors include her mother, Caroline J. (Omell)
Grinnell of East Falmouth; a daughter, Stephanie E. Morton of Falmouth;
three sons, Cory E. Morton of Mashpee, Bryan Cox of Sandwich and Timothy
Cox of Sandwich; a sister, Katherine Piela of Plymouth; a brother, C. Russell
Grinnell of Houghton Lake, Mich.; her maternal grandmother, Ruby Jackman
of Houghton Lake, Mich.; a niece; two nephews; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services are private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Karen M. Cox Trust, c/o Katherine
Piela, 26 Surrey Drive, Plymouth, MA 02360; or to Hospice & Palliative
Care of Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Abbot B. Schwebel
Attorney in Connecticut; owned home in Truro
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - Abbot B. Schwebel, a resident of Point Pleasant
and Truro, died yesterday at his New Jersey home after a long illness with
He was the husband of Marilyn Schaefer for 39 years.
Mr. Schwebel was a member of the Connecticut Bar from 1964 and had
a practice in Vernon, Conn., for 35 years. For many years, he represented
the towns of Vernon, Coventry and East Windsor, Conn. He was also assistant
states attorney for Tolland County for 18 years and a special constable
in Vernon in the 1960s.
Besides his wife, survivors include three children, Tamson Zucker,
Todd Schwebel and Lauren Inzero; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Temple Beth - El Cemetery,
Route 33, Neptune, N.J.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Concern Center, Richmond
Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742.
Clare Frederickson, 72
Worked in doctor's office; Sandwich summer resident
RANDOLPH - Clare (Frawley) Frederickson, 72, a resident of Randolph
and Sandwich, died yesterday at her home in Randolph.
She was the wife of Frank E. Frederickson.
Born and raised in Randolph, she graduated from Stetson High School
Mrs. Frederickson was formerly an employee of Dr. David Wiener, a pediatrician,
for more than 15 years. She enjoyed summering in Sandwich for the past
Besides her husband, survivors include four daughters, Noreen Clements
and Cathy Gambino, both of Abington, Linda Sullivan of Avon and Suzanne
Giannotti of Marstons Mills; a son, Frank Frederickson of Yarmouth; and
A funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Cartwright Funeral
Home, 419 N. Main St. (Route 28), followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m.
at St. Mary Church, Randolph.
Burial is in St. Mary Cemetery, Randolph.
Visiting hours are 7 to 9 tonight and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow
at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501
St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Walter H. Renear, 77
Manufacturing engineer; on Tisbury board; WWII veteran
VINEYARD HAVEN - Walter Hume Renear, 77, a resident of Vineyard Haven,
He was the husband of Rebecca Allen Renear of Vineyard Haven.
Born in Oak Bluffs, he was educated at Tisbury High School, Armed Forces
Institute, Fort Knox Armored School, St. Louis University (Parks College
of Aeronautical Technology), Kansas City College, University of Missouri
and California State College, Sacramento.
During World War II, Mr. Renear was a technical sergeant in the Armored
Force (Tanks), serving in the European theater.
After the war, he was associated with the family automobile business
before joining the Westinghouse Aviation Gas Turbine Division in Kansas
City as a senior engineer. Later, he worked for the rocket and missile
manufacturer AeroJet General Corp. in California as manager of manufacturing
programming and control. Before retiring, he worked for K&E, an engineering
equipment manufacturer, as assistant plant manager. For many years he was
involved in intelligence work, and after his retirement he was an engineering
consultant to defense manufacturers.
Mr. Renear had an enthusiastic interest in genealogy and Vineyard history.
When he was 16 he twice walked around the shoreline of Martha's Vineyard
proper and a third time included Chappaquiddick Island.
During the 1970s and '80s, he was a member of the Tisbury Planning
Board, frequently serving as chairman and playing a leading role in the
development of townwide zoning, subdivision control, harbor management
planning and long-range planning. He operated a commercial fishing dragger
for several years after his retirement.
Mr. Renear was one of the youngest people ever to have full membership
in the Society of Automotive Engineers, and later became a member of its
governing board. He was also a member of the American Management Association,
American Ordnance Association, YMCA, Scout Council and several fraternal
A licensed pilot in his younger years, Mr. Renear enjoyed flying. He
also had a lifetime interest in boating and fishing. He made a number of
visits to Northern Ireland, Canada and England.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Dr. Allen Hume Renear; a
daughter, Dawn Renear; a half brother, the Rev. Miles Wetherell Renear
of California; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, P.O.
Box 2568, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; or to Martha's Vineyard Hospital, 1 Hospital
Way, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Thomas E. Comer, 87
Real estate broker; gas fitter; active in prostate cancer group
SANDWICH - Thomas E. Comer, 87, a resident of Sandwich and formerly
of East Dennis, died Tuesday at Mary McCarthy Hospice House.
He was the husband of the late Louise V. (Cole) Comer.
Born in North Quincy, Mr. Comer graduated from Boston College High
School. He attended Lowell Institute and Suffolk Law School.
Mr. Comer was a real estate broker and a master gas fitter. He worked
for the Boston Gas Co. as manager of commercial-industrial sales for 43
years, retiring in 1980. He was a former member of the American Gas Association
and the New England Gas Association.
A longtime East Dennis resident, and formerly of Milton, he was very
active in the Men's Prostate Cancer Support Group of Cape Cod and served
as chairman of the Men's High-Riser special interest group.
Mr. Comer published "Man-to- Man," a quarterly newsletter for men with
prostate problems on Cape Cod. He also spoke to many community groups to
increase the awareness of prostate cancer.
Survivors include two sons, Philip Comer of Bristol, Conn., and Kenneth
Comer of Springfield, Va.; a daughter, Barbara Diamond of Brewster; and
Funeral services are private.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of
Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.