Antone H. Rezendes, Sr., longtime resident of West Tisbury, died on April 18 at the age of 94.
He was born April 12, 1919, in Fall River and was the son of the late Antonio and Elizabeth Rezendes.
In the late 1920s he came to the Vineyard to live with his grandfather. During this time he had many jobs. He was the pin setter at the old Oak Bluffs bowling alley. His favorite job was at the Flying Horses where he met his future wife. He would drop the rings for everyone to catch and somehow he always managed to make sure his future wife had gotten the golden ring. He was married in 1942.
He was a corporal in the United States Army Air Corp in World War II. He was a painter, a plumber and a custodian at the West Tisbury School. He loved to paint pictures and play pool at the PA Club with his friend Ken Ralston. He loved to go bowling at the former Spinnaker Lanes alley. He loved to dance and it was always the highlight at events or parties. Both Tony and his wife were known as the Vineyard’s own Fred and Ginger.
He loved the Red Sox, the Patriots, the Celtics and the Bruins. A true New England fan all the way.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #257 and the Holy Ghost Association.
He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years Gertrude V. (Amaral) Rezendes, a brother Joseph Rezendes and a sister Catherine Ferreira. He is survived by a son Antone H. Rezendes Jr. and his wife Doreen; two daughters, Cheryl A. Metell and her husband Daniel, Victoria Thurber and her husband Scott, all of West Tisbury. He is survived by his grandchildren, Beth Kaeka and her husband Dwight, Amy Del Torto, Dana Rezendes and jis wife Lori, Jenny Dowd and her husband Mike, Lisa Trenoweth and her husband, Travis Thurber and his wife Heather and Ian Thurber; by his great-grandchildren Marissa Kaeka Lopenzo and her husband Nicholas, Dwight Kaeka Jr (DJ), Devin Del Torto, Kendra Del Torto, Lorinda Martin, Daniel Martin, Emily Mae Trenoweth, Cabot Thurber, Brahmin Thurber and Nathan Rezendes; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to his doctors and nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Peter Laursen and Dr. Michael Jacobs for saving him 16 years ago.
A graveside service was held on April 22 at the West Tisbury Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Holy Ghost Association, PO Box 2203 in Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road in Oak Bluffs. Please visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.