Scott A. Francis, 48, Loved the Ocean

Scott A. Francis of Edgartown died unexpectedly on Dec. 27. He was 48.

Helen Meleney, 81, Taught Physical Education

Helen E. Meleney, a third-generation summer resident of East Chop, died on Tuesday, Dec. 24 in Greenbelt, Md. She was 81.

Joseph Dawicki, 78, Chief Engineer of Nobska

Joseph Frank Dawicki Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., died on Oct. 4. Mr. Dawicki was the last chief engineer aboard the steamer Nobska and thus the man who...

Geraldine Cronig, 89, Nurse

Geraldine Davis Cronig died after a lengthy illness at her home in Oak Bluffs on Dec. 30 with her daughter at her bedside. She was 89.

Lester White, 83, Ran White Bros. Construction

Lester A. White of Oak Bluffs, an Island native, died on Sunday morning, Dec. 29 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 83.

Nicholas Linfield, 73, Professor of Literature

Nicholas Linfield, a longtime summer resident of Chilmark, died at home in Miami, Fla., on Dec. 23. He was 73.

Estelle Coleman, 92, Pioneering Banker

Estelle Rematha Coleman died peacefully at Sunnyvale Health Care Center in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Dec. 24. She was 92.

John Potter, 89, East Chop Icon

John Stauffer Potter Jr. died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 4. He was 89.

Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin, 74

Kenneth C. Edelin, renowned physician, pioneer, activist and fighter for the health care rights of women and the disadvantaged died on Dec. 30 after...