Allan A. ‘Buddy’ deBettencourt, Sr., 83, lifelong resident of Oak Bluffs died on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth surrounded by his family.
He was predeceased by his wife, JoAnn R. (Fontaine) deBettencourt in May 2014 and by his brother, Nelson deBettencourt, Jr. in Oct. this past month.
He is survived by his oldest “kid”, Allan A. deBettencourt, Jr (Gina) and youngest “kid”, Joseph M. deBettencourt (Nicole). Also by his brother, David deBettencourt, his sisters, Katherine Tiernan and Deborah Ratcliffe, his sister-in-laws Sandra (Geddis) deBettencourt and Roberta Hearn, his brother-in-law Joseph Fontaine (Jean), his grandchildren, A.J., Angela, Tony, Joseph Jr., Leah, and Alaina and many nieces and nephews.
Allan, affectionately known as, “Buddy” by his friends and family, was born on January 23, 1937 in Oak Bluffs to the late Nelson J. deBettencourt, Sr., and Mildred (MacDonald) deBettencourt. He attended the Oak Bluffs High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963. Buddy and JoAnn opened up their own automobile business, “Buddy’s Auto” on Worcester Avenue in Oak Bluffs, where he worked as a mechanic and JoAnn handled the books. Buddy was a member of the American Legion (Post 257), serving as the Sergeant-at-Arms. He retired as a Captain for the Oak Bluffs Fire Department after 58 years of service and also served on the Oak Bluffs Park Commission for 55 years. He was a practicing Catholic of the Good Shepherd Parish of MV and was a Eucharistic Minister and had received the Marian Medal. Buddy was also a great lover of animals.
Visiting hours will be held in the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs on Friday, Nov 20 from 5-7pm.
His funeral mass will be celebrated on Sat., Nov 21 at 11am in St. Augustine’s Church, Franklin Ave, Vineyard Haven.
Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard Ave, Oak Bluffs with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard and honors by the Oak Bluffs Fire Dept.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, PO Box 257, or to the Good Shepherd Parish of MV, PO Box 1058, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.