James Peter Maciel Dies at Age 93
James Peter Maciel of Vineyard Haven and Zephyrhills Fla., died on Friday, June 8, 2018, at his son’s home in Vineyard Haven.
Jimmy as he was known to his many friends and customers was born in West Tisbury, on New Year’s Eve in 1924, one of eleven children born to Raul and Rose Maciel.
The Maciel family moved to Tisbury where Jimmy attended the Tisbury School until World War II interrupted school work for the Army. Staff Sergeant Maciel, served in the European Theater until his honorable discharge in 1946.
A short time after his return to the island Jimmy began to work for his brother Manuel Maciel plumbing. He met and married Leona Dow a school teacher at the Tisbury school on February 21, 1953. Jimmy then began his own plumbing business James P. Maciel Plumbing and Heating.
In 1989, James and Leona retired turning the business over to their son Corly. They moved to Florida eventually settling in Zephyrhills. Jimmy regained his love for golf as a member of the Scotland Yards Golf Club. He quickly became known for his chipping and putting, scoring an amazing six hole in one's.
Jimmy had to leave Florida last year and returned to the Vineyard to be cared for by his family after a series of medical issues.
He is survived by his two sons, Neal and Corliss (Corly), his daughter in law Marilyn, and grandsons Curtis and Denver. He was predeceased by his wife Leona and grandson Michael James. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Hoffman, Anna Constantine and Evelyn Christopher.
A graveside service will be held On Wednesday, July 18th at 10:00 AM, at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Tisbury officiated by Rev. Michael Nagle and military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.
As Jimmy was the last living charter member of the VFW Post 9261, the family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy's memory be made to the VFW Post 9261, PO Box 1437, or the American Legion Post 257, PO Box 257, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.