Melvin A. Pachico, 80, passed away unexpectedly on December 4, 2017.
He was born on January 23, 1937 in Vineyard Haven to Frank A. and Gladys (Brooks) Pachico. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Frank A Pachico, Jr. and wife (Catherine) his sisters Lillian Burovac and Susan Jackson, his brother-in-laws Phil Dube, Timothy Fullin and Arthur Metell and two nieces and one nephew.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith (Marchant) Pachico; his two daughters, Janet Sylvia (Timothy) and Kimberly Serpa (Eric) all of West Tisbury, and five grandchildren; Brandyn Sylvia, Brianna Sylvia Olender (Bill), Zachary Sylvia, Caitlin and Christopher Serpa; and a great granddaughter Alyssa Sylvia. Also surviving him are his sisters, Sylvia Metell, Linda Fullin, his brother Donald Pachico (Judy), brother-in-law Peter Jackson and his sister-in-law Elaine Ciancio (Mike) and many nieces and nephews.
Melvin enlisted in the U.S. Army at aged 18 in 1955, returning to the Vineyard after his tour of duty in the states at the Boston Missile Defense site.
Melvin was happiest when working. His many professions included working as a chef at Homeport Restaurant for owners Chester Stearns and Chet Cummens; an apprentice embalmer at Sylvia Funeral Home; a landscaper for Allen Gelinas and then operated his own landscaping and caretaking business for over 35 years. He was a jack-of-all trades, painting and acquiring his contractor's license. He, along with his brother Donald, replaced many an island roof. He retired in 2002.
Melvin enjoyed children and was known to tease a few. He was known for his chocolate chip cookies he made for many of them. Some pictures of his cookies often appeared on facebook, as they were so large.
He was a member of the Holy Ghost Association. Winters were spent with his wife, Judith in Port Richey, Fl.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Holy Ghost Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, Ma.. 02557.
As he wished, there will be no funeral.
A celebration of his life will be held at the PA club in Oak Bluffs on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1-4 PM.