The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News


John Toteanu of Inverness, Florida and West Tisbury died September 28 after a battle with cancer. He was 78 years old.

John was born in New York in 1944 to Lillian and John Toteanu.

He had many jobs during his life. As a young teenager, he worked in New York’s diamond district. Later in life he was a stock car driver, mechanic, fiberglass technician, fisherman, marine mechanic, Martha’s Vineyard airport firefighter, pilot, chef, sommelier, restaurateur, carpenter, house mover , part of a maritime rescue. crew, heavy equipment operator, asphalt crew member for White Brothers, and mechanic and foreman at Goodale Construction. He was a member of Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, the Portuguese American Club and the Barnacle Club.

When it came to building or fixing something, there was nothing John couldn’t accomplish if he had the time, the tools, and the materials. He used these talents to help his friends and family throughout his life. His family mourns the projects left unfinished.

He was married twice. His son Richard was born to his first wife. After vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard, he — like so many others — fell in love with island life and decided to become a resident. There he met his second wife with whom he had two daughters, Anya and Connie. He later spent 20 years with his loving partner Leslie Fairbairn, reading in hammocks side by side, becoming snowbirds with a Florida retirement home and exploring garage sales, estate sales and auctions.

John is survived by his son Richard Toteanu, his daughters Connie Toteanu and Anya Toteanu and her husband Mark Vousboukis, as well as his grandchildren Riley and Aurora Vousboukis. He also leaves behind his beloved companion Sylvia Olejarz, the light who brought happiness back to his later years, and his son Andrew Rogers.

He was predeceased by his dear Leslie, his parents Lillian and John and his sister Paula.

A private celebration of life will take place on the Vineyard.

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