Oscar Bunting left this world on May 28, 2015, age 83.
He had been married to cousin Joan for near fifty years, and together they raised six beautiful and accomplished daughters, and loved their grandchildren.
Oscar grew up here and stayed. Earned his living the old fashioned way - almost entirely on the waterfront. Scalloping every winter, fishing, shell-fishing through the seasons -- my memories begin in the 1960's summers, with his whole family on Jetties beach all day -- every day - rent you a beach umbrella, a small sailboat, or a skiff with an outboard motor; try your hand at water-skiing, anything recreational on the water or at water's edge (no windsurfing, jet-skiing, or kite boarding, then). Years later Oscar reminisced about the simplicity of his business model: $5.00
Oscar did not often have a lot to say -- proof enough that he was the guardian of all knowledge and wisdom to be had on the working waterfront; all real knowledge and wisdom. Once, with cousins and friends gathered, the fish stories kept up as the dinner hour wound down. Every man and most women knew the best time and place to catch a giant striped bass: "mystery rip at the turn of the tide after moonrise", etc. Eventually, Captain Oscar allowed: "Never mind all that. Jus' go on up Bass Point."
Bass Point !
Wisdom and Inspiration.
Serenity and Peace.
There are, and there will be other men. Honest men. Competent, uncomplicated men.