John Arthur Vose, 91, of Falmouth died May 14 at Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin, New Hampshire.

He was the widower of Charlotte (Mercier) Vose. They were married for 47 years at the time of her death in 2010.

Born in Brockton to Greek immigrant parents, Athanasios and Anastasia Vose, he was the youngest of 10 siblings.

At the age of 17, Mr. Vose enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War II.

After the war, he went to work on a horse farm in Florida, breaking in wild horses, and thereafter married Charlotte Mercier of Brockton. The day after their wedding in 1951, Mr. Vose was struck by a drunk driver while changing a tire near Bridgeport, Connecticut, on the New York Thruway and spent weeks in a coma with severe head injuries. He recovered after a significant struggle to live a long and productive life, living most of it in Falmouth Heights.

He worked as a chef at the nearby Franciscan Brothers Retreat.

Mr. Vose enjoyed fishing on Cape Cod and spent many weekends peddling seashore knickknacks to tourists. Crafted from driftwood, shells, and sea glass, he displayed them from a cart near the beach under the name “Captain John.” 

During baseball season, he supported the Cape Cod League by housing up to a half-dozen ballplayers every summer. He was also an avid stamp and coin collector, gardener, and a Red Sox fan. Late in life, he gained notoriety as a dancer and music lover in each of the senior homes he lived in.

He leaves a brother, James Vose of Cranston, Rhode Island; many nieces and nephews; and extended family.

He was predeceased by his siblings Louis Vose, Helen Bosen, Christy Vose, George Vose, Jane Skouras, Mary Waitkus, Sarah Pappas and Phyllis Duval.

His life will be celebrated in a short graveside service at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Friday, May 17, at 2:30 PM.

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