Errol Transue, 88

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:15pm

Errol Lee Transue, 88, of Block Island, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 25 after a six-month illness. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. 

Errol, or “Nana” as she was lovingly known to her grandchildren, was born on Jan. 24, 1930, to Robert Edward Heyn and Ann Errol (Johnston) Heyn in Montclair, New Jersey. She grew up in Bronxville, New York, and graduated from Bronxville High School. Errol attended Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, before meeting William “Bill” Reynolds Transue. Errol and Bill quickly became inseparable and were married in 1950. 

Bill and Errol’s first of many adventures led them across the country to Seattle, Washington, where they settled and began a family, welcoming their son Andrew and daughter Lynlee. In 1955, the Transue family moved back east to South Salem, New York. Daughter Marlee was born the following year.

In 1966, Bill and Errol first brought their family to Block Island for a short vacation. By 1967, Bill and Errol had decided to spend the entire summer on Block Island, and shortly thereafter they decided to move permanently to the island. Errol would often recall that making the decision to uproot their family and move to Block Island took her and Bill less than 30 minutes. 

In 1968, Bill and Errol built and opened Block Island Marina (now the Block Island Boat Basin). They both loved to meet new people at the marina, and many of their acquaintances became life-long friends. Errol served as the office manager for Block Island Marina, overseeing the bookkeeping, payroll, reservations, and the hiring of dozens of seasonal employees. She was also active in the island community, serving as the chair of the Island Free Library Board and the chair of the Building Committee for the new library. Errol had a lifelong love of reading, and her involvement with the library was one of her proudest achievements. 

By 1994, Bill and Errol had retired and moved to the southern coast of Georgia. Errol was predeceased by Bill in 1999, shortly after moving back to Rhode Island. Errol spent 11 years living in Narragansett and Wakefield before returning to Block Island in 2010.

Errol is survived by: her brother-in-law, James Transue, of Narragansett, Rhode Island; her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Hillary Transue, of Block Island; her daughter and son-in-law, Lynlee and Jack Riccio, of Milford, Conn.; her daughter and son-in-law, Marlee and Ken Lacoste, of Block Island; her grandson, his wife, and two great-grandsons, Bain and Kaylan Transue and sons Jameson and Mac, of Block Island; her granddaughter and great-grandson, Carris Transue and son Rowan, of West Greenwich, Rhode Island; her grandson and his wife, Charles and Brandi Lacoste, of Charlestown, Rhode Island; her grandson, his wife, and great-granddaughter, Parker and Rachel Lacoste and daughter Eloise, of New York City; and granddaughter Shannon Riccio, of Rome, Italy and Milford, Connecticut. Errol was predeceased by her sister, Ann Linton Heyn (Chambless).

Errol’s passion for helping others carries on, as her remains were donated to the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University to benefit the education of future medical professionals. A private remembrance ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Errol wished to have donations made to the Island Free Library and Hope Hospice of Rhode Island.