Stuart Vorpahl Jr., a fisherman, historian, former town trustee, secretary of the East Hampton Baymen’s Association, and a descendant of one of East Hampton’s oldest families, died last Thursday at Southampton Hospital.
Russell Drumm, a senior writer for The East Hampton Star, who for 33 years wrote about commercial and recreational fishing among a range of subjects large and small, died on Saturday at Southampton Hospital of cancer.
"He was a man of the ages that we will never see again," said Daniel Rodgers, an attorney and advocate for East End commercial fishermen. "He was very easy to underestimate, but he was absolutely brilliant, one of the smartest men I ever met."
Richard Hendrickson, a volunteer with the National Weather Service’s Cooperative Observer Program since he was a teenager, continued to take measurements and readings at his backyard weather station on Lumber Lane until early last year.
Gilbert E. Kaplan, who made his fortune as a publisher in the financial world but gained international renown for conducting Mahler’s Second Symphony, died on New Year’s Day in Manhattan of cancer, at 74.
Joe D. Roberts, a veteran of the Army who spent many years employed by the South Shore Produce Company in Bridgehampton, died of cardiac arrest on Dec. 30 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.