obituaries

William G. Abel, East Hampton’s pre-eminent surgeon as well as the chief of surgery at Southampton Hospital for many years, died on Aug. 15 at his home on Baiting Hollow Road here. He was 92.
George Thomas Proferes, a longtime owner of the Paradise restaurant in Sag Harbor Village, which was in his family for close to 80 years, died at Huntington Hospital on Friday. He was 75 and had pneumonia, after having had lung problems for 30...
Vernal Harold Lafoe, a former resident of East Hampton, died of cancer on Sept. 17 at the Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto, Fla. He was 88. One of six children, Mr. Lafoe was born on June 7, 1926, in Brownington, a small town in northern...
Frances Starr Todd, a teacher and philanthropist who spent summers in East Hampton, died on Aug. 28 at home in Far Hills, N.J. She was 73 and had cancer. She was married to John Todd, whose grandparents were among the first families to build...
Annette MacNiven, a world-class mountain-biker who competed in Xterra championships in Hawaii, California, Colorado, and Utah, and who taught swimming to I-Tri girls and members of the Hurricanes youth swim team at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton...
A memorial service celebrating the life of James H. Schneider, who worked for more than 30 years with the University of Michigan’s sports information department, retiring as a public and media relations director in 2008 because of ill health...
Robert E. Kalbacher, the founder of Kalbacher’s Auto in Springs, died on July 19 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was 82. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He had been in ill health for a few years, his family said...
Harry Lee Hinson, an interior designer who founded Hinson & Company, a leading wallpaper, textile, and lighting company, died on Sept. 4 at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital in Manhattan. He was 76.
Anthony Mammano, who had his own business making custom cabinetry and doing glasswork, died at Southampton Hospital after a short illness. He was 63 and had recently had several strokes and pneumonia. Mr. Mammano, who was known as Tony, was a...
Emmett Clarence Bennett, a lifetime resident of Springs and Wainscott, died of Huntington’s disease at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook on Sept. 16. He was 67 and had been ill for years. Mr. Bennett graduated from East...
Barbara Osborn Babinski Meyer, a Wainscott resident whose roots go back to John Osborn, one of the first settlers of the hamlet, died at home surrounded by her family on Aug. 31 after a brief illness.  Mrs. Babinski Meyer is in the 10th...
Visiting hours for Annette MacNiven will be held on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Ms. MacNiven, a world-class mountain-biker, and a runner and swimming instructor, died on Tuesday at Southampton...
In the last entry of her day book, Ernestine Lassaw wrote, “At 101 I believe I have had a magic life.” Ms. Lassaw, who lived full time in Springs for half of her long life, died at Southampton Hospital on Aug. 15.