Recent Stories: Obituaries

Star Staff
September 22, 2016
Allen Bradley Bennett, a Bonacker who grew up in Springs and lived most of his life in Amagansett, died on Aug. 26 at Southampton Hospital.

Allen Bradley Bennett, a Bonacker who grew up in Springs and lived most of his life in Amagansett, died on Aug. 26 at Southampton Hospital. He was 65, and had been diagnosed with cancer four years ago.

Star Staff
September 22, 2016
Helen Walsh, a 10th-generation descendant of Thomas Talmage, one of East Hampton’s original settlers, died on Sept. 14 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton.

Helen Walsh, a 10th-generation descendant of Thomas Talmage, one of East Hampton’s original settlers, died on Sept. 14 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. She was 93.

Star Staff
September 22, 2016
Kate Morgan Wyckoff-Holmes, an artist who lived in Sag Harbor for many years and who specialized in garden design, died at home in Key West, Fla., on Aug. 30.

Kate Morgan Wyckoff-Holmes, an artist who lived in Sag Harbor for many years and who specialized in garden design, died at home in Key West, Fla., on Aug. 30. Ms. Wyckoff-Holms was 85 and had cancer.

She was a brilliant painter, said her husband, Samuel S. Holmes, and through designing gardens, she was able to put her talents to work on a larger scale, using nature’s palette.

Star Staff
September 22, 2016
Kirk White, an interior designer who had a long and illustrious career, initiating the “Room of the Month” window of the W & J Sloane rug and furniture store in Manhattan and designing a complete house inside the store, died at home at Bayberry Close in East Hampton Village on Saturday.

Kirk White, an interior designer who had a long and illustrious career, initiating the “Room of the Month” window of the W & J Sloane rug and furniture store in Manhattan and designing a complete house inside the store, died at home at Bayberry Close in East Hampton Village on Saturday at the age of 90.

Jennifer Landes
September 17, 2016
A Montauk resident, Edward Albee wrote "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Delicate Balance," which won the Pulitzer Prize.

At the heart of Edward Albee's life is a bit of mystery. He was born on March 12, 1928, as Edward Harvey, in, as most accounts agree but not all, Washington, D.C. Some say it is unclear where his exact birthplace was, citing somewhere in Virginia.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
Charles Sheehan, a 32-year employee of the East Hampton Post Office who lived on Oakview Highway here for many years, died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 19 in New Port Richey, Fla.

Charles Sheehan, a 32-year employee of the East Hampton Post Office who lived on Oakview Highway here for many years, died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 19 in New Port Richey, Fla. He was 85 and had been ill for three months.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
Emily Estes Whalen, an Amagansett resident who had spent the last two years in Quogue, died on Sept. 8 at Southampton Hospital of complications of pneumonia.

Emily Estes Whalen, an Amagansett resident who had spent the last two years in Quogue, died on Sept. 8 at Southampton Hospital of complications of pneumonia. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
Florence Wildner-Fox died in Buenos Aires at the age of 102 on Sept. 7.

Florence Wildner-Fox, who died in Buenos Aires at the age of 102 on Sept. 7, came to Montauk in an unusual way. She had been living in Manhattan for a long time and was often in Macy’s, where, while on a lunch break from her jobs at American Express and with the Argentine navy, she stumbled upon a surprising opportunity, her daughter-in-law, Ines Wildner-Fox, said.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
A memorial gathering will be held in Springs on Saturday for Rossetti Perchik, who died on May 7.

A memorial gathering will be held in Springs on Saturday for Rossetti Perchik, who died on May 7. It will begin at 11 a.m. with a ceremony on the beach at Maidstone Park, which will be followed with a reception at Michael’s restaurant on Maidstone Park Road.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016

A memorial gathering for Suzanne Goell will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 677 Hand’s Creek Road in East Hampton. Ms. Goell, who was 85, died at home in East Hampton on Monday. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
John Dana Smith, a financial adviser for Cabot Lodge Securities and a sportsman of broad interests, died in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 5.

John Dana Smith, a financial adviser for Cabot Lodge Securities and a sportsman of broad interests, died in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 5. He was 69. The cause of death was coronary artery disease linked to Agent Orange defoliant exposure during the Vietnam War, his family said.

Mark Segal
September 15, 2016

Rae Ferren, whose distinctive impressionistic paintings captured the space and light of the East End, died on Sept. 6 at Southampton Hospital. She was 87 and had been ill for several years with progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological disorder.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
Steven Charles Overby, a furniture buyer for Macy’s in New York City for many years who rose to become a senior vice president at the company, died on Sept. 6 at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he had been under care since a home accident at the end of August.

Steven Charles Overby, a furniture buyer for Macy’s in New York City for many years who rose to become a senior vice president at the company, died on Sept. 6 at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he had been under care since a home accident at the end of August. He would have been 72 later this month.

Star Staff
September 15, 2016
Cmdr. Stewart R. Graham, a helicopter pioneer who served in the Coast Guard for 26 years, died at home in Naples, Me., on Aug. 13.

Cmdr. Stewart R. Graham, a helicopter pioneer who served in the Coast Guard for 26 years, died at home in Naples, Me., on Aug. 13. He had been ill for a month and was 98 years old. Cmdr. Graham was stationed in Montauk in the late 1930s, and he helped rescue efforts when the Hurricane of 1938 hit.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016

Claire Dibble White, who worked as an operating room nurse alongside renowned surgeons, died at home in East Hampton last Thursday after a short battle with cancer. She was 80.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
Frederick E. Sellers Jr., an East Hampton Town building inspector for 26 years, died in his sleep at home in Cape Coral, Fla., on Aug. 15. He was 78.

Frederick E. Sellers Jr., an East Hampton Town building inspector for 26 years, died in his sleep at home in Cape Coral, Fla., on Aug. 15. He was 78.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
Irene A. King, who lived at Lazy Point in Amagansett, died on Aug. 17 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. She had been ill about four months and died from complications of sepsis, her family said.

Irene King followed in the footsteps of her father, a captain in the New York City Police Department, and a sister, who became an N.Y.P.D. detective, by joining the force in 1967. During 16 years with the department, she worked undercover and made more than 400 arrests.

September 8, 2016
James Norman Flynn, whose experiences as a merchant seaman during World War II included being a prisoner of war for a short time and being presumed dead when he was found on the coast of Yugoslavia after his ship hit a mine, died on June 18 at his brother’s home in Fort Myers, Fla.

James Norman Flynn, whose experiences as a merchant seaman during World War II included being a prisoner of war for a short time and being presumed dead when he was found on the coast of Yugoslavia after his ship hit a mine, died on June 18 at his brother’s home in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 92 and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mr.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
Jane Graboski, a member of the Round Swamp Lester clan who was born at home on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton on Oct. 3, 1927, died on Aug. 31 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton, where she had been a resident for three years.

Jane Graboski, a member of the Round Swamp Lester clan who was born at home on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton on Oct. 3, 1927, died on Aug. 31 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton, where she had been a resident for three years. She was 88.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
Jim Ryan, a resident of Northwest Woods in East Hampton, died on Aug. 28. He was 79.

Corporate air travelers and railroad commuters in the United States may not know his name, but they have almost surely been in surroundings designed by Jim Ryan. As a senior partner at Henry Dreyfuss Associates, Mr.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
A world-renowned pediatric physical therapist, John Chappel’s passion was in the neonatal intensive care unit, his wife, Dr. Christine Ganitsch, said.

A world-renowned pediatric physical therapist, John Chappel’s passion was in the neonatal intensive care unit, his wife, Dr. Christine Ganitsch, said.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
Mary Bernadette Greene of Springs, who had worked at a variety of local jobs, from Sag Harbor to Montauk, died of esophageal cancer on Aug. 28 at East End Hospice’s Kanas Center in Quiogue.

Mary Bernadette Greene of Springs, who had worked at a variety of local jobs, from Sag Harbor to Montauk, died of esophageal cancer on Aug. 28 at East End Hospice’s Kanas Center in Quiogue. She was 72 and in remission from lung cancer, for which she had been treated in 2004. Esophageal cancer was diagnosed two years ago.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
Vonda Kay Miller, a member of the Amagansett Miller and Lester families, died at home on Oakview Highway in East Hampton of cancer on Aug. 29. She was 56.

Vonda Kay Miller, a member of the Amagansett Miller and Lester families, died at home on Oakview Highway in East Hampton of cancer on Aug. 29. She was 56.

Ms. Miller, born at Southampton Hospital on June 15, 1960, to William J. Lester and the former Lottie Adelaide Wood, was a 12th-generation resident of Amagansett, where her family’s house was on Cross Highway.

Star Staff
September 8, 2016
William B. Fisher of East Hampton, a veteran of both the Army and the Navy and a longtime building contractor, died of cancer on Aug. 30 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He was 78 years old.

William B. Fisher of East Hampton, a veteran of both the Army and the Navy and a longtime building contractor, died of cancer on Aug. 30 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He was 78 years old.