Recent Stories: Obituaries

March 26, 2015

Irene M. O’Neill enjoyed spending time at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, decorating, and entertaining friends, family, and guests at her bed-and-breakfast.

“She was out in the Hamptons for 20-plus years, and absolutely loved it there,” said her daughter Eileen O’Neill of Brooklyn. “She was really part of the community.”

Ms. O’Neill, a native of Liverpool, England, who moved to the South Fork over 20 years ago, died at home on Old Stone Highway in Springs on March 10. She was 83 and had cancer for the last two years.

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March 26, 2015

Jacqueline Szczepankowski of Wainscott died at home on March 11. She was 85. An obituary will appear in a future issue.  

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March 26, 2015

Dr. Morton Goldfarb, a urologist associated for many years with Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, of which he became medical director, died in Boynton Beach, Fla., on March 11 of lung cancer. He was 88 and had been ill for less than four months.

Dr. Goldfarb, a graduate of New York Medical College who had served as president of the Nassau County Medical Society, did his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where he met Dorothy Jean Johnston. The couple married on March 14, 1953, and soon moved to Massapequa, where they raised four children.

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March 26, 2015

Steven J. Pomerantz, a building contractor who was an emergency medical technician with the Montauk Fire Department for 15 years, died at home in Montauk on March 16. The cause was cancer, from which he had suffered for several years, his brother David Pomerantz said.

He was “a very, very giving person,” David Pomerantz said. “Besides his work in the community and all the building projects he left behind, he would drop whatever he was doing to help anybody at any time.”

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March 26, 2015

Thomas D. Musnicki of Garden City, a native of Bridgehampton, died on Friday at the age of 69. A Mass was said at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton on Tuesday, followed by burial at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

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March 26, 2015

Thomas P. Lavinio, who was the owner and operator of Lavinio Pools in Southampton and a pilot and member of the East Hampton Aviation Association, died on March 16 at home on Cedar Crest Road in North Sea. He was 87 and had been in declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease, his family said.

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March 19, 2015

Andrew MacNiven, 24, who had been living in Bethlehem, Pa., following his graduation two years ago from DeSales University, where he had been a versatile member of its varsity track teams, died Saturday.

His uncle, Tom MacNiven, of East Hampton, said a memorial service will be held at Amagansett’s Indian Wells Beach in the spring.

A full obituary will appear in a future issue.

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March 19, 2015

Donald B. Katz, an accountant who established a firm on Sag Harbor’s Main Street, died on Sunday at his North Haven residence. He was 85 and had lymphoma.

Mr. Katz was president of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor for 25 years. A service for him was held there on Tuesday with the Rabbi Noah Leavitt of Baltimore, one of his grandchildren, officiating.

He relished his role as shofar blower at the temple during the High Holy Days, his family said, and truly loved his family and his life in Sag Harbor.

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March 19, 2015

A graveside service for Dorothy McAlpin Bell Scott, who spent much of her early years in East Hampton, will be held tomorrow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. The Rev. Denis C. Brunelle of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will officiate, at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Scott died on March 1 at home in Wilmington, N.C. She was 93.

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March 19, 2015

Edward Rossi lived a long life in Springs after his retirement as a mechanic for New York City until his death on March 10 at the age of 98. He was a World War II veteran who had served as an Army technician in Europe and Africa. While earning a certificate in aviation drafting, he worked in the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel in the city.

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March 19, 2015

The friends and family of Erik Dimon Payne are mourning his death in an early-morning car accident in Amagansett on Saturday. He was 25.

Mr. Payne grew up in Amagansett and was a member of East Hampton High School’s class of 2007. He went on to a two-year program at the Baran Institute of Technology in Connecticut, where he studied auto body repair and painting. After graduating, he worked in the auto body industry and also tended bar.

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March 19, 2015

During World War II, Joseph T. Dembia worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he was regularly relied on for his problem-solving abilities, his family said. It was there that he met his future wife, Connie DePaola. They were married on Nov. 24, 1946. She survives Mr. Dembia, who died at home in Ramsey, N.J., on Feb. 26, as do their three children, Lorraine Tanner of Seymour, Conn., Robert Dembia of Roslyn, and Denise Higgins of West Chesterfield, N.H. Mr. Dembia, a summer resident of Sayre’s Path in Wainscott, was 93.

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March 19, 2015

A graveside service for Steven J. Pomerantz of South Fairview Avenue in Montauk will be held this morning at 11 a.m. at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk. Mr. Pomerantz, who was a building contractor and former member of the Montauk Fire Department ambulance company, was 60. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

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March 19, 2015

Walter Channing, who in a peripatetic career was, among other things, a sculptor, a venture capitalist, and a vintner, died at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton last Thursday at the age of 74. He had suffered from fronto-temporal dementia for several years and died from complications of the disease. His wife and four daughters were at his side.

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March 12, 2015

Anthony A. Trabona, an Army veteran who was among the occupation force in Japan at the conclusion of World War II, died at home on Folkstone Road in Springs last Thursday. He was 96.

Mr. Trabona had been drafted in about 1943, his family said, and following basic training, was sent to Hawaii and then on to Japan.

After leaving the Army, he became a self-taught carpenter, living in Deer Park and building houses during the postwar boom. He also worked calibrating aviation electronics and later was the maintenance mechanic for the Babylon School District.

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March 12, 2015

 

Bill King, the celebrated sculptor whose long-limbed appearance was as distinctive as his artwork, died peacefully at home on Saddle Lane in East Hampton on March 4. He was 90.

Though he first began spending summers in East Hampton in 1959, he didn’t become a year-round resident until the early 1970s. In 1980, when he was one of the fiddlers in Audrey Flack’s bluegrass band, he met another fiddler, Connie Fox, a painter who had just moved to East Hampton at the urging of her friend Elaine de Kooning.

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March 12, 2015

David G. Bennett, an Amagansett native and a retired Navy captain, died in Eugene, Ore., on Feb. 11 of complications of a stroke he had had a week earlier. He was 79.

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March 12, 2015

A funeral Mass for Irene M. O’Neill of Amagansett will be said on March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. Mrs. O’Neill died at home on Tuesday. She was 83. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

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March 12, 2015

Richard Alan Ensor, a World War II veteran and actor in East End plays, was a sexton at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton and a vestryman and lay reader at Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor. He died on Jan. 24 at the age of 93. A celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Church in Manhattan on March 21. An obituary will appear in a future issue.

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March 12, 2015

Robert Joseph Croghan was a man of intellectual curiosity who mastered a variety of professions, his family said, from biomedical technician to artist’s assistant. A talented carpenter, he was the principal of an East Hampton contracting business established in 2003.

Mr. Croghan, who lived for 13 years in East Hampton and spent summers in Sag Harbor as a teenager, died on Feb. 13 following an automobile accident in Aquebogue, where he had been living since January. He was 52.

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March 5, 2015

David Silver, the founder and former chief executive officer of Regency Home Fashions and a major backer of the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter and of the Ross School, died at home in New York City on Tuesday. He was 75. The cause of death was complications of heart surgery, his wife, Patti Silver, said.

Mr. Silver was born on March 26, 1939, in Worcester, Mass., to Gertrude Kaufman. He grew up in Worcester and attended Babson College.

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March 5, 2015

Frances O’Brien, an affordable-housing advocate and lifelong civic activist both on the South Fork and in New York City, died at her East Hampton residence on Feb. 28. She was 96, and had been in failing health for some time.

  “Frances was famous for keeping politicians on their toes, never letting anyone forget about the needs of seniors or the poor,” her family said. She wrote many letters on those topics and others to The East Hampton Star.

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March 5, 2015

Freddy Plimpton, an artist and designer, died of respiratory failure on Feb. 22 at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt. She was 73 and had lived on the South Fork, in Bridgehampton and Sagaponack, for 30 years.

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March 5, 2015

Helen E. Sheehy of Amagansett, 87, died on Feb. 16 in Florida. She had gone there to celebrate a granddaughter’s Valentine’s Day engagement party in Jupiter, where, said her family, she had a wonderful time, laughing and dancing with family and friends. Two days later she died at the Palm Beach County Hospice at Palm Gardens Hospital. Death was attributed to heart failure.