Frank B. Bahns Jr., a lifelong East Hampton resident, died in his sleep at home on Friday. The cause is not yet known. He was 66.
Though he was born to Frank B. Bahns and the former Eleanor Truesdell in St. Petersburg, Fla., both his parents were from East Hampton, and they soon brought their son back to grow up in their hometown.
Mr. Bahns lived on Buell Lane as a boy and graduated from East Hampton High School. He attended seminary for two years before joining the Air Force in 1966, serving as a military policeman for four years.
He returned to East Hampton after he was discharged and opened his own lawn care business, as well as working as caretaker for many estates.
In 1988, he went to work for the East Hampton School District, caring for the grounds as well as working as a janitor.
He married Carol Holmes on June 11, 1982, sharing his life with her until her death 20 years later.
He enjoyed gardening, especially roses, and maintained a beautiful rose garden. He also enjoyed golf, but was passionate about bowling, going to the lanes every day, until the day before he died, his daughter, Christina Marino, said.
“He loved Christmas; he loved playing Santa. Every year, he just had to pass out the gifts to everybody,” Ms. Marino said. “He loved the birds. He loved to feed them and watch them. He loved everybody. Everybody loved him. He was like the mayor.”
Mr. Bahns was a member of the East End Church of Christ in East Hampton.
In addition to his daughter, who lives in Aquebogue, he is survived by a son, Ronald Schellinger of Coram, and his siblings Jane Reep of Sarasota, Fla., Carol Scott of Northport, Fla., Ellie Kington of California, and Thomas Bahns of Cortland, N.Y.
Visiting hours will be tomorrow at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home, 94 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, from 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held Saturday at the same location at 11 a.m. He will be buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, East Hampton.