A Mass of Christian burial was conducted at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton on March 6 for William F. Bauer of East Hampton, who died in a fire at the Cozy Cabins complex on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Feb. 10 at the age of 78. Mr. Bauer was bedridden at the time, following surgery. The cause of death was reported to be smoke inhalation.
Vinny S. Paciello Bauer, a close friend who considered himself Mr. Bauer’s stepson, said, “My first memory of him was that he was a loving, beautiful person.” The men had traveled together, moving around Suffolk County until they came to the East End. They settled in Southampton in 2000, rented a cottage at Ditch Plain in Montauk in 2004, and finally found the Cozy Cabins in Wainscott. “We said, ‘This is it.’ We made a vow to always stay in East Hampton,” Mr. Paciello Bauer said.
Mr. Bauer had been a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War, Mr. Paciello Bauer said. The two met each other in the late 1990s. “My father had passed a long time ago, and he filled that gap,” Mr. Paciello Bauer said.
Born on March 22, 1933, in Queens, Mr. Bauer attended school there and went to Queens College. After the war, he worked as a car dealer for Chevrolet in St. Albans, Queens.
Mr. Paciello Bauer said his stepfather liked taking long walks and driving, adding that he liked classic rock, including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. He liked to go to the library to read. He liked walking along Three Mile Harbor beach or the beach at Maidstone Park. He was very friendly and outgoing, Mr. Paciello Bauer said. “He was beautiful, inside and out.”
Mr. Bauer was buried at Calverton Cemetery. No immediate family members survive.