Vincent Lyons, the former proprietor of Lyons Bar and Grill on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, died at home in East Hampton on May 23. He was 90, and had been ill for some time.
Mr. Lyons, who was known as Vinny, was a longtime member of the East Hampton Fire Department, as well as a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Elks Lodge. In his retirement he enjoyed golfing at the South Fork Country Club, bowling, playing pool, and boating and clamming with friends and family here and in Florida, where he had a winter residence.
He was born in Queens on Feb. 9, 1922, to Patrick Joseph Lyons and the former Catherine Kenny, both of whom had immigrated from County Mayo, Ireland. He attended schools in Queens and worked for his father running bars in Brooklyn for several years before joining the Navy in 1942.
Mr. Lyons served for four years aboard the U.S.S. Bogue, a converted aircraft carrier and submarine chaser in the Atlantic, European, and Pacific theaters, where he saw considerable battle action. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal.
After World War II, Mr. Lyons moved to East Hampton and opened up Lyons Tavern, the bar and grill’s predecessor on Newtown Lane. It was there he met the woman who would become his wife, Dorothy Bock. She died before him.
With his sister, Mary Cahalan, known as Sis, Mr. Lyons purchased a parcel on Newtown Lane adjacent to the tavern, and constructed the Lyons Bar and Grill, a landmark building with distinguishing triangular dormers across the front. It soon became a favorite local watering hole, and remained so for several generations, his family said.
Mr. Lyons, they said, was well known for his jovial laughter and easygoing manner. He sold the business in 1981, but continued to bartend at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, the DelRay Dunes in Florida, and at private parties.
Mr. Lyons is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Lyons Tucker of Rutledge, Tenn., and a son, Patrick Lyons of Springs. Two granddaughters also survive, as does his longtime caregiver, Corraine Mitchell. His brothers, John Lyons and James Lyons, and his sister died before him.
Mr. Lyons was cremated. A wake will be held today at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, with visiting hours from 2 to 4, and 7 to 9 p.m. The Rev. Peter Gary will lead a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be offered tomorrow morning at 11 at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, with interment of ashes to follow at the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Lyons’s memory have been suggested to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.