Preston Jay Kurtz, who ran the Oscar Brill Shoes and Clothing shop in East Hampton for 13 years and worked at Emporium Hardware in Sag Harbor for 25 years, died on May 14 of a heart attack. He was 61.
Mr. Kurtz was born in Brooklyn on July 15, 1950, the son of Nathan Kurtz and the former Renee Sonne. He grew up in Wantagh and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the State University at Buffalo.
He moved to East Hampton after he met and married Shelley Brill. He found work at her family’s Oscar Brill shop on North Main Street and ran the store from 1974 to 1986. He moved on to Emporium Hardware, where he worked — taking pleasure in finding the right paint for customers — for over two decades.
Mr. Kurtz wrote poetry and songs, played guitar and accordion. He relished the time spent with his son, Orin Kurtz, who lives in New York City, and daughter, Nathania Kurtz of Brooklyn. His sister, Dayna King, lives in Point Lookout.
Friends and family gathered at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton on May 17. A funeral service was led by Rabbi Howard Diamond that afternoon. Burial followed at Southampton Cemetery on North Sea Road.