James Donald Brierley, a former civil engineer, died at home on Lion Head Rock Road in Springs last Thursday after a long illness. He was 76.
His lifelong passion, his family said, was his wife, the former Anne Marie Eagan, whom he married in 1956 and who survives him. The couple began spending summer vacations in East Hampton and moved here full time in 1972.
They had five children, all of whom survive: Eileen Brierley, James Thomas Brierley, and Jacqueline Brierley of East Hampton, Susan Brierley of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Donald William Brierley. Ten grandchildren also survive.
A 1957 graduate of Manhattan College, Mr. Brierley set up his own practice as a civil engineer. In later years, he worked for Suffolk County until his career was cut short by a stroke in 1997.
Mr. Brierley enjoyed fishing and skiing, and the Brierleys spent winters in Vermont and Colorado. His skiing days ended after his stroke, but the couple continued to travel extensively, including a cross-country road trip with family and visits to see his daughters in St. John and in Belize. With the help of his family, he continued with other activities he enjoyed, such as biking and kayaking.
Born in Brooklyn on Oct. 29, 1935, he was the son of James Henry Brierley and the former Mary (Mae) Rafter. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School.
A wake was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Sunday. A funeral Mass followed on Monday morning at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton.
Mr. Brierley was cremated. His ashes will be buried at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery at a future date.