Mark Wayne Havers, a longtime East Hampton resident, died at Southampton Hospital on Saturday from complications of congestive heart failure. He was 92 years old.
Born on June 25, 1920, in Hamilton, Ontario, to Alex Havers and the former Kate Murphy, Mr. Havers was educated as an artist. He fell in love with New York City’s energy in 1939 when he first visited there, and returned to live in Manhattan after serving with the Royal Canadian forces in World War II.
Mr. Havers worked in retail window design. With the late John R. Ross, his domestic partner from 1956 until Mr. Ross’s death in 2009, he formed Ross-Havers Inc. of New York, a Fifth Avenue company that sold collectibles, fine gifts, and home accent pieces. Mr. Havers was the secretary and vice-president of the firm, which met with success and long life thanks in part to his skills as an artist.
He and Mr. Ross came to East Hampton in 1961 on a part-time basis and ultimately took up year-round residence in the mid-’80s, when they rebranded their company as Haut Papier Inc. and moved it to Bridgehampton. They retired in 2002 and continued to winter in South Florida until Mr. Ross’s death, after which Mr. Havers returned permanently to East Hampton. The men were long-time parishioners at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton.
Mr. Havers is survived by a sister-in-law, Margaret Havers of Hamilton, and by nine nieces and nephews and numerous friends. He had two beloved chihuahuas, Margo and Peonie.
A memorial Mass will be said at Most Holy Trinity Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with burial to follow at the church cemetery. There will be a reception afterward at the home of Phyllis and Richard Madan, 46 Maple Lane, East Hampton. Contributions in Mr. Havers’s memory have been suggested for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.