Luigi Pavia, 44, ‘a Talent for Friendship’

July 10, 1968 - Sept. 15, 2012
Luigi Pavia, 44, ‘a Talent for Friendship’

    Luigi Pavia, who grew up on Squaw Road in East Hampton and attended the Springs School and East Hampton High School, died on Saturday in New York City. The cause had not been determined, his family said. He was 44.
    Mr. Pavia was a son of Natalie Edgar, a painter, who survives, and the late Philip Pavia, a sculptor who was a strong force in the midcentury avant-garde art scene in New York.
    Luigi Pavia was born July 10, 1968, in New York City. The family moved to its summer house in East Hampton in 1979. From East Hampton High School, Mr. Pavia transferred to the New York Military Academy and subsequently served in the Army, based at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
    In summers, the Pavia family vacationed in Pietrasanta, Italy. While his father worked on his art, Mr. Pavia visited Sardinia, and explored the mountains around Carrara on his motor scooter, his mother wrote.
    Mr. Pavia had what his mother called “a tremendous talent for friendship.” There were few in East Hampton who did not know him, she said. “He was exciting, fun, and funny, and a totally sincere presence. In New York he befriended the cross-section of our neighborhood — Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, policemen, the shopkeepers, the doormen, other dog lovers. Walking with him on the sidewalk meant constantly stopping while he high-fived or conversed with one friend or the other,” Ms. Edgar wrote.
    He loved photography, especially taking pictures of his friends, she said. And he was also enamored of his dog, Hunter, who he treated “as his son,” she said. “They hardly ever were separated.”
    In addition to his mother, Mr. Pavia is survived by his brother, Paul Pavia, also of East Hampton and New York. He is to be buried at Green River Cemetery in Springs.