Edwin A. Hedges, a Bridgehampton native and an Air Force veteran, died on April 16 at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. He was 81.
Mr. Hedges, a graduate of Bridgehampton High School, worked for much of his life at the Bohack’s and King Kullen grocery stores in that hamlet.
He was born on Sept. 17, 1931, the son of Allen and Miriam Hedges of Bridgehampton.
On Nov. 22, 1953, he married. His wife, Helen O. Hedges, who died in 2008, was blind for much of her life, and many people took note of the dedicated care Mr. Hedges provided to her. The couple could often be seen walking together in Bridgehampton, where they lived, with Mrs. Hedges’s arm tucked under her husband’s and his other hand on hers.
He loved to bowl at East Hampton Bowl, where he was a member of the 300 Club, and also enjoyed golfing at the Sag Harbor Golf Club.
Mr. Hedges is survived by five brothers. They are Eugene Hedges of Spokane, Wash., Albert Hedges of Bridgehampton, David Hedges of Highlands Village, Tex., William Hedges of Mesa, Ariz., and John Hedges of Tucson. A sister, Margaret Makowski of South Jamesport, also survives. Two other sisters, Ruth Guyer and Florence Lanz, died before him.
A wake was held on Sunday at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton, followed by a service on Monday at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton. Burial was at Edgewood Cemetery, also in Bridgehampton.
The family has suggested memorial donations to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 East Main Street, Smithtown 11787, or East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.