Vincent M. Preiss, the owner of MVP Pool Service and a resident of East Hampton, died at Southampton Hospital on Aug. 7 after a sudden illness. The cause of death is still being investigated. He was 53.
Mr. Preiss, the father of three daughters, was a passionate supporter of his girls’ athletic activities and attended every game, said his wife, Meg Ann Preiss (formerly Smith).
The couple met at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, where both were working. They were married on Dec. 29, 1985.
Born in Christiansted, St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Oct. 16, 1959, Mr. Preiss was a son of Walter Emil Preiss and the former Patricia Alexander. His family lived on St. Croix as well as in Montauk and elsewhere on Long Island during his childhood. Mr. Preiss was predeceased by his father; his mother survives.
After attending the Country Day School on St. Croix, he attended the University of Wisconsin and then moved to Montauk, where he worked for a brother’s pool maintenance business. When Gurney’s built its spa in the late 1980s, he became the spa director there, and then established his own business in 1990.
Mr. Preiss loved to fish, said his wife, and to play golf. He was a seasonal member of the Bridgehampton Golf Club.
Besides his wife and his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Briana Preiss of Bangkok, Shaina Preiss, who lives on the Gold Coast of Australia, and Marina Preiss of East Hampton. Three brothers, Brian Preiss of Dallas, Andy Preiss of Valrico, Fla., and a twin, Mark Preiss of upstate New York, also survive.
A wake was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Aug. 14. A funeral service took place at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton on Friday.
Donations in honor of Mr. Preiss have been suggested to the Preiss Girls College Fund, which has been established at Chase Bank. They can be submitted at any local branch.