Phillip Seidenberg, who friends remember for his “quick wit, ready smile, and contagious good will,” died on Aug. 28 at the house in Springs that he shared with his longtime companion, Gerald Golak. He was 75.
Mr. Seidenberg was “generous to a fault and always at the ready with a great joke or a helping hand,” friends wrote. His laugh was infectious and “his sense of the absurd was unmatched,” they said.
He loved opera, dogs, his Chrysler 300, and tennis, was an incredible needlepointer and a die-hard Mets fan, and could “transpose the letters of words faster than you could say ‘Rack Jobinson.’ ”
One could often hear operas streaming from his car as he drove by, and his dog, Daisy, who died in the spring, was known to join in with an aria of her own when visitors stopped by. Mr. Seidenberg was fond of his neighbors’ dogs, too, and kept biscuits in his pockets to give them while out walking in the neighborhood. Even as his health began to fail, he continued to embrace life, his friends said, and could often be seen on the treadmill at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter.
One of four children, he was born on April 4, 1937, to Bert and Shirley Seidenberg.
Mr. Seidenberg worked as a special education specialist in the Great Neck North and Great Neck South High School District. He was friendly with many of his colleagues, had many devoted students, and also had a large circle of friends in Springs, where he had lived for many years.
In addition to Mr. Golak, he is survived by his mother, who lives in Lake Worth, Fla., a brother, Freddie Seidenberg of Long Beach, and a sister, Karen Schiller of Woodbury. He also leaves a nephew, a niece, and a grandnephew.
His father died before him, as did a sister, Rebecca.
Mr. Seidenberg was cremated. A date for a memorial has not yet been set. Donations have been suggested to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.