Edward Douglas Warner, a lifelong East End resident who owned Fedi’s Markets in East Hampton and Shelter Island, died of pneumonia on Dec. 29 at Southampton Hospital. He was 82 and had Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Warner, who was called Doug, bought the East Hampton Fedi’s Market in 1965 and he and and his family moved to East Hampton shortly thereafter. He had previously owned Pat and Howard’s Market in Quogue, but sold it 1969 and opened a second Fedi’s on Shelter Island. The market remained open until March 31, 2013.
Mr. Warner was devoted to Shelter Island, where he lived for 44 years, and to its Fire Department. He would open the market after hours for the firefighters and, when his Parkinson’s disease became debilitating, he gave a key to the department’s ladies auxiliary so they could continue the tradition.
He was born on June 20, 1931, in Quogue and grew up there. His parents were Edward J. Warner and the former Elizabeth Hallock. As a young man, Mr. Warner helped his father, a commercial fisherman, in eeling on Shinnecock Bay. He graduated from Westhampton High School and the State Teachers College at Stroudsburg, Pa., now East Stroudsburg University. Drafted during the Korean War, he served as a medical attendant in the Army.
Mr. Fedi’s food market career began after the war, when he returned to Quogue and resumed a summer job at Bohack’s supermarket. He became a manager there and eventually set up many of the company’s Long Island stores.
In East Hampton, from 1973 to 1979, Mr. Warner helped build and run Jan-Su Stables, which was named after his daughters. Now East End Stables, it was one of the largest in the area, with 56 stalls and a 200-foot by 96-foot indoor arena. He also was a founding committee member of the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Dorothy (Dee) Kosowski, his companion of more than 20 years, said that “his favorite things included the New York Yankees, dinners out with Dee, watching Jan, his daughter, at horse shows, talking about sports — except for the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and Notre Dame — yelling at salesmen, vacations with Dee, attending sporting events when Sue, his daughter, was in the lineup, Broadway shows, Lou Rawls, and work, work, work.”
In addition to Ms. Kosowski, his daughters, Susan Warner of Sag Harbor and Jan Warner of East Hampton, survive. Members of the Shelter Island Fire Department, the Shelter Island Legion, and the Rev. Peter DeSanctis of Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church took part in funeral services at the Shelter Island American Legion on Jan. 3. Memorial donations to the Shelter Island Fire Department, P.O. Box 613, Shelter Island 11964, or to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, have been suggested.