Clayton Morey, 85

Feb. 14, 1928 - Jan. 26, 2014
Clayton Morey - Feb. 14, 1928 - Jan. 26, 2014

       Clayton P. Morey, who practiced architecture in East Hampton for more than 40 years, died in his sleep on Sunday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was weeks shy of his 86th birthday and had lived at the center since 2010.

       After moving here from New York City in 1964, Mr. Morey primarily worked on residential projects but also structures including St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. He was involved in the community as chairman of both the East Hampton Town and Village Planning Boards and as a member of the village’s design review board.

       A member of the Maidstone Club, Mr. Morey enjoyed golf and was an enthusiastic reader, making regular trips to the East Hampton Library. He collected Matchbox cars and model buses and trains, and was interested in photography and nature.

       Mr. Morey was born on Feb. 14, 1928, to Sylvester Morey and the former Minneta Meyer in Garden City. An only child, he grew up there. Mr. Morey graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. While studying architecture in graduate school at Columbia University in New York, he worked as a graphic designer for Raymond Loewy Associates, an industrial design firm.

       Mr. Morey met Frances White at a company Christmas party. They were married on Aug. 29, 1953. Mrs. Morey, of East Hampton, survives.

       Mr. Morey is also survived by his children, Clayton P. Morey Jr. of Putnam, N.Y., Clare Ouelette of Denver, Patricia Power of Monroe, N.Y., Susan Morey-Rodriguez of Henderson, Colo., and Richard Morey of East Hampton. Four grandchildren also survive.

       A wake was held on Tuesday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, with a service during the evening hours. Burial took place yesterday at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery on Cedar Street in East Hampton.

       Memorial contributions have been suggested to the East Hampton Historical Society, 101 Main Street, East Hampton 11937, or online at, or to the East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton.