Philip Haffner

March 11, 1938 - Feb. 6, 2014
Philip Haffner - March 11, 1938 - Feb. 6, 2014

       Philip Clark Haffner, an architect who designed his own house on Talmage Farm Lane in Springs as well as many other residential structures across the East End, died of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 6 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 75.

       Following his service as a Navy officer in the Vietnam War era, Mr. Haffner’s career as an architect began in San Francisco with the Anshen & Allen firm. He later worked for Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons and Henry Conversano and Associates, both in the Bay Area.

       In 1972, Mr. Haffner married Nell Malinowski, a native of the United Kingdom. The couple made their home in Berkeley, Calif., and had three children. Eleven years later, following the suggestion of several close friends who had relocated to Long Island, the family moved across the country to Springs.

       An enthusiastic baker and tinkerer, Mr. Haffner was known for his passionate and creative spirit, his family said.

       He was born on March 11, 1938, in Chicago to James Haffner and the former Adelaide McIntosh. He grew up in the nearby suburb of Barrington and graduated from Barrington High School in 1956. He studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in 1961 enlisted in the Navy’s officer training program in Newport, R.I.

       Mr. Haffner is survived by his former wife, Ms. Malinowski, who lives in Equinunk, Pa., and their children: Joni Knapp of Indianapolis and Grant Haffner and Carly Haffner, both of Sag Harbor. He leaves two grandchildren.

       Mr. Haffner wished to be cremated, with his ashes cast off the Golden Gate Bridge. A service is planned for next Thursday at 2 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

       His family has suggested memorial donations to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation, 2078 Skillman Avenue, Roseville, Minn. 55113.