Staley Tregellas

Nov. 28, 1921 - Feb. 27, 2014

       S. Staley Tregellas, who spent many summers in East Hampton and was a member of the Maidstone Club for more than 40 years, died last Thursday at the Nathaniel Witherell, a rehabilitation and nursing center in Greenwich, Conn. He was 92 and had briefly been ill with pneumonia.

       Mr. Tregellas lived in Manhattan and East Hampton until two years ago, when he relocated to Greenwich to be nearer to his children.

       Although his given first name was Samuel, “he never used it,” said his daughter, Sandra McManus of Bronxville, N.Y. Mr. Tregellas loved family, friends, food, chocolate, art, golf, dogs, and New York City. “Manhattan was his home, really,” Ms. McManus said, “but he loved East Hampton.”

       S. Staley Tregellas was born on Nov. 28, 1921, in Baltimore to Samuel Staley Tregellas and the former Helen Pagenstecher. He grew up there and in Boston, his daughter said. Mr. Tregellas attended Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and served in the Army for a year.

       “He did a lot of things,” his daughter said, but his career was in real estate, focusing on land development.

       His marriage to Patricia Kyle of East Hampton ended in divorce, but “he was a dear friend to his children’s mom,” his daughter said.

       In addition to his daughter and former wife, Mr. Tregellas is survived by a son, Ty Tregellas of New Canaan, Conn. Five grandchildren, to whom he was known as Poppi, also survive.

       Karina O’Reilly and Liz Kerins, trusted caregivers to Mr. Tregellas in the last five years of his life, survive as well. “He was lucky to have had them in his life to the end,” his daughter said, “and they will always be a part of his family.”

       Mr. Tregellas was cremated yesterday. A memorial service will be held this summer. His family has suggested donations to the charity of one’s choice.