Allan Lee, 83

Dec. 31, 1932 - Sept. 24, 2015
Allan Lee, Dec. 31, 1932 - Sept. 24, 2015

Walter Allan Lee, a bank trust officer who grew up in East Hampton, died last Thursday at his winter residence in The Villages, Fla. He was 83 and had been in declining health for several years.

Mr. Lee, who was always called Allan, distinguishing him from his father, Walter Ormond Lee, was born at Southampton Hospital on New Year’s Day 1932. His mother was the former Emma Hulse of East Hampton. Except for a few years during World War II, in Norfolk, Va., and San Francisco while his father was in the Navy, the family lived on Church Street here. Mr. Lee graduated from East Hampton High School in 1950 and from Bryant College in Rhode Island in 1952.

His banking career began following his service as an Army corporal in Japan and in Korea. Working first for the Irving Trust Company Manhattan, he then took a job at the North Fork Bank and Trust in Mattituck, and, after studying at Rutgers University’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, became an officer at the South Shore Bank in Quincy, Mass. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. After he and his wife, the former Diane Ellen Bedell, moved to Florida, the family’s Hingham, Mass., home became their summer residence.

Sailing was one of Mr. Lee’s favorite leisure pursuits. He owned a Marshall catboat and would tell friends that he had acquired his love of catboats from Everett T. Rattray of East Hampton, a childhood friend. Mr. Lee also enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, and golf.

His wife survives, as do two children, Donna Lee O’Malley of Essex, Vt., and Christopher Allan Lee of Apple Valley, Minn. He also leaves four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts at a future date. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Fla. 32778.

Walter Allan Lee, a bank trust officer who grew up in East Hampton, died last Thursday at his winter residence in The Villages, Fla. He was 83 and had been in declining health for several years.

Mr. Lee, who was always called Allan, distinguishing him from his father, Walter Ormond Lee, was born at Southampton Hospital on New Year’s Day 1932. His mother was the former Emma Hulse of East Hampton. Except for a few years during World War II, in Norfolk, Va., and San Francisco while his father was in the Navy, the family lived on Church Street here. Mr. Lee graduated from East Hampton High School in 1950 and from Bryant College in Rhode Island in 1952.

His banking career began following his service as an Army corporal in Japan and in Korea. Working first for the Irving Trust Company Manhattan, he then took a job at the North Fork Bank and Trust in Mattituck, and, after studying at Rutgers University’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, became an officer at the South Shore Bank in Quincy, Mass. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. After he and his wife, the former Diane Ellen Bedell, moved to Florida, the family’s Hingham, Mass., home became their summer residence.

Sailing was one of Mr. Lee’s favorite leisure pursuits. He owned a Marshall catboat and would tell friends that he had acquired his love of catboats from Everett T. Rattray of East Hampton, a childhood friend. Mr. Lee also enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, and golf.

His wife survives, as do two children, Donna Lee O’Malley of Essex, Vt., and Christopher Allan Lee of Apple Valley, Minn. He also leaves four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts at a future date. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Fla. 32778.