David Silver, 75

David Silver, the founder and former chief executive officer of Regency Home Fashions and a major backer of the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter and of the Ross School, died at home in New York City on Tuesday. He was 75. The cause of death was complications of heart surgery, his wife, Patti Silver, said.

Mr. Silver was born on March 26, 1939, in Worcester, Mass., to Gertrude Kaufman. He grew up in Worcester and attended Babson College.

He started Regency Home Fashions in 1968 and remained with the company until his retirement in 1997. He partnered with Jerry Della Femina in opening the Red Horse Market in East Hampton in the early 1990s.

Mr. Silver “was blessed with an extraordinarily generous spirit of giving and spent five years of tireless effort raising $4 million to build the East Hampton RECenter,” as president of the East Hampton Youth Alliance, his family said. He believed deeply in giving to the East Hampton community that brought him and his family so many years of joy at their house here, they said.

He, along with his wife, the former Patricia Walton, supported the college education of 11 East Hampton students through the P.D.S. Scholarship Fund. They also donated several playgrounds in honor of their parents. Additionally, they were donors to the Ross School in East Hampton from its earliest days as well as to the Chapin School in New York City.

Ms. Silver said that her husband had “a boundless passion for life and was a lover of all things beautiful. He was curious about everything. There was never a dull moment in David’s presence.”

After his retirement, Mr. Silver volunteered for many years with Learning Leaders of New York City, mentoring and educating New York City public school children.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Silver is survived by four children, Michael Silver of New York City, Gabrielle Silver of Northport, AiNhi Horton of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Geige Silver of New York City, as well as 10 grandchildren.

His funeral will be tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home at 1076 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Burial will be at Shaarey Pardes Accabonac Grove Cemetery in Springs.

Donations in his memory have been suggested to the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, David Silver Fund, 2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton 11937.