Obituaries

Arnold J. Cox, a retired police officer who grew up in Sag Harbor, died on May 16 in Dorchester, Mass. He was 58.
Leona Smith, a resident of the Windmill Village II complex in East Hampton, died on May 24 at the age of 84.
Jean Fischer, an animal rights activist and well-known member of the Montauk community, died on May 18 at Southampton Hospital.
William Rockliff Claxton III, a surfer and lifeguard who loved adventure and his red 1961 MGA sports car, died on April 22 at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Jeremiah Edward Joseph Desmond, a dentist who had lived in Montauk for 40 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday.
Virginia R. Erario, a homemaker who was a foster mother to some 25 babies awaiting adoption even as she was raising her own children, died of congestive heart failure at home in Montauk on May 17. She was 91.
Services for Tyler Valcich, who died on Monday at the age of 20, will begin on Sunday.
Robert Dash, a painter, gardener, poet and Star columnist for many years, once said all gardens are autobiographical.
    A memorial gathering for Robert Dash, the founder of the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, who died in September, will be held there on Sunday at 5 p.m. Several of Mr. Dash’s friends will speak, and afterward clams and Bloody...