obituaries

John Wheaton, a resident of East Hampton, died on Feb. 5 while on vacation on Aruba after having been ill with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, for 18 months. He was 69.

    Thomas Andrew Kravitz-Hear, who left home in Montauk after high school to pursue a career in music, died in Las Vegas on Feb. 9 of unknown causes. He was 39.
    He was born on Aug. 23, 1972, in...

William Peer Bain Jr., a pharmacist who was born above the family drugstore in East Hampton, and an Army officer in charge of recruiting on the East End, died at home in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Sunday of pancreatic cancer after a long illness. He was 84.

Edward J. Beck, 90, a resident of Montauk for more than 40 years who built the Rendezvous Motel on West Lake Drive and owned it for many years, died on Friday in North Palm Beach, Fla., of heart disease after a prolonged illness.

A 35-year Dayton Lane, East Hampton, resident, Elizabeth Holmes-Rosenberg died on Dec. 15 at Visiting Nurse Hospice in Northport after a stroke, her daughter, Trisha Mackay of East Moriches, said. She was 69 and had been in declining health for about five years.

Judith Aldine Luszcz-O’Connell, 66, a longtime resident of Sag Harbor and nurse and supervisor at Southampton Hospital, died in her sleep of a brain aneurysm at home in Sag Harbor on Feb. 1.

Patrick J. McCormick, founder of the McCormick Trading Company of New York City and a longtime resident of East Hampton, died on Feb. 8 at home on Toilsome Lane. His death was the result of a major stroke, his family said. Mr. McCormick was 90 years old.

A couple married for nearly 54 years, Richard and Gerlinde Mohr, formerly of East Hampton, died in Palm Bay, Fla., in January within days of each other.

Arthur Stein, who lived on Bluff Road in Amagansett during the summer, died of leukemia after a long illness last Thursday in New York City. Mr. Stein, who was 81.