Walter Joseph Smith Jr., a longtime summer resident of Amagansett who was a trial lawyer and partner of a Manhattan firm for some 25 years, died at home in Gainesville, Va., on June 5. He was 77 and had been diagnosed with a brain tumor three and a half months ago.
Rita Layton was full of “beauty, charm, elegance, and grace,” wrote her daughter, Barbara Layton of East Hampton, but she also “had a strength and courage beyond words.”
Ms. Layton died at her daughter’s house on June 8 from a rare form of skin cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma. She was 87.