Craig DeCastro of Sag Harbor died on September 24 at Southampton Hospital.
He was 79.
Mr. DeCastro was born in Sag Harbor on July 5, 1921 to Augustas and
Dorothea (Fuller) DeCastro. He attended Pierson High School and was a machinist
and tool and die maker for Grumman Aircraft. A charter member of the Sag
Harbor Community Band, he was a member of the Sag Harbor Fire Department,
the Fire Police, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a veteran of the U.S. Coast
Mr. DeCastro is survived by his wife, Grace; a daughter, Susan Lester
of Sag Harbor; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife,
Adele, in 1976.
The family received friends and a Fireman’s Service was held on Tuesday
at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. A funeral service was
held at the funeral home on Wednesday and interment followed at Oakland
Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps, Post
Office Box 2725, Sag Harbor, New York 11963 would be appreciated by the
Magdalene Rodriguez died on September 23 at her home in Amagansett,
surrounded by her family. She was 61, and the cause of death was melanoma,
first diagnosed in 1995.
Born in Brooklyn on July 23, 1939, to Charles and Margaret (Yurkens)
Yurkewitch, Mrs. Rodrigues attended Pierson High School in Sag Harbor.
A member of the Amagansett Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, she enjoyed
needlecraft, gardening, her grandchildren, and wintering in Key Largo,
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Rodriguez is survived her husband,
Jesse Rodriguez Jr.; two daughters, Cheryl Rodriguez of Amagansett and
Diana Daniels of East Hampton; three sons, Jesse Rodriguez III and Matthew
Rodriguez, both of Springs, and Scott Rodriguez of Amagansett; two sisters,
Helen Schellinger of Springs and Charlotte Van Houten of Southampton; a
brother, Charles Yurkewitch of Virginia; and five grandchildren. She was
predeceased by her father.
The family received friends on Tuesday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral
Home in Sag Harbor. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Amagansett.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, Post Office Box
1048, Westhampton Beach, New York 11978, or the Ladies Auxiliary of the
Amagansett Fire Department.
Edward S. Gordon
Commercial real estate broker Edward S. Gordon, who built one of the
largest real estate service companies in the New York area, died on September
21 at his home in Water Mill, of colon cancer. He was 65.
After beginning his career in real estate as a broker at Huberth &
Huberth, Mr. Gordon founded the Edward S. Gordon Company in 1972. After
building the company into a rival for such New York firms as Cushman &
Wakefield, he sold the business to the publicly traded Insignia Financial
Group for $74 million in 1996. He remained with the company in the office
of the chairman and saw the business grow into a national and international
presence, with offices in Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and London.
Celebrated for a rescue operation he carried out in leasing space in
a vacant 44-story building in Manhattan on the eve of the city’s financial
crisis in 1974, and for his rehabilitation of the landmark Chrysler building,
Mr. Gordon boasted a client list that included the Sony Corporation of
America, Chase Manhattan Bank, The New York Times Company, Viacom and developer
Donald Trump, among others.
Mr. Gordon was also the president of Meyers Parking System, Inc., one
of the largest parking garage companies in the United States.
He took up golf for the first time while he was involved in the development
of the Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton. He later built his own nine-hole
course on his 60-acre estate across the road from the club and used it
to help complete deals with his clients.
Raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Gordon started out working in the family importing
business as a teenager. He was called to active duty in the Army Reserve
in 1961 and took the opportunity to learn to fly airplanes. After his discharge,
he continued to upgrade his aviation skills, learning how to fly jets;
he made a solo trans-Atlantic flight to London in the 1980s.
Following his four-year tour of duty in the military, Mr. Gordon began
his career in real estate.
On several occasions, Mr. Gordon sponsored advertisements in The New
York Times promoting the achievements of New Yorkers. True to form, he
arranged for a full-page advertisement to appear in the Times Metro Section
on the Sunday after his death. The copy read: “Thank you, New York, for
a wonderful life.”
Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his mother, Laura Gordon
of Florida; a brother, Allan Gordon of Connecticut; a son, Kenneth of New
York; a daughter, Robin of Harrison, New York; and four grandchildren.
Charles E. Hanley
Charles E. Hanley died at his home in Sag Harbor on September 17. He
Mr. Hanley was born on March 30, 1919 in The Bronx to Thomas F. and
Catherine (Green) Hanley.
A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Hanley saw action during World War II, serving
from 1940 to 1945 in the European Theater, and was the recipient of the
Purple Heart. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1808
in Bayside, New York.
Mr. Hanley retired in 1968 from the New York City Sanitation Department,
where he was Senior Superintendent.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda; a son, Charles E. Hanley of Yorktown
Heights; a daughter, Alice Brown of Massachusetts; a twin sister, Corinne
Connaughton of Florida; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and
several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph,
Thomas and John; and three sisters, Dorothy Burns, Margaret Gajdusek, and
The family received friends at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in
Sag Harbor on Tuesday, September 19. Funeral services were held on Wednesday,
September 20, at St. Andrews Church in Sag Harbor. Interment followed at
Calverton National Cemetery.
Joseph Batky of North Haven died at the Hunting Lane Rest Home on September
13. He was 77.
Born on February 6, 1923, in New York City to Joseph and Julia (Pishic)
Batky, he graduated from Harran High School and worked as a carpenter at
Brookhaven National Laboratory. He also served as the building inspector
for North Haven and as a school board president. He was a veteran of the
Army Air Corps, and served during World War II, from 1942 to 1945, in China,
Burma, and India. He was a member of the American Legion in Sag Harbor
and the Carpenter’s Union.
Mr. Batky is survived by his wife, Nancie; three sons, Bob and Mike
of Virginia, and Jeff of Sag Harbor; two grandchildren; and several nephews
and nieces. He was predeceased by a sister, Julia Callahan.
The family received friends on Friday, September 15, at the Yardley
and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor, where prayer services were held. An
American Legion service was held later that evening. A mass was held on
Saturday, September 16, at St. Andrew’s Church in Sag Harbor. Interment
followed at St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Stella Maris School, Division
Street, Sag Harbor, New York 11963, or to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance
Corps, Post Office Box 2725, Sag Harbor, New York 11963.
Mary B. Zyckowski
Mary Browne Zyckowski died on September 24, at the Westhampton Care
Center where she had been a resident since April 9, 1998. She was 96.
Mrs. Zyckowski was born in Killenaugher Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, Ireland
on April 22, 1904, to William and Winifred Browne (née McCarthy.)
Arriving in the United States at Ellis Island, at the age of 18, she worked
as a domestic for Thomas and Cora Wright, who resided in St. Louis, Missouri,
and at their estate on Boyeson Road in Southampton.
On September 24, 1934, she married Julius Zyckowski of Southampton,
who predeceased her in 1975. Mrs. Zyckowski also worked at Bayberryland
for many years, at Hildreth’s Upholstery Shop on Main Street, Southampton,
and at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church Rectory on Hill Street from
1979 to 1986. Mrs. Zyckowski also cared for many foster children in her
home throughout the years.
She is survived by two daughters, Rita Antilety of New York and Joan
Fucito of Wading River; one son, Frank Zyckowski of Southampton; a brother,
Con Browne of Ireland; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. In
addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three brothers, Michael,
Patrick and William.
At Mrs. Zyckowski’s request, she was cremated. A memorial mass will
be held at a later date at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Southampton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Human Resources Department at
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, Hill Street, Southampton.
Marjorie P. Van Cott
Bridgehampton native Marjorie Pierson Van Cott, 90, died at her home
on September 20.
Mrs. Van Cott and her sister Gwendolyn ran the Edwin H. Pierson Insurance
Agency in Bridgehampton, which their father founded; the firm later became
the George B. Green Agency. An avid reader, bridge player and golfer, Mrs.
Van Cott had become very interested in her family genealogy, which she
traced back to England in the 16th century.
Mrs. Van Cott was a member of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church,
and a volunteer and supporter of the Presbyterian Church Society of Bridgehampton,
the Old Cemetery Association of Bridgehampton, the Westhampton Cemetery
Association, the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton, Russell Sage College,
the Bridgehampton Community House Association, the Bridgehampton Fire Department,
the Bridgehampton Village Improvement Society, the Bridgehampton Lions
Club Charitable Trust, the Bridgehampton Historical Society, and the Bridgehampton
Mrs. Van Cott is survived by several step-grandchildren. She was predeceased
by her husband Clifford; her sister, Gwendolyn; and a step-daughter, Leona
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Brockett Funeral
Home in Southampton. A memorial service will be held at the Bridgehampton
Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 2, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the organizations Mrs. Van
Cott supported would be appreciated.
Charlotte M. Closs
Charlotte M. Closs of the Shinnecock Nation died on September 17 at
Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead. She was 90.
Mrs. Closs was born on June 11, 1910 to Augustus and Melvina Beaman
Marshall. She attended Southampton Public Schools. She married Percy L.
Closs on September 6, 1931, and joined the First Baptist Church of Southampton
in the 1930s. She was baptized in 1933 under the leadership of Reverend
W.H. Green. Mrs. Closs served as the church’s organist for several years,
served on the trustee board and was church clerk from 1954 to 1964. Her
favorite scripture was Philippians 3:4-8.
Mrs. Closs was known as “Aunt Charlotte” by her family. She helped
the “Us Seniors” program at the Senior Citizen Center at the Shinnecock
Reservation. A Southampton native, she moved to the Cedar Lodge Nursing
Home in Center Moriches because of failing health.
Mrs. Closs is survived by her sister-in-law, Jo Marshall of California;
three nieces, Betty Johnson of Southampton, Esther Taylor of Texas, and
Beverly Marshall of California; two nephews, Donald Grigg of New Jersey
and Russell Marshall of California; a “special” cousin, Florence Etheridge;
and friend, Eva Seymore of Southampton; and several great, great-great,
and great-great-great nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased
by her husband Percy; a brother, Russell Marshall, Sr.; and two sisters,
Florence Grigg and Trumayne Caffee.
The family received friends on Wednesday at the Brockett Funeral Home
in Southampton. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m., at the
First Baptist Church of Southampton. Reverend John V. Williams will officiate.
Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
Alexander W. Dunn
Alexander W. Dunn was killed in an automobile accident on August 25.
He was 30 years old.
Mr. Dunn graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 1988, and
Susquehanna University in 1992. While living in Southampton, he was an
avid fisherman and active in the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club. He moved
to Virginia in 1992 where he established and ran his own business.
Mr. Dunn is survived by his wife, Marianne of Virginia; his father,
William W. Dunn of Southampton; his mother, Gloria Dunn of Virginia; a
sister, Christy Dunn Condon; and a niece, Emily Condon of Georgia.
Robert (Bob) Mahoney of Bridgehampton died on Sunday, September 10,
at his home with his wife Helene at his side, after a long illness. He
Mr. Mahoney graduated from New York University and was a disabled Air
Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. His career began in the 1950s in
the advertising and public relations field. He later went to work for the
federal government, drawing on his experience in the communications field.
He was assigned to the Department of the Interior and was eventually
appointed superintendent of Manhattan sites. He received the Founders’
Award for the development of Gateway National Recreation Area. Known for
his mentoring, wit and humor, his friends referred to him as “The Quiet
Mr. Mahoney is survived by his wife, Helene; four nieces, Barbara Ann
Mahoney, Patti Mahoney, Lynn Marie Muller, and Amanda Nichols; a nephew,
Henry J. Muller; a brother-in-law, Henry J. Muller; and three sisters-in-law,
Marilyn Muller, Jackie Muller, and Hillie Mahoney. He was predeceased by
his nephew, David J. Mahoney III.
Memorial services will be held on October 7, at 1 p.m., at the Queen
of the Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton.
Another service will be held on November 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Federal Hall,
Wall Street, New York, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Robert Mahoney Memorial
Fund, Queen of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, Post Office Box 3035,
Bridgehampton, New York, 11932 or the Dominican Sisters, Post Office Box
1028, Hampton Bays, New York, 11946.
Mildred M. Zaloga
Mildred Mary (Midge) Zaloga, a lifelong resident of Southampton, died
on September 21 at University Hospital at Stony Brook. She was 66.
Mrs. Zaloga was born in Southampton on June 28, 1934, to the late A.C.
and Mildred Carpenter. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart
in Sag Harbor and Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. She was a store
manager for Robin Christopher in Southampton, and a member of Sacred Hearts
of Jesus and Mary Church in Southampton. She married Albin Zaloga in 1954.
Mrs. Zaloga is survived by her husband, Albin; a son, Richard Zaloga
of Southampton; a daughter, Deborah Bender of Southampton; a sister, Mary
Ann Hedrick of Oklahoma; two brothers, David Carpenter of Delaware and
Robert Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by
a sister, Joyce Carpenter, and a brother, Anthony Carpenter.
The family received friends at the J.M. O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton
on Friday, September 22, with prayer services offered by Reverend Edmond
J. Trench. A funeral was held on Saturday, September 23, at Sacred Hearts
of Jesus and Mary Church in Southampton, with Reverend Trench officiating.
Interment followed at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery in Southampton.
George C. Bradley
George Crawford Bradley, a longtime resident of Sagaponack, died on
September 20 at Southampton Hospital. He was 87 and the probable cause
of death was pneumonia.
Mr. Bradley was born in New York City on December 4, 1912, to Frank
Bradley and his wife, Jenny Crawford. Mr. Bradley attended elementary school
in both Manhattan and Bridgehampton. He continued his education at Phillips
Exeter Academy and Yale University. Upon graduating from Yale in 1935,
Mr. Bradley joined First Boston Corporation and was sent to work for that
firm in London. He returned home in 1941 when he was called up by the Naval
Reserves at the beginning of World War II.
Mr. Bradley was first ordered to the USS Pollux, a destroyer stationed
in the Atlantic. After the USS Pollux ran aground in a winter storm off
Newfoundland along with two other ships, killing 203 sailors, Mr. Bradley
was decorated for his heroic acts of bravery in relation to the tragedy.
He was later assigned to the USS Montpelier, rising to the rank of commander.
In 1945, Mr. Bradley joined the brokerage house of Evans and Company,
where he became executive vice president. He married Lucy Glazebrook in
1951, and moved to Port Washington. The couple bought a house in Sagaponack
and they moved there full-time after Mr. Bradley’s retirement in 1979.
While living on the East End, Mr. Bradley was involved in many community
activities. He served as treasurer of the Bridgehampton Historical Society,
president and member of the board of governors of the Bridgehampton Club,
director of disaster management for the local chapter of the Red Cross,
and treasurer of St. Ann’s Church in Bridgehampton.
Mr. Bradley is survived by a son, George Bradley of Connecticut; a
daughter, Anne Bradley of Sagaponack; two stepchildren, Ciaran Mercier
of California and Christine Wooding of Massachusetts; two granddaughters,
Marietta Mercier and Beatrice Bradley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lucy, in 1997.
A memorial service was held at St. Ann’s Church in Bridgehampton. Interment
was at Edgewood Cemetery in Bridgehampton.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Family Health
Service, Post Office Box 866, Amagansett, New York 11930.
Margery R. Schunk
Margery R. Schunk, a lifelong resident of Westhampton Beach, died on
Wednesday, September 20, at Central Suffolk Hospital in Riverhead. She
was 81 and was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Thomas, in September
Born in Westhampton Beach on June 29, 1919, Mrs. Schunk was the eldest
of five daughters born to Catherine Jessup and Kenneth Raynor. She was
a longstanding member and past organist of Beach Methodist Church.
Having started with the New York Telephone Company in Westhampton Beach
in the days of “number, please” operators, she retired after 34 years and
became even more active with an ever-expanding circle of friends who loved
to sew quilts and make dolls. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers
of America, and Past Matron of Eastern Star.
Mrs. Schunk is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and
Cynthia Schunk of Westhampton Beach; and William T. and Rose of Quogue
and New York City; a grandson, Darryl Schunk and his wife Elizabeth; two
grandsons, Allan Schunk and Del Schunk; two sisters, Winifred Cardo of
Quogue and Barbara Andrews of Water Mill; and her cousin, Lucile Frey.
She was predeceased by her sisters, Elizabeth Barnish and Catherine “Dink”
Lyons of Westhampton Beach.
She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews as well as the
circle of friends who are members of the Suffolk County Doll Club and the
other sewing groups which were such an important part of her retirement
Arrangements were under the direction of Follett and Werner Funeral
Home in Westhampton Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Beach
Methodist Church in Westhampton Beach or East End Hospice.
Ruth Scudi died on September 23 at 91 years of age.
Born on September 10, 1910, Mrs. Scudi was the widow of Michael Anthony
Scudi and mother of the late Gail Chadwick.
Ruth Scudi is survived by her daughter, Jane Scudi-Dell, and her son-in-law
Bob Dell of Westhampton Beach. She is also survived by her grandson Michael
A private funeral service was held at the Follett & Werner Funeral
Home in Westhampton Beach.