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Obituaries 3.31.11

Posted on 30 March 2011

Fred L. Butts Jr.

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Marc Boleis
Marc Boleis, a resident of Woodside Queens and Waterhole Road in East Hampton, died of heart failure at Westchester Medical Center on Friday, March 25, 2011 following a four month illness. He was 49 years old.

Mr. Boleis was born in New York City on June 22, 1961 to Roger and Mimi (Jousseaume) Boleis. He grew up in New York City and East Hampton and attended Lycee Francais in New York City and Boston University in Boston, Mass.

Mr. Boleis worked as an IT Specialist for American Express for 20 years. He was described by relatives as being devoted to his family and many friends and he also enjoyed travel and boating.

Survivors include his parents Roger and Mimi Boleis of East Hampton and Quiberon, France; a brother, Luc LeBoleis of East Hampton; and nephews Sean and Scott LeBoleis.

Funeral services for Mr. Boleis will be handled by Yardley & Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton and have not yet been announced. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date in New York City. Interment will be at the family crypt in Quiberon, France. Memorial donations may be made the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), PO Box 901, Wainscott, NY 11975 or the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, 200 S. Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021.


Ellen McCormack

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Ellen McCormack, a political activist and two-time candidate for president of the United States, died on Sunday, March 27 in Avon, Conn. from a long illness. She was 84 years old.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y. on September 15, 1926, she was the daughter of Ellen and William Cullen. She was married to Francis McCormack, a New York City Police Deputy Inspector, for 44 years and is survived by four children: Kathleen McCormack Batterson of Farmington, Conn., Anne McCormack of Sag Harbor, Ellen Stapleton of Holbrook, N.Y. and John McCormack of Yardley, Penn., daughter-in-law Colleen McCormack, sons-in-law Jon Batterson and Edward Stapleton. Mrs. McCormack had 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two sisters.

In the politically charged atmosphere of the ‘60s, Mrs. McCormack’s interest in politics was sparked and she became involved with local community affairs. In the early ‘70s, her activism found its defining issue as a result of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

By 1976, Mrs. McCormack had joined with a group of Long Island women opposed to legalized abortion and formed the Pro-Life Action Committee. In an effort to focus attention on their issue, a decision was made to run a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, and with no prior political experience, Mrs. McCormack was thrust into the limelight. Her candidacy for national office was boosted by the recent change in the election law. Mrs. McCormack became the first woman to receive federal matching campaign funds and the infusion of federal money financed commercials and appearances around the country.

After visiting 22 states and garnering considerable press attention, Mrs. McCormack received 238,000 votes in 18 Democratic primaries. Her name was put into nomination at the Democratic Convention where she received 22 delegate votes from five states on the first ballot.

In 1980, she ran again for president as the candidate of the Right to Life Party and earned 32,327 votes from three states. She was chairwoman of the party and their candidate for lieutenant governor of New York in 1978.

In 1973, Mrs. McCormack and her husband Jack bought a home in Sag Harbor and they split their time between homes in Merrick and the Hamptons. She fell in love with Sag Harbor, and after the passing of her husband, decided to live full time on the East End. Her later years were spent on the beach and painting landscapes inspired by the seaside community. The last few years of her life were lived in Farmington, Conn., with her daughter Kathy and her husband John.

Relatives said that Mrs. McCormack was devoted to her family and friends, and to the end of her life she never lost a passion for the Right to Life Movement and politics.
A wake was held at Walker Funeral Home in Merrick, N.Y., on Friday, March 25. The funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, March 26 at Cure of Ars Church, also in Merrick.

Fred L. Butts

Fred L. Butts, Jr. passed away on March 20, 2011 at the Mease Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. He was 72 years old.

He was born in Southampton to Fred and Margaret (Silvey) Butts on August 8, 1938 and grew up in Sag Harbor. After graduating from Pierson High School in June of 1955, Mr. Butts joined the U.S. Navy serving for four years. Upon leaving the service he rejoined his father in the family painting business in Sag Harbor for many years before becoming an elected official as an assessor for East Hampton Town and became the Chairman of the Board of Assessors. He also was on the staff of the late Perry B. Duryea, Jr. former New York State Assemblyman and also served as a legislative aid to former supervisors Joseph Caputo and John Klein of Suffolk County.

After leaving politics Mr. Butts reopened his painting business for a number of years and retired in 1994 when he and his wife moved to Dunedin, Fla. where they enjoyed playing golf, traveling and being near their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Butts is survived by his wife Peggie (Lattanzio) and daughter Jean Benkoczy (Michael), grandchildren Nicole and Michael Benkoczy and two great-grandsons Austin and Max and daughter Kellie Anderson and grandchildren Kaitlin, Josiah and Zachariah. All reside in Fort White, Fla. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Zaykowski Stellmach (husband Tom) of Dunedin, Fla., brother George Butts of Shelter Island, sister-in-law Jane Early of Columbus, Ohio and eight nieces and nephews.

Mr. Butts was a member of the American Legion in Sag Harbor, and Dunedin, AmVets, the Sag Harbor Fire Department, The Southampton Elks Club and the Sag Harbor Golf Club.

Visitation was held at Curlew Hills Memorial Gardens in Florida on Tuesday, March 22, followed by cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later time in Sag Harbor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sag Harbor Fire Department, P.O. Box 209, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 or the American Legion at 26 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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