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Obituaries May 20, 2010

Posted on 21 May 2010

Alice Bennett

Alice Bennett, a longtime volunteer for local organizations and a Sag Harbor resident for over 63 years, died in Sag Harbor on Friday, May 14. She was 82 years old.

Born in Far Rockaway, N.Y. on September 26, 1927, she was the daughter of Francis and Mary (O’Malley) Lysaght.

Mrs. Bennett worked for many years as an operator for the New York Telephone Company and lived in the “telephone house” in the village when she first moved here after she and her husband, the late Guy Bennett, were married in 1947. Her husband was a mason contractor and Mrs. Bennett became a homemaker and volunteer after retiring from the phone company. She was active in both St. Andrew’s school and church, the American Cancer Society, the Sag Harbor Food Pantry and spent many summers volunteering at the windmill visitor’s center for the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Years ago, she also helped her husband and her uncle, Al Labrozzi, at the Millstone Tavern, which they owned on Millstone Road, and most recently was a member of the “Deli Girls” coffee klatch.

“Though she had been ill much of her life,” said the family, “she was always selfless and strong. Alice was a giver by nature, always thinking of others before herself.”

Mrs. Bennett is survived by children Bruce Bennett of Sag Harbor, Barbara Armstrong  and Mary Beth Schoen, both of Fort Collins, Colo.

She is also survived by grandchildren Nick and Henry Bennett, Mallory and Mitchell Armstrong and Madison Schoen, as well as her three siblings, Mary Stinson of Oswego, N.Y., Frances Reisert of East Rockaway, N.Y. and James Lysaght of New York City.

Her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Vee Bennett cared for Mrs. Bennett as it was her wish to die at home. In her last months she also had the assistance of East End Hospice.

Services were held at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home on Monday, May 17. Mass was said Tuesday, May 18 at St. Andrew’s Church. Interment followed at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Andrew’s Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Francis Joseph “Art” Gunning

Francis Joseph “Art” Gunning of Milford, Del., formerly of Sag Harbor, passed away Wednesday, May 5 at Milford Center. He was 92 years old.

Born in Sag Harbor, January 21, 1918, Mr. Gunning was the son of Madeline and Arthur Gunning. He was a graduate of Pierson High School, where he excelled in baseball, and worked as a caddy at the Maidstone Club, as a clerk for the A&P in Sag Harbor and for the Citizen Conservation Corps in the1930s before leaving Sag Harbor to play baseball.

Mr. Gunning was a former professional minor league baseball player for five years, catching for teams under the New York Giants in the Eastern Shore League (Milford, Del.), the Western Association (Fort Smith, Ark.) and the Eastern League (Elmira, N.Y.)

In 2004 he was inducted into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md.

Mr. Gunning is survived by his wife of 67 years, Emma, a son, Steve Gunning of Baton Rouge, La., two daughters, Debi Dick of Annapolis, Md., and Fran Gunning of Milford, Del.; and three sisters, Mary A. Malloy of Venice, Fla., Blanche Coles of Valapte, New York and Madeline (Lee) King of Sag Harbor.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the Milford Museum, 121 S. Walnut St., Milford, Del., 19963 in hopes of having a permanent baseball exhibit in the future.

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