Peter V. Darrow of New York and Sag Harbor passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013 surrounded by family and close friends. He was 62.
During a 35-year career as a corporate lawyer, Mr. Darrow was a partner in two law firms – Mayer Brown, and most recently, DLA Piper. While based in New York, Mr. Darrow traveled extensively to Mexico and Latin America, handling complex debt financing involving some of the largest companies in the region. He was born in Ann Arbor Michigan, the son of Peter and Charlotte Noble Darrow.
Mr. Darrow was a graduate of Columbia College and earned a masters degree from Trinity College Oxford. In 1978 he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He was a member of its Law Review.
Mr. Darrow was an avid athlete and highly accomplished oarsman. Time spent on his one-man shell, rowing within the bays and inlets around Sag Harbor were, he often said, among his most peaceful moments, and he was a member of the Sag Harbor Community Rowing Club.
In 1980, Mr. Darrow, his brother Duncan and their mother Charlotte purchased a rambling rooming house on Jefferson Street in Sag Harbor. Over many years they turned it into a family compound – occupied by both brothers, their mother, wives, children and golden retrievers. They all called it their “port in the storm.”
Once the Darrows moved into their new home, they invited all their new neighbors over for an Open House during the Thanksgiving weekend. It soon became an annual tradition and, last year, Mr. Darrow was among the hosts for the 32nd annual Open House; the tradition will be continued.
After their mother died of cancer in 2001, Peter and his brother Duncan Darrow along with help from friends and neighbors established Fighting Chance, a free-of-charge cancer counseling center for residents of the East End of Long Island. Mr. Darrow was proud that it became a local community resource, helping many on the East End successfully navigate their cancer journey.
Mr. Darrow is survived by his beloved wife, Denise and two children from a former marriage: a daughter Meredith of New York and Los Angeles, and a son Peter, a student in Boston. He is also survived by his devoted brother Duncan and his wife Wendy. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to: Fighting Chance – Free Cancer Counseling Center; PO Box 1358; Sag Harbor New York 11963. A memorial service is scheduled for May 29, 2013 at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th street) at 4 pm.
For family and friends on the East End who would like to pay their respects, visiting hours also have been arranged on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home located at 91 Hampton Street in Sag Harbor.