Carrie Elizabeth Swift
Carrie Elizabeth Swift, age 52, died February 12 after a brave four-year battle with cancer.
Born in Washington, D.C., she was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann (O’Dwyer) Swift. She is survived by her mother and siblings, Anna, Theresa, Joseph, William, Thomas, Jonathan and Sara. She is also survived by eight nephews, one niece and two great nephews and many fine friends.
Ms. Swift attended the University of Maryland and then became a respiratory therapist at Georgetown University before moving to New York City where she worked in the mayor’s office. She then moved to Suffolk County and eventually settled in Sag Harbor, the village she loved.
Ms. Swift was a proud member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She also worked in real estate and was a personal assistant to numerous persons in the area.
Since she requested her remains be donated to science, there are no funeral or memorial plans at this time; but will be announced in the future.
The family wishes to thank the Sag Harbor community for their loving support. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Elsie Fordham Silvey
Elsie Fordham Silvey, a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 15, at the Southampton Care Center. She was 105.
Elsie Fordham was born on Glover Street in Sag Harbor, which at one time was the village’s main street. She was a tenth generation Fordham, descended from Nathan Fordham, Esq., the original settler in Sag Harbor in 1729. Nathan Fordham was descended from Rev. Robert Fordham of Hertfordshire, England. Reverend Robert came to Southampton in 1648 after a disagreement with then-Governor Peter Stuyvesant of the New York colony. Rev. Robert was the first governor of Hempstead under Peter Stuyvesant, and later became the second Presbyterian minister of the Southampton colony.
In 1925 Elsie Fordham married Daniel H. Silvey, who predeceased her in 1966. Mr. Silvey was the grandson of Jose Emanuel da Silva, who was shipwrecked at age 14 off Wainscott after traveling to the United States from Faya, Portugal. Together they raised three children, Dolores McNamara of Sag Harbor, Rosemary Holder of Sutton, Vermont, and Daniel Jr. of South Glens Falls, N.Y. In addition to her children, Elsie is survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
After Mr. Silvey had been transferred to Hightstown, N.J. for a brief time, Mrs. Silvey attended school for beauticians and obtained her beautician’s license, graduating number one in her class at approximately 55 years old. She continued practicing well into her seventies, often donating her time and talent to her friends and neighbors while enjoying the pleasure of their company.
Mrs. Silvey enjoyed working in her yard and gardening was a favorite pastime. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Columbiettes and Foresters of America, and was an avid Canasta player. In her later years, and after joining the AARP, she became the local chapter’s travel director and was responsible for planning multiple trips both inside and outside the U.S.
A memorial Mass will be announced at a later date. The family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her remembrance.