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Obituaries October 1, 2009

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Lawrence Wade Williams, Jr.

Lawrence Wade “Uncle Larry” Williams, Jr., was born in Atlantic City, N.J., to Lawrence and Alma Williams on January 13, 1929. He was educated in the Atlantic City Public School System and in 1950 joined the U.S. Army serving tours in Fort Hancock, Camp Edwards and Cape Cod. That same year Mr. Williams met and married Thelma Jones and together they had three sons: Rev. Guy Lawrence Williams of Springfield, Ill., Mark Steven Williams (deceased) and Lawrence Wade Williams III, of Riverdale, N.Y.

He and his family lived in St. Albans, Queens, for thirty-three years while he enjoyed a successful sales career with General Motors. He retired in 1990.

Many joyous times were spent at their summer home in Sag Harbor, said the family, and Mr. Williams especially enjoyed golfing, annual Labor Day beach parties and get-togethers with extended family and friends. In addition, he worshiped at the East End Church of Christ in East Hampton and was an active member of the Sag Harbor Hills Association. In recent years, Mr. and Mrs. Williams divided their time between Sag Harbor and their residence in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In addition to his wife of 59 years and two sons, he is survived by three daughters-in-law, Vivian, Tisha and Virginia; six grandchildren, Quanisha, Paris, Tasha, Toni, Samantha and Lawrence; three great-grandchildren Julian, Kylie and James; one sister, Alma Joyce Earley; and nieces and nephews Michael and Vernia Williams, Margie Williams, Gayle and Joe Graves, Linda and Fritz Eugene, Robert and Linda Williams, Carol Brown, Melvin Brown, Larry Hudson and a host of great nieces and nephews, extended family and cherished friends.

“We would be remiss if we did not mention the love that Uncle Larry had for his family,” said relatives. “Whether you knew him as Sonny, Papa, Big Larry, or Dad, you were touched by his warmth, affection and gentle spirit.”

Visiting hours were held on Wednesday at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, October 1, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.


Donald W. Kraft

Donald W. Kraft, 81, formerly of Sag Harbor, died September 25, 2009 in Palm Bay, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on September 7, 1928, to John and Helen Brodbeck Kraft.

Donald was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force, a member of the Lions Club, and enjoyed fishing and flying. He worked as an aircraft mechanical instructor at Piper Aircraft for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Muriel; children Patti Epp, Michael Karrigan Kraft, Jeffrey Kraft, David Mannes, and Betzy Arndt; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Lyn Tyler.

No services are planned.

Memorials may be made to Wuesthoff Hospice, 8060 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera, Fla. 32940.

Arrangements were entrusted to South Brevard Funeral Home, 1001 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne, Fla.


Obituaries August 6, 2009

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Veronica Margaret Ann O’Connell

Veronica Margaret Ann O’Connell, age 85, of 2 Bayberry Lane, Sag Harbor for the past thirty years, died this past Saturday evening, August 1 at Southampton Hospital of respiratory failure. Mrs O’Connell was born on November 14, 1923 in New York City to the late Thomas Lynch and the late Margaret Fowler Lynch. 

Mrs. O’Connell was educated in New York City and was a 1940 graduate of Mount Saint Ursula Academy, Bronx, NY, and a 1944 graduate of Hunter College with a degree in history. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from New York University. She had a 28-year career as a high school social studies teacher in the NYC public schools during which for a period of several years she served as Dean of Mabel Dean Bacon Vocational High School Annex on East 15th Street in Manhattan.

She was the beloved wife of James H. O’Connell, who survives her, and mother of Margaret O’Connell of Forest Hills, NY and Marie Bonkowski (husband John) of Washington, DC. She is also survived by nephews Daniel and Robert O’Connell of North Canton, Ohio and niece Dale Sartor of Norwalk, Connecticut, six grand-nephews and nieces, and one great-grand nephew. She was predeceased by her sister, Eileen M.J. Lynch, another NYC schoolteacher, who died in December 1982.

Mr. and Mrs O’Connell first visited Sag Harbor for a family vacation fifty years ago, in July 1959. They moved here permanently in 1979 after retiring. Mrs. O’Connell was active in her parish, St. Andrews, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, volunteered with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and served on the fundraising campaign for the church restoration fund. She also volunteered at Stella Maris Regional Catholic School. She was the past president of the Columbiettes, Sag Harbor Council (2001-2003).  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Sag Harbor, with interment to follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mrs. O’Connell may be made to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 304, Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545-0304 or to St. Andrew’s Parish Renovation Fund, 122 Division Street, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963.


Eugene Brody

Eugene David Brody, who moved from New York City to Sag Harbor in 2003, died peacefully of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, August 2 at Southampton Hospital. He was 78.

After receiving his B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance, he was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer on the USS Ross during the Korean War.

He began his Wall Street career as a broker at Eastman Dillon, Union Securities in 1956, but the innovations in his 1963 M.B.A. thesis for New York University, titled “Options in Institutional Portfolios,” redirected his investment philosophy. He founded E. D. Brody & Co., which became one of the largest volume option writers on Wall Street during the 1960s. The limited partner of the firm was A.W. Jones & Co., the original “hedge fund,” where he became a general partner. In 1970 he became CEO of Founders Mutual Depositor Corporation, an investment advisor. After that he was a vice president of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc, and in the early 1980s became president of Oppenheimer Capital Futures Management and a managing director of Oppenheimer Capital until his retirement in 1996.

He was the author of Odds-On Investing (1978), a financial columnist in the New York Post and publisher of The Print Collector’s Newsletter from 1971 to 1996. In recent years he ran Picanet Partners, L.P., and served on the board of the Manhattan Institute.   

He loved tennis at the East Hampton Tennis Club and East Hampton Indoor Tennis, sailing, skiing, squash, bridge and his family most of all. Loving husband of Jacqueline Brody, father of Jessica Nagy of Fort Washington, Penn. and Leslie Brody of Montclair, N.J., and grandfather of Summer, Devon, Lee and Alexander. There are no plans for a memorial service at this time.


Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Williams, a resident of East Hampton for 70 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday, August 2.

Born in Jamaica, Queen, N.Y. on October 15, 1920, she was the daughter of David and Adelaide (Nickerson) Pettigrew.

Mrs. Williams worked for Thomas M. Quinn & Sons Funeral Homes in Queens and, with her husband, was the former owner of the Williams Funeral Home in East Hampton. She was a graduate of Jamaica High School and Renovard School for Embalmers and Morticians.

She was a Matron and Past Grand Matron of the Mishannock Chapter of the Order if the Eastern Star and was District Deputy Grand Matron of the OES for the State of New York.

Private interment will take place at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, East Hampton. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to Animal Rescue Fund, First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, First Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor, Guide Dogs for the Blind or Bide-a-Wee Westhampton.