Obituaries July 31


Joan P. Wing

Joan P. Wing, a resident of Sag Harbor for 28 years, died suddenly at Southampton Hospital on July 11 from a massive stroke to the brain. She was 77 years old.

Born in Newark, N.J. on January 7, 1931, she was the daughter of Francis and Marion McFadden. Prior to moving east Ms. Wing attended Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music and Daykarhanova School of Theatre Arts. Ms. Wing sang with the Robert Shaw Chorale and performed Off-Broadway under Joseph Anthony.

Ms. Wing was a costumer and worked under the direction of the Pushcart Players in Montclair, N.J., as well as Sigrid Insull and Olympia Dukakis of the Whole Theatre Company in their production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

In 1979 Ms. Wing moved to Sag Harbor and continued her work with the Ellis Rabb production of “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Guild Hall in East Hampton, and worked under the direction of designer Cristophe deMenil in the Robert Wilson operas “The Civil Wars” and “Golden Windows.” Ms. Wing then accepted a position as a costume conservator and restorer at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under the direction of Stella Blum and Diana Vreeland for the exhibit “The Eighteenth Century Woman.”

Prior to her death Ms. Wing was a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she lectured and taught costume construction, and worked part time at various local establishments such as Canio’s Books, Metaphysical Books and Tools, and most recently Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor.

Ms. Wing is survived by here daughter, Dorian Baker, and her six grandchildren, Mariah Alexis, Julien Marcus, Quinn Cristofer, Cheyenne Abigail Rose, Emma Grace and Greyson Ellis Rhys, currently residing in Charleston, West Virginia. Ms. Wing is also survived by her godson, Sabato Lam, currently residing in Washington, D.C.

A private memorial service was held on July 15 with her immediate family, and close friends. Ms. Wing’s ashes will be scattered in Ireland next month during a sunset ceremony.

“She will be greatly missed by all and by everyone’s lives she has touched,” the family said in a release. “Her sprit and wisdom will remain in our hearts, and memories everyday and her soulful presence surrounds us in all things of beauty.”


Marion Oettinger Porter

Marion Oettinger Porter, a fashion copywriter and a driving force behind the “Fridays at Five” program at Hampton Library, died on July 22.

Mrs. Porter was born on June 9, 1912, in Scranton, Penn. At 19 she won a scholarship to Topé Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City. Upon graduation she began her delightful career as a clever, witty fashion copywriter for New York papers and magazines.

On December 3, 1948, she married David Porter, and encouraged his shift from magazine publishing to becoming a full-time artist. Ten years later he had his first one-man show, to sterling reviews. His career was launched, and 32 more solo exhibits would eventually follow.

Until 1970 the Porters split their time between their Manhattan apartment on the East River, and the extraordinary collection of barns and antiquities they assembled as their East Hampton estate. But that year David was burned in a terrible household accident. Marion spent the next six years as David’s caretaker, as he recovered through a series of more than a dozen operations, until he was ready to paint again.

Marion Porter established the “Friday’s at Five” lecture series, which featured the hottest, choicest, and best celebrity writers lecturing at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton throughout the summer seasons. For seven years she invited and introduced personalities guaranteed to deliver the best show in town. In 2005 the library awarded her a plaque commemorating the 20th year of the program she founded.

The Porters long served as volunteers in the local Hospice program, and eight years ago Mrs. Porter suggested the wildly popular arts auction that the Hospice has done every year since. On November 18, 2005, after 57 years of marriage, David Porter died.

Her nephew, John Oettinger, will be holding a memorial service at her home, 782 Town Line Road in Wainscott at noon on Sunday, August 10.


Leslie Ann Wilson-Hedberg

Leslie Ann Wilson-Hedberg, 48, died of heart failure on the morning of Thursday, July 24, 2008 at her residence in Riverhead.  Mrs. Wilson-Hedberg, born in White Plains, NY, lived much of her life in Sag Harbor and attended St. Andrew’s Grammar School and Pierson High School.  She was the widow of John Hedberg, also of Sag Harbor.  Her parents, William and Eileen Wilson, died in 2002.  She is survived by two brothers, William and Robert.  A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Sag Harbor.