John Page of Greenport and New Suffolk died Nov. 18 at The Shores at Peconic Landing in Greenport.
Since taking up residence on the North Fork in 1985, John was an active and generous supporter of New Suffolk Civic Association, Save Brecknock Hall Committee, Cutchogue New Suffolk Library, Peconic Land Trust, Group for the East End, Peconic Baykeeper and New Suffolk Waterfront Fund.
He moved to Peconic Landing with his life partner, Joe McKay, shortly after it opened in 2002, and spent 13 happy years as a member of what he called “an extraordinary community of people.”
In the words of his many friends, John was “a gentle man and a gentleman,” “one of the most generous people imaginable,” “possessed of great intelligence and a rapier wit that took people by surprise and left them laughing,” “a knock-out handsome guy!” and “giving of his financial management talents to anyone who needed help.” He was an avid reader, hiker, skier, gardener, and University of North Carolina sports fan.
John was born in Rocky Mount, N.C, on Nov. 25, 1932. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1955, served in the U.S. Army in the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) and joined JPMorgan in New York City in 1957, where he spent his career in pension fund management.
John recently established “The Clara Allsbrook Page and Harvey Lee Page Scholarships” at UNC-Chapel Hill to honor his parents; the fund will support up to nine scholars who will receive financial awards equal to tuition and fees.
In addition to his partner, Joe, and their beloved black Lab mix, “Ruby,” John is survived by his older brothers, Harvey of Pikeville, Ky., Robert of Winter Park, Fla., and William of Washington, N.C.; by his younger sister, Ann, of Elm City, N.C.; and by nine nieces and nephews.
“Thank You for Being” … Sharing the Life of John Page” will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Peconic Landing auditorium in Greenport. A memorial service at Chapel Hill, N.C., will be held in January and a celebration of John’s life will also be held in New Suffolk next spring.
Memorial donations in John’s honor may be made to New Suffolk Waterfront Fund (newsuffolkwaterfront.org), Peconic Land Trust (peconiclandtrust.org), or to Peconic Landing Community Fund.
This is a paid notice.