November 01, 2017

Bradley Stanley Marmon, 91

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Pharmacist, fisherman, and longtime owner of White's Pharmacy in East Hampton, Bradley Stanley Marmon was a boy from the Bronx who became a Bonacker. He died Sunday morning, October 29, from Alzheimer's in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, just weeks shy of his 92nd birthday.

Born November 15, 1925, he was the oldest of four children of John and Thelma Marmorstein. Mr. Marmon grew up in the Bronx and Manhattan's Washington Heights area. A bright student, he was a member of the third class to graduate from the new Bronx High School of Science in 1943. While there he was selected to work with physicist Harold Urey and other scientists at Columbia University who were developing the uranium fuel for the proposed atomic bomb that was developed by the massive military Manhattan Project. His work on gaseous diffusion, separating two isotopes of uranium, won him an Army commendation.

Brad then served in the Pacific during World War II. A corporal, he was a radio operator for the Army, an interest he would maintain his entire life as an avid ham radio operator. (His call sign was KA1HR and he erected a tall transmission tower by the garage of his house at 68 Mill Hill Lane.)

Returning from the war he married Betty Lewis in 1947 and then began classes using the GI Bill at Columbia University's School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1951 with a B.S. degree. He worked in pharmacies in New York City and Bay Shore before moving to East Hampton with his family in 1954. There he purchased both White's and its building at 81 Main Street from owner and operator William White. Now White's Apothecary, it dates back to 1873 and is the oldest business establishment in East Hampton. During his years owning White's, Mr. Marmon expanded its business to feature leading cosmetic lines from Lauder, Revlon, and other companies.

He and his wife quickly became active in local civic organizations, serving as co-chairs of the American Cancer Society's anti-smoking and cancer prevention fundraising campaigns. Mr. Marmon joined the Masons, where he rose to become a 32nd degree member, as well as the VFW. He and his wife also were members of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. He initially took up golf, becoming one of the first new members of the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett after its reopening in 1959.

But the lure of fishing soon overtook Mr. Marmon's attraction to golf. Within a few years he started surf casting along the beaches of Montauk and East Hampton. He then got his first boat, the Rx, shortly followed by larger vessels, the Refill and then the Therapy. For many years he fished in the waters of Gardiner Bay, as well as the Atlantic near Montauk Point, often with friends and family. His catches often provided fresh fish not only for the meals of his family and numerous friends but also for local restaurants, including Chez Labatt and Gordon's.

His love of boats and fishing soon sparked his membership in the local chapter of the Power Squadron and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mr. Marmon rose to leadership positions in both organizations and spent many hours standing watch at the Coast Guard's Montauk base. He sold the White's Pharmacy business in 1998, hoping to retire and travel with Mrs. Marmon. But her death later that year forced a change in those plans. He then moved to Bradenton, Florida, an area where he and his wife had vacationed before.

From then on he golfed, traveled to such destinations as New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Hungary (where some of his ancestors had emigrated from), and enjoyed visits by his children, grandchildren, and great grand-children. He is survived by: his son Stephen Marmon of Pearl River, New York; daughters Nan Marmon Kaftan of Bradenton, Florida, and Elise Marmon of Needham, Massachusetts; grandchildren Matthew Sabel, Zachery Sabel, Elizabeth Marmon, and Annabelle Raymond; and two great-grandchildren, Wesley and Violet Sabel. Predeceased by his brother Lloyd Marmon and sister Mona David, he also is survived by his sister Hilary Marmon of Warwick, New York.

Cantor Debra Stein will officiate at services being held at 1 PM Thursday, November 2, at the Shaarey Pardes Accabonac Grove Cemetery, 306 Old Stone Highway in East Hampton. The family will be sitting shiva that afternoon from 2 to 6 PM at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons. Contributions are encouraged to the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, 44 Woods Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937 or to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601.

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