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Jul 10, 2017 1:27 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Richard Martin Neumann of Sag Harbor Dies July 8

Jul 11, 2017 12:59 PM

Richard Martin Neumann, 83, of Bay Point, Sag Harbor, died at his home on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Mr. Neumann was born in Bayside, New York, on February 16, 1934, to Ferdinand and Dorothy Martin Neumann. He was married to the former Patricia Flanagan on April 27, 1963, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Manhattan.

His entire working life was in the employ of New York Telephone. Prior to that Mr. Neumann served in the U.S. Army, stationed on Okinawa, where he was assigned to lifeguard duty at the Officer’s Club, which survivors say was a testament to his lifelong love of the ocean. He summered in Sag Harbor from the time he was six years old, moving there permanently in 1971 with his young family, which now included a son, John and daughter, Elizabeth.

Mr. Neumann was a member of the Telephone Pioneers during his tenure with New York Telephone. The group is involved in a variety of charitable undertakings both here and abroad and Mr. Neumann was an enthusiastic participant.

Survivors say he will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, welcoming spirit and his unmatched ability as a raconteur. Friends and family will miss his wonderful stories and mischievous sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia who served for 12 years as a Southampton Town Councilwoman, a son and daughter-in-law, John and Danielle Neumann, and daughter, Elizabeth McManmon and husband Jack; four grandchildren, Jack and Grace Neumann and John and Mary McManmon. Mr. Neumann is also survived by a brother, Ferdinand; and sisters, Suzanne, Jane and Virginia.

Mr. Neumann donated his body to the Anatomical Donation Program of the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Friends and family will gather to remember him at a memorial celebration in September.

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Uncle Richard was the best. He was a great guy, a husband, a father, a grandfather & my friend. I knew him my whole life. I was lucky enough to have been in SH for the week prior to him passing & saw him 4 different times for what ever reason. When I woke 7-8-17 & heard the news I was shocked & speechless. There comes a time in your life when your uncle bridges over to become a friend. You don't think about it or plan it, it just happens. I miss him dearly & will his presence forever. Rest In Peace ...more
By Bill Neumann (1), Sag Harbor on Jul 11, 17 11:31 PM