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Regina ‘Bean’ Cunniff Humanitzki of Sag Harbor Dies April 6

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Regina ‘Bean’ Cunniff Humanitzki

Regina ‘Bean’ Cunniff Humanitzki

authorStaff Writer on Apr 16, 2024

Regina Cunniff Humanitzki, a/k/a Bean, died on April 6 at her home in Sag Harbor, surrounded by her family, after a battle with cancer. She was 82.

She was born to the late Howard and Ann Cunniff on December 8, 1941, in Brooklyn. She graduated from West Babylon High School in 1960, and received a Bachelor of Art degree in interior architectural designs from New York Institute of Technology.

She was married to Stephen “Steve” Humanitzki for 63 years. In their early marriage, they lived in West Babylon, then onto Dix Hills for 20 years, before settling in their beloved Sag Harbor for over 30 years.

She was a business owner for 20 years of Leisure Crafts, while raising her four children. Her next endeavor was as a volunteer at the Museum for African Art in New York City. Her volunteer job was then changed to an employee/manger of all the volunteers and store for the museum. After she retired from the museum, she and her husband ran their bed and breakfast, “Lighthouse on the Bay” for 18 years in Sag Harbor.

She was a former North Haven Village Trustee and member of the Architectural Review Board.

She was a volunteer for over 20 years at the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, and a volunteer for Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.

Besides her great sense of humor to the end, unforgettable laugh and love of conversation, her family said, she was an avid player of Bridge, Rummy Cube and Sudoku, and a collector of African Art.

She was also an enthusiastic gardener and member of the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and Bridge Gardens (Peconic Land Trust).

She traveled to most countries of all continents. Some of her favorite trips were to the Galapagos Islands, England, France, Italy, Portugal, river cruises of Europe, sailing in the Caribbean and the United States, from coast to coast, with her grandson for his fencing tournaments.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by their children and spouses, Stephen and Gillian Humanitzki, Wayne and Margarita Humanitzki, Renee and Martin Rangel and Marc Humanitzki; her grandchildren, Ryan, Leah, Eric, Stephen and Maxx; step-grandchildren, Nadia and Diego; her sister, Ann Marie Reynolds; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry (sagharborfoodpantry.org), the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons (hahgarden.org), or Bridge Gardens (peconiclandtrust.org/our-work/projects/bridge-gardens) would be appreciated by the family.

A celebration of life and service will be announced at a future date.

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