May Okon of Water Mill Dies July 5 - 27 East

May Okon of Water Mill Dies July 5

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May Okon

May Okon

authorStaff Writer on Jul 10, 2024

May Okon of Water Mill, a celebrated features writer for the New York Daily News, died at her Water Mill home on July 5. She was 105.

Born and raised in Coney Island, her zest for life was evident from an early age. She was an accomplished journalist and an avid athlete, whose passion for sports continued throughout her life.

She was the Coney Island women’s handball champion in her teens. When there was a tennis match, she was glued to the TV, watching Wimbledon and the U.S. Open at all hours of the day — even the obscure matches no one else had heard of. She was a fan of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and the “Battle of the Sexes,” and only wished she was still writing to interview them both.

Her illustrious career at the New York Daily News saw her interviewing some of the most iconic figures of her time, from Helen Keller to Bette Midler, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Johnny Cash, Jane Fonda, and Steve McQueen. Her insightful articles and captivating stories brought her readers closer to the personalities they admired, making her a cherished name in journalism.

Her love for the Hamptons and its community remained steadfast. She enjoyed the beautiful landscapes, the beach, the light, and the culture, calling it home for over 60 years.

Her family remembers her as inspirational, with a life full of family and unwavering commitment to her craft.

.She is survived by her niece and nephew, Sue and Joe Okon; Sue Okon’s partner, Jennifer; and Joe Okon’s children, Dani, Max, and Quinn.

In her memory, her family asks that donations be made to local journalism programs or community sports initiatives, reflecting her lifelong passions, so that her legacy will continue to inspire and influence, a testament to her life and career.

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