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Don Ray of Sagaponack Dies at 74

Chapel Hill, N.C., native was a football coach, restaurant manager and estate manager over the course of his lifetime.

Donald Edward Ray, 74, of Sagaponack, passed away Dec. 18 after a heart attack in his home.

Ray was born in Chapel Hill, N.C. He graduated from Stetson University and received a degree in physical education.

Ray played soccer and football, and coached football at David Miller Middle School in Asheville, N.C., and Owen School in Black Mountain, N.C., after working for the University of North Carolina football team while in high school.  He worked a number of years at Camp Rockmont, including as director. Ray worked for many years in the garment industry in New York, Atlanta and Boston. He then worked in restaurant management in New York, Charlotte and Boulder — fine dining was a passion. He spent the last 12 years as an estate manager in New York City and the Hamptons.

He is survived by his son, Niles Damon Ray and wife Amie, and their son, Jordan, all of New York City.

A memorial service will be held at United Methodist Church, 200 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro, N.C. on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Park Conservancy.

Editor's Note: This obituary was prepared by the family and edited by Patch.

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