Lewis L. Edson of Cutchogue died on June 20, surrounded by his family. He was 72.
Born in Manhattan on January 17, 1941, to Lefferts P. and Grace (née Riley) Edson, he attended Southold High School and Syracuse University. Mr. Edson served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and for the past 25 years he owned and operated Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm with his family. Prior to that, he ran First Towne Realty for 30 years.
Mr. Edson was a member of the New York State Christmas Tree Growers Association and the North Fork Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila McCarthy-Edson, whom he married on May 24, 2013; three children, Lisa Christine Edson, Evans Munro Edson and Channing Virginia Edson; and five grandchildren, Hawke Edson, Sloane Edson, Oliver Edson, Grayson Harrinan and Liv Harrinan.
The family received friends on Sunday, June 23, at the DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. A graveside service with U.S. Marine Corps honors was held on Monday, June 24, at the Cutchogue Cemetery; the Reverend Richard Boyer of First Presbyterian Church in Southampton officiated.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Island Gift of Life Foundation, P.O. Box 532, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965, for the benefit of those who may need cancer care but do not have health insurance or other financial resources.