David A. Salkind, who became an enthusiastic member of the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett after discovering a passion for golf in his 50s, died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on March 29 of complications from lung cancer.
Mr. Salkind, who was 73, had been diagnosed with the disease in early 2010 but had been well until just recently.
With his wife, Bonnie Salkind, who survives, he lived part time in Great Neck and part time in East Hampton. The couple shuttled back and forth every week, year round.
For over 50 years, Mr. Salkind worked at Brown Builders Supply Corporation in New Hyde Park, and was owner and president of the company before his retirement in June of last year.
He was born on Oct. 31, 1937, in Middle Village, Queens, the son of Hyman Salkind and the former Sophie Brown. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from C.W. Post College of Long Island University.
From 1956 to 1958, he served in the Army, stationed in Berlin.
He and Mrs. Salkind were married on Aug. 6, 1978, and had three children. Beverly Baxter predeceased her father. Fred Salkind of New York City and Cindy Tell of Woodbury survive. Three grandchildren also survive.
Mr. Salkind was a member of the South Fork Country Club for more than 11 years and, said his family, loved both the game and his friendships at the club, where he was a member of the men’s golf league and the “1 o’clock group.”
A service was held at Riverside-Nassau North Chapel in Great Neck on March 31, Rabbi David Whiman of the North Shore Synagogue in Syosset officiating. Burial took place at the Shaarey Pardes Gates of the Grove Cemetery in Springs.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the rabbi’s discretionary fund at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 5107, East Hampton 11937.