John Robert Lemmon

Feb. 22, 1945 - Jan. 5, 2015
John Robert Lemmon, Feb. 22, 1945 - Jan. 5, 2015

John Robert Lemmon, a craftsman who also painted landscapes and seascapes, died of lung cancer on Dec. 5 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt. He was 69.

Mr. Lemmon had lived in East Hampton his entire life, but spent time at his partner’s, Carrie Kessler’s, farm in Corinth, Vt.

He worked primarily as a carpenter, but also made furniture. Ms. Kessler said he was  enthusiastic and determined in any project he took on, including the chores on her farm, model-boat building, and The New York Times crossword puzzle. “He would put laser focus on the task and finish it well‚” she said.

Ms. Kessler said he shared his “vivid, rich memories of growing up in East Hampton, of great friendships and work relationships over the course of many years. He remembered where every business, open field, and woodlot was in the 1950s and 1960s, who owned it, and the changes that had taken place since then.”

She recalled a story about his “careening down Oakview Highway toward Three Mile Harbor Road‚” seated on the handlebars of a bicycle with no brakes piloted by a friend named Joey. Both survived to tell the tale.

She also said he was an avid reader and had a sense of humor. “Oh, how he enjoyed a good laugh. He was also strong (sometimes absolute) in his feelings of right and wrong‚” she said, adding that even in declining health, he persevered through projects, never giving up.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1945, and adopted by George and Charlotte Brigham Lemmon.

  He graduated from East Hampton High School in 1962 and attended the Island Drafting and Technical Institute in Amityville, where he received certification as an electrician.

 He and Linda Nelson were married in 1964. The couple, whose marriage ended in divorce, had three daughters, who survive: Jodi McHugh of East Hampton, and Autumn Kujawski of Mattituck and Dawn Lemmon of Hampton Bays, who are twins. He also is survived by Ms. Kessler,  one grandchild, and two step-grandchildren.

A memorial service and the scattering of his ashes will take place in East Hampton in the spring.