Glyn Erwin, 80

Feb. 14, 1935 - April 18, 2015
Glyn Erwin, Feb. 14, 1935 - April 18, 2015

Glyn Erwin, who came to Montauk in 1975 as a member of the Air Force stationed at Camp Hero, died at Southampton Hospital on April 18 after a long illness. He was 80.

Daisy Erwin, Mr. Erwin’s wife, said his other Air Force postings were at radar installations in Manchester, N.H., and Lompoc, Calif. He also was an instructor while in the service in Biloxi, Miss., she said.

Arriving at Thanksgiving in 1975, the couple had no plans to settle down in Montauk, she said. A friend in the real estate business, however, pointed out a good deal on a house in the Ditch Plain neighborhood, and they stayed.

This suited them and their children, four boys, well. Mr. Erwin could satisfy his growing interest in surfcasting and keep a boat in the harbor.

“He was a man of few words, and when he said something, he meant it,” Ms. Erwin said.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in DeLand, Fla., to Alfred Erwin and the former Laura Mitchell. He grew up in Cherry Hill, a section of Philadelphia, and spent time at the Jersey Shore as well.

He attended the Philadelphia College of Art and worked as an artist for a time before joining the Air Force in 1957. He remained in the service until 1980, after which he worked at the Montauk Lumber Yard until 1990.

During his time in Montauk, Mr. Erwin continued to paint, working on landscapes and wildlife scenes. He was a member of the Montauk Artists Association and participated in its exhibitions frequently. He also enjoyed playing chess.

In addition to Ms. Erwin, he is survived by four sons, Dan Erwin of Patchogue, Erik Erwin of Nashville, and Rex and David Erwin, both of Boston. He leaves four grandchildren. A brother, Lance Erwin, lives in Toms River, N.J., and a sister, Linda Erwin, in Texas.

There was no service. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Montauk Artists Association, 49 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954.