Alison Aldredge

July 8, 1963 July 5, 2015
Alison Aldredge, July 8, 1963 July 5, 2015

Alison Aldredge, a Southampton resident and early childhood teacher who had been the early childhood program coordinator and lead teacher at the Ross School in East Hampton, died while traveling in Oregon with her husband on July 5, three days short of her 52nd birthday.

She had suffered all her life from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which was the cause of a sudden embolism, her family wrote.

Ms. Aldredge taught kindergarten and was the early childhood program director at the Peconic Community School in Aquebogue, which she had helped build. On the East End, she started teaching at the Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton.

She was born in Larchmont, N.Y., on July 8, 1963, a daughter of Michael Coles and the former Joan Collins. A graduate of Rollins College, she earned a master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Manhattanville College.

Her life’s work, her family said, was devoted to teaching young children, and she made an indelible mark on hundreds of families.

She moved in 1997 from Larchmont to Southampton, where she was a “beloved member” of the community, according to her family.

Ms. Aldredge is survived by her husband of 27 years, Matthew Aldredge of Southampton, and by three children, Margaret, Alexandra, and Hayden Aldredge.

Also surviving are her father, Michael Coles, and stepmother, Edie Landeck, of Shelter Island, and four siblings, Caroline Scudder of Shelter Island, Isobel Coleman of Locust Valley, Richard Coles of Harrison, N.Y., and Douglas Coles of Palm Beach, Fla. Her mother died before her.

A celebration of Ms. Aldredge’s life will take place on Aug. 23 on Shelter Island. Her family has requested donations to the Peconic Community School, P.O. Box 273, Aquebogue 11931.