Dawson Drew Giles

Dawson Drew Giles, who moved to Florida after graduating from Pierson High School in Sag Harbor in 1973, died on Aug. 31 at Steward Hospital in Melbourne, Fla., after a long illness. He was 63.

Mr. Giles, who was known by friends as D.D., was a resident of Merritt Island, Fla. He was born at Southampton Hospital in 1955. His mother, Dorothy Giles, lives in Sag Harbor. 

Following high school, he attended Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., and then served in the Army.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Giles is survived by a son, Cameron Long of Palm Bay, Fla., his former wife, Myrtle Long, also of Palm Bay, and his sisters, Gay Giles of Sag Harbor, Gloria Giles of East Hampton, and Gayle Giles of Hampton, Ga.

As was Mr. Giles’s wish, he was cremated and his ashes were spread on the St. Johns River in Florida, which flows northward.