Obituary of Albert "Bertie" Hedges
Albert S. Hedges, 84, of Calverton, NY (previously of Bridgehampton, NY) passed away on June 24, 2019, at the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Riverhead. He was surrounded by his family.
Born on December 31, 1934, in Southampton, Bert was one of nine children in the family of Allen and Miriam Hedges. He grew up in Bridgehampton and lived there most of his life. On February 9, 1957, Bert married Dorothy Jones of Southampton, who passed in September 2010. They raised five children, Timothy Hedges of Southampton; Linda Newberry (Randy) of Altamonte Springs, FL; Judy Kahl (Joseph) of Pleasantville, NY; Dorothy Walker (James) of Southampton and William Hedges (Eileen) of Summit, NJ.
Bert was a well-respected member of the Bridgehampton Fire Department for over 50 years. Throughout the years, he held positions of captain and commissioner within the fire department. During the 1950’s and the 1960’s, Bert was a racecar driver primarily at Riverhead Raceway but he also raced in Islip and Freeport. Bert was an active member of The Bridgehampton Methodist Church. Up until recent years, he always had a large plentiful vegetable and flower garden and would often share his crops with others. Throughout the years, Bert and his wife, Dot, enjoyed canning pickles and tomatoes from their crop, as well as making strawberry jam. Bert was a great storyteller and would often share stories from his youth and his racing days. He was a talented woodworker and enjoyed cooking breakfast for his family on weekends.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, and his parents, Bert was predeceased by his sisters Florence Lanz and Ruth Guyer, and his brother Edwin. He is survived by his siblings Eugene (Caroline) of Washington; David (Denise) of Texas; Thomas William (Barbara) of Arizona; Jack (Chris) of Arizona and Margaret of Riverhead. Bert is also survived by his grandchildren: Ryan, Ashlyn, Nicholas, Jason, Matthew, Daniel, Jack, William and Ethan as well as his great grandchildren, Ava and Noah.
The funeral arrangements were held under the direction of Brockett Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at The Bridgehampton Methodist Church. Bert’s sister, Peggy, was the organist. Interment followed at Edgewood Cemetery in Bridgehampton.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice or Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation—Palliative Care.