Obituaries

  • George Bernheimer, 80, Antiques Dealer

    George Bernheimer died on January 10, after a relatively brief battle with cancer, with his wife, sons and close friends at his bedside. With his wife Jackie, George was an antiques dealer doing business as Moonstone Antiques, specializing in antique and estate jewelry, A...

  • John J. Snyder Jr, 67; Noted Pennsylvania Antiquarian

    John J. Snyder Jr, 67, of Landisville, died Saturday, December 28. John was a noted antiquarian, particularly with respect to late Eighteenth–early Nineteenth Century furniture, clocks and architecture of the central and eastern counties in Penn...

  • Martin Jacobs, 86, The Splendid Peasant

    Martin Jacobs, aka The Splendid Peasant, died December 11 from complications from open heart surgery. He was 86. As the Splendid Peasant, he operated a gallery in South Egremont, Mass., where museum quality folk art and painted furniture were displayed with skill and a disti...

  • John Whitmore, Antiques Restorer, Steward

    John Whitmore died peacefully on September 21 at Cobalt Lodge, after a brief illness. He was born in Middletown in 1925 and was a lifelong resident of Middlesex County. John and his wife Doris lived in Haddam for more than 50 years before moving to ...

  • Keith Meissner, Longtime Auctioneer

    Keith R. Meissner Sr, 60 of Thais Road, died Friday, December 13, at his home as a result of trying to save his horses during a barn fire. Through his efforts, he was able to save six of his cherished horses. Born in Albany...

  • Philip C. Shute, 80, Auctioneer

    Philip C. Shute, 80, of Brockton, Mass., died Tuesday, December 3, at the Beth Israel Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was the beloved husband of Corinne L. (Duffy) Shute for more than 50 years. Until 2001 when he retired, he was owner of Shute Auction...

  • William James Roth; Antiques Dealer, Craftsman

    William James Roth died unexpectedly on October 26. He was 67 and is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandra K. Roth, mother, Gertrude Roth of Yarmouth Port, stepchildren Jay Creamer of Alton Bay, N.H., and Lauren Soponis of Wilmington, N.C., and t...

  • Joanne Creveling Lookstein, Pioneering Antiques, Arts Publicist

    Joanne Creveling Lookstein died on November 26 at the age of 78 following a long battle with breast cancer. She was the beloved wife of Franklin Lookstein for 45 years, devoted mother of Robert and Thomas Lookstein, adoring mother-in-law of Danielle Bajakian and Jaime...

  • Ray Van Gelder, 94, Owner Of Conway House Antiques

    Ray Van Gelder died peacefully in her home on November 12, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. She was 94 years old. From the mid-1960s until well into the next millennium, she was proprietor of Conway House Antiques i...

  • Sharon Matson, 75, Antiques Dealer

    Sharon Matson, 75, of Birmingham died on September 19 after a long, courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Sharon’s boundless energy and endless enthusiasm defined her, as did her love for antiques and old houses. Alon...