Carol Nye, 75, of On Montauk

July 3, 1943 - Oct.4, 2018
Carol Nye, July 3, 1943 - Oct.4, 2018

Carol Macdonald Nye, the publisher and co-founder of On Montauk, a free visitors guide, died at home on Oct. 4 of cancer, her family said. She was 75.

With her husband, Joe Nye, she established On Montauk in the early 1990s. It appears in print three times a year and has a frequently updated online presence. The Nyes have had a house on Essex Street in Montauk for 14 years.

Ms. Nye was born at Southampton Hospital on July 3, 1943, to Malcolm Macdonald and Edna Sorensen Biase. As a child, she spent much of her time outdoors, on walks, and, in late summer, picking beach plums for jelly. Her education began at the Montauk School before she went to East Hampton High School.

Her family ties to Montauk were many. One of her grandfathers helped make Lake Montauk into a proper harbor; another worked on the Montauk Manor during its construction in the 1920s.

As a young woman, Ms. Nye worked at Gosman’s Restaurant in Montauk to earn money to attend the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in psychology. Following college, she pursued several career paths in social services and human resources. While in New York she met Joseph Nye; they married in 1986.

In 1988 the Nyes adopted a daughter, Meg. When their daughter was ready for high school, the family left the city to return to Montauk full time. Shortly thereafter, the Nyes established On Montauk magazine. They turned the editorship over to Carter and Kay Tyler in 2017.

Ms. Nye was deeply involved with several organizations, though mostly behind the scenes, her family said. These included a seat on the Montauk Playhouse Foundation board of directors, Music for Montauk, and the Montauk Community Church. In addition, they said, she was a mentor and role model for many people.

She is survived by her husband and daughter, Margaret G. Nye of Montauk; a son, Kenneth E. Nye of Northport; two brothers, Malcolm Macdonald of Indio, Calif., and William Biase of Daleville, Ala., and two grandchildren.

Visiting hours were held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Oct. 6. Funeral services were held at the Montauk Community Church the following afternoon, with burial at Fort Hill Cemetery, Montauk.

The Nye family has suggested donations in her memory to the Montauk Community Church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk 11954.