Barbara Kantor, 84

March 2, 1934-June 29, 2018

Barbara Kantor, whose love of boating and fishing drew her to Montauk as well as North Palm Beach, Fla., died of advanced Parkinson’s disease and dementia on June 29 after an eight-year illness. She was 84 and had been living in West Nyack, N.Y., where her son and daughter live.

Mrs. Kantor was a fashion industry buyer and marketer, having worked for Loweth National and Kirby Block before opening her own firm, Barbara Di. Her taste in fashion was said to have been inspired by her devotion to world travel and the cruises she went on with her husband, Irwin Kantor, to whom she was married for 59 years. He died in 2016.

She was born in the Bronx on March 2, 1934, to Peter and Accursia Dimino Di Raimondo, and grew up there. She and Irving Kantor were married on July 5, 1957. In addition to Montauk and Florida, they lived in Great Neck for 20 years, moving to Manhattan in 1996.

A funeral service was held on July 5 at the Hannemann Funeral Home in Nyack, with burial in Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk. 

Her son and daughter, Peter Kantor and Robin Kantor, survive, as do three grandchildren. Memorial donations have been suggested to the Montauk Fire Department, 12 Flamingo Avenue, Montauk 11954.