Harrison David Leake, 74, of Southern Shores, NC died Friday, Aug. 22 at his residence. Mr. Leake, born in Bristol, PA, was a 15-year resident of the Outer Banks. He previously lived in Manhasset and retired as a teacher of natural sciences at the Manhasset Junior/Senior High School, where he taught for the last 25 years of his career. He was chairman of the first Education Committee at the Nags Head Nature Conservancy and served on the board of directors for six years. He worked as a volunteer for Pea Island Nature Preserve, served as president of Audubon, was a federal birdbander and was a frequent lecturer at local schools and the aquarium on the Outer Banks. Throughout his life he touched the lives of many people with his numerous talents, humor and passion for life. He will be remembered as a dedicated husband, loving father and grandfather, a loyal and caring friend, a gifted and loved teacher, an enthusiastic and inspired naturalist, and an avid volunteer for his community.
Mr. Leake is survived by his wife, Irma Patterson Leake of the residence; three daughters, Deborah Ferst and husband, Edward of Guilford, CT, Cheri Pain and husband, Kevin of Nags Head, NC and Mary Wright and husband, Jackson of Boulder, CO; five grandchildren, John and Katie Rafano, Jillian Pain and Jenny and Savanna Wright.
A memorial service was held at Duck United Methodist Church on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. with Rev. David Clift officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts in memory of H. David Leake be made to Dare County EMS, Attn: Debbie Cowan, POB 1000, Manteo, NC 27954, or Alzheimers Disease Research, c/o Kathleen Honaker, director of development, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.
Jinx Falkenberg McCrary of Mill Neck, longtime resident of Manhasset, died on Aug. 27 at the age of 84. She died at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, of which she and her husband, Tex McCrary, were among the founders, along with Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney. Mr. McCrary died a little over a month ago at the age of 90. He and Ms. Falkenberg had been separated for many years, but remained friends, according to their son, Kevin McCrary.
Ms. Falkenberg had been a popular model during World War II and after the war she and her husband were hosts of "Meet Tex and Jinx" a talk show that they conducted from Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria. Ms. Falkenberg had also been an excellent tennis player and continued to play golf at the Creek Club until recently. She is survived by two sons, John Reagan McCrary III of Manhattan and Kevin Jock McCrary of Mill Neck.