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Dec 21, 2009 4:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Edwin 'Buzz' Schwenk dies

Editor's Note: To read the full obituary, pick up the Thursday, December 24, issue of The Southampton Press.
Dec 21, 2009 4:09 PM

Edwin M. “Buzz” Schwenk, a fixture of the East End’s political, business and environmental scenes, died Thursday, December 17, at his Southampton home. He celebrated his 86th birthday on December 5.

Mr. Schwenk, owner of Omnibuzz Associates in Southampton, was a lifelong Southampton resident and a one-time dairyman. He served as chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Party and later was head of the Long Island Builders Institute; he also was instrumental in orchestrating approval of the Community Preservation Fund, which uses a 2-percent real estate transfer tax to fund open space purchases and farm preservation efforts.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. Visitation will be Monday, December 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., with firematic services at 7:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 22, from 1 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., with an American Legion service at 7:30 p.m. Private cremation is planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott, NY 11975.

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My family had very close ties with Buzz and his family going back more than the 85 years. My husband worked for Buzz for many years. We are so sorry to learn of his passing. My heart goes out to Dianna.
Buzz was a good man and did the best in many different ways. I definitly will miss his great smile. love to all his family.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Dec 17, 09 1:23 PM
He was for so long a major political force, not just on the East End, but throughout Suffolk County. They don't make them like “Buzz” Schwenk any longer.

Never mind that "co-mingling" stuff, he did a lot of good for Southampton Town and Suffolk County.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Dec 17, 09 3:02 PM
Our sympathy goes out to his family and close friends for their loss.

Patrick Aube', President
By pbapres (6), Speonk on Dec 17, 09 3:18 PM
My sympathies to the family. He was truly a great guy.
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Dec 17, 09 6:47 PM
He had a love for the Hamptons. the real Hamptons, and he never gave up on his efforts to preserve it. He grew with the times; he knew when it was time to say "hold on, that's enough", back when it maybe wasn't so popular. He gave it his all. We should be thankful for the "Buzzer".
By hamptonyte (14), Southampton on Dec 17, 09 8:14 PM
While it would be stretch to say I really knew Buzz Schwenk, our paths crossed many years ago. As a kid in the early 1950's I lived with my folks at 57 (I think that was the number) Lewis Street, next door to Schwenk Dairy. Every few days I would hop over a fence in our back yard into the Dairy and buy two gallons of milk. In the front of the Dairy there was a house, occupied as I recall, by Buzz's parents. I would regularly see Buzz at the Dairy or visiting his folks, and he always had a warm ...more
By scnofer (1), Mineola on Dec 18, 09 10:35 AM
Long Island has lost a great man and a good friend. Buzz never shrank from a good political tussle and he will be sorely missed. Those of us who had the good fortune to call him 'friend' will remember his generous spirit and invaluable advice. How I will miss my friend Buzz. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and close friends during this difficult time.
By Waincott Resident (42), Wainscott on Dec 18, 09 3:06 PM
I was lucky enough to know Buzz Schwenck for 37 years. I am the better for it. He was a friend, a colleague, the go to man that never said no to a request for help or guidance. He was surely what that East End saying " the finest kind" was meant to describe. My deepest sympathies to his family.
By veritas (7), East Hampton on Dec 18, 09 9:45 PM
Buzz Schwenk was a "larger than life" individual who successfully devoted himself to preserving the East End as the rural enclave he knew as a young boy growing up. The beautiful place we know today is largely his legacy. He was passionate about his politics and believed all his life in the traditional Republican Party -- a political belief in smaller but compassionate government where the individual and small businesses were allowed to thrive. He was generous to a fault -- beyond making a living ...more
By Oshaunnessey (11), Westhampton on Dec 19, 09 3:47 PM
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Rest in Peace, Buzz. We will miss you.
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Dec 19, 09 9:24 PM
Condolences to his family. Buzz was a dynamic political leader. Whenever I am at a political rally, I am always hoping to hear Buzz shout out his trademark victory cheer.. " Let's win this one... One More Time" One more time was the chant right back at him. He has cheered on his Republican team for the last time, but for all those who were fortunate enough to know him we will miss his winning smile and his buoyant voice asking us for victory One More Time ! Let's win, One more time in 2010 ...more
By blue duck (8), southold on Dec 22, 09 1:29 PM
Buzz was a great man who believed in the East End. He was a straight shooter and worked diligently for everyone. He will be missed by all. It is a sad day for east enders.
By happynow (19), east hampton on Dec 22, 09 8:41 PM