Andrew E. Regensburg, 75, of Pinehurst, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012.
Andrew Ervin Regensburg was born April 27, 1936, in New York City, the place he vowed never to leave. Born to Irvin A. Regensburg of the E. Regensburg & Sons tobacco family and Mildred Lefcourt Regensburg, daughter of A.E. Lefcourt, a prominent real estate developer, he was a fourth-generation Manhattanite.
Even as a teenager, Mr. Regensburg loved the theatre, ballet, opera and all restaurants in the vicinity of those venues. Some years he cooked less, ate less but skied and ran more, including the New York City Marathon.
After two stints at prep schools (dismissed from Lawrenceville for smoking a cigarette), he straightened up and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Having served two years in the Army, Mr. Regensburg returned to New York City to earn his M.B.A. from Columbia University and then pursued a career in banking and commercial real estate. He was associated with Bankers Trust Company, Prudential Securities and several smaller partnerships until his retirement.
While still living in the city, Mr. Regensburg did accede to his wife’s wish for weekends that included trees and flowers by purchasing a home in Westhampton, N.Y., but not before announcing to the closing attorneys that if he ever had to buy a hammer, the house would go back on the market. Once there, he was an active member of The Westhampton Yacht Squadron, Quantuck Beach Club, and The Westhampton Mallet Club.
As the grandson of the builder of Manhattan’s Temple Emmanuel, one of the many ironies of Andrew’s life was that he ended up as a parishioner and assistant treasurer of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach.
In 2004, Andrew and his wife, Mary-Stewart, sought a place where they could play croquet year ‘round. Pinehurst, and its club provided this plus proximity to his children and grandchild. Having been well-traveled with stories to tell and a self-described news junkie, it was in Pinehurst he also found what he fondly called the best-ever retirement guy’s job as a part-time bartender at the Comfort Inn in Pinehurst.
Andrew Regensburg had a sharp intellect and wit, enjoyed life on his own terms and when his creator had given him all the cigars, martinis and five-pound Angus burgers he would ever have, he marveled at the wonderful medical and hospice care that he found in Pinehurst.
Mr. Regensburg was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Ann R. Roth. He is survived by his third and final wife of 30 years, Mary-Stewart (nee Lawson); and three children from his first marriage, Lisa R. Higginbotham (Jeff), of Cary, Edward I. Regensburg (Paula), of Greensboro, Andrew E. Regensburg Jr., of Cary; and a granddaughter, Lily Anne Higginbotham.
Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines may be contacted for memorial service arrangements (www.bolesfuneralhome.com). A later service will be held in Westhampton, N.Y.
If you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, any Moore County, N.C., or Suffolk County, N.Y, charity would be grateful.
Online condolences may be left at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Pinehurst will be assisting the family.
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