Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Marilyn Acquino, 88

Marilyn Ann Fordham Acquino, formerly of Southampton, New York and Westport, succumbed to the Covid-19 virus May 1 in Riverhead at the Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was 88.

Marilyn was born to William and Caroline Fordham on April 16, 1932 in Southampton. She grew up in Southampton, visiting often with her maternal grand parents Tony and Carolyn Halsey Wilde and her father’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Terry, who owned the Irving Hotel.

Between “Carrie” Wilde who was a hoot, and her grandmother Terry who was a snoot, she had quite a wonderful childhood. During the war, the Fordhams moved to Akron, Ohio where Bill built fighter planes.

After the war the family moved to Westport where Marilyn met her husband and high school sweetheart John G. Acquino. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this June.

Marilyn’s passions, besides her mob of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were the ocean, yard selling, and her association with the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton which she attended most of her life.

Marilyn is survived by a sister Judy Schenk of Cape Coral Fl., her husband John George Acquino, sons John (Monica), David (Mary), Chris (Deborah) and daughter Jill. She was predeceased by her second son William (Nancy). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Lauren (John), Kristine and Michael (Bill), Amanda and Nicholas (David), Jason, Candice and Katilyn (Chris) and Siobhan, Serena and Ariel (Jill). And 13 great-grandchildren.

She was an artistically talented person who could paint, draw, do any kind of knitting/needlepoint/macramé, and even make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich look just right. She had made hundreds of friends over the years, and will be missed by all.

A funeral service will be held to honor her life when circumstances permit at the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton.

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