Herbert Burger of Harrison, N.Y. and Chappaquiddick died August 25. He was 88.

He was a remarkable man. Born in May 29, 1929 in Freiburg, Germany, he grew up in Tel Aviv, emigrated to New York city, settled in Harrison, N.Y., and adopted Chappy as his much-loved second home.

He was a successful stockbroker who loved his work. He never retired and worked until just a few weeks before his death. Beyond his career, he was an enthusiast of classical music and opera, art, food, heated discussions on all topics, and spending time with his family. The world is a better place due to his humor, wit, generosity, intelligence and sparkle. Despite his age, he left too soon, and he will be sorely missed.

He loved his house on Chappy, which he and his wife Ann had built in the 1980s. He delighted in watching nature and the wildlife that passed before him on his deck, marveling at the winter constellations, the summer hummingbirds, the changing colors of each season, and seeing the dunes shift and change on Katama Bay and Norton Point and the Atlantic beyond.

He was the dearly loved husband of 56 years to Ann, cherished father of Gabrielle, Simone, and Alexandra and adored and adoring grandfather to Theodore, Samuel, Eugénie, Jacob, Maximilen, Charlotte and Zoe.

His funeral took place on August 29 in Manhattan. At the same moment, his life was celebrated and remembered at a memorial service given by friends and neighbors at his house on Chappy.