Josephine Regan (nee Douglas) of Port Jefferson, NY, formerly of Bayville, NY died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 11, 2021.
Josephine was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the eldest daughter of the late William E.P. and Georgina Douglas. Having emigrated with her family at the age of 20 to Ardmore, PA in 1958, she was known to many in her community in Ardmore, and later in Bayville, NY when she married Stephen D. Regan (deceased), made her home and raised her family. Josephine considered raising her daughters to be her greatest accomplishment and the one of which she was most proud.
Josephine was a staunch supporter and voracious consumer of arts and culture having an encyclopedic knowledge of music, literature, dance, cinema and theater. She also enjoyed entertaining, gardening and much travel through out her life, including the Adirondacks and Caribbean islands, her family’s seasonal retreats, and to her native Girvan, Scotland, to visit family and friends.
Josephine possessed a sweet nature and ready wit that will be dearly missed by her family and many life long friends. She cherished her affiliations with the Daughter’s of Scotia including the Lady Henderson Lodge of Ardmore, PA, Lady Gordon Lodge of Locust Valley, NY, and later, Lady Lindsay Lodge of Huntington, NY. She was also a founding member of Chapter AT-BM of the Philanthropic Educational Organization sisterhood in Huntington, NY, a national organization that serves to advance women through educational opportunities. She held several offices in service of both organizations.
Josephine is survived by her devoted daughters Alanna Regan (Christa) and Sheila Sealy (Chip), her beloved grandchildren Palmer Sealy and Regan Sealy, her loving sister Sybil Drummond (Robert), beloved nieces and nephew Hilary Prus (Jeff), Liz Ferriter (Luke) and Ian Drummond (Nina), as well as dear step-grandchildren including Robert DeRocker (Melinda), Kelly Davis (Rance), Jeffrey DeRocker (Vicki), and Darcy DeRocker.
Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service and tea in celebration of Josephine’s life at a time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) as Josephine was a lifelong sustaining member.