Town Of Huntington Obituaries (Week Of Jan. 18)

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, Jan. 22

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Obituary listings for the Town of Huntington.

From left: Dale K. Rosa, Michael P. Gabriellini and Robert R. “Bob” Caputi
From left: Dale K. Rosa, Michael P. Gabriellini and Robert R. “Bob” Caputi

Peter Llewellyn

Peter Llewellyn, a resident of Northport, died Jan. 14. He was 66.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the loving husband of Kathryn R. Llewellyn (nee Heinicke).

Along with his wife, he is survived by his son, Samuel P. Llewellyn; and siblings, Mary Hauck, Ann Rush, Michael Llewellyn, John Llewellyn and David Llewellyn.

Arrangements were made by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport on Friday. A funeral was held on Saturday with an interment at the Northport Rural Cemetery in Northport.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation at 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, N.Y. 11714; or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at http://www.appalachiantrail.org.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015;  A18)


Mary Hendry

Mary K. Hendry, a resident of Northport, died Jan. 10. She was 91.

Born in Trenton, N.J., she was the beloved wife of James, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children James W. and Robert K.; grandchildren, Erica, James E., Ryan J. and Kimberly; daughters-in-law, Irene and Celeste; and sister Eileen Brown.

Along with her husband, she was predeceased by her son William J. and sister Mildred Cullen.

Arrangements were made by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport on Jan. 14. A funeral service was held the next day at St. Phillip Neri Church in Northport, with an interment that followed at the St. Phillip Neri Cemetery in East Northport.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015;  A18)


Attorney Robert Caputi, Longtime Resident, Dies At 90

If an application was brought before Town of Huntington officials that was backed by Robert Caputi, chances are it was a good one.

Robert R. “Bob” Caputi, longtime Huntington resident and attorney, died Jan. 18. He was 90.

“He really cared about this town,” his daughter, Kathleen Caputi, said. “He believed in making the Town of Huntington a real good place to live… He believed in preserving it; that’s why he moved here and that’s why he raised us here.”

Born on June 17, 1924 in Manhattan, N.Y., Bob Caputi grew up in Brooklyn. He attended St. John’s Preparatory School in New York, moved on to Manhattan College and later earned his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. Not yet out of his 20s, he served in the United States Army from 1943-1946 in signal air warning across New Guinea, the Philippines and Korea.

Back home, in 1951, he married his wife, Elizabeth, and – while raising their children – the couple moved to Huntington in 1954.

There, he established a private land use, zoning, real estate and general law practice in 1960 – a practice that would make him a common face to Huntington Zoning Board members. Those appearances would also make him a mentor for several young attorneys as they began their careers, such as John Breslin, Jr., a Huntington lawyer who called Bob Caputi a “second father and mentor.”

“He taught me a lot, [such as] to turn away bad applications,” Breslin said. “He wouldn’t take an application that he didn’t think was worthwhile, that made sense, that wouldn’t get approved… He was a great teacher to a lot of us [lawyers]… And his fingerprints are all over a lot of [projects] in this town.”

He worked with several residential and commercial developers, his daughter said, during the building boom in the 1960s and up until his retirement in 2011. If it was backed by him, Kathleen said, “it must have been a good application.”

“We moved to Huntington at the right time and Huntington was good to him,” said his wife, who still resides in the same house the couple moved into in 1954. “People asked Bob to represent them because of his intelligence and integrity.”

That reputation for doing – and seeking out – the right things to be done is a notion that followed him just about everywhere. At home, Kathleen said, her father set an example that taught her and her siblings the importance of family, friendship, being involved in the community, integrity and acceptance.

“When you live 90 years, you run into a lot of ideas that you might not agree with,” Kathleen, now residing in Northport, said. “But he accepted those people despite that… He didn’t let his personal beliefs get in the way of understanding what other people did. He let them live their lives and embraced them.”

A prominent Democratic leader, Bob Caputi was the Huntington delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City where Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated. He was a candidate for the New York State Assembly, special deputy attorney general for the State of New York, a delegate to the Judicial Convention and a chairman of the Huntington Town Democratic Committee.

When Rich Schaffer, current town supervisor of Babylon, was first elected chairman of the Suffolk County Democratic Party, Schaffer looked to Caputi for advice and perspective.

“He was one of the people I relied on early,” Schaffer said. “I would consider him to be one of the elder statesmen of the party… and he helped me take the party to the next level. He was very loyal, but low key – he wasn’t looking for the fanfare, just wanted to help in any way he could.”

Caputi was also the longest-standing member of the Huntington Crescent Club, which he was a part of from the late 1940s up until his passing.

Above it all, Kathleen said, family came first.

“Anything we needed, he’d do for us,” she said. “He set us up when we bought our first houses, always welcomed [friends] for dinner – he just wanted to do the right thing.”

“He was a beautiful person and wonderful human being,” his wife added.

Along with his wife and daughter, he is survived by his children Margaret and her husband Joseph Felpo, Jane, Mary, Jacqueline, Robert and Daniel; and grandchildren, Rory Jane Heinssen (O’Hea), Carol Timothy O’Hea, Shela Anne O’Hea, Stephanie Leigh Ratliff (Felpo), Laura Marie Felpo and Robert Daniel Caputi.

He was predeceased by his daughter Ann Marie.

Arrangements were made by Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home in Northport on Jan. 20. A funeral service was held the next day at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Centerport with a private interment that followed.

Memorial contributions in his name can be made to VNS Hospice of Suffolk at 505 Main Street, Northport, N.Y. 11768.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015;  A35)


Dale Rosa

Dale K. Rosa, a resident of Huntington, died Nov. 23, 2014. She was 63.

Born in East Meadow, N.Y., she was the loving wife of Richard.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her children, Nicole and her husband Craig Paul, and Richard and his wife Kristina; grandchildren, Kate, Nicholas, Claudia and Joseph; and sister, Linda Klosset.

She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Robert Klosset.

A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington on Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015;  A35)


Michael Gabriellini

Michael P. Gabriellini, a resident of Melville, died Jan. 8. He was 29.

He is survived by his parents, Clare and Paul (Doreen); son, Gavin; brothers, Robert, Bryan and Jeffrey; and grandfather, William.

Arrangements were made by A.L. Jacobsen Funeral Home in Huntington Station on Jan. 16. A burial of ashes was held by the Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, N.Y. the same day.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015;  A35

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