Vincent James Quatroche

05/03/2011 4:31 PM |

Vincent James Quatroche

Vincent James Quatroche died April 24, Easter Sunday, at his home in Greenport. He was 89.

He was born Oct. 7, 1921, in Sag Harbor to Vincent James and Dorothy (Bushko) Quatroche. He graduated from Southampton High School, earned a degree in fine arts from the University of Washington School of Art and furthered his education at Oberlin College in Ohio.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, and married Edna Turner on December 6, 1952, at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport. He opened the first art and instructional studio in the Village of Greenport and was a member of the Greenport American Legion.

According to family members, he had a passion for railroads and was a 30-year member of the National Railway Historical Society. His charismatic “big screen” personality remained intact long after he retired from the Greenport movie theater in 1986, they said, and he felt honored by his unofficial title of “town historian.”

Mr. Quatroche is survived by his wife; his son, Vincent James II; his daughters, Edna and Boni; his sister Gloria Roys; his brothers, Morley, Thomas and John; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara.

Arrangements were in the care of Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport.

Memorial donations may be made to John’s Place at St. Agnes R.C. Church, 523 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944 or East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978-7048.



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  • How about all that flooding or Raw Sewage in our streets, yards and broken underground sewer system.Would you think that can cause a problem with the upper glacial aquifers ?

  • There aren’t very many sewer systems in Suffolk County, and those are only along the south shore where the groundwater flows out to the bay anyway. There are cesspools all over Suffolk so I imagine you are referring to those. While I’ve heard about some few cases of overflowing cesspools in Farmingville where migrant workers were packed into residential houses at 60+ persons and the cesspool was rated at 4, I’m pretty sure the major source for nitrates in our water is fertilizer. Its source used to be cabbage farms, but those have now been replaced by homes. Pick a new development (of which there are several in my neighborhood) and every lawn is perfectly manicured and obviously over-fertilized. Grass is one of the biggest environmental disasters in suburbia – its an ecological wasteland which provides NO nutritional value to any wildlife yet every homeowner seems compelled to produce the biggest and greenest crop of it. Until we can convince residents to stop the excessive dumping of nitrogen on their lawns it is going to continue to be carried by rainwater into our recharge basins and so, into the ground water.