Frederick J. Cardinal

07/16/2013 1:38 PM |

Former Southold resident Frederick J. Cardinal died July 7 at Arrowhead Regional Hospital in Colton, Calif. He was 79 years old.

He was born May 18, 1934, in Southold to Frederick L. and Helen (Dapsis) Cardinal. He attended Southold schools, where family and friends say he excelled in playing baseball and basketball. Following his high school graduation in 1952, Mr. Cardinal enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a ship machinist. He later moved to California, where he married Patricia Bradbury of Chula Vista.

Family members say Mr. Cardinal’s ambition and interest in industrial arts, which he developed in high school, stayed with him throughout his life. As a high school student, he worked summers farming and carpentering. He attended San Diego State University and begin a career teaching industrial arts at Big Bear Lake High School in California, as well as teaching part-time at the junior college level. After earning a master’s degree, he continued working for the school as a guidance counselor. Family members said he had a reputation for his vast knowledge and ability to fix most things.

Mr. Cardinal enjoyed spending time in nature, clamming and small game hunting while living in Southold and bow-hunting in California, where he established a wood business, cutting and supplying firewood to vacationers in the Big Bear Lake area.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters Tracy Enden and Shawn; sons Fred, Tom and Steve; a sister, Dorothy Cardinal of Southold; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 12 at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Big Bear Lake, Calif.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Action Southold Town, P.O. Box 159, Greenport, NY 11944, at the C.A.S.T. office, 314 Front St., Greenport, or by calling 477-1717.