Henry Isidore Domaleski of Cutchogue died Sept. 27, 2018 at San Simeon Nursing Home. He was 91 years old.
He was born in Orient April 4, 1927, to Alexander and Stephania (Targonski) Domaleski and moved with his family to Oregon Road in Cutchogue at the age of 3. Following his graduation from Oregon Road School and Mattituck High School, he married the former Joan Chituk on May 6, 1951, at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue. Together they built a home next door to the one he grew up in.
Henry and his brother Anthony took over their father’s farm and formed A&H Domaleski Farms. They branded their potatoes “Golden Crop” that were trucked to Hunts Point Market in the Bronx five nights a week during the season. They also raised cauliflower and cabbage and ran the U-pick strawberry and pumpkin field at the red barn on County Road 48 for decades.
After retiring from the family business, Henry continued farming with Sang Lee Farms. In the evenings, he also farmed a huge backyard garden raising more berries and vegetables than could be possibly be consumed by his extended family, friends and acquaintances. He was the last of the many great men who farmed, with their families, on beautiful Oregon Road.
He was a member of the Polish Democrats, Riverhead Polish Hall and Farm Bureau and a communicant of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church.
His biggest passion, however, was polka music. He and Joan never missed a Dick Pillar Polkabration in New London, Conn. or the Riverhead Polish Fair. Their car with the license plate WE POLKA could be seen around town and polka music was always playing in their home. He was also a helping hand with the parish polka dances held in Glover’s Barn.
After the passing of his wife, his greatest companion was his dog Buffy who could always be found on his lap or at his side napping together.
Predeceased by his wife, Joan, on June 6, 2016, and his brother, Anthony Domaleski, he is survived by five children: Raymond (Elaine) Domaleski of Aquebogue, Virginia (Jerome) Surozenski 0f Cutchogue, Thomas (Barbara) Domaleski of Cutchogue, Theodore Domaleski of Bakersfield, Calif. and Geraldine Domaleski (Danny Kennedy) of Mattituck; 12 grandchildren: Tenille (Anthony) Rodine, Jessica (Paul) Reeve, Allison Surozenski, Thomas Jr., Meredith, John and Brendan Domaleski, Eileen, Michael and Olivia Kennedy, Tabby (Stanley) Zombick and Lisa (Juan) Alvarado and eight great-grandchildren: Aiden Tidwell, Ethan, Skye, Emma and Joan Rodine, Cara and Caiden Zombick and Jordy, Blake and Regal Alvarado; cousins: Barbara Legutko of Brooklyn and Christine Greene of Syosset; sisters-in-law: Dolores Chituk of Riverhead and Dorothy and Henrietta Chituk of Cutchogue; cousins-in-law; Angela Deroski of Cutchogue and Jackie Adams of East Islip; many nieces and nephews; dearest caretakers, Tracy and Laura; and his pets, Buffy and Chester.
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue, celebrated by Father Mariusz Gorazd. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Cutchogue Fire Department or American Diabetes Association of Cutchogue.
This is a paid notice.