05/24/16 4:43pm

Vincent Louis Tirelli of Southold died peacefully at his home with his loving family surrounding him May 23, 2016. He was 84 years old.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1931, in Bronx, N.Y., to Michael and Irene (Garzilli) Tirelli. He married his beloved wife of 63 years, Louise (LaFalcia), on April 11, 1953.

Vincent served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Buckner from 1951 to 1955. Upon his discharge, he returned to New York and worked as a Union Marble setter, helping put the marble facades on many buildings in and around Manhattan. He joined the Fire Department of New York in 1962, serving with Engine 88 and as an inspector in District Office 7, both in the Bronx, until his retirement.

After his retirement in 1976, Vinny and his family moved to Southold, where he began a 30-year career as owner/operator of Vincent Tirelli Marble and Tile Company. He was an active member of the Southold Kiwanis, rising to the role of president. He was a lifelong New York Yankees and New York Giants fan.

In addition to his wife, Vinny is survived by his sister, Marie Bernasconi (Bruce) of West Nyack; two daughters, Laura Witek (Tony) of Ridgefield, Conn., and Valerie Tirelli Hallock of Southold; two sons, Vincent (Kristin) of Mattituck and Robert (Sherry) of Middleton, Mass. Also surviving are his nine beloved grandchildren, Katelyn Ettenger (Will), Evan Witek (Maggie), Vincent M. Tirelli (Sara), Sarah, Matthew and Brian Hallock, Olivia and Samantha Tirelli and Nicole Seay; and four great-grandchildren, Sean and Hanna Tirelli, Sydney Ettenger and Jordan Poole; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and cousins in the United States, Italy and Belgium. In addition to his parents, Michael and Irene, he was predeceased by two brothers, Anthony and Angelo.

He was much loved by many and will be remembered for his engaging nature, zest for life, witty repartee and the endless love and devotion he had for his family.

The family will be receiving visitors Thursday, May 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. A Mass of Christian Burial with military and fire department honors will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, at St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold, with interment to follow at the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice or Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad.

This is a paid notice. 

05/17/16 1:34pm
05/17/2016 1:34 PM
George C. Hoffner

George C. Hoffner

On May 15, 2016, the East End lost one of its most dedicated fishermen and artists, George C. “Jed” Hoffner, who passed away at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He grew up in Stony Brook and was quarterback for the Southside High School football team in Rockville Centre, Class of 1955. He was 78.

Survived by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Hoffner, whom he met at Alfred University while pursuing a degree in ceramic design, the couple raised three children in their Southold home: Donna Quinn of Lockport, N.Y., Christine Sweeney of Greenwich, Conn., and Erik Hoffner of Ashfield, Mass. Their daughters gave the Hoffners five grandchildren: Ashley and Sarah Quinn, and Brooke, Caroline and Fin Sweeney.

For most of his life Jed stalked East End shorelines at sunrise with a fishing pole (or a camera during the cold months) while working as a salesman for Lipton Tea, Southold Lumber and Penny Lumber, before driving for Sunrise Coach Lines. A true nature lover, he was known to stop his vehicle to help a turtle cross the road. The tides were his timepiece and he instilled in his kids a deep respect for nature and a love of the outdoors, teaching them how to fill the family’s refrigerator with clams, fish, mussels, oysters and crabs from the local creeks and beaches in every season.

Hoffner was a captain for the U.S. Army Reserves during the 1960s, a volunteer firefighter in Eatons Neck, N.Y., and was also a proud Swede and Yankees fan. He expressed his favorite outdoor interests and scenes via ambitious woodcarvings, beautifully composed photos, and exuberant watercolors, which he delighted in giving away to friends, family and local businesses. A painting of oysters can be seen in the Southold Fish Market foyer.

A service will be held for him at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the First Presbyterian Church columbarium in Southold.

Memorial donations in his name can be sent to the North Fork Audubon Center or East End Hospice.

Arrangements were entrusted to DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.

This is a paid notice.