Victor Cierach passed away peacefully at his Southold residence on April 13, 2013, just five days shy of his 85th birthday.
Victor was born on April 18, 1928, in Southold to Adam and Stephanie Cierach. He was raised in Southold, where he attended school. Eventually he took over his family’s farm, Cherry Farm. He married Beverly Powers on Aug. 20, 1950, and farmed until 1968. They had four children.
After farming, he was employed at Grumman Aerospace, where he worked on the F-14 project. He then purchased a lobster boat from Nova Scotia, naming it The Silver Dream, and along with his longtime friends, Michael and John Savage, he worked the waters lobstering for 22 years.
Victor had been a member of the Southold Fire Department Hook and Ladder Company for 64 years. He was a member of the Triangle Yacht Club, where he enjoyed playing cards and shooting darts. He also belonged to the Polish Democratic Club and Riverhead Polish Hall and was a past member of the Southold Lions Club. In the summer he enjoyed spending time at Seps Farm in East Marion.
Victor was predeceased by his son Victor Jr. in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 62 years; three children, Cynthia Richards of Cutchogue, Shelley Jablonski of Virginia and Kevin Cierach of Mattituck; his daughter-in-law Cathy Cierach of Southold; his grandchildren: Kimberly Fabb and husband, Jonathan, of Mattituck; Kira Gandolfi of California; Vaughn and Mariusz Jablonski of Virginia; Michael Rogers and wife, Emily, of Queens and Elizabeth Rogers of Laurel; and two great-grandchildren, Kendall and Jonathan Fabb.
Pop will be missed dearly and thought about often by all of his family and friends.
Family will receive visitors Wednesday, April 17, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue. Firematic services will be conducted by the Southold Fire Department, and immediately thereafter the Rev. George Gaffga will conduct a prayer service. Cremation will be private.
Donations in Victor’s memory may be made to the Southold Fire Department Rescue Squad or the Southold Animal Shelter.
This is a paid notice.