Charles D. Brigham

Longtime Cutchogue resident Charles D. Brigham, formerly of Greenport and Shelter Island, died Sept. 2 of prostate cancer. He was 65 years old.

He was born in Greenport May 10, 1948, to Harry L. and Betty Jane (Bryant) Brigham. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southampton College and served in the Army National Guard from 1971 to 1976. He was employed for 35 years as a public health administrator with the Suffolk County Health Department, working at Riverhead and Yaphank locations. He and his wife, Susan, were married Sept. 25, 1993, in Yaphank.

Mr. Brigham was very active in the community, serving many different organizations. He was an honorary member of Greenport Fire Department’s Star Hose Company and a member of the Yaphank, Shelter Island and Cutchogue-New Suffolk historical societies and Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild in Cutchogue. He had also been involved with the Zoning Board of Appeals, Little League and Boy Scouts in Greenport and belonged to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

Family members said he was a craftsman who enjoyed woodworking and restoring items from “old to new.” He was also a “yard-saler extraordinaire,” they said.

Mr. Brigham is survived by his wife, Susan; his daughter, Becky (Rich) Orlowski; his son, David; two grandchildren, Rachel and Owen; his brothers, Walter (Barbara) and William (Linda); and his former wife, Candy Perham.

The family received visitors Sept. 5 at Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue. A funeral service was held Sept. 6 at Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Anne Stewart Miller officiating. Interment followed at Shelter Island Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice or the Shelter Island Historical Society.

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