Alex Charles Zuhoski of Cutchogue died Oct. 20 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was 86 years old.
Born May 28, 1929, he was the son of Anna and John Zuhoski. He is predeceased by his brother, John, and sister, Helen Orlowski. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Zuhoski, to whom he was married for over 65 years, the one and only true love of his life. Taken from a letter written to Shirley on Sept. 28, 1947, “Whenever you’re in my arms I feel as if I am in heaven.” He is survived by his children, Nancy Sacks of Mattituck, Denise Trifiletti (husband, Frank) of Jamesport, Maria Gaydosik (husband, Michael) of Mattituck and Alexander Zuhoski (wife, Therese) of Riverhead. He is survived by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Alex was born into a strong and vibrant Polish farming community on Oregon Road in Cutchogue. He was passionate about farming and to the day he passed, he would speak fondly of the friends and memories garnered in those years. He later went on to become the sole caretaker at Kimogener Point, where he worked for 31 years. With kindness and compassion, he brought an unmatchable work ethic and dedication that went beyond his daily duties. Residents were known to refer to him as their second Dad, as he saw a generation grow within their community.
Alex was a man of strong faith. Sunday he never missed an 8 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Ostrabrama, where he always sat in the first pew. His belief and faith was a part of his fabric; his very essence. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus for many years.
Alex also felt strongly about serving his community. He joined the Cutchogue Fire Department in April 1948 becoming the 179th member of the department and remained an active member at which time he became an honorary member. His service was a great source of pride for him.
Alex was a kind, gentle and loving man. All who knew him will remember the near perpetual smile on his face and the kind words he would often impart. He was a proud man and had an unrelenting love for his family, faith and country. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
This is a paid notice.